The 18-year-old man accused of peeing in an Oregon reservoir says his urine never reached over the wall and crews are about to waste 38 million gallons of drinking water for no reason.
Dallas Swonger told online news magazine Vocativ that he peed on the wall at Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 in Portland, but not a drop went into the reservoir. He adamantly denied that he aimed his stream into the water supply.
“I didn’t piss in the f***ing water...I leaned up against the wall and pissed on it,” Swonger told the website. “Right there on the wall, dude. I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Swonger was busted for public urination and trespassing after he was caught on security camera apparently peeing into the reservoir.
“When you see the video, he’s leaning right up because he has to get his little wee wee right up to the iron bars,” David Shaff, the city’s Water Bureau administrator, told the Oregonian. “There’s really no doubt what he’s doing.”
The Water Bureau is flushing all the water – enough to fill about 57 Olympic-size pools.
“Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that’s clean, cold and constant,” Shaff said. “That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least.”
“Yeah, it’s f***ing retarded dude,” Swonger told Vocativ.
“Everybody thinks it’s funny and a joke and I’m going to be on the news,” he said. “It’s no f***in’ joke, dude. I don’t want people thinkin’ that Dallas is dumb ass because he pissed in the f***in’ water. In our drinking water. Yeah, that’s f***ing awesome. I mean, wouldn’t you be pissed about that?”
“Dallas is really bummed out about all of it,” his skater friend Daniel McDonald told Vocativ Thursday. “He’s a really good guy at heart. He just doesn’t make the best decisions. Honestly, he has the potential to do really good.”
The city of Portland, Oregon has been forced to flush 143 million liters of drinking water down the drain after a 19-year-old delinquent decided to urinate in the reservoir.
The 19-year-old was caught on surveillance footage around 1 a.m. urinating off the bridge and into the reservoir. Though the Water Bureau used to keep guards on duty through the night, the posts were cut a few years ago to reduce rate increases.
The reservoir will be drained and sanitized after Wednesday’s incident, according to city water officials.
“That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau adminstrator said. “There is no way to re-treat it.”
The draining and cleaning of the reservoir is expected to cost the city $35,000.
“Even though there is very minimal public health risk,” Shaff said, “the bottom line is that out commitment is to serve water that’s clean.”
An Oregon man received a postcard addressed to his deceased great-grandmother postmarked at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 1940.
It’s been a long journey for a postcard addressed to Florence Marion of Butte Falls, who died in 1952.
The card arrived at the Butte Falls post office in July 2013 and was delivered to her great-grandson, Alan Marion of Phoenix, Ore., on April 14, 2014.
“To me, it’s one of those things that must have been meant to be. For everything to fall in place and show up at my doorstep, so to speak. I’m thrilled to have this card,” said Marion, who happens to be the maintenance director of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.
The front of the postcard is a picture of a boat with the handwritten inscription: “Leaving Manilla Bay. Feb. 1906. Flying Homeward Pennant.”
On the back, in faded pencil, it says, “Arrived in Portland at 8 o’clock. Having a fine time. Be home sometime Sat. — Blanche.”
Sunny Bryant, a USPS employee at the Butte Falls Post Office discovered the postcard last July. She asked around town about Florence and “got little clues here and there.”
But she couldn’t find a find for the piece of mail. That’s when she contacted Charleen Brown of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.
Brown recognized the name Marion and contacted the RVGS member. She said Alan once told her he had family in Butte Falls.
“Somebody’s been looking over my shoulder here, and it must have been my great-grandmother,” Alan said.
“Obviously these kinds of situations are very rare,” says Peter Hass, USPS spokesman. “It’s really difficult to determine where it might have been for those many years. The good news is it did get delivered to a relative, at least.”
Florence was laid to rest with her husband John, who died in 1935, in a cemetery in New Sharon, Iowa.
No one recognizes the sender of the postcard. Just who Blanche was remains a mystery.
An Oregon woman is suing Walmart and a shampoo maker for $10,000 after she says she used a product that left her hair so tangled she had to cut it for the first time in years.
Jennifer Fahey, 30, claims she’s had hair down her back for most of her life. She says she bought a bottle of Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo from a Portland Walmart last year. On Oct. 8, the first time she used the shampoo, her hair became irreparably tangled and she had to cut most of it off.
Her attorney William Ball told the Oregonian she had to cut off several feet of hair, leaving her with only four inches on her head.
“She was not able to remove the knots and as a result she had to cut a large portion of her hair from the top and back of her head,” says the suit, filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Fahey saved the bottle of shampoo for chemical analysis, which Ball says hasn’t yet been completed.
The suit names Walmart and the St. Louis-based shampoo-maker, Vi-Jon, as defendants.
She is seeking $10,000 for her "past, present and future physical and emotional pain and suffering, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment, expenses for replacement hair, along with diminished and lost wages" and “loss of life’s pleasures and activities.”
Walmart website lists the 23.7-ounce bottle of Equate at $3.44.
Hundreds of women sued Unilever last year after they claimed Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit caused hair loss. A settlement was reached for three class action suits in February.
Unilever agreed to create two funds: a "Reimbursement Fund" of $250,000, to reimburse consumers for their purchase of the Smoothing Kit, and an "Injury Fund" of $10,000,000, to compensate consumers for bodily injuries and for emotional distress that accompanied bodily injury.
Apparently the death of a parent isn’t a good excuse to miss an unemployment class.
Oregon woman Kristen Smith was ordered to repay a week’s worth of unemployment compensation to the state of Oregon after she rescheduled an unemployment class because of her mother’s impending death.
On the Wednesday before this past Thanksgiving, doctors called Smith and told her that her mother would pass away within the next 24 hours. Smith immediately called her unemployment office and told representatives she needed to cancel her class that evening so that she could be with her mother.
“I called that evening that I found out about mom passing. Soon they told me I was doing the right thing,” Smith said.
Sure enough, her mother passed away the next morning.
Two weeks later, Smith received a call from the unemployment office saying she needed to pay back her income assistance from that week.
“Because I rescheduled the class it showed that I was not emotionally available for work that week and I owe that week back,” the office claimed, according to Smith.
Smith says she has proof she was actively looking for work during the week her mother passed. Nevertheless, she’s still being asked to repay the $400 in assistance.
An ongoing federal lawsuit in Portland, Oregon accuses police officers of arresting two tow truck company employees after they towed unmarked police cars parked illegally on a private lot.
The five cars belonged to police officers and a DEA agent who were working on a nearby sting. A business owner at the lot says the cars were parked there over a span of two days. The owner first put a note on the windshields of the cars asking them to be moved. The next day, he spoke with one of the officers.
The officer allegedly “responded with expletives” to the note and insisted the cars would not be moved. The business owner then called the property’s trustee, who called a towing company. The cars were towed.
Later, several police officers showed up at the tow company's office to get their cars back. Per protocol, employees of the company asked for proof of ownership of the vehicles. The officers were unable to display any information proving they owned the cars. They left and said they would return later.
Soon after, a group of cops both in uniforms and street clothes returned to the office. Then, according to the lawsuit, Sgt. Andrew Roberts showed his badge to the tow company employees and insisted that was all he needed to retrieve the cars. When the employees didn’t comply, they were arrested.
The lawsuit filed by the arrested employees accuses the officers of violating their constitutional rights by detaining them. They say the officers didn’t have probable cause to arrest them, and that their rights to due process and protections against unreasonable search and seizures were both violated in the arrest. The lawsuit also claims Sgt. Roberts threatened to arrest the lawyer of the employees for asking questions.
The employees are seeking $500,000 each for pain and suffering. The tow truck company seeks to recoup money spent defending the employees in court.
A cat with a thirst for blood gave an Oregon family quite the scare on Sunday.
The behemoth cat named Lux, weighing in at 22 pounds, attacked the seven-month-old child of Lee Palmer and Teresa Barker. Palmer kicked the cat to get him off of his child. When he did that, the cat turned on him.
"He's trying to attack us," Palmer is heard saying in a 911 call. "He's very, very, very, very hostile."
"Every time we opened our back bedroom door, the cat would hiss,” Barker recalled.
The 911 dispatcher sent police to the household to restrain the cat. The officers brought a dog snare with them to reign in the beast. Upon opening the home’s door, officers say Lux darted to the kitchen “attempting to flee custody.”
The dog snare came in handy as it was used to trap the cat and put him in a crate. Officers left the home after Lux was caged up.
"The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family, and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," the Portland Police Bureau said.
Palmer told the 911 dispatcher Lux has a history of aggressive behavior.
"He's got kind of a history of violence," he said. "He's kind of a violent cat already. But he's really bad right now."
The family is currently deciding whether to keep Lux or find him a new home. Barker admitted that the idea of being held hostage in a room by a cat sounds funny. That is, unless you’re the one being held hostage.
"It's only funny when it's not happening to you," said Barker. "When this happens to you, I assure you, you will do the same thing."
A Portland, Ore. man riding a public bus has been arrested for claiming to have a “loaded and cocked” gun on him during the ride.
According to reports, 41-year-old Patrick O’Brien Nolin announced that he had the gun, and when the bus driver overheard, she decided to call the police.
When police arrived, they carefully approached the bus to apprehend Nolin. Once they got him into custody, they discovered that he didn’t really have a gun on him at all. Even though police didn’t find a firearm on Nolin, and he didn’t break any laws in that regard, authorities still arrested him.
Nolin was charged with interfering with public transportation and is currently being held at Multnomah County Jail.
Four teens have been arrested after torturing one of their school classmates.
The teens are ages 14-17.
The high school students allegedly lured a student into a shed where they tortured him with a series of deplorable acts.
According to police, 15-year-old Jenna Jean Montgomery lured the victim into a shed with the promise of sex and drugs. She told police her job was to act as the “bait.”
Once inside the shed, the victim was hit in the back of the head with a crowbar. The teenagers ordered the victim at gunpoint to take off his shirt. 15-year-old Blue Kalmbach then shot the victim in the hand, chest and groin with a BB gun. The BBs had to be surgically removed.
The victim was then beaten with a crow bar and forced to eat cat feces. One of the teenagers used a box cutter to carve a swastika into the boys forehead.
The victim begged to be released. After a while, the teens obliged, but only on one condition: he had to steal a skateboard and bring drugs back.
Once released, the victim sprinted to an automotive shop and called police. After an interview, police arrested the four perpetrators. The four teens were all charged with Measure 11 crimes and were arraigned in juvenile court on Tuesday.
Three of the teens will be tried in adult court, while the 14-year-old will be tried in juvenile court.
When interviewed by police, the teens said they tortured the victim because he called one of their friends gay on Facebook.
One law enforcement source spoke with Fox 25 about the teen’s confessions to the crime.
“What's really shocking about the whole thing is just how ignorant the teens were of the consequences of what they were doing," the source said. "None of them expressed any remorse; really just shock at how much trouble they were in. They didn't understand that it would be that big a deal.”
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned bakery in Gresham, Ore., was found to have violated Oregon's civil rights law when it refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled in January that investigators found evidence that bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein unlawfully discriminated against Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman based on their sexual orientation, noted Oregon Live last month.
The Kleins, who moved their bakery to their home, always claimed they were not discriminating against the lesbian couple, but rather practicing their Christian beliefs.
This week, Sweet Cakes by Melissa admitted on its Facebook page that it had refused service to gay people before before the lesbian couple filed a complaint, which indicates a pattern of discrimination, notes GoodAsYou.org.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa wrote on Facebook:
"We opened our business knowing it could be a possibility that this issue could come up. Just because I have a public business does not mean I should have to set aside my morals, beliefs and convictions. We have had gay people want to order cakes in the past. When we explained to them why we could not do their cake they understood and went to another bakery. It may seem silly to you and that is fine. I personally would never force anyone to go against their beliefs."
However, Sweet Cakes by Melissa did force the lesbian couple to go against their beliefs of equality under the law, which is why they filed the complaint.