The Portland Police blotter tells us that on Tuesday, Jan. 3, a 25-year-old man approached a 78-year-old man on a TriMet platform and bit off his ear.

In case you skimmed by that one, here it is again: He bit off the man’s ear. He chewed down the man’s flesh until it exposed part of the man’s skull.

Pat Kruis is editor of the Madras Pioneer, a sister publication of the Portland Tribune and a member of the Pamplin Media Group.