FBI dangles reward

The FBI is offering up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the missing leader of the so-called Portland Six.

Jordanian-born Habis Abdulla al Saoub has evaded capture since he was indicted along with five others in October for allegedly conspiring to fight against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Al Saoub's five co-defendants returned to Portland without entering Afghanistan, public records show, and now are scheduled to stand trial in Portland. Al Saoub remains a fugitive.

Al Saoub is a legal U.S. resident who lived in Portland and worshiped at the Islamic Center of Portland, or Masjed As-Saber.


Stoudamire strikes deal

Portland Trail Blazer Damon Stoudamire has been placed on one year's probation as the result of a plea bargain agreement struck in a Lewis County, Wash., marijuana possession case.

Stoudamire, teammate Rasheed Wallace and Portland auto detail shop owner Edward Smith were cited by Washington state police Nov. 22. Smith was driving Stoudamire's yellow Hummer when it was stopped for speeding and searched after police smelled marijuana.

As part of the agreement, Stoudamire maintained his not guilty plea but agreed to complete a drug and alcohol abuse program, pay $150 in probation costs and $500 to the Lewis County Drug Fund. If he does all those things and stays out of trouble for the next year, prosecutors will drop the charges against him.

Wallace has a hearing scheduled soon.

Weaver lawyer wants out

Ward Weaver's court-appointed attorney wants off the murder suspect's case.

Citing irreconcilable differences and a conflict of interest with his client, criminal defense attorney Tim Lyons filed a Clackamas County Court motion this week asking to be removed from the case.

Weaver has been represented by Lyons since being charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of Oregon City girls Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13.

One reason for Lyon's motion is the lengthy interview Weaver granted KATU (2) reporter Anna Song last month. Weaver talked to Song against Lyon's advice.


Financing bill introduced

The drive to fund a baseball stadium in Portland has reached the at-bat phase in Salem.

The state House is considering a bill that, by applying the state income tax portion of players' and team executives' salaries toward stadium funding, would raise $150 million for a major league-worthy home. The bonds would fund more than one-third of the estimated $350 million stadium cost.

Ñ Tribune staff

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