GH Neighborhood Watch Founder Under Fire
Gold Hill citizens concerned about former neo-Nazi and convicted felon’s connection with the local neighborhood watch took their case to the April 15 city council meeting.
Resident Jessie Kinney and a member of the Rogue Action Council, a social justice group spoke and expressed her concerns regarding Andrew Patterson’s involvement with the neighborhood watch. Patterson was instrumental in forming the Gold Hill Neighborhood watch, and some have felt his past should not be an issue.
Patterson was arrested in 2003 for a series of racially charged crimes and spent six years in prison. He was released in 2009 and still was active in the neo-Nazi movement for a while. By 2012, Patterson claimed he had renounced his white supremacist past and was working hard to atone for his past.
Kinney and others in the community felt otherwise. A packet was handed out to the councilors, and it had screenshots of (Subscribe for full story)
Ousted Counselor Defends Himself
Monday night’s Gold Hill city council meeting got off to a stormy start. Zachariah Dell was voted off the council after a series of absences from city council meetings and workshops three councilors voted to remove him, another voted against the action, and one abstained. The last time Dell attended a meeting was on March 11. On March 18, Councilor Danielle Hinkley stated that Dell had contacted her and said he was ill and unable to attend the scheduled meeting. Guidelines set down by the council require councilors to contact Mayor Pete Newport if they cannot attend. Councilor Janet Wilson joined Ron Palmer and Brad Studebaker as they voted to remove Dell from his council seat while Hinkley voted not to. Councilor Debra West (Subscribe for full story)