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Lake Oswego ranked among Oregon's safest cities; Prosecutors seek eight years for Heine; Financing deal closes for Mary's Woods expansion

LO ranked among Oregon's safest cities

Lake Oswego is ranked No. 3 on a list of Oregon's safest cities released Tuesday by a home-security consulting company.

SafeWise says it reviewed the most recent FBI crime statistics and population data to calculate the rate of violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) per 1,000 people in each city. If there was a tie, the company also factored in the rate of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft).

Cities that fell below a designated population threshold or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

"While we rely on the strict reporting criteria of the FBI to really see how we are doing compared to other cities, I have to admit that I do love seeing Lake Oswego at the top of any list," LOPD Chrief Don Johnson told The Review. "My view is that Lake Oswego is an awesome place to live, work and raise a family."

Sherwood (population 19,486) finished at the top of the list, with 0.67 violent crimes and 11.29 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Overall, 5.91 percent of the crimes in Sherwood are classified violent, while 94.09 percent are property crimes.

Second on SafeWise's list: Sandy (population 10,855), with 0.74 violent crimes and 17.5 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Overall, 4.21 percent of the crimes in Sandy are classified violent, while 95.79 percent are property crimes.

Lake Oswego (population 38,860) recorded 0.80 violent crimes and 11.48 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Overall, 6.95 percent of the crimes in LO are violent, while 93.05 percent are property offenses.

Rounding out the Top 10, according to SafeWise: Albany, Silverton, Bend, Canby, Newberg-Dundee, The Dalles and Corvallis.

You'll find the full report at http://www,safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-oregon.

Prosecutors seek eight years for Heine

HEINEFederal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for former Bank of Oswego CEO Dan Heine and a six-and-a-half year sentence for former CFO Diana Yates, according to a government sentencing memorandum filed May 30 in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors are also seeking five years of supervised release and a special fee assessment of $1,300 for each defendant.

Heine and Yates were both found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and 12 counts of falsifying bank records at the end of a seven-week trial in November 2017. A joint sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for June 13, following a series of delays and reschedulings in the six months since the trial concluded.

Attorneys for Heine filed their own sentencing memorandum last week, highlighting Heine's life and work and asking the Court to sentence him instead to a term of probation with a possible period of home confinement.

The memorandum notes that Heine is 71 years old and has a heart condition and family history of heart disease, and argues that any prison sentence would risk becoming a life sentence.

The memorandum also states that Heine intends to appeal the case to the Ninth Circuit Court if he is sentenced to a prison term, and requests that the District Court grant him bail pending appeal in that case.

Financing deal closes for Mary's Woods expansion

Investment Bank Ziegler announced this week that it has closed a $41.4 million financing deal with Mary's Woods at Marylhurst, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that operates the Mary's Woods retirement community.

The money will be used to fund Phase II of The Village expansion, a project that will add a new community center and several new residential buildings to the campus off Highway 43. Construction is already well underway for Phase I of the expansion, and Ziegler officials said that Phase II was accelerated in response to the support Mary's Woods recieved during Phase I.

"Mary's Woods is excited to move forward and complete the buildout of Phase II with the expertise of the Ziegler team," said Diane Hood, president and CEO of Mary's Woods. "We have worked with Ziegler since 1999 (our inception) and really value the partnership."

— The Review

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