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May 5, 2021 at 1:50pm

Salem man arrested on suspicion of arson following storage unit fire

Smoke billows from the Airport Self Storage facility in Salem on May 3, 2021 (Courtesy/Marion Polk Traffic, Crime and Severe Weather Alerts)

A Salem man was arrested Tuesday and is suspected of arson for allegedly setting fire to a storage facility on 2142 Turner Rd S.E. and causing more than $1 million in damage.

Tristin Sillman, 22, was arrested on suspicion of 25 counts of second-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief after police interviewed witnesses, processed the crime scene and canvassed the area, according to Salem police.

The fire started Monday evening around 6 p.m.

Sillman was found in Cascades Gateway Park Tuesday and was taken to the police department for follow-up questioning. He is being arraigned Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

The four-alarm fire burned for several hours and destroyed multiple storage units, police said. 

Last May, Sillman pleaded guilty to menacing after threatening someone with a screwdriver. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation, according to court records.

Sillman also has a warrants for his arrest in Lincoln and Yamhill counties for failing to appear in court on methamphetamine possession charges. 

-Saphara Harrell

May 5, 2021 at 1:33pm

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House bill aims to increase diversity on publicly traded corporate boards

 (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon House passed a bill last week intended to make corporate boardrooms more diverse. 

THE ISSUE: The boards of publicly traded companies remain overwhelmingly male and white despite efforts to diversify the economy and the workforce. 

THE BILL: House Bill 3110 

WHAT IT DOES: Requires the boards of publicly traded companies in Oregon to have at least one female director and one member from an “underrepresented community,” which can include low-income people and members of racial minorities. 

WHY IT WAS PROPOSED: Proponents of the bill point to statistics showing that women make up small percentages of large publicly traded companies. They also say there is no shortage of women and people from underrepresented communities that are qualified to serve on these boards, and the bill is needed to make up for historical bias. Research has also shown that companies with more women on their boards are more profitable. 


State Rep. Teresa Alonso León, D-Woodburn: Yes

State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem: Yes

State Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth: Excused 

State Rep. Rick Lewis, R-Silverton: No

State Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, R-Salem: No

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence: Excused

Sate Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer: Yes

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. 

-Jake Thomas

May 5, 2021 at 10:03am

Watch Q&As with Salem-Keizer School Board candidates

Want to hear from the 11 people vying for a local school board seat?

The League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk Counties, American Association of University Women and Salem City Club joined forces to interview candidates ahead of the May 18 election. Each candidate was asked the same seven questions, with interviews recorded and broadcast on CC:Media.

Each interview is about 15 minutes long. The full playlist is available on YouTube to view anytime.

Interviews will also be broadcast at the following times on CC:Media, Channel 21.

May 6th, 5:30 p.m.

May 8th, 7 p.m. 

May 9th 2021, 8:30 a.m.

May 10th, 10:00 a.m.

May 13th, 5:30 p.m.

May 15th, 8:30 p.m.

May 17, 8:00 a.m.

May 18, 2:30 p.m.

View all of Salem Reporter's school board election coverage here.

-Rachel Alexander