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Cabdriver killed

Portland police are investigating the killing of a Broadway Cab driver whose body was found Sunday morning.

The victim was identified as Greigory Rogozhnikov, 33. He was the city's sixth homicide of 2003, police said.

An autopsy Monday morning revealed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the brain.

About 9:15 a.m. Sunday, someone called police to report a body lying on the side of the road at Northeast Whitaker Way, near Northeast 124th Avenue in the Argay neighborhood. East Precinct officers found the body of the recent Ukrainian immigrant, but his cab was missing.

Eight hours later, the cab was found abandoned about 2 miles away, at Northeast 120th Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Broadway Cab officials said they had received an alarm from Rogozhnikov's cab at 5 a.m.

No arrests have been made, and police wouldn't speculate on a motive.

Anyone with information in the case, or who might have seen Broadway Cab No. 477 on Sunday, is asked to call police, 503-823-0400.

COMMUNITY

Protesters arrested

Local peace organizations did not plan any large event to coincide with the coordinated antiwar rallies held around the world Saturday.

Several small protests took place in Portland, however, including a march through downtown from the North Park Blocks that ended with a confrontation with police.

Four activists were arrested, and others were pepper-sprayed after some of the marchers blocked traffic and pounded on car hoods at Southwest Broadway and Main Street. Charged with disorderly conduct were: Jasmine Applegate, 24; Josephine Andrus, 21; Jennifer Polas, 23; and Jon Dickson, 22.

Other protests included a quiet gathering outside the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church at Southeast 16th Avenue and Division Street that drew about 30 people and an evening candle-lighting ceremony in the South Park Blocks attended by about 100 people.

COURTS

Pot case postponed

The pretrial hearing for Portland Trail Blazers Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace on marijuana possession charges in Washington state has been postponed from today to May 20.

The death of a Lewis County, Wash., judge caused the scheduling change in the hearing for Stoudamire, Wallace and their friend Edward Smith.

Smith was driving the two Trail Blazers home from a game in Seattle on Nov. 21 when he was stopped for speeding. A search of the vehicle turned up 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.

Although Lewis County Prosecutor Jeremy Randall will not predict what will happen at the hearing, he says defense attorneys 'are not saying they will fight us to the death on the charges.'

Ñ Tribune staff