NEWS IN BRIEF



Isham hopes to restore services by July

MONMOUTH — Polk County Sheriff Lt. Jeff Isham said he hopes the office will be restored to 24-hour patrols and have the Point team back in effect by July.

That is if everything goes well, he noted.

Isham spoke at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce luncheon on March 9 and updated attendees on the status of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, including how money from the levy passed in May 2014 has been spent.

He said if all goes well with training and hiring, it would be possible to have patrols restored to 24 hours a day and to get Point, Polk County’s interagency drug enforcement team, back on track by around July.

W. Salem man pleads guilty to coercion

DALLAS — Tayde Carranza-Pineda, 48, was sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court on Tuesday by Judge Monte Campbell to serve 90 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of coercion and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Carranza-Pineda, of West Salem, had been charged in an incident occurring on July 5, 2015, in which he threatened his wife with a firearm. The incident was investigated by the Salem Police Department.

Two officers graduate from academy

SALEM — Officers from the Dallas and Monmouth police departments will graduate Friday in the 355th Basic Police Class of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Officer Blake Andreasen, with Monmouth, and Hannah Flaming, with Dallas, will be part of the graduating class.

The 16-week class includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition.

Graduation will be at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway Southeast in Salem, on Friday at 11 a.m.

Police Chief Mario Lattanzio, of the Albany Police Department, will be the guest speaker.

Master Gardeners accept donations

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Master Gardeners are accepting tax-deductible donations of items they can repair, refurbish or re-purpose for their annual plant sale in May.

The group is looking for metal or wood objects, old gates, bottles, vases, notable dishes, garden pottery, tea cups, pitchers or bowls, bird houses, bird feeders, or tools, patio furniture, plant stands, iron implements, and collectible antiques.

Someone from the Master Gardeners will pick up items. For more information or to arrange a pick-up: Cindy Bethell, 503-956-3377.



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