April 22, 2004
A 21-year-old man reported at 2 a.m.
Tuesday, April 13, that he was robbed at gunpoint by
a man as he was walking near the MAX Light Rail Transit Station on
Northeast Eighth Street and Kelly Avenue.
TRIMET ALTERS RULE ON UNRULY
October 3, 2004
Summary: Law-enforcement officers say they feel handcuffed after transit
officials, looking to avoid legal challenges, revise standards on excluding
Portland's transit police say TriMet's
overhaul of its 15-year-old system for excluding unruly riders has hamstrung
their ability to keep potential troublemakers off trains and buses.
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Police, however, argue that crime statistics don't tell the entire story.
They say they are dealing with more problems at the usual trouble spots,
including MAX platforms at Southeast 82nd Avenue, Holladay Park and Hollywood.
are so concerned they won't let their families ride light rail alone.
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"When your customers call 9-1-1 and request police response to disruptive
persons in your kiosks and on your platforms, the police will issue a warning
and leave," he wrote. "The passengers and disruptive persons will be left
and the police will be gone. Prostitutes could loiter in your shelters
and on your platforms but could not be excluded. Drug dealers and drug
addicts could loiter on your system and nothing can be done to exclude
them. Gang members could occupy these areas with no intent of using your
system, but simply to hang out and wait for the next adventure or worse,
the next victim."
In the meantime, TriMet has urged police
to get with the new program, but selling it to the ranks has been difficult
after a hearings officer threw out most of the exclusions the first few
months for technical errors.
PRECINCT 5871 VOTES LEFT OF EAST
December 23, 2004
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Despite the precinct's voting record,
scratch the surface in curbside conversations and you'll hear familiar
complaints about crime, the glut of apartments and the closing of the Rockwood
Fred Meyer store. The degrading effect of the MAX light-rail line
that follows Burnside Road through the center of the precinct and guarded
remarks about the influx of Latino immigrants aren't far behind.
"It's getting worse,"
said Reynolds' neighbor Mike Pursley, who has lived in Rockwood for 17
years and voted for Bush. "It seems like all our morals are gone."
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