Judge to allow ICE officials to forcefeed Russian detainee on hunger strike

first_imgJudge to allow ICE officials to force-feed Russian detainee on hunger strike August 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge in San Diego granted an emergency request today to force-feed a Russian detainee in ICE custody who has been on a hunger strike for more than two weeks.The request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement was filed Wednesday to involuntarily feed and hydrate Evgenii Ivanov, 41, who has been on a hunger strike at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility since Aug. 4. According tocourt documents, he has been refusing medical examinations and food, but the court papers filed by the government do not say why Ivanov began his strike.He’s missed at least 51 meals since his hunger strike began, court documents state, though he has been drinking water.A declaration from a physician indicates that Ivanov risks “severe physical injuries” as a result of the strike, including organ failure or death. In addition to force-feeding, the physician also recommended involuntary blood draws and other medical testing to ascertain his health.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw granted the order, finding “there is a likelihood of irreparable harm” should steps not be taken to provide nutrition for Ivanov.Another hearing for motions on a preliminary injunction is set for Sept. 4. Ivanov’s next immigration court hearing is Sept. 27. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

81yearold man sentenced in Social Security fraud

first_imgHere is a press release from U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holden in Portland, Ore.81 YEAR-OLD PORTLAND MAN SENTENCED IN SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUDPORTLAND, Ore. – Lafayette Frederick Keaton was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for defrauding the Social Security Administration and the Department of Human Services for the past 13 years.Judge Garr M. King advised Keaton that his criminal conduct justified a sentence of incarceration but also noted that Keaton’s age and health warranted a sentence at the lowest end of the 12 – 18 month sentencing guidelines range.Keaton pled guilty in July to using his dead brother’s identity to collect more than $139,000 in social security, food stamps, and Medicare benefits. Keaton was also ordered to pay full restitution.Keaton’s case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Investigations in Salem and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Cooper as part of a partnership venture between the Seattle Region, SSA Office of the General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Behindthescenes look at a crazy day

first_img‘You’re not Paul.”When I arrived at The Columbian early Wednesday morning, that’s the way I was greeted … and for good reason.Dedicated news assistant Mary Ricks needed Paul. And she needed him fast!Paul, by the way, is Paul Suarez. He’s our early-morning reporter, and one of his main duties is to hunt down breaking news to get fresh information on our website.Back in the good ol’ days, when the Internet didn’t exist, newspapers had to worry about only one deadline each day, that being when journalists had to quit reporting so their stories could end up on the printing press. Today, reporters literally have dozens of deadlines. That’s because of the living, breathing, constantly changing Web.But let’s get back to Mary. She is essentially a data gatherer. She goes out and gets all kinds of info from places such as our courthouse. She then grinds that stuff into a usable form so our readers can see it.Mary also sits about 10 feet from our police scanner. It’s constantly blaring stuff about sidewalk slips, domestic issues and assorted miscreants.On occasion, the scanner chatter sounds serious. Very serious. That happened Wednesday morning when Mary heard about a fire in Washougal. Then a few seconds later Mary heard “shots fired.”That was enough for our data gatherer to turn into a first responder on news. Mary needed to track Paul down to make sure he was aware of what was going on.last_img read more

Aldridge named to NBA AllStar team

first_imgThis is what you’d call one of those “good problems.” Like he does every year, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge purchased an airplane ticket to his home city of Dallas during the All-Star break. After all, he was denied selection to the All-Star Game in each of his first five NBA seasons, so perhaps in an act of self-defense, he kept his hopes low and planned on heading back to Texas. Then the word came from the NBA on Thursday afternoon: For the first time in his career, Aldridge had been selected as an All-Star team reserve. Dallas will have to wait. This time, he’s Orlando-bound. “I’m going to have to see if I can get that money back,” Aldridge said on a conference call. “I was planning on not making it. I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Aldridge’s thoughts stood in stark contrast to the rumors circling around the league. The 26-year-old’s 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game are fifth and 10th in the NBA, respectively — which might be why Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, Denver coach George Karl, and New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams had each said that Aldridge earned their vote before the results were announced. Even so, Aldridge made sure to keep his optimism in check. It was just a year ago that he was considered a strong candidate to earn the final spot on the Western Conference roster, only to watch Minnesota’s Kevin Love be selected in front of him. So when he got the nod this year, he made sure to pinch himself before patting himself on the back.last_img read more

Kids dig Dozer Day

first_imgNutter FoundationDerek Fechtner says he might want to be a firefighter when he grows up. Or maybe the 6-year-old Woodland boy will become a bulldozer driver. Or maybe he’ll be an ambulance paramedic.He and thousands of other local boys and girls got the chance to test drive their dreams over the weekend at the annual Dozer Day event, spread across 30 acres at the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in East Vancouver.This was the eighth year for the event, which unites big machines and little kids for charitable purposes. It was coordinated for the fifth consecutive year by the Nutter Foundation, a charitable arm of the Vancouver-based Nutter Corp. heavy construction firm.Aimee Gebarowski, a foundation employee who, along with Renee Nutter, spends nearly six months organizing the three-day event, said there are several reasons behind Dozer Day.First of all, it raises a lot of money. After last year’s event, nearly $100,000 was donated to three dozen groups that directly benefit local children, ranging from larger organizations such as Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Vancouver School District Foundation to very small causes such as the Klineline Kids Fishing Derby.last_img read more

Lane closures affect Southeast 164th Avenue tonight

first_imgTraffic at the intersection of Southeast 164th Avenue and Southeast 34th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. today to about 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, to allow for signal upgrades. Existing traffic signals will be turned off during that time, and flaggers will be used to control traffic.This work, part of the City of Vancouver’s Southeast 164th Intersection Project, is being done at night while traffic on the busy corridor is typically not as heavy. Drivers are urged to be aware of the lane closures and follow flaggers’ directions. Drivers and pedestrians should also watch for construction workers and equipment in the roadway. Where possible, please consider taking another route outside the construction zone.The overall Vancouver project will improve six intersections along Southeast 164th Avenue, from about Southeast 34th Street to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard. The project includes accessibility upgrades for a number of curb ramps, stormwater improvements and fiber-optic improvements to enhance coordination of traffic signals. That work will be followed by an overlay of asphalt on Southeast 164th Avenue as part of the city’s 2012 Pavement Management Program. Other curb ramps in this 164th Avenue corridor and on Cascade Park Drive are also scheduled for accessibility improvements this summer, in advance of the overlay work.Questions about the work may be directed to Vancouver Public Works Construction Services at 360-487-7750.last_img read more

Man dressed like a ninja tries to rob Vancouver bar

first_imgA man whom witnesses said was dressed “like a ninja” attempted to rob a bar in the Minnehaha neighborhood just before midnight Wednesday, Vancouver Police Department Spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. A bartender at Jake’s Bar & Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road, called police at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man holding an expandable baton walked into the bar and requested money from the register, Kapp said. When the bartender explained there was no money in the till, the man left on foot, she said. Kapp said the man didn’t threaten anyone with the baton and no one was injured. Police used a canine to search the area, but did not find the suspect.The man was described as six-feet tall, in his late 20s or early 30s and wearing all black, with a thin black cloth over his face with cut-out eye holes.last_img read more

Camas woman hurt in Oregon accident

first_imgHere is a press release from the Oregon State Police:SERIOUS INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH – HIGHWAY 126W WEST OF EUGENEPosted: June 4th, 2013 10:08 PMOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday evening’s single vehicle traffic crash that seriously injured two people along Highway 126W about two miles west of Eugene. The names of the two people injured will be released Wednesday morning.On June 4, 2013 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a Subaru Impreza driven by a 25-year old male from Parkdale, Oregon, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 52 when it traveled off the roadway several hundred feet. The vehicle’s driver side collided into a tree entrapping the driver until he was extricated by Eugene Fire Department personnel. He was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious injuries.The 23-year old female passenger from Camas, Washington, was also transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.Both occupants were using safety restraints and the vehicle’s airbags deployed.OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton is the lead investigator.OSP was also assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The highway was blocked about 90 minutes.last_img read more

UPDATE Bump in state revenue may avert government shutdown

first_imgOLYMPIA — Substantial improvements in Washington’s financial outlook provided state lawmakers with a pathway to resolve their budget differences Tuesday, and negotiators expressed optimism they would avoid any government shutdown.In response to a revised forecast of state revenues, Senate leaders said they were OK finalizing a budget deal without policy overhauls that they had been seeking — so long as the House didn’t continue pushing for new revenue. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said lawmakers can work on a budget without additional revenue this year but will need to revisit the issue in the future in order to fully fund education.“It’s not as if the revenue debate is gone,” Sullivan said.Budget writers have some $300 million more in room to maneuver after Tuesday’s updated forecasts. That includes $110 million extra in the current budget cycle that would be available for one-time use in the next budget, an additional $120 million improvement in the revenue outlook for the next two-year budget cycle and $90 million in money available because of less reliance on government services.In total, the new coming 2013-15 budget will raise $32.66 billion — up about $2 billion from the current budget.The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council said it saw strong numbers in state building permits in the first quarter, saying housing has not been this strong in Washington since the end of 2007. However, forecasters cautioned that there remains a lot of uncertainty due to ongoing concerns about federal fiscal policy along with the economies of Europe and China.Budget negotiators have been struggling for months to find common ground on how to balance the state’s spending. With June 30 serving as the end of the current budget, state leaders have been rushing to identify which areas of state government would need to shut down — and which workers would need to be temporarily laid off — if the Legislature fails to reach a final compromise.last_img read more

Car crashes into house at Mill Plain and Reserve Street

first_imgA car reportedly crashed into a house Wednesday morning at the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and East Reserve Street.Police were called to the scene at 9:14 a.m. and found the driver of a Mustang convertible uninjured, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. There were no reported injuries, she said.Information about damage to the house was not available.A natural gas pipe was bent in the crash, Kapp said, and crews from NW Natural went to the scene to make sure there were no leaks.last_img