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5/22 News in Brief

*Account set up for local fire victims*'Click It or Ticket' campaign begins*Ombudsman volunteers are needed

May 21, 2013

Account set up for local fire victims

DALLAS -- An account has been set up at Columbia Bank (formerly West Coast Bank) in Dallas to accept donations to benefit one of the families displaced in a house fire that damaged two homes on Southwest Washington Street in Dallas on May 9.

The account beneficiaries, the Rothwell family, includes four people, two adults and two teenage sons. They lost their home and most of their possessions in the blaze.

Donations can be made at Columbia Bank, 150 W. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, to account Katherine A. Irwin FBO K. Rothwell.

'Click It or Ticket' campaign begins

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's office and Monmouth Police Department are among the law enforcement agencies currently taking part in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Now through June 2, law enforcement agencies are conducting specialized traffic safety operations with an emphasis on enforcing seat belt laws among all motorists day and night.

In addition to the safety belt enforcement, Polk County Deputies will also be working hard to enforce the "hands free" law that bans the use of cellular phones while driving. Both talking on your cell phone and/or texting on your cell phone while driving could cost you a citation and fine of $110.

The Monmouth Police Department is focusing not only on proper use of seat belts, but the prohibition of children riding in open truck beds.

According to 2011 data from the Oregon Department of Transportation, 331 people were killed in motor vehicle related crashes. Of these traffic deaths, 269 were either drivers or passengers in safety belt equipped vehicles. Fifty-nine percent of these people killed were not wearing a safety belt.

Ombudsman volunteers are needed

SALEM -- The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman has openings for 10 volunteers in Polk and Marion counties to serve as certified ombudsmen.

In order to be accepted into the program and begin the five-day training, those wishing to apply should do so no later than Thursday. Mileage reimbursements are available for those who qualify.

Training begins June 6 in the Salem area.

For complete information: Gretchen Jordan, coordinator of volunteers, 503-378-6340; www.oregon.gov/LTCO .

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