Man faces abuse charges

The 23-year-old church youth volunteer accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls was scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday afternoon.

Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau's Family Services Division arrested Derrick A. Mayberry on Thursday, charging him with one count of sex abuse in the first degree, 20 counts of rape in the third degree, seven counts of sodomy in the third degree and 40 counts of sex abuse in the third degree.

Police said they began investigating a month ago when two victims, girls ages 13 and 15, reported the alleged abuse to police.

Police said Mayberry, of Milwaukie, had contact with the victims through his work over a period of several months as a youth volunteer for New Beginnings Christian Center in Northeast Portland.

He also worked as an educational assistant for the Portland Public Schools and has been a Little League coach; however, police said there's no indication that Mayberry had inappropriate contact with students in those capacities.

Mayberry had worked at Whitman Elementary School, 7326 S.E. Flavel St., since September 2000, first part time, then full time. His role was to help teachers with classroom work such as one-on-one tutoring, reading to students and helping to distribute class materials.

Lew Frederick, a school district spokesman, said Mayberry worked in various grades and did not work for any other schools within the district.

Public records show that Mayberry does not have a criminal record in Oregon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police, 503-823-0992.


Tribune wins awards

The Portland Tribune won 35 awards Ñ including seven first-place awards Ñ at Saturday night's awards banquet for the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition, two Tribune news packages earned special recognition from the judges of the Bruce Baer Award, presented annually for outstanding reporting on Oregon politics and public affairs.

The Tribune was recognized for coverage of two continuing stories published in 2002. The paper's ongoing coverage of the investigation into the deaths of Oregon City girls Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis earned honors for Jim Redden and Janine Robben. The paper's 'Secret Watchers' series, a look at secret surveillance files maintained by the Portland Police Bureau, won recognition for Ben Jacklet and Anna Skinner.

The Oregonian's Michelle Roberts won the Baer award for a report on Oregon's mental health system.

First-place winners from the Tribune were:

Comprehensive coverage: Janine Robben and Jim Redden for coverage of the Pond/Gaddis case.

News feature: Ben Jacklet, for a profile of environmental activist Tre Arrow.

Government reporting: Don Hamilton, for a look at the internal politics of Oregon's Republican party.

News photography: L.E. Baskow

Photo essay: Jim Clark, Kyle Green and L.E. Baskow, for coverage of the vigil at the home of Ward Weaver, accused in the deaths of Pond and Gaddis.

Sports photography: Kyle Green

Front-page design: James Marks

The Tribune also claimed 13 second-place awards, 10 third-place awards and five honorable mentions.


Katz recall sparks dispute

An election complaint has been filed against the Better Portland Alliance, the political action committee formed to help fund a recall drive against Mayor Vera Katz.

The complaint was filed Monday with the state Elections Division and the city elections office by North Portland resident Marvin Moore.

In the complaint, Moore charges that the committee's founders violated state law by not stating that they would be supporting the recall in their filing papers. He asks that it be discontinued.

But committee treasurer John Belgarde insists that the committee is legal. He said a separate committee will be formed when the recall petition is submitted in early June. The Better Portland Alliance 'is basically a fact-finding committee to see how much support there is for the Katz recall,' he said. 'We found a lot.'


Black students gather

Several local student groups will gather Wednesday for the first African American Student Leadership Conference, with the theme 'A Change Is Going to Come.'

Organizer Charles McGee III, a junior at Franklin High School, says the event will focus on closing the achievement gap for minority students, as well as building unity within the black community.

Students will learn in breakout sessions about time management, leadership, self-improvement and entrepreneurship.

McGee says each school has been asked to send 10 black students. One senior from each high school will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship for post-high school enrichment.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman St.

Ñ Tribune staff

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