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September 24, 2013
Independence man killed in crash
ELKTON -- An Independence man was killed in a one-vehicle accident Sept. 18 about five miles outside of Elkton in Douglas County.
Jorge A. Torres Torres, 26, was riding with Jose R. Hernandez-Diaz, 28, also of Independence, when Hernandez-Diaz's 1997 Ford Ranger veered off Highway 38, traveled down an embankment and collided with a tree.
The two men were traveling eastbound on the highway when the accident occurred near milepost 30 around 4:30 p.m.
A Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy witnessed the crash and immediately requested Oregon State Police and medical assistance.
Hernandez-Diaz was wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred and received non-life threatening injuries.
Torres Torres, however, was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers from the OSP area command office in Coos Bay are investigating the cause of the crash.
Car accident claims local woman
SALEM -- A single car accident early Saturday morning in South Salem resulted in the death of an Independence woman.
Alexis R. Amaya, 20, was heading westbound on Vitae Springs Road South some time before 5:30 a.m. when her 1992 Toyota Corolla veered off the road and struck a tree.
Occurring near the intersection of Belle Pond Way South, Salem Fire Department arrived on scene and pronounced Amaya, the lone occupant of the vehicle, deceased.
Marion County Sheriff Deputy Mark Ferron reported foggy conditions and a wet road at the scene of the accident.
Eola Hills wine selected for festival
RICKREALL -- An Eola Hills Wine Cellars riesling has been named the official wine of Oregon's 2013 Alpenfest, to be held in Joseph Thursday through Sunday.
The wine, labeled as Alpenfest White Riesling, will join Joseph Trading Post bratwurst and Terminal Gravity Alpenfest ale as the official sausage and beverages at the 2013 Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival.
The varietal, drier than other semisweet to sweet rieslings, was selected unanimously by Alpenfest directors at a wine tasting May 16.
Eola Hills grapes are grown in the Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area, marked by warm summer days, marine breezes and shallow soils, which distinguishes the resulting wines from those made from fruit grown elsewhere in the Willamette Valley.
The official wine, beer and bratwurst will be served at Alpenfest performances in Joseph and at Wallowa Lake.
Man hit by car, killed on Highway 18
SHERIDAN -- A Willamina man was killed early Sunday morning in a pedestrian-involved accident on Highway 18 about three miles west of Sheridan in Polk County.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP), at about 2 a.m. dispatchers began receiving reports of a man acting erratically and jumping in front of traffic on the highway near milepost 30.
Police said one of the reports indicated the man was throwing rocks at vehicles, jumped on the hood of a car, and pounded on its door.
Then, at approximately 2:19 a.m., OSP dispatch received a report that a man was hit by a car near the same area.
Devin L. Cavan, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. The car's driver, Linda Coyle, 58, of McMinnville, was not injured. She remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating. OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Medical Examiner, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire District, Polk County District Attorney's Office and ODOT.
Vehicle crashes into church building
DALLAS -- The Polk County Sheriff's office is looking for more information into an apparent vehicle wreck at Salt Creek Baptist Church.
Occurring sometime Monday night, a vehicle struck the rear, north facing entryway to the church, 15075 Salt Creek Road.
A structural beam supporting the roof eave was heavily damaged and completely separated from its connection to the concrete slab.
The rear door, frame and exterior wall were heavily damaged as well.
The sheriff's office was notified Tuesday morning of the accident.
The vehicle's horn and a headlight were found at the scene, giving the responding officer, Sgt. Michael Holsapple, little to go on in the way of identifying the vehicle.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 503-623-9251.
PCL event honors individuals, groups
INDEPENDENCE -- Partnerships in Community Living Inc. recognized a number of individuals during its annual PCL Community Picnic Sept. 7 at Riverview Park and Amphitheater.
The event was attended by employees, families and friends of PCL. The following people were honored:
Recognition for 10-year anniversaries: Carrie Phillips, Devonna Robertson, Marie Barnhart, Shawn Solazzo, Julie Powers, Shannon Lopez, Glenda Holmes, Sara Rincon, Jonathan Apgar, Justin Bunn, Melinda Grijalva, Marisol Ramirez and Maren McKeon-Gibson.
Recognition for 15-year anniversaries: Lisa Howard, Heather Labbe, Debra Mersch, Penny Rene Tenorio, Karrie Lamb, Terry Bernard, Tina Melendez, Virginia Webb and Katherine Roberts.
Recognition for 20-year anniversaries: Sunny Anderson, Janie Mathews, Sara Dracon, Jacklyn Salazar-Allen and Heather Blodgett.
Community awards: Community Partner Recognition Award -- Spirit Mountain Casino; The Larry Carruthers Advocate of the Year Award -- Ann Thompson and Blake Philippi; Volunteer of the Year Award -- Steven Goto.