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UPDATES: Train hits pedestrian in northeast Salem, police say

May 4, 2022 at 3:29pm

Salem man dies after being found unresponsive in Marion County Jail cell, sheriff's office says

Marion County Jail (Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

A Salem man died at a local hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Marion County Jail, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, 66-year-old Michael Duclos was found unresponsive in his cell "following an apparent medical emergency," the sheriff's office said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies and medical staff at the jail started giving Duclos CPR and requested an ambulance.

He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after.

"In accordance with the policy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Linn County Sheriff's Office was asked to investigate the death as an outside law enforcement agency," the news release said.

Duclos was charged April 11 with misdemeanor failure to report as a sex offender in Marion County Circuit Court, according to court records. He was scheduled to enter a plea at an 8:30 a.m. hearing Tuesday, about two and a half hours after he was found unresponsive.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

May 4, 2022 at 1:24pm

Marion County gardeners resume annual fairgrounds plant sale Friday

Potted plants sit on a Salem porch (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Plant lovers can shop thousands of vegetables, perennials, shrubs, herbs and other plants this weekend as the Marion County Master Gardener Association plant sale returns following a two-year hiatus.

The sale takes place at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St N.E., in Columbia Hall, which is near the red gate entrance off 17th Street Northeast. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release.

It's the primary fundraiser for the association and helps support community outreach and education programs for local gardeners.

More than 10,000 plants will be available, including vines like grapes, native plants and pollinators. Master gardeners will be onsite to answer questions at a plant clinic and near the sale plants.

The sale also offers a free planting service for people who purchase both a pot and a plant at the sale.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, see the Facebook event.

-Rachel Alexander

May 4, 2022 at 12:34pm

UPDATE: Pedestrian hit by train in northeast Salem in "serious" condition, identified by police

The Salem Police Department said in a tweet just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2022, that a train had collided with a pedestrian at the Silverton Road Northeast railroad crossing. (Courtesy/Marion Polk Crime, Traffic and Severe Weather Alerts)

A train hit a pedestrian at the Silverton Road Northeast railroad crossing Tuesday night, hospitalizing the pedestrian and shutting down the area for about two hours, Salem police said Wednesday.

Salem Police Department spokeswoman Angela Hedrick identified the pedestrian as 27-year-old Rueben Garibay, of Salem.

The department received a call at 5:41 p.m. Tuesday reporting the crash, Hedrick said.

Officers found the person was conscious with injuries and paramedics transported them to Salem Hospital.

Garibay was in serious condition as of Wednesday afternoon, meaning vital signs may be unstable or outside limits, and that the patient is acutely ill or injured and may have major complications, said hospital spokeswoman Lisa Wood.

The train's engineer saw the person walking on the tracks but was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting them, she said. The byway is Union Pacific Rail property.

In a tweet just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Salem Police Department said the railroad crossing was "blocked due to a train vs pedestrian collision."

Police asked drivers to find an alternative route and avoid the area since it would be closed for police and railroad responders to investigate the scene.

The train was released around 7:40 p.m. "But it was a long freight train. It likely took a while for it to completely clear past Silverton Road," Hedrick said.

This story was updated Wednesday afternoon after the Salem Police Department identified the pedestrian and Salem Hospital provided an update on his condition.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian