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.
A family in Springfield, Oregon has turned to panhandling on the street for a kidney from a living donor in the hopes that they can save their mother’s life.
Roxanne Loomis, a 63-year-old mother of two, has battled thin basement membrane disease for ten years, a genetic condition that has resulted in a failed kidney.
The condition also affected two of Loomis’ other siblings, including one sister who reportedly died from complications linked to kidney failure.
Though two of Loomis’ children have offered to donate kidney, they are ineligible because it is believed that they have the same condition. Outside of her family, five friends have offered to donate a kidney, but they were also deemed ineligible.
“I'd be jumping up and down, I would be so happy,” Loomis said of finding a match. “I mean, they would be my friend for life.”
Friends and family have helped develop a website called A Kidney for Roxanne in the hope of finding a donor, noting that a donor must have an O+ or O- blood type, no high blood pressure and no diabetes.
In the case of a match, Loomis has offered to pay all medical expenses for the donation.
A Portland jury ruled that an Oregon boy who lost both of his testicles during a surgery would not be awarded any money as a result of his trial against Oregon Health & Science University. The boy’s parents had sued OHSU, where the boy received his treatment, for $1.4 million to cover medical expenses and the emotional trauma that would result from the surgery. The jury presiding over the case ultimately found that the OHSU surgeons were permitted to carry out the procedure, and that the loss of testicles was simply an unfortunate consequence.
The surgery in question took place in 2009 when the boy was 11 months old. According to Oregon Live, he was born with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, a rare condition that leads to lower IQs and delays in speaking, as well as a higher likelihood of having undescended testicles.
Prior to the surgery, the boy’s father had signed a consent form allowing doctors to relocate the boy’s undescended testicles in a process that involved two surgeries. The doctors, however, decided to relocate the boy’s testicles using a process that only required one surgery. Because the doctors only had written permission to undergo the procedure involving two surgeries and the testicles were ultimately lost, the boy’s parents sued for medical malpractice.
OSHU attorney Nikola Jones argued that the loss of the boy’s testicles was a “very unfortunate incident that resulted from the inherent risks of surgery.” Jones also claimed that the boy’s parents had given verbal consent to the doctors to act in the child’s best interest, and that the doctors believed the one surgery would actually put the boy at a lower risk.
Jurors ultimately found that OSHU did not put the boy at risk or undergo a procedure without the consent of the boy’s parents. According to the Register Guard, the boy is required to undergo twice-monthly testosterone injections beginning at age 11 to ensure proper growth as a man. He is currently five years old and in kindergarten.
Wealthy Native American tribes are changing enrollment guidelines to exclude those who aren’t from certain bloodlines, a practice that began in the 1990s when Indian casinos found a foothold.
Mia Prickett and her Oregon family are being booted from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde along with hundreds of other tribe members based on blood quantum laws – how Indian their ancestry is. Members must be able to trace their lineage to a person on the tribe’s census rolls or treaty records, which are old and notoriously flawed, The Associated Press reported.
Prickett’s ancestor was chief Tumulth, who led the Cascade Indians along the Columbia River and signed the 1855 treaty to establish the Confederate Tribes of the Grand Ronde.
Her family was swept up in the “disenrollment epidemic” anyway.
Chief Tumulth was wrongfully accused of leading a revolt and was executed by the U.S. Army, so his name does not appear on the tribe’s roll.
Prickett said the idea of losing her tribal membership is “gut-wrenching.”
"In my entire life, I have always known I was an Indian. I have always known my family's history, and I am so proud of that," Prickett said.
"It's like coming home one day and having the keys taken from you," she said. "You're culturally homeless."
In 2011, a number of California Native Americans faced the same disenrollment tactics, according to the New York Times.
Nancy Dondero, 58, and about 50 of her relatives received a letter in November 2011 from the leaders of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians that said: “It is the decision by a majority of the Tribal Council that you are hereby disenrolled.”
In 2010, Indian-owned casinos in California brought in nearly $7 billion – more than any other state. Dondero and others stood to lose housing, healthcare, access to tribal schools, scholarships and great deal of income. Members made about $15,000 per month in gambling profits.
Chukchansi leaders said those disenrolled weren’t authentic members of the tribe.
“You have people who want to be tribal members, where no one knows who they are or where they came from,” said Reggie Lewis, chairman of the Chukchansi Tribal Council. “We are sworn to uphold the Constitution. And basically that’s what we try to do.”
“Sometimes it is political vendettas or family feuds that have gotten out of hand,” David Wilkins, a Lumbee Indian and political science professor at the University of Minnesota, told The Times in 2011. “But in California, it seems more often than not that gaming revenue is the precipitating factor.
Today Wilkins says disenrollment “ultimately comes down to the question of how we define what it means to be Native today.”
"As tribes who suffered genocidal policies, boarding school laws and now out-marriage try to recover their identity in the 20th century, some are more fractured, and they appear to lack the kind of common elements that lead to true cohesion,” he told The Associated Press.
Prickett says up to 1,000 members could be cast out.
"I have made a commitment to both our language and our tribe," said Eric Bernardo, one of seven Chinuk Wawa teachers who faces disenrollment. "And no matter what some people in the tribe decide, I will continue to honor that commitment."
An Oregon woman was caught on police dash camera ditching the stolen car she was driving and jumping off a bridge into the freezing Sandy River Wednesday.
The 26-year-old driver, Rebecca Humphries, was hospitalized with a broken back after the incident.
A Troutdale police officer ran Humphries license plate Wednesday afternoon during a routine traffic stop. He found the car she was driving was stolen. Humphries then led officers on a chase that ended at the Stark Street Bridge.
Humphries claims she didn’t know the owner had reported the car stolen and was in the process of returning it.
"I was trying to return the car to the guy to where there wouldn’t be any retaliation for me ditching it," Humphries told KATU. "And I started to get pulled over and got scared and 'fight or flight' kicked in and I jumped.”
“I looked down, but I didn't hesitate," she said. "I just jumped."
Sgt. Carey Kaer of the Troutdale Police Department says it was a potentially fatal decision.
"Really, jumping from that bridge, in itself the distance to the water is dangerous - for somebody to jump that distance," Kaer said. "And into freezing water also, I have no idea what was going through her head.”
“It hurt,” Humphries said of landing in the water. “It didn't look as far when I looked down, as it did when I looked up.”
She was booked on numerous traffic charges after she was admitted to the hospital.
A robber equipped with a shotgun broke into a North Portland home and demanded money from the people inside. But it was he who ended up paying after being pushed down a flight of stairs and knocked unconscious on Monday night.
Police say 38-year-old Joshua McCoy broke down the front door of a house, but that’s as far as the house’s inhabitants let him get, Fox 12 Oregon reports.
Devin Vaughn, 20, grabbed McCoy’s shotgun and shoved him down the stairs. Police said McCoy hit his head on the way down and was knocked unconscious.
“I came downstairs and he started running up the stairs with the shotgun at me in my face,” Vaughn told KATU-TV. “It was just instinct. I grabbed it and hit him at the same time, then we kind of both fell, tripping down the stairs.”
Vaughn’s quick instinct was enough to stop the attempted robbery.
“He fell flat,” he added. “He didn’t stumble or anything. It was just flat back and he just hit his head. I’m kind of grabbing the gun and thinking we’re still fighting and I look back and he’s just passed out.”
Vaughn and his mother’s boyfriend watched over the suspect while they called the police, according to Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Officers arrived and took McCoy into custody. Before being booked into jail, he was taken to a Portland hospital for injuries he suffered during his fall.
The victims did not know McCoy and it is not known why the suspect targeted their home, according to police.
Vaugh told KATU-TV he recently sold a car and believes someone may have been trying to steal the money be got from the sale.
McCoy is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. He is charged with robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first degree.
Sources: KATU-TV, The Oregonian, Fox 12 Oregon
A violent pit bull attack in a Northeast Portland neighborhood killed a loving, devoted little Shetland Sheepdog named Simon, who served as a “hearing ear dog” for 68-year-old Anne Ziegler.
Even though Simon wasn’t officially trained and certified as a service dog, Anne Ziegler said, “Somehow he recognized that I couldn't hear very well, and he would bark to alert me if the telephone rang or if I got a text message." So Anne called him her "hearing ear dog."
On Friday afternoon, Ziegler and a friend were walking with Simon on Northeast Mason St. near 59th Avenue when suddenly a Pit Bull appeared. She described that it reared up on its back legs and came down on top of Simon, pushing him to the ground.
The Pit Bull weighed 90 pounds, the animal control officer told Ms. Zeigler. Her friend somehow managed to pull the dog off of Simon, but the little dog was already seriously injured.
"It pinned him to the ground and then it locked on with his jaws and tore his abdomen open,” Anne Ziegler said.
The attack was completely unprovoked. Simon was obedience trained and was on leash, walking next to his mistress with the red glove he always carried in his mouth.
Ann Ziegler described the Pit Bull’s behavior after the fatal mauling, “He just walked calmly out, went down, as if he’d done it a hundred times before.”
Anne talked about her helplessness to protect Simon, “I was screaming as loudly and as deeply as I could, not just shrieking, but I wanted people to know. I was screaming, ‘Help! Help!'” she told KATU.com.
No one on the street where the attack occurred admitted ownership of the Pit Bull.
Simon was taken to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, where he died.
"I made the really difficult decision that I'd rather have him die in my arms than to lose him in surgery or have him die in a cage,” Anne said.
"He was my best friend for five years. Heart-breaking. There’s no way to ever replace a pet who’s your dearest companion," she said.
Multnomah County Animal Control reportedly picked up the Pit Bull last Friday afternoon and is investigating the incident. KATU News reported that they were unable to reach anyone at animal control to confirm that they still have the dog in custody.
Residents of Josephine County, Ore. are going out on armed patrols because of the cut backs experienced by the local sheriff's department.
Josephine County officials tried to pass a 2012 tax to pay for law enforcement, but the residents voted against it.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office was closed, inmates were released from the local jail and there are only two deputies who respond to “life-threatening situations.”
Ken Selig, a former law enforcement officer, and his friend Pete Scaglione formed the North Valley Community Watch, an armed patrol of 12 people that responds to non-life-threatening situations such as property crimes.
“Who else is going to protect you when your government can't?” Selig asked Fox News. “We believe responsible citizens doing responsible things make it hard for criminals to do irresponsible things.”
The North Valley Community Watch is not the only citizen's group patrolling the area, there are other armed neighborhood groups as well.
Sue Williams told the Associated Press back in November that her armed patrol group is trying to deter crime, but is non-confrontational.
Another armed group is called "Citizens Against Crime."
"We are trying to be proactive instead of reactive," Sam Nichols, of Citizens Against Crime, told KOBL. "Ours has been so successful in 15 months [we have been] lowering the crime to almost zero."
Sheriff Gil Gilbertson of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office supports the armed citizen groups: "Safety in numbers as a collective group of people protecting each other is more likely to send that criminal somewhere else, isn't that what you want?"
"If they do what they law prescribes in terms of how much force you can use in given situations and so forth follow what's prescribed in Oregon statute you're going to be okay," added Sheriff Gilbertson.
Sources: Fox News, Associated Press, KOBL