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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 • AN EDITION OF TIMES NEWSPAPERS • VOLUME 53, NO. 46 • 75 CENTS
‘Get me out of here as fast as you can!’
Gladstone man kills estranged wife in Tualatin lab shooting
By ED JOHNSON
Of The Times
TUALATIN — Tuesday morn-
ing’s shootings that killed two people
and wounded two others at a Tualatin
drug-test lab has shaken this other-
wise quiet town.
They were Tualatin’s first mur-
ders in eight years. The city of
police , along
25,000 has only had five murders in
the past decade.
nel from over
a dozen other
go out to all of
the family mem-
er the events
of a shooting
Lou Ogden. “It’s
very, very sad
These are things
that we all read
“Our hearts about in the
papers and feel
go out to sympathy for,
but we never
all of the think it can hap-
dead and two
family pen here, where
members Ogden said
that in the after-
associated math of the
shooting, he was Police reported that, shortly and Science University Hospital, lab’s glass entry- daughter.
with this impressed and before noon, a 39-year-old where he had surgery for multiple way. Workers in Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker
proud of the way Gladstone man walked into the gunshot wounds. A 20-year-old businesses sev- told reporters that investigators were
tragedy. It’s the city’s police Legacy MetroLab with a rifle and woman was injured by flying glass eral hundred still trying to piece together details
and other emer-
very, very gency respon-
Robert James Beiser shot and
and was treated at Legacy Emanuel
Hospital and Medical Center for her
yards away from
the lab said they
of the attack and did not have a
motive for the shooting. Jennifer
sad and ders handled
killed his estranged wife, 36-year-old
Teresa Marie Beiser, before turning
non-life-threatening injuries. heard the rifle
Massey, the police department’s pub-
lic information officer, confirmed
disturbing.” ic events.
his weapon on himself. Robert Beiser Shocked and devastated P o l i c e that the couple was in the process of
died from a self-inflicted gunshot responded to the separating.
C o u n c i l wound. Police are calling the shooting Witnesses said that at about 11:45 building within Legacy MetroLab provides drug
Tualatin Mayor President Chris an act of domestic violence. a.m., Robert Beiser, armed with a BARKER two minutes. and alcohol testing for Portland-area
Lou Ogden Barhyte had a Two other employees of rifle, walked up to the lab, which is Inside they employers. The Tualatin lab is one of
similar reaction. MetroLab, 7587 S.W. Mohawk St., inside a business park, and began found Teresa Beiser dead from a five MetroLab locations in the
“It’s an unbeliev- also were wounded in the attack. A firing on people in the building. gunshot wound. Robert Beiser also region.
able tragedy,” Barhyte said. “It’s hard 63-year-old man was taken by Life Beiser shot at the office before he died in the building. The Beisers had
to believe that it happened here.” Flight helicopter to Oregon Health entered the building, shattering the an 11-year-old son and 14-year-old See SHOOTING, A7
Tigard church feeds city’s hungry Tualatin veteran to
Tigard Covenant Church’s
food pantry is a big success,
be honored by Wu
feeding the area’s hungry with By ED JOHNSON
donations from local grocers Of The Times
By GEOFF PURSINGER
World War II veteran
Of The Times
Robert Derbyshire will have
For Barb Woolverton, feeding the his day in the spotlight
hungry wasn’t an option, but a decree Saturday.
from God. The 85-year-old Tualatin
“We had been approached by the man is one of about 50 veter-
Oregon Food Bank about opening up a ans who will be honored dur-
food pantry in our church, but we had ing a Veterans Congressional
said no,” she said. “Then, I ended up in Recognition Ceremony at the
the hospital and then I heard a voice say U.S. Navy Station Swan
‘you will do this’ and I knew that it was Island in Portland.
God’s will.” U.S. Rep. David Wu, a
It was then that Woolverton, an asso- Hillsdale Democrat, will pres-
ciate pastor at Tigard Covenant Church ent the group of distinguished
near Beef Bend Road in Tigard, cleaned World War II and Vietnam
out a closet, stocked it with food, and JAIME VALDEZ/The Times
War veterans with certificates
became an official agent of the Oregon FILLING A NEED — Black Long (from left), Larilee Flett and Jodi of Special Congressional
Food Bank, handing out food to anyone Duty fill a box with food at the Tigard Covenant Church. The church
in the Tigard-Tualatin area who needs it. Derbyshire has lived in Armed Guard Service aboard
recently opened a food pantry in the church, feeding the area’s hun-
“These people come in so humbled,” Tualatin with his wife Ora merchant ships from 1943 to
gry with enough food for three meals a day for an entire week.
she said, surveying a line of about four since 1979. 1946. “But I think it’s a nice
families, waiting for their weekly allot- of volunteers have been feeding the hun- The food comes from a variety of “I don’t think that we were gesture on the part of our
ment of groceries. “But when they leave gry since April, giving every family who places, including Grocery Outlet, Safeway, recognized as much as we elected leaders.”
they are just so relieved, it’s such a walks through their doors enough food Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Fred should have been,” said The ceremony has been
weight off of them.” to provide three square meals a day, for Meyer, as well as the Oregon Food Bank. Derbyshire who served as months in the making.
Woolverton and the rest of her crew an entire week. See PANTRY A3
, Navy gunner in the Naval See VETERAN, A2
District says school absences back to normal levels
By GEOFF PURSINGER trictwide absences ranging from 7 to school’s swine flu policy, which was and be ready to come back to school. School, Nov. 4.
Of The Times 10 percent in October, much higher adopted from the Oregon Stark Haydon said that the grow- The clinic only had enough vac-
than the normal absence level of 4 Department of Health and Human ing availability of the H1N1 vaccine cine for 700 people, but that didn’t
The absence rates at Tigard- percent. Services: if a student is sick with flu- may have also played a factor in the stop an estimated 2,000 people from
Tualatin schools are back to normal, “Some schools (in the district) like symptoms? Stay home. drop in absences. See ABSENCES, A6
after an increase during the past few had higher and some had lower,” she And with school closed during Washington County health offi-
weeks that was attributed to the said. “But we are back down to nor- parent-teacher conferences Oct. 22, cials have been scheduling vaccine ,
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H1N1 swine flu virus. mal levels, now.” and Oct. 23, students stopped the clinics at Portland-area schools
According to Susan Stark The reason for the rise and fall spread of the disease to other stu- throughout October and November
Haydon, spokeswoman for the are perfectly explainable, Stark dents and were able to get the rest as the vaccine became available,
school district, TTSD saw dis- Haydon said. The rise was due to the they needed to fight the symptoms including a clinic at Tigard High
TT The Times www.tigardtimes.com November 12, 2009 A7
Son of Holocaust survivor Shooting:‘It’s obviously a scary situation’
to talk at Tigard Library Continued from A1
Brian Terrett, director of
public relations for Legacy
One family’s ordeal at Jewish prisoners subject to
experimentation by Josef Health Systems, declined to
Auschwitz leads their Mengele, a Nazi doctor known discuss details of the lab or
its employees. He said
descendant to talk about for his frequent use of inmates
Legacy planned to provide
for human experimentation.
experiences at the “I have high hopes for this counselors for employees
starting Tuesday night.
notorious death camp talk,” Carter said. “It’s certainly
“We are shocked and dev-
going to be shocking.”
By GEOFF PURSINGER astated by this,” Terrett said.
Wigmore’s mother was sent
Of The Times “We don’t expect this type of
to the gas chambers on three
separate occurrences, Wigmore thing to happen at our work-
A local family is speaking places.”
out about events that happened said, but was pulled from the
more than 60 years ago. line each time by workers at the
camp. Heard loud pops
Peter Wigmore, of
Gladstone, will be speaking at She and her elder sister were
the only two people from her Dave Merriman, who was
the Tigard driving near the building at
L i b r a r y, family to survive.
The effects of her time at the time
Nov. 17 of the
describing Auschwitz left Wigmore’s
mother with chronic health shooting,
his fami- said that
ly’s ordeal problems — which Wigmore JAIME VALDEZ/The Times
attributes to Mengele’s experi- at around
at the EARLY QUESTIONS — Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker, above, talked with
mentation. 1 1 : 4 8
hands of reportersTuesday afternoon about the shooting at Legacy MetroLab earlier in the day.
Now, at the age of 86, a.m. he
N a z i s FitnessTogether owner Josh Dery, below, said that he heard gunshots from inside his
Wigmore’s mother lives in the saw a
w h i l e business at Martinazzi Square, down the street from Legacy MetroLab.
Portland area. Other Holocaust woman in
interred at a white right here,” he said from the
WIGMORE Auschwitz survivors have spoken at vari- front door of his business. “I
ous events throughout the years, lab coat
— the c ove r e d looked outside and saw sirens
infamous Nazi concentration but — Wigmore said — the MERRIMAN everywhere.”
experience was so horrible that in blood
camp where more than 1 mil- sprinting Dery said he locked up his
lion people lost their lives dur- his mother cannot bear to speak business after seeing the
to people about them, so down Southwest Martinazzi
ing World War II. Avenue from the Tualatin stream of police and emer-
“It’s so difficult to focus on Wigmore does it for her. gency responders come into
“She’s aware that I do these Business Park just west of
the horrors that happened there Interstate 5. She was trying to the area.
without focusing on a specific talks,” he said. “But she can’t Officers and paramedics
bring herself to do them get the attention of a driver.
person,” said Wigmore, 59, a “She lunged in front of the from the Washington County
retired teacher from the Lake because it’s just too emotional Sheriff ’s Office, Tigard
for her.” truck and screamed, ‘Get me
Oswego School District. “So I out of here as fast you can!’ ” Police Department, Hillsboro
will focus on my mother and her While the events of six Police Department, Lake
decades ago may be written in Merriman said.
family and what happened to Merriman and the truck’s Oswego Police Department,
them while they were at history books, Wigmore Beaverton Police
believes that the events are still driver, Joe Warren, helped the
Auschwitz.” woman get to a nearby area in their patrol cars. the building after a police Department, Clackamas
This is the third year that the relevant today,
“The Holocaust happened Subway restaurant, where she officer walked over and told County Sheriff ’s Office,
Tigard Library has hosted was treated by paramedics. Businesses in lockdown them what had happened. King City Police Department,
events around the Holocaust. because of extreme racism and
prejudice and outright bigotry,” “She told me that he came “It’s obviously a scary sit- Oregon State Police, FBI,
“My personal philosophy on right into the office with two Many nearby businesses uation,” said Kindercare ATF, Tualatin Valley Fire &
this is that there are some things he said. “It happened because
no one took a stand to say no, guns and just opened fire,” and schools went into lock- spokesperson Beth Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire
that deserve to be remembered, Merriman said. down after police informed Woodward. “But everybody Department, and Metro West
such as (Neil Armstrong land- this is not going to happen.” Ambulance all responded to
More than 11 million people He said that he heard loud them of the shooting. remained safe.”
ing on the moon) and some pops fired from an area near At the Kindercare day Josh Dery, the owner of the scene.
things that need to be remem- were killed during the
Holocaust, 6 million of which the intersection just before care center, less than a block Fitness Together, located sev-
bered, such as the murder of 6 noon. He called emergency away from the crime scene, eral hundred yards away, said Also contributing to this
million people,” said Erik were Jews.
“It’s a horrible history of the dispatchers, but the line was employees were just getting that just before noon he heard news story were KPAM 860
Carter, a Tigard Library refer- busy. A few minutes after he ready for the children’s nap three loud gunshots, then and reporters Nick Peterson
ence librarian who heads the human race,” he said. “It’s a dif- and Kevin L. Harden.
ficult subject to talk about, but heard the shots, several time when the shooting took many more muffled shots.
annual talks. police officers zoomed to the place. Employees locked up “It sounded like it was
This year’s talk is in obser- I’m convinced that if we don’t
vance of the 71st anniversary of talk about it, don’t learn these
Kristallnacht, or the Night of lessons, we’re dooming our-
Broken Glass, a coordinated selves to it happening again.
attack by the German govern-
ment which ended in the deaths
Germany was defeated, but not
Nazism. Bigotry and racism
still exist even in our backyards
Caregivers! Need a
of 99 Jews, and the arrest and
subsequent placement of 25,000 so we need to be vigilant and the
to 30,000 in concentration
Wigmore’s mother, Rosa,
way to be vigilant is to under-
stand why it happened to make
sure it doesn’t happen again.”
was sent to the concentration Wigmore’s Holocaust lec-
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