Dave Lewis Ashland Oregon

Hyatt Lake Oregon Murder of Dave Lewis

                " Murder is Cowardice "

Police Chief discussing when a killer takes LIFE:






Dave Lewis' arsoned home & body found inside 







James E. Cartwright: C.  HOSS the Wrong Way




" Raytheon, a major defense contractor, announced it scored a four-star general! Marine Corps Gen. (Ret.) James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, the recently departed vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the defense giant’s board of directors.

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson said in a written statement, “General Cartwright’s deep understanding of defense and broad experience in military operations and matters of national security will be of great value to our Board.”  I’m sure Cartwright will be.

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender penned an in-depth article on generals and admirals going through the revolving door in late 2010. Bender quoted retired General Robert “Doc’’ Foglesong, who retired as the second-ranking Air Force officer in 2006, who said the “fundamental question” swirling around the phenomenon of generals going through the revolving door  “is whether this is shaping the acquisition system and influencing what the Pentagon buys. I think the answer is yes.’’

On the civilian side, the revolving door is also rampant, raising many of the same questions. Take for instance, the recent announcement that the Pentagon’s former number two official, William J. Lynn III, is going to head DRS Technologies, the U.S. subsidiary of Finmeccanica, an Italian company. This isn’t Lynn’s first spin through the revolving door: he was formerly the Pentagon’s comptroller under the Clinton presidency, then left to head Raytheon’s lobbying operations in D.C., before becoming the Deputy Secretary of Defense."






Coos Bay father, sons admit defrauding government ... - OregonLive.com

Jul 18, 2014 - A Coos Bay man and three of his sons admitted Friday that they defrauded the government to secure and keep lucrative supply contracts that prosecutors said put military members' lives at risk. Company owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, and sons Harold Ray "Bo" Bettencourt III







  " Retired general James E. Cartwright resigns from Raytheon board after pleading guilty in leak case Waltham defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Tuesday that retired general James E. Cartwright was resigning from its board after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with a leak of classified information. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) said in a regulatory filing that Cartwright — a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general — was resigning for "personal reasons." He served on the board since 2012. According to the Washington Post, the leak to two reporters was about a covert U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program. Those stories revealed information about the malicious computer software program known as "Stuxnet," aimed at crippling Iran's nuclear capabilities, Reuters reported."













David Edwin Lewis Murdered and Burned 9/4/08





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CARSON CRASH 2008 - 2016






Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Oregon

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Assistant U.S. Attorney Recognized for Work on Carson Helicopters Crash Investigation

WASHINGTON – On October 20, 2016, Byron Chatfield, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, received an Award of Excellence in Investigation from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) for his work on the investigation and prosecution of two corporate executives linked to a fatal 2008 wildland fire helicopter crash in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Weatherville, Calif.

On August 5, 2008, in the midst of the Iron Complex Fire, deteriorating weather conditions made it necessary to evacuate backcountry firefighters to safety. A helicopter owned and operated by Carson Helicopters, Inc. of Medford, Ore. was dispatched to the location. On a third pick-up attempt, the aircraft, overweight with fuel and passengers, crashed, killing nine and injuring four others. The crash was the deadliest wildland fire aviation disaster in United States history.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Chatfield, along with five other federal investigators, embarked on a seven-year investigation of the crash that led to the conviction and sentencing of two Carson Helicopter executives. The investigation proved that the executives had falsified documents detailing weight capacities and balance charts of their aircraft in order to win more $51 million in Forest Service contracts. All told, the investigation team conducted 246 witness interviews in five different countries, issued 84 trial subpoenas, executed 3 computer forensic exams, and amassed over 129,000 pages of evidentiary discovery.

“I applaud Byron and his colleagues’ extraordinary efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict those responsible for this unthinkable tragedy” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “The work of Byron and team” continued U.S. Attorney Williams, “demonstrates the tremendous lengths those in our law enforcement community will go to bring justice to individuals responsible for similar acts of fraud.”

To learn more about the investigation and prosecution of this case, please visit: go.usa.gov/xk49g.

CIGIE is an independent entity established within the United States Executive Branch to address integrity, economy, and effectiveness issues that transcend individual government agencies and aid in the establishment of a professional, well-trained, and highly-skilled workforce in the Offices of Inspectors General. To learn more about CIGIE, please visit www.ignet.gov.



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  Working for Carson...Joe Rice...claims, "  he tried to report to the FAA his concerns..."




































Mark McMillin &  Stepping In


 Mark McMillin

Mark McMillin

General Counsel, National Air Cargo (April 2016)

Greater Atlanta Area
  1. National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc.
  1. Breeze-Eastern,
  2. AAR Airlift Group,
  3. Global Aviation (World Airways, North American Airlines and ATA Airlines)
  1. The John Marshall Law School
  1. Company Website

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Captain Luke Ryan: Privateer or Pirate, Hero or Rogue?

by Mark McMillin on January 25, 2012

" This  is devoted to Captain Luke Ryan. You probably never heard of Captain Ryan and yet this young Irishman, a smuggler by trade, had a major impact on America’s War of Independence. You also probably didn’t know that during the war the great Benjamin Franklin, America’s ambassador to France, formed his own private navy for reasons that we will learn about later.

Well, I had never heard of Ryan or Franklin’s private navy either until I built a model of Ryan’s ship, the Black Prince, back in 1999 (the Prince was a cutter similar in size and rigging to the Lynx depicted on this website’s banner). The Prince was reportedly the fastest ship on the water and Franklin reluctantly issued a commission (or letter of marque) to Ryan to fight for the Americans as a privateer. Armed with Franklin’s commission, Ryan and his mostly Irish crew went after the British with a vengeance, eventually inflicting more damage on British shipping than Ryan’s more famous counterpart, John Paul Jones. I was so intrigued by that tidbit of information I tried to learn more about Ryan but found very little.

Eventually I learned enough to write a book about the amazing adventures of Ryan and his men (well, three books to be precise) – though I had to weave in a fair amount of fiction to ‘fill-in-the-gaps.’ For the historical purists among you, I have included a “Separating Fact from Fiction” chapter at the end of each book. The project, researching, writing, editing, polishing and editing again took nearly 12 years to complete.

Here then is a bold story about bold men. It is an epic, little known story of adventure, war, heroism, love, intrigue and betrayal. If this intrigues you, I hope you will read on…

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Luke Ryan on National Geographic

by Mark McMillin on January 25, 2012


June 27, 2011: National Geographic released its documentary on a story about Luke Ryan, or more specifically, about a dive off the coast of Wales on a wreck thought to be one of Ryan’s privateers. The wreck, however, was not one of Ryan’s ships. Ryan had three heavily-armed raiders: the Black Prince, the Black Princess and the Fearnot. To my knowledge no one knows the fate of the Black Princess or the Fearnot. After Franklin’s privateering commissions expired, and after Ryan was caught, these two ships fade from history. But we do know that the Prince floundered on the rocks within range of the shore batteries at Berck, France in 1780. The site should be easy to find as Ryan’s men, who had rowed safely to shore in the long boats, had time to row back to the Prince when she did not sink immediately and spent the next 24 hours removing as many of her guns and salvaging as much of the equipment and provisions as they could before she finally slipped beneath the waves in shallow water. She, therefore, must be close to shore. Perhaps the folks at National Geographic should search the waters around Berck…"

For more details, visit National Geographic’s Ben Franklin’s Pirate Fleet



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Search-and-destroy mission 4 Illegal Pot Falters



Search-and-destroy missions for illegal pot falter in Oregon



A counterdrug pilot working with Oregon State Police lifts the nose of her National Guard Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter to climb over a northeastern Oregon ridgeline while searching for illegal pot gardens



 A pile of trash includes plastic irrigation pipe and 54-pound bags labeled "Powerline 16-16-16 fertilizer" at an illegal pot grow in Wallowa County. Police removed or destroyed 91,000 marijuana plants, ranging from seedlings to 10 inches tall, in the June 2011 raid.





Oregon is poised to become the first in a group of key battleground marijuana states to exit a nationwide program designed to discover and destroy black-market pot plantations. 

The move follows Oregon's first year of recreational marijuana sales and a thriving industry with legal marijuana farms stretching from the coast to the Idaho border.

Money for the eradication effort in Oregon has dropped by nearly three-quarters in the last year to $200,000, by far the largest percentage cut in the country, financial data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows.

That's on top of steady cuts over the past three fiscal years that add up to an overall 80 percent decline.

To the north, another well-established hot spot for illegal pot grows is taking a different approach. Washington has generally kept its Drug Enforcement Administration money intact since legalizing recreational marijuana. It's dropped only about 30 percent over three years, down to $760,000 this year.

But with no one strongly advocating for it, the program in Oregon appears headed for the chopping block.

"If you look at a graph and see how steeply the budget trends down, I'd imagine it's very possible we won't get funding for this next year," said State Police Capt. Bill Fugate, whose agency has been one of the program's main financial beneficiaries. 

Police and sheriff's offices typically use the money on equipment, training and helicopters based on allocations largely established through state requests.

The Oregon Department of Justice passed oversight of the program – making the funding requests and doling out money to local agencies – to the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association this year.

That association sees it as an unwanted burden.

"They must've caught me at a weak moment when they asked us to take it over," said retired Curry County Sheriff John Bishop, executive director of the nonprofit group that provides administrative help to sheriffs. "We're not even going to run it next year. ... I don't know who will yet. No one's figured that out."

Discussions begin in January over who will take it on, he said. He wouldn't speculate on who's in the mix.

It's possible the state could step in with money, but there's no question that the focus has shifted.

"The problem is the way the program utilizes funds from DEA, it doesn't have a good match with our regulatory scheme," said Jeffrey Rhoades, senior adviser on marijuana policy to Gov. Kate Brown and a longtime prosecutor.

"That's not to say we've beaten the black market," Rhoades said. "The main point is, in this new legal market, we need to adjust our thinking in how we conduct these kind of operations."


Oregon entered an exclusive club a decade ago: part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's "M7" – seven states identified as primary marijuana cultivators. The others were California, Washington, Hawaii, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The federal government has spent roughly $18 million annually – mostly in the M7 states -- to focus on eradication.

And it appeared to return dividends – Oregon authorities pulled up or burned an average of 100,000 plants a year when the money started coming in.

But in 2012, discoveries plummeted to 33,000 plants a year, and that level has held steady since then. Washington experienced a similar nose-dive.

Neither state remains in the M7.

The Northwest states are now closer to Colorado, where major marijuana grows historically haven't been as common and which stopped receiving federal marijuana eradication funds in 2015.

Using state money, Colorado found about 27,000 plants last year, not far from its annual average over the past five years.

Fugate imagines this will play out in Oregon as well.

"Let's say DEA money goes away completely," he said. "We're not going to get out of the business. There are four stages to this game: detection, investigation, eradication, and apprehension (of growers). Funding cuts will mostly take away the detection aspect. And we will be spending more state money than we have in the past."

The Governor's Office agrees the program will continue, federal money or not.

Rhoades said Mexican drug cartels are still a concern and search-and-destroy operations are important for fostering a "good business climate" for marijuana shops in Oregon, mainly by suppressing the black market.

"But that's only one tool in the tool belt," he said. "We're going to start being smarter about this."


The Drug Enforcement Administration program itself has come under fire from national marijuana reform advocates.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., recently led a push in the House to drastically reduce the program's budget. While it didn't make it into the final budget, he said success is inevitable, given the shifting national sentiment. As California and other states legalize recreational marijuana use this year, "they should follow Oregon's example," Lieu said.

"This is one of the stupidest programs we have in the federal government," he said. "In a world of limited resources, funds would be far better spent fighting drugs like opioids. I understand why law enforcement would want a continued stream of funding from the DEA, but we can also get law enforcement to accept that funding to go somewhere else."

But the budget cuts in Oregon aren't entirely by choice. While the state requested much less this year than previous years under the program, Bishop noted that it received still less than that — $200,000 in response to a $400,000 request.

"A lot of us speculate that we're being punished, but we don't know," Bishop said. "It's total speculation. We're not hearing anything from the feds."

A spokesman with the Drug Enforcement Administration said the agency declined comment.


The dwindling money in Oregon worries Washington State Patrol Lt. Chris Sweet, who oversees the marijuana eradication program there. Oregon authorities often partner with his agency on marijuana operations.

Mexican drug cartels, Sweet said, could see Oregon's lack of Drug Enforcement Administration money as a business opportunity. He cited a spike in armed guards at grow operations as evidence Mexican gangs are reasserting themselves in the region.

"These international cartels are watching public opinion, watching for which states won't have the resources to fight them," he said.

Bishop, the Oregon sheriffs' group leader, agreed that police are seeing "way more" armed guards at grow operations recently. What's more, a crop of over 6,500 plants connected to Mexican cartels was discovered 35 miles south of Portland in June, near the Willamette River, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office reported.

But Bishop doesn't subscribe to the theory that Mexican gangs may decide to grow more pot in the state.

"If you have a lawn and it's a beautiful lawn and moss keeps creeping into it, it'll continue to grow," he said. "But why wouldn't they just go indoors and do it legally? It's really easy now. That makes more sense."

Portland-based attorney Bear Wilner-Nugent, who focuses on marijuana law, called Sweet's concerns unfounded.

"Say what you will about the moral standing of Mexican drug cartels, but they're every bit as likely to be thoughtful and intelligent as other businesspeople," he said. "They're going to slice the pie more thinly, and focus on where they don't have competition with hundreds of legal businesses. Obviously that's meth, heroin, and cocaine in Oregon."

 -- Drew Atkins

Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the agency that oversaw the eradication program in Oregon








 Where Mike Winters put money, manpower, interest...in pot pulls...



12 years worth.