Just in time for the 11 o'clock news last night, Portland police sent out a pair of Occupy Portland-related news releases.
One was funny (except, obviously, for the mother who wondered where the hell her kid got off to)—about a nine-year-old who walked off after making art with a woman named "Rainbow." The other was merely unsurprising, especially now that cops have said they'll be enforcing drug and drink laws at the camp: a pot-dealing arrest.
I wonder if this means everyone will forget about one of the cool things the occupiers did yesterday, marching into Old Town to support a homeless camp also in the city cross-hairs.
(I normally frown on the police bureau's love of quotation marks. But somehow, I'm totally okay with "Rainbow.")
At 9:00 p.m. this evening, Tuesday October 18, 2011, Portland Police officers working in the area of the "Occupy Portland" encampment at Lownsdale Square were notified that a 9-year-old girl was missing and hadn't been seen for approximately 2 hours. Officers received information that the girl was possibly with an adult female who was doing art with the child in the "art tent" at "Occupy Portland." The adult female was known only as "Rainbow."
Several officers began an area check for the girl and "Rainbow" and Missing Persons Detectives were consulted. At 9:37 p.m., the girl was located at Southwest 4th and Taylor with "Rainbow." The girl was then reunited with her mother in Lownsdale Square, where mom and child have been staying since the beginning of "Occupy Portland."
After talking with the child and "Rainbow," no foul play was suspected. Officers will document the information in an official police report.
This afternoon, Tuesday October 18, 2011, at 3:14 p.m., Portland Police officers working the area of the "Occupy Portland" encampment at Chapman Park observed a man whom they thought was drinking alcohol in the park. Officers approached the man who concealed the glass container he was holding. Officers asked the man to walk out of the park with them to talk more privately.
The man voluntarily walked out of the park with the officers then showed the officers what he was concealing: a mason jar containing several baggies of suspected marijuana.
The man was identified as 36-year-old Timothy Soldani of Tillamook, Oregon. Soldani was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery of Marijuana and Drugs in Parks Prohibited (Portland City Code).
Bail is set at $22,500.