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Woman gets 5 years for DUI crash that killed young daughter

Oct. 17, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A woman arrested on manslaughter charges following a 2018 DUI car crash that killed her toddler daughter has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison. The Statesman Journal reports that 34-year-old Janie Miller pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree assault for...

GOP efforts to recall Oregon's Democratic governor fail

Oct. 14, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A pair of recall efforts by Republicans to oust Oregon's Democratic governor failed on Monday, with officials saying one lacked the necessary number of signatures and the other failing to submit any signatures to election officials. "Since the deadline for submission of signatures for...

Rejection of Oregon forest ballot measures draws lawsuit

Oct. 14, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Backers of rejected ballot measures proposed by environmentalists to tighten Oregon's forestry have filed a lawsuit, saying Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno broke with legal precedent and based her rejection on bad advice from political appointees. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports...

Teachers try home meetings to help students

Oct. 13, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Katrina Ohlemiller spends most of her afternoons and weekends, not at home, but at the homes of her students. To get ready, the Hoover Elementary School teacher dedicates dozens of hours a month preparing school supplies, scheduling meetings and traveling to where families are most...

Grand Jury: No charges for officer who shot suspect in Salem

Oct. 4, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Polk County Grand Jury has determined there will be no criminal prosecution against the Dallas Police officer who fatally shot a man at the West Salem Goodwill last month. The Statesman Journal reports the shot fired was a lawful act of self-defense and/or defense of a third person,...

Train derails north of Salem, cause under investigation

Sep. 29, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a train derailed north of Salem early Sunday, breaking a utility pole that resulted in power outages and causing a small fire. Michael Williams, a spokesman for Portland and Western Railroad, said by email that there were no injuries and no hazardous materials were...

Salem police: Oregon State Police to investigate death

Sep. 29, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem police say a man taken into custody after allegedly causing a disturbance at a restaurant later died, and that the case will be investigated by Oregon State Police. A Salem Police Department release says officers were called late Saturday for a man trespassing and causing a...

0Supreme Court building to close for two-year renovation

Sep. 27, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The historic Oregon Supreme Court — the oldest government building on the Capitol Mall — is set to empty out in October for two years of renovations including earthquake reinforcements and safety upgrades. Services at the century-old court building, which includes the...

Man gets 14 years for attempted murder of deputy

Sep. 26, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man who was convicted of trying to kill a Marion County deputy during a botched jailbreak was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison. The Statesman Journal reports 49-year-old Bradley Monical was convicted after a weeklong trial in which he represented himself. A jury convicted...

Stayton's police chief disciplined before resignation

Sep. 19, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — City records show a disciplinary action was taken against Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens in the weeks before he resigned on Aug. 17. The Statesman Journal reports Stayton administrative services manager Alissa Angelo, however, denied a request to release details of that action and...