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Driver who struck children's author John Dashney pleads not guilty

The driver who struck a visually impaired children's author and later told police that she had smoked marijuana before the crash pleaded not guilty on two charges in in Marion County Circuit Court on Friday.

On May 29, Rose Litherland, 58, was driving north on 17th Street NE when she hit John Dashney, 70, who was walking in a marked crosswalk at Chemeketa Street NE.

Litherland later told police that she had smoked marijuana an hour before the crash and still could feel the effects. Litherland has been charged with DUI and second-degree assault.

Oregon's DMV records show that Litherland does not have a current driver's license in the state.

In 2009, Litherland was convicted of delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana, both felonies, according to online court records.

Litherland will next appear in Marion County Circuit Court on July 17.

NOTE:  Rose is held without bail under an ICE hold according to the MCCF.

Policy change could create real problems in Oregon

On Tuesday, Federal agents in New Mexico and Oklahoma arrested 7 leaders of the Mexican drug cartel who were using a quarter horse operation in order to launder drug money.

Regarding the case, Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney for West Texas, said it shows “the corrupting influence of the Mexican drug cartels within the United States………” Richard Weber, the chief of the IRS’ criminal investigation unit said, “This case is a prime example of the ability of the Mexican drug cartels to establish footholds in legitimate U.S. industries………..”

We could report almost every day on the arrest or conviction of an illegal alien drug trafficker here in Oregon. There should be no question that they have established a foothold in Oregon. Can anyone doubt that if Oregon were to start giving driver licenses or driver privilege cards to illegal aliens, that it would encourage more illicit drug trafficking and criminal activity?

The most important document a drug trafficker can possess is a valid driver license.

Can Governor Kitzhaber be so blind that he can’t see this dangerous connection? What possibly could be his motivation to reinstate driver licenses to those in the country illegally like he proposed in a letter read to the crowd on the steps of the Capitol building on May Day 2012?

Read more on our National Issues page or click here.

Governor Kitzhaber pushes to get driver licenses for illegal aliens

Alert date: 
June 12, 2012
Alert body: 

There are only two states, New Mexico and the state of Washington, that openly allow illegal aliens to receive the same driver license as citizens. New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, has tried without success to end her state's driver license policy. The result is that New Mexico has become a magnet for fraud.

Governor Martinez is quoted as saying, "This fraud ring only confirms what New Mexicans already know - the only way to put an end to this criminal activity is to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.”

The New Mexico director of motor vehicles, Demesia Padilla, has warned for years that giving driver licenses to illegal aliens encourages crime and corruption. Padilla said her concern is that the stories about van loads of undocumented immigrants being brought to New Mexico from as far as Florida and Illinois for driver's licenses will continue until the state Legislature takes action.

Unfortunately for Oregon, our governor is John Kitzhaber and not Susana Martinez. 

Governor Kitzhaber wants Oregon to give driver licenses to illegal aliens.

Please contact Representatives Arnie Roblan and Bruce Hanna, Co-speakers of the Oregon House, and tell them about New Mexico’s crime and corruption due to the issuance of driver licenses to illegal aliens. Tell them that we do not need to entice criminals to come to Oregon.

Representative Bruce Hanna. (503) 966-1200
 
Representative Arnie Roblan (503) 986-1300
 
Read the full article about what New Mexico is dealing with on our National News page, or click here

 

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