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Brown pleads not guilty

Dusty Brown of Gaston entered a not-guilty plea to the charges against him in an arraignment at the Washington County Courthouse Friday, Feb. 22. Brown faces five counts of rape 3, one count of sodomy 3, one count of sex abuse 2, one count of online sexual corruption of a child 3 and five counts of online sexual corruption of a child 2. Senior Judge Bernard L. Smith reminded Brown that he is prohibited from contacting the named victims. A pre-trial conference for Brown's case is now set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

First Wednesday returns in May

The City Club of Forest Grove-sponsored First Wednesday event will be back in May just before the start of Farmers Market season on Main Street downtown. The Sweet Words event previously held in February will be the theme of the May 1 First Wednesday event, said Mary Jo Morelli of the group.

"The First Wednesday Event Steering Committee decided last fall that we can promote a better event for all participants — business owners and the public — if we took some time to review the First Wednesday format," said Morelli. "To give this the attention it needs we have taken a three-month break in the rainy months, February (to) April."

Club members welcome feedback from "regulars" who come out each month "and from anyone who has ideas to share," Morelli said. Those interested in providing input can email City Club President EJ Baeza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The club's next meeting is at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, March 1 at Barnes & Noble at Pacific Uiversity, 2032 Pacific Ave.

An updated 2013 First Wednesday events schedule is as follows: May 1, Sweet Words; June 5, Staycation Forest Grove; July 3, Hooray USA; Aug. 7, August Nights; Sept. 4, Celebrate Forest Grove; Oct. 2, Oktoberfest; Nov. 6, Giving Thanks; and Dec. 4, Holiday in the Grove.