Slain man’s family sues killer, security firm for $10M — The family of a man shot to death by a security guard outside a Salem restaurant is suing his attacker, and the security company that employed him, for $10 million. The alleged negligence of Homefront Security Services and the actions of employee Gregory Capwell led to the death of Jose Francisco Moreno Jr., according to a complaint filed last week in Marion County Circuit Court. Responding to a call July 22, 2017, Salem police officers found Moreno bleeding outside a Denny’s restaurant. Capwell was convicted of murdering Moreno and is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. The complaint accuses Homefront management of failing to properly train Capwell and of negligently hiring him when they knew or should have known that he had a history of impersonating a police officer, using excessive force and being arrested for assault. Homefront Security didn’t respond to requests for comment.
University of Oregon frat suspended — University of Oregon officials say the university’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi has been placed on temporary suspension while allegations of hazing are being investigated. Upsilon Omega was issued the suspension notice Tuesday, according to University spokeswoman Molly Blancett. Alpha Epsilon Pi national headquarters spokesman Jon Pierce says they learned of the suspension Wednesday but don’t know the details surrounding the allegations. Pierce says hazing is not tolerated in any form by the fraternity. Blancett says the emergency action was taken to ensure the health and safety of the university community, which is standard operating procedure.
Man pleads guilty in marijuana trafficking case — An Oregon man pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana and money laundering charges in what federal prosecutors said was a vast conspiracy to traffic marijuana from Oregon to Texas and Virginia. Federal authorities said they seized 11,000 marijuana plants, 546 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $2.8 million in cash, 26 vehicles, trailers, a yacht, and three houses used as marijuana grow sites since August 2017. Paul Eugene Thomas, 38, of Portland, and other defendants grew marijuana in Oregon, transported it to Texas and Virginia, and received cash payments through the mail and in luggage on commercial flights, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland said. Growing and selling marijuana is legal in Oregon but only with a state license. The licensing commission said the defendants were not licensed. Shipping marijuana out of Oregon remains illegal — licensed or not. Prosecutors said Thomas pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute marijuana and to money laundering. Sentencing was set for Aug. 6, when Thomas could face a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine on the pot charge and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for money laundering. Co-defendant Jody Tremayne Wafer, 29, is scheduled for trial in June. Brittany Lesanta Kizzee, 28, entered a guilty plea Nov. 27 and is scheduled to be sentenced May 7. Trent Lamar Knight, 30, and Raleigh Dragon Lau, 33, have scheduled change-of-plea hearings.