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Lukus Glenn wrongful death trial jury returns $2.5 million verdict: Washington … – OregonLive.com

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Jurors decided Thursday that Washington County sheriff’s deputies violated the Fourth Amendment rights of 18-year-old Lukus Glenn when they fatally shot him in 2006. The unanimous verdict also faulted retired Sheriff Rob Gordon, who approved of the shooting after an administrative review.
The teen’s parents, Hope and Brad Glenn, first brought the wrongful death lawsuit against the county and its deputies, Mikhail Gerba and Timothy Mateski, in 2008.

In other news around Washington County:GENERAL ELECTION: Most Washington County voters will face thin ballots come the Nov. 6 general election, with just four city councils hosting any contested races.Unopposed candidates, many incumbents, made up the bulk of city council hopefuls at Tuesday’s filing deadline.HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Our Spotlight Show returns for its 14th season of bringing you live football coverage from across the state.TRIMET FARES: Changes are coming for TriMet riders this weekend as the state’s largest transit agency drops its fare-zone system, raises most ticket prices and reroutes bus service — all to help make up for budget deficits.PARKING GARAGE: Intel may have gotten the green light to build the largest parking garage in the city of Hillsboro, but a number of conditions have to be met and the county hasn’t yet cleared a related ordinance. The five-story, 1 million-square-foot parking garage was approved with conditions by the city on Tuesday. The site is at the southern end of the Ronler Acres campus, which is north of Northwest Butler Street and near Northeast 65th Avenue.GUILTY PLEA: Paige Danyell Couch started drinking early on Jan. 8., the day she crashed a truck and killed a 10-year-old Beaverton boy. Couch, of Vancouver, Wash., pleaded [...]

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New wrongful death lawsuit filed in Washington

A hit-and-run crash that killed a good Samaritan, a pregnant woman and her unborn child has drawn a second wrongful death lawsuit — this one to the tune of $ 20 million.
Attorney Gary Dawson on Thursday filed in Knox County Circuit Court a lawsuit on behalf of Stephanie Thornell, whose daughter and unborn grandchild were killed in the May 30 hit-and-run on Washington Pike, against a slew of people, including the alleged hit-and-run driver, his parents, a local bar and a woman whose call for help initiated the fatal encounter.
Curtis Scott Harper, 22, of Franklin, Tenn., is charged with vehicular homicide and related counts in connection with the deaths of Chasity Elaine Thornell, 24, her unborn daughter and good Samaritan Nelzon A. Soto, 45.
Authorities allege Harper was drunk behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford Explorer owned by his parents, Herb and Pam Harper, when he plowed into Soto and Chasity Thornell as they stood on the side of the roadway and kept going.
Soto’s widow filed via defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs a $ 10 million wrongful death lawsuit in July.
In the most recent lawsuit, Dawson contends that despite Harper’s history of a prior drunken driving conviction and drug use, his parents bought the Explorer for him and allowed him to drive it.
“Plaintiff avers (the Harpers) knew and were fully aware of their son’s drug and alcohol problems but voluntarily chose to provide him with an automobile for his use,” Dawson wrote.
The lawsuit also blames The Hill, a bar in Fort Sanders, alleging employees served Harper booze even though he was clearly intoxicated. The bar’s owner has denied the allegations.
In a surprise move, Dawson [...]

By |August 24th, 2012|News|Comments Off on New wrongful death lawsuit filed in Washington|