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Ex-teacher gets 60 years for sexual abuse

Aug. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former teacher found guilty of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. The Statesman Journal reports that Marion County Judge Sean Armstrong on Wednesday sentenced 45-year-old Noah Powers after a jury last week unanimously found the former McKay...

Salem voters likely to decide fate of payroll tax

Aug. 13, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Voters in Salem, Oregon, will likely decide on a payroll tax dedicated to paying for public safety as the city tries to patch a multimillion-dollar deficit. The Statesman Journal reports councilors struck a compromise Monday when they tentatively decided to send local voters the payroll...

Correction: Paid Family Leave story

Aug. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about a new paid family leave law in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a person needed to work 1,000 hours a year to qualify. A person needs to earn $1,000 a year to qualify. A corrected version of the story is below: Oregon paid leave law 1st in US...

Person bitten by rabid bat in Breitenbush area

Aug. 7, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials are warning residents to be careful after a person was bitten by a rabid bat in southeast of Salem in the Breitenbush area. The Statesman Journal reports health officials said the person was bitten on Saturday, but declined to say exactly where the incident...

2 killed in separate shootings in Salem

Aug. 5, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two people have been killed in shootings in Salem, Oregon. Authorities said the shootings Sunday are unrelated. The first happened at Englewood Park just before 1 a.m. The victim died at the hospital. No other information was immediately available. Hours later at 3:19 a.m., police were...

Mobile hygiene trailer to launch for homeless in Salem area

Jul. 28, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The ocean blue trailer parked in front of United Way headquarters caught Ray Boyd's eye as he was driving by in his Volkswagen bug, which he's been living in for several months. He stopped to investigate, and the next thing he knew he was invited to try out one of the three private...

Man accused of sexually abusing girl DHS put in his custody

Jul. 26, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Keizer man is being held without bail on accusations of sexually abusing a child put in his custody following involvement by Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare. The Statesman Journal reports 37-year-old Eric Schrecengost was arrested Tuesday on charges of rape, unlawful...

New Republican Oregon lawmaker sworn in to represent Salem

Jul. 25, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's capital city has a new state representative. Republican Raquel Moore-Green was sworn in Thursday to replace a vacancy in the House of Representatives. She will represent the areas of South Salem and Turner through 2020. Moore-Green was appointed by Marion County commissioners...

Mother, daughter killed in vehicle crash; driver arrested

Jul. 25, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a mother and daughter died in a vehicle crash south of Salem. The Statesman Journal reports deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Linn County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's office says investigation found Brian McIntire of...

Republican replacement selected for vacant state rep seat

Jul. 23, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — County commissioners have selected a replacement for a vacant Republican seat in Oregon's House of Representatives. Marion County Commissioners announced Tuesday that Raquel Moore-Greene will become the next state representative for the area covering South Salem and Turner. She will...