Portland fines feds for illegal fence around courthouse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s been nearly a week since federal officers withdrew from guarding Portland’s federal courthouse during nightly protests, but a large fence they installed is still there and city officials say it remains illegal. The city of Portland continues to impose a $500 fine every 15 minutes for the fence. It had been erected in the public right-of-way without a permit around the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. As of noon Wednesday, the fine hit $584,000.