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Whitney Woodworth

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Salem, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Whitney:

Horror, and lingering questions, in Salem murder of Malaysian human trafficking victim

Prosecutors know little about the 38-year-old woman that Cody Roy Hilliard, 27, of Salem, admitted murdering at the Days Inn Black Bear hotel in 2018. → Read More

Aurora man guilty of setting car, West Salem home on fire gets 7.5 years in prison

An Aurora man accused of attempted murder and attempted assault in the course of setting a car and a West Salem home on fire is sentenced to prison. → Read More

Child care crisis: Trying to raise a family in Oregon's child care desert

Paying for child care isn't the only hurdle. Parents across Oregon first have to deal with one of the biggest problems with care: Finding it. → Read More

Ex-teacher from Salem previously convicted of sexual abuse gets 60 years for second victim

The former McKay High staffer found guilty of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl — his second victim — is sentenced to 60 years in prison Wednesday. → Read More

Oregon Department of Corrections sued for $1 million in civil rights case

A former Oregon Department of Corrections administrator is suing his previous employer for almost $1 million for relation and discrimination. → Read More

Child care crisis: Families struggle with rising child care costs, finding safe providers

Family incomes have remained pretty stable over the last number of years, but the price of child care continues to climb, according to an OSU study. → Read More

Judge: Salem man's murder sentencing to go forward despite change in law

With passage of a new Oregon law, lawyers for a man who pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year fought Tuesday to have his sentencing postponed. → Read More

Jury finds former McKay teacher guilty of sex abuse of 11-year-old girl

A Marion County jury unanimously found a former McKay teacher — a previously convicted sex offender — guilty of sexually abusing a young girl. → Read More

Former McKay teacher faces charges of sexually abusing a minor — for a second time

For the second time in his life, former McKay teacher Noah Powers is facing allegations of that he sexually abused a minor. → Read More

Program for children of incarcerated mothers in jeopardy after Legislature ends funding

A program serving children with mothers in prison is in jeopardy after it was left unfunded by the Oregon Legislature. → Read More

Salem man given 6 years in prison for sexually abusing young boy he was babysitting

A 54-year-old Salem man was sentenced Wednesday to six years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a 3-year-old boy. → Read More

Suspected gang member charged in July drive-by shooting in Salem

A Salem man is facing attempted murder, assault, weapons and meth charges in connection to a drive-by shooting that injured a man working on his car. → Read More

Turner man given 15 years in prison for attempted murder, beating of homeless men

A Turner man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to murder two homeless men during a string of robberies → Read More

DHS seeks to hire more than 300 workers to improve child welfare safety, capacity

The Oregon Department of Human Services posted more than 300 child welfare, protective services and hotline screening jobs this week. → Read More

Keizer man arrested for raping girl put in his custody by DHS Child Welfare

A Keizer man is being held without bail after being accused of raping and sexually abusing a girl put in his custody by DHS Child Welfare. → Read More

Judge tosses lawsuit filed by Oregon inmates over bad, spoiled prison food

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit by current and former inmates claiming the Oregon prison system served them spoiled food. → Read More

Report: Inmate at Salem prison died from flu due to neglect, ignorance of mental illness, dementia

An Oregon State Penitentiary inmate's painful, prolonged death could have been avoided, according to a report from Disability Rights Oregon. → Read More

Girl faces abuser in court as Salem babysitter gets 25 years for child sex abuse

A Salem man is sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting after the young victim faces him down in court. → Read More

Theft charge against Marion County Sheriff's deputy dismissed in civil compromise

A third-degree theft charge against a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger was dismissed Wednesday following a civil compromise. → Read More

Yamhill County photographer accused of assaulting underage models indicted for child porn

A Yamhill County photographer arrested in 2018 for allegedly raping underage models was charged with coercing six victims into child pornography. → Read More