Portland homeless shelter evacuated — Portland’s largest shelter for homeless families was evacuated Thursday because of safety concerns over damage from a leaky roof. More than 100 people were relocated to a nearby church as Multnomah County tried to place the families in motels. In addition to the leaky roof, residents described natural gas leaks and an infestation of rats. The shelter in outer southeast Portland opened two years ago. The building dates to the 1970s and was previously a restaurant, then a strip club.
Trial for former youth pastor — A former Medford youth pastor is scheduled to stand trial later this month on charges he secretly recorded videos of girls changing clothes at his house and on church trips to California. A federal judge denied a motion Tuesday to reschedule Donald Courtney Biggs’ trial, which is set for Feb. 26. Biggs, 39, has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of attempting to use a minor to produce a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct and three counts of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He was indicted on the federal charges in 2015 after Medford Police launched an initial investigation in late 2014.
Portland police shooting — The family of an Oregon teenager who was fatally shot by a Portland police officer a year ago has sent notice of intent to sue the city. The family of Quanice Hayes, 17, sent notice Wednesday of a pending wrongful death lawsuit to be filed in federal court for the February 2017 shooting. Attorney Jesse Merrithew says the family believes the police bureau has a pattern of killing unarmed young black people. According to a grand jury transcript, Officer Andrew Hearst shot Hayes three times after he appeared to reach toward his waistband as police were trying to arrest him. A grand jury declined to indict the officer on criminal charges.
Police videotaping — Oregon officials have released a memo with a statement from a Portland police sergeant where he acknowledged deliberately misrepresenting the law to keep a protester from filming him and claimed other officers do the same. The statement by Sgt. Erin Smith is part of an investigation of a complaint filed by a Benjamin Kerensa, who was filming police during a demonstration over the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of Portland fuel storages facilities in November 2016. Kerensa’s complaint was investigated by the city’s Independent Police Review office. It shared the outcome of the investigation with the Citizen Review Committee that handles citizen appeals of bureau findings on alleged police misconduct. Smith is a 23-year police bureau veteran and street supervisor. Last week, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office ordered a memo with Smith’s statement be made public. Smith is expected to face discipline. A state law passed in 2015 allows people to video record police from a public vantage point.