Suicide support group offered

WEST SALEM — Willamette Valley Hospice offers a monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the hospice center, 1015 Third St. NW, West Salem.

The group was started in 2012 and is led by trained bereavement counselors.

For more information: 503-588-3600, toll-free at 800-555-2431, or online at

Pair sentenced in burglaries

DALLAS — Two men were sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court July 28 on charges in a West Salem business burglary.

Dean Paul Huseth, 49, of Salem, is sentenced to serve five and a half years in prison on an April 2016 burglary and theft at Western Construction Systems in West Salem. His co-defendant, Michael Edward Hughes, 43, of Salem, was previously sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the commission of the crimes.

The case was investigated by the Salem Police Department and prosecuted by the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

Falls City Vet’s stolen wheelchair found

FALLS CITY — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office recovered a stolen wheelchair on Thursday.

The chair was stolen from a disabled veteran in the Falls City area. The wheel chair was donated to the veteran to help him be able to regain some of his mobility that he lost from an injury while he was in the U.S. Army.

A suspect has been identified. The investigation is ongoing with charges pending.

WOU professor awarded research grant

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University (WOU) assistant professor dr. Denise Thew Hacket, in collaboration with WOU’s Regional Resource Center on Deafness, received a $200,000 grant from the State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services.

The funding allows for research targeting Oregon’s Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing loss communities. It will provide information regarding how well the state is meeting the distinct needs of these communities to the Oregon Legislature during the 2017 session. Thew Hacket seeks participants from across the state from all those who experience any level of hearing loss. The survey will be available until Aug. 30. Those with hearing loss are encouraged to participate to ensure quality results.

For more information: Denise Thew-Hackett via

Dallas approves cable franchise

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved a 10-year franchise agreement with Charter Communications for cable TV service only on Aug. 1.

The previous agreement expired in September 2015.

The agreement was established on behalf of 15 small cities, including Dallas. It took four years of negotiations with Charter to establish the agreement, said City Attorney Lane Shetterly.

The contract is for 10 years and charges 5 percent of Charter’s gross revenue. Council members expressed concerns about the contract, especially that it doesn’t commit Charter representatives to attending a public meeting were comments from customers will be taken.

Shetterly said the city is welcome to keep negotiating or charge a franchise fee without it.

“I’m skeptical of Dallas going back by itself and negotiating further and getting substantially better deal,” Shetterly said.

This agreement does not address cable modem services for phone and Internet.

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