Mum on mediation

Participants in a mediation session guided by a mediator from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were tight-lipped about how the negotiations went Monday. "I have no comment," said Forest Grove City Manager Michael Sykes. "It was a long day yesterday. We are still in negotiations. I don't have anything to report," said Steve Morasch, the attorney for David Hill Development. The two sides are trying to resolve a lawsuit in which jurors found the City of Forest Grove at fault and awarded David Hill $6.5 million in 2011. The city appealed the verdict and will continue that appeal if the mediation falls through. City attorney Paul Elsner said only, "We will have to wait till Thursday to talk."

Senator in crash

State Sen. Betsy Johnson was sent to Oregon Health and Science University with a broken pelvis after being involved in a car crash on Highway 30 Monday morning.

Johnson was driving to work at 7 a.m. April 22 when her vehicle struck a car in front of her, according to Lt. Norman Miller of the Scappoose Police Department.

Spokesperson Michael Desmond said Johnson is resting and waiting to hear from her doctor. “She’s less worried about the pain and more worried about missing work,” he said. The other driver was not injured.

Suspected horse abuser enters plea

A Manning man suspected of sexually abusing a horse pleaded not guilty last Tuesday, April 16, to 15 criminal charges, including nine counts of sexual assault of an animal, five counts of burglary in the second degree, and one count of criminal trespass.

Tony Hall Rivas, 47, was arrested April 10 and his pre-trial hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 29 at the Washington County Courthouse.

Pipe bomb deactivated

Cornelius resident Rojelio Alvardo-Nunez, 56, found a pipe bomb in a field near Southwest Long Road Saturday, April 20, and reported it to his employer, who called 911. Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded and brought in the Portland Bomb Squad, which detonated the device at a safer location. Anyone with information on who left the bomb in the field is asked to call 503-209-5613.

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