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Police respond to verbal altercation involving Troutdale councilor's wife


A fairly typical post-City Council meeting gathering earlier this month in Troutdale turned sour when a heated discussion escalated between Councilor Larry Morgan and Diane Castillo-White, Councilor Glenn White’s wife.

While the altercation was largely verbal, the Tuesday, Jan. 5, scene was enough to warrant a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office response to the Skyland Pub, 3175 S. Troutdale Road, prompted by a complaint by Morgan.

The police report, which The Outlook obtained Jan. 14 after an initial request on Jan. 7 to the Troutdale division of the sheriff’s office, provides little context for what occurred. No arrests were made.

Councilor Eric Anderson described the event as an “unfortunate occurrence. One that I don’t want to see repeated anytime soon.”

After about 10 minutes of discussion, Anderson said the situation became heated. The report describes Castillo-White abruptly standing up from the table, cursing at Morgan, shoving her chair into the table forcefully and throwing her purse onto the table.

“She uttered a whole bunch of profanities, and I heard her say something like, ‘I’m going to get you. You need to grow up,’ Anderson said, “and then she stormed off.”

Anderson said he tried to ignore the interaction, but by the time it escalated, it became uncomfortable for everyone in attendance — the entire Troutdale City Council minus Mayor Doug Daoust.

The official complaint was filed by Morgan. In the report, he said he wanted the incident documented because Castillo-White and Councilor White are being investigated by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. However, Lt. Steve Alexander, the sheriff’s office public information officer, said there is no investigation underway, and Morgan declined to elaborate as to the alleged investigation.

Morgan said the Jan. 5 provocation came from Castillo-White.

“It was a very calm, Level 3 conversation, then some things on her end were said and the things that were said can’t be unsaid and undone. It’s very unfortunate,” he said. “Troutdale is better than that.”

Morgan declined to comment about the conversation’s content, but noted the argument was uncalled for.

Castillo-White also declined to comment on the discussion’s content, citing her desire to avoid a division in Troutdale.

“Larry and I had a disagreement, nothing worthy of a police report, which I just acquired and disagree with,” she said. “I wish the councilor would just focus on our awesome community.”

Morgan said he doesn’t intend the situation to deter from working on the city.

“I was elected to do a job and that type of behavior and bellicose actions aren’t going to deter me from doing the job that I was elected to do,” Morgan said.

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