Most talked about Statesman Journal stories

Lightning sparks two fires in Salem area overnight — As an unusual thunderstorm swept through Salem early Friday morning, it knocked out power to a number of residents and sparked two fires on either side of the city. The first was a small grass fire near the intersection of Cordon Road and Kale Street NE, called in at approximately 1:30 a.m.

This week’s winners & losers in the news — WINNER: Salem City Council. It voted to let Salem Hospital demolish Howard Hall, replacing it with a playground and therapy garden for disabled children. Howard Hall holds considerable meaning for former residents and staff of the Oregon School for the Blind, so opposition to its demolition is understandable.
Aug 01, 2014

This week’s winners & losers in the news via @salem_statesman

Adoptable Pets (Aug. 1) — Double the fun with two very sweet, loving and playful kittens--Penny & Petey are 10 weeks old and ready to be adopted. They are fixed, fully vaccinated, dewormed, flea treated and tested negative for feline aids/leukemia. Penny and Petey would do best in a home with another cat/kitten or adopted together........the adoption fee is $60 for one kitten or $100 for two.

Police, SWAT serve search warrant on Sunnyside Road — Salem Police, with the assistance of the SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 4900 block of Sunnyside Road SE Thursday evening around 8 p.m. Lt. Steve Birr said the investigation stemmed from an armed robbery that occurred on the night of July 19.

Power outages follow night of lightning in Marion, Polk — As thunder and lightning moved through the Willamette Valley overnight power outages followed. Portland General Electric reports there are approximately 2,900 customers in Marion County and 550 customers in Polk County currently without power. Crews have been dispatched to investigate the outages and the company estimates power should be restored in most areas by 6:00 a.m.