Christopher Pray, 39, gave a fake name when admitted to a Portland hospital Friday morning. But an employee noticed he resembled the patient who escaped Wednesday night from the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.
A man with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested on accusations of first-degree arson after police say he started a dumpster fire early Thursday morning that spread to the St. Joseph church building in Salem.
After an early morning five-alarm fire extensively damaged the St. Joseph church sanctuary, parishioners gathered in the rain outside for a noon mass Thursday. Police arrested a man on suspicion of arson.
An Oregon State Hospital patient was taken to the emergency room Wednesday after a fight with another patient. When he was brought back in a van around 10:30 p.m., he seized the vehicle and fled, according to the hospital.
Newly released records show spokespeople for Salem police kept in much closer contact with the DEA than previously disclosed in the days following its agent colliding with a cyclist. The Salem agency exchanged repeated phone calls with the driver’s federal employer while telling the public little after the March 28 fatal crash.
Commissioners on Wednesday approved a $750,000 agreement with the state to maintain a county program through which prosecutors help families resolve matters related to child support. The contract lasts four years.
A fast-spreading grass fire that came close to south Salem subdivisions Wednesday was controlled within hours thanks to help from a nearby construction crew, air support and over 100 firefighters. Fire crews are monitoring the area as Salem’s forecast calls for high temperatures and low humidity in the coming days.
Salem police say they are investigating the death of 22-year-old Janet Ramos-Hernandez as a homicide. The agency declined to say whether a suspect had been identified or arrested.
Alexander Mosqueda Rivera-Burdette killed Josiah Bagnall before dismembering and burying his body when they were both 18. Prosecutors say Bagnall was stabbed more than 20 times.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect accused of shooting three people, one fatally, in the Four Corners neighborhood Thursday night is in custody. The agency has provided little information about the shooting.