A state board on Thursday voted 10 to 5 to revoke former Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea's police certification for 10 years for dishonesty. The dishonesty finding was based on two city investigations that found O'Dea misled investigators about his handling of a 2016 off-duty shooting of a friend and failed to immediately act on an employee's complaint of a hostile work environment. In April, the state Board of Public Safety Standards and Training had refused to accept an earlier recommendation from its police policy committee to leave O'Dea's police certification alone and sent it back to the committee for further review. On May 17, the committee reversed course, voting to recommend that O'Dea lose his police certification for 10 years for dishonesty. The committee also recommended a three-year suspension of O'Dea's certification for gross misconduct. The proposed revocation initially was on the board's consent agenda Thursday, but John Teague, Keizer police chief and vice chair of … [Read more...] about State panel revokes former Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea’s police certification for 10 years
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A state police oversight board Thursday refused to accept a recommendation allowing former Portland police Chief Larry O'Dea to keep his police certification. Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, who serves as the board's chairman, said he had concerns about maintaining O'Dea's certification after two city investigations found O'Dea was dishonest, misled investigators about his handling of a 2016 off-duty shooting of a friend and failed to immediately act on an employee's complaint of a hostile work environment. "In good conscience, I cannot pass this forward,'' said Myers, who had the recommendation pulled from the board's consent agenda. Myers pointed out that Portland's human resources director and its Independent Police Review division upheld the findings that O'Dea was not truthful. Myers also said police executives must immediately report any complaints of a hostile work environment to human resources officials. "The bar as you know is set very high for public safety … [Read more...] about Ex-Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea’s faces setback in bid to keep certification
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) BULLETIN -- East Wing statement at 10:59 a.m.: “The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021. Malia will take a gap year before beginning school.”Story Continued Below INSIDE THE CAMPAIGNS – “Inside Cruz’s camp, confidence crumbles: The candidate is projecting strength, but a string of discouraging signs has his advisers worried,” by Alex Isenstadt in Burlingame, Calif.: “[S]everal aides ... expressed growing alarm that Cruz would lose Indiana’s primary on Tuesday ... One senior aide said there had been no discussion about dropping out before the final primary contests are held on June 7 but noted that Cruz wouldn’t be eager to prolong a campaign he was convinced he couldn’t win. ... “‘A Cruz loss in … [Read more...] about OBAMA DROPS MIKE: ‘The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major’ – LARRY WILMORE: ‘tough race between Senator Bernie Sanders and Democrat Nominee Hillary Clinton’ – PARTY PATROL
Destination: Idaho. With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky. Nearly nine hours later, the 47-year-old gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union, short of Idaho but about 193 miles from home. "When you're a little kid and you're holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind," Couch told the Bend Bulletin. "When you're laying in the grass on a summer day, and you see the clouds, you wish you could jump on them," he said. "This is as close as you can come to jumping on them. It's just like that." Couch is the latest American to emulate Larry Walters — who in 1982 rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair lifted by balloons. Walters had surprised an airline pilot, who radioed the control tower that he had … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Oregon Man Flies 193 Miles In Lawn Chair
He inches forward, with jets overhead and the ground 50 stories below. Larry Johnson can feel it happening: the arrival, he calls it, of the demons.They push him toward the barrier of a rooftop deck of an apartment building where he sometimes comes to visit a friend and, in moments like these, there's a strengthening urge — an almost overwhelming curiosity, he describes it — to jump."One is telling you to do it; one is telling you don't," says Johnson, a former star running back at Penn State who played 10 years in the NFL for four different teams. “One is telling you it'd be fun."It is early November, less than two weeks before his 38th birthday. He played his last game in 2011, and he now believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disorder linked to more than 100 former football players. For now, CTE can be confirmed only after death, but Johnson says his symptoms — anxiety, paranoia, the occasional self-destructive … [Read more...] about Former Penn State RB Larry Johnson grapples with violent urges and memory loss. He thinks it’s CTE.