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Authorities: Man attacks Sikh at Oregon store

Jan. 16, 2019 7:55 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime, assault and other charges after he allegedly attacked a Sikh who was working at a convenience store. Other customers, including a military veteran, stepped in after they witnessed the attack on Monday. Andrew Ramsey, 24, of Salem targeted...

Former deputy accused of sexual abuse

Jan. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy is being held without bail after being accused of raping a woman and sexually abusing a minor while working for a Salem security company that previously contracted with Salem-Keizer Public Schools. The Statesman Journal reports that 28-year-old...

Oregon man dies at minimum-security prison in Salem

Jan. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at a minimum-security prison in Oregon has died. The Statesman Journal reports 42-year-old Jeffery Foret died Monday morning at the Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem. The State Medical Examiner's Office has not yet determined his cause of death....

Government shutdown delays harassment training in Oregon

Jan. 15, 2019 5:49 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The partial federal government shutdown reached the Oregon State Capitol on Tuesday, when training by a federal agency for lawmakers on workplace harassment prevention was canceled. The cancellation happened as the state Capitol is grappling with sexual harassment. An investigation by...

Aide to Courtney resigns after report on harassment

Jan. 14, 2019 2:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A top aide to Senate President Peter Courtney has resigned, citing an investigation into workplace harassment at the Oregon Capitol that was "disruptive." Communications director Robin Maxey, who stepped down Sunday, had worked for Salem's Democratic senator for 11 years. In his...

Marion County Sheriff leaving job at the end of June

Jan. 10, 2019 11:55 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers has told deputies he will leave his elected position at the end of June for a job with the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association. The 50-year-old Myers was sworn in Monday after being re-elected to a third, four-year term. He Statesman Journal reports that...

Labor commissioner: complaint against Legislature to proceed

Jan. 9, 2019 7:04 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's new labor commissioner said Wednesday her department will pursue its civil rights complaint against the Oregon Legislature whose leaders were accused of allowing harassment to persist. But Val Hoyle, who was sworn in on Monday, added that her deputy, and not her, would handle...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jan. 9, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Register-Guard, Jan. 7, on counting prisoners where they come from: Oregonians who live in the southeastern part of the state have more voting power in state legislative races than residents of Lane County — about 5 percent more in House races. It's all...

1 dead, 1 injured after shooting at Salem home

Jan. 8, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police say one person died and another was injured after a shooting at a home in Salem. Salem Police Department Lt. Treven Upkes says officers were sent to the home Tuesday afternoon after someone reported a possible shooting. Upkes says officers found a woman with injuries who directed...

Effort underway to strengthen Oregon hate-crime laws

Jan. 8, 2019 7:37 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Immigrants, Muslims, people of color, top law enforcement officers and state officials packed into a room to discuss the sharp rise of hate crime in Oregon, with the goal of strengthening the state's lax laws against it. For all its imagery as a bastion of liberalism, Oregon has a dark...