Author: Ardeshir Tabrizian of the Salem Reporter

McNary counselor and former girls tennis coach charged with sexually abusing minor in Polk County

A McNary High School counselor has been charged with sexually abusing a minor for nearly two years.

Prosecutors charged Todd A. Bobeda, 46 of Dallas, on Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court with four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree official misconduct and harassment, according to court documents.

Federal authorities move to seize Silverton, Independence homes to break up sprawling illegal marijuana operation

Federal authorities say they found this large indoor marijuana operation in September 2021 in a home outside of Independence on Rickreall Road. (U.S. Attorney’s Office Portland) Federal authorities say a Texas man organized a sophisticated illegal trafficking operation that turned homes in Oregon into indoor marijuana plantations in places from[Read More…]

Salem police give slim details on confrontation with man who died following shooting

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Salem police issued a statement saying a man died from injuries suffered in a confrontation with officers early Monday morning. They were otherwise unclear about what happened. Around 12:37 a.m. Monday, Salem officers tried to pull over a driver in northeast Salem who didn’t stop his car.[Read More…]

Far-right “Reawaken America Tour” will bring former Trump officials to Salem

A poster for the Reawaken America Tour conference in Salem Organizers of the far-right Reawaken America Tour moved a conference slated for Redmond to Salem following a conflict with Deschutes County officials over enforcement of Oregon’s mask mandate  The conference includes guest speakers who have spread false conspiracy theories about[Read More…]