Plans to construct a seven-and-a-half-foot-tall fence down the middle of 82nd Avenue are moving forward despite some neighbors' ire. According to transportation advocate Jim Howell, an estimated 2,000 people a day currently dash across the road from bus stops on the west side of NE 82nd to the MAX station on the east side. Some outspoken neighbors want the city to install a signal and crosswalk at the stop. But TriMet, the Department of Transportation, and the mayor's office plan to go ahead with a wall and rose-themed fence across the street instead, forcing would-be roadrunners to cross at the closest intersection.
"People will run around this fence just as much as they cross now," Montavilla resident David Linn wrote on a Montavilla neighborhood forum in early May. "Someone will be killed because of this fence." SM
A deputy district attorney is facing internal discipline following her arrest and arraignment on DUI and reckless driving charges. Deputy DA Lucy Heil was arrested on April 29, en route from a party attended by fellow attorneys to raise money for the courthouse's childcare program. Her measured blood alcohol level was 0.22 percent—Oregon law defines a DUI as a blood alcohol level over 0.08 percent.
"It's a regrettable incident, and she's taking every step she can to correct the mistake and we expect to get it resolved," says Heil's attorney, Jim McIntyre. The district attorney's office has also brought in an outside prosecutor on the case, to avoid a conflict of interest where Heil could potentially be prosecuted by one of her own colleagues. "It's my understanding that she's going to go into diversion, we'll take the appropriate action and deal with the internal part of it," says District Attorney Mike Schrunk. MD