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UPDATES: Salem's library book sale returns

May 9, 2022 at 4:31pm

Pedestrian killed in crash in northeast Salem Friday night, sheriff's office says

The scene of a crash that killed a pedestrian in the 600 block of Lancaster Drive N.E. in Salem Friday evening, May 6. 2022. (Courtesy/Marion County Sheriff's Office)

An SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in the road on Lancaster Drive Northeast in Salem Friday night, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Deputies and emergency personnel responded Friday around 10:25 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 600 block of Lancaster Drive N.E. in unincorporated east Salem, the news release said.

Responders found the 34-year-old pedestrian. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The area of Lancaster Drive Northeast was closed for around three hours while the sheriff's office CRASH Team investigated the crash.

Investigators determined a 2012 Kia Sorento was driving northbound when it hit the pedestrian in the roadway. They don't believe speed contributed to the crash, the news release said.

The 50-year-old male driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigators. No citations or arrests have been made related to the incident, according to the news release.

The sheriff's office said it would not yet identify the pedestrian before notifying next of kin. Investigators asked anyone who may have information about the crash to call the sheriff's office's non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

May 9, 2022 at 3:01pm

City council will consider final approval for two subdivisions Monday

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

Salem city councilors will vote on giving a final go-ahead to two planned south Salem subdivisions during a meeting Monday evening.


Councilors will vote on a final order affirming the city planning administrator's the Meyer Farm subdivision at 4540 Pringle Road S.E. Councilors narrowly approved the subdivision in late March after the developer agreed to preserve more significant trees and scale back the number of lots from 139 to 126.

Councilors will also vote on a final order for a subdivision at 2527 Robins Lane S.E. to build 178 single-family lots.

The council will hold a public hearing on a request from Boone Road Commercial to rezone a portion of land near Southeast Kuebler Boulevard and Interstate 5 from single family residential agricultural to retail commercial. The planning commission approved the request Feb. 3, and the South Gateway Neighborhood Association appealed the decision Feb. 7.

Councilors will also consider a proclamation recognizing National Historic Preservation Month and hear a report on the city's youth jobs and development program.

To participate: The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday and is streamed live on YouTube. Submit comments on agenda items by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting at [email protected]

-Rachel Alexander

May 9, 2022 at 12:00pm

Library book sale returns to Salem this weekend

New books on display at the Salem Public Library (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Book-lovers can snap up cheap copies of donated books and retired library volumes as the Friends of the Salem Public Library book sale returns this weekend.

The sale runs Friday through Sunday, May 13-15 and May 20-22 in Anderson Rooms A and B at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. S.E. Sale hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The Friends is a nonprofit organization that supports library programs including the summer reading program and the Lucky Day collections of popular newly released items at both Salem libraries, according to their website. Sale proceeds fund their programs.

Hardcover books cost $1.25, paperbacks 75 cents, children and teen books 50 cents, and audiovisual items run between 50 cents and $1, according to an event flyer. Sundays are "bag days," where shoppers can fill a bag for $4.

The nonprofit last held a book sale in May 2019, said Jeanne Stewart, the organization's treasurer. As the sale returns, Stewart said there will be no pre-sale day for members.

-Rachel Alexander