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*Pedestrian dies following accident*Polk Dems slated to meet Thursday*Planting along trail set for Saturday*City dog park dedication scheduled*Pope re-elected to AOC committee

December 03, 2013

Pedestrian dies following accident

INDEPENDENCE — Oregon State Police troopers are continuing an investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred Nov. 26 at about 6:20 p.m. on Highway 51 south of Highway 22 in Polk County.

According to Sgt. Tim Plummer, Sarah Lou Muller, 74, was struck by a vehicle along Highway 51 south of Poplar Lane. She was attempting to cross the highway with the aid of a walker when she was struck in the northbound lane by a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by Angelica Herrera-Clark, 21, from Gervais. Conditions were dark, and there is no overhead street lighting at the location where Muller was struck, in front of her residence driveway.

Muller was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital where she died after arrival.

Preliminary information indicates Muller may have been crossing the highway in the dark while looking for a lost cellphone.

No citations have been issued.

Polk Dems slated to meet Thursday

DALLAS — The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will hold its annual holiday season potluck and business meeting Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter from Jefferson Street side of building).

Social time starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The short business meeting agenda items include reports from Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler on the county public safety levy results and Kurt Schrader's town hall meeting on Nov. 5.

Musical duo Out of Compliance will provide seasonal entertainment.

For more information: Wanda Davis, 503-508-1428; email to; on Facebook at

Planting along trail set for Saturday

DALLAS — Polk Soil and Water Conservation District and the city of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department are conducting a planting of native species on Saturday.

The plantings will take place along the Rickreall Creek Trail System south of Barberry Avenue and Hawthorne Street from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed to help with the plantings. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Dallas Aquatic Center, 1005 SE LaCreole Drive, at 8 a.m. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. If possible, bring marked gloves, shovels, buckets and wheelbarrows.

For more information: Liz Graham, PSWCD, 503-623-9680, ext. 107; email to

City dog park dedication scheduled

MONMOUTH — The city of Monmouth will officially dedicate its new dog park Saturday at 10 a.m. at Monmouth Recreational Park, located on Main Street East near MINET, 405 N. Hogan Road.

All dogs and their human companions are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony.

For more information: 503-838-0722.

Pope re-elected to AOC committee

SALEM — Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope has been elected to a second term as treasurer of the Association of Oregon Counties executive committee.

AOC announced the results of its election last week after the conclusion of its annual conference Nov. 19-21 in Eugene.

Joining Pope on the board are: Columbia County Commissioner Earl Fisher, president; Yamhill County Commissioner Mary Stern, immediate past president; Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson, first vice president; and Umatilla County Commissioner Larry Givens, second vice president.

Pope was also appointed as a co-chairman of the AOC water policy steering committee.

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