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UPDATES: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

26 days ago

Scholarship raffle on offer at Salem student college and career fair

Salem students can meet representatives from dozens of colleges, employers and other options for life after high school at a career fair Wednesday evening.

The annual Salem-Keizer College and Career fair will take place from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 3 in Chemeketa Community College's Building 7. The event is free and open to any local student and their families, whether they're enrolled in the Salem-Keizer School District or not.

Representatives from about 30 to 40 organizations will be at the fair, district spokesperson Emily Hicks said, including most of Oregon's public universities, as well as the U.S. Army, WorkSource Oregon and Willamette University.

A total of $2,000 in scholarships will be raffled off to attending high school seniors.

Students can preregister for the event using the QR code on the event flyer here, or by going to StriveFair.com.

-Rachel Alexander

26 days ago

Marion County deputies arrest teens after finding stolen guns, methamphetamine

(Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

The Marion County Sheriff's Office seized three guns and methamphetamine after arresting six people, including four minors following a car chase Monday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m., a traffic safety team deputy with the sheriff's office tried to stop a Jeep Wrangler for an equipment violation, according to a Tuesday news release from the sheriff's office.. The driver tried to get away by continuing on Lancaster Drive, running multiple stoplights.

The deputy didn't pursue the driver and instead reported it via radio to other deputies in the area. Deputies determined the direction the car was heading and used spike strips on State Street near Cordon Road to deflate its tires. The driver stopped the car around two and a half miles away near Indiana Avenue Northeast and Logan Court Northeast. "The driver and several passengers ran from the Jeep, fleeing into the surrounding neighborhood," the news release said.

Deputies found and detained all six people who fled from the car, recovered two stolen handguns and learned the Jeep had been reported stolen out of Tualatin several days earlier. In the car, they deputies found an "AR-15 style" rifle, methamphetamine, cash and evidence they believed was related to a series of burglaries in Camas, Washington, according to the news release.

Deputies arrested all six people who were in the Jeep. The four minors were taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center and the adults were lodged at the Marion County Jail. The sheriff's office is not releasing names of the minors, as juvenile court records are generally confidential under state law.

The driver, a 14-year-old boy from Portland, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude, reckless driving, seven counts of reckless endangering, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree criminal trespassing, delivery of methamphetamine and first-degree theft.

A passenger, an 11 year-old boy from Happy Valley, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree criminal trespassing as well as an outstanding warrant for second-degree robbery, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

A 13-year-old male passenger from Portland was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree criminal trespassing.

Another passenger, a 16-year-old male from Portland, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree criminal trespassing.

Zachary Retonong, 19 of Salem, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree criminal trespassing and a parole violation.

Arnes Johnmark, 23 of Happy Valley, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, false information to a police officer and second-degree criminal trespassing as well as outstanding warrants for two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, identity theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude, reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangering and fourth-degree assault.

The Salem Police Department and Marion County Fire District #1 assisted the sheriff's office during the incident.

“I’m proud our deputies were able to help hold these young people accountable while getting the vehicle back to its rightful owner and taking three guns off the streets in Marion County," Commander Jeff Stutrud said in the news release. "By holding these youth accountable, our goal is to change their behavior and connect them with people who can teach them the skills needed to stop engaging in criminal activity."

(Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

26 days ago

West Salem homeless microshelter proposal dies due to wetland issues

The park and ride on Wallace Road next to where a microshelter site was proposed. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

West Salem won’t have a homeless microshelter camp located at 2400 Wallace Road after all.

After completing a study on the grassy portion of the property, the city of Salem found there are substantial wetlands and there isn’t enough space in the paved lot to move forward, according to a Tuesday news release.

The camp was intended to house up to 60 people, prioritizing those 55 and older and women. It would have been run by Church at the Park, a Salem homeless services provider which operates two other managed camps in the city.

The site’s proposal in late September resulted in an angry community meeting, where residents felt there was a lack of communication. Most found out about the project just days before the Salem City Council approved it. 

The city of Salem is actively seeking locations to expand alternative shelter options. Suggestions for sites should be directed to [email protected].

PRIOR COVERAGE

City, Church at the Park seek sponsors for temporary shelter housing

West Salem could soon have managed homeless camp after council approval

Neighbors angry over plan to bring managed homeless camp to west Salem

Council rejects project reconsideration, moves forward with Wallace Road managed homeless camp

-Saphara Harrell

26 days ago

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday to consider federal funding for homeless services

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider federal funding for homeless services and contracts with two companies to provide architectural and engineering services for bridge replacement projects.

AGENDA

The commissioners will consider approving an application for funding through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for local nonprofits to help get homeless people into housing. If successful, the Center for Hope and Safety would get $590,649, the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency would get $219,909, Oregon Housing and Community Services would get $14,696 and Shangri-La would get $353,279.

The commissioners will also consider a $450,000 agreement with an Ohio company to provide data software that meets the requirements of the county's current assessment and taxation system.

Commissioners will consider a $792,613 contract with engineering consultant David Evans and Associates, Inc. for the Mill Creek Road Bridge Replacement project on Hazelgreen Road Northeast through Oct. 31, 2025.

The board will also consider a $657,298 contract with construction engineering company DOWL, LLC for the Little Pudding River Bridge Replacement project on Rambler Drive Southeast through Oct. 31, 2025.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Ardeshir Tabrizian