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Sheriff ID's third Christmas tree worker killed in crash

Dec. 5, 2019 3:49 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has identified the third man killed in a crash near Salem Friday night when a van full of Christmas tree workers collided with a pickup truck. KATU-TV reports the worker identified Thursday is 18-year-old Lucas Felipe Diego. The other two...

Salem homeless camp to get portable toilets

Dec. 5, 2019 1:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The City of Salem is paying to put six portable toilets and hand-washing stations at a homeless encampment near the ARCHES Project, a downtown social services provider. The Statesman-Journal reports that Salem was on the verge of declaring the encampment of dozens of tents a public...

Drunk driver who killed woman, 4 children, gets 34 years

Dec. 3, 2019 8:10 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man convicted of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed five family members near Salem was sentenced to 34 years in prison. The Statesman Journal reports Favian Garcia of Gervais was sentenced Monday. He was arrested Oct. 8, 2017, after he crashed a Land Rover head-on into a...

Sheriff: 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in crash

Dec. 2, 2019 8:23 PM EST

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — The men and youths from Guatemala had worked all week on one of the largest Christmas tree farms in the world, loading the fir trees onto trucks for shipment around the United States. Ranging in age from 14 to 64, the 13 workers were headed home Friday night when their van collided...

Marion County rejects hemp drying facility application

Dec. 2, 2019 11:00 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Marion County has rejected an application for a $15.5 million hemp drying and oil-processing facility proposed for a 37-acre farm in Turner, Oregon. The Statesman-Journal reports that Jupiter Pharma, an Illinois company registered in Delaware, had asked the county for a conditional-use...

3 dead, others injured following crash outside Salem

Dec. 1, 2019 4:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say three people died and others were injured in a two-vehicle accident near Salem. KOIN-TV reports the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash involving a van and pickup truck, which happened Friday evening. Mark Bjorklund, battalion chief with...

Parent of student hurt in tunnel sues Salem, school district

Nov. 30, 2019 11:15 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The parent of a student injured as a sixth-grader while using an underground tunnel between a middle school and high school in Salem is suing the city of Salem and the school district for $235,000. The Statesman Journal reports the lawsuit filed this week accuses the city of allowing the...

Report: Salem spends more than $5 mil yearly on homelessness

Nov. 29, 2019 11:02 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem spends more than $5.2 million a year on issues related to homelessness, according to estimates in a draft city report. The Statesman Journal reports that most of the costs are incurred by the Salem Police Department, which is estimated to spend nearly $4.7 million on an annual...

Autopsy clears Salem police in death of man during arrest

Nov. 28, 2019 12:10 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An autopsy has found that a man who died after a struggle with Salem police suffered from a cardiac arrhythmia caused by a pre-existing heart condition. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday ruled the death as accidental. Prosecutors say the Oregon State...

Court upholds secretary of state ballot measure rejections

Nov. 27, 2019 6:08 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Marion County Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of Secretary of State Bev Clarno’s decision to reject three proposed ballot initiatives to tighten state forestry laws. Judge Daniel J. Wren ruled Wednesday. Clarno says she’s pleased the court affirmed the importance...