Lake Oswego Oregon Police Officer’s Motorcycle Burst Into Flames During Traffic Stop – Stumped “Investigators” Think Gas In Tank “Contributed To The Rapid Flame Spread”

October 9, 2012

LAKE OSWEGO, OREGON – A Lake Oswego Police motor bike officer was on a traffic stop at the intersection of McVey Ave and Laurel St in Lake Oswego when he heard a strange noise from his motor bike.

When he looked over to the bike, he noticed flames coming from the front of the bike. He immediately reacted by grabbing as much as he could from the bike including the radar gun and saddle bags.

Those were the only items he was able to recover as the fire grew rapidly.

Lake Oswego firefighters arrived within 2 minutes of being alerted but the bike was completely engulfed in flames.

Investigators have not determined an exact cause but believe the fuel in the gas tank contributed to the rapid flame spread making the bike a total loss.

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Dumbass Veteran Portland Oregon Police Officer John Hurlman Sends Texts Critical Of US DOJ To All Other Officers After Feds Investigate Their Abuse Of The Mentally Ill – “This Is The Same DOJ Or People Who Created Waco And Ruby Ridge.”

September 15, 2012

PORTLAND, OREGON – Portland Police Officer John Hurlman was seated in his patrol car Thursday morning, listening to a local radio station’s coverage of a news conference at police headquarters. Federal justice department officials were about to unveil their findings after more than a yearlong review of Portland police use of force.

Hurlman sent a text message out to all officers on the patrol car’s mobile computer, alerting them to tune in.

Shortly after the U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall started to speak, another officer texted the news back to all: the U.S. Department of Justice had found that Portland police engage in a pattern and practice of excessive force against people suffering from mental illness.

Annoyed by the outcome, Hurlman said he typed back something like, “This is the same DOJ or people who created Waco and Ruby Ridge.”

The North Precinct officer was referring to two of the biggest federal law enforcement fiascoes in recent memory: the disastrous 1993 federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. The other, the tragic 1992 encounter between the FBI and a band of white separatists at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Hurlman said he thought he had just responded to one officer but soon learned his message had popped up on all patrol officers’ mobile computers.

“It was kind of a knee-jerk reaction,” said the 21-year Portland police veteran. “In the current political climate, it wasn’t appropriate. On second-thought, I probably shouldn’t have done it.”

Yet Hurlman doesn’t hide his anger with the Justice Department’s ruling regarding Portland police.

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“I was really annoyed at that moment, and, in fact, I think it’s nonsense,” he said Friday of the federal review. “Quite frankly, we’re being judged by people who don’t have much law enforcement experience.”

Hurlman said he was one of the original Portland officers to volunteer for crisis intervention training, before it became mandatory for all officers.

“We all know the lengths we go to to try to defuse these situations peacefully,” he said. “Nobody wants to go out and harm someone who is mentally ill.”

North Precinct Cmdr. Mike Leloff soon learned of the patrolwide message and called Hurlman into his office for a stern talk. Hurlman said Leloff appropriately, “chewed him out.”

As a result, Hurlman later Thursday texted an apology to all on his patrol car’s mobile computer.

He said it read something like this: “To those who received my earlier message, my remarks were unprofessional and insensitive. I apologize to anyone who received it.”

Portland Lt. Robert King said Friday, “The issue was addressed immediately by the Command Staff and the matter has been dealt with appropriately.”

Hurlman was back on patrol Friday, responding to emergency calls at North Precinct. He said he was advised to be careful about what he says and remain respectful.

A day after the federal report was made public, Hurlman added Friday, “People here are frustrated, to put it mildly.”

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Veteran Sweet Home Oregon Police Officer Randy Gill Arrested And Charged With Stealing Money From Police Union – Quit After Arrest

August 31, 2012

SWEET HOME, OREGON — A former Sweet Home policeman has been arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds from the union that represents local dispatchers and officers.

Randy Gill, 32, was contacted by Klamath County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 17, and taken into custody based on a warrant, said Sgt. Steve Dorn, of Albany Police Department.

He was arrested on charges of three counts of second-degree theft, official misconduct and third-degree theft, Dorn added.

The warrant had been issued July 27. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office wasn’t immediately available to comment on the arrest Wednesday.

In October, Sweet Home Police Department officers came to the Chief Bob Burford with concerns there may have been a misappropriation of local union funds.

“Something looked wrong,” Burford said. “I immediately asked Albany Police Department if they would conduct the investigation into that.”

That same day, Gill resigned from the police department, Burford said. Gill had been a Sweet Home officer for about seven years.

Paige Clarkson, Marion County deputy district attorney, will prosecute the case so the Linn County District Attorney’s Office can avoid any potential conflict of interest.

“It will be handled in Linn County. There’s no change of venue,” Clarkson said.

Second-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor, applies to thefts of greater than $100 and less than $1,000. Official misconduct also is a Class A misdemeanor, Clarkson said.

Burford said it is always a disappointment when a police officer fails to live up to their oath of office.

“This is a first for Sweet Home to my knowledge,” Burford said. “And hopefully the last.”

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Portland Oregon Police Close Bridge, Harass And Detain 13 Innocent Men With Beards Who Were En Route To Photo Shoot To Raise Money For Breast Cancer

August 30, 2012

PORTLAND, OREGON – Police in Portland, Ore., say they temporarily closed a downtown bridge and questioned 13 bearded men after receiving a report of someone with an assault rifle.

The men told police and KATU-TV they were crossing the Burnside Bridge on Wednesday evening en route to a photo shoot to raise money for breast cancer research. They said the photo was going to be part of a “Beards for Breasts” calendar.

Police Lt. Robert King says the 13 were wearing military-style clothing and all told the same story. The spokesman says two men carrying the unloaded assault rifle on the bridge were arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct. He says they’re accused of causing public alarm. The other 11 were interviewed and sent on their way.

The men tell KATU they planned to have their photo taken under the “Portland, Oregon” sign near the bridge.

The bridge was closed for about 45 minutes.

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Man In Jail For 30 Days With $1,500+ Fine After Nutcase Oregon Officals Charged And Convicted Him Of Collecting Rainwater On His Private Property

August 9, 2012

MEDFORD, OREGON – Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.

“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

Harrington was found guilty two weeks ago of breaking a 1925 law for having, what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He was convicted of nine misdemeanors, sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined over $1500 for collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his property.

The Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.

But Harrington says he is not diverting the state’s water — merely collecting rainwater and snow melt that falls or flows on his own property.

Harrington has vowed to continue to fight the penalty, stating that the government has become “big bullies” and that “from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies, Harrington said in an interview two weeks ago with CNSNews.com.

“We as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

His release is expected in early September.

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Umatilla Oregon Teacher Kristle Vandever Not Charged After Sex With Young Boys “…Because Of Luck… No Witnesses Coming Forward.”

August 5, 2012

UMATILLA, OREGON – An elementary school teacher who admitted having sexual relations with students has escaped prison after prosecutors declined to bring charges against her.

Kristle Vandever, 44, resigned two years ago after the allegations first emerged – but she has only just had her teaching licence revoked.

Shortly after quitting, the 21-year veteran wrote an email admitting: ‘I just can’t help wanting these hot young boys… and they want me.’

She also appeared to imply that she could have faced legal action if her victims had spoken up as she wrote, ‘no witnesses coming forward’.

Vandever taught English as a second language at McNary Heights Elementary School in Umatilla, Oregon, having qualified as a teacher in 1989, according to the Hermiston Herald.

After an investigation into allegations she had had sex with students was launched in early 2010, she resigned from the school in May 2010.

Just weeks after her resignation, she sent an email from her work account saying: ‘No jail for me and that is only because of luck… no witnesses coming forward.

‘He said he was of legal age, but he lied. I just can’t help wanting these hot young boys… and they want me.

‘Who am I to spoil a young man’s fantasy. Damn.’

However, after a lengthy police investigation, the local District Attorney declined to file criminal charges against Vandever.

A report concluded that she had performed oral sex on ‘one or more’ students in her car, as well as giving students alcohol.

It also found that video of Vandever engaged in sexual activity with a boy was filmed on a cell phone and passed round other students.

Last month, the teacher had her licence withdrawn as a result of the findings.

She did not appeal against the revocation or the conclusions of the report.

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Crazed Jackson County Oregon Circuit Judge Sentences Man To 30 Days In Jail And Over $1,500 In Fines For Collecting Rainwater On His Own Property

July 27, 2012

EAGLE POINT, OREGON – A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.

“The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday.

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

Harrington said the case first began in 2002, when state water managers told him there were complaints about the three “reservoirs” – ponds – on his more than 170 acres of land.

According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers.

Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally house reservoirs for storm and snow water runoff on his property. One of the “reservoirs” had been on his property for 37 years, he said.

Though the state Water Resources Department initially approved his permits in 2003, the state – and a state court — ultimately reversed the decision.

“They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.

The case, he said, is centered on a 1925 law which states that the city of Medford holds exclusive rights to “all core sources of water” in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries.

“Way back in 1925 the city of Medford got a unique withdrawal that withdrew all — supposedly all — the water out of a single basin and supposedly for the benefit of the city of Medford,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.

Harrington told CNSNews.com, however, that the 1925 law doesn’t mention anything about colleting rainwater or snow melt — and he believes that he has been falsely accused.

“The withdrawal said the stream and its tributaries. It didn’t mention anything about rainwater and it didn’t mention anything about snow melt and it didn’t mention anything about diffused water, but yet now, they’re trying to expand that to include that rain water and they’re using me as the goat to do it,” Harrington

But Tom Paul, administrator of the Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.

“The law that he is actually violating is not the 1925 provision, but it’s Oregon law that says all of the water in the state of Oregon is public water and if you want to use that water, either to divert it or to store it, you have to acquire a water right from the state of Oregon before doing that activity,” Paul told CNSNews.com.

Yet Paul admitted the 1925 law does apply because, he said, Harrington constructed dams to block a tributary to the Big Butte, which Medford uses for its water supply.

“There are dams across channels, water channels where the water would normally flow if it were not for the dam and so those dams are stopping the water from flowing in the channel and storing it- holding it so it cannot flow downstream,” Paul told CNSNews.com.

Harrington, however, argued in court that that he is not diverting water from Big Butte Creek, but the dams capturing the rainwater and snow runoff – or “diffused water” – are on his own property and that therefore the runoff does not fall under the jurisdiction of the state water managers, nor does it not violate the 1925 act.

In 2007, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge denied Harrington’s permits and found that he had illegally “withdrawn the water at issue from appropriation other than for the City of Medford.”

According to Paul, Harrington entered a guilty plea at the time, received three years probation and was ordered to open up the water gates.

“A very short period of time following the expiration of his probation, he once again closed the gates and re-filled the reservoirs,” Paul told CNSNews.com. “So, this has been going on for some time and I think frankly the court felt that Mr. Harrington was not getting the message and decided that they’d already given him probation once and required him to open the gates and he refilled his reservoirs and it was business as usual for him, so I think the court wanted — it felt it needed — to give a stiffer penalty to get Mr. Harrington’s attention.”

In two weeks, if unsuccessful in his appeals, Harrington told CNSNews.com that he will report to the Jackson County Jail to serve his sentence.

“I follow the rules. If I’m mandated to report, I’m going to report. Of course, I’m going to do what it takes in the meantime to prevent that, but if I’m not successful, I’ll be there,” Harrington said.

But Harrington also said that he will never stop fighting the government on this issue.

“When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, ‘This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”

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