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Preliminary hearing held for Travis Toal; Workshop to offer personal safety tips; LOPD arrests three impaired drivers in January

Preliminary hearing held for Travis Toal

TOALFormer LOHS student Travis Toal appeared in Clackamas County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing on Monday, charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of a house more than two years ago.

The indictment lists six charges: three counts of first-degree arson, a Class A felony; and one count each of manufacture of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and unlawful use of a weapon, all of which are Class C felonies.

The charges appear to have been consolidated — in initial court documents in December, Toal had additionally been charged with four misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person. The reckless endangerment is now mentioned under the description of one of the arson charges.

Toal's next court date is a case management hearing, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 4.

Workshop to offer personal safety tips

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a special workshop in March designed to help community members develop effective strategies for ensuring personal safety.

"Refuse to be a Victim" will offer tips for improving physical safety at home, work and while away at college, as well as safety precautions to take when driving or traveling. Instructors will also talk about personal protection devices and what to consider when choosing physical self-defense training.

"The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it," says Sgt. Brian Jensen, a spokesman for the sheriiff's office. "'Refuse to be a Victim' is designed to teach that mindset. It is NOT a firearms class. It's a seminar with discussions that will help you improve your personal safety strategies and provide you with valuable information you can apply to every area of your life."

The class is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Public Safety Training Center (12700 S.E. 82nd Ave., Clackamas). Cost for the class is $35, and registration is required.

For more information or to sign up, call 503-794-8023.

LOPD arrests three impaired drivers in January

Lake Oswego Police officers arrested three drivers for DUII incidents in January during regular-duty patrols, the department has announced. All of the arrests involved alcohol-related offenses.

LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said officers also continue to partner with Oregon Impact in a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. As part of that high-visibility effort, the LOPD arrested one driver for an alcohol-related DUII incident between Dec. 15, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017, he said; the next national DUII enforcement event is scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.

Drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.

"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."

— The Review

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