Sentencing for bike path booby traps — Two people who strung booby traps along a Portland bike path in 2018 have been ordered to complete community service, and one of them will write an apology letter to a woman who was injured. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says Raven Jones pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and on Monday was put on 36 months of probation. She was also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and must write the letter of apology. Cyclist Carlene Ostedgaard rode into a string across the bike path at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9, suffering bruises and cuts. Accomplice Antonio Tolman-Duran was sentenced last week to 20 hours of community service and one year of probation. Tolman-Duran earlier pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment. Jones apologized saying she had been drinking heavily. A district attorney said Ostedgaard didn’t want Jones to be sent to jail.
Portland is crash-prone — Portland’s drivers are some of the most likely to crash in the nation, according to an annual ranking by Allstate insurance released Tuesday. Allstate’s 15th annual America’s Best Driver’s report listed Portland as 181st safest driving city in the country. The ranking looked at the nation’s 200 largest cities. Portland ranked dead last among the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest based on the insurance agency’s analysis of claims. According to its rankings, the average Portland driver is involved in a crash every seven years. For comparison’s purpose, the average Seattle driver experiences a crash every 7.7 years. The average driver in Boise, Idaho, which ranked second overall in the nation for safest drivers, was involved in a crash every 13.7 years. The national average is one every 10.6 years. The ranking doesn’t examine traffic fatalities, an increasingly important issue in Portland politics given a recent uptick in fatal crashes in 2019.