Recent Posts in Public Safety Category

  • Oregon Lawsuit: Alleged Extreme Starvation of 2 Preschoolers

    || 21-Mar-2016

    A new lawsuit accuses the Oregon Department of Human Services of failing to supervise a situation in which two foster children were allegedly starved. In the complaint, the foster parents’ alleged negligence caused the children (4 and 5 years old) to weigh the same now as they did when they were 1 and 2. When they arrived at the hospital, the boy, 4, weighed just 27 lbs. This is the average ...
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  • Safety Tips for Trekking Oregon's Best Outdoor Destinations

    || 4-Feb-2016

    Portlanders are notorious for their love of outdoor adventures. There is so much to do and the website ShareOregon is just a small example of this! This site allows users to share adventures — such as the Tree to Tree Adventure Park or kayaking across Sturgeon Lake — and help others find some of the best destinations in Portland and all of Oregon. It is important to remember, though, ...
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  • Stay away from the sprouts!

    || 19-Nov-2014

    I always loved getting alfalfa sprouts on sandwiches, but then there was that whole sprout-salmonella thing, and it became difficult to find sandwiches with sprouts. I had forgotten all about that until I read in the newspaper today about a salmonella outbreak involving clover sprouts. The sprouts are produced by Sprouters Northwest of Kent, WA, and were distributed in the Pacific Northwest. The ...
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  • Research Shows Tort Reform Laws to be Harmful

    || 6-Nov-2014

    The topic of medical negligence has made front page news in recent weeks, specifically in states where patient safety has eroded due to strict immunity or “tort reform laws.” In a recent Huffington Post blog titled: “ How Tort ‘Reform’ Ruins Health Care for Everyone ” author Joanne Doroshow outlines new research that shows how the impact of “tort ...
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  • Fruity fiasco

    || 12-Jun-2014

    We hear about food borne illnesses relatively frequently, but hepatitis A outbreaks tend to be quite rare. Unfortunately, some 87 people have gotten sick with hepatitis A after consuming tainted frozen fruit purchased at Costco. The tainted fruit, attributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey, was in Costco’s frozen Organic Antioxidant ...
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  • Mega Problems for Megabus

    || 29-Apr-2014

    Obviously Portland is not the only city that has issues with buses. There’s a bus company in the Midwest and East called Megabus that offers low-price tickets that has had its share of accidents. In 2010 a Megabus hit and killed a man, and in 2012 a Megabus hit and killed a woman in downtown Chicago. Also in 2012 a Megabus traveling from Chicago to St. Louis got into an accident when one of ...
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  • Death by poultry?

    || 5-Nov-2013

    A 73-year-old man died while traveling on American Airlines, and his family blames the airlines and the chicken he ate on board. The family has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and Sky Chefs, whom they claim provided the in-flight food. The 73-year-old, Othon Cortes, was flying from Spain to New York and then on to his home in Miami. He ingested the in-flight meal on the flight from ...
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  • Falls Tragedy

    || 8-Aug-2013

    Last summer 15-year-old Caleb Jordan Justice of Vancouver, WA, accidentally drowned when attending Experience the Valley Summer Camp, a weeklong church camp. Justice and his fellow campers were on a walk by White River Falls near Maupin, OR, when Justice slipped on some rocks, fell into the water, and drowned. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by our own John Coletti on behalf of ...
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  • [Don't] Say Cheese!

    || 9-Jul-2013

    It’s summer, which means more foodborne illnesses! Unfortunately, cheese lovers recently took a hit, as the Crave Brothers line of cheeses were part of a voluntary recall issued by Whole Foods Markets. The cheeses, including les freres, have been associated with a listeria outbreak that has resulted in one death and sickened a small handful of people. The cheeses were made by Crave Brothers ...
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  • When fruit isn't good for you

    || 23-Apr-2013

    There’s been a rash of norovirus outbreaks lately. Last month there was a norovirus outbreak at a meeting for the Oregon Department of Forestry that was held in Forest Grove. The meeting was catered by Forest Grove restaurant Maggie’s Buns, which has been in business for some 16 years. The outbreak was likely caused by a fruit tray, but Maggie’s Buns claims to have served fruit ...
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  • Dental nightmare

    || 2-Apr-2013

    A lot of people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Well, a couple hundred dental patients in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have a very valid reason for now being scared to go to the dentist. Oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington of Tulsa has been charged by the Tulsa Health Department with unsanitary practices to the point of creating a public health hazard. Among the unsanitary practices discovered by the ...
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  • Record keeping is for chumps

    || 12-Mar-2013

    In December a Canadian tour bus full of Asian and Asian-American tourists crashed near Pendleton. Nine passengers were killed and dozens injured. The weather conditions had been poor, and the driver, who also served as the tour guide, was allegedly going too fast for the conditions. A number of passengers have filed lawsuits against Mi Joo Tour & Travel, the tour company. The Oregonian reports ...
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  • Crash and burn

    || 27-Feb-2013

    Early this year two young women from the Gresham area were in Portland having some fun. They knew they would be drinking, so they did the responsible thing and did not drive. As they waited for their ride to pick them up, a drunken, irresponsible person drove into them. Brandi Butner and Rebecca Bray were out celebrating Butner’s 21st birthday in Old Town when Brent Warstler ran into them. ...
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  • A sticky peanut mess

    || 22-Feb-2013

    In 2009, as you may recall, there was a salmonella outbreak caused by tainted peanuts. The peanuts ended up in peanut butter and many other products and sickened some 700 people, including Jacob Hurley, a Portland boy who was just three years old at the time. He got sick from eating Austin Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter. Nine people died from that outbreak. The manufacturer behind the tainted ...
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  • Unscheduled tour bus detour

    || 24-Jan-2013

    The aftermath of the terrible tour bus accident in eastern Oregon that killed nine passengers and injured many more on December 30, 2012, is nearly as horrific as the accident. The tour bus, operated by Mi Joo Tour & Travel of Vancouver, BC, catered to an Asian clientele. It was on the final leg of a nine-day tour that took passengers to Los Angeles and Las Vegas when it encountered dangerous ...
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  • Coffee, tea, or lawsuit?

    || 10-Dec-2012

    Everyone has heard about the lawsuit a woman filed against McDonald’s way back when for serving coffee that was too hot. Remember that? Well, now Angelica Keller is suing Southwest Airlines for serving her tea that was too hot. She spilled the hot tea on herself and allegedly suffered from burns and blisters. Keller was seated in a front-row seat and thus did not have a drop-down table. She ...
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  • Pumpkin patch splat

    || 24-Oct-2012

    Autumn is in the air! The leaves are changing color, there is a crispness in the air, and it is time for apple cider and pumpkin patches. Going out to a pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island has become an annual tradition for many families, but not for Debra Goolsby. Goolsby visited The Pumpkin Patch, a Sauvie Island patch owned by Bob and Kari Egger, in October of 2010. The patch offers rides to the ...
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  • Texting and maiming

    || 23-Aug-2012

    Even though there are regulations in many states about texting while driving, there are still plenty of people who text and drive. Think about it–when is the last time you were out and did NOT see someone texting while driving? A New Jersey couple were on a motorcycle in fall of 2009 when they were hit by a teenager who was texting while driving. The married couple each lost a leg as a ...
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  • Assault with a deadly automobile

    || 23-Jul-2012

    What can you do if you are a police officer who has to confront someone who is seemingly impaired and acting strangely? If that person has not committed a crime, what responsibilities and rights do you have to do something about it? That is the question now in the case of the tragic accident that left a pregnant young woman in a vegetative state. In the spring of 2010, Jack Whiteaker was reported ...
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  • Basketball and Fatal Falls

    || 10-Jul-2012

    Tragedies often end in lawsuits. In November of 2010 a 2-year-old boy fell from a third-floor luxury box at the Staples Center and died. The luxury box is like a balcony overlooking the arena. A glass safety partition provides a barrier between spectators and the ledge. The toddler and his family had attended a Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center, and the family had been taking photos by ...
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  • Get off the bus

    || 29-Jun-2012

    There are always two sides to a story. Which one do you believe? Well, remember that TriMet bus driver who kicked a woman and her crying child off the bus because the baby was crying? A similar situation occurred the other day on a bus in Forest Grove. A mother and her children were allegedly kicked off the bus because the kids were crying. A police officer then gave the family a ride home because ...
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  • Hollandaise Daze

    || 18-Jun-2012

    Portlanders love to go out for breakfast, but there is a small group of breakfast eaters who aren’t in love with the eggs benedict served at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in NE Portland. A year ago a group of county commissioners gathered for a nationwide meeting. A handful of the attendees ate eggs benedict at the hotel and got sick. One of them, North Carolina’s Bill Stanley, was ill enough ...
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  • One messy crash

    || 12-Jun-2012

    A St. Louis family that was involved in a 2009 fatal accident when a car being pursued by the police crashed into their car was recently awarded $3.1 million in damages by a jury. The suit was filed against the village of Uplands Park, where the crash took place and which employed the police officers involved in the crash. The driver involved in the pursuit was a 16-year-old who was caught driving ...
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  • Not-so-special effects

    || 29-May-2012

    Most people have stars in their eyes when it comes to Hollywood, but it is not all magic and fun. Nobody knows this better than Gabriella Cedillo. She was an extra on the film Transformers 3 in 2010 when she was severely injured in a stunt accident. She was in her own car along with many other extras in a scene involving a stunt vehicle on a cable. The cable broke and sent the vehicle flying into ...
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  • Duck and cover

    || 12-May-2012

    You’ve all probably seen those “duck tours” in various cities that give tours on those large amphibious vehicles that look like boats on wheels. The tourists sit high up off the ground while the tour guide drives and provides commentary. They might sound like fun, but a number of these tour vehicles have been in accidents, most of them due to the driver not being able to see ...
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