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LO man cited after boys left in car

A Lake Oswego man who left his two young children alone in his car as he shopped at the Safeway store in downtown Lake Oswego has been cited by police.

LOPD spokesman Sgt. Tom Hamann said a passer-by spotted the 4- and 7-year-old boys sleeping in a car parked in the store’s parking lot on A Avenue on Saturday afternoon and called 911. The car’s sunroof had been left open, Hamann said, and it was not hot inside the vehicle.

The children’s father, 35-year-old Rafael Lemuz, told police he had left the boys in the car because he didn’t want to wake them and didn’t think he would be in the store for a long time, Hamann said. He returned soon after a fire department crew arrived and he unlocked the doors, Hamann said. The children were “completely fine,” Hamann said.

Lemuz was cited for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, which is a city code violation.

Red Cross aids victims of Friday-night fire

Four adults and one dog had to be evacuated after a Friday-night fire damaged an apartment building in the 5100 block of Neff Park Lane, the Lake Oswego Fire Department said.

A neighbor in the next-door unit noticed the fire at around 9:30 p.m. and then observed smoke coming out of a different apartment. There were no injuries; the cause of the fire remains undetermined but is most likely related to an electrical problem, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire is estimated to have caused around $25,000 worth of damage.

Disaster volunteers from the Red Cross stepped in early Saturday morning to provide food, lodging, comfort kits and information to residents of the affected unit, as well as to neighbors at the triplex who had to remain out of their homes for about 24 hours.

Help celebrate Grahams’ retirement

Paul and Teri Graham, owners of Graham’s Book and Stationery, are inviting the public to help them celebrate their upcoming retirement at a “launch party” today from 4:30-7 p.m. The couple have announced that they will retire May 31, closing the store that has served the community for more than 57 years.

Bring a story to share about your experiences shopping at Graham’s; comments will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the memories will be added to the Grahams’ retirement album.

Graham’s Book and Stationery is located at 460 Second St. in downtown Lake Oswego. A closeout sale is in progress, offering 25 percent off the lowest marked price on almost all in-store merchandise.

Beaverton school to use Lake Bible Church

Lake Bible Church has leased its academic facilities to St. Stephen’s Academy for the 2015-16 school year — and potentially for two additional years — in an agreement that will allow the Beaverton school to expand both its enrollment and its academic and extracurricular offerings.

St. Stephen’s students in grades K-6 will continue to use the school’s current site on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, but starting in September, students in grades 7-12 will meet in the fully-equipped classroom space at Lake Bible Church.

The church’s Carmen Drive location features large classrooms, a science lab, offices, a gymnasium and auditorium, as well as additional meeting space, student lockers and a large outdoor field.

The agreement will allow St. Stephen’s to potentially add second sections to first, third and fifth grades and gives it added flexibility to adapt to future demands.

Enrollment at the school grew from 175 in the 2013-2014 school year to 210 this year, moving it closer toward its goal of serving 400 students.

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