Driver slams into three on Portland sidewalk

By Gillian Flaccus and Steven Dubois | Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A driver rammed into three women walking on a sidewalk Friday in downtown Portland, critically injuring one of them, before speeding away and getting arrested within hours of the crash, authorities said.

Someone called 911 after spotting a blue SUV that matched the description of the vehicle that struck the women near a light-rail station close to Portland State University, police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

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Police have not yet determined a motive and know little about the man, who was cooperative during his arrest, Simpson said. Authorities said they were getting a search warrant to seize the car with a crumpled hood and have yet to rule out intoxication, mental health problems or a medical incident as the reason for the crash.

The names of the suspect and victims have not been released.

Sgt. Chris Burley said one victim was in critical condition at a hospital and another was in serious condition. The family of the third woman asked that no updates be given about her health.
Police have not said how fast the 2005 Mazda Tribute was traveling or how long it spent on the sidewalk before speeding off.

Witness Christopher Bond said he was standing on the sidewalk when he saw the SUV hit at least two women. He estimated it was traveling about 45 mph.

Bond said he turned to help, and the driver “gunned it,” nearly hitting him.

Kat Caputo was talking to a friend by the light-rail station when she heard a commotion and turned around. She saw two women lying on the sidewalk and another leaning against a brick wall. Others were shouting that a car had jumped the curb, struck the women and sped away.

One of the women appeared to have serious back injuries, Caputo said.

“I’m still kind of in shock. If I were two minutes later, that would have been me, or if I had just walked that normal route, that would have been me,” Caputo said. “A lot of people were crying.”

Police cordoned off several blocks around the crash. A green sweater, a pair of sneakers, a pink slipper and one black bike glove lay scattered on the sidewalk near a small splash of blood.

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Man sentenced up to 12 years in prison for two armed robberies of same Denver pot shop

Tayone Givens

Denver District Attorney’s OfficeTayone Givens

One of four men charged with marijuana store robberies in Denver pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced up to 12 years in prison.

Tayone Givens, 21, pleaded guilty in Denver District Court to two counts of aggravated robbery, one count for two separate robberies of the same business. He was sentenced to 12 and 10 years in prison, with the terms running concurrently, according to the district attorney’s office. Restitution, as part of the sentence, will be determined at a later date.

Givens and codefendants were charged in a July 28, 2017, armed robbery of the Green Dragon marijuana store, 5130 E. Colfax Ave., from which cash and marijuana products were robbed.

The same business was robbed, also at gunpoint, on Aug. 14, 2017, the release said. A GPS tracker planted in the stolen money led police to the suspects.

Givens and co-defendants Thomas Wilson, 23, and Myles Stephens, 29, were charged in both robberies. Marrell Jones, 26, was charged in the August robbery.

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Jones pleaded guilty in January to one count of robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced July 2. Stephens is scheduled for jury trials June 25 and July 16 in his two cases. Wilson is scheduled to appear in court July 6 for disposition hearings in connection with his two cases.

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San Jose: Pedestrian injured in May 3 collision dies

SAN JOSE — A 75-year-old man hit by a pickup truck while crossing a street earlier this month has died of his injuries, San Jose police said.

The traffic fatality is the 18th of the year in San Jose and the seventh to involve a pedestrian.

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The collision occurred at South 1st and Oak streets about 11:30 a.m. May 3. Police said the man was walking westbound on Oak in a crosswalk when a silver 2003 Ford F-250 turned from northbound 1st onto westbound Oak and hit him, knocking him to the ground.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died Tuesday.

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The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said it will release the man’s identity once it has notified his next of kin.

The collision remains under investigation. Police said neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected as factors, and the driver, identified as a 51-year-old San Jose man, stayed at the scene and was cooperative.

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Anyone with information about the collision can contact Detective Leann Alfonzo at 408-277-4654.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

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