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Salem police seek owner of steel piano hinges

Police in Salem suspect that a man caught trying to sell 1,260 pounds of stainless steel piano hinges to a metal recycler may have stolen them.

The owner of the metal recycling business got suspicious and called Salem police last month.

The suspect told officers he got the hinges after he was hired to clean up an industrial site in Eugene. The man provided the name of the Eugene business and the person who supposedly hired him but police learned that his story was a lie, Lt. Bill Kohlmeyer said.

The hinges are worth about $1,000 and police want to find their true owner. They ask that anyone with information about the hinges call Salem police Detective Tom Johnson at (503) 588-6050, Ext. 7158.

Grass fire hard to find in remote rural area

A grass fire burning below power lines off the Lorane Highway kept firefighters busy Thursday night.

Several fire engines and water tenders responded to the call of a blaze near Blanton and Needham roads a few miles west of the intersection of Lorane and Chambers Street.

No homes or structures were threatened by the fire, which was called in by area residents who could see smoke but not the fire, said Marty Nelson, Lane County Fire District chief.

Nelson said the fire was burning in a remote area known as Swamp Creek, a place popular with paintball enthusiasts. It covered an area about 50 feet by 50 feet. "It's a relatively small fire, but it was difficult to locate," he said.

The initial calls came in just after 7 p.m. and the fire was under control by 9 p.m.

NORTHWEST

Mourners gather in vigil for slain woman

SALEM - More than 100 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember a woman whose body was found burning beneath a Salem overpass.

June ``Candy'' Kell, 20, died Aug. 29. A police officer on patrol saw her body and officers put out the flames. Authorities said her death was the result of ``homicidal violence.'' No arrest has been made.

Friends said Wednesday she had left her home in Spokane because of family problems.

``She had a lot of pain and a lot of anger,'' said Leilani Urben, who said Kell arrived in Salem about seven months ago.

``I wish she knew this many people cared about her while she was still alive,'' said Jesse Gooden of Keizer.

Friends said that Kell didn't enjoy sleeping under the overpass, but it often was the best of limited options. The body was about a block south of the Salem Amtrak station in an area where police have had frequent problems with transients, police said.

Wal-Mart won't appeal Beaverton rejection

BEAVERTON - Wal-Mart said Thursday that it will not appeal a Beaverton City Council decision to reject a store at a main intersection just off one of the busiest stretches of U.S. 26.

The retail giant proposed a 152,300-square-foot store for the Cedar Mill area that the City Council said would be a disaster for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.

Steve Kaufman, chairman of Save Cedar Mill, said he was pleased and surprised by Wal-Mart's decision not to appeal.

He said Wal-Mart has a reputation of going to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals if the company feels there is any chance it could win approval on appeal.

``I think their decision was probably based on the City Council's unanimous rejection of the application,'' Kaufman said.
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Date:Sep 8, 2006
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