Police apprehended a particularly bad fellow - 28-year-old Shaun McCabe of Gresham - last week after he was featured in The Outlook's 'Fugitive Watch' column on Dec. 2.

McCabe was wanted most recently for violating his parole. His past crimes included burglary, theft, reckless driving and bribing a witness, but it was his conviction for operating a methamphetamine lab in Clackamas County that got him six months in jail and two years parole.

When McCabe stopped showing up for appointments with his parole officer, he landed on the most-wanted list and ended up in the pages of The Outlook. Police were worried he might be packing heat, since he'd been arrested in the past with firearms and a stun gun in his possession, but they once again apprehended him on Dec. 12.

Police credit a tip from the 'Fugitive Watch' column for McCabe's arrest, and further note in their report that, 'coincidentally, McCabe had two copies of The Outlook article in his possession at the time of his capture.'



Gresham's own Tobias Andersen will get a turn alongside one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the Artists Repertory Theatre's production of 'Vanya' next month.

Oscar-winning actor William Hurt, famous for his work in films such as 'Kiss of the Spider Woman,' is back in town for his second performance with the Portland theater company.

Andersen will play the role of the professor in this particular adaptation of the Anton Chekhov classic, 'Uncle Vanya.' We'll have more details on Andersen's latest role as the Jan. 16 opening date draws closer.



Outlook writer Sharon Nesbit's recent article on the restoration of the historic Heslin House in Fairview made it around the world on the Web and generated this curious communication from England:

'Dear Sharon Nesbit,

My name is Paul Heslin, I was very bored tonight, so I decided to type my second name into Google, and to my surprise there is a bucket load of Heslins out there!! … The only Heslins I know are in my local area of Norfolk, England. But to my incredible surprise, there's not only a house with my name, but a whole article about it. The scariest thing is, your second name is actually my nickname that I have had for what seems ever!! I nearly jumped out of my seat when I finished reading the article to see Sharon NESBIT had written it!! I am sorry if you're wasting your time reading this pretty pointless e-mail, but I'm bored, so I'm writing it! I'm going to be telling all my mates about this next time I'm in the pub!!!

Yours sincerely,

Paul Heslin

P.S.: Great article, keep up the good work!!'



Speaking of Nesbit, her recent obituary for Don Hessel, longtime East County resident and former owner of Main Street Grocery, generated many fond memories and comments on The Outlook's Web site. And when friends and family gathered last week for Don's funeral, the locally famous jazz duo of Linda Hornbuckle and Janice Scroggins helped give him a classy sendoff. Even on a sad day, it was still the best show in town.

As expected, the crowd was standing-room only at Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel. People remembered Hessel for being the first to bring espresso to Gresham - long before the invasion of Starbucks.

Joe Bushue, who's been around Gresham for years, says he used to ask Don, 'Don't you just have any Folgers?'



Last week's fierce windstorm tried to wreak havoc with the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce's annual charity breakfast. But this was one time when people proved more determined than nature.

The original host for the Friday breakfast, which benefited Snow-Cap Community Charities, was supposed to be Greater Gresham Baptist Church. The wind, however, blew power out at the church and almost knocked the life out of the party. As The Outlook previously reported, organizers scrambled to find another location within a matter of minutes and lucked out with a generous offer from Gresham Funeral Chapel.

Despite the confusion and the need to redirect everyone across town, the event still proved well worthwhile for Snow-CAP - netting $3,339 for the organization.

'We're very pleased,' said Snow-CAP Executive Director Judy Alley.

Two organizations presented large checks to the charity that morning. Courtyard Fountains donated $1,000 and the Greater Gresham Baptist Church contributed $500. The rest of the money raised at the event came from table sponsors and individual donations. People were asked to place cash in envelopes - and then, because a funeral was scheduled for later in the morning, they also were asked to help put the room back in order.

'It was a very good-spirited crowd,' Alley notes. 'It was a typical Gresham crowd.'



Apparently, power outages even affect those in the business of making sure our electricity is flowing. A press release from ColumbiaGrid - whose mission it is to improve the operational efficiency, reliability and planned expansion of the Northwest power-transmission grid - had to be sent via a second party Tuesday with the following explanation:

'Due to a power outage, ColumbiaGrid is unable to distribute the attached news release and has asked the Bonneville Power Administration to distribute the release on its behalf.'

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