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EDUCATION

Banker to run for board

David Wynde, a vice president for US Bank in Portland, has announced that he will challenge Sue Hagmeier in the May election for her seat on the Portland school board.

Wynde is the father of two girls attending Portland district schools and a board member of the nonprofit Portland Schools Foundation. While he would 'advocate firmly for stable funding' for the district from state government, he said his experience as a banker will help him be fiscally responsible with the district's money.

'I understand budgets and the use of data in decision-making, and I'll apply that expertise in my role as a board member,' Wynde said.

'David cares passionately about our public schools,' said Cynthia Guyer, executive director of the Portland Schools Foundation. 'He's a leader who combines an understanding of fiscal responsibility with a vision for great schools for all our kids.'

The only other candidates so far are two incumbents seeking re-election to another four-year term: Hagmeier and Marc Abrams. Four board seats are up for election. Board Chairwoman Karla Wenzel and board member Debbie Menashe are not seeking re-election.

CRIME

Slaying suspect sought

The Portland FBI office is asking the public for help in locating a Hispanic gang member wanted in connection with a slaying in California.

Investigators are seeking 23-year-old Diego Manuel Sobalvarro, whom they think has friends and relatives in the area.

He is described as 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, possibly with a shaved head and piercings in his lip, eyebrow and nipples. He has a scorpion tattoo on his back and 'VN' on his chest to symbolize Vario Nueva Estrada, the chapter of the Lancaster, Calif., gang he is in.

The FBI's violent crimes task force, including members of the Portland police and Washington County sheriff's office, on Thursday arrested the man's cousin, 24-year-old Aaron Marvin Sobalvarro, in Beaverton on a homicide charge. He is being held in the Multnomah County Jail.

Investigators believe that the two men and other associates strangled Carlos Ochoa, then burned his body in the desert outside Lancaster on Aug. 30. Federal warrants were obtained for their arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI, 503-224-4181.

Remains identified

The human remains found in a duffel bag that washed ashore in Long Beach, Wash., last week were those of 18-year-old Cassondra Brown, Portland police confirmed.

With the additional evidence, the Multnomah County medical examiner's office also was able to determine that Brown was strangled.

Her former boyfriend, 18-year-old Benjamin Cramer, is being held on a homicide charge.

COURTS

Blazers' hearings delayed

It will take at least three more weeks before Damon Stoudamire, Rasheed Wallace and Edward Smith appear in a Washington state court to face drug possession charges. The three men's preliminary hearings were postponed from last week to Feb. 18 because of scheduling problems.

Smith was driving the two Trail Blazer players home after a game in Seattle on Nov. 21, when they were stopped for speeding. A search of the vehicle found traces of marijuana.

According to police reports, both Stoudamire and Wallace admitted smoking marijuana, while Smith did not appear to be under the influence of any intoxicants.

All three were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $1,900 in fines and fees. They have pleaded not guilty.

Ñ Tribune staff