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UPDATES: DHS worker indicted on charges of sexual misconduct, kidnapping disabled woman

February 18, 2022 at 3:01pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 18, 2022

Oregon Health Authority's hospitalization data shows regional Covid hospitalizations falling as of Feb. 18, 2022.

Covid hospitalizations in both Oregon and in Salem are falling from their peaks during the omicron surge, but remain high.

Here’s Salem Reporter’s Covid report for Friday, Feb. 18.

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 99 as of Friday morning, three fewer than Thursday. 

Of those, 13 are in the intensive care unit, and three are on ventilators. 

Sixty of those are not vaccinated against Covid, and 39 are vaccinated. 

Salem Health does not consistently report the number of patients who have received a booster vaccine dose because of the difficulty tracking whether patients are eligible for a booster in real time, spokeswoman Lisa Wood said. The vaccinated patient count includes any patient who has received at least two doses of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 513 patients; the hospital is licensed for 494 beds.

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 151. Of those, 19 are in the intensive care unit and three are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 97 of 100 staffed ICU beds and 695 of 709 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 137

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 43

New Covid deaths reported: 12 in Oregon

-Saphara Harrell

February 18, 2022 at 12:24pm

Former DHS worker indicted on federal charges of sexual misconduct, kidnapping disabled woman

The state Department of Human Services (Courtesy/State of Oregon)

This story was updated to reflect that Zakary Glover no longer works for the Oregon Department of Human Services.

A former state Department of Human Services worker was indicted Thursday on federal charges alleging sexual misconduct and kidnapping of a disabled woman in his care.

Zakary E. Glover, 28 of Lebanon, was indicted Thursday on charges of deprivation of rights and kidnapping, according to the indictment.

The federal indictment comes two months after Glover was indicted on charges in Marion County Circuit Court that alleged he kidnapped and raped the woman in November.

The woman Glover is accused of raping was a resident of DHS' office of Developmental Disabilities Stabilization and Crisis Unit, where Glover worked as a direct support crisis specialist. The unit operates several 24-hour crisis residential programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the federal indictment said.

It has group homes along the Interstate 5 corridor from Portland to Eugene and serves around 100 people, according to its website.

The woman had severe autism and cognitive deficits, and communicated mostly through pictures, videos and drawings. "(She) used some words, but was barely verbal," the indictment said.

As part of his job, Glover would take the woman on outings in a secure van through fast food restaurant drive-thrus and drive her back to the unit, where she would eat.

The indictment said that on. Nov. 2, Glover was on an outing to Taco Bell with the woman when he drove down a dead end road toward an Aumsville cemetery.

Once he reached the dead end, Glover parked the van, opened the rear passenger door where the woman was sitting, lowered his shorts, grabbed her and "engaged in sexual misconduct," according to the indictment. After around five minutes, he got back in the van and eventually drove the woman back to the unit.

Glover faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is convicted on the federal charges, according to a Friday statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Oregon.

The FBI Portland Field Office is investigating the case with help from the Oregon State Police. Prosecutors in the case are Assistant U.S. Attorney Gavin Bruce of the District of Oregon, and Special Litigation Counsel Fara Gold and Trial Attorney Daniel Grunert of the Criminal Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

In December, DHS spokesman Tom Mayhall Rastrelli said in an email that leaders at the unit learned on Nov. 12 about “an incident of alleged sexual assault” by Glover. He said unit officials immediately reported the incident to the agency’s Office of Training, Investigations and Safety and Oregon State Police.

Glover is no longer employed by DHS. He was employed at the state from Feb. 5, 2018 to Jan. 20, 2022, Mayhall Rastrelli said Friday afternoon.

A Marion County grand jury on Dec. 6 indicted Glover on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree official misconduct, according to the indictment.

Glover as of Friday afternoon was in custody at the Marion County Jail, where he was booked Nov. 30, the jail's roster showed.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

February 18, 2022 at 12:11pm

New gallery at Salem Convention Center will showcase regional artists

One of the pieces in the exhibit of west Salem artist Kristin Kuhns on the second floor of the Salem Convention Center. (Courtesy/Oregon Artists Series Foundation)

New mixed-media art hangs on the walls on the second floor of the Salem Convention Center.

The gallery is a new addition to the center, part of an expansion with the Oregon Artists Series Foundation, which has helped get art installed inside and outside the center for 15 years.   

It opens with recent work by west Salem artist Kristin Kuhns titled “Woven Journals.” The exhibit has familiar elements from Minto Brown Island Park, where Kuhns and her family took regular walks during the pandemic.  

“The pieces weave contrasting images of comfort and disturbance, and written notes and thoughts are journaled within the woven patterns,” a news release about the exhibit said.

For more than two decades, Kuhns has used the concept of landscape in her work to address issues of land domestication and conservation. Her interest in landscape came from growing up in western Oregon and studying art and science at Sprague High School in the 1970’s, the release said.  

The second floor of the center will have a series of changing exhibits by established and emerging artists in the region.

Chrissie Bertsch, general manager of the center, said the center loves being able to showcase artists in the region.  

“The Oregon Artists Series Foundation has worked with the Convention Center to make art a valuable part of our visitor experience since we opened. The new Level 2 Gallery will be a wonderful addition to our facility moving forward,” she said in a statement.

The Gallery will be open to the public during Monday through Friday during regular business hours, during special events or by appointment by calling 503-589-1700. 

-Saphara Harrell