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(Polk County, OR)  --  Two men accused of beating a drug informant to death are facing life sentences after pleading guilty.  Forty-four-year-old Jimmy Fears and 24-year-old Zachary Mersch were sentenced yesterday after admitting to murdering 29-year-old James Hawkes the Fourth and leaving his body at a Polk County cemetery.  The victim's body was found last December.  Fears and Mersch will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

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  • Purcell Boulevard Northbound lane between Neff Road and Full Moon Drive (West side of the hospital) is closed until December 20th.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.