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What are the latest incidents in Lake Oswego? A burglar was convicted, and the Citizens Action League is shutting down.

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Burglar convicted in LO, Oregon City cases

A man already serving time in prison for burglary and robbery was convicted last week on six additional burglary counts, including three involving businesses in Lake Oswego.

Anthony Gordon Brown was sentenced May 10 in Clackamas County Circuit Court to 180 months in prison for six burglaries that took place in late 2014 and early 2015. They included incidents at Pizza Schmizza, Laughing Planet and Go Fish Go Sushi on State Street in Lake Oswego, as well as at Casa Ixtapa, Jimmy John's and Still House Pub in Oregon City.

Shortly after those middle-of-the-night burglaries occurred, officers and detectives from Lake Oswego and Oregon City determined that the incidents were related. But according to OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis, they were unable to identify a suspect until after they arrested Brown in March 2015 as he fled from an interrupted burglary at the Oregon City Coffee Rush.

Brown, 53, was later convicted for that incident and sentenced to prison; last week, he was found guilty on the six additional burglary charges.

Citizens Action League shutting down

Directors of the Lake Oswego Citizens Action League announced this week that the Political Action Committee is ceasing operations and donating any remaining funds to a Clackamas County nonprofit.

"In the current national political climate, our country could use more efforts to focus on what unites us, rather than what divides us," directors Rich Ackerman, Gerry Good, Rick Petry and Cheryl Salamie said in an email to supporters on Monday. "We hope that within our small town, citizens can listen respectfully despite differences, work to find common ground and keep Lake Oswego a wonderful, inclusive, welcoming place to live."

LOCAL was founded in 2011 to promote a political platform based on five tenets: prioritizing local needs, ensuring fiscal responsibility, focusing on essential city services, preserving local community character and respecting all citizens and their rights. The group claimed to represent "people from the full spectrum of political beliefs and parties," although it typically endorsed conservative candidates for mayor, council and other offices.

In the most recent citywide election, progressive candidates Jon Gustafson and Theresa Kohlhoff both opted not to attend a forum hosted by LOCAL. Still, the group said in its email this week that while it hasn't always agreed with every City Council decision, "we feel that, overall, the city has been on an improved path and that the five values are in better shape now than before LOCAL."

"We have come to the conclusion," the directors said, "that LOCAL has served its purpose."

Nontoxic iron oxide spill discolors creek

A spill from the Lakeridge High School ceramics class on May 11 ended up in a stormwater drain system that runs from the school into Dog Creek, school district Communications Director Nancy Duin told The Review this week, prompting a call from a concerned neighbor to the Lake Oswego Police Department.

The unidentified woman called the LOPD at 10:41 a.m. to report that water in the creek was "brick red," according to police records. Her address was not listed, but the area of the incident was logged as the 1800 block of Oak Street.

"The spill was a ceramic glaze containing iron oxide, a naturally occurring inorganic compound that is reddish brown in color," Duin said. "Iron oxide is not toxic."

Iron oxide is an inorganic chemical and a frequent ingredient in cosmetics such as eye shadow.

Duin said that staff from the City of Lake Oswego used large vacuums to clean out the stormwater drain at Lakeridge as much as possible.

"We regret this unfortunate accident, and measures are being implemented to prevent it from happening again," she said.

— The Review

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