A young landscaper learned to ask before moving Tom Petty's tree.
(SALEM, Ore.) - On Oct. 2, we heard the shocking news that rock music legend Tom Petty had suffered cardiac arrest at his Malibu home and was on life support. This, just after the painful tragedy and loss of life at Las Vegas, seemed surreal, even unfathomable.
Not long later, an announcement no one wanted to hear: Tom Petty had died.
Hatch has sealed the report and it has never been made public.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - This is the email I sent to every Attorney General today and people in high places:
It has not been a coincidence that in the past couple of years my articles for Salem-News.com and Global News Centre.com have focused on US Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania. They are now exposed for their contribution to the Tsunami of prescription opioid addictions and deaths ravaging our country.
Detectives do not believe anyone else was involved in the incident
(TURNER, Ore.) - Deputies have identified the victim in last night's shooting as 52-year old Judy Stanfill, of Turner. Ms. Stanfill lived at her residence in the 5000 block of Ash Street with her husband, 53-year old Clayton Stanfill.
Mr. Stanfill is currently at the Salem Hospital where he is expected to recover. Deputies were called to the home at 4:26 p.m. Sunday, after a man, Clayton Stanfill, walked into the Turner Fire Department with a gunshot wound.
Water-damaged vehicles may be sold to unwary buyers
(SALEM, Ore.) - Vehicles in this active hurricane season can make their way across the country to Oregon and put up for sale as undamaged vehicles.
Sometimes buyers are aware a vehicle was damaged in some way, but they may be unaware the damage was caused by flooding. Often buyers discover the vehicle history when they receive a new title with a “flood damage” brand or “totaled” brand.
There is no practical or necessary reason...other than to deliberately and actively take away health care.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) issued the following statement in response to the President’s announcement to stop cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments for the individual health insurance exchange. It’s estimated that ending CSR payments will hike exchange-plan premiums an average of 20 percent.
"...But his actions today, which do nothing but purposely strip people of health care, speak so much louder than hollow words. It is time for Congress to reassert itself and legislate a bipartisan solution for millions of Americans."
She wasn't afraid to jump into the chaos and do challenging work if it meant a good outcome for patients
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - R.I.P. Julia Effie Glick. One of my dearest friends and comrades passed yesterday after suffering from kidney disease.
Many in the cannabis community knew her as Nurse Ed Glick who was a tireless proponent for the rights and ethical treatment of seriously-ill patients who use cannabis. She was intolerant of a system that lacked compassion and decency and she picked her battles wisely.
Previous reconciliations between Hamas and Fatah have failed to materialize.
(DAMASCUS) - A deal has been agreed to by rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah during this month’s Cairo Reconciliation talks.
They announced that details would be announced later, but despite the agreement, it is doubtful that substantive progress will result. Or that this time the results will differ much from the preceding half-dozen still-born ones over the past decade.
The most controversial education secretary in recent history visits rural Oregon high school.
(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - A crowd of over one hundred people gathered on the streets next to McMinnville High School today, to give Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos a hearty Oregon reception. There were protesters and supporters, though her supporters were outnumbered by the score.
Well known as a billionaire philanthropist, DeVos’ “out of touch” policies directly threaten federal funding for public schools, according to teachers we spoke with.
The NFL players are peacefully exercising their right guaranteed under the Constitution to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - President Donald Trump is obsessed with NFL players' protests during the national anthem. He fired off a series of tweets calling for fans to boycott the NFL “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.”
At Sunday's 49ers-Colts game, Vice President Mike Pence, wearing a Peyton Manning No. 18 jersey, in a staged exit of the Lucas Oil Stadium after the national anthem, following instructions from President Trump after a number of 49ers players took a knee during the anthem.
This Northern California pot bust took place in June 2017.
(LAKE COUNTY, Calif.) - For the record: 2 search warrants on the morning of Monday, June 12th, 2017, resulting in the seizure of 45,274 marijuana plants, 186 pounds of processed marijuana and 6 arrests.
The service of 2 search warrants by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit with assistance from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication team (COMMET) and the California National Guard Drug Task Force has resulted in the seizure of 2 firearms, 45,274 marijuana plants, approximately 186 pounds of processed marijuana, and 6 arrests.
Justice? The victim’s address was revealed to her abuser and the judge ordered that the convicted rapist's name be added to the child’s birth certificate.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A Michigan judge has granted parental rights to a convicted sex offender, providing the man with access to a child who is the product of the rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory Ross in Michigan has given parental rights to a man that raped a 12-year old girl over a matter of days while he held her and her young friend against their will, threatening their lives.
Abbey Road and Satisfaction tribute bands face off at the Elsinore Theatre
(SALEM, Ore.) - No doubt the 60s are long gone – but the mods and the rockers are it again in November.
Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown will pit Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance on November 4 at the Elsinore Theatre.
Join the rally cry for release of the US Senate Finance Committee report.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - In the 15 years I have been reporting on the prescription opioid epidemic, it has in some ways been frustrating to be a forerunner in exposing the criminal activity of pharma, the FDA, politicians, physicians, pain foundations and organizations profiting from the surging death and addiction rates -- while US Senator Orrin Hatch is allowed to obstruct justice.
In 2012, the US Senate Finance Committee began an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic. When the report was finished, Orrin Hatch simply had the contents sealed closed.
The 16-year old student was arrested for Disorderly Conduct I.
(NEWPORT, Ore.) - A threat was made via social media aimed at Newport High School on Sept 26, 2017. Students reported to school staff that they saw a threat on Instagram that targeted Newport High School.
The threat on Instagram read, "The end of NHS is near. RIP NHS 10/24/17." The threatening post was active for a short time, and then removed from Instagram by the author.
Changes void some medical grow sites that were previously grandfathered in.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon Governor Brown signed House Bill (HB) 2198 into law on August 2, 2017, which made some changes to plant limits at medical marijuana grow sites. These changes are currently in effect and apply to all grow sites, even some previously grandfathered grow sites.
The most significant changes have occurred in category 1, when the grow site is located at a patient's residence.
Consumers bypass Netflix restrictions with the help of certain VPNs.
(SALEM, Ore.) - In 2016, Netflix, the popular online video streaming platform banned IP addresses associated with the VPN networks, from accessing its services.
Although this step had implications on a large number of Netflix users everywhere, the ones that used ExpressVPN continued to enjoy the Netflix services.
The biggest issue with Netflix is that its services are country-specific, implying that if you stay in the UK, and want to watch the Netflix programs available in the US, you can’t do it unless you use services like virtual private networks.
The crash site was difficult to locate due to the weather and thick timber.
(KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.) - At 10:43 a.m., October 1st, an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper was working with a volunteer between Burton Butte and Old Baldy Mtn. in a remote section of western Klamath County near the Pacific Crest Trail when they heard a low flying airplane.
The plane sounded as if it was having engine trouble. The cloud cover was at treetop level and the airplane was not visible. Then the crash was heard, as the plane made impact with the ground, less than a mile away.
Meanwhile, GOP legislation backed by the NRA that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers.
(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - On October 1, 2017, a gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire Sunday on an outdoor music festival, killing 59 people -- including two off-duty police officers -- and wounding 527.
The Las Vegas Salvation Army is providing food and hydration for those waiting in long lines to donate.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Salvation Army has dispatched a mobile canteen to the United Blood Services location at 6930 W. Charleston Blvd. to provide food and hydration for those waiting in long lines to donate. Mobile canteens are also being considered at other strategic locations in the city.
Needs are also being evaluated at the Thomas and Mack Center, which has be opened up as a shelter.
River Rock Casino is being investigated for money laundering. The BCLC, regulating body in British Columbia, has also come under fire.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Last Friday, on the 22nd of September, Attorney General David Eby finally published a report that was meant to come out last year. Said report was publically funded.
Eby has now appointed a special investigator to look into why the report was buried in the first place. The entire issue is now being linked to the wider spread problem of money laundering in BC casinos.