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UPDATES: NAACP to host Salem inspiring women forum

March 31, 2021 at 5:24pm

Police arrest three teens after MacLaren escape

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. (Oregon Youth Authority photo)

Oregon State Police on Wednesday arrested three teens who escaped from the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn over the weekend.

Detectives spotted the trio in a vehicle near Lebanon and pursued them after they fled, the Oregon Youth Authority said in a news release.

Police deployed stop sticks near Albany to flatten the vehicle's tires and were able to arrest all three teens, who remain in custody in Linn County. They are:

-Preston Andrizzi, age 19, of Albany

-Anthony Fitz-Henry, age 18, of Keizer

-Christian Goin, age 17, of Albany

The teens escaped Sunday the Woodburn facility Sunday after midnight through a hole cut in the MacLaren perimeter fence, OYA said. They assaulted a staff member who was treated for injuries at a hospital and released.

 The fence hole has since been repaired. 

“We are thankful to hear that the youth were located and that no one was injured in the process,” said Sarah Evans, deputy communications manager for OYA, in a prepared statement.

-Rachel Alexander

March 31, 2021 at 5:00pm

Help available to finanacially distressed Pacific Power customers in Marion County

On a rainy, and windy day, Feb. 15, a lineman for Salem Electric works to repair power lines damaged by a weekend ice storm. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Pacific Power will begin offering financial assistance programs to customers struggling because of the pandemic. 

The programs include a one-time bill credit of up to $500. Also offered is a program that matches back payments on past-due bills up to $1,000, according to a company press release. 

The utility company, which serves residents of Marion County, will be reaching out to customers and communities particularly affected by job losses or illness. Customers worried about their ability to pay should contact the company at 888-221-7070.

To find more information or to apply for the program, visit Pacific Power’s website.

-Jake Thomas

March 31, 2021 at 4:27pm

Marion County opens Covid vaccinations to all frontline workers, adults with health conditions

Agnes Tsai draws up a dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

After a long wait, Salem's grocery store workers can finally get a Covid vaccine.

Marion County may immediately begin vaccinating frontline workers and anyone 16 and older with underlying health conditions, the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday.

Those groups become eligible for vaccines statewide on April 5. But 20 counties, including Marion County, submitted letters to the state attesting they were ready to move ahead with Oregon's vaccination schedule.

The groups now eligible in Marion County include all frontline workers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's an expansive list that includes restaurant workers, college and university employees, bus drivers, mail carriers, wastewater plant workers, gas station attendants and court employees.

Oregonians aged 16 to 44 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk for Covid and people living in multigenerational housing are also newly eligible in Marion County. Polk County was not among the counties the state cleared to move forward.

The other counties moving forward are Benton, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union and Wheeler.

This group is the last to become eligible before Covid vaccinations open to everyone 16 and older in Oregon. That's currently scheduled to happen May 1, but Allen previously said counties could begin earlier if they attest they're ready to move forward.

More information about vaccine eligibility and scheduling a shot is available on the Oregon Health Authority website.

-Rachel Alexander

March 31, 2021 at 11:34am

Finish Women's History Month Wednesday with a panel of Salem women

Four Salem women will speak about their work Wednesday at a Salem-Keizer NAACP panel celebrating Women's History Month.

The event, called "Ignite, Illuminate and Bring the Heat," will be moderated by chapter secretary Tori Algee.

Speakers are:

-Sylvia McDaniel, director of community relations and communications for the Salem-Keizer School District

-Nakeia Council-Daniels, deputy director of the Oregon Youth Authority

-Rev. Dr. Marilyn Williams, pastor at Salem Mission Faith Ministries

-Professor Robin Collins, Willamette University College of Law

The panel runs from 7-8 p.m. March 31 on Zoom and is open to all. Join the Zoom event here or get more information here.

-Rachel Alexander