On a June night two and a half years ago, Lindsey Llaneza smashed his van into three cyclists on SE Belmont, near 42nd, in what is possibly the most gruesome bike-car collision Portland's ever seen. Llaneza was drunk, and driving 70 miles per hour with a suspended license. Two of the cyclists he hit—26-year-old visual artist Angela Leazenby and 27-year-old Orion Satushek of the Spooky Dance Band—were killed; a third woman was critically injured. Llaneza was stopped by a cop a few blocks later, a mangled bike still stuck under his bumper.
Those grisly details were laid out in a courtroom on Monday, January 9, and Llaneza—who is currently serving a 20-year sentence, after he pled guilty in 2004—was forced to look at photos of the crime (he also asked to be excused from the courtroom). Leazenby's family was pursuing civil damages against the driver, to hold him more accountable, and they won. Judge Janice Wilson awarded Leazenby's family over $500,000 in funeral and non-economic damages. AMY JENNIGES
For the past week, rumors about Berbati's Pan have been louder than the music emanating from the 13-year-old rock club.
Last week, Berbati's booking agent Chantelle Hylton said the club was about to undergo big changes: Hylton would no longer be booking the venue—a gig she'd held for several years—and the family that owns the club was looking to sell the space, or turn it into a rental venue (and maybe even move back to Greece). Hylton will continue booking at the Towne Lounge, and may open her own booking business soon.
On Monday, January 9, the Mercury spoke with Penelope "Opie" Papaioannou, whose father and uncle started Berbati's. The club decided to lay off Hylton, and eliminate in-house booking—but that's it. "We love [the club] and have no intention of selling, closing, or turning into a rental space," Papaioannou said. As for rumors that Berbati's owners plan to return to Greece? "Completely untrue," Papaioannou says. AJ
Good-Bye Blue Skies
The race for Dan Saltzman's city council seat got another runner—32-year-old mortgage banker Don Smith. Smith says he'll pursue the public campaign funds through the Voter Owned Elections system, although his website says that if elected, he'll be pushing the city to focus on "core services" before chasing "blue sky" projects—like public campaign funds. SCOTT MOORE