Pie-Man Missing

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Rose City police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man with some connection to the Beta Male arsons.

Self-Proclaimed Real Life Superhero, Pie-Man, was reported missing when he didn’t return home after a trip to Rose City, police said in a news release.

“Pie-Man is reported to be an avid comic book fan,” the news release says. “He may be suffering from a crisis and there is no information about foul play. He was last in contact with the leader of the Beta Males, Icarus. He (Icarus), would not discuss Pie-Man’s whereabouts.”

Pie-Man wears a shirt with depicting a large pizza, shin and elbow pads, and glasses.

Police ask that anyone who sees Pie-Man call 911 so that officers can check his welfare. People with non-emergency information are asked to contact Detective William Rail at 503-867-5309 or at RoseCityPoPo@rose-city.net.

— The Rose Cityian

Sidekick Arsonist Caught

Masked hero sidekick from Cherry City, Icarus.

Icarus yelled that he wanted to “stop Amazonian rule” after authorities arrested him in connection with 2 arson cases in Rose City. This former hero sidekick has turned to the dark side.

Icarus (whose real name is withheld), must serve 5 years at the State Hospital for the Insane.

Prosecutors had implored Rose City Superior Court to sentence Icarus to more than 30 years in prison based on his conviction for setting the fires, noting that he had shown no remorse.

“After he was taken to jail, he said, ‘Feminism is evil’ ” Deputy Dist. Attorney, James Falcon said. Besides the property damage, Falcon said, Icarus scarred many people’s lives for years to come. None of the blazes resulted in injuries.

Icarus sat in a wheelchair motionless, looking straight ahead, and showed no reaction as the judge handed down the sentence. Before sentencing, his attorney Steven Schrödinger told the judge that Icarus had turned down a deal offered by prosecutors for a 1-year prison term.

He began setting the fires after networking with individuals online calling themselves “The Bridge City Beta Males.” The fires were set during the night, putting residents on edge. Residents turned to social media to get updates on the fires, with some peering out windows into the dark, keeping porch and garage lights on, and fixating on sirens in the distance.

Police initially were stumped. Finally, a police officer spotted Icarus tied up in front of a local burlesque bar in the Hawthorne District. In a tent on the roof of the establishment was found fire starter sticks and explosives, police said. Icarus was arrested in the early morning hours. Police later retrieved videos of Icarus doing push-ups inside the burning buildings.

Lloyd District becomes ‘Lloyd.’

By Jason Voorhees

The Rose Cityian/Rose City Live

If Lloyd District boosters get their way, the name Lloyd District will become defunct. It will simply be Lloyd.

Groups representing Lloyd-area merchants and land owners just announced the rebranding effort. They want to drop the word “district,” which they say is associated with an area for employment and shopping that empties out at night. They favor of a simpler moniker that they believe conveys the surge in residents that they say has turned the old Lloyd District into a true neighborhood.

“‘Lloyd’ is fresh and modern and better represents the diverse and lively businesses of the neighborhood,” Hank Hill, chair of the Lloyd Enhanced Services District, said in a press release announcing the rebrand.

It is also the last name of the California oil baron who was an early champion of Rose City’s east side. Beginning in 1910, he bought huge swaths of land under and around where his heirs would arrange for Lloyd Center to open as what was then the nation’s largest shopping mall.

“The word ‘district’ is more of a throwback,” Hill said. “We are so much more today.”

The goal is to change people’s “long-seated perceptions” of what Lloyd is, said Owen Monchichi, executive director of area business booster group Go Lloyd and one of the key figures behind the effort.

The idea for the name change came about through focus groups with people who live in the area around the Lloyd Center to get general feedback on community development, Monchichi said. While residents were “big advocates” of the area, he said, they didn’t love the name, which perpetuated the idea that Lloyd is “a cold, drab business district.”

“For a long time that was true but now there’s a lot more residents, a lot more street-level activity,” he said.

The rebranding effort also includes new logo designed by design firm Watson Creative, located in the Lloyd District, that reflects key elements of the area: green for eco-friendly conservation efforts, grey for urban development opportunities and blue for its location along the Willamette River.

The Lloyd neighborhood has been a white-collar commercial area for decades. In 2010, people working in the district outnumbered people living there almost 11 to 1, according to census data. It was home to just 4.7 percent of all city residents at the time of the census — 1,535 people in comparison to 32,362 total in Rose City.

Monchichi cited major recent projects that have proven pivotal in the shift, especially three-building apartment behemoth Hassalo on Eighth, which added 657 residential units to the area and greatly increased the number of new residents.

Rose City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan to guide city development aims to get Lloyd to 9,000 households and 25,800 jobs by 2035 and reduce the disparity in the residents-to-jobs ratio. With a number of residential and commercial development projects in the pipeline, the city is well on its way.

Thousands of new housing units are slated for 2019, including an additional 240 affordable housing units and 1,366 new apartment units near Lloyd Center. Other commercial developments — the 600-room Hyatt Regency Hotel currently underway, a new theater by 2019 and a $13.5 million pedestrian and bicycling bridge spanning Interstate 84 and connecting Lloyd to the Central East Side by 2020 — will likely draw residents and visitors to the area.

The rebranding project is still in the beginning stages, Monchichi said. Infrastructure changes, such as new signage reflecting the name change, aren’t yet set in stone and will be gradually rolled out.

Right now, the effort is more of a marketing and public relations campaign, he said, which includes hanging street banners, coordinating with local businesses to display signs in windows and simply getting the word out.

“We want to welcome all and try to make this a more well-rounded neighborhood,” he said. “We hope that people will want to spend more time in Lloyd.”

Man steals 157 plants

ROSE CITY — A man was arrested for allegedly stealing plants and other items from the garden center at a Vantucky Grocery Store over the past few weeks.

Tom Aladdin, 41, was arrested after detectives searched his home on NE 125th Avenue and found 157 stolen plants, a garden cart, a display rack and Brie cheese.  

The grocery store prevention staff began investigating Aladdin and gave information to Vantucky Police.

The value of the stolen property is estimated at $6,000.

Aladdin in charged with Possession of Stolen Property II, Theft with Intent to Resell, Trafficking Stolen Property 1, and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Brie cheese.

Chummies- New Team-Up App

The world of crime fighting can be an alarming place, with creeps, villains and downright weirdos potentially lurking.

That’s just one of the many problems Superheroes face on regular networking apps, but thankfully a superhero app exclusively for heroes who need a sidekick.

Chummies claim people from similar backgrounds are more likely to stick together, so have helpfully created an app where heroes can find sidekicks

The app claims to have two unique features – personal interest and attribute “sliders” – where superheroes can rank how important things are to them, such as criminal types (robbers, world conquerers, etc,).

And they can then specify, saying which crimes they’re most likely to stop.

The app even includes a virtual social calendar you can RSVP to, including events such as the Superheroes Anonymous and RLSH Proms.

Chummies says its “advanced matching algorithm” will do members “sidekick homework for them”.

But also you can compare preferences, which include things like the tragic backgrounds and parents status.
And if you match with a sidekick, you have the option to “start the team-up”.

Co-Founder of Chummies, iHero, said: “So many heroes looking for a sidekick say they want to team-up with someone who shares their interests and background.

“Among the many apps out there, there isn’t one for superheroes, so Chummies can fill that space.

“It’s about bringing heroes and sidekicks together who are compatible and have lots in common.”

Coffee Shop victim of Arson

Rose City – Another explosion took place Friday night on Powell Blvd. The Spritely Bean, a coffee shop, was the victim of arson committed by the self-proclaimed Bridge City Beta Males.

A thunderous explosions shook the area, sending large black smoke plumes and debris billowing into the air.

Witnesses report hearing a deafening boom, feeling buildings shake, lights go out. Some thought it was an earthquake.

“I did time in Iraq. This was just like a bomb going off,” said one witness.

“You could almost feel the noise, that’s how loud it was,” said another witness in the area. “It’s hard to talk about. Glass shattered, everything exploded. … It was indescribable.”

Large smoke plumes were visible from blocks away. Local residents were warned to avoid the area if possible.

The explosion, just after 10 p.m., were in a row of businesses that also houses Steakadelphia, and a scientologist print shop, which is a total loss. The owner of Steakadelphia told the Rose Cityian that all his employees are accounted for.

No fatalities have been reported.

Crews are asking residents to stay away from the area. Power and gas have been cut in the area.

Police are asking for tips on the whereabouts of the Beta Males. They have yet to find members of this rogue band of arsonists.

Arts Tax Collection Budget Approved

Rose City Council has agreed to lift the administrative cap on the city’s Arts Education and Access Fund, better known as the arts tax. Dismal collection rates have dogged the arts tax since its inception in 2012. The Rose City Revenue Bureau estimates 1 in 4 eligible citizens just skips it.

But the terms voters agreed to require the revenue bureau to spend no more than 5 percent of gross collections over a five-year period.

Arts advocates have argued that the 5 percent administrative cap has hogtied the bureau from chasing delinquent accounts, and is inconsistent with what other departments — for example, the Rose City Water Bureau — spend on bill collections.

But critics of the arts tax, like Commissioner Dan Saltzman, say waiving the cap would be out of step with voters’ wishes.

Commissioners Nick Fish and Chloe Eudaly once again came together with Mayor Ted Wheeler to present revisions.

Wheeler said the changes should give the city a chance to boost collections appropriately, while maintaining public trust in the arts tax.

“I want to remind everybody this was brought to City Hall a number of years ago by the public,” Wheeler said. “The public, if they so choose, could pull it back. But in the meanwhile it is our obligation to run it as best as we can. I believe the changes made in this ordinance give us the opportunity to better manage this program and to be more accountable in the administration of this program.”

To address the concerns about accountability, the proposal orders that Council revisit collection costs every year. Further, the advisory board overseeing the arts tax will continue offering annual reports.

Council also decided to expand some exemptions for the tax.

The $15 annual arts tax is due on April 17. https://rose-city.net/services/art-tax/

Bookstore Arson on Hawthorne

ROSE CITY – Investigators believe arson was the caused a fire at a Woman’s Empowerment Bookstore Friday night. 

According to police, officers responded to a burglar alarm at the bookstore located on Hawthorne by 37th AVE around 10:38 p.m.

About eight minutes later, the fire alarm sounded. Firefighters responded and fought the fire at the business.

Through the course of their investigation, it was determined that someone slid an explosive device through the mail slot.

No one was in the building at the time and there are no reported injuries.

So far, no arrests have been made.

A note left by the bookstore claims a group called “The Bridge City Beta Males” were responsible for the arson. At this time investigators have not released any details of the fire.

Turkeys Terrorize Track Town

By EDDY GAZPACHO
The Rose Cityian/RoseCityLive

It appears Track Town has a bit of a pest problem.

Like much of the rest of the state, Track Town has had its share of issues with rats lately and the University is home to more than a few pudgy, beggar squirrels. But folks in Lane County have recently run afoul of another winged menace: turkeys.

The Register-Guard reports that things have gotten so bad the Track Town city council has begun deliberating on penalties for folks who feed the birds under a proposal originally intended to curb the municipality’s problem with deer and feral cats.

While the birds have long wandered the outskirts of the city, particularly in the wilds adjacent to the Lane Community College main campus, they’ve begun terrorizing students in the neighborhoods west of the University of The State and closer to downtown, upsetting the urban pecking order.

–Eddy Gazpacho
egazpacho@rosecitylive.com

‘Anicritters GO’ draws costumed nut jobs

By Elm Campfire

They called it the “Battle for Pioneer Square.”

But the warring didn’t happen among the heroes and villains. Instead, it was waged by digital creatures on iPhones and Android devices using “Anicritters GO.”

The battle was proclaimed on the Heroes/Villains Facebook group, one of several such online clubs established where heroes and villains debate ideology.

The battle was set for 9 p.m. at Pioneer Square. Heroes and Villains swarmed the site, claiming every corner of the square and much of the steps leading to its upper reaches.

Think of it as a sort of tug of war played with digital monsters.

The costumed crazies tussled to claim the Anicritter gym at Pioneer Courthouse Square. For an event marketed as a battle, the gathering at Pioneer Courthouse Square went largely without incident. Hours after it started, however, a shouting match began between heroes and villains on the square’s southwest corner. The shouting matches wore on into the evening.