Around the State

Published Aug 22, 2013 at 05:00AM

Cabbie who stopped on freeway to lose permit — Portland officials say a Broadway Cab driver who stopped his taxi on Interstate 84 and discharged two women passengers will lose his taxi driver permit because he failed to meet a basic city safety code. The Oregonian reports that Ahmed Egal has 10 days to appeal. Broadway Cab President Raye Miles says the company is disappointed about the city’s decision. Shanako Devoll and her partner, Kate Neal, say Egal ditched them just before midnight July 25 because of their sexual orientation. The newspaper says Egal called 911 and told emergency dispatchers that the two women were “real drunk, and so mean” and they wanted to jump out of the car. He also said the women did not want to pay.

8 arrests at alleged base for white supremacists — Multnomah County authorities made eight arrests at what they say is a known gathering place for white supremacist gangs. Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Alexander said Wednesday’s raid of a triplex on East Burnside Road capped a months-long drug and weapons investigation. He said a SWAT team used flash bang devices and tear gas in the raid that started at 3 a.m. Investigators seized drug paraphernalia and six firearms — three semi-automatic weapons, two revolvers and a rifle. The eight people taken into custody included six men and two women and ranged in age from 22 to 48. Most were charged with probation and parole violations, though some were charged with crimes such as theft, meth possession, being a felon in possession of a firearm and failure to register as a sex offender.

School district settles dispute with Straub family — The Salem-Keizer School District has settled a dispute with the family of former Gov. Robert Straub by agreeing to pay an extra $600,000 for farmland it took by eminent domain to build two schools. School district officials offered to buy the land four years ago from a company managed by the Straub family, but the sides couldn’t agree on a price. The district took ownership of 47 acres through eminent domain to build Straub Middle School and Kalapuya Elementary School. It left 1.2 acres upon which Straub’s house still sits. If the district and Straub family hadn’t settled, it would have been up to a Polk County jury to determine the property’s value. The district’s appraisal of the property had been $5.65 million; the Straub family appraisal was $12.95 million. Jury selection for a trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday but was canceled after a tentative settlement was reached. The extra $600,000 pushes the sale price to $6.25 million.

AG argues sentencing rule doesn’t apply to Kinkel — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down mandatory life sentences without parole for two 14-year-olds does not apply to Kip Kinkel, the Oregon attorney general’s office says in a motion to throw out the school shooter’s request for a new sentencing hearing. The attorney general’s office, in documents obtained by The Oregonian newspaper notes that Kinkel got a nearly 112-year sentence — not a mandatory life sentence — from the Lane County judge in 1999. Kinkel was 15 when he killed his parents in their Springfield home in 1998, and then fatally shot two students and wounded 25 others at Thurston High School the next morning.

— From wire reports

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