Ardeshir Tabrizian

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider ordinance leaving psilocybin ban up to voters

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider an ordinance that would allow residents to vote on banning psilocybin manufacturing and service centers in unincorporated areas of the county. AGENDA The board will consider adopting an ordinance that would refer to voters a measure banning psilocybin manufacturing and[Read More…]

A Salem deputy police chief quietly retired under an agreement. City leaders aren’t saying why

A longtime Salem Police Department official left his job in February with no public fanfare and under a separation agreement that has since triggered a state investigation. Secrecy surrounds the circumstances of the retirement of Deputy Chief Steven Bellshaw after 32 years. City officials have so far not publicly released[Read More…]

Contracted state hospital worker punches patient following racist slurs, hospital reports say

The Oregon State Hospital on May 28, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) A contracted worker at Oregon State Hospital last month punched a patient who moments before had hurled racist slurs at the staffer. Erik Banks, the contracted mental health technician, was “removed from our facility and instructed not to return,”[Read More…]