SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A passenger train made an unscheduled stop in Oregon over a woman’s cell phone use and verbal confrontations with other passengers.

Salem police say in a statement that 39-year-old Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was arrested on disorderly conduct charges Sunday afternoon.

Train operators called police and stopped the Amtrak train near Salem after complaints from passengers of Beard allegedly talking loudly and causing problems with others on the train.

Police say she had reportedly been on the phone almost continuously since boarding in Oakland, Calif., even though operators had repeatedly asked riders not to use their cell phones.

When officers arrived Beard had calmed down and left the train with them.

The train resumed its journey after the 20-minute delay.

Comments (167)
  1. atljohn says:

    Thank you, joev, for bringing it back to the point. This rider’s inconsiderate behavior is plainly just wrong. That’s all there is to it. The fact that her behavior may be a result of her culture is true, but only serves to distract from the issue, which is common decency, or the lack thereof.

  2. ted says:

    Obama, worst president ever. Just a fact.


    1. Informed Citizen says:

      Sorry, Ted. Actually, that is called an OPINION, which you are certainly entitled to have.

      Opinion: –noun
      1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

  3. Doug says:

    When a simple “where are you” has to be expressed as “why ain’t you tell me where is you at” you can begin to understand why someone needs 16 hours for a conversation.

  4. Noah Vaile says:

    My apologies but nowhere in this mini-article does it mention Ms. Beard’s racial identity. Nowhere. Nada. Nothing.
    This is a story about a woman who behaved obnoxiously, and in violation of some arcane railroad rule, and was peacefully removed from a train.
    How did race raise its ugly head here?

    1. Rex James says:

      how many white people are named Lakeysha ? Coloreds think they are owed everything and can do as they damn please. If they tried to blend into society they would have a much easier time and racism would be almost nonexistent.

      1. INDIAN says:


      2. John Betgeorge says:

        i know alot of indians and they are very dear to me but to call yourself superior is just silly. so if you want to talk that mess, do you know persians are the most successful immigrants in the history of usa…thats a fact and it still does not make my countrymen any better than yours. good is good, bad is bad and rude is rude.

        dont cross contaminate

  5. Noah Vaile says:

    And as far as slavery goes:
    Black African tribes would attack other black African tribes, capture and enslave members of the defeated group and march them north where they would trade them to Arab/muslim slavers, who would march them across the Sahara and sell the survivors to Europeans who would ship (some of them) them across the Atlantic to North America.
    Here in North America tens, hundreds, of thousands of WHITE AMERICANS died in a war back in the early 1860s that resulted in the elimination of slavery here in the United States.
    And here in the United States the lowliest, poorest, worst educated (and who is it who chose to drop out anyway) black is far better off than the vast majority of blacks living in any muslim nation, African nation and most anywhere else black Africans have emigrated. (Or whose ANCESTORS were dragged as slaves two hundred years ago.)
    Stop the complaining by or about blacks in America and get with the real program of America- Work hard and take advantage of the opportunities this great nation offers and not the handouts the government uses to keep you down and dependent.

  6. vonda keon says: and all you have to do is go here and read the article and see her photo. yep she was disrespected. is that even in the dictionary?

  7. EagleHawk says:

    I don’t know that the woman’s race had anything to do with her arrogant rudeness, but it is clear that something made her feel empowered to treat her fellow passengers as if they were nothing.

  8. linkedk says:

    who cares about her racial idenity? get over it…she was on Amtrak’s quiet train!!! She was rude and inconsiderate – period!

  9. Roberta Burns says:

    Having manners or a lack of manners has no reflection on race. This woman with no manners, should have been moved by those in authority on the train. For the train to be stopped and for her to be arresedt by ground officials shows her combative, outrageous behavior and atittude that the train officials could not handle.
    She is lucky the other riders did not attack her for her actions and this disruption of the ride. Try this on a plane and see what happens.

  10. LOL says:

    Imagine the trash pile of grape pop cans and Popeye’s Fried Chicken boxes she left behind. Noamsayn?

  11. littledog says:

    The good Lord with infinite wisdom made jerks in every color!

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