columbia boulevard

Danger Impeded: No More Crashes on N. Columbia Blvd

Have you ever driven (or walked across) North Columbia Boulevard in Portland? If you have, then you know how scary it can be. The street is infamous for awful car crashes and pedestrians getting hit by cars. Just this past November, an accident occurred there that involved three vehicles and resulted in multiple critical injuries. And, back in August of 2016, a deadly crash occurred there as well. A student from Roosevelt High School attempted to cross the street and was struck by a car. The accident was fatal.

However, Portland residents can feel relieved because changes are coming soon to the dangerous street! Since the deadly accident, the state has been formulating plans and working with the community on the project. How are they going to do it? The Portland City Council has plans to accept a grant for $1.5 million from the State. The goal? To make the much-needed changes to North Columbia Boulevard. Specifically, between North Bank Street and North Macrum Avenue.

And, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) already designated $650,000 for the project. The team hopes to begin in the fall of this year. They plan to put in a crosswalk, equipped with flashing lights, near the intersection of North Bank Street and North Columbia Boulevard.

Additionally, as the PBOT explains, the majority of drivers from Columbia turn left onto Midway Street. So, by getting rid of the left turn from Columbia to Midway and Oregonian, cars will have to use the existing traffic signal at Macrum. Hopefully, less accidents occur this way.

Safety is the number one priority for the project – to avoid fatal accidents (or any accidents). Hopefully, the plan succeeds. What do you think of the plans for North Columbia Boulevard?

Man Brutally Beaten by Teens

Man Attacked for Exercising Rights!

PORTLAND, OR – A man was attacked by two fifteen-year old boys when he asked them to turn down the music they were listening to, in public. This man, riding on the MAX train, asked the two boys to turn down their music, and it resulted in a broken jaw and a missing tooth.

This man, Robert Valentino, was riding the MAX train with his ten-year-old daughter and his wife on December 27, 2018. When the teens arrived on the train, they were already listening to loud music on a speaker. After the man asked the teens to turn down the music, one boy did. Soon the same teen raised the volume once again, even louder. After that, the same boy began assaulting the man and pushing the speaker in his face.

When Valentino threatened to take the speaker away, he was repeatedly punched in both the head and body. The teens began brutally attacking Valentino. Shortly after, the teens got off the bus while fellow passenger then called 911. When the police arrived, past the Northeast 60th Ave, they use the footage to identify the attackers. The two teens were Marquavious Ware and Jerimiah Hannon.

As of now, the two teens were accused of second-, third- and fourth-degree assault and interfering with public transportation. Ware also confessed to punching Valentino in the face multiple times after the charge was filed.  It is still not on public record if the two teens are remorseful or if they had any substances in their system.