*Updated With Victim Info * Fatal Accident Closes Hwy 22 East of Gates. Lengthy Closure Expected.

From ODOT at 4pm today.

OR 22 is closed in both directions 5 miles east of Gates following a multi vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. This could be a lengthy closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction. There is no easy detour. Travelers should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect long delays.

Use an alternate route. Visit tripcheck.com for updates.

___ Update from OSP____

On Sunday, July 26, 2020 at approximately 2:59 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Hwy 22 near mile post 38.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Ford F150, operated by Scott Zadow (43) from Portland. was traveling eastbound when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and sideswiped a Nissan Pathfinder operated by Curtis Gagner (42) of Canby.

The Ford F150 continued westbound and collided into a VW Passat operated by John Berquist (50) of Turner.

Berquist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Zadow was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by Gates Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Interstate remained closed for approximately 6.5 hours.  The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. Anyone who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact OSP.

 

ODOT Issues Traffic Advisory For Newberg-Dundee Bypass.

Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill Counties state highway construction update: July 11-18

OR 18:

Wilsonville Road Realignment (Newberg-Dundee Bypass Phase 1W)

Project Description: This project will realign Wilsonville Road so that it connects to OR 219 about 750 feet south of Wynooski Road. Work includes building a two-lane roadway, installing drainage facilities, removing traffic separators on Springbrook Road and other related work.

Traffic Impacts:  Motorists should expect a new traffic pattern. Wilsonville Rd now connects to OR219 south of Wynooski Rd and will no longer be directly accessible from Springbrook Rd. Message boards are installed along Wilsonville Rd, Springbrook Rd, and OR219 to help navigate the change.

There will be intermittent flagger controlled lane closures on Wilsonville Road Monday through Friday 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

When we are working on OR 219, expect delays Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday night through Friday morning between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. The work will require flagger controlled lane closures.

Project Website: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=19803

Hwy 221 Closed South Of Dayton Due To Crash.

OR 221 (Salem-Dayton Highway) is closed eight miles south of Dayton following a truck rollover crash. A detour has been set up using Fairview Road. This could be a lengthy closure for the recovery of the truck and the cleanup of spilled diesel fuel. Travelers should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect delays.

Dispatch time: 5:18pm

Thinking About Fireworks? Read This Good Advice From The Oregon State Fire Marshal.

Legal fireworks go on sale in Oregon this year beginning June 23rd, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal has answers to commonly asked questions.   (It may help you avoid a $2,500 fine for illegal fireworks possession or use, too.)

What type of fireworks can I use in Oregon?
Retail: A permit from our office is not required to use Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also sometimes referred to as retail fireworks. Commonly known Oregon consumer legal fireworks are fountains, flitter sparklers, and ground spinners just to name a few.
Limited: 1.4g products, also known as consumer fireworks in the fireworks industry, may be used in Oregon only with a valid permit issued by our office. Common 1.4g fireworks are bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and certain aerial fireworks. For more information on the permitting process, visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.

Where can I purchase Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also called retail fireworks?
They can be purchased at an Oregon permitted retail fireworks sales location during the retail fireworks sale dates of June 23 through July 6. For approved locations, visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks-Retail-Permits.aspx.

When can I use Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also called retail fireworks?
Under Oregon law, the Office of State Fire Marshal has no regulations on when you can use retail fireworks purchased during the retail fireworks sale dates of June 23 through July 6; however, you need to check with local government for any local regulations.

Where can I use Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also called retail fireworks?
You can use Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also called retail fireworks where fireworks, are not prohibited.
Some prohibited locations are Oregon State beaches, parks, campgrounds, and State and Federal forest lands. You may also want to check for any local regulations. For more information visit their websites.
Oregon State Parks: https://oregonstateparks.org
Oregon Department of Forestry: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/index.aspx
Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington
U.S. Forest Service: https://www.fs.fed.us

Can I bring fireworks to Oregon from another state?
No, fireworks must be purchased from an Oregon permitted retail fireworks sales location.

Can I use fireworks that fly in the air?
Fireworks that fly in the air, explode or behave in an uncontrolled and unpredictable manner are not allowed to be used in Oregon without the proper permit issued by our office. A limited fireworks display permit would allow you to use 1.4g fireworks, commonly known as bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and certain aerial fireworks. For more information on the permitting process, visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.

Can I use sky lanterns in Oregon?
No, the law prohibits the use of sky lanterns in Oregon at all times.

Can I use fireworks at a private event?
Retail: You can use Oregon consumer legal fireworks, also called retail fireworks where fireworks, are not prohibited.
Some prohibited locations are Oregon State beaches, parks, campgrounds, and State and Federal forest lands. You may also want to check for any local regulations. For more information visit their websites.
Oregon State Parks: https://oregonstateparks.org
Oregon Department of Forestry: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/index.aspx
Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington
U.S. Forest Service: https://www.fs.fed.us
Limited: Yes, you can, if you have completed the permitting process for a limited display permit allowing you to have a fireworks display using 1.4g also known as consumer fireworks in the fireworks industry. Common 1.4g fireworks are bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, and certain aerial fireworks. For more information on the permitting process, visit our website at, https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.​

Firew​orks and the Impacts of COVID-19 in Oregon
Are legal fireworks going to be for sale in Oregon during the sale period (June 23-July 6) this summer? 
OSFM has been receiving and processing applications for retail sales of consumer fireworks, therefore we anticipate residents will see Oregon consumer legal fireworks for sale this year.
Will the state’s rules and other measures implemented by local governments prevent organized fireworks displays?
Check with your local jurisdiction for updates on organized fireworks displays. Gov. Brown’s plan for reopening Oregon bans large gatherings such as conventions, festivals, and major concerts and live audience sporting events through September.
Can a local jurisdiction ban the sale and/or use of legal fireworks? 
There could be local restrictions in place. Always check with your local city, county, and other local authorities jurisdictions before using any fireworks.
Why are the sale and use of legal fireworks being allowed as the state addresses COVID-19?
Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order​ to stay home and save lives does not specifically ban the sale and use of legal fireworks in Oregon due to COVID-19. Oregon law provides for the regulation of fireworks at the local community level since that is where they are sold and used. Check with your local authorities if any restrictions are in place before buying or using fireworks.
Conseq​uences
 

What can happen if I get caught using fireworks in prohibited areas?
Under Oregon law, officials may seize fireworks and you maybe charge with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty up to $500.

Can I be held liable for damage and costs incurred in suppressing fires caused by use of fireworks, by myself or my child?
Yes, those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage may be held liable and required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. For more information, visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx.
https://www.oregon.gov/osp/Docs/ParentBookEnglish.pdf

How can I report illegal fireworks usage?
Do Not Call 911 unless it’s an Emergency!
You can report illegal usage of fireworks by calling the non-emergency dispatch telephone number of your local law enforcement agency. Under Oregon law they are authorized to enforce the fireworks laws in Oregon.
Oregon Fireworks laws and rules: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Fireworks.aspx#one

MCSO Arrests Suspects In Alabama Mass Shooting.

On June 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office,  together with members from the Marion County SWAT team, initiated a traffic stop on a Silver/Grey Dodge Charger with Alabama license plate in Stayton. Inside the vehicle they located two men wanted for murder in Alabama.

On June 19, 2020, arrest warrants had been issued for Frederic Rogers, 22, and John Legg, 19, for the offense of Capitol Murder related to a mass shooting in Valhermoso Springs, near Huntsville, Alabama.

Rogers and Legg were taken into custody, without incident, and lodged at the Marion County Jail. They are currently awaiting extradition back to Alabama.

MCSO would like to thank the local FBI office and Aumsville PD for their assistance with the safe capture of these two fugitives from Alabama.

Election Season Opens While Appointments and Resignations Make Changes to Local Government.

Election season opened for local and city positions on June 3rd and citizens interested in running for public office can now file their declarations of candidacy.  Each City and local entity has different procedures for filing for office, so it’s best to contact the Elections Official in the jurisdiction.    The last day to file for public office in Marion County is August 25, 2020.

St. Paul

Mayor Martin Waldo and Council President Mike Dolan’s are up for re-election as their terms expire December 31, 2020.  One other Council position that is currently vacant will be filled at the November election, as well.  No filing fee is required.

At the June 10th Council meeting, Ethan Smith was appointed to fill a Council vacancy and Lily Schott was appointed to the Planning Commission.

St. Paul’s Budget Committee only has 1 remaining citizen member following the abrupt resignations of Scott and Diana Wise at the beginning of a Budget Committee meeting earlier last week.  Normally, the Committee would have 5 citizen members who are appointed by the City Council.   The Council has not yet indicated how or when it will fill the positions by appointment.

Donald

Mayor Brad Oxenford and Councilors Sheryl Glenn, Gloria Nicholson, and Rod Scott all have terms ending December 31, 2020.  The Mayor’s term of office is two years, and four years for Councilors.  There is no filing fee.

Aurora

Mayor Brian Asher and Councilors Mercedes Rhoden-Feely and Tom Heitmanek terms end December 31, 2020. The Mayor’s term of office is two years, and four years for Councilors.  There is no filing fee, but the City Charter requires 15 valid signatures from registered voters. Candidates are advised to collect more signatures than are required in order to meet the qualifications.

Gervais 

 

After 14 years as Mayor, Shanti Platt has decided not to seek another term. Her position, and 3 Councilor positions are open. Councilors Michael Gregory, Micky Wagner, and Balthazar Gonzalez are expiring, as well. Election packets are available at City Hall.