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New "Street Taxes" plan proposed to City Council

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Northeast Portland's "Post5 Theatre" moves to Sellwood

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S.E. Light Rail: New MAX "Orange Line" train car unveiled

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K-9 cop captures Eastmoreland burglar

K-9 cop captures Eastmoreland burglar

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In late October: First storm of season wreaked havoc

In late October: First storm of season wreaked havoc

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Dozing Westmoreland driver wakens - and rams police cars

Dozing Westmoreland driver wakens - and rams police cars

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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - One Portland Police car remained at the Fred Meyer Foster Road store, as an officer took a police report in the armed robbery at the Chase Bank branch inside the store. Eight other police units, joined by some from Clackamas County, were out combing the nearby streets looking for the robber. Inset is the MCDC booking photo of the man they found: 27-year-old Narong Duangchathom.
December 22, 2014

82nd Avenue serial bank robber caught

by David F. Ashton
For reasons yet to be revealed, a young Asian male developed the habit of robbing banks along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses over the past year. The first occasion was a little more than a year ago,…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Robert McCullough, President of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association and Board Chair at the Southeast Uplift coalition, ponders how the proposed progressive Street Tax hits small business people hardest.
December 22, 2014

Latest city "Street Tax" scheme shown flawed

by David F. Ashton
Eastmoreland’s Robert McCullough is riled up about the proposed Portland “Street Tax” – so much so, he’s taking on City Hall. But McCullough, President of the Eastmoreland neighborhood…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - An ambulance prepares to rush the severely injured hit-and-run victim on S.E. Steele Street to a hospital. Inset is the MCDC booking photo of the alleged responsible hit-and-run driver, 27-year-old Ariel Neuman, who lives nearby.
December 22, 2014

Reed neighborhood driver faces hit-and-run charges

by David F. Ashton
After an evening out, Ariel Neuman almost made it safely back to her Reed neighborhood apartment at 1:12 am in the early morning of Sunday, November 23. However, police assert that the…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Multnomah Countys Mike Pullen stood and pointed to where the old east approach was being demolished, to make way for the new east-end approach for motorists.
December 22, 2014

Announced Sellwood Bridge closure still surprised drivers

by David F. Ashton
Even with all the advance publicity, and the flashing electronic warning signs posted along S.E. Tacoma Street, some drivers nonetheless looked stunned to find the Sellwood Bridge closed to…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - PF&R Battalion Chiefs declare the house fire in Ardenwald to be extinguished.
December 22, 2014

Fireplace document destruction leads to Ardenwald house fire

by David F. Ashton
Perhaps shredding personal documents might have been a better option for destroying them, an Ardenwald homeowner learned in the afternoon of Sunday, November 23. At 4:02 pm on that day, Portland…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Diners, from all walks of life, gather for a Thanksgiving Day dinner.
December 22, 2014

Fifth annual "Feast" celebrated in Southeast

by David F. Ashton
Scores of volunteers pitched in on Thanksgiving Day, as did dozens more on the evening before, to bring about the fifth annual community dinner – the “Feast for Southeast” – at the Mt. Scott…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Firefighters evaluate the condition of the victim trapped in this overturned Toyota, before pulling him out of the crashed vehicle, which had been struck by a red-light-runner on S.E. Duke.
December 22, 2014

Southeast driver walks away from T-bone roll-over crash

by David F. Ashton
The sound of a crash in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, minutes before 10 pm on Monday evening, December 1, brought out neighbors curious to see what had happened. In the intersection of…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Look east from the Berkeley Park tennis courts after dark this time of year, and youll see the Schenk familys Christmas tree they share with the Woodstock neighborhood.
December 22, 2014

Woodstock family continues "tree" tradition

by David F. Ashton
It might not be as tall as the tree the SMILE neighborhood association annually decorates on the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom, and it certainly isn’t as visible, but the 50-foot tree the…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Paramedics tended to the pedestrian, struck by a vehicle at the signal-controlled intersection of 46th Avenue and S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. She was not believed to be seriously hurt, but was taken to a hospital by ambulance as a precaution.
December 22, 2014

Pedestrian injured at Woodstock Blvd intersection

by David F. Ashton
An evening in Woodstock ended unfortunately for a woman who had been crossing S.E. 46th Avenue, just north of Woodstock Boulevard on Friday night, November 28. A witness reported that a silver…
Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Portland Bureau of Transportation Project Manager Jean Senechal Biggs requests input for signs to be posted near the PMLR Powell Blvd. underpass.
December 22, 2014

Transients and graffiti at Powell underpass concern Brooklyn

by Rita A. Leonard
The Portland Milwaukie MAX Light Rail Project has completed redesign and construction of the S.E. 17th Avenue Powell exit and entrance ramps, and the Powell Boulevard underpass, and added…

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Dec 22, 2014

PPS transfer policy changes proposed

by THE BEE
Portland Public Schools is considering changes to the school transfer policy to make it more equitable, and to help strengthen programs at all neighborhood schools. After changes were considered…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Kelly Martinez, a Bureau of Emergency Communications call-taker, dispatches a Multnomah County Sheriffs Office call.
Dec 22, 2014

Behind the scenes at our 9-1-1 Call Center

by David F. Ashton
A BEE EXCLUSIVE Be it a holiday, weekend, overnight, or midday, some of the 130 employees at the City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) are on duty, often serving people who…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - As the sun sets, the SP&S 700 locomotive idles while passengers disembark.
Dec 22, 2014

Holiday fun again comes by rail - and steam engine

by David F. Ashton
On a cold, clear evening, the sound of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle (SP&S) 700 locomotive’s steam whistle can be heard for miles, as it takes revelers aboard the “Holiday Express” for an…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DICK HARRIS, PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Behind the Mt. Scott-Arleta house, firefighters douse live embers.
Dec 22, 2014

Fire chars house on S.E. Martins Street

by David F. Ashton
A fire, said to have kindled outside a house at 8036 S.E. Martins Street on November 15, became a more serious matter when it spread to the interior walls of the structure. Portland Fire &…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Pointing out the priorities of PPB East Precinct Commander Sara Westbrook, Acting Captain Robert King addresses the East Precinct Involved Citizens group.
Dec 22, 2014

East Precinct Police Captain previews Bureau priorities under…

by David F. Ashton
At the November 11 meeting of East Precinct Involved Citizens (EPIC), the group in attendance – comprised of people from all of the neighborhoods served by the Precinct – heard about goals for…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - The homeowners son-in-law gazes at the huge tree that fell into her house.
Dec 22, 2014

88-year-old tree falls on Garthwick house

by David F. Ashton
A long-time resident of the Garthwick community at the south end of Sellwood was surprised when she heard a cracking and splintering sound outside her stately home on Sunday, November 30. When…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Savanna Tucker shoots volcanic ash into the air, as Stephen Solovitz, Washington State University at Vancouver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, tells why that ash can travel widely.
Dec 22, 2014

Scientists meet the public, monthly, at OMSI

by David F. Ashton
The work of most scientists occurs in a laboratory or some other setting, far away from the eyes of the public. But, on the second Saturday of every month, the Oregon Museum of Science and…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Police Bureau Crisis Negotiators arrive, and take charge of the situation.
Dec 22, 2014

Police coax suicidal man to safety in Brentwood-Darlington

by David F. Ashton
What started as an early morning burglary report, turned into an hours-long standoff on Thursday, November 13, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. On that morning, at 6:12 am, East…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - This wrecked Honda was moved to the curb, after being hit by a delivery truck in the intersection.
Dec 22, 2014

Driver's mistake leads to Woodstock Blvd smashup

by David F. Ashton
A forceful side-impact crash occurred on Woodstock Boulevard, when a delivery truck ran into the side of a silver Honda in the intersection of Woodstock and S.E. 72nd Avenue on Thursday,…
Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - Retiring City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Coordinator Katherine Anderson takes a bag of medications at the drive up Drug Turn-in event
Dec 22, 2014

Portland Police host their final prescription drug turn-in

by David F. Ashton
After hosting several prescription and over-the-counter drug “turn-in” events in Southeast Portland since 2010, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), and City of Portland Office of Neighborhood…