Drug charges filed

Two residents of an alleged Montavilla neighborhood 'drug house' have been indicted on numerous drug charges, six months after police searched the house and found small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Kurt E. Leinweber and Sherri A. Jackson, both of 133 N.E. 83rd Ave., were arraigned this week on charges of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and other crimes. The school, Vestal Elementary School, is on Northeast 82nd Avenue.

The house, which was owned by Leinweber's parents until a bank foreclosure action earlier this month, was searched by Portland police on Oct. 18, 2002. The search and a neighborhood effort to stop alleged drug activity at the house have been the subject of previous Tribune stories.

The two were evicted from the house this week.


Weaver trial delayed

Ward Weaver's murder trial has been reset for June 1, 2004, nearly two years after the bodies of missing girls Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis were found in the back yard of his rented Oregon City property.

The trial, originally scheduled to begin Sept. 16, was rescheduled Monday to allow Weaver's two new lawyers time to prepare. Corvallis attorneys Michael Barker and Peter Fahy were appointed to the case after Weaver's previous two attorneys reported a conflict of interest with their client.

Weaver, held since August in Clackamas County Jail on six counts of aggravated murder and other charges, had conducted media interviews against the advice of his original attorneys.


Stadium bill advances

The Oregon House could vote late next week on a Portland major-league baseball stadium bill.

The House Rules and Public Affairs Committee passed a measure that would use state income taxes generated by player and team executive salaries to pay off $150 million in stadium bonds. The measure passed by a 4-3 vote Wednesday.

The full House could address the measure as early as next Thursday, said Art Sasse, spokesman for the Oregon Stadium Campaign.

Stadium backers changed a provision in the bill that would have required the state to supply the bonds. The measure now calls for another public or private entity to secure and issue the bonds, which would be insured by a third-party guarantor.

The measure would fund a baseball stadium for the Montreal Expos or another big-league team that league officials want to relocate within the next three seasons.


Oregon 28th in small-tech

Nanotechnology supporters in Oregon might want to step up their efforts to make the state a major center of research in this 'science of the small.'

Oregon ranks 28th among states that have targeted nano-technology and other small-technology research as an engine for economic growth, according to a survey conducted by Small Times magazine, which tracks news about the small-tech sector.

Washington state, ranked 11th, is listed as a 'state to watch' because it has significant small-tech research under way.

For this year, the Bush administration has appropriated $847 million for small-tech research in its National Nanotechnology Initiative. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has sponsored a bill that asks Congress to spend $677 million on nanotech research next year.

Ñ Tribune staff