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East Oregonian
Page 2A
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Psychiatric board drops lawsuit
against Malheur newspaper
wheeler, 49, ran a “medical con”
in an effort to stay out of jail after a
1996 conviction for kidnapping.
He was released in December
from the Oregon State Hospital, the
newspaper reported.
According to police, the next
month, Montwheeler allegedly
kidnapped and killed his ex-wife. In
the pursuit with police that ensued,
Montwheeler allegedly hit another
car, killing its driver and injuring the
driver’s wife. Montwheeler is now
back in jail, charged with aggravated
murder, assault and kidnapping.
Calling the circumstances of the
Montwheeler case “extraordinary,”
Gov. Brown said in a statement
that the board agreed to both drop
the lawsuit and release the records
immediately.
“I believe the public is best
served by bringing this matter to an
end now, rather than after a lengthy
and costly litigation,” Brown said.
Unlike the Fish and Wildlife
Commission, for example, under
state law, the governor has limited
means to fire or otherwise direct the
actions of the Psychiatric Security
Review Board.
The Malheur Enterprise reported
Monday that the Psychiatric
Security Review Board had hired
a private attorney to pursue the
lawsuit at a cost of $400 per hour.
In response, the Enterprise
started a social media campaign to
raise money for its legal defense.
Zaitz said Tuesday that he didn’t
know how much the campaign
raised, as they were to be sent to
the Oregon Newspaper Foundation,
By CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE
Capital Bureau
SALEM — After intervention
from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the
state’s Psychiatric Security Review
Board agreed Tuesday to drop a
lawsuit against a rural newspaper
seeking board records pertinent to a
murder case.
The
Malheur
Enterprise
sought records held by the board
concerning Anthony Montwheeler,
who is suspected of committing
murder one month after the board
allowed his release from state care.
Although the state’s attorney
general said March 15 that the
records were public, the board last
week sued the Malheur Enterprise
to keep the records from being
disclosed.
The Enterprise is a weekly news-
paper based in Vale, purchased in
October 2015 by longtime Oregon
journalist Les Zaitz.
Both the governor and Zaitz said
Tuesday the situation exemplified
an issue with the state’s public
records law.
The Psychiatric Security Review
Board is a 10-member independent
board that supervises people who
have asserted “guilty except for
insanity” defenses in criminal cases.
The board determines where to
place people such as Tony Mont-
wheeler. According to the Malheur
Enterprise, Montwheeler was
recently released from state care,
although medical officials said he
was dangerous.
The Enterprise reported Mont-
BRIEFLY
but that the cause garnered support
“from literally all over the country.”
When a state agency denies a
request for records, the requestor
can appeal to the attorney general
for a legal opinion on the matter.
In this case, the attorney general
argued, among other assertions, that
the work of the board was directly
tied to questions of public safety and
personal freedoms, tilting the argu-
ment in favor of transparency; and
that releasing most of the records
would not constitute an unreason-
able invasion of personal privacy.
But the board said it was
worried that releasing medical
records publicly would violate laws
intended to protect patient privacy.
Brown said the situation showed
where the state’s public records
law needed improvement. She said
state law required a state agency
that has “legal concerns” about an
AG’s public records order to sue the
requestor to get a judge’s opinion.
“This is plain wrong,” Brown
said. “I have directed my staff to
explore solutions that would provide
for swift judicial resolution without
filing a lawsuit against a requester.”
In a statement published on the
Enterprise’s website Tuesday, Zaitz
said his paper was trying to hold
state government accountable.
“We appreciate the governor
sparing the taxpayers and our
supporters a lengthy, costly legal
battle,” Zaitz said. “This has
always been a matter of holding
the state accountable, not aimlessly
wandering through private medical
files.”
at Exit 16 that it spent $32 million
renovating to handle casino traffic,
The Columbian newspaper reported.
“This is a triumphant moment for
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe because it
marks the end of a 160-year journey
back to our homeland, and the begin-
ning of a new journey,” Cowlitz
tribal chairman William Iyall said in
a statement Monday.
After treaty negotiations between
the U.S. government and the tribe
failed in the 19th century, Cowlitz
lands were opened to public settle-
ment in 1863 and the tribe was left
without a reservation.
The tribe was formally recognized
by the U.S. government in 2002 and
the Interior Department in 2013
agreed to put the land near La Center
into a federal trust for the establish-
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SALEM (AP) — A
controversial proposal to ban
most no-cause evictions has
passed the Oregon House.
House Bill 2004 was approved
Tuesday by a 31-27 vote and now
heads to the Senate after weeks
of contentious debate. It attempts
to address Oregon’s housing
crisis by creating protections for
tenants living month-to-month,
who are often most vulnerable
to sudden rent hikes and abrupt
lease terminations.
The proposal offers many
exceptions, but it generally bans
no-cause evictions for month-
to-month tenants after the first
six months and requires 30 days’
written notice. If 90 days’ notice
is provided, landlords would
owe tenants payment equal to
one month’s rent if they provide
reason or three months’ rent if no
cause is stated.
Cities would also be
allowed to set their own rent-
control programs within their
jurisdictions.
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ROGUE RIVER (AP) —
Rogue River High will remain the
Chieftains.
The Grants Pass Daily Courier
reports the school board last week
ratified an agreement that allows
the school to keep the mascot.
The decision comes after two
years of negotiations between the
school district in southwestern
Oregon and the Confederated
Tribes of Siletz Indians.
The agreement beats a July
1 deadline set by the Oregon
Department of Education
that requires schools to retire
Indian-themed sports mascots. An
exception is granted for schools
that get approval from one of the
state’s nine tribes.
The agreement stipulates that
the Rogue River School District
will include further Native
American history in its fourth-
and eighth-grade curriculum.
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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Jail
authorities say two men being
held on charges out of Idaho
have escaped from the county
jail in Yakima.
The Yakima County
Department of Corrections says
officers doing a head count at
4 a.m. Tuesday discovered two
inmates missing.
The men were identified
as Steven Roche, of Spokane,
and Chad Tipton, of Post Falls,
Idaho. Both were being held on
charges from Kootenai County,
Idaho. Douglas is accused of
burglary and forgery, while
Tipton is accused of assault and
other charges.
Corrections officials say
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and discovered a door from
a recreational yard leading to
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clear when or who left the door
unsecured.
A search of the surrounding
area did not turn up the inmates.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP)
— A Kennewick attorney has
been charged with stealing nearly
$263,000 in clients’ money
instead of applying the payments
toward their owed back taxes.
The Tri-City Herald reports
43-year-old Christopher Neal
has been suspended from
practicing law in Washington.
He’s scheduled to appear in court
Thursday on a theft charge.
Court documents say a couple
hired Neal as a retainer in 2014
to help with past taxes they owed
to the Internal Revenue Service.
The couple gave Neal
$65,000 to cover their tax years
2007-09, $28,000 to cover
their 2015 taxes followed by
$170,000.
IRS officials confirmed the
couple still owes taxes for seven
years and payments were never
made.
Documents show the state
bar association noted Neal
was suffering from health and
ment of the tribe’s reservation.
The Grande Ronde Community
tribe of Oregon operates the Spirit
Mountain Casino south of Portland
and had estimated it would lose 41
percent of its revenue if the Cowlitz
tribe’s casino was allowed to open.
It dropped out of the lawsuit chal-
lenging the Cowlitz tribe’s casino last
year, but other opponents maintained
the legal effort and said they were
disappointed with the court’s decision.
“We still believe in the principles
of our fight, and obviously we’re
disappointed,” John Bockmier, a
representative for card room owners
told the newspaper. “We are going to
do our best to ensure the remaining
two cardrooms in La Center continue
to be the number one choice for folks
looking for gaming entertainment.”
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personal problems that impacted
his ability to deal with ethical
issues.
Kennewick lawyer
accused of stealing
$263,000 from clients
Cowlitz tribe wins casino legal fight
LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) — A
decision by the U.S. Supreme Court
has cleared the way for the Cowlitz
Indian Tribe to open a $510 million
casino in southwestern Washington
state near the border with Oregon.
The court on Monday declined
to hear an appeal from casino oppo-
nents, leaving in place an appellate
court ruling that upheld the U.S.
Department of Interior’s decision to
grant 157 acres to the Cowlitz tribe
for a reservation near the small town
of La Center.
The decision clears the path for
the tribe’s plans for an April opening
of its 360,000-square-foot Ilani
Casino Resort off Interstate 5 about
25 miles north of Portland.
The tribe on Tuesday planned to
officially open a new I-5 interchange
Two being held on
Idaho charges escape
Washington jail
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