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Corrections employees file lawsuit against department

Oct. 21, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two employees at the Oregon Department of Corrections are suing the agency, accusing its leadership team of misleading lawmakers and creating a culture of bullying and intimidation. Gina Raney-Eatherly and Merilee Nowak filed the lawsuit in Marion County, KATU-TV reported. The state...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, taken at 11:18 a.m., is a dark orange sky above Crissy Field and the city caused by heavy smoke from wildfires in San Francisco. Wildfires that scorched huge swaths of the West Coast churned out massive plumes of choking smoke that blanketed millions of people with hazardous pollution that spiked emergency room visits and that experts say could continue generating health problems for years. An Associated Press analysis of air quality data shows 5.2 million people in five states were hit with hazardous levels of pollution for at least a day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

Oct. 15, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

Sep. 29, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, the...

Police: Multiple people dead in Salem 'hostage situation'

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A possible “hostage situation” led to a fatal shooting after police responded to a home in the west Oregon city of Salem, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at the home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. Once deputies...

Police identify man killed in double shooting at Salem park

Sep. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem police have identified 18-year-old Andrew Rosas as the person shot to death Tuesday night in a park. An 18-year-old woman who was also shot remains in stable condition at a local hospital, The Statesman Journal reported. The shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. at Hoover School...

Woman sentenced to 5 years after toddler dies in house fire

Sep. 22, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Stayton woman was sentenced to five years in prison after her toddler died in a house fire. Jessica Marie Pearce, 27, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide by Judge Tracy Prall Sept. 17, the Statesman Journal reported. Pearce had entered a no-contest plea. Child neglect and...

Don Myron poses for a photo at his mother's home in Woodburn, Ore., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Myron says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river.

Man shelters from wildfire flames in Oregon river

Sep. 17, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man says he used a green plastic chair as a shield from a huge, deadly wildfire as he sheltered from the flames on a rock in the middle of a river. “Everything around me was on fire,” Don Myron, 56, told the Statesman Journal newspaper. “That chair helped...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2020, file photo, lightning forks over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as a storm passes over Oakland, Calif. Numerous lightning strikes sparked brush fires throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

Sep. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could...

Tennessee Task Force teams help with fires, hurricane

Sep. 17, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A task force based in Memphis, Tennessee, has sent team members to Oregon to help with the wildfires and to Mississippi to assist in recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sally. Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said Wednesday that four K-9 handlers and their dog partners...

A man examines residences destroyed by the Almeda Fire at the Parkview Townhomes in Talent, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

Sep. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. SALEM, Ore. — A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames. The report from the Northwest Interagency...