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February 14, 2022 at 4:32pm

Astoria man takes plea deal, three years probation for macing police at state Capitol protest

Demonstrators break the glass on a door to the Oregon State Capitol during a special legislative session in December 2020. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

An Astoria man accused of spraying three Salem police officers with mace during a violent protest at the Oregon Capitol in December 2020 accepted a plea deal Monday and was sentenced to three years of probation.

Ryan Lyles, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree unlawful use of mace and being a felon in possession of body armor in Marion County Circuit Court.

Lyles admitted to discharging mace against Salem Police Department officers Brian Shaw, Albert Hodges and David Smith, according to a petition to enter a plea filed in court.

Lyles was sentenced to three years of probation. If probation is revoked due to a violation, he will be sentenced to a year and half in prison.

Five counts of assaulting a public safety officer, one count of riot and three counts of first-degree unlawful use of ESG, tear gas or mace were dismissed as part of the plea deal, court documents show.

Lyles was one of at least five people arrested by the Oregon State Police for crimes related to the protest. A demonstration organized by Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson brought around 200 people to the Capitol as legislators met in special session. Several demonstrators, demanding the state rescind Covid restrictions, made their way into the Capitol, which at the time was closed to the public.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

February 14, 2022 at 3:16pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Feb. 14, 2022

Health care workers work in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Here’s Salem Reporter’s Covid report for Monday, Feb. 14.

Monday case and death totals also include numbers reported Saturday and Sunday and are typically higher than other weekdays.

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 101 as of Monday morning, unchanged from Sunday.

Of those, 16 are in the intensive care unit, and eight are on ventilators. 

Sixty-two 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: 488 patients; the hospital is licensed for 494 beds.

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 167. Of those, 28 are in the intensive care unit and 12 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 94 of 100 staffed ICU beds and 668 of 678 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 395

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 102

New Covid deaths reported: 18 in Oregon

Three Marion County deaths were reported Monday. They are: 

An 89-year-old man who tested positive on Jan. 31 and died on Feb. 8 at Salem Hospital. 

A 75-year-old woman who tested positive on Jan. 25 and died on Feb. 8 at Salem Hospital.

An 84-year-old man who tested positive on Jan. 19 and died on Feb. 10  at Salem Hospital. 

All had underlying conditions.

No Polk County deaths were reported. 

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

February 14, 2022 at 2:42pm

Engleberg Antiks' new owners celebrate with Tuesday sale

A tongue-in-cheek sign in the window of Engelberg Antiks on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

John Forrest had one condition when he bought downtown Salem antique mall Engelberg Antiks earlier this month.

While finalizing a contract with founder and owner Henri Dill, Forrest added a clause saying Dill had to give him her famous lemon jello cake recipe.

Forrest said when she read the addition, Dill laughed so hard she nearly fell out of her wheelchair.

“Tomorrow she’s supposed to bring me the recipe," he said.

The cake is just one draw the store will have Tuesday as Forrest and his wife, Nancy, celebrate their takeover of the store with a re-opening sale.

All items will be 10% off with raffles throughout the day, Forrest said. There will be cookies and other treats. The store is located at 148 Liberty St. N.E. and is open daily except Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dill opened Engelberg in 1984. The now-common business plan was unique at the time in Oregon, Forrest said: an antique mall where individual vendors sold items out of booths.

Dill sold the store to her son Hank in 2019, but when he died suddenly in 2021, the Forrests expressed interest.

The couple has sold antiques at the store since 2019, gradually expanding their footprint from one booth to a larger area in the front of the store.

“We’re going to carry on what Henrietta and Hank started just kind of continuing on the legacy," Forrest said. “They were doing things right."

-Rachel Alexander

February 14, 2022 at 10:55am

AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider new city flag

Salem city council chambers on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City Council meets Monday evening to consider a recommendation for a new city flag, appointing people to the Planning Commission and holding a public hearing on the City’s Climate Action Plan.


Councilors will consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission to adopt a new city flag.

Councilor Tom Andersen will ask that the council hold a public hearing on the City’s Climate Action Plan at the earliest possible date.

The council will consider appointing two applicants to the Salem Planning Commission for terms that end on Dec. 31, 2025.

They will consider authorizing the city manager to submit applications for federal transportation funding for five projects. They include portions of Southeast Commercial Street, Southeast McGilchrist Street, State Street and Northeast Center Street.

Councilors will consider approving a pay increase for fire managers. It would increase fire management pay grades 7% retroactive to January, another 5% increase in July and another 3% increase in November. 

How to participate: View the meeting on YouTube or watch on CC:Media Channel 21. Submit comments on agenda items by 5 p.m. on the day of the meeting at [email protected] Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Pre-register between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting at the following link: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-CouncilMeeting.aspx

-Saphara Harrell