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Whitney Woodworth

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Salem, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Whitney:

Sex, lies and cellphones: Reports of misconduct at Coffee Creek women's prison persist

New allegations of sexual misconduct, smuggled phones and drug trafficking at Oregon's women's prison bring to light ongoing lawsuits and scandals. → Read More

Mill City man gets life in prison for second rape conviction

A Mill City man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday following his second rape conviction. → Read More

Push to legalize car camping in Salem for homeless moves forward

In the ongoing battle to find a place for Salem's homeless, Salem City Council continued their discussion of allowing car camping Monday. → Read More

Inmate gets 10 years for attempted murder of Marion County jail deputy

The second inmate charged with attempted murder in a failed jail escape was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he was guilty. → Read More

Turner woman sues Mormon church for $10 million for disclosing husband's child sex abuse

A Mormon leader reported to police a man who confessed to sexually abusing a girl. Now the man's wife is suing the church for violating a confidence. → Read More

Salem mortgage adviser accused of defrauding families and losing their homes pleads guilty

Oscar Tejeda-Sandoval's plea comes just before his trial for defrauding a dozen people of more than $60,000 and causing families to lose their homes. → Read More

Dallas police seek tips on vehicle involved in serious injury hit-and-run

Dallas police are asking for the public's help with locating a car linked to a serious-injury, hit-and-run crash on Sunday. → Read More

Man accused of killing Karrisa Fretwell, son Billy fights threat of death penalty

A man accused of murdering a Salem mother and her toddler son is fighting for the dismissal of an aggravated murder charge — a change that would make him no longer eligible for the death penalty. → Read More

A serial killer pleaded no contest for Salem prison murder. Here's why he didn't get the death penalty

Oregon inmate Craig Dennis Bjork was already convicted of killing five people. He was not eligible for the death penalty for his latest killing. → Read More

Aggravated murder charge against man accused of killing Karissa Fretwell reduced

One of two aggravated murder charges filed against a man accused of killing a Salem woman and her toddler son has been reduced to first-degree murder. → Read More

Stayton mom accused in toddler son's house fire death back in jail

The Stayton mother accused of manslaughter following her toddler's death in a house fire was back in jail Thursday after more than a month on the lam. → Read More

Man injured in rear-end bus collision sues Cherriots for $1.69 million

A Marion County man is suing Cherriots and a Cherriots bus driver for $1.69 million after allegedly being disabled after a 2017 rear-end collision. → Read More

Police: Deli worker smuggled meth in bra before feeding it to co-worker in bean dip

A Jefferson deli worker with a history of drug possession and dealing charges is accused of poisoning her co-worker with a meth-infused bean dip. → Read More

Historic Oregon Supreme Court building to close, staff relocates for two-year renovation

The oldest government building on the Capitol Mall is set to empty in October for two years to make way for earthquake reinforcements and renovations. → Read More

Man gets 14 years in prison for attempted murder of Marion County jail deputy

After representing himself at trial, a man convicted of trying to kill a Marion County deputy during a botched jailbreak gets the maximum sentence. → Read More

South Salem crash on Kuebler, Liberty causes delays, sends one to hospital

A crash on Kuebler Boulevard and Liberty Road South sent one person to the hospital and caused long delays on Kuebler Wednesday morning. → Read More

Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against Coffee Creek women's prison

A $1.9 million lawsuit accuses a former prison employee of sexually abusing several female inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. → Read More

Jury: Man guilty of trying to murder Marion County jail deputy during botched escape

Representing himself, Bradley Monical's closing arguments dragged past the hour mark and were frequently punctuated by objections from the prosecutor. → Read More

Suspect, officer identified in West Salem Goodwill shooting; two knew one another from 2015 arrest

A Dallas Police Department officer was identified as the officer who shot the suspect during a drug operation that spilled into the store. → Read More

Salem man charged with threatening Social Security staff on Facebook

A Salem man faces federal charges of threatening Social Security Administration officials after being denied benefits. → Read More