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Two women arrested in Lake Oswego may be linked to shoplifting ring

Lake Oswego Police arrested two Northeast Portland women last week on charges of theft and possession of controlled substances.

Employees at Sur La Table, 390 N. State St. told police they saw Carmen Genevieve Young, 36, and Victoria Jean Brown, 48, stealing items from the kitchenware store. Police said that when they arrested the women on July 16, Young and Brown were carrying more than $2,000 worth of stolen property, as well as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

Both women were charged with possession of controlled substances and theft. Young also was charged with four counts of violating probation on additional charges of possession, theft and assault.

The women were taken to Clackamas County Jail; Brown was released, but Young was held on $62,500 bail.

Officers are still investigating whether the retail thefts are part of a larger organized shoplifting ring that is operating throughout the Portland metro area. According to Sgt. Tom Hamann, similar incidents have occurred recently at retail stores in Tualatin and Tigard, as well as a theft Friday in Clackamas.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact Hamann at 503-635-0238.

West Linn woman cited for blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit

A West Linn woman was cited by Lake Oswego police for driving under the influence of intoxicants last week after a test showed her blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit.

When officers arrived at the intersection of Second Street and A Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. on July 16, they found a Volvo sedan had jumped a curb and gotten stuck on a telephone utility box.

Police Sgt. Tom Hamann said the driver, 55-year-old Heather Ann Creighton, was still in the vehicle. She was taken to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, where tests showed her blood-alcohol registered 0.4 percent — five times Oregon’s legal limit for driving.

Police arrest LO driver on DUII charges after bicycle riders nearly hit

A Lake Oswego man was arrested Saturday night after he nearly hit several bicyclists participating in a Seattle-to-Portland ride on Highway 30 east of Scappoose.

Oregon State Police said the riders were participating in the Group Health STP Seattle to Portland event when several witnesses reporting seeing a man in a Ford pickup nearly hit the riders just before 8 p.m. near milepost 18 before stopping.

Police arrested 53-year-old David J. Easton and charged him with DUII and recklessly endangering another person. He was being held at the Columbia County Jail.

Clackamas County wins digital governance award

Clackamas County has won first place in its population category in a national survey of digital good governance.

The county’s recent efforts to provide digital fibre-optic cable from Oregon City to Government Camp as well as its digital mapping services (www.clackamas.us/ts/mapping.html) were cited as big factors in the win.

The Center for Digital Government, in partnership with the National Association of Counties, presented the awards last week at its conference in New Orleans.

First-place winners also include San Francisco County, Calif., Charles County, Md., and Roanoke County, Va.

Read more at: www.digitalcommunities.com/survey/counties/?year=2014

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