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UPDATES: Deputies investigating east Salem death as homicide

February 28, 2022 at 3:17pm

South Salem student journalists win press freedom award

Eddy Binford-Ross, a 2021 graduate of South Salem High School, photographs the March for Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The national Journalism Education Association recognized student journalists at South Salem High School with a 2022 press freedom award.

South was one of 17 schools across the U.S. recognized last week as part of Student Press Freedom Day. It's the third time the school has won.

"The award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content," the association said on its website.

To be considered, the school submitted statements from student editors, staff advisors and the school principal detailing their support for student-run media and the First Amendment.

South runs a broadcast journalism program for students and publishes a student newspaper, The Clypian.

South previously won the award in 2019, becoming the first Oregon school to be recognized, according to the Salem-Keizer School District.

-Rachel Alexander

February 28, 2022 at 1:28pm

AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to consider approving subdivision on Meyer Farm property

The proposed subdivision Meyer Farm is on a 29-acre property at 4540 Pringle Rd. S.E. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter)

The Salem City council meets Monday to deliberate on the Meyer Farm subdivision proposal, consider acquiring property for a bike lane project and to hear an annual report on efforts from the Historic Landmarks Commission. 


The council will either affirm, deny or modify the Nov. 3 planning administrator's decision approving the 139-lot subdivision at 4540 Pringle Rd. S.E., the Meyer Farm property.   

The proposal has drawn opposition from neighbors concerned about the degradation of open space, loss of historic property and traffic, among other concerns.  

No testimony will be taken at Monday’s meeting.  

The council will also consider acquiring property on Southeast Commercial Street for a buffered bike lane project. The project would add bike lanes from Southeast Superior Street to Southeast Madrona Avenue, along with a new bicycle signal south of Southeast Alice Avenue, a pedestrian crossing with a flashing beacon at Southeast Triangle Drive. 

Councilors will also consider a resolution urging Congress to lead the global effort to prevent nuclear war.   

“Resolution No. 2022-10 urges the United States Congress to take steps to lead the effort to prevent nuclear war, including; adopting legislation to provide a congressional check on the president’s authority to use nuclear weapons, cancel plans to replace the United States’ nuclear arsenal, urging the federal government to join the Treaty on Prohibition of nuclear weapons, and pursue international agreements to eliminate other country’s nuclear weapons,” the resolution states.  

-Saphara Harrell

February 28, 2022 at 10:24am

Reported crash in east Salem leads homicide investigation

The Marion County Sheriff's Office's Traffic Safety Team at the scene of a reported crash Friday, which led deputies to a homicide investigation. (Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies are investigating a homicide in east Salem after finding a person dead in a car Friday evening.

Around 7:22 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25 a 911 caller reported a crash in a residential area of unincorporated east Salem.

Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies and emergency services personnel responded and found a black Honda Civic "on its top" on Northeast Vernon Street near Herrin Road, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The only person in the car had "suspicious injuries" and was pronounced dead at the scene, the news release said.

An autopsy Saturday morning ruled the death a homicide, according to Sgt. Jeremy Landers, sheriff's office spokesman. He said he did not immediately have more information about the circumstances of the death.

The sheriff's office in the news release asked anyone who may have information to call its tip line at 503-540-8079 or submit a tip by texting TIPMCSO and their tip to 847411.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian