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UPDATES: Reward available in Marion County homicide

May 17, 2022 at 5:09pm

Salem Chamber offering small grants to businesses impacted by pandemic

A closed sign in downtown Salem on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Salem businesses affected by the pandemic can apply for a relief grant from the Salem Chamber of Commerce through May 31.

The Chamber is awarding relief grants of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 to for-profit Salem-owned businesses, according to an announcement. Businesses must explain why they need a relief grant and how the funds would impact their business.

Zachary Sielicky, director of business advocacy for the Chamber, said about 200 businesses have already applied.

The money comes from federal Covid relief funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. Oregon legislators during the 2022 session were able to allocate a portion of the state's relief funds to projects of their choice. State Sen. Deb Patterson (D-Salem) and Rep. Raquel Moore-Green (R-Salem) gave the Chamber a total of $350,000 for the program, Sielicky said.

Links to the application form are available on the Chamber website in English, Spanish and Russian.

Winners will be awarded in July based on the decision of a "diverse selection committee" which will consider the business' need and the impact the grant dollars would have, the announcement said.

-Rachel Alexander

May 17, 2022 at 10:12am

Celebrate Gerry Frank's life Thursday at Salem Convention Center

Gerry Frank, speaks at the dedication for the Gerry Frank | Salem Rotary Amphitheater on July 23, 2021 as Gov. Kate Brown and Sen. Betsy Johnson look on. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

A public memorial service for Oregon legend Gerry Frank will be held Thursday at the Salem Convention Center.

Frank died March 13 at age 98 after a life dedicated to advancing Oregon in the public and private spheres. He was the longtime chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield and earned the nickname "Oregon's Third Senator" for the respect he garnered both at home and in Washington D.C.

He was also a prolific travel writer and chocolate lover, operating a cake shop in Salem and serving as the judge at the Oregon State Fair's chocolate cake contest.

Frank was the longest-serving member of the Rotary Club of Salem, who dedicated the newly constructed amphitheater in Riverfront Park to him.

The celebration of life Thursday begins at 10 a.m. The Convention Center is located at 200 Commercial St. S.E. Guests are asked to RSVP to [email protected]

Gerry Frank judges chocolate cakes at the Oregon State Fair in 1960. He judged the contest for 60 years. (Oregon Historical Society)

-Rachel Alexander

May 17, 2022 at 9:42am

Reward offered for helping solve April 2021 homicide in Marion County

Juan Manuel Perez (Family provided photo)

Detectives are asking for the public's help in solving a Hillsboro man's April 2021 homicide in rural Marion County.

Emergency services were called April 21, 2021 at 10:41 p.m. to a car fire on Sunnyview Road Northeast near Hibbard Road Northeast in rural Marion County, according to a news release Tuesday from Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

When they put the fire out, they found found Juan Manuel Perez, 39, dead inside of the vehicle. Detectives with the sheriff's office were called to the scene to investigate his death.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled Perez's death a homicide.

Marion County detectives are seeking anyone with information about Perez's death, the news release said.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon, funded by donations, offers cash rewards up to $2,500 cash for information reported to them that leads to an arrest in an unsolved felony crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

People can submit secure and anonymous tips about any unsolved felony crime by visiting Crime Stoppers of Oregon's website or downloading P3 tips from the App Store on their smartphone or tablet, according to the news release.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian