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Portland Attempted Murder Suspects Escapes after Cleaning Crew Leaves Holding Room Door Unlocked

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office David Dahlen

In Portland, an attempted murder suspect escaped from his holding cell after a crew hired to disinfect due to the coronavirus and accidentally left the door unlocked, police said.

What We Know:

  • Authorities have been looking for David Dahlen, 24, since Saturday evening. Police said he escaped custody around 5:30 p.m., and they tried finding him following an “extended” search through the downtown district and monitored transit looking for him, but were unable to find him.
  • “An effort to recapture Dahlen is underway. There is no reason to believe that he presents a direct threat to the neighborhood,” the Portland Police Bureau mentioned in a statement.
  • Dahlen was originally captured around Saturday 1:30 p.m. local time, on a warrant for the attempted murder of a police officer on Christmas Eve just two days earlier. He’s accused of hitting the officer with a stolen pickup truck and then fleeing the scene, according to NBC affiliate KGW in Portland. The officer sustained a broken pelvis.
  • Dahlen was brought to the Central Precinct and put in a holding room while detectives arranged to interview him, the bureau indicated.
  • One of the cleaning crew members had opened the door to the cell to disinfect for Covid-19 properly but closed the holding cell door after noticing that it was occupied. Officials think that the door was not completely closed and left unlocked.

“Sometime after the cleaning crew members left, investigators think Dahlen pushed the door from the inside, found it to be unsafe, and got out,” police said. “Investigators think Dahlen found his way to a stairwell, which are unlocked for fire safety reasons, and exited the building.”

  • Detectives noticed he was gone a few minutes after his escape. An effort is still underway to locate and recapture Dahlen.  Detectives are asking for the community to keep a lookout and to call 911 if they see Dahlen.

Dahlen faces numerous charges, including first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer, unlawful use of a vehicle, and second-degree escape.

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Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black Alerts and the host of Boss Mornings and Unmuted Nation. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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New Orleans 911 Operator Wanted After Allegedly Disconnecting Calls on Purpose

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A New Orleans 911 operator deliberately disconnected emergency calls without obtaining necessary information or relaying the callers’ emergencies to other dispatchers, and she is now facing arrest, according to authorities.

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  • Precious Stephens, 25, is wanted on a count of malfeasance in office, and she remained at large Thursday, police said. She has been fired from her job as a 911 operator, officials said.

“(The district) has and will continue to cooperate with the … investigation into this matter and dedicated to providing any and all assistance to aid in (the) efforts.”

  • Stephens worked for the Orleans Parish Communication District, which dispatches first responders to 911 calls. On Aug. 24, the district reported to police that Stephens had deliberately disconnected 911 calls without obtaining vital information or informing other dispatchers about the callers who were in need of help.  The district conducted an investigation into the quality of a random set of calls when they detected the problems with Stephens during her shifts Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, officials said.  A statement from the district highlighted how its own internal protocols identified the issues with Stephens, who was immediately turned over to police and dismissed from her post.

Police asked anyone who knows where Stephens is to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

Louisiana law defines malfeasance in office as unlawfully performing a job in public service. It can carry up to five years in prison.

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R&B Star R. Kelly Jurors Summoned for Sex Trafficking Trial

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The first phase of R. Kelly‘s trial began on Aug. 9 with a jury selection after several delays.

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  • U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly asked potential jurors if they could keep an open mind about Kelly as he faces charges for abusing women and girls for nearly two decades. Donnelly also reminded jurors that Kelly was presumed innocent, so they should not feel influenced by any bad publicity the singer experienced because of the accusations.
  • Due to pandemic restrictions, the event took place online. Because of this, Kelly and the jurors faced difficulty popping up on the screen and the audio cut off at times.
  • During the trial, jurors will expect to hear testimonies from several of Kelly’s accusers. In addition, a judge ruled that officials may only use the women’s first names. Currently, Kelly faces sex trafficking charges. Scrutiny around Kelly’s sexual behavior has followed him for decades. These include charges for child pornography. Alongside the sex-trafficking case in New York, Kelly also faces sex-related charges against him in Illinois and Minnesota.
  • In addition, prosecutors might provide evidence that Kelly schemed with others to buy a fake ID for late R&B singer Aaliyah. In 1994, when Aaliyah was only 15, Kelly married and began a sexual relationship with her; it is also speculated he impregnated her. Prosecutors believe he married her so that she could not testify against him.
  • In regards to his sex-trafficking trial, Kelly denies any wrongdoing; he has pleaded not guilty to leading a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards, and other employees who recruited women and girls for sex. Concerning the criminal enterprise, federal prosecutors reported the group found victims at concerts and other venues. After recruiting the women and children, they would make travel arrangements so they could meet with Kelly. Kelly’s lawyers claimed the victims were “groupies” who showed up at his concerts and “were dying to be with” Kelly.

The case is scheduled to officially begin on Aug. 18 with opening statements.

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