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In brief: Police officer under scrutiny files stress disability claim

Sun., Nov. 22, 2009

PORTLAND – A Portland police officer involved in the custody death of a mentally ill man in 2006 and placed on leave after the recent use of a beanbag gun on a 12-year-old girl has filed a stress-related disability claim.

The Oregonian newspaper reports Portland police officers have a history of filing such claims while facing investigation or potential discipline.

Police union president Sgt. Scott Westerman said Officer Christopher Humphreys has been hung out to dry during an investigation of the death of James Chasse and was devastated this week when police Commissioner Dan Saltzman ordered him placed on leave while the beanbag shooting is investigated.

Sweep in Tri-Cities, Yakima nets guns, drugs, 79 arrests

KENNEWICK – An eight-week operation headed by the U.S. attorney’s office has netted 79 arrests in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

KONA radio in Kennewick reports that Operation Thunder Valley targeted drug traffickers, illegal aliens and fugitives in the region. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice said there were 21 arrests in Yakima and another 58 in the Tri-Cities area. Officers also seized eight firearms and took $14,000 in cash, drugs and stolen vehicles.

UW provost takes Nike corporate board position

SEATTLE – The provost at the University of Washington has taken on a second job as a director on the corporate board at Nike.

Phyllis Wise, Washington’s No. 2 administrator, makes $535,000 in salary and deferred compensation.

Washington’s athletic department has a 10-year contract with Nike worth a minimum of $35 million. But Wise said her appointment has nothing to do with the athletic contract and she’ll have no involvement in the future.

Wise said she has not asked Nike about compensation for being on the board, but last year the company paid its 10 directors between $132,000 and $217,000 each in cash and stock, according to Nike’s annual report.


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