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Portland Daily Round Up: Crowd causes $500K damage during memorial downtown, former Blazers executive killed man at 16

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Oct. 14 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. PPB says crowd caused $500K in damage during memorial in downtown Portland

After a memorial for Sean Kealiher, a self-proclaimed anarchist who was killed on Oct. 12, 2019, earlier this week, Portland police said people broke windows and vandalized buildings in downtown Portland, causing more than $500,000 in damages. The group of around 100 people gathered outside the Justice Center for the second anniversary of Kealiher’s death. Video from the event shows fireworks and graffiti. According to police, a number of windows and ATMs were smashed and dumpsters and trash cans were set on fire.

Officers responded to the scene and ordered the crowd to disperse over a loud speaker. According to police, most of the group left the scene by 11 p.m. and no arrests were made. PPB is asking for tips from the public.

2. Former Portland Trail Blazers executive Larry Miller says he killed a man when he was 16

Jordan Brand chairman and former Portland Trail Blazers executive Larry Miller revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated this week ahead of his forthcoming book that he shot and killed a man in Philadelphia when he was just 16 years old, a revelation that he’s kept a secret from nearly everyone for decades, fearful that it would impact his life. Miller said the reason he’s telling the story now is to help other people, especially at-risk youth, prevent this from happening.

According to Miller, he joined a gang at 13 years old in West Philadelphia. He shot 18-year-old Edward White three years later, on Sept. 30, 1965, as retaliation after a friend of his was stabbed and killed by someone in another gang. Miller said he had been searching for anyone affiliated with the gang and shot the first person he found, saying he didn’t know White and had no idea if he was connected to the stabbing or even to the other gang.

He was arrested the night of the shooting and served time in juvenile detention and prison through age 30. While in prison, Miller earned his accounting degree through Temple University and established a successful business career once he got out. He worked with brands like Kraft Foods, Campbell Soup, Nike and the Portland Trail Blazers. According to the Sports Illustrated article, he didn’t lie on applications or in interviews, he just “chose to keep the past in the past.”

Miller said he’ll always regret the choice he made that night but that telling the truth has been freeing. He plans to reach out to White’s family.

3. OHA says more Oregonians died of COVID-19 in September than any other month during the pandemic

In the Oregon Health Authority’s daily COVID-19 report released Wednesday, 15 deaths that occurred in September were added, pushing the month’s death toll to 610 deaths, the highest fatality rate of any month during the pandemic. The previous record was set in December 2020, with 606 recorded deaths, when vaccines were not yet widely available. The new record is indicative of the summer’s COVID-19 surge, fueled by the highly contagious delta variant that tore through parts of Oregon with lower vaccination rates.

According to OHA, deaths have slowed this month, but October is still on track to be at least the sixth deadliest month of the pandemic. The state’s total death toll now sits at 4,117.

4. Salt & Straw is expanding to Eugene and Beaverton next year

Portland’s famous ice cream chain, Salt & Straw, is opening two new shops next year in Eugene and Beaverton. The Eugene location will be Salt & Straw’s first Oregon shop outside of the Portland metro area and is expected to reside at the Oakway Center mall. The Beaverton shop is expected to be at Cedar Hills Crossing and is the chain’s second suburban Oregon location. CEO Kim Malek told The Oregonian that the Eugene expansion was always on her mind, as it’s the second largest city outside Portland. The success of the Lake Oswego location, which opened in 2018, convinced her that they should also pursue other suburban locations.

Salt & Straw has expanded to a number of locations outside of Portland in the last few years, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami.

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