Sam Adams

Portland ‘cold case’ police files.

From an article posted this afternoon:

Portland Mayor Sam Adams released his “recalibrated” budget today, saving the mounted patrol and cold case units in the Portland Police Bureau.

He had cut the items in his first proposed budget, only to get a public scolding from then Police Chief Rosie Sizer. That led to Sizer’s ouster as police chief last week.

You can check out info on some of the Portland Police’s cold cases here, including this particularly ugly case:

Case # 75-46014. Fifty eight year old Wilbur Jones, an invalid confined to a wheelchair, was found June 16,1975 stabbed to death with his own broken cane. His murder occured in his room at the Shangri La Motel, 6828 NE Union avenue (Now Martin Luther King Blvd.)

The Shangri-La was converted into apartments/condos and is now Woodlawn Terrace, with the motel’s former entrance on Union/MLK now boarded over. Local art & curator Mack MacFarland dug up footage of a remodel of the Shangri-La filmed in the 1950’s, showed it as part of an exhibit of historical videos related to the city at a PICA:TBA festival, and posted it to youtube.