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November 16, 2021 at 1:39pm

Salem man arrested after police say he broke doors, windows at former police headquarters

The Salem Police Department arrested a man early Sunday morning who they say broke doors and windows at the department's former police station at Salem City Hall, causing about $50,000 in damage.

Salem firefighters responded to an active fire alarm around 3:40 a.m. Sunday on the first floor of the building at 555 Liberty Street S.E., said Lt. Debbie Aguilar, Salem police spokesperson.

Upon arriving, firefighters spoke with Mario Eduardo Cerda, who told them he broke windows after learning the police department was no longer located there. 

Aguilar said Cerda, 31 of Salem, also “forced his way” into what was formerly the police station lobby through a door and, using a fire extinguisher, broke several more doors in the building and nearby library.

Salem police officers also responded and found Cerda had several false ID cards and appeared to be under the influence. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation, cleared to go to jail and taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.

“At the facility he began kicking and screaming inside the patrol car," Aguilar said.

Marion County jail deputies and Salem Police officers safely removed Cerda from the car and lodged him on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree disorderly conduct, first-degree criminal mischief, four counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged Instrument, and resisting arrest.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

November 16, 2021 at 12:00pm

State Capitol Foundation sponsoring exhibits by local museums, organizations

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is offering sponsorships to cultural and heritage museums to have exhibits at the Capitol.

The Capitol History Gateway Exhibit Sponsorship Program sponsors public and nonprofit museums and organizations that get Oregonians involved in the state's democracy and draw interest in its history, the program's website said.

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation, which helps fund the program, this year is encouraging applications from cultural and heritage museums "wanting to tell their stories with an exhibit at the Capitol," according to a press release from the Capitol's Visitor Services Department, which produces events and exhibits for the program.

The foundation will provide up to $5,000 in funding per museum or organization and is sponsoring up to five entities, the press release said.

The deadline to apply for funding is Jan. 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm. More information about the funding and how to apply is available on the program's website.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

November 16, 2021 at 10:39am

Donate clothing, blankets to those in need

Matt Maceira, executive director of Be Bold Street Ministries, holds a sleeping bag (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Those wanting to help keep homeless people warm this winter can help by donating coats, blankets, hats, mittens, and socks in Salem.

Windermere Real Estate has a coat and blanket drive running through Dec. 17 to collect items for the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project and Be Bold Street Ministries. 

People who want to help can drop off items for Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project can go to 4285 Commercial St. S.E., Suite 100 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donations for Be Bold Street Ministries can be dropped off at 960 Liberty St. S.E. #250 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scott Mitchelson, president of Windermere Services Company in Oregon and SW Washington, said every year he’s amazed by the generosity of neighbors.

“Share the Warmth is a prime example of how Windermere Real Estate brokers and the community at large come together to ensure our neighbors have the warm clothing and other essentials they need throughout the winter,” he said in a statement. 

-Saphara Harrell