Just a tad illegal.
PORTLAND, Ore. – You already know the process that led to the failed rollout of the Cover Oregon website was bad.
But was it criminally bad?
Former Republican state Rep. Patrick Sheehan told the KATU Investigators he has gone to the FBI with allegations that Cover Oregon project managers initiated the design of dummy web pages to convince the federal government the project was further along than it actually was.
If Sheehan’s allegations are true, those managers could face time in jail for fraud.
“One of the allegations that was made was so alarming that it went way beyond a legislative oversight committee and so I did reach out and contact the FBI,” Sheehan said.
“The issue had to do with federal funding and proving some amount of compliance with the federal regulation in order to get funding.”
To which funding is he referring?
Early in its life, Cover Oregon was given a $48 million “early innovator” grant from the federal government. That amount would later grow to $59 million.
There were a few strings attached though.
To keep the money flowing, the website would have to hit specific benchmarks between 2011 and 2013. The state needed to show the feds it had picked a company to provide software and technical assistance; it had to demonstrate that the website was safe from hackers; and, most importantly, it had to show that people could actually sign up for insurance on the website.
Let’s see, riding a bike is healthy, does not burn evil fossil fuels, so, you would think Liberals would not want to tax bicycling right? WRONG!
Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability. That is testing the vision of city leaders who are transforming urban expanses with bike lanes and other amenities in a quest for relevance, vitality and livability – with never enough funds.
Two or three states consider legislation each year for some type of cycling registration and tax – complete with decals or mini-license plates, National Conference of State Legislatures policy specialist Douglas Shinkle said. This year, it was Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The Oregon legislation, which failed, would even have applied to children.
“I really think that legislators are just trying to be as creative as possible and as open to any sort of possibilities to fill in any funding gaps. Everything is on the table,” he said.
Of course it is, because EVERYTHING ought to be taxed according to Democrats! Funny, they never think of reducing their rate of spending do they?
Of course, to be fair, those riding bikes, or anyone who just wants to contribute to funding city bike paths ought to pony up for such infrastructure. Colorado Springs, hardly a bastion of Liberalism, does it the right way
Hawaii has had a statewide bike registration law for decades, as has the normally tax-hating city of Colorado Springs, Colo., though in both cases, they are one-time fees and all proceeds go toward bicycle infrastructure.
In the case of Colorado Springs, the proposal came from the cycling community itself. The $4 tax on the purchase of new bikes has been in place since 1988, and no one seems to mind. It only raises up to $150,000 a year, but it’s useful as a local match for federal grants. And it gives cycling advocates leverage when pushing for bike projects. For one thing, it has revealed that 25,000 bikes are sold each year, a big number in a city of 430,000.
Now, I do not support federal grants for such local projects. Let those localities, and those who ride bikes, or who wish to contribute, find the needed funds. But the one-time fee is a good idea. Too often, taxes that are supposed to be temporary become permanent, then they are raised, and later raised even more.
An 11-year-old Oregon girl who wanted to help her father pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, found herself embroiled in city bureaucracy. On Saturday, Madison Root went to the downtown market to sell fresh mistletoe she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle’s farm in Oregon.
She told KATU News, “I felt like I could help my dad with the money.”
However, a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market blocked her path to a straighter smile by telling her to stop selling the mistletoe, citing city rules that ban conducting business or soliciting at a park without proper approval and documentation.
Specifically, Chapter 10.12 of the Portland city code states that soliciting or conducting business includes the display of ”goods, or descriptions or depictions of goods or services, with the intent to engage any member of the public in a transaction for the sale of any good or service.”
The guard reportedly told Madison she could set up shop outside the boundaries of the park… or she could simply ask for donations. Her father, Ashton, told ABC.com, “The guard told her she can beg if she wanted but she can’t sell the mistletoe.” He went on to say that his daughter “does not want to encourage begging and wants people to earn their living… She is so keen on high work ethic.”
Madison confirmed this, “I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg. I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place.”
The young entrepreneur also seemed confused that vendors could openly sell pot while her mistletoe business was shut down: “There are people next to me that have big signs that say ‘Got Pot?’ They’re raising money for pot.”
Pot or no pot, officials say vendors pay to rent vending booths and are screened before qualifying for the Portland Saturday Market. One vendor, Viki Ciesiul, explained the process to ABCNews.com saying “Applying for a booth is a juried process. I had to show samples of my jewelry to a panel of jurists… We have to pay to maintain our spot at the market.”
Ciesiul expressed mixed feelings about Madison’s plight: “We [vendors] are trying to avoid too many types of street vendors who might bring the place down,” she said. “There are many ways she can participate and rules are there for a reason.”
Mark Ross, a spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park said asking for donations is “a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment,” but declined to comment about Madison’s story. He did note, however, that the Saturday Market administration designates and enforces its rules once the space has been leased to them.
Since the story broke Sunday evening, Madison’s father said “mistletoe orders mushroomed… even McKinzei Farms, one of the biggest selling Christmas tree farms in the area, made a $1,000 donation to Madison’s braces.”
The 11-year-old got her first set of braces on Monday.
An Oregon middle school football coach is in some hot water (or should we say hot sauce) for his insatiable desire to host his team’s end-of-season party at Hooters.
When parents of the children protested, do you think the coach relented? No. He issued this gem to Oregon Live.
“I believe this is a fine venue,” said Randall Burbach. “It’s not a strip club.”
Damn right. I’m tired of people calling Hooters a strip club. It’s a delicious wing joint. When I go, I don’t even notice if they have waiters or waitresses. Probably both, I assume.
This all began when Burbach decided to throw a party for his team. I guess he felt it was his right to have it where he wanted, a place where he could drink a cold one, the kids could eat some french fries and moms and dads could stare at some tits. But when parents got wind of it, they went above Burbach’s head to the school’s athletic director, who while he agreed with the coach in an email that the “food is good!” he was not okay with the atmosphere.
In a letter written to “Families and Friends of Corbett 7th/8th Grade Football,” Athletic Director J.P. Soulagnet said he tried to persuade coach Randy Burbach to move the event to another location, so that “families could attend and feel comfortable.” But Burbach was “unyielding and emphatically said no.”
There is nothing wrong with Hooters people COME ON!
Trying to rob a gun store? Bad idea. Trying to rob a gun store armed with a bat? Worse idea!
Common sense is apparently hard for some criminals. Take for example, 22-year-old Derrick Mosley, who reportedly attempted to rob an Oregon gun shop on Thursday armed with a baseball bat.
According to various news reports, Mosley strolled into Discount Gun Sales in Beaverton, Ore., with his baseball bat and criminal intent. He reportedly smashed a display case and attempted to steal a firearm.
The manager of the gun shop drew his own firearm which, unlike the one Mosley attempted to steal, was loaded. The manager trained his gun on Mosley and ordered him to drop the bat, the unloaded gun he was trying to steal and the 9-inch knife he was carrying. The first smart thing the crook did that day was comply with those commands.
They really are the Totalitarian Party
Democrats in Oregon are pushing legislation that not only bans guns but allows warrantless searches of your home by government officials.
Oregon Firearms reported:
Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.
Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.” The other sponsors are:
Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE, SHIELDS, STEINER- HAYWARD.
HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements. We say “a firearm” because even if you comply with the restrictions in this bill you may still only own one.
I never want to hear anyone say we should not call Democrats Marxists.
It seems that despite their cloaking themselves in choice, they wish to deny us most choices in life. Like who we do business with
Thought crimes vs. the First Amendment in Oregon (via The Blaze)
(KGW) The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.
It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.
“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.”
Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages. Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.
“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”
The charge would be for discrimination in a public place under ORS 659a.403. Looking at the entire portion of ORS 659a, civil penalites can be assessed at up to $1,000 (659a.855). The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries can also forced the defendant to cease and desist. Furthermore, the defendant isn’t entitled to a trial by jury in front of his/her peers, but instead must face a tribunal of Bureau of Labor employees.
My first thought is this. If a business snubs you, leave and do not go back. You have every right to not shop anywhere you choose. But, businesses also should possess the right to REFUSE to do business with you.
My second thought is that this is a trend we will see increased. The goal here is not acceptance or tolerance. It is Statism and control of thought and speech.
My third thought is that if this were my bakery, I would have taken the business and baked them whatever cake they wanted, but that is me. In a free country we should all be able to make the choice for ourselves. But, of course, to the Left, freedom is a bad thing because some people use their freedom to do or say things the Left disagrees with. And that is something the tolerant Left simply cannot tolerate.
If you’re a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.
Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.
Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.
“The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine,” the bill’s text says.
“I think it’s pretty crazy,” said Juan Silva of Salem. “I don’t see it going through. It’s going to be something to watch for, but I don’t think it’ll pass.”
Others see the proposal differently.
“I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it,” said Rick Cannon of Salem. “You know there’s less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them.”
Greenlick also made headlines this week by suggesting a state committee look into the hiring procedure used by the University of Oregon when it named Mark Helfrich the new Ducks head coach.
The Delusional Left refuses to live in the real world. They are screaming to ban handguns, assault weapons because a 20-year-old psycho, who cannot legally have handguns murdered his mother, stole her guns, and slaughtered 20 children? The Left wants more gun control even though Connecticut has very strict gun laws already. Laws that did nothing to stop the killer. Killers like this walk through laws and go on killing sprees, largely because the left has defined schools as “gun free zones” as if a sign will stop a mass murderer. But, who are they seeking to disarm here?
In last week’s mall shooting in Oregon, the mall was also super safe because it is a gun free zone by the way, a hero with a concealed carry permit helped stop the shooter and saved lives. Why would the Left wish to disarm him?
The shooting last week at the mall in Clackamas, Oregon has been overshadowed by the tragedy that unfolded Friday morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. In Oregon two innocent human beings lost their lives, but perhaps the carnage would have been worse if not for Nick Meli, who has a concealed carry permit and was in the mall when the gunman opened fire. Meli pulled his weapon, but did not shoot the gunman because there were bystanders who could have been injured. The gunman saw Meli, an armed citizen, and rather than shoot more innocents he pointed his weapon at himself.
“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. ”He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”
The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.
“As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”
Tens of thousands of Americans use guns every year to defend themselves, the lowest estimate shows that 274 Americans per day act heroically BECAUSE they are armed, but the Left wishes to disarm them? Of course, the Left insists that this is the only way, and the Left are the geniuses behind gun free zones, right? Certainly the Left cringes when anyone suggests armed security in schools, or allowing teachers with concealed carry permits have guns in school. And again, Sandy Hook Elementary, a gun free zone, became a killing zone Friday. And one very heroic woman, the school principal sacrificed herself by charging the gunman. What if this woman had a gun?
Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.
Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday’s massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward them.
Perhaps this woman, this hero would have chosen not to carry, but if she had, certainly she would have a much better chance against the shooter. But, again, any choice she would have made was negated by the gun free zone nonsense. Also note that if armed security had been in place the shooter would have been dead before he was able to force his way into the school. But, all of that matters not to the Left. All they can do is blame guns, and law-abiding gun owners. If the Left truly wants to point fingers they ought to go look into a mirror.
Good Freaking Grief. Does our media have ANY sense of standards anymore. The Lonely Conservative thinks not
In Michigan the union goons knocked down tents with people inside, destroyed a hot dog vendor’s table while shouting racial epithets, and pounded on the head of a conservative commentator. So, how did the media report things? The protest was “mostly peaceful.”
We’ve been using that “mostly peaceful” gag for some time now, usually stemming from the violent Occupy rallies in 2011. Of course any time leftists agitators erupt into violence,–which is pretty much any time they get together–invariably there’s always some lamestream media outlet that calls the violence mostly peaceful.
Yes, and yesterday was a mostly peaceful day at that mall in Oregon until a madman opened fire.
Of course, if there had been Tea Party rallies in Michigan, the media narrative would have been very different.
ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford Cardinal – W
ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State Seminoles – W
SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L
FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon Ducks – W
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.
COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M Aggies – W
BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – 01/07/13 (8:30pm ET)
Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.
ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State
SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC
CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson
GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern
CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska
Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Thanks to the bill that had to be passed before we could find out what was in it, health care plans in the state of Oregon must provide sterilizations to 15 year olds, without parental consent:
…the regulation issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration said: “Non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost-sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year (in the individual market, policy year) that begins on or after August 1, 2012… All Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.”
HHS said nothing about restricting the provision of these free “preventive services” to women who were 18 or older, or 21 or older, or even 15 or older. The regulation simply said “all women with reproductive capacity.”
However, states have varying laws on the age of consent. CNSNews.com took a look at Oregon and its rule of consent for sterilization–one of the free services required by the Obama administration’s regulation.
In Oregon, the age of informed consent is 15, and the law and rules on sterilization are detailed in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 436.205 to 436.335.
Under Oregon law, girls from 15 years of age and up are given complete control over whether to be sterilized or not. The parents or guardians of a minor girl – between 15 and 18 – can neither grant nor deny consent for a sterilization.
Fifteen year olds are not trusted with the ability to cast a vote for mayor, but they can, without the consent of their parents, decide to destroy all ability to reproduce for the rest of their lives.
You should really go read the whole article at CNS News. You’ll see how ignorant the Democrats really were about what this bill would do, including this exact example.
The Democrats call this a right.
What do you call it?
You might wonder what a story about liquor in Washington state have to do with Liberals and their grasp, or lack thereof, of the free market. Well, this story I found at Weasel Zippers will help fill in the blank
Idaho state liquor officials say Washington’s newly privatized liquor market is giving a boost to Idaho’s already-rising liquor sales.
The surge in Idaho border-store sales mirrors a surge in Oregon, where sales near the Washington border rose 35 percent in June, bringing Oregon $870,000 more than usual. That’s just a hair more than Idaho’s border-store sales increase last month. Oregon, like Idaho, has a state-run liquor market.
Washington voters last year approved privatization of the state’s liquor business, opening up liquor sales to grocery stores and other retailers. That came with a new 10 percent distributor fee plus a 17 percent retail fee to replace money the state lost when it shut down its state-run liquor stores. The result was higher prices for consumers at many retail outlets.
Idaho sold about $153.6 million worth of booze in the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30. That was the equivalent of 968,000 cases of a dozen 750-milliliter bottles and a one-year rise of 6.7 percent, said Jeff Anderson, who heads the State Liquor Division.
The state broke its record for net income on liquor sales, earning $55.5 million or about 10 percent more than in fiscal 2011. That’s partly because people paid more for each bottle, “trading up to premium and super-premium products,” Anderson said.
But it’s also likely because of Washington shoppers driving across the border for lower prices. The eight Idaho-run stores near Washington sold about 33 percent more liquor in June than the same month last year, Anderson said. The state’s overall June sales were 14 percent higher.
Yes, Washington voters moved to privatize the booze business, but the state popped those fees, 10% on distributors and 17% on retailers. Those costs were passed on to consumers. Those consumers sought out their products at cheaper prices, and Washington state is losing revenue. Of course, the state could cut those taxes and more folks would be in state. This is what the Left does not get. As one commentor at Weasel Zippers put it “if you tax it they will flee”.
300 black youths ransacked a Walmart story in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. The youths threw food and merchandise around the store and broke security equipment.
News 4 reported:
Flash mobs are known across the United Stats as a group of people, dancing, having fun and enjoying themselves while entertaining others.
However, the Wal-Mart off Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville fell victim to a flash robbery when more than 300 people entered the store and destroyed the security system as well as some merchandise.
According to the police report, the group destroyed an electronic anti-shop lifting security scanner that costs about $1,500. The police report also stated the massive crowd could have arrived at the store after a party that was broken up on Sampson Road.
YouTube video showed the teens throwing food and merchandise around the store.
Channel 4′s Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson said any sort of crime where there’s hundreds of people involved is a dangerous situation.
“You’ve got a large number of people going and coming at the same time they are throwing produce,” said Jefferson. “They are stealing items, they are all over the store. You can imagine how fearful the customers were who were in there at that particular time.”
Police did not make any arrests after the mob of people took over the store. If caught, these teens could face criminal charges.
Police have identified 12 teens in a flash mob that attacked Albertsons in Troutdale late Saturday, storming the aisles, picking up produce and other items and flinging them around the store.
The 12 teens include a 15-year-old boy who lives in Northeast Portland and went behind a Starbucks kiosk, swiped the keys to the cash register and tried to pry it loose. He was captured in the act on the store’s surveillance footage, which was broadcast on nightly TV news shows.
He didn’t steal it, however. “Everybody’s running around the store,” said Sgt. Steve Bevens, spokesman for Troutdale police. “He got spooked – we don’t know why – and he left.”
The mob of 30 to 40 teens flashed through the store at 25691 S.E. Stark St. about 11:15 p.m. About 15 minutes later, a Troutdale patrol officer spotted about 20 teens waiting at a bus stop at Southwest 257th Avenue and Stark Street. When he approached them, the kids became aggressive, Bevens said. The officer arrested two teens, including the boy from Northeast Portland, on a curfew violation. Minors in Troutdale are not allowed to be outside unaccompanied by an adult between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Police later identified the boy through the surveillance footage. Bevens said he’ll be arrested soon and charged in the case. He could face burglary, disorderly conduct, attempted theft and rioting.
Troutdale police will follow up with the 11 other teens as well. They were identified by seven people who called police after seeing the surveillance footage on television. Although Troutdale only has two detectives, they will plod through the surveillance footage, trying to identify all of the teens involved.
“This is a national issue,” Bevens said. “We’re going to try to (identify) these kids. It will take a lot of time, though. It’s going to be a nightmare.”
Bevens said store employees are still going through surveillance tape, trying to identify what was taken. The footage shows the teens running through the produce aisle, picking up apples and throwing them around and ripping open bags of chips and tossing the contents around the store.
The teens could face various charges, including disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and rioting.
Bevens said his department wants to make an example of the teens to stem a growing problem. There have been a number of flash mob scenes in the Portland area in recent months, including an April incident at Nordstrom in the Lloyd Center.
With jobless rates still running between eight and nine percent, nearly 200,000 Oregonians are out of work and collecting unemployment benefits.
It also turns out that some of those people are wanted by police and prosecutors, and they’re still collecting taxpayers-funded pay every week.
KATU Investigative Reporter Thom Jensen spoke with one woman who said a system that pays known fugitives while they are on the run from the law is a broken system.
“You trust in the system to go and help you and to see that they’re not doing much to help your case… it bothers me a lot,” Maggie said.
Maggie is not her real name, but KATU agreed to conceal her identity to protect her daughter.
Salem Police and the Marion County District Attorney’s office say a man named Gabriel Diaz repeatedly sexually assaulted Maggie’s daughter in 2010.
Diaz never showed up for his trial in January and he has been on the run from justice ever since.
Despite his fugitive status, Diaz is still collecting unemployment pay of $342 each week. That’s nearly $18,000 a year.
Public records show dozens of $342 payments to Diaz over the course of a year.
A spokesman for the Oregon Employment Division says he can’t talk specifically about Diaz’s unemployment benefits.
“The only people that we can talk to about a claim is the claimant themselves,” Craig Spivey told KATU.
But that is not entirely true.
Spivey admits the Employment Division can talk to police about Diaz, because Diaz is a fugitive.
It’s up to police or prosecutors to ask for unemployment benefit information from the division and neither the Salem Police Department nor the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has requested information on Diaz.
Spivey said he is not surprised because law enforcement agencies rarely request the information on wanted people.
“We may get one or two requests a year for information from a law enforcement agency,” he said.
A spokesman for the Salem Police Department would not comment specifically on the Diaz case either. He said the unemployment benefit request is just one tool among many a police department can use to locate fugitives.
Lt. Dave Okada said the department put Diaz on its “10 most wanted” list with his picture on wanted posters around the Salem area.
He said the wanted posters are one of the most effective tools the department uses.
“We’ve had about 94 people featured and I think 67 have been captured,” Okada said.
Even if investigators do request the unemployment data, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll find a lead on Diaz.
Most unemployment recipients in Oregon receive their weekly payments with direct deposits in the state’s ReliaCard system. Fugitives who use the ReliaCard are difficult to track because they can get their money at ATMs anywhere.
Maggie said that might be, but she wants the police and prosecutors to ask for the information anyway and try to use it to find Diaz.
“I just want justice. I just want to be able to sleep at night and for my daughter to be able to sleep,” she said. “Our tax dollars are paying for him to be out on the streets.”
And, Maggie said, as long as Diaz is on the streets and collecting taxpayer-funded pay from the state, she and her daughter will suffer.
She argued that at the very least, police should go after information showing which ATMs Diaz uses most frequently.
“I think they should subpoena it and find out where he’s at and where he’s using that card,” she said.
From Oregon comes an unbelievably inane story about just how incompetent big government can be. Via Hot Air
The Institute for Justice will fight another interesting case on business licensing, this time in Oregon, where an 80-year-old barber with 50 years experience has been told he needs to go back to school to qualify for his license. Just as in the case of Louisiana casket makers and tour guides in Philadelphia and Washington DC, licensing laws that threaten to kill a 50-year small business demonstrates the unholy alliance between Big Business and Big Government at the state level:
Simply astounding isn’t it? Incompetence exemplified!
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West Linn Police arrested a woman earlier this week after called police to ask for a ride. That in itself is not a crime, but police quickly found out when they contacted her that she had just burglarized a home and a car.
Zannish Schmeka Frazier, 28, called the West Linn Police at 7:04 p.m. on Dec. 15 and told them she was cold, wet, scared and stranded at Sunset Park. She asked for a ride to the closest transit center so she could take the bus to her mother’s home.
Sergeants Mike Boyd and Neil Hennelly responded and contacted Frazier. When they arrived, the two police officers noticed she had several duffel bags with her. Frazier told police she had a fight with her boyfriend and got kicked out. After running Frazier’s background information, they learned she had a warrant for her arrest and put her in the Clackamas County Jail for a probation violation warrant on a third-degree theft.
Due to jail policies, prisoners are not allowed to bring much property to the jail; excess property is held by the arresting agency for safekeeping. Due to the size of the bags, both Sergeants had some of them in their patrol vehicles.
The case wasn’t closed, though. At 8:32 p.m. Dec. 16, the West Linn Police received a call from a woman saying that her home in the 2200 block of Charman Street had been broken into while she was gone. After checking through the residence, police asked for specific descriptions of any types of bags that may have been taken during the burglary that could have been used to haul away property.
The victim was able to describe a specific duffel bag that was missing from her home. The bag matched one that police had removed from Frazier. The victim positively identified the bag as the one that was stolen.
Police later found a car had been reportedly broken into in the 4400 block of Grant Street — roughly 200 feet from the scene of the burglary — just before 6 p.m. Police checked the stolen property list from the car prowl and it listed a very specific black duffle bag that police had just brought into the West Linn Police Department after it was removed from Frazier.
In addition to the probation violation warrant, Frazier was charged with the crimes of first-degree burglary, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree theft.
Items taken from the homeowner included laptop computers, jewelry, and women’s clothes. The items taken from the car prowl included a large duffel bag, GPS units, and a small note with a measurement on it. All of those items were recovered.
“This case was brought to a rapid conclusion thanks to a lucky circumstance, and good police work,” said west Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus. “It was helped by both victims giving very detailed descriptions of the items they were missing.”
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