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Westbrook indicted on murder charge

WESTBROOKA Clackamas County grand jury has indicted Nancy K. Westbrook for murder in the death of her estranged husband, Lake Oswego resident Joshua G. Westbrook.

Nancy Westbrook, 50, appeared in Clackamas County Circuit Court via video on Friday. At the preliminary hearing, she was ordered to remain in Clackamas County Jail without bail. Her trial is tentatively set to begin March 31.

Lake Oswego police officers originally responded on Feb. 4 to a reported suicide in a home in the 13000 block of Boones Ferry Road, where they found the body of a man later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Westbrook. Officers quickly determined the death was most likely not a suicide, police said, and began to investigate the incident as a homicide.

Nancy Westbrook was arrested later that evening.

Aequitas says it will lay off 80

Lake Oswego-based Aequitas Capital Management Inc. told state officials Tuesday that it plans to lay off 80 employees, and that the first impacted workers would lose their jobs as soon as this week.

“This layoff is intended to be permanent in nature and we do not anticipate recalling employees back to work at this time,” Aequitas CEO Bob Jesnick said, echoing a memo sent to employees on Jan. 29.

“At this time,” Jesnick told employees, “you should consider your layoff to be permanent. While it is possible that some employees could be maintained or recalled to work, no company employee who is being laid off should count on being recalled.”

The layoffs are expected to be complete by March 29. Virtually every Aequitas department is affected, from accounting, sales and business development to corporate marketing, human resources and IT. Jesnick said the company intends to pay employees their regular wages and continue providing standard benefits through the 60-day layoff period.

Aequitas was once one of Oregon's fastest-growing financial services firms, with as much as $1.67 billion in assets under management. The company primarily invests in health care, education, financing services, consumer services and manufacturing sectors.

Aequitas did not explain the specific reasons behind the layoffs, which had been expected for several weeks, but company officials did tell the Portland Business Journal last month that the firm was undergoing “a shift in business model and strategy.”

Last week, state officials held an information session at Clackamas Community College for workers likely to be affected by the layoff, sharing information on unemployment benefits, health insurance options and job search resources.

Haggen auction delayed again

The auction of 33 Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores in Washington and Oregon — including the Lake Oswego store on Boones Ferry Road — has been delayed until Feb. 22.

The auction, which was originally scheduled for January and then moved to Feb. 5, was expected to finally take place in a New York City law office last Thursday. But a spokeswoman for the company confirmed the new auction date in an email to The Review on Wednesday evening, offering no reason for the latest delay.

Also unknown is the eventual fate of the company’s 33 “core” stores in the Northwest. Potential buyers could opt to keep the Haggen brand, company officials have said, but it is also possible that a different grocer could be the high bidder and convert the stores to its own brand.

Groups to focus on climate solutions

Community members are invited to share ideas for local climate solutions at a pair of focus group discussions sponsored by the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network.

LOSN President Lisa Adatto says the meetings are designed to gather feedback and suggestions for developing a Lake Oswego Climate Program. “This plan is about climate solutions,” she says, “not climate science. Expect to review some ideas and materials and have a conversation.”

The first session is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27; the second will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. Both will be held at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 Southshore Blvd.

Each focus group is limited to 10 people. To reserve a spot, contact Adatto by Feb. 22 at 503-914-9678 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— The Review