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Salem man runs over granddaughter


A two-year-old Salem girl is reported in fair, but stable condition after her grandfather accidentally ran her over while moving his vehicle in the driveway.

The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The toddler was eventually taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She has been identified as Isabella Espinoza-Bravo. The grandfather was identified as 56-year-old Benito Bravo.

Police said they have finished their investigation and sent the results to the Marion County district attorney's office. They said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Kulongoski pardons meth criminals


A woman pardoned by Gov. Ted Kulongoski last year was recently arrested on charges of meth possession and child endangerment.

Kelly Sue Lee, 42, was charged after a police raid at her home uncovered evidence of methamphetamine use, including a glass pipe found in her purse that tested positive for meth residue, Springfield police Sgt. Rich Charboneau said.

Lee's husband, Stace Duane Lee, a 38-year-old Eugene firefighter, faces the same accusations.

In 1989, Kelly Lee was convicted of dealing meth from her house and endangering her children in the process. She was sentenced to four years probation and a $50 fine. In March 2006, Kulongoski made her the sixth person to receive a pardon since he took office.

"He is greatly disappointed by this news, as are the many people who put their faith and trust in Lee and believed she had turned her life around," Kulongoski spokeswoman Patty Wentz said Friday.

In her pardon application, Lee, said she had gone back to school to become a legal secretary and needed the pardon so she could get a better job that provided health insurance for herself and her two children. She said she had changed since that 1989 conviction and "would never do something like that again."

The Register-Guard reached Stace Lee on his cell phone Friday, but he had no comment. Kelly Lee referred questions to her attorney, Mark Sabitt, who called the charges "outrageous."

"It appears to me as if the police relied upon the word of a known scoundrel to dig through these people's garbage cans and ruin the career of a longtime public employee," Sabitt said.

Stace Lee resigned from the fire department effective Wednesday, city of Eugene spokeswoman Jan Bohman said.

— The Associated Press

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