- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Officers may go to D.C.
The City Council on Wednesday will consider sending 20 police officers to Washington, D.C., to help provide security at the inauguration of President Bush, despite plans for protests locally by antiwar activists.
The memorandum of understanding on the council agenda would create a Presidential Inauguration Task Force that would work in the nation's capital between Jan. 15 and Jan. 21. Task force members would work with Washington's Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies providing security at the ceremony.
Police commanders do not believe the deployment will prevent the bureau from responding to any problems that might be caused by local protests, according to bureau spokesman Greg Pashley. Demonstrations are planned for the afternoon of Jan. 20.
Guardsmen to be called
More Oregon National Guard soldiers soon will be going to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to guard spokesman Capt. Mike Braibish.
According to Braibish, the 3670th Maintenance Company received an order from the Pentagon on Dec. 23. The order calls for two platoons of 35 soldiers each to begin readying for training and then deployment to Iraq. The company maintains construction equipment, including trucks and earth-moving equipment.
'This reflects a lot of reconstruction work being done in Iraq,' Braibish said.
All 200 members of the company will be screened this weekend to determine their fitness for service. The 70 members selected to serve could ship out several weeks after that. Most of them probably will be from the Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington, Braibish said.
This week, 100 guard troops from Detachment 1, D Company, 113th Aviation Battalion in Pendleton will leave to train at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying for duty in Afghanistan. The unit will deploy with CH-47 Chinook helicopters, which are capable of carrying cargo, troops or vehicles to remote locations.
More than 1,300 of Oregon's Army National Guard and Oregon Air National Guard troops are deployed throughout the world. Approximately 1,265 are on duty in Iraq, 16 are in Afghanistan, and another 46 are on duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Braibish said.
Train, fire engine collide
Washington County officials are investigating the collision of a MAX train and a fire engine that left three people injured.
West-side light-rail service was disrupted for more than 12 hours after the accident about 4:15 p.m. Sunday in Hillsboro. The train operator, a passenger and a firefighter were hospitalized after the collision, which occurred at Southeast Fifth Avenue and Washington Street, near the Hatfield Government Center stop.
The force of the impact derailed the eastbound train. TriMet buses were used to ferry passengers to their stops before service was restored in time for the Monday morning rush hour commute.
The accident will be investigated by the Washington County Crash Analysis Team, according to Hillsboro police spokesman Chris Skinner.
'At this point, we're in uncharted waters. All we know is two very large vehicles both felt they had the right of way,' Skinner said.
The names and conditions of the accident victims were not available by press time.
Ñ Tribune staff