Jury selection begins in trial of FBI agent accused of lies
PORTLAND (AP) — Jury selection started in the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about firing two shots that missed Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, spokesman for the group that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge in January 2016.
The errant shots came as the Arizona rancher emerged from his pickup when authorities arrested leaders of the takeover on Jan. 26, 2016. Oregon State Police fatally shot Finicum seconds later.
The agent, W. Joseph Astarita, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of making a false statement and obstruction of justice.
Defense lawyer David Angeli says his client didn't fire, and the government's case is based on weak circumstantial evidence.
Jury selection began Tuesday afternoon. The trial is expected to last several weeks.
The occupiers seized the refuge to protest the imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers who set fires. President Trump recently pardoned those men.
Earthquakes strike off Oregon Coast; no damage
PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a series of earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon.
The Tuesday morning quakes were about 125 miles (202 kilometers) west of Gold Beach, and occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). They ranged in magnitude from 3.2 to 5.6.
There have been no reports of injuries or damage.
Experts have said for years that Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are due for a major earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 or higher. Smaller quakes, like those on Tuesday, are fairly common.
Oregon food cart owner who used racial slur will pay $1,000
PORTLAND (AP) — The owner of a Portland food cart has agreed to pay $1,000 to a customer he physically and verbally attacked last month.
In exchange, charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment have been dismissed.
The owner, Islam El Masry, apparently became upset when the customer wanted to pay her $7 tab with coins. The owner eventually shoved the money back at her and called her a racial slur. He also sprayed hot sauce and threw a bottle of Gatorade at the woman, who is black.
Court records show El Masry and the customer signed a civil compromise to have charges dismissed.
El Masry declined comment to The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday.
In YouTube videos published after the incident, El Masry said he had been in a bad mood at the time of the confrontation because of business pressures and because he was cooking food while fasting for Ramadan.