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Salem-News.com (Jan-28-2009 07:47)

Oregon Double Murder Suspect Arrested in Mexico

This arrest potentially clears the only open City of Independence homicide case in 22 years.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - 38-year old Antonio Carrillo-Vera Police in Independence have experienced a significant victory in a Double Homicide investigation dating back to 1995, thanks to the help of a retired sheriff and police in Mexico.

Chief Vernon Wells with Independence Police, says the recent arrest of 38-year old Antonio Carrillo-Vera, brings to a close the only unresolved homicide in the City of Independence since 1986.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-18-2008 19:40)

Police Recover Bodies of Two Missing Brothers in Independence

Two anglers missing from Riverview Park in Independence apparently drowned very close to the spot where they were fishing.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - The bodies of two brothers were recovered from the Willamette River in Independence today. They had been missing since Sunday when they were dropped off at Riverview Park to go fishing.

Sgt. Rick Igou with Independence Police says fifteen law enforcement and fire agencies, including several dive teams from valley agencies, assisted today with the search and recovery of the two young brothers who were missing from Riverview Park in Independence.

The bodies of 20-year old Alvin Troub and his brother, 8-year old Michael Runyon, were found within 40 feet of shore in 10 to 15 feet of water and were found about 7 feet from one another. This location was close to where their fishing poles were found.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-18-2008 10:19)

Search Continues for Missing Brothers on Willamette River

Two anglers remain missing from Riverview Park in Independence.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - 8-year old Michael Runyon and his brother, 20-year old Alvin Troub 20-year old Alvin Troub and his brother, 8-year old Michael Runyon, have been missing since Sunday, when they were dropped off by family members at Riverview Park in Independence to go fishing. When family members returned to the park two hours later at 4:00 PM the two could not be found.

Searchers on Monday say they found very few clues into the disappearance of the young fishermen. However, water scent dogs did "alert" in two places in the river. A dive team from Linn County Sheriff's Office dove in one of these areas but found nothing. They reported visibility in the river to be less than a foot, so searching was very difficult.

Today, Chief Vernon Wells says the work continues, in hope of locating the two missing anglers.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-17-2008 13:40)

Oregon Guard Adds Helicopter in Search for Missing Brothers‏

Two anglers have been missing since Sunday; one is only 8-years old.

(SALEM, Ore,) - The Oregon Guard reports that one OH-58 Kiowa helicopter piloted by Chief Warrant Officer Mike Cataldo was preparing to depart the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Salem, Oregon at 12:30 PM, en route to Independence where it will join in the search for the two missing fishermen.

The Army National Guard Kiowa and crew is responding to a request from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The helicopter and crew were expected to be on scene no later than 1:00 PM today.

Kay Fristad with the Oregon Military Department says they will work closely with the Independence Police Department who is the Incident Command on the scene.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-17-2008 11:03)

Two Missing Anglers Prompt Search in Polk County

Fishing equipment was recovered from the banks of the fast moving river, but the two anglers remain missing.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - Two brothers dropped off for a day of fishing at Riverview Park in Independence have been missing since Sunday evening.

Independence Police say 20-year old Alvin Troub, and his brother 8-year old Michael Runyon, were dropped off at Riverview Park in Independence to go fishing. When family members returned to the park two hours later at 4:00 PM ,the two could not be found.

A search was initiated after information about the missing men was reported to the Independence Police Department. The search quickly included Independence Police Officers, Polk County Fire District #1, and the Polk County Sheriff's Office - including their patrol division, river patrol, and search and rescue unit.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-03-2008 21:30)

Man Arrested in Salem for Swiping Independence Church Bus

The man is suspected of stealing a church bus and possessing methamphetamine.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Police say an alert citizen spotted a suspicious person sitting in a car in an apartment complex in the 800 blk of 25th St SE and called police shortly before 3:00 AM this morning.

Officers responded and contacted a man from Independence. Steve Birr with Salem Police says the man gave a false name and was arrested for Giving False Information. "In plain view in the vehicle were bank deposit bags. Located inside the vehicle were checks and other items stolen from the First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St, Independence," Birr said.

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Salem-News.com (May-20-2008 17:23)

Human Remains Found on Willamette Island are Female

The remains appear to be of an elderly female with a height between 5'3" and 5'6".

(SALEM, Ore.) - Deputies learned May 11th that human remains were discovered on an island in the Willamette River.

Commander Jason Myers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, says the human skeletal remains were located by a kayaker who stopped on the small island that occupies a section of the river between Salem and Independence, Oregon.

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Salem-News.com (Dec-12-2007 13:19)

Independence, Oregon Hygienist Participates in Humanitarian Project in Nepal

Kelly Matthews, RDH, Provides Dental Care for Children.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - Kelly Matthews and some of her favorite friends Independence-based hygienist Kelly Matthews recently participated in a humanitarian dental clinic held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The clinic was organized by the Himalayan Dental Relief Project which has brought direct dental care to children in Nepal since 2000.

Over the course of 7 days, the clinic served 715 patients, many of whom had never before received dental care.

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Salem-News.com (Nov-30-2007 05:14)

Independence Parade of Lights Set for Saturday

Refreshments, caroling and a visit from Santa will take place following the parade at the library, which is located at 175 Monmouth St.

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore. ) - Independence Oregon The annual Independence Parade of Lights will take place on Saturday beginning at 5:00 PM.

The parade will begin on Monmouth Street across from Central High School, travel down Monmouth Street to Third Street, turn left and go to B Street, then turn right and go to Main Street.

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Salem-News.com (Oct-23-2006 11:52)

My Travels With the Ghosthunters

I believe that a good percentage of things described as paranormal activity can indeed be explained via scientific means. But even if the percentage that can't be explained is only five or ten percent, that is still a large number and that has my attention."

(INDEPENDENCE) - Ghost and Tim King During my time on this earth as a reporter I've frequently diverted from the mainstream crowd to pursue subjects that were more on the edge. One example would be the hundreds of hours I have spent accompanying ghosthunters to haunted locations.

I have had a few hair raising experiences over the years, but I stick closely to my role as the observer and I have no particular sensitivity to the paranormal. Unfortunately, I think I am too anxious and interested and that does not help. A friend on an investigation once asked, "What will you do if one really shows for us tonight?"

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