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DA won't file charges against pipeline protesters

Dec. 13, 2019 9:21 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oregon has declined to file charges against 21 protesters who were arrested during a sit-in at the governor's office last month as they protested a planned natural gas pipeline and marine terminal, a spokeswoman said Friday. The office of Marion County District Attorney...

Man found guilty in shooting of Salem police officer

Dec. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem, Oregon, man was found guilty Thursday of shooting a veteran Salem police officer four times during a nighttime traffic stop on April 14. The Statesman-Journal reports that Jaime Lee Jimenez, 39, was found guilty of premeditated, attempted aggravated murder following a stipulated...

Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

Salem OKs warming shelters for homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council has agreed to spend up to $213,000 to open 140 warming shelter beds at two local churches. Warming shelter openings currently are driven by freezing temperatures. But under a proposed deal between the city, nonprofit and church representatives, the two shelters...

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...