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Mill City woman charged in Salem salon robbery 

A Mill City woman has been charged as an alleged accomplice in an armed robbery at a hair salon in Salem and if convicted faces the potential for lengthy prison time.

Sarah Martha Moore, 39, was indicted July 28 in Marion County Circuit Court on two counts of second-degree robbery, each punishable by at least 70 months in prison.

Authorities claim on March 8, 2022, Moore and a male accomplice allegedly stole hair extensions while holding a salon employee at gunpoint. Neither the male nor the salon were named in public court records.

Moore’s case remained under seal until she was arrested Sept. 22 for the outstanding charges, and for an alleged probation violation related to a 2019 conviction for first-degree burglary. She pleaded guilty that year to unlawfully entering a friend’s residence while fleeing authorities after shoplifting from a Salem retailer.

As of press time, Moore remained in Marion County Jail without bail.

Lewis vs. Breitenbush injury suit dismissed

A personal injury lawsuit against a local off-grid resort has been dismissed after parties settled out of court.

Portland resident Nicole Lewis sued Breitenbush Hot Springs, based near Detroit, in 2022 for $1.2 million after she slipped on ice at a hot spring pool and broke her leg.

Lewis claimed the resort failed to safely maintain access to the pool and to provide adequate medical staffing and equipment. 

Breitenbush claimed Lewis failed to use appropriate footwear and to watch out for ice, and had signed a waiver releasing the resort from liability.

Parties were preparing to go to trial in early 2024. After a mediation session Aug. 28, parties agreed to an undisclosed settlement and asked the court to dismiss the case Sept. 18.

Webb may argue accident unavoidable

An Aumsville man accused of vehicular homicide may argue at trial he had no time to avoid striking the deceased, according to court records.

Eric Raymond Webb, 49, is accused of killing pedestrian Julia Aubrey Wade, 26, of Salem, after a DUII hit-and-run on Jan. 21. He is facing numerous charges in Marion County Circuit Court including first-degree manslaughter.

On Aug. 23, Webb requested release of his impounded pickup to his family to alleviate the burden of loan payments. Prosecutors argued the vehicle is evidence in a homicide and releasing it before trial would be like releasing a weapon in a murder case.

In their opposition to the request filed Oct. 5, prosecutors said they expect defense attorney Jason Short will argue Webb did not see Wade in time and allegedly could not avoid the collision. 

Prosecutors said keeping the truck in evidence would allow the jury to see the vehicle for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Judge Tracy Prall denied Webb’s request. A status check hearing was scheduled for Oct. 25, while a trial has yet to be scheduled.

 

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