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Judge Accused of Protecting Illegal Immigrant Drunk Driver from ICE Agents

Judge Monica Herranz;  Photo: LinkedIn

Judge Monica Herranz; Photo: LinkedIn

An Oregon judge is being accused of helping an illegal immigrant drunk driver escape her courtroom after learning that ICE agents were outside waiting to take him into custody.

Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz is accused of allowing Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, to use her private chamber's entrance to escape the courtroom without coming into contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. 

Salazar had been in Judge Herranz's courtroom to plead guilty to a drunk driving charge. 

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams of Oregon is looking into the alleged incident, which occurred in late-January just days after President Donald Trump announced his administration's intention to begin construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border.

The incident is not considered to be under criminal investigation, however. 

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Officer's Anonymous Act of Kindness Caught on Tape

Photo: North Bend Police Dept.

Photo: North Bend Police Dept.

An act of kindness on the part of a North Bend, OR police officer toward a homeless man would have gone unnoticed had a dispatcher not seen footage of the incident on CCTV and informed her supervisor.

The incident occurred last week after a homeless man entered the North Bend Police Department to report that his belongings had been stolen.

The man was apparently without shoes and had walked six miles barefoot to get the police station.

That's when Officer Brent Gaither decided to take matters into his own hands. Officer Gaither went to a store nearby and bought the man a pair of boots.

After the man left, the officer went back about his work without mentioning the incident to anyone. A dispatcher that had witnessed the incident brought it to the attention of the Chief of Police.

Chief Robert Kappelman said on social media, "Officer Gaither didn't tell me he was going to do that, he didn't tell me after he did it, and Dispatcher Heather Young took it upon herself to notify me what was happening. Humble and compassionate community policing...that'll make a chief proud!"

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Suspect Identified in Monday's Shooting of Oregon Police Sergeant

Jeffrey Giddings;  Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Jeffrey Giddings; Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

The man arrested in Monday's shooting of a Gladstone, OR police officer has been identified as 45-year old Jeffrey Giddings. 

Giddings is accused of shooting Gladstone Police Sergeant Lee Jundt after being stopped for a bicycle violation on Monday evening. 

Following the shooting, Giddings fled into a nearby Subway sandwich shop and took a woman hostage. After a standoff, SWAT officers fired upon Giddings, wounding him and taking him into custody.

Sergeant Jundt was shot in his vest and is expected to recover.

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Oregon Police Officer Shot and Killed Friday Night

Sgt. Jason Goodding;  Photo: oregonlive.com

Sgt. Jason Goodding; Photo: oregonlive.com

A Seaside, OR police officer has died after being shot while trying to arrest a suspect with a warrant on Friday night. 

Sgt. Jason Goodding, a 13-year veteran officer, was shot while approaching suspect Phillip Ferry, 55, in an attempt to take him into custody on an outstanding felony assault warrant.

Sgt. Goodding and another officer had used a taser on Ferry while trying to gain his compliance;  however, when Sgt. Goodding attempted to place him into custody Ferry shot him. 

The other officer on scene returned fire. Ferry was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he later died of his wounds. 

Sgt. Goodding is the fourth officer to be killed in the line of duty this year.

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Man on the Run From Police Injects Meth During Standoff

Matthew Medlin;  Photo: Multnomah County SO

Matthew Medlin; Photo: Multnomah County SO

A man on the run from police decided to inject himself with methamphetamine while in a tense standoff with police, Portland, OR authorities said.

Matthew Medlin, 32, was on the run from police when he hid inside of a train railcar and grabbed pieces of metal and other items to use as weapons to hold off police. Officers stated that he was likely under the influence of meth at the time of the initial chase.

Officers tried to coax Medlin out of the railcar but he refused, and instead injected more meth into his body during the four-hour standoff. This made Medlin’s behavior even more erratic, police said.

Officers eventually deployed less-lethal weapons to take Medlin into custody. He was booked on numerous charges including criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and outstanding felony warrants.

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