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Albany announces choice for chief of police

Written November 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Marcia Harnden, a captain in the police force of Bellevue, Wash., has been selected as the next chief of the Albany Police Department.


Don’t take this the wrong way…

Written August 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You wouldn’t think people need to be reminded of the obvious, but in the experience of the Albany police, it helps to do so from time to time. Or at least to make the attempt.


Albany traffic crashes: The top spots

Written February 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The latest annual report of the Albany Police Department might cause drivers to avoid certain intersections because of their crash history. But of course they’re on the main thoroughfares, so avoiding them would be hard.


A memorial to a troubled man

Written December 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Dozens of times over the last few months, I’ve ridden the bike past a roadside memorial where the Cox Creek Path comes out on Salem Avenue. Wind and weather have reduced the shrine to a small pile of rubbish, but you can still tell for whom it was put up.


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 […]


 
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