Police and Fire


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Infant dies during house fire

An 11-month-old boy died in a Monmouth house fire on Aug. 9.

Gator stolen in FC recovered in town

The John Deere Gator stolen from the Falls City water treatment plant has been found, but the search is on for suspects in the theft.

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Local resident reported missing on Saturday

POLK COUNTY – Dallas resident Heather Mounce, 37, was reported missing Saturday at 2:13 p.m., according to a press release from Dallas Police Department.

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Fire burns five acres

Temperatures cool slightly, but dry conditions persist

Five acres burned in a field fire at Perrydale Road and Highway 22 on Thursday.

Body of missing boy located on Monday

Searchers found the body of a 5-year-old boy missing since Friday from Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.

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POINT shuts down hash oil operation south of Independence

Narcotics team detectives find marijuana, cocaine, meth and mushrooms

Three men were arrested on Tuesday after a search warrant revealed an active butane hash oil lab at 8400 Buena Vista Road in Independence.

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Local cold case featured on show

Detective John Williams thought the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had the Glenn Pennie disappearance case solved in 2013.

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Fire on Buena Vista Road destroys garage, sheds

Firefighters were able to save the home

Sharon Tebb gazed out a window of her home in the 8200 block of Buena Vista Road Monday evening and saw something unexpected -- and frightening.

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National Night Out

Event brings together neighbors, law enforcement

Tuesday is National Night Out, an annual campaign promoting relationships between communities and their police and fire agencies, and several neighborhoods and groups are hosting events around the county.

Two-vehicle crash claims life of Monmouth woman

A two-vehicle, head-on crash on Saturday claimed the life of Cherlyn Lewis, 57, of Monmouth, on Highway 99W at milepost 67 at about 3:54 a.m.

King arrested after citizen tips

Carl Wayne King was arrested on July 18 after citizens called in tips to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Three arrested after POINT search warrant

The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team arrested three people after serving a search warrant in West Salem Thursday.

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Fire near Falls City fully contained

The Oregon Department of Forestry said the Riley Central Fire, which began on July 9 just west of Falls City, has finished mop up duty.

Polk Fire District No. 1 to upgrade loaders

On Thursday, the Board of Directors for Polk County Fire District No. 1 approved Fire Chief Ben Stange’s request to purchase two E-Z Load systems and one new gurney to reduce the risk of injury for both patients and paramedics.

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Teens honored for rescue efforts

“Every job is a self-portrait of the one who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”


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