Floridian bows out

Craig Marquardo, the Florida man who said he had investors lined up to build a privately funded Portland stadium and bring the Montreal Expos to the city, announced Monday that 'we are withdrawing our interest in Portland completely.'

A Portland Tribune story last week raised various questions about Marquardo's background, noting conflicts in his accounts of athletic and business accomplishments. He said continued questioning 'feels like harassment' to him and his group.

'The bad press isn't the reason we left, but the intrusion of the press is,' Marquardo said. 'It's something that neither I nor my group is comfortable with.'

Marquardo said his group plans to 'pursue a different team that doesn't require relocation, or at least look at other relocation cities.'


Officer shoots woman

Portland police are investigating an officer's fatal shooting of Kendra Sarie James, 21, in North Portland early Monday.

The two-year police officer, whose name had not been released, shot James, of North Portland, as she tried to flee in a vehicle from a traffic stop on North Skidmore Street on the Interstate 5 overpass shortly before 3 a.m., said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a police spokesman.

Schmautz said there were three people in the car. He said officers arrested the driver; then James climbed from the back seat to the driver's seat and started the car. Schmautz said officers used a less-lethal taser gun and a service revolver; he did not know in what order.

A blue four-door sedan at the east end of the bridge was being towed Monday morning. Three blocks on North Skidmore Street were blocked off as police examined the scene. No further details were released.

Public records show that James has been convicted of various charges including robbery, identity theft and careless driving in the past three years.

A Multnomah County grand jury will hear the case as is routine in all officer-involved shootings.

May Day parade peaceful

Although this year's May Day parade was peaceful, nearly a dozen accompanying Critical Mass bicycle riders were cited for violating traffic laws. Police wrestled a number of the riders to the ground, but there were no arrests.

About 1,000 labor, environmental and civil rights activists took part in this year's march, which is held annually to celebrate the labor movement and the start of spring. Unlike in previous years, this year's organizers took out a parade permit to minimize problems with the police.

The bike riders did not follow the approved route.

Boy recovers from shooting

Police are investigating a shooting early last week at a home in inner Northeast Portland.

Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a police spokesman, said a 15-year-old boy was shot three times in the upper body by two men who broke into his home in the 100 block of Northeast Tillamook Street about 1:13 a.m. Wednesday.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was recovering at a local hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Schmautz said the two suspects, who are black, broke into the home and confronted the boy's sister, 23-year-old Deasha Allen, demanding money. When the suspects struggled with Allen, the boy intervened and was shot.

The incident may be gang- or drug-related and was not a random attack, Schmautz said. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives, 503-823-0400.

Fast-food eateries robbed

Portland police detectives are investigating a string of robberies at fast-food restaurants throughout the city.

Sgt. John Cordell of the detective division says the suspects have worn masks as they entered the businesses after nightfall, displayed handguns, told everyone to get on the floor and demanded money. No one has been harmed.

The suspects Ñ three black men between the ages of 20 and 40 Ñ have escaped with a 'substantial amount' of money, he said.

Nine incidents have occurred since January in North Portland, Northeast Portland, east Portland and Southeast Portland, Cordell said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the case investigator, Detective Troy King, 503-823-0867.


Shelter plans memorial

Outside In, a downtown shelter for young people ages 16 to 21, is commissioning a memorial for street youth who are victims of homicide.

The agency recently selected one of the two models that had been under consideration: a metal sculpture of a tree, designed by local artist J.D. Perkins. There will be a leaf added for each youth who is slain.

The memorial will be placed in a courtyard at Outside In. The names of four youths who were killed in the past four years will be on the first four leaves.

Most recently, 19-year-old Alicia M. Casey was found dead Feb. 9 in a Northwest Portland apartment. Her boyfriend, 21-year-old James C. Fitzhugh, has been charged in the slaying.

Ñ Tribune staff