Monthly Archive: June 2016

One injured in four-vehicle crash in east Davenport 0

One injured in four-vehicle crash in east Davenport

The driver of a Mercedes SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon when she lost control of the vehicle and caused a crash with two other vehicles while exiting River Drive onto River Street, Davenport police said. Police said the crash occurred at 3:50 p.m. as the woman was driving the Mercedes west on River Drive. She then tried to exit onto River Street near McClellan Boulevard. River Street leads to the Village of East Davenport. The Mercedes struck a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was at the stop sign at River Street and River Drive. The impact totaled the pickup truck, causing it to lose its drive shaft. The Mercedes also struck a Toyota Camry that was near the truck. The Camry also was struck from behind by another vehicle that fled the scene. The Mercedes rolled onto the driver s side. The driver had to be cut out by firefighters. She was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, for treatment. Speed was a factor in the crash, police said. The woman faces traffic charges in connection with the crash. No one else was injured. I got hit twice, said Ellen Reilly of Moline, the driver of the Camry who was on her way home from work. I felt the other car hit me. But when I got out no one was there. But the damage was. The back of her Reilly s Camry had dents in it and blue paint smudges. The front of the vehicle was in pieces. Police said it was totaled. As for the Mercedes, Reilly said, “she was flying when she hit me.” The three people riding in the pickup truck also fled the scene but were found by police. The owner had no insurance or driver s license but told police that his son was driving. Reilly said that in the past she has used River Street to get onto River Drive, but after this crash, I never will again. The intersection was closed for about an hour as police investigated crash and cleared the scene.

Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Northbound ramp to Hawthorne Bridge from Naito closes tomorrow for the Blues Festival 0

Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Northbound ramp to Hawthorne Bridge from Naito closes tomorrow for the Blues Festival

Daily traffic It’s going to be a busy weekend downtown with the annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival taking up the bulk of south Waterfront Park. The Hawthorne Bridge often becomes a default viewing spot for pedestrians and also a well-used route to the festival for east side fans. As a result, the northbound on ramp to the Hawthorne Bridge from Southwest Naito Parkway will be closed Friday-Sunday, July 1-4 for the Blues Festival. The ramp is closed each year for safety, due to the volume of pedestrians around that area. Drivers who need to access the bridge can take the ramp from Southwest Madison Street. Also expect police to close the bridge to motor vehicles during the fireworks display on July 4. *** BEAVERTON 7:58 a.m.; Westbound crash on the shoulder of U.S. 26 between Bethany and 184th Avenue. Watch for slowing. *** DUNDEE 7:48 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Highway 99W near Southwest 11th Street south of Dundee. This tends to be a congested area in any case. Expect slowing this morning. *** DONALD 6:45 a.m.; Crash I-5 southbound near the Donald exit (south of Wilsonville) has traffic backing to Arndt Road. *** BUXTON 6:20 a.m.; An overturned log truck is blocking Highway 47 south of Johnson Road, and north of Stub Stewart State Park. Up to two lanes in either direction of I-205 between Mill Plain Boulevard and SR 500 will close from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. nightly through Friday, July 1. Workers will grind, pave and stripe the freeway in that area throughout the week. Also concrete barriers are being removed. Expect some slowing and watch for workers through Friday morning. Many state and local sheriff’s offices are announcing enhanced patrols for the Fourth of July weekend. If you’re going to drink, have a designated driver, arrange for a ride or use public transportation. Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland [1] #pdxtraffic Tweets [2] References ^ @trafficportland (twitter.com) ^ #pdxtraffic Tweets (twitter.com)

Colombia ceasefire throws displaced lives into focus ? Maria’s story 0

Colombia ceasefire throws displaced lives into focus ? Maria’s story

* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. MEXICO CITY, Mexico, (UNHCR) ? When gun-toting gang thugs pumped round after round into their home in El Salvador, blind couple Rosario and Victor* grabbed their daughter and threw themselves onto the floor to dodge the bullets. Minutes later, several figures they could not see broke into the house and loomed over them as they lay huddled on the ground. Victor had draped himself protectively over 10-year-old Natalia and Rosario, who thought they were dead. ?I was paralyzed, dead throughout every part of my body,? Rosario says, weeping as she relives the terror. ?But then we realized it was the police and I started to breathe again.? The family had been hounded by the gang who demanded US$500 in ?rent? on the two massage therapy clinics they ran in the Salvadoran capital. When the gang doubled the extortion demand to US$1,000 every two weeks, the family shut the businesses and moved house to try and escape their tormenters. But easily recognizable because of their grey canes, the gang found them time and again. Recognizing their vulnerability, the police came up with a novel ? if macabre ? way of spiriting the family out of the house under the watchful eyes of the gang. They should play dead. Covering them with a shroud-like white sheet, the officers carried the family out of the house, one by one. Placing them on stretchers and covering them with a shroud-like white sheet, the officers carried the family out of the house, one by one, and through the streets of their ramshackle neighbourhood, accompanied by a forensic specialist, to lend credibility to the performance. ?I was not dead, but I felt as though I was,? says Rosario. ?It was difficult to control my breathing as I was so nervous until I got into the police vehicle.? It was clear that the family?s life in El Salvador was now over. Once clear of the neighbourhood, they joined thousands of men, women and children fleeing the street gangs – or “maras” as they are known in Spanish – whose crimes range from murder, rape and extortion to drug dealing, kidnap and human trafficking. The police took them to a point close to the border with Guatemala, leaving Rosario and Victor in the care of Natalia. ?We were safe but with nothing but our pyjamas,? Victor recalls. ?We had just US$20 that we borrowed when we crossed into Guatemala, guided all the way by our daughter.? Once in Guatemala, they spent two days sleeping on the street with no food. They were finally helped by a truck driver who recognized their desperate plight, and slipped them over the border to Tapachula in southern Mexico, where they sought help at a shelter for migrants. With the help of UNHCR, the UN Refugee agency, the family of three were transferred to a shelter in another part of Mexico which had better facilities for the visually handicapped, who are among the most vulnerable of the many thousands now running for their lives. “Thousands of men, women and children are now fleeing gang violence in El Salvador … Like Rosario and Victor, many face extreme risks and are in urgent need of protection.”-UNHCR ?Thousands of men, women and children are now fleeing gang violence in El Salvador, which is now one of the world?s most violent countries,? said Mark Manly, UNHCR?s representative in Mexico. ?Like Rosario and Victor, many have faced extreme risks and are in urgent need of protection. More must be done to make sure they have adequate information on how to apply for asylum, improved access to the asylum procedure and safe, dignified places to stay while their cases are looked at,? he said. Manly stressed that the desperate situation of refugees like Rosario and Victor was a reminder of why UNHCR ?needs to redouble its work with the authorities and civil society to make it happen.? The couple sought, and were granted, asylum in Mexico, where they have now settled and are finding a measure of peace. Rosario has a passion for singing, particularly the hits of Italian pop singer Laura Pausini, which she belts out in the shelter. She and Victor would like to start their massage therapy business over again, although they still worry about the gangs, whose reach is international. ?Now, in this shelter, we feel safe, although always we are afraid that one day the mara will find us. They know how to find people,? Rosario says, her thoughts clouded by anxiety over the relatives she left behind. ?The rest of our family is still in Salvador under threat because of us.? *Names have been changed for protection reasons.