Second team may relocate

Big-league baseball representatives could be looking to move another team in addition to the downtrodden Montreal Expos.

So said a representative of a Portland contingent that hopes to lure a Major League Baseball franchise to the Rose City. The group met with baseball officials Tuesday in New York to discuss the possible move of the Expos.

Should a second team move, Portland would become a top relocation candidate, provided baseball boosters can fund a new stadium.

'From what we learned, there's a high probability that they'll be moving at least two teams, and that Portland is very near the top of the list of relocation markets,' said Steve Kanter, president of the Portland Baseball Group, who made the trip with five others. 'We've known that for some time, but it was reaffirmed, and they were encouraging to us.'

Major League Baseball, which owns the Expos, wants to move the team, possibly before the 2004 season.

The meeting served as a precursor to a formal sales pitch Portland baseball supporters will make in mid- to late March.


Shipyard appeals penalties

Cascade General Inc., owner and operator of Portland's shipyard, is appealing a $19,600 fine from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The DEQ penalized Cascade General last month for seven counts of discharging excessive amounts of pollutants, including zinc, oil and grease, into the Willamette River in 2001 and 2002.

Alan Sprott, director of environmental services for Cascade General, said his firm is denying three of the seven violations and hopes to resolve the issue in an informal hearing.

In November, a Portland environmental group threatened the shipyard with legal action over pollution concerns, but no lawsuit has been filed.


Irvington woman attacked

Police are advising Irvington residents to be cautious around their homes after a recent sexual assault.

Portland police are looking for a man who attacked a woman in the garage of her house in the area of Northeast 15th Avenue and Hancock Street at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect is described as a man in his mid-30s wearing a dark-color, long-sleeve shirt. He may have suffered an injury to his head or hand.

The police are asking anyone who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area in the past few weeks, or anyone who may have information in this investigation, to call Crime Stoppers, 503-823-4357. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved felony crime.

Ñ Tribune staff