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Pantry: Warrenton
allocated $20,000 for
association to spend
on social giving
practice to keep that sep-
aration,” he said.
The funding recom-
City Attorney Harold
mendations came from Snow pointed out that
the Warrenton
Business As-
sociation. An
forbids the ap-
propriation of
advisory board
public money
whose budget
cense fees, the
association reg-
first principle,”
ularly identifies
he said. “The
separation of
and events to
spend the city’s
and religious
money on. For
institutions is
this fiscal year ,
principle of our
the city allocat-
country, really.”
ed $20,000 for
the association
to spend on so-
Dyer responded
cial giving.
that he didn’t
In addition
see an issue
to the $5,000
with city funds
for the food
going to church-
pantry, the as-
es doing charity
sociation also
work and per-
$3,000 for a youth camp forming good deeds, like
hosted by the Warrenton hosting a youth camp.
“I think it’s good that
Christian Church and
$5,000 for the North we have charity from the
Coast Christian School city,” he said, adding
to set up a fence at a that the commissioners
should not be afraid to
Hammond playground.
Because the three rec- offend people who dis-
ommendations fell under like where the city’s non-
the same line item gener- profit money is spent.
ically labeled “nonprof- “Sometimes a need ex-
its,” the City Commis- ists, and you have to do
sion had no idea it had what’s right.”
Snow argued that, if
signed off on funding
religious organizations the city wants to fund
until City Manager Kurt the food pantry, the mon-
Fritsch flagged the prob- ey should flow through
expenditures a secular organization
while approving the — for example, Clat-
sop Community Action,
“The social services a nonprofit that helps
line item was not broken low-income
out as to who the mon- meet housing, food and
ey would go to,” Fritsch other basic living needs.
This compromise would
The city decided to let help the city “(avoid) the
the North Coast Chris- taint” of inappropriate
tian School expenditure spending, he said.
After the meeting,
go forward because the
playground fence serves Mayor Mark Kujala said
a public, nonreligious the business association,
purpose. The Warrenton by recommending grants
Christian Church with- for the three churches,
drew its request for fund- had acted in good faith
ing when the church re- and sought to fulfill its
alized it had applied for mission to better the
city funds through the community and promote
Warrenton Business As- livability in Warrenton.
“We certainly don’t
The $5,000 originally want to stifle the great
designated for the food progress and hard work
pantry is still residing that they have done,” he
in the city’s accounts, said. However, “I think
(it) was clear at the end
Fritsch said.
of the discussion that we
Founding principle have to be very mindful
At a work session about being legal, fol-
with the business associ- lowing the state of Ore-
ation earlier this month, gon laws and statutes.”
Fritsch said that most
“There’s no bad guys
communities work to associated with this,”
maintain the separation Fritsch said. “We just
of church and state when want to make sure it’s
it comes to spending city appropriate expenditures
of city government fund-
“It is clearly standard ing.”
Continued from Page 1A
Photos by Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
Tami Schultz, right, receives her certificate from Police Chief Brad Johnston, left, during the last Citizen Police Acade-
my class Wednesday.
Simulation: Chief Johnston wants to
continue discussion at future academies
Continued from Page 1A
a gun. The man then pulled
the gun, and Randall had to
equipped with a laser to shoot
at the video screen.
“When we are in those sit-
uations and we are under that
kind of stress, we revert to
training,” he said.
the simulation had a scenario
where he was backing up an-
On the screen, a woman in the
stopped car pulls a gun and
starts shooting. The student
described feeling his heart rate
spike and experiencing tunnel
vision, where he could only
focus on the shooter.
He was also surprised by
less than one second. Randall
asked him how he felt after the
simulation. “Not comfortable
at all,” he said.
Detective Thomas Litwin
operated the simulation. He
controlled the outcome of
each scenario. For one where
a mother and daughter were
three options: Mother shoots
daughter, mother complies or
mother commits suicide.
After each simulation, the
participants were asked why
they did or did not use their
how the incidents happened so
fast they were often unable to
react in time.
One student shot an un-
armed drunk in a bar, while
another accidentally shot an
active shooter in a school.
Astoria Police Officer Andrew Randall speaks with Craig Yamasaki after Yamasaki’s ses-
sion with the use-of-force simulator. After each person used the simulator, the class had
a discussion about how it went and if situations could have been handled differently.
“We have to explain why
we did what we did because
we are held accountable for
what our actions are and what
we based those upon,” Randall
said. “We have to be able to
articulate that, and this a good
time to do that as a police of-
A shootout took place be-
fore the man took police on a
high-speed chase that ended
on U.S. Highway 26. Johnston
explained how the shots the
He handed out the use-of-
force review completed on the
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North Charleston, S.C., who
was charged with murder this
spring after shooting and kill-
ing a man, who was running
“What you just watched is
a criminal act, that is no use of
force,” Johnston said.
The two videos helped
spark a discussion with the stu-
dents. The back-and-forth dia-
logue is something Johnston
wants to continue at future
citizen academies and with the
community as a whole.
“Anytime we can bring a
connection between the com-
munity and the police depart-
ment we are doing a great
service,” Johnston said. “ I
don’t know many better ways
to build relationships with the
Plea deal: He has to register as a sex offender
Continued from Page 1A
The allegations surfaced
when the girl was at a camp and
was told to write down a wish
on a piece of paper. She wrote
something in regard to how she
wished she could tell her moth-
er about the abuse, or how she
wished Mitchell would stop,
Buzzard said.
The tampering and bribing
charges relate to Mitchell send-
ing emails to the victim and her
mother with scripts about what to
say if questioned by law enforce-
girl a trip to Disneyland if she
stayed quiet.
“She is not doing this for any
type of vindictiveness or to get
him out of her life,” Buzzard
said. “She did want him out of
her life, but that is because he
was touching her improperly.”
Mitchell was original-
ly charged with 30 counts of
counts of tampering with a wit-
ness and one count of bribing a
The other charges were
dropped and he pleaded to a less-
er charge of attempted sex abuse,
as part of the plea deal.
At the court hearing Thurs-
day, Mitchell acknowledged
friends and family who support-
ed him over the past year, and
hoped the settlement offered
some closure for them.
About two dozen people at-
tended the court hearing , some
in support of Mitchell and some
Michel Mitchell, right,
appears with his lawyer,
Jay Frank, left, during a
sentencing hearing at the
Clatsop County Court-
house Thursday.
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in support of the victim and her
The same closure Mitchell
hoped for was not felt by the vic-
tim’s grandmother and mother,
who also spoke during the hear-
ing .
The girl’s mother detailed
what her daughter had to endure
to get Mitchell convicted. The
past year consisted of an inter-
view at Clatsop County’s child
abuse resource center, a three-
hour medical examination for
sexual assault and sitting through
a grand jury hearing, where she
had to relive the details of the
“My daughter, like all of the
many victims of sex crimes, will
live with this the rest of her life,
dealing with what Mitchell did to
her ,” she said.
She shared statistics from the
National Crime Victimization
Survey by the U.S. Department
of Justice that show sexual as-
sault is one of the most under-
reported crimes, with 68 percent
not being reported. Children be-
tween the ages of 7 to 13 are the
most vulnerable to sexual abuse,
statistics show.
“When my daughter met
Mitchell, she was a beautiful,
joyful 7-year-old child,” the girl’s
mother said. “He stole her beauty
and innocence by violating her,
and left her with permanent emo-
tional and psychological damage
that she may never overcome.”
While on probation, Mitchell
will be required have no contact
with the girl or her family, and
complete drug, alcohol and sex
offender treatments and evalua-
In addition, he will have to
register as a sex offender.
“I hope you keep an open
mind and welcome the opportu-
nities that are presented to you
while on supervision,” Judge
Matyas said. “That is the only
way you will be successful, and I
hope you are successful.”
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