Ardeshir Tabrizian

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…]

Marion County spending $14.3 million to construct new Health and Human Services building

Marion County officials are spending $14.3 million to build a new Health and Human Services building next to the existing location on Northeast Center Street.  County officials say it’s a one-time investment that could help save hundreds of thousands in annual costs for space currently leased across several different locations.[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…]