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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Five protesters remain chained to each
other and a 50-gallon drum filled with rocks and concrete at a
downtown Portland plaza. Police said late Saturday that two of the
five Occupy Portland protesters are handcuffed to a piece of metal
inside the barrel in Terry Schrunk Plaza, which is federal
property. At one point during the night, eleven people linked
themselves together and to the men in handcuffs by using U-shaped
bike locks. Five remained locked up at midday yesterday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – After a group that labeled itself “The
Real Occupy Portland” claimed responsibility for vandalizing two
banks in Portland on Saturday night, another group with the same
name is denouncing the crimes. Portland police received an email at
3:01 a.m. yesterday from “The Real Occupy Portland and the 99%”
that distanced itself from those who claimed responsibility for
vandalism at the Chase Bank and Wells Fargo Bank branches. The
second group wrote that it does not condone either vandalism or
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Medford City Council has changed city
code to exclude people from city property if they’re caught
breaking the law there. The change gives police authority to bar
people up to 180 days. Violators who return can be cited for
trespassing. Councilman Bob Strosser says the new law will make
parks and other public areas safer for families. Some believe the
law overreaches. Hawthorne Park patron John Sheppard says the
changes will create more friction between police and the homeless.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Homicide detectives believe a couple
suffering from mental health issues made a suicide pact they
carried out at a Portland motel room on Friday. The bodies of
47-year-old Diane Bailey and 32-year-old Adam Ury were found by
staff in a downtown motel room at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
Investigators believe Ury shot Bailey as she lay in bed, then shot
himself in the bathroom. Each died of a single gunshot wound.
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