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Weaver's sons testify
Ward Weaver's sons Francis and Alex appeared at the Clackamas County Courthouse on Thursday to testify before a grand jury investigating their father for the deaths of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis.
Alex Weaver, 15, previously told the media he helped his father bury barrels under a concrete pad in the backyard of the Weavers' rental home in Oregon City as support for a hot tub.
Ashley's remains were found in one of the barrels on Aug. 25, a day after Miranda's body was found in a nearby shed.
Francis Weaver, 19, called 911 on Aug. 13 shortly after his father was arrested for the alleged rape of Francis Weaver's girlfriend and reportedly said his father had confessed to killing both girls.
The sons were accompanied by their mother, Maria Shaw. It was unknown whether Shaw also was appearing as a witness.
Sheik still in jail
It looks as though Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye will stay in jail a little longer. Last Saturday, controversial New York attorney Stanley Cohen said he was taking over Kariye's defense and was demanding his immediate release. But Assistant Oregon U.S. Attorney Charles Gorder says Cohen was not legally registered as Kariye's lawyer by Thursday and had not yet filed for a new release hearing.
Kariye was arrested when he and his family tried to fly out of Portland International Airport on Sept. 8. He was charged with Social Security fraud dating from 1983 to 1995. Although airport security found traces of TNT in his luggage, followup tests conducted by the FBI found no such traces.
Roberts' boyfriend charged
Sarah Roberts' boyfriend has been charged with crimes related to her faked abduction last July. On Wednesday, a Clackamas County grand jury charged Tyler Wagner, 19, with three counts of first-degree theft, two counts of identity theft, two counts of second-degree theft, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The indictment alleges that Wagner, who was living in the Seattle area this summer, stole a 9 mm pistol, $3,000 worth of jewelry, a leather jacket, approximately $200 in coins and a Visa card as part of the plot.
Roberts, 16, is facing juvenile charges that include initiating a false police report, disorderly conduct, identity theft and second-degree theft. Her friend Erica Park, 17, is facing similar charges.
Roberts disappeared on July 21, leaving her Jeep Cherokee abandoned at Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland. Two family dogs were locked inside the vehicle. A search ensued. Roberts called the next night from Seattle saying she was safe.
Solv stages beach cleanup
This Saturday is the annual Great Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup, which Solv organizes annually along the Oregon Coast.
The project will take place this year at 41 sites. Thousands of volunteers will comb the beaches for thousands of pounds of trash and other curiosities abandoned there or washed ashore.
Solv, started by Gov. Tom McCall in 1969, brings together government, businesses, nonprofits and volunteers for projects that enhance Oregon. For more details, visit the Web site at www.solv.org.
Murder suspect sought
Portland police arrested one suspect and are looking for another in the Sept. 12 Old Town stabbing death of a 37-year-old man.
Eric Tim Turner, 43, is charged with murder and is being held in the Justice Center Jail. Homicide detectives believe a second suspect, Ray Shawn Smith, may be hiding in the Old Town area. A warrant for Smith's arrest charges him with second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and murder.
Walter Russ was stabbed to death in Old Town in the early morning of Sept. 12.
Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a police spokesman, said Smith could be armed and dangerous.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 503-823-HELP; callers can remain anonymous.
Ñ Tribune staff