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Shooting details will come in time

Many readers may be frustrated by our follow-up story this week on the police shoot-out in Forest Grove which left a sheriff’s deputy injured and an off-duty Hillsboro police officer behind bars.

It’s been 10 days since a swarm of officers from three agencies descended on the home of Timothy Cannon, responding to a 9-1-1 domestic disturbance call.

As Editor Nancy Townsley notes in a column today, some readers felt last week’s story, written on deadline, contained too many details. Others felt there were too few.

A week later, there’s not a lot to add.

We now know the names of the 10 officers who discharged their weapons, but we still don’t know how many shots they fired or whether Cannon shot first.

We don’t know the details of the events that led to the 9-1-1 call. We don’t know whether Cannon’s wife and child were endangered prior to the officers’ arrival or during the exchange of gunfire.

What we do know is there’s no evidence that the three police agencies involved are trying to hide anything. The agencies have veteran officers with stellar reputations assigned to dealing with the media. Washington County Sheriff Sgt. Dave Thompson, Hillsboro Police Lt. Mike Rouches and Forest Grove Capt. Mike Herb all have been fielding dozens of calls from journalists who have, rightly, been demanding to know what happened.

The three police spokesmen have been as forthcoming as they can, balancing the public’s right to information with their agencies’ need to protect the integrity of the investigation.

The events of Jan. 20 were dramatic and confusing, involving multiple police agencies responding to a highly emotional situation involving a fellow off-duty officer and his wife, who works for the Forest Grove Police Department.

These set of facts raise a whole series of questions. Did the police respond any differently because they knew Cannon and his wife? Was the number of shots fired in proportion to the threat? Is the fact that no one was shot a source of concern or comfort?

In the coming weeks we will continue to ask such questions. Based on past experience, we're confident that in due time, the answers will come.

The greening of The Grove

No one remembers exactly when the term “sustainability” began regularly creeping into the vocabulary of Forest Grove city officials.

Some community leaders, such as City Councilor Victoria Lowe, were pushing an environmentally-friendly agenda long before going green was trendy. The 1991 City Vision Statement included a nod to “environmental quality,” but mainly focused on protecting trees and creating parks.

Somewhere during the 2006 update of the vision statement, however, the city got serious about environmental stewardship, proclaiming Forest Grove is “a community recognized for its commitment to conserve, preserve, protect and restore our natural assets.”

Since then, those words have been backed up with several deeds, including the marketing of a “green power” option at Forest Grove Light & Power, ongoing support of the Forest Grove Farmers Market and formation (in 2011) of an Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, charged with creating a plan to implement sustainable practices in the community.

Committee members have taken their charge seriously, hosting the first Sustainability Summit last October and organizing last Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.

Forest Grove is poised to take a lead on efforts to combat climate change, with a city-run power agency, its own watershed and a potent partner in Pacific University, which last year launched the Center for a Sustainable Society.

Saturday’s meeting was another big step in the greening of The Grove. We look forward to seeing how the City Council will incorporate the ideas they heard when they set their goals at their Feb. 9 retreat.

We also look forward to seeing how the organizers of the event build on the momentum they created.



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