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UPDATES: Salem under flood watch through Monday afternoon

January 3, 2022 at 4:57pm

Salem man killed while trying to break into house, sheriff's office says

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man they say was shot by a resident while trying to break into a home.

Investigators on Monday identified the person who died as 42-year-old Peter Bishop of Salem.

Just before 7 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a disturbance at a home on Northeast 45th Avenue near Northeast Iberis Street. A 911 caller reported a man was trying to break into the home before the resident shot him, according to a news release.

Bishop was pronounced dead at the scene, and no other injuries were reported.

The shooter was a 62-year-old Salem man, the sheriff's office said. The news release said the man's adult daughter and two grandchildren were in the home at the time. None of the residents were injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

The news release said the sheriff's office can't provide any additional information about the incident, and the investigation will be forwarded to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for review once the investigation concludes.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

January 3, 2022 at 12:56pm

Willamette will require booster Covid vaccines for employees, students

Willamette University's Salem campus (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

All eligible employees and students at Willamette University must receive a booster dose of Covid vaccine by Feb. 1, the university announced Dec. 30.

"Although experts believe that the two-dose vaccinations continue to do a good job of protecting us, evidence is mounting that a third 'booster' shot provides the best protection from this latest COVID variant and enhances public health," the university's Covid advisory team wrote in a Dec. 30 email.

The decision comes after other Oregon colleges, including Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, announced a booster shot requirement. Willamette previously intended to require boosters for the fall 2022 semester.

The university is also holding a two-week "quiet period" when students return from winter break on Jan. 10. During that period, students will be physically on campus, but most classes will be held online. The intent of the period is to identify any new Covid infections students acquired during travels over break and prevent them from spreading on campus, university President Steve Thorsett previously told Salem Reporter.

Willamette began requiring vaccination against Covid for students and employees at the start of its fall 2021 semester, with medical and religious exemptions available. Currently, 97% of undergraduate students, 91% of business school students, 96% of law school students and 96.6% of employees are vaccinated, according to the college's Covid information page.

"We are investigating the possibility of providing a booster clinic on campus, but we cannot promise that this will be possible. We are thus providing this notice now, so that those who are eligible have ample time to prioritize getting a booster while you are on your break, as it may be more convenient for you to do so before classes start," the email said.

The booster requirement applies to people who received their latest dose of a Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine at least six month ago, or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

-Rachel Alexander

January 3, 2022 at 11:30am

Salem proposes five new micro shelter sites, asks for feedback during forums

A partially-completed pallet shelter on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The city of Salem is currently considering five new location for micro shelter villages, small buildings meant to serve as a transition out of homelessness.

The city is holding three forums on the proposed locations and has an online survey where people can give feedback.

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The city is considering city-owned Peace Plaza, the space between the library and City Hall, at 555 Liberty Street S.E.

It is also considering four other locations on private property.

They are:

- 1940 Fairgrounds Road N.E.

-2410 Turner Road S.E.

-1280 Center Street N.E.

-The northwest corner of Northeast Front and Hood Streets

The first forum is on Jan. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom.

The second is on Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Commons in the Grant/Highland Rooms (206/207). Masks are required.

The third is on Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom.

This article was updated to correct the address on Fairgrounds Road which was incorrectly listed in a city news release.

-Saphara Harrell

January 3, 2022 at 10:06am

UPDATED: Flood watch ends for Salem, much of western Oregon

High water in Glenn Creek at Orchard Heights Park on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Update: The flood watch issued for Salem and much of western Oregon expired at 4 p.m., said John Bumgardner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Bumgardner said as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Salem had 2.02 inches of rain. The agency is forecasting another half inch to an inch of rain between by 10 p.m. Tuesday. He said the weather service didn't record any high water in Salem Monday.

There is a 90% chance of rain Monday night, and the snow level will rise to 2,500 feet, according to the agency.

Original story below:

Salem residents should watch for potential high water Monday due to heavy rain in the Mid-Willamette Valley, according to the National Weather Service’s Portland office.

The agency on Sunday issued a flood watch in effect through Monday afternoon for much of western Oregon, saying excessive water runoff may flood rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying areas. 

Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks, according to the alert, and floods could occur in poor drainage and urban areas.

“Snow melt from the lower elevations will contribute to additional river rises,” the alert said.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 100% chance of rain Monday, with the snow level dropping from 2,000 feet to 1,500. There is an 80% chance of rain Monday night, and the snow level will rise to 2,000 feet after midnight.

“Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop,” the alert said.

As of Monday morning, the city of Salem had four sandbag filling stations open, with sand and sandbags available at the following locations:

-Wallace Road Park & Ride at 1439-1453 Brush College Rd NW

-Southeast 22nd Street and Oxford Street

-Lowe’s Home Improvement at 1930 Turner Rd SE

-Woodmansee Park at 4629 Sunnyside Rd SE

-Ardeshir Tabrizian