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Tuesday in Portland: Hotlips Pizza closing 3 of its 5 locations amid economic stresses and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, March 28 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. PPB conducts 10-hour stolen vehicles operation: ‘1 of every 2 traffic stops in Portland is stolen car’

During a 10-hour mission in “deeply impacted” neighborhoods, the Portland Police Bureau’s Stolen Vehicles Operations team made 22 stops and recovered nine vehicles. Part of the team focused on the Roseway and Madison South neighborhoods from Northeast 72nd Avenue to Interstate 205 between Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northwest Halsey Street on March 19.

The other group focused on the Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta and Brentwood Darlington neighborhoods from Northeast 72nd Avenue to I-205 between Southeast Foster Road and Southeast Clatsop Street.

Sunday’s mission also resulted in seven arrests, eight citations and 11 warrants serviced, with six vehicles eluding and three suspects eluding on foot, according to police.

Over the last several months, PPB’s SVO team has conducted 18 stolen vehicle operations, resulting in 131 stolen vehicles, 207 custodies and 27 recovered guns.

PPB Sgt. Kevin Allen said the bureau collaborated with OHSU scientists who are “very good at pulling out data, analyzing data and they’ve really helped us find those features that really lead to the conclusion that a car might be stolen. Basically, one out of every two stops is a stolen car, that really speaks to how effective this data-driven policing initiative is. And we want to keep it going.”

2. Portland's Hotlips Pizza closing 3 of its 5 locations amid economic stresses

Hotlips Pizza, a local pizza chain that opened in 1984, announced Monday that it’d be closing three of its five Portland locations due to economic stresses. Hotlips Pizza said it’d be closing its Killingsworth, Hollywood and Civic locations on Monday.

“It is with a terribly heavy heart that we must close these beloved stores and have the first layoffs in our history,” owner Jeana Edelman said in a statement. “Each person is hardworking and has contributed mightily to the teams they have worked with, and to the longevity and health of our company. Many have been with us for years, decades even. I have sincere gratitude for the time they’ve given us, and deep sadness at this unfortunate turn.”

David Yudkin, who owns Hotlips with his wife, Edelman, said the two have given it their all for the nearly four decades since they launched the business. However, the long-lasting economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to hinder the business.

The pizza chain plans to stay open at its Southeast Hawthorne and Pearl District locations. Hotlips will also have a mobile pizza trailer available for special events, and its catering department will continue to accept requests.

3. I-5 southbound closed near California border due to blizzard conditions

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of the California border are closed to travel Tuesday due to severe weather. Southbound traffic is currently being held at exit 14 in Ashland. Northbound traffic is being stopped in Redding. California’s department of transportation says the closure may last for an extended period of time as heavy snow is likely to continue throughout the day.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said drivers should use extreme caution when determining other routes and not attempt detours using lesser maintained routes, such as Dead Indian Memorial or Colestin roads. Highways 66 and 273 are closed to all except local traffic in those areas.

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