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UPDATES: Fire officials investigating suspicious house fire northeast of Salem

July 2, 2021 at 4:29pm

Salem police detective shoots man on Highway 22 during investigation

A Salem police detective shot and wounded a 22-year-old man Thursday evening on Highway 22 after the man rammed a police vehicle, Oregon State Police said in a news release.

Officers attempted to talk to the driver of a vehicle stopped at a gas station in the 5000 block of State Highway 22 as part of a shooting investigation, Salem police spokesman Lt. Treven Upkes said.

The driver fled and rammed a police car, OSP said. Salem police Detective Erick Hernandez fired at the vehicle around 7:30 p.m.

The vehicle stopped at the intersection of Highway 22 and Oak Grove Road, between west Salem and Rickreall. The driver, who police identified as Erfinson Bossy, 22, of Salem, was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, OSP said. A passenger in the vehicle fled and had not been found.

Salem police reported a shooting in the Englewood area of northeast Salem around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and said they had not yet arrested a suspect Thursday evening. Upkes said Friday he could not provide any details about that investigation or say whether Bossy was a suspect.

Hernandez has been placed on administrative leave and Oregon State Police are investigating the shooting.

-Rachel Alexander

July 2, 2021 at 2:24pm

Salem Art Association reopens with two in-person exhibits

The Bush Barn Art Center (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem Art Association has reopened the doors of the Bush Barn Art Center, with two exhibitions on display.

It's the first time since the Covid pandemic began that the gallery has been open to the public.

The main building features the Salem Salon, a community art exhibition featuring pieces from artists in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. This year's theme is "Better Together."

The building annex and upstairs gallery have a new exhibit in partnership with Latinos Unidos Siempre called "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance." Community artists of color contributed pieces about empowerment which are on display in the gallery, according to the art association website. The annex space will feature murals from youth involved with Latinos Unidos Siempre and other contributions.

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, July 3 from 12-5 p.m. and will feature a panel with contributing artists.

Both exhibits will be up through July 31.

The art center will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4:30 p.m., with more hours to be added in the future, according to the association website. Visitors are asked to wear masks.

-Rachel Alexander

July 2, 2021 at 9:55am

Fire officials investigating suspicious fire northeast of Salem

Marion County Fire District No. 1 spent nearly two hours putting out a house fire around Northeast 66th Avenue on July 1, 2021. (Courtesy/ Marion County Fire District No. 1)

Fire officials are investigating a fire as “suspicious in nature” after a home and several vehicles burned in near Northeast 66th Avenue Thursday morning.

The investigation stems from Marion County Fire District No. 1 responding to a report of a grass fire around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters arrived to find a single-story home engulfed in flames. It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the fire under control because of complications in accessing water in the rural area, the fire district said.

Marion County was assisted by Silverton Fire, Aumsville Fire, and a private water tender from Four Seasons Farm.

-Saphara Harrell