Equity and inclusion initiative moves forward; Investment advisor faces fraud charges; LOPD arrests seven impaired drivers in March

Equity and inclusion initiative moves forward

City and school leaders who traveled earlier this year to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles vowed to continue their efforts to create a broad-based approach to combatting racism and hatred. Last week, they took the next step toward making that happen.

The Lake Oswego School District and Lake Oswego Police Department hosted an organizational meeting on April 18 that brought together not only the original group members but also widened the circle to include representatives from the city's faith community and representatives from the West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community.

Police, City and LOSD officials outlined their current initiatives, which include strategies to attract diverse staff members; provide professional development to staff on implicit bias awareness; and create opportunities for community engagement on the issues of race, equity and inclusion.

The group also brainstormed possible next steps, which could include an annual lecture series, a communitywide diversity summit and conflict resolution training. Participants also talked about bringing more people to the table for future meetings — which could happen quarterly — in an effort to make sure that the entire community is represented.

Investment advisor faces fraud charges

A former Lake Oswego financial advisor has been charged in federal court with defrauding investors in a failed home-flipping scheme at his firm, Iris Capital Management.

The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that Shayne Kniss offered clients four investment funds composed of residential properties in the greater Portland area that would be rehabilitated, upgraded and resold at a substantial profit. Many of his clients were 65 or older, the government says.

Between February 2011 and April 2013, the complaint says, 47 people invested more than $4.3 million in the funds. Kniss then allegedly commingled investor money among the funds, used new investments to make payments to prior investors and used more than $500,000 of investor funds for personal use, including investing in a retail marijuana enterprise.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Seth D. Uram, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.

LOPD arrests seven impaired drivers in March

Lake Oswego Police officers arrested seven drivers for DUII incidents in March during regular-duty patrols, the department announced.

All of the arrests involved alcohol-related offenses.

LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said officers also continue to partner with Oregon Impact in a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. A driver can be impaired by a number of intoxicants, Treat said, including alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication.

If a driver is arrested for DUII, he said, they can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.

"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."

— The Review

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