Antiwar action on tap

The Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Commission soon will consider resolutions opposing the possible war with Iraq.

City Commissioner Erik Sten and Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey announced they would introduce the resolutions at the conclusion of a forum Sunday at First United Methodist Church.

Approximately 600 people jammed the chapel of the downtown church for the forum, which featured speakers who denounced the likely economic, health and humanitarian consequences of such a conflict. The conference was the latest in a growing number of local events to oppose the potential war.

Peace activists also are planning another large rally and march to show opposition to an attack on Iraq. It is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the South Park Blocks at Southwest Salmon Street.


Officers sentenced

Two police officers who pleaded guilty to beating a man outside a downtown nightclub early last year were sentenced Thursday.

Craig Hampton, 25, will serve 21 months in prison and must never seek employment in law enforcement, according to his plea-bargain agreement. Grant Bailey, 27, will do less time Ñ 18 months Ñ because he cooperated with prosecutors.

Hampton and Bailey were off duty when they followed James Patrick Webb Ladd out of Stephanos, a restaurant and nightclub at 1135 S.W. Washington St., last January. They allegedly attacked him a couple of blocks away, breaking his nose and causing other injuries.

The bureau is conducting a criminal investigation to find out why numerous officers and supervisors who were aware of the incident did not intervene at the time or write reports on it later.

The investigation was sparked by an unsigned letter written by a police sergeant to the Independent Police Review Division.

Ladd is seeking $300,000 in damages from the city.

Arrest made in death

Portland police are investigating the first local homicide of the year.

On Sunday, police arrested Lonzall Tatum, 33, of North Portland on a homicide charge in connection with a shooting death Saturday. Tatum called police at 2:36 p.m. Saturday to say he had shot someone in his home in the 1000 block of North Beech Street.

Police said Ronald Buck Spencer, 33, of Northeast Portland died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police spokesman Henry Groepper said the two men were acquainted, and the shooting apparently resulted from an ongoing dispute.

Tatum is being held in the Justice Center Jail without bail.

Chief attends terror talk

Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker will travel to Israel on Thursday to take part in the first-ever conference on law enforcement in the era of global terror.

He will be among numerous big-city American police chiefs to attend the conference, which is intended to help officials share information and gain a better understanding of the problems facing law enforcement agencies in the war on terrorism.

Kroeker was scheduled to meet this morning with members of the Jewish and Muslim communities.


Antiterrorism laws upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld some of the government's new antiterrorism laws in a ruling concerning a charity co-founded by Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Portland, also called Masjed As-Saber.

On Dec. 31, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government had the right to freeze the assets of the Global Relief Foundation because of allegations that it had supported terrorism.

The foundation was formed in Chicago in 1992 by Kariye and five other Muslims.

Kariye's attorney, Stanley Cohen, says his client has not been involved with the foundation for years and that his name does not appear on the foundation's subsequent public filings.

Before the government froze its assets on Dec. 14, 2001, the foundation was the second-largest Islamic charity in the United States, with a donor base of more than 20,000 people and $5.3 million in contributions in 2000, according to federal records.

In its court filings, the government claims that the foundation's leaders 'espouse and promote violence.'

Kariye is awaiting trial on Social Security fraud charges. He has not been charged with any crime related to terrorism or the foundation.


Dredging hearing set

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and two other environmental agencies will host a public hearing in Portland tonight about the environmental impact of deepening the Columbia River navigation channel.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Portland want to deepen approximately 100 miles of the channel from 40 feet to 43 feet. This would enable the larger cargo ships preferred by global shipping companies to navigate the channel, carrying goods in and out of Portland, Vancouver, Wash., and other downstream ports.

Proponents of the project say it is vital to the regional economy and relatively harmless to the environment. Opponents have raised concerns that channel deepening would harm salmon habitat as well as water quality and wetlands.

The hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St.


Project to affect driving

Construction work on the city's massive combined sewer overflow project will snarl traffic again in Northwest Portland for the next few weeks.

The next phase of the portion to divert Tanner Creek from the sewer system will restrict traffic in three areas: West Burnside Street above Northwest 24th Place; the intersection of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Flanders Street; and the 1800 to 2200 block of Northwest Flanders.

The work is necessary to reduce the amount of nonpolluted water that flows into the city's old sewer lines. The project will cost approximately $1 billion and involves large sewer jobs on both sides of the Willamette River.

Ñ Tribune staff

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