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Vol. CLIV, Issue 3
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Attempted armed robbery puts local schools in lockdown

Goldie Cameron, News Reporter March 2, 2023

On Friday, Feb. 17, two shots were fired in an attempted robbery on Sprague Avenue. At 8:35 a.m., the Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) received a phone call reporting the shots fired. Given the proximity...

Investigating crime rates in Walla Walla

Ben Kearney, News Reporter October 5, 2022

Editors note: this article was updated on October 6 to reflect new information released surrounding a source mentioned in the article.  On Sept. 22, a Washington State Patrol trooper was shot in the...

Contributed Photo by Chris Buttice.

New Walla Walla Chief of Police hopes to diversify department

Ansley Peard, News Reporter April 7, 2022

On March 28, an article published in the Union-Bulletin announced the hiring of the new Walla Walla Chief of Police, Chris Buttice. Buttice will replace Scott Bieber, who announced his retirement in...

New bicycle policy raises concerns over Whitman’s relationship with WWPD

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter February 24, 2022

Bike theft has plagued Whitman students for many years. It makes up the majority of reports on the Daily Crime Log, with the most recent reported theft occurring on Feb. 14, and has been the subject of...

WWPD Chief of Police announces retirement

WWPD Chief of Police announces retirement

Abby Malzewski and Rosa Woolsey, News Editors November 11, 2021

  On Oct. 29, the City of Walla Walla published a news update that announced Walla Walla Police Department Chief Scott Bieber’s retirement. Chief Bieber is set to retire on April 30, 2022. The...

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Police Officer Nat Small’s tattoo continues to stir controversy

Abby Malzewski, Staff Writer September 17, 2020

In early June, a photo of an arm tattoo stirred one of Walla Walla’s biggest controversies of the year. The tattoo, belonging to Walla Walla Police Officer Nat Small, depicted a brass knuckle with the...

Updates: Student Withdraws after Being Identified as Person of Interest

Marra Clay, Publisher November 29, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent an update to the Whitman College community regarding the recent dissociative druggings on campus.  According to Cleveland, the College worked...

Illustration by Claire Revere

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay November 10, 2016
A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.
Whitmans Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Whitman’s Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Georgia Lyon October 22, 2015
Due to the five campus shootings have taken place in the nation in the last month, Whitman's administration and security staff as well as local law enforcement have tentative plans to make the Whitman community more aware of what to do and where to go in an active shooter scenario.

Drive-by harassment plagues campus

Lachlan Johnson, News Editor & Investigative Director October 7, 2015

A college campus is supposed to be a place of learning and safety, but due to harassment from occupants of cars, not all students can traverse Whitman’s campus in peace. Drive-by harassment can range...

Holiday season creates spike in on-campus crime

Lachlan Johnson December 4, 2014

As the holidays approach, Whitman Security and the Walla Walla Police Department are preparing for what is typically the busiest time of the year for thefts and burglaries of Whitman students' belongings....

Photo by Marra Clay

Cooperation between Campus Security, WWPD keeps students safe

Lane Barton September 18, 2014
Improved collaboration and identification of the loose roles of Campus Security and the Walla Walla Police Department in the past few years have helped make these organizations more effective, with Campus Security being the first to respond to incidents on campus and police arriving if they receive a complaint.
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