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September 22, 2021 at 5:16pm

Detectives investigating Tuesday night shooting in Four Corners area

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting Tuesday night that left a Salem man hospitalized.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, the sheriff's office said in a Wednesday news release.

A 911 caller around 10:41 p.m. reported a shooting in the Four Corners area in southeast Salem.

Salem Police Department officers found the victim during a traffic stop while sheriff's deputies were responding to the area, the news release said.

Detectives from the sheriff's office were called to investigate the shooting and learned it occurred on Agate Drive Southeast near Warbler Drive Southeast.

The victim, a 30-year-old man, remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

September 22, 2021 at 3:40pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 22, 2021

Empty beds in the hallway of the emergency room at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Wednesday, Sept. 22. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 266

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 45

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 101 as of Wednesday morning, an increase of five from Tuesday. Of those, 25 are in the intensive care unit, and 13 are on ventilators. 

Eighty-two of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 478 of 494 licensed beds in use.

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 171, a decrease of four from Tuesday. Of those, 42 are in the intensive care unit and 22 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 92 of 93 staffed ICU beds and 701 of 721 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 26

OHA released demographic information for three Marion County residents whose deaths were reported Tuesday. No Polk County residents were listed.

They are: 

A 95-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept. 18 at Salem Hospital. 

A 55-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 15 at Salem Hospital. 

A 71-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Sept. 16 at his residence. 

All had underlying conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 3,486 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Sept. 21, including 1,774 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

September 22, 2021 at 2:52pm

Man killed in northeast Salem shooting

A man died shortly after he was shot in northeast Salem Wednesday morning.

The Salem Police Department responded around 11:15 a.m. to the 1000 block of 39th Avenue Northeast to a reported shooting, where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a Wednesday news release.

The man was transported to Salem Hospital, where he died from his wounds.

The police department did not disclose the names of the victim or suspects. "Several people have been detained and we do not believe there is any further threat to the public," the news release said.

Officers closed multiple streets in the area to search for people who were involved. 39th Avenue will be closed between Anita Drive and D Street Northeast for the next few hours as police continue to investigate the incident.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

September 22, 2021 at 2:27pm

Walk-n-Wag invites pet lovers to Saturday event at Minto Brown Island Park

Dogs meet at the Walk and Wag for Willamette Valley Hospice. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Willamette Valley residents who visit Minto Brown Island Park Saturday afternoon will be greeted with vendors, goodie bags, door prizes and locals walking their dogs.

Salem's ninth annual Walk-n-Wag, a fundraising event for Willamette Valley Hospice, will conclude with a celebration from 2-5 p.m. where residents can walk along the river and enjoy the festivities.

The hospice concluded its month-long online race on Sept. 15, with its online map having tracked every participants' footsteps and fundraising. Participants linked their Fitbits and Apple Watches to the Charity Footprints App, which tracked the miles they reached.

This year's Walk-n-Wag exceeded its $20,000 fundraising goal by around $350, according to the Charity Footprints website.

Money raised by Walk-n-Wag goes to Willamette Valley Hospice's Pet Peace of Mind program, which helps hospice patients care for their pets and "support people in our community who are grieving through bereavement groups for all ages," Judith Baynton, spokesperson for Willamette Valley Hospice, wrote in an email.

Registration at the park event costs $15.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

September 22, 2021 at 10:05am

Weigh in on the future of the Salem Public Library services through survey

A seating area in the children's section at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem wants your input on the future of the Salem Public Library.

The city has a survey available until Oct. 11 which will help guides the library’s strategic planning for the next five years.


The survey asks questions about the library’s mission, values and roles.

The strategic plan will consider equitable access to the library building, services beyond the building to reach more of Salem, the purpose of the library's collection, and community needs and organizational capacity at the library. 

-Saphara Harrell