More stories from December's issue of THE BEE!

Ghouls-in-waiting: The Toporowskis – Julie, Jillian, and John – pause for a photo during this year’s rain-soaked Moreland Monster March. In the background, a wayward Santa seems unfazed by this “Nightmare Before Christmas”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Wet weather assails Moreland Monster Marchers


It’s hard to be scary, creepy, or kooky on the streets of Westmoreland when the wind whips up, and a major rainstorm washes the pavement.

Hard, but not impossible. Stormy weather didn’t stop an estimated 1,500 folks from participating in the 2015 Moreland Monster March on October 25.

With his Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division officers ready to head out on the parade route, Sergeant Erin Smith was smiling in the rain. “This really is one of the good parts of our job. I like coming out and seeing our community, and get nice friendly hellos, and ‘thank yous’ from the people here that we serve.”

As the police bikes rode out to their positions, “Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance” President Tom Brown was working with volunteers to get the Monster March ready to step out. Brown is one of about a dozen people who work behind the scenes to put on the distinctive parade – and there are several more who help out as the parade progresses.

“I think this is our 14th year of the Monster March,” Brown reflected. “It was started by two parents at Llewellyn after the 2001 terrorist attack, as a way to get the community back together.

“We’ve been keeping it going every year, with the city's blessing,” Brown added. “We thank the City of Portland allowing us to use the streets. We also appreciate both the support and the patience of our businesses.”

Instead of businesspeople being annoyed because S.E. Milwaukie Avenue is shut down for more than an hour on a weekend day, “They all come out and celebrate with the families, hand out candy and treats, and participate in the march,” Brown told THE BEE.

Rain or shine, it’s a unique community event, Brown observed. “And at the end, we have tables full of cookies and cider provided by QFC, for all to enjoy.”

He thinks the volunteers would agree with him – that it’s all worth the effort. “This is a wonderful community tradition – one without any agenda. People come, walk, and have fun, whether the sun is shining, or it’s pouring rain, like today!”

As a large number of the marchers were sauntering south on Milwaukie Avenue at 3:16 p.m., a mighty wind arose, blowing costumes and props into disarray, and making strong adults struggle with their umbrellas. Little kids looked worried as they huddled at their parents’ sides.

But, this powerful gust simply signaled the trailing edge of the storm; the rain began to let up, and then taper off. Another Moreland Monster March concluded with snacks for the returning marchers on the playground of Llewellyn Elementary School, as the sun peeked from behind the dark clouds.

Eastport Plaza, pursuit
Currently in jail, awaiting trial on numerous charges, is the alleged driver of the stolen vehicle, 21-year-old Alex James Burton, left. 19-year-old D’Andre Larence Bauer, at right, a passenger in the stolen car and also charged in this incident, is free on “Pre-Trial Supervision”. (MCDC booking photos)

Crash near Eastport Plaza ends stolen SUV joyride


A joyride in a burgundy Acura MDX SUV, reportedly stolen in North Portland, ended at Eastport Plaza on the morning of Wednesday, November 4th.

After the driver of the purloined vehicle ditched police by winding through the side streets of Inner Southeast Portland, its occupants decided to go shopping at the plaza’s Walmart store, along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses and Holgate Boulevard.

At 9:15 a.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers spotted the stolen Acura in the parking lot, and watched the occupants stroll out of the store to return to the vehicle.

When they saw officers closing in on them, the driver started the SUV and sped off, careening north in the Eastport Plaza parking lot. Driving too fast, the driver failed to negotiate the corner at S.E. Francis Street, popped up the curb, and became stuck in the grass in front of the Izzy’s Restaurant.

As the driver and two passengers fled the vehicle, a total of 13 police units converged on the scene.

The driver and a passenger were arrested as they headed north into the neighborhood.

21-year-old Alex James Burton was identified as the driver, and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 1:56 p.m. that afternoon on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Identity Theft, and Theft in the Third Degree. Burton is lodged in Multnomah County Inverness Jail, in lieu of $18,734 bail.

The arrested passenger, 19-year-old D’Andre Larence Bauer, was also booked into MCDC at 11:32 a.m., charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Identity Theft (two counts), and Attempted Theft in the Second Degree. Bauer was released the same afternoon in the Multnomah County Pre-Trial Supervision Program.

The other passenger is still being sought.

Fortunately for the vehicle’s rightful owner, the SUV appeared to be in good condition, considering the events of the morning.

R O S E, affordable housing, awards
Gathering after the annual breakfast to show their 2015 ROSE Impact Awards are Jesse Cornett, ROSE’s Nick Sauvie, Alex Gursheim and Jen Matheson of the Northwest Health Foundation, Ana Meza, Tracy Dannen-Grace, and Jean DeMaster. (Not in the photo: Roger Goldingay). (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Inner Southeast’s ROSE Community Development honors supporters


Many supporters of ROSE Community Development Corporation (ROSE), including members of a couple of morning-meeting Portland-area Rotary clubs, filled the auditorium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) early on Friday, September 24.

“This is our annual Donor Breakfast and Awards meeting,” remarked ROSE Executive Director Nick Sauvie.

“This gives us an opportunity to talk about the work that ROSE is doing this year, and what we plan to do next year,” Sauvie told THE BEE. “It’s also an opportunity to give awards to people that have given a lot of themselves to help improve the Southeast Portland community. And, it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

As about 150 guests sat down to a hot breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and bacon, Master of Ceremonies Roger Anthony began the formal program. Anthony explained that each of the awards is given to an individual or organization who has positively impacted the community and advanced the mission of ROSE. Thus, these are called the “ROSE Impact Awards”, he said.

Upon receiving the ROSE Business Impact Award, Cartlandia owner Roger Goldingay said, “We have created a great number of opportunities for our diverse population of business people who are getting established. This is probably one of the most diverse areas within the city of Portland.”

Presented the ROSE Community Development Impact Award was the meeting’s keynote speaker, Jean DeMaster, who retired from her post of many years as Executive Director of Human Solutions.

In her keynote, DeMaster shared her passion for helping to solve the problems of homelessness. “I’ve seen, firsthand, how losing homes rips families apart and destroys lives. Having good, solid housing helps families improve, and helps them do better in many ways.”

Displaced parents are nearly three times more likely to have poor or fair mental health than higher-income parents, DeMaster pointed out. “It’s no surprise that we have to know that we are putting our children at risk – by not providing enough housing, and not providing enough family wage jobs. They will grow up to be adults at risk. We need to stop the cycle of homelessness, and stop the cycle of poverty.”

ROSE Neighborhood Impact award recipient Jesse Cornett – he’s Chair of the Lents Neighborhood Association – said he was honored to share the stage with Jean DeMaster.

“ROSE has been working toward the betterment of my community for much longer than I have,” Cornett told the audience.  “I accept this on the behalf of the many people who volunteer for projects such as neighborhood clean-ups, and health community projects.

“As I travel around Portland, I can’t help feel that we’re becoming ‘San Francisco’s newest suburb’,” quipped Cornett. “With all the people moving from California to Portland, in some cases long-term Portlanders are getting left behind. It’s a shame. Lents is the ‘North Williams Avenue’ area of ten years ago.” 

What’s most important, Cornett concluded, “Is that we don’t lose the character of our neighborhoods.”

Long-time ROSE Board member Martha Taylor was invited up to receive a special presentation, and the unveiling of a new award: The ROSE Martha Taylor Student Impact Award.

Then, ROSE Executive Director Nick Suavie came to the podium to speak about the many outreach efforts of the organization throughout the Southeast Portland area.

“Looking forward,” Sauvie concluded, “The thread that ties everything together is about creating opportunities. This includes all the projects the neighborhoods. We appreciate your support as we move forward.”

Find out more, or donate online, by visiting their website:

Car crash, into tree, Powell Blvd, mushrooms
Losing control of his car, the driver of this Hyundai smashed head-on into a tree on Powell Boulevard. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Driver crashes on Powell; blames mushrooms


Even the East Precinct police officers who responded to the call were puzzled by the “welfare check” dispatch given them by the 9-1-1 Center, a few minutes after 8 p.m. on October 29.

“Neighbors saw a man who they said was staggering around near their apartment complex driveway,” an officer told THE BEE.

“When we arrived, we found this car that had run into a tree; the man neighbors saw was the driver,” he added.

The red Hyundai Accent GL, with its front end now destroyed, was westbound on S.E. Powell Boulevard that evening. Between S.E. 76th and 75th avenues, the driver swerved to the right, up and over the curb, and hit – dead-center, head-on – into a big tree.

The driver reportedly told police he’d ingested some “mushrooms” before driving, which led to his inability to control the vehicle. The driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation. His car was towed away by a wrecker.

Woodstock, Halloween
In the Woodstock Community Center., volunteers (standing) Ruthann Bedenkop and Joan Hobson, and (seated) Nancy Hockert and Everett Hobson, pose at the photo-booth. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Wet weather doesn’t wreck Woodstock’s Hallowe’en

for THE BEE 

Even with afternoon of October 31 having seen the heaviest period of rainfall here in years, Woodstock Neighborhood Association volunteers made sure the all who braved the stormy weather enjoyed Hallowe’en.

With the help of a small band of volunteers, this year’s Chair, Aaron Edgington, coordinated the “Not So Scary Storytime” at the Woodstock Branch Library; lined up retail shops to participate; and worked with volunteers at the Woodstock Community Center to make it a fun evening.

It was standing-room-only at the Woodstock Library, as Peter “Cat-in-the-Hat” Ford and Joan “The Jolly Cow” Smith led the throng in songs, clapping, and seasonal stories.

Then, those who wished to do so braved the pelting rain, and made their way west along S.E. Woodstock Boulevard to visiting shops where they got candy and treats. 17 sponsors helped fund the event, and many of the businesses along the boulevard offered treats, Edgington said.

When these trick-or-treaters arrived at the Community Center, volunteers were waiting for them with popcorn and cider, live music, crafts, and a shoot-it-yourself “photo booth” setting.

“Elisa, and Becky Leuning, were key to this event being a success,” Edgington said – but he also credited a dozen additional volunteers for their help, too.

“The best part of every community event that I’m involved with is always the same,” Edgington said. “It’s seeing our neighbors enjoying themselves, visiting together, and the sharing the feeling that we are continuing to build and strengthen our little community.”

Serial flasher, Southeast Portland, arrest in jail
22-year-old William Wimberly Jr., already jailed for burglary, now faces additional charges for many incidents of indecent exposure in Inner Southeast stores. (MCDC booking photo)

Serial flasher, bedeviling Inner Southeast merchants, caught – while in jail

For many months, the storekeepers of Sellwood and Westmoreland have been warning each other about a serial flasher who enters shops – mostly where women are running the business – and exposes himself.

Recently, he expanded his range and was reported doing the same in the Hawthorne Boulevard and Belmont Street areas. The most recent report was on Friday, November 6, at a business at S.E. 17th Avenue at Hawthorne Boulevard.

The suspect was inside the store browsing, and asked the female employee for help. The employee told police that she turned around to check a price and when she turned back to face the suspect, he was exposing himself. The employee told police that she demanded he leave the store and that the suspect was last seen walking westbound on Hawthorne.

Police finally issued a public “alert” for businesspeople about his behavior in the second week of November.

Shortly after that, they announced that the suspect had been apprehended – when they found him already in jail.

On Friday, November 13, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives issued criminal citations to a 22-year-old man suspected of exposing himself to numerous women in Southeast Portland.

22-year-old William Wimberly Jr. was already in custody at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on an unrelated charge of Burglary in the Second Degree. Wimberley was issued criminal citations for Public Indecency (five counts), Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (five counts), and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

Detectives suspect that Wimberly may be responsible for additional incidents of public indecency, and Sellwood-Westmoreland merchants will say “amen” to that. They have been passing around surveillance photos of the suspect for quite some time, to alert other merchants to watch out for him. 

The Portland Police ask anyone with information about Wimberly, or additional such incidents, should contact Detective Cory Stenzel at 503/823-0453, or via e-mail:

Veterans Day, flags on sidewalks, Sellwood
A row of American Flags on Veteran’s Day, on S.E. 13th in Sellwood. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Veterans Day: Flags flew in Inner Southeast


On all of the nation’s patriotic holidays, flags appear down the sidewalks in portions of Inner Southeast Portland. They are placed there by local Boy Scouts, in coordination with the Oaks Bottom Lions Club, which works with local merchants to help cover the costs of the dependable observance.

We’ve shown you rows of American Flags in Westmoreland; but they also fly from specially-drilled holes in the sidewalk in other places in our part of town, including Woodstock and Sellwood. We took the BEE camera out to capture the display, embraced in fall colors, on Wednesday, Veteran’s Day, November 11th.

Subway, Restaurant, holdups, arrests
19-year-old William Maingi, left, and 21-year-old Timothy Mark Beers, right, stand accused of robbing several Subway sandwich shops and Plaid Pantry stores, including one in the Brooklyn neighborhood. (MCDC booking photos)

Gunmen start robbery spree in Brooklyn


Open-all-night convenience stores and restaurants are often targets of robbers.

A worker at the Subway Sandwich Shop at 1212 S.E. Powell Boulevard in Brooklyn found this out at about 4 a.m. on September 30.

“The employee told police that two suspects entered the shop armed with handguns, and demanded money,” Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told THE BEE.

“After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects, described as African American males in their 20s wearing dark clothing, left the shop, and were last seen walking west on Powell Boulevard,” added Simpson.

Officers checking the area came up empty; the suspects slipped away – apparently headed west of the Willamette River to the Raleigh Hills area.

An hour later, at 5:07 a.m. that morning, Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to the Subway store at 10725 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway on the report of another robbery.

“The clerk told Sheriff’s Deputies that one of the two men displayed a weapon and demanded the cash in the register,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Bob Ray. “The employee gave the men a very small amount of cash and they fled on foot. There was possibly a vehicle that was used to flee the area.”

The way Ray described the pair was very similar to the description of the ones involved in the Brooklyn incident, and police concluded they were the same.

The duo’s crime spree came to an end about 4:00 a.m. on October 10, when a Woodstock neighbor called the 9-1-1 Center, after seeing two men park a U-Haul van near S.E. 51st Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, and get out of the van wearing black ski masks and heavy jackets.

“East Precinct officers contacted the two men walking on 51st Avenue,” Simpson said. “The two men were in possession of gym bags, and replica firearms (Airsoft-type).”

Officers called Robbery Division detectives who were investigating several similar robberies of Plaid Pantry Stores and Subway Sandwich shops in Portland, Gresham, and Beaverton.

Ultimately both men were arrested, charged, and indicted on several counts of robbery-related charges.

At 9:47 a.m. that morning, 19-year-old William Maingi was booked in to the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on four charges of Robbery in the Second Degree. 21-year-old Timothy Mark Beers was booked into MCDC at 2:04 that afternoon on the same charges.

After their arraignment, both were housed in Multnomah County Inverness Jail, where they remain behind bars in lieu of $1 Million bail each.

Rural Street, Woodstock, electrical fire
The Woodstock resident of the house, apparently affected by smoke, was checked out by paramedics. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Electrical fire in Woodstock swiftly extinguished


When Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews are called to a blaze, they never know what to expect. Sometimes they need multiple water lines to put out a fire.

But when they were called to 4440 S.E. Rural Street in the Woodstock neighborhood at 6:41 p.m. on November 5, all that was needed was a hand fire extinguisher to knock down a fire that started in the basement.

In case the fire extended, PF&R Woodstock Station Truck 25’s crew was ready at the scene, as were the firefighters of Westmoreland Fire Station’s Engine 20.

The Engine 20 crew set about laying in a water line, in case the fire extended to other parts of the house, but it wasn’t needed. 

“We found a very small electrical fire in the basement of the residence,” a firefighter told THE BEE.

First-responders helped a male resident from behind the house, apparently suffering from smoke inhalation. An ambulance’s paramedics checked and treated the resident at the scene.

Franklin High School, Harvest Festival
Members of the Franklin High CommuniCare Club pose in their own “photo booth”. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

SUN program at Franklin High hosts “Harvest Fest”


The Marshall Campus cafeteria of Franklin High School was filled with activity, on Wednesday evening, October 28, as a student-led Harvest Festival was in full swing.

“This is our fifth year hosting a Harvest Festival for our school community, students, staff, family, and neighbors,” smiled Impact Northwest SUN Franklin High School Site Manager Amber McGill.

The nonprofit Impact Northwest SUN School program at Franklin High School offers a tutoring center and community resources, and supports after-school student clubs, McGill explained.

“This evening, our school’s student clubs each host areas with activities and food,” McGill said. “It’s an opportunity for student leaders to lead a group, and provides them an opportunity to work together.”

Visitors could purchase exotic foods, or simple treats like caramel apples. Other activities include bean-bag tossing, a photo booth, and games with other clubs.

This festival has been important to their mission, McGill told THE BEE, because it helps build community. “We have students and families here from all cultures. But, at a fun event like this, it makes no difference what language they speak; they all come, get to know one another, and participate together in fun activities.

“And, it’s especially important this year, at the Marshall Campus,” McGill added. “It’s a way to help students and families feel comfortable in our new space. It’s kind of a housewarming.”

The best part of the evening for her, she remarked, was just seeing students in leadership roles. “It's really exciting to see them taking charge,” McGill said.

Reds Bar and Grill, holdup, shots fired
A long day came to a terrifying end at Red’s Bar & Grill on Foster Road, when an armed man entered, fired shots at customers, and then robbed the place. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Gunman shoots up Foster Road bar, then robs it


A trigger-happy gunman strolled into Red’s Bar & Grill, 7025 S.E. Foster Road, around closing time on Monday, October 19.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district officers were alerted to a 2 a.m. crime-in-progress, and headed swiftly to the Foster-Powell neighborhood establishment.

“One person in the bar ran away from the suspect, towards the kitchen, and the suspect fired multiple shots towards the person, narrowly missing both the person fleeing and a customer seated in the bar,” recounted Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. “Employees told police that the suspect entered the bar, armed with a handgun, and demanded money.”

An employee gave the suspect some cash, and the suspect ran out of the building and was last seen running eastbound on Foster Road.

“Several officers, including a Police K-9, checked the neighborhood, but did not locate the suspect,” said Simpson. “The suspect was described as a white male, 5'9" tall, wearing all dark clothing.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Robbery detectives at 503/823-0405.

Motor home fire, 82nd Avenue
Firefighters quickly extinguish an intense motor home fire, and save a nearby business from burning, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

Motor home fire damages tire shop on 82nd


A motor home parked on the edge of the Southgate Mobile Home and RV Park, 7911 S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, caught fire at 1:41 a.m. on in the early hours of Sunday, November 1.

The fire was intense, said Portland Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tommy Schroeder.

“Reports called in by Portland Police Bureau officers at the scene said that the motor home was fully involved in fire, and that they could hear many small explosions,” Schroeder said. “Officers also reported that power lines were burning.”

When firefighters arrived at the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood location, they immediately started battling the flames in the motor home. Dispatchers also started an ambulance as a precaution for the motor home’s resident, who later was found to have safely escaped the blazing motor home without injury.

While one crew of firefighters was extinguishing the motor home fire, another crew protected “Premier 1 New & Used Tires”, 7807 S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, at the corner of S.E. Lambert Street, which was in danger.

Within fifteen minutes, the blaze was under control. “The motor home was a complete loss, however the exposure protection function kept the damage to the exterior of the tire shop to a minimum,” Schroeder said.

“No cause or damage estimates have been determined at this time,” he added.

Heritage Tree, Sellwood
This Sellwood American Elm is now recognized as being a “unique specimen of this particular species”, and has been declared a Portland Heritage Tree. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Sellwood Elm designated “Portland Heritage Tree”


Neighbors concerned about the future of an American elm in Sellwood took action to protect the tree, in the 1900 block of S.E. Umatilla Street.

The result was that, on October 3, it became the seventh American elm to be listed as a “Portland Heritage Tree”.

“I am a resident across the street from this mighty elm,” remarked Jay Wilson, as neighbors began to gather for the heritage plaque installation on that Saturday morning.

“We’ve been both interested and concerned about this tree,” Wilson said. “It's more than 130 years old; it was planted in the late 1880s – one of several planted in front of what was then the only house on the street. It’s the only survivor.”

In applying for Portland Heritage Tree status, Wilson researched the block and found photos taken when the tree was young, thus establishing the age of the tree.

“We're concerned, because the tree sits astride the properly lines here,” Wilson told THE BEE. “There were potential development pressures on the west side of the property. A neighbor was looking at subdividing a lot; and we wanted to do something to help protect and recognize the tree.”

He and other neighbors – including the owner of the duplex on the property to the east of the tree – submitted an application that stalled. “From the second application, the Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry Commission decided that this tree was of merit,” Wilson smiled.

Part of the second application included the historic photos, and the fact that it has the largest canopy of any Heritage Tree in the city. “It’s 85 feet tall and 120 feet wide. When Urban Forestry people looked at it, they said that this is a really spectacular specimen; it’s thriving and very healthy,” Wilson pointed out. “It’s kind of unique in that it is separated from other elms that are clustered together, such as in the Eastmoreland neighborhood.”

Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry Commission Heritage Tree Chair Brian French walked up at that point, with a small brass plaque in hand. Although being the Heritage Tree Chair is a volunteer position, French said he is also an arborist with Arboriculture International LLC.

“With issues of infill and development, there have been issues regarding large trees,” remarked French. “It really is up to the citizens to protect the trees. Neighbors, and the neighborhoods, have the power to be stewards in the community, and speak on behalf of trees like this.

“This plaque means that this tree is recognized in the Portland Heritage Tree program, and gains special protection against any felling or damaging, including fixing the sidewalk and protecting the roots,” French said. “It is recognized as a unique specimen of this particular species.”

Pole, crash, 82nd, Portland
This wooden utility pole along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, cracked after struck by a vehicle, doesn’t look badly damaged -- but it supports a heavy load, including 12,000 volt wires at its top, and was crushed at the bottom. It had to be replaced after the crash. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Car smacks pole on 82nd; closes Avenue of Roses


Just before sunrise on October 19, a vehicle traveling northbound on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses left the highway, and was stopped very abruptly by a wooden utility pole.

The thoroughfare, also known as Oregon State Highway 213, was completely closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic for a time, from S.E. Duke to Tolman Street.

By 7:40 a.m., highway crews had reopened southbound traffic, and shifted one northbound lane of traffic to the center median to allow work to continue at the crash site.

Throughout the day, the northbound lane was temporarily closed while Portland General Electric workers dug out the shattered utility pole and replaced it. There was no official word about the condition of the driver in the crash, or whether a citation was issued.

Unexpected art
Several laser-carved panels mounted on an Inner Southeast cast-iron fence, of which this is just one, depict Portland landmarks. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Inner Southeast: Art in unexpected places


The creative art muse can pop up anywhere. Although Southeast Portland’s annual “Open Studios” ArtWalk focuses on “professional” artists, one can spot delightful amateur artistry throughout the area any time of the year as well.

A Great Blue Heron painting with bas relief tree was spotted on the front wall of a cob addition at 8512 S.E. 9th Avenue in Sellwood’s storied “Share-It Square”. A garage door in Woodstock features a giant painted chicken. A brown brontosaur skeleton with a small reptile in its mouth stands on a front lawn at 8716 S.E. 13th Avenue. Obviously, the artist took care in designing the ancient creature, sharing a love of dinosaurs in fossil form.

Front porch stair risers at 3914 S.E. 9th Avenue in Brooklyn have been decorated with stained and mirrored glass shards and mosaic tiles to depict a grassy scene rising from the sidewalk. Several blocks north, a wood hobbyist at 3205 S.E. 9th has lined an upstairs porch with over a dozen wooden planters carved in the shape of faces.

Fences abound with unique artistry, including welded fork finials on a fence at S.E. 20th at Bush Street, and several laser-carved cast-iron panels depicting Portland landmarks at 8881 S.E McLoughlin Boulevard. These detailed panels – designed by Andy Moos, at Willamette Jetboats – include scenes of Union Station, an eagle soaring over the Willamette River, the St. Johns Bridge, and the OHSU tram, among others.

Even literary arts present themselves, in a host of individualized poetry poles and Little Free Libraries. There seem to be more of those all the time.

In addition, Shakespearean quotes from Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet are scrawled in sidewalk cement adjacent to the Thelma Skelton “Meals On Wheels” Center on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Center Street.

Wherever you look, artistic details emerge from the background. Keep your eyes peeled for these unexpected pleasures as you explore the Inner Southeast neighborhoods.

Safari Club, gun bust, Powell Boulevard, Portland, arrests
In the parking lot of this “gentleman’s club” in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, police find three guns, and arrest five known gang associates. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Three gang guns seized by cops in Powell Blvd parking lot


After midnight on October 29 Portland Police Gang Enforcement Team officers spotted a group of people, including some they recognized as gang associates, in the parking lot of the Safari Show Club, at 3000 S.E. Powell Boulevard.

“At about 12:30 a.m., some of them were walking away from a Scion in the parking lot, and into the club,” revealed Portland Police spokseman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Officers looked into the vehicle from the outside, and saw a handgun lying on the floorboard of the vehicle,” Simpson said. “Officers ultimately contacted several people, and made five arrests, after seizing three handguns – two from inside the vehicle.”

25-year-old Robert Demetrie Sabb was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree, Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Officers seized a handgun from his backpack that was reported stolen out of Bellevue, Washington. Sabb posted bail and was released from custody on October 30.

32-year-old Jamaal Marquise Lambert was booked on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and a parole violation detainer. After serving five days in jail (“time served”), Lambert was released.

26-year-old Tracy Lee Horsley was arrested on a parole violation warrant and lodged at Multnomah County Inverness Jail. He’s scheduled to be released on November 17.

29-year-old Ricco Dupree Giles was arrested on a parole violation detainer and remains in custody at Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

22-year-old Mariah Emily Richards was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant, and was transferred to Clackamas County for “Failure to Appear” on a theft warrant.

First bazaar of season, Woodstock
Helen Jones, Glenda McCall & Dolores Dolan supervised the Baked Goods table at the first bazaar of the Holiday season – way back before Hallowe’en. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

Woodstock church “beats the rush” with early Holiday Bazaar


Shoppers got a jump on the Holidays at the Our Lady of Sorrows Holiday Bazaar in October 17 and 18, way before Hallowe’en. Co-Chair Christina Salvitelli explained, “With our early scheduling, we don’t run into Christmas shoppers, and we also offer Harvest items. Proceeds go to the church, and St. Vincent de Paul.

“Our parishioners donate home-made items for our baked good table, and we also have a canned food drive going on.”

Christina’s mom, Diane, the other Co-Chair, added, “We have a kids’ craft table and a light lunch snack bar, and there are about 23 vendors and local craftspeople here. This bazaar takes three to four months to organize, and this year we have some new vendors. There's usually a good turnout of shoppers following Sunday Mass.”

In addition to the baked goods there were also scores of preserved foods from the O.L.S. kitchen, including jams, relishes, soups, fruits, and vegetables. Many vendors featured fall items such as scarves, sweaters, neck warmers, hats, and mittens. Three quilts and four themed baskets were raffle prizes.

In consideration of early parent-teacher conferences at school this year, Christina Salvitelli created a supply of clever bagged “Anti-Stress Kits”, each containing such things as a rubber band “to stretch your horizons”, and a candy Hug and Kiss “to nurture yourself”. “I give them to the teachers every year,” she said with a grin.

Besides the usual potholders, tote bags, and hair accessories, there were also up-cycled items, such as those created by Kathy and Joyce at the “Swittens” booth. These included mittens, stuffed toys, and Christmas stocking, all made from recycled sweaters. Stained glass artisan Ralph Henry manned a display of lovely lampshades, candle holders, and artwork made of stained glass.

If you missed this “first” bazaar of the season, you’ve had plenty of opportunities to visit one since, as each local school has presented its own, as have some other churches. Here’s to a Happy Holiday Season to all.

Ryan Allen Cain, knife, menacing
In custody, and awaiting trial on multiple charges, is 27-year-old Ryan Allen Cain.

Mt. Scott-Arleta neighbors fight off crazed knifeman

for THE BEE  

A stranger’s early morning bizarre behavior terrorized at least two households in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood early on Monday, November 9.

Just after 6:30 a.m., the 9-1-1 Center received the first of two calls, concerning an intruder who was reportedly breaking into houses in the 8000 block of S.E. Martins Street.

One resident told reporters he’d found a half-naked man sitting on the toilet in his bathroom. The suspectlunged at the resident with a knife, demanding his cell phone and wallet, as he entered the kitchen. The intruder dropped the knife; the homeowner picked it up and chased the man out of his house.

Less than a half-hour later, another neighbor, just down the street, reported that he’d thought his cat was scratching at his home’s back door. But when he opened the door, wasn’t the cat, but the same intruder – this time, armed with a garden shovel – who tried to push his way into the house.

The homeowner shoved the man out the door and began to chase him down the block.

“Officers were in the area, searching for the suspect,” commented Portland Police spokesman Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “As officers, including a Police K-9 team, were searching the neighborhood, a third homeowner chased the suspect out of his yard, and officers were able to take the suspect into custody.”

The intruder was identified as 27-year-old Ryan Allen Cain, and he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 12:31 early that afternoon on charges of Burglary in the First Degree (two counts), Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnap in the Second Degree, Coercion, and Menacing.

When Cain was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court the following day, the judge dropped the Attempted Burglary charge. However, Cain awaits trial on the other charges, and remains lodged in Multnomah County Inverness Jail in lieu of $108,500 combined bail.

Harney Street, crash
Portland Fire & Rescue Woodstock Station Truck 25 paramedics arrived to help the driver of this car, smashed into the guardrail at the bottom of S.E. 52nd Avenue at Harney Drive in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of KATU-2 TV)

Driver injured, after car wipes out at “Harney Drive corner”


It keeps happening with some regularity: A driver picks up speed heading south on S.E. 52nd Avenue, picks up more speed going downhill, and then fails to negotiate the turn onto S.E. Harney Drive, ending up smashed into the sturdy steel guardrail on the far side of the intersection.

And, indeed, it happened again at 1:45 a.m. early Monday, October 26th. Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue units rushed to the scene.

One crash victim was helped out the vehicle, and transported to a local hospital for care.

Officials have yet to say what may have led up to this single-car crash, or give any information on the condition of the driver.

The point is, watch your speed approaching Harney Drive on S.E. 52nd!

Fire, 28th and Francis, Creston Kenilworth
After venting smoke from the house, firefighters from University Station Truck 4 take their high-powered blower back to their rig. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Quick response saves Creston-Kenilworth home from fire


The homeowners were concerned, as they spoke with a Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Battalion Chief and an Investigator, on the evening of Wednesday, November 4. The exterior of their house had just caught fire.

But, the speedy arrival of fire crews to this Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood home kept this fire from turning into a tragedy.

After the blaze at S.E. 27th and Francis Street was called in at 7:34 p.m., the first crew on-scene was Engine 9 from the Hawthorne Fire Station. “We kept the fire limited to the siding on the back of the structure,” a firefighter told THE BEE.

PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Tommy Schroeder later confirmed, “It started on exterior corner of house on the deck. At this time, the cause is undetermined.” Due to the quick response, damage was minor.

Comments? News tips? Click here to e-mail us!

Note to readers: At some point, this, our original Internet website, will be replaced at this web address by our new website, as part of the Community Newspapers group. At that time, you will still be able to access this older, but still operative, website, if you save this address: Right now, it leads you to our new website. Eventually, it will lead you back to this old one! Both will be up to date and current, and you'll still have your choice of which one to visit!