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WLHS 50th reunion coming up

West Linn High School Class of 1966 is searching for alumni. A reunion will be held Aug. 19 at the Charbonneau Country Club. Search for West Linn Class of 1966 on Facebook or call Jim Adams, 503-786-0966 or Cherrol Rivers Pacholl, 503-266-4943 for more information.

WLPD officer earns DUII Officer of the Year award

In 2015, West Linn police officer James Abeles was named the DUII Officer of the Year after he arrested 65 impaired drivers during the calendar year of 2014. On April 29, 2016 he became the first municipal police officer to receive the award two years in a row.

Abeles has been awarded the 2015 Oregon DUII Enforcement Officer of the Year for city police departments. Abeles, who has been with the West Linn Police Department since 2012, received the award from the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

In 2015, Abeles arrested 90 impaired drivers in the city of West Linn. In 2015, after completing a complex and rigorous training, Abeles became a certified Drug Recognition Expert. Abeles performed 23 drug impairment evaluations in service to the West Linn Police Department and its partner law enforcement agencies in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

He has maintained a 100 percent accuracy rate as determined by OSP lab testing of collected blood and urine samples, police said.

In addition to these accomplishments, Abeles became a certified Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor and was instrumental in the organization and evaluation of training held at the West Linn Police Department in 2015.

"Officer Abeles' accomplishments are a reflection of his character and passion for traffic safety," West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus said. "Officer Abeles is an outstanding representative of our department and this great community."

WL girl takes Pokemon title

A West Linn youngster, Piper Lepine, was named Pokemon State Championship April 9th , after competing in the junior division with players from throughout the northwest. Along with the title and State Champion trophy, the West Linn native also earned valuable Championship Points that will count toward a potential invitation to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco, Calif., this August.