It was December 4, 1980. Chief Adams was on routine patrol in the borough overnight, when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Butler Street.
Inside that vehicle was Donald Eugene Webb, who would go on to shoot Chief Adams and then remain on the run for decades. Webb’s remains were finally discovered last year in the yard of his ex-wife’s home in Massachusetts, putting an end to the longest running cold case involving a police chief in the country.
This spring, a section of Butler Street, between West Main and West Water streets, in Saxonburg was renamed ‘Chief Gregory B. Adams Way’ so those unfamiliar with his story could see the sign and ask questions about who he was.