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Kingpin of mid-valley drug operation gets 18 years

Rogelio Gonzalez-Martinez bragged to his cohorts that he was an elk, and when it came to catching drug dealers, cops could only snare the deer.

During testimony at Gonzalez-Martinez’s sentencing in Benton County Circuit Court on Friday, Special Agent Mike Wells of the Oregon Department of Justice described the defendant’s two wire-tapped phone calls on Feb. 22, 2012.

“During the conversation, he’s laughing; he’s referring to himself as the elk and that he always gets away,” Wells said.

Less than a month later, Gonzalez-Martinez and 26 others were arrested after...

Salem Police arrest five in prostitution sting

The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit arrested five suspects during a prostitution sting operation conducted on the evening of August 29.

Street Crimes Detectives worked with undercover officers to establish contact with both prostitutes and "Johns" via the Internet site "" then arrested the suspects when they arrived at designated locations.

Arrested in the sting operation were:
29-year old Andrew J Fitzpatrick of Monmouth. Charged with Prostitution and Delivery of Marijuana
37-year old Alison E Hall of Portland. Charged with...

Tigard police arrest nine in prostitute sting

Tigard police arrested nine men in a prostitution sting Thursday.

The Criminal Investigations Unit placed online advertisements for paid sex earlier this month and undercover officers answered responses electronically and by phone, said Captain Robert Rogers.

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Woodburn man sentenced to 18 years after fatal Polk County crash in January

A Woodburn man is now in the Department of Corrections after being sentenced to 18 years for a Polk County car crash in January that killed one man and injured three others.

Marcos Antonio-Luz, 42, was admitted to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility on Aug. 20 after he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, three counts of assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was sentenced Aug. 5 in Polk County Circuit Court.

An indictment against Antonio-Luz included 10 charges but a plea agreement with the Polk County District Attorney led to five of them being...

Oregon immigrant driver’s license law opponents get creative

Faced with collecting 58,000 signatures by Oct. 4, opponents of a new Oregon law that gives driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and others who cannot prove they are living here legally are sharpening their tactics.

From a drive-through petition drive on Friday to a booth at the Oregon State Fair through Sept. 2, advocates are seeking the thousands of valid signatures needed for a referendum that would challenge a new state law that gives “driver privilege cards” to those who do not have the documents required to get a driver’s license. The driver’s card will be restricted...

Immigration bill hurts jobless

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate Bill 744 (S.744), termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the nation’s June seasonally adjusted number of 12.2 million unemployed citizens; 7.6 percent of the country’s civilian labor force.

According to a 2011 report, Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010 there are 8 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.

With so many unemployed American citizens looking...

Senator Merkley to hold Townhall meetings

Please plan to attend one of Senator Merkley's Townhall meetings.  He needs to hear from constituents that you do not support the massive amnesty bill known as SB744.  Invite a friend, ask questions and please let OFIR know if any discussion on immigration issues takes place at the meetings.

August 30, 2013 @ 3:30 PM Sherman County Town Hall

300 Dewey Street
Moro, OR 97039

August 30, 2013 @ 12:00 PM Wasco County Town Hall

400 E Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058

August 28, 2013 @ 4:30 PM Union County Town Hall....
Family friend gets 10 years for molesting 5-year-old Molalla girl

He was a trusted family friend. The kind you always invite over for the holidays or extend a helping hand to without a second thought.

But this summer, a Molalla family found Ezequiel Salas-Gonzalez committed a terrible breach of faith. He molested the 5-year-old daughter of a couple he had known for years.

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Group tries 'drive-thru democracy' to get driver cards on the ballot

SALEM, Ore. – A group trying to gather enough signatures in an effort to put the new driver card law on the November 2014 ballot before it begins is using a cue from fast-food restaurants.

The driver cards will allow people to drive who can't prove U.S. citizenship.

The group, Oregonians for Immigration Reform, hoped that Friday's "drive-thru democracy" would make it convenient for voters to sign their petition, because they need a lot of signatures – more than 58,000 by Oct. 4.

So on Friday, not far off Interstate 5, several volunteers brought petition sheets to the...

A novel approach to get petition signatures: the drive-through
Group plans drive-through to try to overturn driver's card legislation

A group dedicated to overturning a new Oregon law that grants driver-privilege cards to people without conventional documentation has come up with a quick way to gather petition signatures.

It’s encouraging motorists to participate in drive-through democracy.

“You don’t even need to get out of your car,” said Jim Ludwick, the group’s communications director. “Just drive up, sign the petition and drive away.”

From noon to 8 p.m. today, Oregonians for Immigration Reform will set up cones and signs in a parking lot near its billboard at Market Street and Savage...