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MONMOUTH — Not all heroes wear capes, but Polk County Fire District No. 1 had one made for one young life saver.

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DALLAS – Heather Mounce will serve 75 months in prison on the charges she pleaded guilty to on Monday.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Polk County District Attorney’s Office is not pressing charges against a pilot who downed a power line at Riverview Park in Independence on July 21, but the pilot is facing charges in Linn County.

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DALLAS — Former Dallas resident Heather Mounce, indicted last year on 98 counts of identity theft, theft and criminal mistreatment, pleaded guilty to 15 charges on Monday.

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DALLAS — Heather Mounce, who is accused of 98 charges of theft, identify theft and criminal mistreatment, may have up to three trials, but they all will be in Polk County.

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RICKREALL — Southwestern Polk Fire District hired its first full-time employees to work out of the Rickreall Station and to provide 12-hour-per-day coverage at times when volunteer numbers are the lowest.

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POLK COUNTY — The Oregon State Fire Marshal encourages those celebrating the July Fourth to practice the four “Bs” of firework safety.

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INDEPENDENCE – Polk County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a barn fire that started Monday afternoon on Morrow Road outside of Independence.

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DALLAS — A Polk County jury found Dennis Sarver guilty of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and unlawful use of a weapon following three days of testimony last week.

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DALLAS — Thomas Aquinas Blount, 63, is charged with 19 theft- and identity theft-related crimes that are alleged to have occurred between 2010 and 2012.

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DALLAS — Retired Dallas Fire & EMS captain and chaplain Dave Pederson’s service with the department began with a compromise.

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DALLAS — Dennis Sarver, of Salem, may soon be headed to trial facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Falls City resident Earl “Buddy” Jambura.

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DALLAS — Polk County Circuit Court Judge Rafael Caso on May 24 ruled on motions to exclude evidence in the case of Dyllan D. Coons, of Dallas.

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FALLS CITY — A Falls City man faces charges of menacing and resisting arrest after he reportedly caused a disturbance at Falls City City Hall on Thursday.

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INDEPENDENCE — A woman from Jefferson died in a crash on Corvallis Road south of Independence on Saturday night.

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DALLAS — Four people and their pets were forced from their home on Clow Corner Road early Monday morning after a fire ignited in the attached garage of the house.

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POLK COUNTY — Donovan Lee Jackson, 42, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree rape and attempted first-degree sodomy on April 23 in Polk County Circuit Court.

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INDEPENDENCE — Eric Dale Hedrick, 47, of Independence, pleaded guilty on April 23 to six counts of identity theft and one count of aggravated identity theft. Dismissed were one count of first-degree forgery, one count of first-degree theft and 11 counts of identity theft.

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DALLAS — A Dallas woman was injured after being ejected from her car in a single-vehicle crash on Kings Valley Highway west of Dallas Sunday afternoon.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department received its second consecutive award of law enforcement accreditation at the recent Oregon Association Chiefs of Police annual conference.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Everybody needs a little help sometimes, even the people who normally do the helping.A chaplaincy program shared by Independence and Monmouth police departments and Polk County Fire District No. 1 now has five chaplains.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department recognized officers at its annual awards banquet on March 10.

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DALLAS — A logger suffered serious injuries after being struck by a boulder while working 600 and 700 feet down a ravine at a remote logging site in Polk County.