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October 28, 2021 at 4:09pm

Salem daycare operator arrested after child critically injured in her care

The Salem Police Department on Wednesday arrested a Salem daycare operator after a child under six was critically injured in her care in August.

Bobbie Jo Sanders, 44, of Salem, was arrested Wednesday for first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment after she was indicted by a Polk County grand jury. Sanders owns and operates Bobbie Jo’s Daycare in west Salem, according to a Thursday news release.

Salem police and the Oregon Department of Human Services conducted an investigation after the child was injured, which resulted in Sanders' arrest.

Sanders was booked into the Polk County Jail and released, said Lt. Treven Upkes, spokesperson for Salem Police.

The department's Investigations Division asked anyone with information about the case or other unreported incidents involving Sanders or the daycare to contact detective Scotty Nowning at 503-540-2482.

The daycare serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers, according to Childcare Center.

Correction: This article originally misidentified Sanders gender. Salem Reporter regrets the error.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

October 28, 2021 at 3:30pm

Salem-based trucking company wins national award for pollution reduction, energy-efficiency

Gov. Kate Brown speaks at a rally promoting carbon capping legislation.

Salem-based May Trucking Company was one of five trucking companies in the Pacific Northwest to win an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for helping reduce pollution and for being energy-efficient.

The company, along with A&M Transport,  Doug Andrus Distributing in Idaho, and LTI, Inc. and System Transport, Inc. in Washington, won EPA's SmartWay Excellence Award at a ceremony Wednesday and are among industry’s "most energy efficient carriers," according to an EPA news release.

“For 17 years the SmartWay Transport Partnership has worked together with stakeholders in the freight industry to find innovative ways to reduce pollution from goods movement,” Sarah Dunham, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said in the news release. “We commend the innovation, drive, and collaborative spirit of our partners whose efforts are helping to meet the challenge of climate change and to create a healthier environment for us all.”

Through its SmartWay Transport Partnership, EPA supports freight businesses in being as energy-efficient as possible, the news release said.

SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 143 million metric tons of CO2, 2.7 million tons of air-polluting nitrogen oxides and 112,000 tons of particulate matter since 2004. Meanwhile, it's saved $44.8 billion in fuel costs and 335 million barrels of oil, "equivalent to eliminating annual energy use in over 21 million homes," according to the news release.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

October 28, 2021 at 1:04pm

Law enforcement agencies arrest eight people wanted for domestic violence charges, search for 68 more across county

(Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Law enforcement agencies in Marion County arrested eight people Wednesday as part of a countywide effort to detain people wanted on charges related to domestic violence.

They also unsuccessfully tried to locate 68 offenders with warrants using home or business addresses, said Sgt. Jeremy Landers, a spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The operation involved 19 law enforcement officers, two victim advocates and a deputy district attorney, according to a Thursday news release. They included Marion County Community Corrections deputies, the Salem Police Department, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Marion County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies. 

“This coordinated effort comes as local law enforcement agencies take time to focus on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month during the month of October,” the news release said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly one in five women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

“Each year the lives of thousands of residents in Marion County are impacted by intimate partner violence,” Marion County Undersheriff Jeff Wood said in the news release. “As a community, we each have a role to play to reduce intimate partner violence whether it is through accountability, awareness, education, or evidence-based supervision practices. We appreciate the commitment each of our partner agencies have made to work with us to hold offenders accountable for domestic violence offenses.”

The sheriff’s office encouraged people looking for more information about domestic violence to visit the Center for Hope & Safety’s website.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

October 28, 2021 at 1:02pm

Salem wants to know how your business is doing

Salem City Hall. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem wants to know how your business is going.

The city is conducting a short survey to better understand businesses’ needs.

The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

It asks questions about challenges brought on by Covid, such as increased costs of doing business, difficulty hiring workers and remote workplace challenges, among others.



-Saphara Harrell