NEWS IN BRIEF

Law enforcement takes part in sweep

POLK COUNTY — Polk County law enforcement agencies took part in the 13th National Family Violence Apprehension detail on Oct. 21.

The sweep focused on locating people who have outstanding warrants for domestic violence related crimes. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Dallas, Independence and Monmouth police departments and the Oregon State Police, arrested seven people.

Nominate for 2016 ‘Military Child’

POLK COUNTY — Operation Homefront is asking for nominations for the 2016 Military Child of the Year, a national award.

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Guard. The recipients each receive $10,000 and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special gala on April 16. Anyone can nominate a child. Nominations are due Dec. 11.

For more information on how to nominate a child or to see photos from past events, go to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

Christmas Cheer looking for families

DALLAS — Dallas Christmas Cheer is gearing up for the holiday season and looking for families in need and donations.

Christmas Cheer is a local nonprofit providing a holiday food box to families in need during the holidays. Boxes are delivered on Christmas Eve.

To sign up, contact your school counselor or pick up an application at the Polk County Resource Center, Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 220, Dallas.

To help the program, go to www.dallascc.org to find opportunities to donate or volunteer.

Adopt-a-Family needs ‘adopters’

DALLAS — Holiday program Dallas Adopt-a-Family is searching families, agencies, organizations and businesses to “adopt” families in need.

Those interested in helping should call the Dallas Adopt-a-Family Committee at 503-507-6269.

Families in need can apply for the program Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Nov. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St. Suite 220, Dallas. Bring a current utility bill to show Dallas address.

Adopt-a-Family match Dallas families with local community members, agencies, clubs and churches that would like to adopt them for Christmas. Each families receives a Christmas dinner and one gift for each child 0-18.

For more information: 503-507-6269.

Monmouth leaf pickup dates set

MONMOUTH — The residential leaf pickup program for the city of Monmouth residents begins Friday.

The program is intended for those who have too many leaves to fit in their Brandt’s yard debris recycling cart. To participate, place leaf piles on city streets Friday through Sunday, Nov. 13-15, Nov. 20-22, Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 25-27.

After Dec. 27, residents are responsible for disposal of leaves from their property.

For more information: publicworks@ci.monmouth.or.us, or call 503-838-2173.

Flu shot clinics start Friday

DALLAS — The flu season has arrived. The Polk County Public Health Department will sponsor several flu shot clinics starting Friday. This year’s flu vaccine is $26.

Payments may be made by cash or check. Oregon Health Plan and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, non-Medicare, is accepted. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Pneumonia vaccines also are available.

The vaccine is recommended for those 6 months of age and older, according to the public health department. This year’s vaccination is the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu instead of the three strains offered in previous years. This year’s vaccine should be more effective in covering the strains that are most prevalent during flu season.

The schedule is:

Friday: 8 a.m. to noon, Polk County Public Health, Suite 302, Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

Nov. 6: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Polk County Courthouse, First floor Conference Room, 850 Main St. Dallas.

Nov. 13: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Polk County Public Health, Suite 302, Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas.

Walk-ins: welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Polk County Public Health Department, while supplies last, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 302, Dallas.

For more information on flu vaccine clinics in Polk County: Polk County Public Health Information Line, 503-623-8176.

Man accused of patronizing prostitute

SALEM — Salem Police Department officers, assisted by the Keizer PD, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, conducted an operation on Oct. 15 targeting people buying and selling sex through the Internet.

Faihan Alotaibi, 19, of Monmouth was one of eight people arrested as a result of the operation for patronizing a prostitute.

Others arrested for patronizing a prostitute are: Alejandro Resendez, 28, of Beaverton, Patrick Hakim, 30, of Albany, David Anderson, 52, of Turner, Leonel Ceja, 36, a transient, Abelardo Cuello, 27, of Salem, Ryan Lousich, 30, of Salem, and Santos Vargas-Ortuno, 45, of Salem.

Also arrested were Erin Roberts, 28, of Woodburn for prostitution and giving false information; and Mikayla Stai, 19, of Sandy, for prostitution and possession of cocaine.

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