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Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Part two of a special report on police conduct

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Timeus said he stands by the recommendation he made. Wrisley was a good cop then and still is, he said.

“I don’t take my recommendations lightly, and I didn’t get to where I am by recommending people who don’t do a good job,” said Timeus.

That the sheriff’s office later backed off on firing Wrisley “waters down their ultimate finding and the reason he was terminated,” he said.

“If they were 100 percent sure they were right, they would not have done that,” said Timeus. “Allowing him back pay, allowing him to resign, tells me that they were not confident with their investigation.”

Duncan also supports Wrisley and blames malcontents in the police department for bringing the allegations against him to light, saying the issue was raised by former officers whose only intention is to discredit the police department.

Duncan did not respond to requests that he characterize his friendship with Wrisley at the time he recommended him for a job.

‘I knew she wouldn’t speak with me’

Though Les Youngbar, former chief of the Lake Oswego Police Department, said Wrisley would have been subject to a standard background investigation before he was hired, no inquiry was ever made with Vandagriff.

The background investigation of Wrisley, released to this newspaper through a public records request, is mostly redacted. But a passage written by the investigator is legible and specifically notes that Vandagriff, whose last name was Williams at the time, was not contacted as part of the probe.

“I did not contact Kay Williams, because I heard that currently there is a law suit [sic] that she has filed against the county concerning this matter; so I knew that she wouldn’t speak with me. When I did call (redacted name) with the idea of trying to get in contact with Kay Williams, (redacted name) did not give me Kay Williams [sic] phone number.”

And indeed, a multi-million dollar lawsuit was pending in federal court. The suit accused Wrisley of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and also accused Washington County with negligence for employing him. Filed shortly after the grand jury’s decision not to file criminal charges against Wrisley, Vandagriff said the lawsuit was essentially aimed at halting his career.

Yet Vandagriff was dogged by rumors after filing it and the police report about Wrisley.

Some officers charged her with fabricating the incident to get money from the county. Others said she was a flirt, mentally unstable and an unfit mother. Some said she made prior, similar allegations against other police officers. They said she lived off a series of shaky lawsuits that propped her up in a fancy home in Hillsboro.

Neither the background investigation by the Lake Oswego Police Department, nor investigations of the incident by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police found any truth to the rumors.

Eager to prove her truthfulness and the merit of her claims, Vandagriff settled the lawsuit for a small sum that paid her attorney fees and for sexual assault therapy.

Neither Vandagriff nor the sheriff’s office has retained a copy of that settlement, and no one recalls the exact sum Vandagriff received. But Vandagriff said she dropped the lawsuit primarily because the settlement included assurances that Wrisley would not work as a police officer again.

“I got nothing. I didn’t want anything. I just wanted him to never be a cop again. Those were my exact words,” she said.

Vandagriff said her main focus was to prevent Wrisley from abusing a badge to hurt other women.

But Wrisley was already in law enforcement, hired by the Lake Oswego Police Department Feb. 6, 1994. When she learned he was working, Vandagriff complained to the sheriff’s office and was assured that Wrisley was in a non-sworn position and likely would not advance rank.

By then, Vandagriff said the law enforcement community had already tossed her aside.

Vandagriff, who left her career in dispatch to raise her children, including a set of disabled twins, was horrified at being exiled.

“That’s what probably hit me the hardest. It’s like a brotherhood. It wasn’t a gender thing, it was a law enforcement thing. And once you go against a part of it it’s like, forget that part of it, you’re not in the brotherhood anymore,” she said. “If you go against them, God forbid, you are the black sheep. You are the whistleblower. Then they just toss you aside.”

“I knew that they were blood brothers, so to speak, and that they protect their own because I was a part of that. But at the same time, I knew that what I was saying was right,” said Vandagriff.

Trautman, the director of the National Institute of Ethics in Long Beach, Miss., who teaches anti-corruption seminars to police, declined to comment specifically on this situation but said police officers are not unlike other groups of people in offering protections to members.

“The way this ostracizing and peer pressure works is when people spend a lot of time together they are dependent on the code of silence. What happens is there is a sense of betrayal,” when someone steps outside the code, said Trautman.

“When somebody has the guts to do that, other people feel a sense of betrayal because of that peer pressure,” he said.

He pointed to a study of police by the National Institute of Ethics, which found 46 percent of officers admitted to witnessing misconduct by their peers and taking no action. Of those, most said they did so because they feared being outcast.

Trouble again

Wrisley would be fired again — this time in Lake Oswego.

And again, he would go back to work as a police officer and continue to advance rank.

On July 8, 2000, while attending a softball tournament for police officers in Albany, Wrisley was arrested after driving drunk into the parking lot of the Best Inns & Suites hotel, then assaulting his wife.

Three off-duty officers — Robert Fay of the Gresham Police Department and Scott Timms and Paul Farnstrom of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office — witnessed the incident. They told Albany police they saw Wrisley struggle to park his car in the lot, then saw he and his wife arguing.

The officers stated that Wrisley grabbed his wife by the wrist, pulled her arm and threw a sweatshirt at her. They then saw his wife fall to the ground. Two officers reported seeing Wrisley shove her by her throat. One said Wrisley had placed his back leg behind her’s to cause the fall.

Albany police photographed finger marks on the front and back of the woman’s neck. She complained of a headache and also told police she had been assaulted by her husband on other occasions.

According to the police report, Wrisley repeatedly told his wife that she didn’t have to talk to other officers. In his own statement, he initially lied, telling an officer that his wife tripped and fell and that he only grabbed her arm to help her up.

He was taken to the Linn County Jail and charged with assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants. His blood alcohol level tested above the legal limit at 0.11.

Had he been convicted of the assault, Wrisley would have lost his job under federal laws that prevent domestic abusers from carrying weapons.

But three months later, Wrisley was convicted on a lesser charge of attempting to commit harassment. Though he was initially fired by Youngbar, former City Manager Doug Schmitz reversed the decision after Wrisley completed a grievance process.

Once back at work, Wrisley made a humbled apology to peers, who had mixed reactions.

“It was somewhat uncomfortable coming back … It’s always in the back of the mind,” said Wrisley.

But he accepted discipline in the incident without complaint, including more than $10,000 in lost wages and court fines and a stigma in the police department that left him remorseful.

“I went through the procedure anyone would do and I live with the outcome,” he said. “Last time I drank was in Albany, so there is some good that comes out of that.”

Though Wrisley would recover his career and this time remain trouble-free, the incident would prove a trigger point for officers disgruntled with the Lake Oswego Police Department, some of whom felt discipline was unevenly applied.

Angry over a series of internal probes that cost one officer his job, the former officer, Eric Losness, first battled to return to work, then sought a job in West Linn where Timeus had become chief.

Rebuffed in both attempts, a bitter Losness filed a complaint with the Oregon Department of Safety Standards and Training last year.

In it, he took aim at Timeus and his historic ties to Wrisley.


On June 4: City investigation ‘designed to prevent public disclosure’

LAST WEEK’S STORY: Crossing the Line


Nick Budnick, a former Pamplin Media Group reporter who now works for the Bend Bulletin, contributed some initial reporting for this story.




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Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Exactly as it happened. City manager Doug Schmitz needs to answer up for this too, new gravel at a city park...


Chief Timeus, regardless of who posts what, is an honest person and is taking absolute care of West Linn, Oregon. Thats just my opinion and it will be shot down with quotes from this story. Chief Timeus is the antithesis of Wrisley, regardless of what happened fifteen years ago as new officers. The current police world, with the exception of Wrisey having a job, is nowhere near the 90's....


Thank you LO review for reporting reality. At the same time, this department deals with serious crime issues even in the face of your "ducks fall down a sewer drain" blotter reports..

"fed up"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:51 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Seems this investigation into the "ethics" or lack there of could go much further in the West Linn Police department. Tim Beard? How about Randall Schleining and financial fraud that Chief Tyrone Hart swept under the rug?

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

this article is over the line. no one has checked on how many others she accused of improper conduct towards her. has anyone checked? One sided stories are great fodder for the losers who thrive on police bashing. no doubt this officer cant respond under advice from the city attorneys, and if smart, his own. so quick to judge, so quick to bash the folks who put it all out there to protect us. the ones who do and go where most of the cowards who commented last week would never venture. the ones who would never wear the uniform of the miltary or police. one sided reporting by a losing publication. great. next time you folks have a crisis and need the police, pray they live up to their oaths to protect and serve.

"corsetti"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

"Crosetti" illustrates just the sort of mentality that the article is taking aim at. There is no place anymore for attitudes like "it's cops vs everyobody else" & "cops protect us so let's cut them a little slack" and "let's sling mud at the cop's accuser." If Joe from next door attacks his wife he gets punished. Why should Wrisley be any different? Because of who his friends are? If Timeus was instrumental in Wrisley rising as far as he has, then he is no more honest & has no more integrity than scum. I don't care how well he takes care of West Linn. The "code of silence" and unequal treatment baloney have to stop. No professional & respected police department would put up with it & it's very disappointing that Lake Oswego & West Linn both appear to have done just.

"anonymous"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Corsetti, I know nothing of this story but what I read here, nor do I really care.


The fact that you, in your defense of Wrisley, used the general "cops are there to save your life and you don't appreciate it" line of reasoning not once but FIVE times in your brief paragraph - even though that fact has NOTHING to do with holding an officer accountable for illegal actions - shows your ulterior motive...


You want the behavior of police to go unquestioned, even when they break the very laws they're sworn to uphold.


Who is REALLY being one-sided now? Not the Trib, and not the accusers. I think it's YOU. And in your tunnel vision, you see fit to blame others for having tunnel vision. A classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Perhaps you are a law enforcement officer yourself, one who wants to look the other way when you or your comrades commit crimes?


I respect the police and thank them for their service.

I also expect them not to break laws and victimize those they are sworn to protect.

To defend cops when they commit crimes is just as hypocritical as accusing cops when they don't.


"JG"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 02:38 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

maybe "crosetti" would feel different if their mother, wife, daughter, or friend who was assualted by someone who is sworn to protect us... just because he is a cop doesnt mean he is innocent of a crime... this person should not be carrying a badge and a gun... he is a deviant

"anon"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 03:56 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

I hate to disappoint you LEO supporters, but a sex offender/woman beater is incapable of being rehabilitated. Wrisley is still a sex offender, wife-beater and will always possess a "less than" view of women. Why? Because he's gotten away with it all his life. In fact, Wrisley's been rewarded for his abuse and sexual offenses towards women.


Timeus is no better. His position as Chief, combined with the facts of this case merely demonstrate he should have been terminated years ago. He holds the same view of women as does Wrisley. Women are a means to their "desirable" end.


The fact that police officers stick together (they should) lends credence to the allegations against both officers. If one cop says another is bad, that's one thing, but several officers have denigrated the character of Wrisley. That speaks volumes. The fact that Timeus and Duncan have aligned themselves with Wrisley speaks volume of their character as well.


We track police misconduct (See http://willibys-corruptjustice.blogspot.com/). This is by far one of the most egregious cases we've tracked to date. There exists no other case where high ranking officers have disregarded the "independent findings" of their own officers to protect another criminal officer. This is the first case we've seen where high ranking officers are literally speaking (publicly) on behalf of an officer who was investigated and found to have committed attempted sexual offenses, in addition to being arrested eight years later for violence against a woman.


Shame on Timeus, Duncan and Wrisley.


Visit us at:


http://willibys-corruptjustice.blogspot.com/


We're GLOBAL!


"Williby"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 04:30 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Interesting article. Is there a way we can get the story on Eric Losness? How about the other ex-officer who filed suit against the city for losing his job? If each of them lost their badges, can we assume the accusations against them were even worse than the ones against Wrisley?

"Curious"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 05:17 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

If Losness was so concerned about the alleged behaviors and cover-ups of other officers, why did he wait so long to bring them up. Oh yeah, maybe because he's just as credible as the cop-chasing _____ who gets mad when she mets a cop she can't add to the notches on her headboard. Was it that he (Losness) didn't have a issue with these guys until he was let go at LO, and then denied a job at WL? Hmmm.... Motive.

"sde"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 05:40 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Remember guys, Bernie Giusto thought he was bullet-proof too.....

"One more to go"

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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 06:01 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

It is very simple for me. If a chief of police in any department can answer unequivacally they are people of integrity and have not crossed the line, then fine. But if they can not look in the mirror and answer this question correctly, they need to step down.


I have to have the utmost confidence in the chief to know they are always telling the truth. I am unwilling to compromise on this. Making a bad judgment call is one thing. We all make mistakes. But intentionally bending the truth is a premeditated act that is not to be tolerated.


The rank and file, that is another matter and one for the chief to deal with and properly.

"Bubba"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 07:42 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

"Why am I not surprised that the Lake Oswego police department would be reluctant to talk about hiring someone with a history of sexual harrassment. Lake Oswego seems to be a breeding ground for sexual predators. The Lake Oswego school district knew they had a sexual predator on their staff and it took them four years to slap his wrist and definitively tell him he could nolonger have access to children at the pool. Lake Oswego residents were quick to come to Don King's defense because both school officials and Lake Oswego police did not disclose to the public that immediatly after he was arrested in June of 2007 they were given a detailed report of a sexual assualt by Don King to a young swimmer from California in the 1980's. Don King's attorney said this womans testimony was unreliable because she was mentally unstable and the newspaper reported that but never verified the victims statements. They also did not report that a former lifeguard filed a report with the pool manager accusing Don King of inappropriatly touching a swimmer at the LO pool as early as 2002. What does one have to do in Lake Oswego to get residents to \"wake up\" and find out that every town, no matter how wealthy still has warts and that covering them up does not make them go away."


"madp"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 09:09 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Where do I start....


Corsetti you are obviously a cop, well so am I. You and Wrisley and Timeus and every cop like you should not be cops anymore. The old school thinking is Gone! You can't do whatever you want and expect the rest of us good cops to stick up for you anymore. It is typical for people like you to go after the victims, if you read the article you would see that there was no one who came forward and said that any of the rumors about Kay Williams were true. Your threat not to protect the ones who disagree with you is also a testament to your character.


For the longest time the good cops, who are the majority, were obligated to stick up for the bad cops. If we didn't we would be ostracized and risked harm because our backup would be delayed or might not come at all. Those days are over and I am happy that they are. I am a professional law enforcement officer, I take pride in what I do and I do it to better myself and the community I live in, I do it because I like the thrill, I do it because I like the feeling when I arrest a scumbag who hurt someone, I do it because it makes me feel like I make a difference when I go home at night, I do it for the people who can't do it themselves.


I don't do it so I can have power over people, I don't do it so I can get rich, I don't do it to get women or notoriety, I don't do it so I can break the law, and I especially don't do it to protect those of you who do.


Kudos to the Lake Oswego Review for breaking this story, it can't be easy for a small town paper to go against their police department. Kudos to Fessler for telling the truth about Timeus and how he was acting when he was working dope. I worked dope too and I never hung out with informants off-duty, that argument is complete BS and what Timeus did was completely inappropriate, he should have been fired then.


I think Williby hit it on the head when he said "The fact that Timeus and Duncan have aligned themselves with Wrisley speaks volume of their character as well."


There is no way they are backing Wrisley because they believe in him, they are backing him because Wrisley has lots of dirt on them, and they are hanging on by a thread as it is.


To the Mayor's of West Linn and Lake Oswego:

Do the Right Thing.

"looking forward to next weeks article."

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 09:45 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Way to go "looking forward"! I too have law enforcement experience and applaud all that you stated.


Looks like we may have found our next chief.

"Bubba"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Is this an online "NEWspaper" or a cold case file re-run? Is there that little going on in our community forcing stories into the spotlight that are 15 years old?

"Hoping for some "news""

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

I support Wrisley and Timeus!!!!


I beleive Wrisley did not sexually assult Kay Williams.

I beleive is's customary for police officers to go to women's houses to deliver raffle prizes.

I beleive Wrisley's supervisor lied when he said Wrisley had not told him he was going to her apartment.

I beleive Washington County was out to get Wrisley and falsified all teir findings to get rid of him.

I beleive Kay Williams passed her polygraph because she is an great liar.

I beleive the Oregon State Police lied about their findings regarding the sexual assault.

I beleive Wrisley when he said "I quit there (Washington County) to come work here (Lake Oswego) that's how it ended."

I beleive Wrisley when he said “I was falsely accused of sexually assaulting a female. Under advise of my attorney I did not give a statement and was terminated from my position as a deputy sheriff."

I beleive each of those officers (from Multnohmah County and Gresham) who said they saw Wrisley harm his wife at the police softball tournament lied.

I beleive the Wrisley DUI conviction was false.

I beleive it is was responsible and eithical for Timeus to "party" with informants and prositiutes off-duty.

I beleive LOPD demonstrated sound practice when choosing not to inquire about the known sexual assualt charges regarding Wrisley during his employment screening.

I beleive Chief Timeus and Chief Duncan are great judges of charachter and show exeptional loyalty in their support of a convicted criminal. We need more chiefs just like them!!!!!








"Swampland in Florida"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 01:15 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

believe

"anon"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 02:32 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

"LISA C" ARE YOU LOSNESS'S GIRLFRIEND OR MOTHER???

"ALL LOPD & WLPD COPS ARE GREAT!!!!!"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 03:43 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

"All lopd & wlpd cops are great" Dude, you better stop drinking the kool-aid.

"Anon"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 04:24 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Williby is correct, rehabilitation for men who abuse women is the exception. Covering up for these kinds of crimes only offer the abuser both courage and encouragement. What kind of example are the police and school administration of Lake Oswego giving to young girls and boys. If it is okay to malign the victim and reward the abuser why would the abuser ever stop? These agreements between the courts and criminals that are "sealed" from the public should be illegal. The public has the right to know the truth. Too many teachers, coaches, public officials etc are protected by these kinds of deals so that they can continue to offend until they get caught again.

"madp"

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Fri, May 29, 2009 at 06:35 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

After her interview with KGW, Ms. Vandagriff has lost all credibility with me. She told KGW that Wrisley put his hand on his gun one of the times she tried to get away from him and she was afraid she was going to die.


I find it interesting there is no mention of that in any of the documents or reports Pamplin Media have presented. You can't tell me she is just now remembering new details from an event that occurred 17 years ago. Those seem like details that certainly would have been revealed in the initial investigation and interviews. Now, I can only ask myself what else has been embelished since Ms. Vandagriff and Deputy Wrisley first met.


I think it may be time for these reporters to start working on a three part series about all the good things LOPD and WLPD have done for our communities.


How about a story on the school resource officers who work every day teaching our kids how to stay safe. How about a story on the traffic officers who help investigate fatal crashes to help bring justice and closure to families who have lost loved ones. How about a story on the patrol officers who work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year watching over our neighborhoods so we can feel safe leaving our homes to go to work and feel safe sleeping at night.


It is time for Pamplin Media to start repairing the damage it has caused in the relationship between our police departments and our communities.


If any of you have any doubt in your mind you are not getting your tax dollars worth or don't have the most professional and dedicated police officers working in your community, then schedule to go on a ride-a-long. I did and I got a whole new respect for our police department.


When I first came to LO, I went on a ride-a-long to make sure the community was well taken care of. What I found was a group of people who dedicate their lives to keep us safe.


For those of you who have spent the fifteen minutes or so to follow this story, please take another three minutes and watch this video narrated by Paul Harvey. I received it recently from a friend and find it a fitting way to start rebuilding our community.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB9-NcunsKc


"Proud To Be In LO"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 04:35 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

There is no damage created by Pamplin Media.


Just weak excuses coming from people who want this covered up. Now we know who Wrisley and Timeus are.


Don't worry. Complacency and non action by Timeus will win in the end.

"fed up cracks me up!"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 08:17 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

One comment stands out:


"Fessler said he heard concerns from other officers that Timeus was socializing with informants after hours, drinking with them off the clock and spending too much off-duty time in the company of female informants. Fessler sent Timeus back to Lake Oswego, hoping time away from drug enforcement would help him steady his career."


CHARLES IN CHARGE CHUCKY FESSLER. Ah Chuck, I remember like yesterday when you through a young MCSO recruit under the bus for no good reason. You didn't get this Timeus guy out of your hair to help HIM, you did it to help YOU. Fessler is worse than all these guys put together folks.

"I STILL HAVE MY PR 24 CHUCKY, AND I MAKE MORE MONEY THAN YOU :)"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 08:49 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

This seres of stories does not put down all cops. Many officers work diligently to keep their communities safe and have good ethics. Unfortunately, it is the unethical actions by some police officers that overshadow what the good officers do in the community. That is why it is so important for police officers like Wrisley and Timeus to lose their badges. They are the ones who create the impression for everyone else who wears a uniform and sadly, their actions have been condoned and even encouraged through promotions and pay increases throughout their careers. Anybody who says great things about Timeus obviously doesn't know him well enough, and any cop who posts on here in support of Wrisley or Timeus is placing themselves right in line with officers who commit crimes and conduct themselves as if they are above the law. Nobody is above the law, I don't care how important you think you are. I realize that the first instinct is to defend your fellow officer, but realize by defending criminal conduct by police officers, you risk losing public trust and faith in the LOPD and in all police everywhere. If you truly don't care about what the public thinks, then so be it, but just know we are watching, we do vote and we do voice our concerns to the Mayor and City Council. The last thing LOPD needs is people afraid to call the police if they need help.

"20 year resident"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Here's a news flash for "Proud to be in L.O."; if you've ever been sexually molested, trust me, you will remember every single detail--even the small ones--for the rest of your life. So yes, I do believe the small details that this victim said occured. Given the statistics on sex crimes, who the victims are and who typically commits them, how could anyone automatically assume that "the woman" has no credibility? The message I get from these articles is that this type of crime is part of a subculture that is basically accepted by male-dominated society. Just like "Proud to be in LO", I too am "in LO", and I know that guys like these are rewarded every day. Take a look at the previous Lake Oswego building official. After a formal complaint about sexual harrassment, the investigation was halted, he was offered the opportunity to resign, get hired at a higher rate of pay as a "consultant", and then given a good recommendation for his next job. The game face folks put on at work may not be the only one they wear. It's so disheartening when people like this are rewarded.

"anonymous"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 04:33 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Cops can 'serve and protect' but they also destroy lives through misconduct. I hope one of the series of articles focuses on Beaverton. BPD is perhaps the most corrupt and abusive police agency anywhere in the U.S. What other law enforcement agency would knowingly hire a cop who left a neighboring town's PD after charges of murder ?

The cops these days have the "us against them" mentality (us = the cops). They can do no wrong and citizens are just dumb and scared of them.

"Bax"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 04:45 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Dear "Hoping for some NEWS",

According to your philosophy, old crimes should just be swept under the rug because they are "old news" including the outrageous behavior of Neil Goldschmidt, Bernie Giusto, and other politicians and crooks. I couldn't disagree more. It's exactly BECAUSE people dig into cold case files that we finally get to the bottom of all sorts of past crimes. If you or a member of your family were the target of abuse by someone in authority you'd most certainly want to see justice done.

"Dale"

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Sat, May 30, 2009 at 07:27 PM

Re: Bax

Nice try. Let's not wait until a cop in West Linn is accused of what you allege happened in another city.


Let's stick to our own police force troubles right now. Let's see the public's confidence restored towards the WLPD.


Stay focused. Keep your eye on the ball. Timeus and his Lieutenants are too aggressive and troubled to be trolling the streets of West Linn.

"Send Timeus to Beaverton!"

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Sun, May 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Dale,


You are absolutely correct. There should be no statue of limitations in any state for rape. It is wrong whether is was committed yesterday or 20 years ago. Most young girls who are raped are too humiliated or too intimidated to tell when the incident occurs. They hide the humiliation from themselves and the public for years and only when it looks safe to come out of the closet do they reappear. That does not make their statements any less reliable. This is exactly what happened with Lake Oswego coach Don King. At least 4 women from the state of California came forward to police agencies with detailed statements about multiple sexual abuses by Don King while they were young swimmers. However, the abuse occurred beyond the statue of limitations so Mr. King may never have to serve time for his heineous crimes. These cases have all been documented by the Unites States Swim Association only now that they have banned Mr. King from coaching and pools they will not talk about the details. They are embarrassed to admit that they had a pedaphile amidst their program for the last 30 years.

"madp"

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Sun, May 31, 2009 at 04:07 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Fully concur with reporting this kind of conduct. I don't think it matters if it 15 days ago, or 15 years. It happened, it continues to happen and citizens have a right to know. And it needs to stop!


The"us against them" attitude isn't just with the police, other city employees think that way too. If it were not for our demands and needs, they would not have to work so hard.


As for the West Linn city council, they buy right in to the "support the staff concept" no matter what. The city put the Police levy on the ballot three times and after failing, still imposed a fee on us. Can't wait for the new cop shop.


Feds is probably right."Complacency and non action by Timeus will win in the end!" The city and council have known of this for several months and nothing has changed.


Taxpayer do impose a hardship and have expectations on the city. Shame on us.



"20 yr Rez"

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Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 07:05 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

What is most comical is how the WLPD enforces the nickle dime ordinances with a vengence..."the law is the law"! But when it applies to them, lets sweep it under the rug. I recall a recent Tidings article concerning a church putting signs out for world peace and some mentioning of the leash law regarding "warning tickets."


The Tidings does not have a comics section and doesn't need one. Some of these clowns on the West Linn Police Department provide great entertainment.

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Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 07:21 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

I noticed that we have an official state Crustacean now!

This is the kind of fluff that makes Leaders sit up and take notice. It seem to me that many politicians are simply biding time until PERS kicks in...let the big problems go...too much work...have we named an official slug yet or have they honored the Banana Slug and I missed it?

"Dale"

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Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 08:35 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

There should be an independent investigation by a special council to investigate the LOPD. And the department should welcome it. If they have nothing to hide then the independent investigation can clear the LOPD and restore confidence in them.


We as citizens and tax payers should ask/demand that the city council to appoint this independent council.


We deserve a police dept that we can have confidence in, and the LOPD deserves the opportunity to prove to us that we should have confidence in them.


Follow this link for city council contact information. http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/council/cbios.htm



devin4citycouncil@hotmail.com

"devin holz"

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Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 08:16 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

The 1997 movie Wag The Dog is being played out live in West Linn, Oregon.


As the real movie goes "Before elections, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to "fabricate" a war in order to cover-up a presidential sex scandal."


The West Linn version is "WL police arrest 28 in Craigslist prostitution bust" in contrast to the ongoing police saga.


In the end, the movie ends with tragic comedy.

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Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 06:03 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Devin,


You are correct that there should be a special investigation by an impartial council into the hiring practices of the LOPD. The city should also create an special and impartial council to investigate the Don King/Lake Oswego School District debacle. The school district continues to deny any responsibility for failing to identify the "coach/parent" that they were told in 2005 sexually assaulted a lifeguard. They also failed to warn lifequards and their parents and swim club members and their parents that they were warned that they had a sexual predator on their staff.

"madp"

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Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 07:49 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

What needs to happen in LO is that the FBI needs to come in and do a full investigation of the department including the Wrisley incidents, and everything else like the civil rights violations that Chief Duncan has encouraged his officers to commit numerous times.


The Mayor and City Council NEED to show sime leadership right NOW and fire Wrisley and Duncan...that would help matters in the department big time. The next step would be to bring a chief in from out of the area to clean stuff up.

"NightTimeIsTheRightTime"

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Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Please share this insight you have about the "civil rights violations" committed by the LOPD. Unless you are just making these allegations up.

"Slander is wrong"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 04:00 AM

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Yes! Bring in the FBI! At least that's an organization we can trust.

"The Mayfield Family (Not that Mayfield family, the other one)"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 06:47 AM

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What we really need to do is take away Brian and Eric's computers and get a new reporter for the Tidings.

"Fedup with it all"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:13 AM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

To "Fedup with it all" : Big, stupid, ignorant assumption that all the negative comments are from 2 people. There are many of us who have watched justice meted out unfairly in both deptartments & been pretty powerless against it. The old saying "it's not what ya know but who ya know" is alive and well. And as much as you'd like to think it is, this isn't Brian or Eric or 1 of their mothers or girlfriends. There are more than 2 people interested in this story. Just ask the reporter how many people she has actually talked to.

"been there"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 02:26 PM

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Hey "Fedup with it all" have you picked up any dead animals off the street lately? Get back to work....

"Mike Hunt"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 03:17 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

Something tells me that Chuck Fessler is holding back quite a bit on what he knows about Timeus and the real reason he was kicked out, er....I mean transferred out of narcotics and back to LOPD. I bet Chuck Fessler would be much more candid with investigators from DPSST and the Attorney General's office........

"Badge Heavy"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 03:20 PM

Re: Crossing the Line • ‘Cocaine cowboys’ avoid scrutiny

People who aren't in law enforcement don't realize that DPSST is full of ex, retired or current cops in all sorts of positions such as administration and instruction. Not sure how much impartiality or justice there is to be had there.

"been there"

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Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 07:19 PM