Pozztown Police Blotter February 1

Hazelwood neighborhood, again

One man was killed in a stabbing Sunday night in the 100 block of Northeast 120th Avenue, Portland police said.

Officers were called to the area about 5:30 p.m. and found the man dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives responded and are continuing to investigate.

Police did not say whether anyone has been arrested.

Turns out the victim was facing charges for bombing the federal courthouse and assaulting a marshal

A 19-year-old man, accused of tossing an explosive through a broken window of the downtown Portland federal courthouse in July and injuring a deputy U.S. marshal, was killed Sunday in Portland, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Isaiah Jason Maza Jr. was fatally stabbed in the 100 block of Northeast 120th Avenue, according to the source, who confirmed Maza’s identity but is not authorized to speak on behalf of the Portland Police Bureau.

Officers were called to the scene about 5:30 p.m. and found Maza dead.

In August, Maza appeared in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on allegations of assault on a federal officer using a dangerous weapon and depredation of federal government property.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Sussman described Maza as a “very dangerous man” who was caught on video tearing plywood off the window. He is then seenlighting the fuse, dropping the hand-sized explosive device inside the lobby of the courthouse “then watching with his cellphone for the explosion.”

At the time of the July 22 incident, Maza was on pretrial release from a state first-degree criminal mischief charge. That charge was still pending at the time of his death.

Not so neighborly

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police said a man was shot during a dispute between neighbors in Gresham Sunday afternoon. 

The shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in the 2800 block of Southeast Palmquist Road.  

According to police, the man was shot by another man. He was taken in an ambulance to a trauma hospital. 

Police do not know his status, but said his injuries did not appear life threatening when he left the scene in the ambulance.  

“Say his name. Leroy Xavier Wass-Morill!” (January 30)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Tigard Police Department announced the identity of a victim in a stabbing death as Leroy Xavier Wass-Morill.

The law enforcement agency launched a homicide investigation after a stabbing victim died at a hospital Friday night.

Around 9:45 p.m., officers received a 911 call from a man living in the 11500 block of SW Hall Boulevard saying he had been stabbed.

First responders soon arrived to the Silver Creek Apartments and attended to the stab wounds of the 22-year-old man. Despite life-saving efforts, the man was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

This happened in the normally sleepy south west of Portland, near me. South West in da crazy house yo!

Drugs now legal

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs as a ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday.

Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment that could lead to addiction counseling. Backers of the ballot measure, which Oregon voters passed by a wide margin in November, hailed it as a revolutionary move for the United States.

“Today, the first domino of our cruel and inhumane war on drugs has fallen, setting off what we expect to be a cascade of other efforts centering health over criminalization,” said Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which spearheaded the ballot initiative.

Ballot Measure 110’s backers said treatment needs to be the priority and that criminalizing drug possession was not working. Besides facing the prospect of being locked up, having a criminal record makes it difficult to find housing and jobs and can haunt a person for a lifetime.

Two dozen district attorneys had opposed the measure, saying it was reckless and would lead to an increase in the acceptability of dangerous drugs.

Instead of facing arrest, those found by law enforcement with personal-use amounts of drugs would face a civil citation, “like a traffic ticket,” and not a criminal citation, said Matt Sutton, spokesman for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Under the new system, addiction recovery centers will be tasked with “triaging the acute needs of people who use drugs and assessing and addressing any on-going needs thorough intensive case management and linkage to care and services.”

The law will transfer a bounty of public funds to groups associated with the Drug Policy Alliance in creating their regime of “recovery centers”.

The addiction recovery centers will be funded by millions of dollars of tax revenue from Oregon’s legalized marijuana industry. That diverts some funds from other programs and entities that already receive it, like schools.

The ballot measure capped the amount of pot tax revenue that schools; mental health alcoholism and drug services; the state police; and cities and counties receive at $45 million annually, with the rest going to a “Drug Treatment and Recovery Services Fund.”

The fund will be awash in money if the sales trend for marijuana continues as expected.

In the 2020 fiscal year, marijuana tax revenues peaked at $133 million, a 30% increase over the previous year, and a 545% increase over 2016, when pot taxes began being collected from legal, registered recreational marijuana enterprises around the state.

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