More stories from February's issue of THE BEE!


Sellwood Bridge, Gredvig family
From the west-end low “construction bridge”, the Gredvig family could see – and photograph – the process underway of removing the wooden forms from the pouring of the concrete deck of the new Sellwood Bridge, high above. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

“First walk” becomes “last tour” of new Sellwood Bridge

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

Most of the tours that Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen has given of the Sellwood Bridge construction site have been for members of the media – most notably THE BEE’s David F. Ashton, who has visited the site with Pullen at least once a month since construction began, to bring you reports and photographs of the work being done.

But, Pullen agreed to give a special tour for winning bidders in the annual Southeast Portland Rotary Club Foundation charity auction on December 5th, in view of the various good works the club performs for Inner Southeast. After spirited bidding, the winners were the Gredvig family of Beaverton – Julie and Gordy, Jordie, and Garrick.

After being treated to lunch by THE BEE at Gino’s in Sellwood as part of the auction prize, the family took the tour at 2 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 22. Pullen had already commented that this would probably be the last such tour given anyone but media people, since Multnomah County, the owner of the bridge, plans to open the new bridge to traffic at the end of February – preliminary to the start of the removal of the 90-year-old old Sellwood Bridge.

However, he said, the tour that day would have an additional and quite unique distinction: It would mark the very first trip on foot across the new bridge by anyone but the construction crew building the bridge. The bridge deck “pouring” had been completed only the preceding week, and the concrete had now cured sufficiently to walk on it, as well as to start removing the wooden forms underneath.

So, the two-hour tour started out from the construction headquarters on the south side of the east end of the bridge, walking westward. After passing the lanes used for traffic connecting the east end of the old bridge to Tacoma Street, the group had the whole width of the new bridge to themselves – although workers were busy here and there, pouring sidewalks, preparing the “belvedere” lookouts for their concrete, and removing the plastic covers under which the bridge deck pavement had been curing.

Sellwood Bridge, girders, west end ramp
There were only two concrete girders supporting the west-end ramp of the old Sellwood Bridge, and they were cracking under the pressure of a still-creeping ancient landslide. With the hillside stabilized, the new bridge is supported by a spectacular number of girders under the new west-end ramp. (Photo by Eric Norberg)

At the west end of the new bridge deck, the group – attired in fluorescent jackets and hard hats – pushed the pedestrian button and walked north across the lanes of the old Sellwood Bridge and along the new concrete sidewalk, to a point where they could walk down a new road past where Staff Jennings used to do business, and then under the west end of both the old and new bridges.

They trudged through graveled mud out onto the west-side “construction bridge”, just above the brown and rushing water of the Willamette River, swollen from record recent rains. There, they watched workers remove wooden forms from the underside of the deck high above. Pullen continued to discuss and describe what the visitors were seeing throughout the tour.

From the low construction bridge, they could also see how well-supported the west-end ramps of the new Sellwood Bridge are: The array of concrete girders now in place contrast sharply with the mere two that the old bridge had had under its west-end ramp – the cracks in which were what made the bridge replacement urgent.

The group completed the tour by walking back up to the west end of the bridges – and then walking back on the narrow sidewalk of the old Sellwood Bridge, making the Gredvig family also the very first to walk across both bridges on the same trip!

Pullen plans the public grand opening parade and party on the new bridge to take place from noon until 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, February 27th, with the traffic lanes shifting from the old bridge to the new one in time to open on Tuesday morning, March 1. As soon as traffic has shifted to the new bridge, removal of the old bridge will start at the east end almost immediately.



Patrick Miles Gazeley-Romney, Brooklyn corner market, 4 million dollars bail
This Brooklyn corner market was the last stop on a night-long crime spree for a shotgun-toting robber. Inset is the MCDC booking photo of the alleged shotgun bandit, 26-year-old Patrick Miles Gazeley-Romney, who faces numeral Felony robbery-related charges, and is being held on over four million dollars bail. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Shotgun robbery spree ends with arrest at Brooklyn corner market

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

A shotgun-toting robber terrorized citizens and store clerks across the greater Portland area on the evening of Monday, December 14.

Officers of the Portland Police Bureau were kept busy, starting at 9:24 p.m. that evening, when they were were called to Chico’s, a woman’s clothing store on West Burnside Street. “Officers located evidence that a shotgun had been fired into the business,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

A short time later, a suspect, described as a young white male armed with a shotgun, was reported as prowling nearby residential streets,

Beaverton Police Department officers were next to respond – to a call at 9:15 p.m. on S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway where apparently the same suspect, armed with a shotgun, had robbed a victim of cash and his wallet, after the victim obtained money from an ATM.

At 10:28 p.m., Central Precinct officers got another related assignment – responding to a traffic crash on S.W. Southwest Capitol Highway near Hillsdale. “Officers learned that one of the drivers involved in the crash had been speeding away from a man reportedly trying to rob her, armed with a shotgun,” Simpson said.

Heading east, the same suspect stopped at the Swan Mart, on S.W. Barbur Boulevard, just north of Capitol Highway, at 10:35 p.m. The Swan Mart clerk was robbed by a man brandishing, yes, a shotgun.

It didn’t take long for the suspect to cross the Willamette River, arriving at small Milwaukie Market, at 4401 S.E. Milwaukie Boulevard just north of Holgate Boulevard, at 10:59 p.m. There he reportedly once again used the shotgun to rob the store.

“11:06 p.m., a Canine Unit officer, who had viewed surveillance video of the suspect in an earlier robbery, saw a man matching the suspect’s description in the area, and took him into custody without incident,” Simpson said.

“Officers searching the neighborhood located a vehicle believed to be used by the suspect during the crime spree,” Simpson added. “During a search of the vehicle, Robbery detectives located additional evidence linking the suspect to the robbery spree, including a shotgun.”

The man officers apprehended was 26-year-old Patrick Miles Gazeley-Romney of Southwest Portland.

Gazeley-Romney was booked into the Multnomah County Detention center at 7:07 a.m.

After his arraignment later that day, Gazeley-Romney found that he faces seven counts of Robbery in the First Degree, ten counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, three counts of Unlawful Use of Weapon, and one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, all stemming from his brief crime wave across Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Currently, Gazeley-Romney is lodged in Multnomah County Inverness Jail in lieu of $4,277,500 combined bail.



Old water main breaks; disrupts S.E. 17th in Brooklyn

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Drivers and bicyclists northbound on S.E. 17th Avenue from Holgate Boulevard on Thursday morning, January 7, found themselves detoured into the Brooklyn neighborhood, after an eight-inch cast-iron water main installed in 1927 failed and closed the street.

“The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) refers to this time of year ‘Main Break Season’,” wryly remarked the Bureau’s Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti.

“Our construction and repair crews are called out at all hours of the day and night, in even the most severe weather, to repair broken water mains,” Cuti told THE BEE.

During late December and early January, Cuti added, cold temperatures triggered 27 water main breaks in all quadrants of the city. “Our cast-iron water mains tend to break more frequently during winter months, as water temperature changes and changing soil conditions provide an environment that exposes weaknesses in aging pipe.”

So, in many ways, this one – on S.E. 17th Avenue, between Center and Rhone Streets – was like many others their crews have repaired recently.

Using a backhoe, workers dug into the street and removed the broken pipe. In this case, a worker at the site told THE BEE that the pipe had developed a spiral fracture and burst, with the split extending pretty much the whole length of the work hole they’d dug to repair it.

After cutting away the broken portion of the pipe, they put flanges on a new section, and lowered it into place.

“The Water Bureau has a 24-hour emergency number,” Cuti reminded. “If you suspect that a main is broken in your neighborhood, please call 503/823-4874 and let us know.”


Powell Boulevard water main breaks; repaired

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

During the cold snap in late December and early January, Portland Water Bureau (PWB) crews were busy, fixing failed water mains around the city.

At about 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, reports of water bubbling up through the S.E. Powell Boulevard pavement at 75th Avenue brought PWB crews to the area.

Workers excavated, and discovered that a 12-inch cast-iron main installed in 1925 had cracked, according to PWB Public Information Officer Jaymee Cuti.

“Crews were able to repair the break without having to put any businesses or homes out of water service,” Cuti told THE BEE.

By working overnight, the repair of the water main was completed at about 4 a.m. on the morning of January 3. “The repair is final, but the road has a temporary pavement patch,” Cuti said. “The final paving will be done, but the date is dependent on the weather.”



Brooklyn, 17th Avenue, water main break
MAX Light Rail trains continued to rumble by while S.E. 17th Avenue was closed to street traffic in Brooklyn, while workers replaced an old cast-iron water main that broke underground. (Photo by David F. Ashton)
Powell Boulevard, water main break
A water main break on S.E. Powell Boulevard near 75th Avenue caused water to gush from cracks in the pavement before it was swiftly repaired. (Photo courtesy of Portland Water Bureau)
Woodstock assult, police drawing
A Portland Police Bureau sketch artist provided this drawing of the New Years Day sexual assault suspect. (Courtesy of Portland Police Bureau)

Police hunt for Woodstock sexual assault suspect

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Five blocks south of Woodstock Park, near the intersection of S.E. 47th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard, police began an investigation of a reported sexual assault on January 1 at about 3:30 a.m.

“The victim reported to police that she was hit over the head and sexually assaulted,” said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. “The victim went to a hospital for medical treatment after the attack, then called police to file the report.”

The 37-year-old female victim described the suspect to police as a white male in his 20s, thin build, with dark and greasy short hair. “The victim told officers that the suspect was wearing a ‘Pork Army’ patch on the back of his ‘gas-attendant-style’ jacket, and that he smelled of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes,” Simpson said.

Less than a day after the assault, on the PorkArmy Facebook page, the organization posted the police sketch of the suspect, with the caption, “DOES ANYONE RECOGNIZE THIS [PERSON]? WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE WEARING PORK ARMY COLORS ASSAULTING ANYBODY – THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT.”

Simpson told reporters that, because stranger-on-stranger sexual assaults are rare, it makes an attack of this nature even more worrisome to neighbors.

Anyone with information on this incident, or the suspect’s identity, is asked to contact Detective Cory Stenzel at 503/823-0453. Or you can e-mail information to: cory.stenzel@portlandoregon.gov.



Cleveland High School, Fiddler on the Roof
CHS student actors begin working on their roles during this early rehearsal of their upcoming winter musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”. Seen here are Logan Watkins (at top, playing Perchik, who falls in love with Tevye’s daughter), Cameron Fuller (as eldest daughter Tzeitel), Amelia Hillery (as Hodel, who runs off with Perchik to Siberia), Natalie Alper (playing Chava, Tevye’s shy and bookish daughter), and Alexander Leatha (as Fyedka, who takes a liking to Chava). (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Cleveland High Theater presents “Fiddler on the Roof”

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

A record-breaking Broadway show that opened way back in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof”, is coming to the Cleveland High School (CHS) Auditorium, staged by the students, and opening on February 26.

The story, set in the early 1900s, is about the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions, as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives.

Well-known songs from the show include: “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, and “Sunrise, Sunset”.

“The members of the CHS theater troupe – ‘Company of Warriors’ – like to take on relevant themes and stories, and explore them with heart,” the show’s director, and CHS Theater Instructor, Tomas Beckett, told THE BEE.

“We are living in the middle of a ‘refugee crisis’ in the United States, and throughout the world,” Beckett said. “We have popular political candidates raising questions about who is worthy of living in America, who is legal, who is dangerous.

“‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a refugee play,” Beckett reflected. “It’s a look at people caught up in larger political forces – which compel them from their homes using violence and intimidation.

“Every generation lives through a moment of transformation that raises all sorts of questions about Traditions and change,” Beckett continued. “Everybody is going to be ‘Tevye’ someday, and most high schoolers struggle against the traditions and expectations of their parents. Seeing this play as a parent, as opposed to a young teenager doing their first High School musical, is fascinating.”

At the same time, “Fiddler on the Roof” ran for more than 3,000 shows on Broadway, before touring the world and being made into a motion picture. It appeals, because of the humor, music, dance numbers, and the pathos of the story.

Local audiences are sure to enjoy the Company of Warriors’ production of “Fiddler on the Roof”, featuring 24 actors, 15 dancers, and a live orchestra under the direction of Dr. Paula Creamer – a Cleveland Math and Music Composition teacher now in her last year before retirement.

Opening night for “Fiddler on the Roof” is Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 27 they’re presenting both a matinee show at 2 p.m. as well as the 7 p.m. performance. 

The following weekend there are two 7 p.m. evening performances on March 4 and 5. On Sunday, March 6, they’re hosting another 2:00 p.m. matinee – an “Audience Sing Along” and meet-up”.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students, and will be available at the door. It’s in the At the Cleveland High School Auditorium, at 3400 S.E. 26th Avenue, just off Powell Boulevard.



Franklin High School, Chicago, musical drama
Janet Webster (as stage star, and accused murderess, Velma Kelly) and Rosie Orellana (who plays Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian, and also a murderess) work on their dance number, “My Own Best Friend”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

“Chicago” musical comes to Franklin High’s campus in Lents

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Student actors, singers, and dancers are now working on their roles for their upcoming production of the musical play “Chicago”, set to open at Franklin High School’s temporary Marshall Campus Theater on March 4. While Franklin High is rebuilt in Inner Southeast, students are going to school at the Marshall High campus in the Lents neighborhood.

This lively and colorful – and sometimes sassy – show will have the audience tapping toes to tunes such as “All That Jazz”, performed by character “Velma Kelly”, a vaudevillian star – and, as it turns out, a murderess.

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, this lively musical is based on the 1926 play of the same name, written by newspaper reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes on which she had reported. The show’s story is a satire on criminal justice, and what initiated the concept of a “celebrity criminal”.

“We’re doing this show because it has great songs and scenes,” remarked Franklin High School (FHS) drama instructor Joshua Forsythe, director of the upcoming musical. “This show’s music hearkens back to the vaudeville days. Many of these songs are recreations of that style of music – which is where musical theater originated.”

Another reason for selecting “Chicago” as the Franklin High winter musical, Forsythe said, is that it requires a strong female cast. “This show has a lot of great female characters and songs for women. It also has the opportunity for dance numbers.”

With the support of his enthusiastic cast, Forsythe said he believes they’ll produce an “epic theater piece” that audiences will enjoy. “Even though it’s set in the past, the story may provoke the audience to think about the current political situation. It’s about the danger of mixing our notion of celebrity, popular media, and the justice system.”

The FHS production of “Chicago” features a cast of 26 – supported by a live orchestra, and a crew of 45 theater technicians.

The first curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Friday night, March 4. There’11 be another evening show at the same time the following night. On Sunday, March 6, they’re featuring just a matinee performance at 2 p.m. The show will continue the following weekend with 7 p.m. evening performances on March 10, 11, and 12.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Buy them at the door, or go online and get your tickets in advance at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-the-musical-tickets-20768096937 .

The Franklin High School Marshall Campus is located at 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue, 97266.



Bill Carley, Pace Setter Athletics, break in
Pace Setter Athletic co-owner Bill Carley shows us the hole a burglar cut in the back wall of his store during a bungled burglary attempt just after Christmas. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Burglar cuts through wall of Woodstock running shoe store

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Originally in the A-frame building that’s now Nudi noodle restaurant, Pace Setter Athletic moved a block west and across the street into their new location in December, 2009, at 4203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Depending on the economy, running shoe and accessories business has been up and down, confided Bill Carley -- who with his wife Anita owns the shop. “But, our store has always been noted for our high quality of service and top quality products; that’s why people from all over Portland shop here.”

Nothing really out of the ordinary had happened at their store, Carley reflected, until one evening in the last week of December.

“For a long time, we have asked our landlord to allow us to put a more secure back door on the common hallway that serves our business and the UPS Store next door,” Carley told THE BEE.

“About 9 p.m. on December 26th, a burglar came through that door,” Carley said. “Then he used a sheet rock knife to cut a hole in the back inside wall of our store. The hole was so small that I could not get through it.”

Inside their back room, he pointed out the hole – it was the width between the wall studs; about 16 inches in diameter.

Stepping into the store, the burglar tripped a motion detection burglar alarm, and the store’s monitoring company then dispatched the police.

“When I got here, the police officer said the back door was locked,” remarked Carley. “We leave the cash drawer empty. There were $10 in coins under a counter; but the burglar left that behind.”

After looking carefully through the store, the only item Carley found missing was a key, which had been attached to a couple of souvenir key fobs. It was the key to the padlock on his trash roll cart. So only his trash was at risk!

The next day, Carley took a closer look at that back door. “I saw that there was a fairly large gap in between the door and the door frame. So, I got a piece of plastic and found that I could easily jimmy it open,” Carley went on.

“I told Don, who owns the UPS Store next door, ‘I can’t go home, knowing that all one needs is a credit card or piece of plastic to break into the corridor. He and I agreed to board it up from the inside, every night.”

He’s not yet ready to name him, but Carley said he does have a suspect for the break-in in mind. “It’s a fellow who has been in the store a few times. He acts as if he is mentally ill. When he’s on his medications, he’s a scary guy. But when he’s not on his meds, he is somebody you really do not want to be within half a block of – you do not know what he is going to do.”

A homeowner in the area reported seeing that man near the store not long before the break-in, Carley added.

“I feel lucky that things worked out as well as they did,” Carley concluded. “But we’re still going to get a stronger security door behind the building, and make sure our alarm system is set and working, whenever we’re closed.”



Sellwood minaret, tower, construction, trapeze base, Burning Man
In his back yard, fabric and metal creative designer Trevor Blackann hangs out on his portable “Tower” fabrication. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood’s mysterious minaret explained

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

For some time, neighbors – and those driving along S.E. Tacoma Street near Johnson Creek – have noticed and wondered about a mystifying metal frame geodesic minaret, rising up from the back yard of a nearby home.

Neighbor Scott McNeely contacted THE BEE, saying “its design, its purpose, its creators – have provoked numerous dinner-table conversations.”

Only one man held the key to unlocking the mystery: Its creator, Trevor Blackann.

“I call it ‘my tower’,” Blackann told THE BEE, when we tracked him down.

“I originally built it as a transportable aerial performer’s platform,” Blackann explained. “It was originally built as a rig for aerial silks and trapeze artists.

“At the time I was doing geodesic art and elaborations – playing with geodesic mathematics,” he said. “I was inspired by Buckminster Fuller, and decided to get involved in geodesic math and building domes. I got a little carried away with this one!”

He turned a 20-ton log splitter into a punch press to make pieces for the structures. “I designed it, and created the parts. Then, I designed a system for erecting it.”

In essence, it was built from the top down, Blackann revealed. He constructed the topmost portion first, then created a system for lifting it, while he linked together the next section under that. Then, he lifted the completed portion again, and created another section – and built another section, and so on, until his work was completed.

“I did have a crew of people help me a few times; but I built it by myself, the way it stands right now.”

Although the airy structure now sits on his back patio, it is not permanent, he said. The Tower has traveled, including two trips to “Burning Man” in Nevada.

So far, he’s received no complaints about his oversized Erector-style structure.

“Everyone around here says they love it, especially when I light it up at night, I have had a lot of good response,” Blackann said. “I’ve created several different lighting schemes, with changing lights against the fabric – but some of it got torn in the last windstorm.”

While he’s become accustomed to the structure that takes up most of his patio, he’s willing to negotiate with a buyer, and erect it on their site, Blackann said.

Interested in having The Tower installed at your special location? If so, feel free to contact him about the Tower, or about his creative design consultancy work, via his e-mail address: trevor.blackann@gmail.com.



Sellwood, rainy, car crash, Garthwick
Drivers of three cars that slid into each other in the rain conferred and checked the damages, just north of Garthwick, on December 12th in Sellwood at S.E. 13th and Linn Street. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Wet weather leads to three-vehicle Sellwood crash

By RITA A. LEONARD
For THE BEE

Rainy winter weather makes driving all the more hazardous with poor visibility, and that is given as the cause of a three-vehicle collision at the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Linn Street, just north of Garthwick, on Saturday afternoon, December 12.

A Subaru eastbound on Linn Street lost its front license plate, a Toyota RAV4 traveling south on 13th lost its front bumper and headlight, and a small Scion with left-side damage ended up in the bushes to the west of S.E. 13th Avenue.

All drivers assisted each other and assessed damages. Portland Police responded to the scene to assist with traffic control while the matter was sorted out, but no citations were issued.



2015 rainfall in Inner Southeast: About average

By ERIC NORBERG
Editor, THE BEE

A year ago, after completing the calculation of our 2014 rainfall total in Inner Southeast Portland, we remarked that it did not appear that we were in any sort of drought here, since the year’s 46.01” total was, if anything, slightly above average.

The 2015 total is now in – it’s only about an inch more – 47.09”. And now the national weather folks are beginning to agree that northwest Oregon, west of the Cascades, indeed is “no longer in drought”.

But what caught their attention, and undoubtedly yours as well, was that wet December we just had. It blew away the old December rainfall record for Portland (measured at the airport) of 13.35” in December of 1996.

Our December of 2015, as measured at THE BEE’s gauge in Westmoreland, totalled 17.44 inches! That single month accounted for fully 37% of the entire year’s rainfall here last year. In fact, the January-through-June total of 17.42” last year was almost exactly equal to what we got in December alone.

Although, in our 4 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily measurements, we only had two days in December with no rainfall at all (December 26 and 31), the six wettest days of that month accounted for 52% of our December total, and 19% of the entire year’s total!  They were:

  • December 7   – 3.17”
  • December 9   – 1.18”
  • December 12 – 1.07”
  • December 17 – 1.43”
  • December 18 – 1.21”
  • December 21 – 1.12”

December 7 was memorably wet. That day’s 3.17” inches represented 18% of December’s rainfall all by itself – and 6.7% of the entire year’s total!

As for how our 47.09” rain total for 2015 ranks – when we say it was only about average, that’s because 2012’s total was a soaking 59.29”, and 2010’s total was 56.04”.

The driest years we have measured, since we began our daily records at the start of 2008, have been 2000’s 30.01”, 2001’s 29.67”, and 2002’s 30.04”.

None of this can predict for us what we can expect for 2016; but as of right now, we certainly are not in any drought in the Portland metro – and as a city, should things ever get dry, we have the benefit of TWO different solid water supplies, in the Bull Run reservoir on Mt. Hood and the Columbia River wellfield east of the Portland Airport. That distinction probably makes us unique among all the major cities in this country.



Motel shooting, Brentwood Darlington, pellet gun, shot in face
A police officer spoke with the victim of a pellet gun attack while he was being evaluated in an ambulance parked in the lot of the Dar-Ron Motel on S.E. 82nd. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Southeast motel resident shot in face with pellet gun

By DAVID F. ASHTON
For THE BEE

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers, a Portland Fire & Rescue rig, and an ambulance, were dispatched to the Dar-Ron Motel at 7707 S.E. 82nd Avenue on Tuesday evening, January 5, at 9:24 p.m., when the 9-1-1 Center received a call about a man being shot in the face.

PPB District patrol cars raced to the motel, some of them staging at the 7-Eleven Store parking lot to the north of the building. Officers were on the lookout for a white male, wearing a hoodie, and armed with a 9 mm gun.

As the call progressed, the police dispatcher told officers, “It may be a pellet gun, but take all precautions.”

At the motel, some officers were searching for evidence, others were talking with witnesses. The victim was treated in an ambulance that had pulled into the motel parking lot, and was not immediately taken to a hospital for treatment.

“Looking at the call report, the victim gave officers different versions of his story,” confided Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Stewart. “It looks as if the victim might have been in some kind of robbery or rip-off.”

Officers stopped several vehicles in the area, but no arrests were made at that time, and the condition and identity of the victim, who had apparently been injured by shots from a pellet gun, have not been made public.




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