Tag Archives: Law Enforcement

Killing a police officer added back to crimes that could draw death penalty under amendment

A bill that narrows the crimes eligible for the death penalty heads to a vote of the Oregon House on Wednesday with a new provision: A last-minute change adds back the killing of law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation officers to the definition of aggravated murder. Source: Killing a police officer added back to […]
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Inmates help former state penitentiary officer in hour of need

Some accused Randy Geer of having a chocolate heart — someone who melts and is easily sweet-talked by inmates — not a compliment in the world of corrections. He admits he showed more compassion than perhaps prudent during his 30-year career with the Oregon Department of Corrections, the first 15 years at the state penitentiary in Salem. Source: Inmates […]
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Killing Police Officers Punishable By Death Under Amended Oregon Bill

A proposal to sharply narrow the types of crimes punishable by death in Oregon might be scaled back, after robust opposition to the bill emerged in a recent hearing. Under a forthcoming amendment to Senate Bill 1013, murders of law enforcement officers would remain capital crimes if the bill passes. Source: Killing Police Officers Punishable By […]
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Mother relives horrors of her daughter’s death after deadly suspected DUII crash

Lorelei Weber’s daughter Kayla was killed by a drunken driver and she says the triple-fatal crash in Salem, also involving a suspected drunken driver, is a sign Oregon needs tougher penalties for drunken driving. “Oregon is falling behind because they’re one of 12 states that doesn’t allow for law enforcement to perform sobriety checkpoints. And […]
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In Bend, mental health worker teams with police

Counselor rides with cops to keep mentally ill people out of jail. The Bend Police Department has a special weapon in its fight against mental illness — Abby Levin, a licensed professional counselor. Levin, who works for the Deschutes County Health Department, responds to mental health-related calls alongside uniformed officers. She’s been on Bend streets […]
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Willamette Heritage Center showcases Salem’s crime-fighting history

A box of memorabilia from Salem resident J.S. Murray’s time as Oregon State Penitentiary clerk in the early 1900s forms the backbone of a new CSI-themed exhibit at the center. Two years ago, Sharon Borgford brought Willamette Heritage Center curator Kylie Pine a box of her grandfather’s things. It contained what would be the starting […]
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Wheeler County Sheriff – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The entire Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office resigned last year after then-sheriff Chris Humphreys retired. Humphreys said that the lack of resources made the job too difficult. Mike Smith became the new Wheeler County sheriff in December 2018. He tells us why he wanted the job, and what it’s like to be a sheriff in rural Oregon. […]
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Oregon State Police roll with Pride

Oregon State Police this month rolled out a new looking patrol car for Pride Month. The 2019 Dodge Charger is among the 1,000 or so vehicles in the state police’s fleet and packs the standard issue police equipment ready for road work. But rather than black graphics on silver paint, the Pride car displays rainbow […]
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Oregon & The Gun Sanctuary Movement – The Corvallis Advocate

Last fall, The Advocate reported on a new type of local sanctuary law being passed in counties around Oregon, known broadly as “Second Amendment sanctuary” laws. They give local law enforcement officials like sheriffs the authority to interpret whether state and federal gun laws conflict with the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and allows them […]
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Tents, boats clog Marine Dr shoreline; frustrate locals

Law enforcement agencies say it’s a problem with no easy solution. Neighbors say they’re frustrated as dozens of tents, barges and dilapidated boats continue to take over parts of North Marine Drive along the Columbia River. Source: Tents, boats clog Marine Dr shoreline; frustrate locals