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1/22 News in Brief

*Man sought in kidnapping incident*Chinese New Year is topic of event*Candidate files for District 5 race*Dallas earns recognition for budget*Fair board seeking to fill vacancy

January 21, 2014

Man sought in kidnapping incident

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a man who attempted to kidnap a young girl Jan. 15 in the 700 block of Southeast Hankel Street in Dallas.

According to witnesses, the man got out of his car and ran toward the child, who was in the front yard of a residence. The child ran, and the man chased her briefly but stopped when the girl ran into her driveway. He fled prior to police being called.

The male is described as being white, about 5-foot-10 and around 200 pounds, with dark hair, possibly black in color. He reportedly has no facial hair. He was wearing a dark sweater with no design and blue jeans.

The victim said the man was driving a purple car with blue "dots" on the side. The dots may have been spray painted on. The car reportedly has black wheels and tires.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas Police Department at 503-831-3539.

Chinese New Year is topic of event

MONMOUTH — The Monmouth Public Library is hosting a program about Chinese New Year on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Presented by WOU International Cultural Service Program (ICSP), students from China will give an overview of the Chinese New Year, including traditional Chinese food, customs, decorations and activities. In addition, an American who was studying in China will tell of her experience as an "outsider" during the New Year celebrations.

This free program is geared toward adults, but older interested kids are welcome to attend.

For more information: Monmouth Public Library, 503-838-1932.

Candidate files for District 5 race

POLK COUNTY — Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith, a Republican, has announced plans to run for U.S. Congress in Oregon's 5th District.

Tootie Smith

Tootie Smith

The seat, which includes Polk County, is currently held by Democrat Kurt Schrader.

Smith, who lives in the Mulino area between Canby and Molalla, was first elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2012. Smith was a state representative from 2001 to 2005. She is a fourth generation hazelnut farmer and small business owner.

The May 20 Republican primary also includes Ben Pollock, 28, of Wilsonville, a former congressional aide.

Schrader, who was first elected to the 5th District seat in 2008, is seeking a fourth term.

Dallas earns recognition for budget

DALLAS — The city of Dallas has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada's "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" for its fiscal year 2012-13 budget.

The award required Dallas to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including evaluating how the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication device.

Dallas is one of 1,340 government entities in North America expected to receive the recognition.

Fair board seeking to fill vacancy

DALLAS — Polk County is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Polk County Fair Board.

Length of term is three years, and members of the board should be representative of all geographic areas of the county.

Deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

For an application or more information: Heather Alvarez, 503-623-8173.

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