By Erin Olson and Josh Lamborn Last week, a courageous and angry Multnomah County jury awarded two little girls a substantial amount of money for enduring nearly two years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in a state-certified foster home. The jurors’ verdict – for every penny they could legally award – was clearly intended…

Stories of female college students who were raped and then relied on their schools to adjudicate their claims have permeated the media during the past few months. And each woman’s story carries the same general theme: She was denied justice and left feeling like her school betrayed her. In these cases, the system failed because…

City Auditor Lavonne Griffin-Valade released her report yesterday detailing the results of her recent audit of the City of Portland’s progress in improving its response to sexual assault cases. The report was an update of her 2007 report which was highly critical of the City and in particular, the Portland Police Bureau, in their handling of sexual…

In downtown Portland, Gresham or the Beaverton Town Center, bus operators have to stay vigilant to avoid hitting pedestrians or cyclists who are often distracted by texting or talking on their phones.  It is a growing concern, and some TriMet bus drivers have had to make hard stops to avoid collisions.  This is a danger…

A new memorial for Oregon and Washington murder victims has been donated to Oregon City’s Mountain View Cemetery. The Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children donated the memorial, which features the names of 390 murder victims carved into the granite walls. “It will be a beautiful place for anyone who has lost…

Semi-Truck driver, 49-year-old Kenneth Eugene Burgess was arrested this morning on charges of DUII, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (two counts), and Reckless Driving.  Earlier this morning, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a tractor-trailer driving the wrong way on I-84. Initial reports started coming in to 9-1-1 from East of Wood…

A plea agreement offered by the Columbia County District Attorney’s office to a Vernonia man charged with 28 counts of sexual crimes involving children isn’t sitting well with at least one of his victims. “The offer was extended – over the objections of my client and the objections of the other victims – for five…

In her successful campaign for attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum promised, “I will stand up for children.” If that’s true, or possible, perhaps Rosenblum can put the fear of God and retribution into Oregon’s Department of Human Services, a mission seemingly beneath the notice of the last two Democratic governors, John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski. In recent days, two…