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Alternate route? No, but a nice drive

Written June 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Not an “alternate route” to Albany exactly, but much more scenic.If you signed up for email alerts from the Albany police, you got this “traffic advisory” at 4:19 Tuesday afternoon: “Hwy 20 between North Albany Rd and 1st Avenue limited to single lane traffic due to diesel spill. Use alternate routes.”


Police building rises; crime falls

Written January 17th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There’s no apparent connection, but as Albany is building its new police department headquarters, serious property crime in the city seems to have taken a substantial drop.


Being a soft touch could cost you

Written November 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany police have used social media to call attention to a new city law: No more handing money — or anything else — from your car to panhandlers by the side of the street.


Planning over, it’s building time

Written August 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Everybody in Albany surely knows about the Albany fire and police buildings on which construction is starting now. So I thought, anyway. But on Tuesday somebody working in a downtown shop asked me if I knew what was going on where the old downtown fire station used to be. So I guess a recap would not hurt.


Crosswalk alert, especially June 9

Written June 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Some people call it a “crosswalk sting.” But it’s not much of a sting because the public is being warned ahead of time, through channels like this and with signs at the scene. The Albany police, who will conduct this operation at two city crosswalks on Tuesday, June 9, call it a “targeted cross enforcement […]


A win for Albany, but a slim one

Written May 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Seriously? A mere 53 percent affirmative vote? If that holds up, it’s more than enough to pass the bond issue for a new Albany police headquarters and downtown fire station. But considering the enormous amount of work that went into this proposal, one might have wished for a greater majority of supporting votes. According to […]


An Albany police-Linn sheriff merger?

Written April 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Merging the Albany Police Department with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is about the furthest thing from anyone’s mind these days, with the exception of Tom Cordier. In emails, a talk with the county commissioners and a Monday appearance before the city council, the retired North Albany resident has been suggesting that Albany conduct a detailed study […]


Theft warnings: Now we get it

Written December 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Police Department has made a bit more explicit its warning to residents of North Albany, where a rash of thefts had been reported earlier.


How to foil would-be thieves

Written December 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

People returning to North Albany from town have been passing this reader board for the past few days. It’s part of a campaign by the Albany police to remind people not to make things easy for thieves, especially this time of year when cars may be loaded with gifts.


Design firm picked for police, fire buildings

Written November 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If Albany gets the voters’ OK to go ahead with building a new police headquarters and a downtown fire station, the Mackenzie firm of architects most likely will get the job of designing both.


 
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