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UPDATES: Woodburn officer recovering after truck stop shooting

April 26, 2022 at 4:38pm

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider removing funds for "active monitoring" of Covid patients

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider removing state public health funds previously intended for actively monitoring Covid patients.

AGENDA

Commissioners will consider a proclamation declaring May 1-7 as National Corrections Professionals Week and May 6-12 as Nurses Appreciation Week in Marion County.

The board will consider a proclamation declaring May 15-21 as Police Recognition Week in Marion County.

Commissioners will consider approving around $7.85 million in grant funds from the Oregon Department of Revenue. The county submits the grant application each year to help operate the county's assessment and taxation program.

They will also consider removing over $184,000 in funds - intended for "active monitoring" of Covid exposures - from a contract with the Oregon Health Authority for financing public health services. The new contract would total around $14.1 million. The county didn't clarify before publication where the money would be transferred.

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

April 26, 2022 at 9:21am

Salem Councilor Jackie Leung ends House campaign

Jackie Leung, candidate for House District 19. (Courtesy/Jackie Leung)

Salem city Councilor Jackie Leung is exiting the race for a state legislative seat, citing an "unforeseeable personal health matter."

Leung was one of three Democrats seeking the nomination for House District 19, which covers much of south Salem.

In an email to supporters Friday and a statement on her website, Leung said she was suspending her campaign.

"You have been a major source of inspiration and I thank you all for your willingness to engage and work with my campaign to get it where it is. Time and again I called upon you for support. Together we knocked on hundreds of doors, made call after call reminding people to vote, and to encourage them to vote for me. Thank you all so much for the trust you placed in me. It has meant the world," the statement read.

She did not respond to a call and email from Salem Reporter Monday afternoon.

Leung's announcement said she will serve out her term on the Salem City Council through the end of the year.

She was running for the legislative seat against fellow Councilor Tom Andersen, and Rep. Brad Witt, who currently represents House District 31, covering much of Columbia County.

Leung did not endorse an opponent in the race.

"I encourage you to vote – vote for a candidate you believe in and who will represent your needs in the state legislature," her statement said.

-Rachel Alexander

April 26, 2022 at 6:03am

SWAT negotiates for hours before suspect killed in shooting, police report

Police close a road in north Marion County on Monday, April 25, after a Portland was shot and killed during a police confrontation. One officer was injured in the episode. (Marion Polk Yamhill Crime Facebook)

A Woodburn police officer is recovering in a Portland hospital after being shot Monday in a confrontation at a Marion County truck stop that left one man dead, according to the Oregon State Police.

The agency identified the officer as Jesse Ponce, 31, employed by the Woodburn Police Department since 2017. Ponce suffered “serious” but “non-life threatening” injury in the shooting, state police said.

According to the state police, a deputy U.S. marshal asked for other police to help at about 6 a.m. Monday after a suspect wanted for weapons crimes was spotted at the Fly J Travel Center, on the west side of Interstate 5 at the Aurora exit in north Marion County.

The suspect, identified as Micaiah A. Clinton, 27, “barricaded” himself in a van when approached by police and the Marion County Interagency SWAT Team negotiated with him for nearly five hours.

“After those efforts were unsuccessful, gas munitions were introduced into the van,” the police statement said. “At approximately 10:50 a.m., the suspect exited the van, at which multiple shots were fired.”

Ponce, a member of the SWAT team, and Clinton both were struck. Clinton, of Portland, died at the scene, the statement said.

Tyler Morrow, Marion County sheriff’s deputy, was put on administrative leave after the shooting, a routine action in a police shooting. Morrow, who has worked for the agency since 2012, also was on the SWAT team.

“WPD is happy to report that Officer Ponce is out of surgery and resting comfortably at the hospital. We wish him a healthy recovery,” said Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher.

Clinton was indicted in December in Yamhill County Circuit Court for eluding an officer, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another in an incident from October. Court records show Clinton had not been arraigned in that case yet.

He was charged in Linn County in June 2021 with being a felon in possession of a firearm, court records show. A woman listing an Aurora address posted $900 bail for Clinton’s release from jail in that case, the records show. In February, a Linn County circuit judge issued a warrant for Clinton after he failed to appear at a court hearing.