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Director of Police Oversight Board Quits


Update 4:40 pm: Mary-Beth Baptista says that she isn't leaving because of her frustration over the demotion—rather than the board's recommended firing—of Police Capt. Todd Wyatt."I just felt like this is a good time," she tells WW. "I've been here five years and accomplished what I wanted to do. feel good about the direction the office is going.She says she's still frustrated over the January ...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

UPDATED: Hales Wants to Keep Weekend Street Closures in Old Town


UPDATE: May 7, 7:33 pmDespite taking mostly criticism from Old Town residents, restaurants and businesses Tuesday night at a community meeting at the Bud Clark Commons, Mayor Charlie Hales remains committed to continuing weekend street closures in the six-block Entertainment District for another six months.Hales said that managing the Entertainment District will ultimately have to be...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland: Home of Bob, the Original LOL Cat


Before the Internet, before LOL Cats and Grumpy Cat, there was Bob the Weather Cat.The large grey tabby was the official weather mascot for WW's news partner, <...   More
Monday, May 6, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Supporters of Police Mounted Patrol Now Have Online Petition

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The online rally for the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol continues, this time with an online petition to the City Council.The nine-horse unit isn't part of Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposal; it's been    More
Monday, May 6, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Officer Committed "Crimes" as WW Intern


Portland Police Officer Josh Silverman was formally introduced this week by the police bureau as a new member of the Behavioral Health Unit, where officers are paired with social workers to proactively deal with the mentally ill.Silverman was featured in a December 2012 WW cover story detailing how ...   More
Friday, May 3, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Horses Would be Returned to Owners, Sold if Unit Folds

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As it has been in previous budget cycles, the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol is on the chopping block.And though mounted patrol-supporter and developer Bob Ball has stepped up with an extra $150,000 in funding, and    More
Thursday, May 2, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

WW Stopped The Presses

Print Editions Due This Afternoon


Due to a breakdown at WW's printer, print editions of our paper won't be on stands until early this afternoon.WW Publisher Richard Meeker says that the press at WW's printer, Quad Graphics, broke down and wasn't able to be fixed overnight.Papers are expected to be out by early afternoon. Sorry for the delay.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Eastside Streetcar and Tractor-Trailer Collide

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Update: The city of Portland called in a crane to remove the damaged streetcar from the street, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dan Anderson says.Initial reports show that the truck driver was at fault, turning into the side of the streetcar, he adds.Obviously, the crash will remove one streetcar from the line until repairs are made, although PBOT hasn't had a chance to calculate how m...   More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vigil Set for Kendra James, Killed by Portland Police 10 Years Ago


The Albina Ministerial Alliance will hold a vigil May 5 to remember Kendra James, who was shot and killed 10 years ago by Portland police during a traffic stop.James, 25, was shot by Portland Officer Scott McCollister on May 5, 2003, when she tried to drive away while McCollister climbed most of the way into the car in order to remove her.
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Monday, April 29, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hospital Employee Says SUV was Hit by Bullets During Police Shooting


An engineer at Adventist Medical Center filed a claim for damages against the city of Portland, saying his SUV was hit with bullets as the police fired upon and killed federal fugitive Merle M. Hatch in February.Kevin House says his wife, Karen, who also works at Adventist, parked their 2007 Dodge Durango in the employee lot for her shift the night of Feb. 17. The SUV wound up in the line of fire ...   More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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