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Salem Homicide suspect arrested. - 09/20/18

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at approximately 4:00 pm, Marion County Sheriff deputies arrested Julian Pedroza, age 22 of Keizer. Pedroza was wanted by the Salem Police Department for the murder of Omisael Jacobo, who had been shot by Pedroza outside 2118 Lancaster Drive NE on September 2, 2018. Jacobo later died from his injuries on September 19, 2018.

Pedroza was taken to the Salem Police Department to be interviewed by detectives. He was then booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on the charges of: Murder, Assault I and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Due to Grand Jury proceedings, further information regarding the case will come from the Marion County District Attorney’s office.

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Sign posted in areas where pedestrian safety campaigns take place.
Sign posted in areas where pedestrian safety campaigns take place.
Salem Police to conduct pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign (Photo) - 09/14/18

With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. School zones are now active and crossing guards are working to help children arrive safely at school and return home safely. To enhance safety on Salem streets, the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns within the City.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $265.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

Salem Police Arrest Man for Kidnapping at Minto Brown Park. - 09/13/18

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Salem Police Department responded to Minto Brown Park on a reported kidnapping. Officers quickly located the 29 year old female victim. She told officers she was walking in the park near the pedestrian bridge when she was knocked down and dragged into the brush by a man armed with a knife. The victim fought off the attacker, ran away and called police.

Within four minutes of contacting the victim, officers searching the park found a man matching the description of the attacker. He was identified as David Belluno, age 23 of Salem. Belluno was detained and taken to the police department to be interviewed by detectives. Ultimately, Belluno was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of: Kidnapping I, Attempted Rape I, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Assault IV.

Any future information releases will be handled by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Cpl. Larrey Owens
Cpl. Larrey Owens
Police career celebrated as veteran corporal retires (Photo) - 09/07/18

On Thursday, August 30, Chief Jerry Moore presided over the retirement ceremony for Corporal Larrey Owens.

Corporal Owens came to the Salem Police Department in 1988 after serving as an officer in the United States Coast Guard for 12 years. Corporal Owens was promoted after being with the department for approximately three years. After his promotion, Corporal Owens transferred to the Criminal Investigations Section where he was a burglary and elder abuse detective.

After his tour in detectives, Corporal Owens transferred to the Youth Service Unit to be a School Resource Officer. Once in the Youth Services Unit, Corporal Owens realized that he had found his calling in working with the youth of Salem. He spent 12 years in the unit and was involved with the Salem Police Department Cadet program for 17 years. Corporal Owens took great pride in seeing his cadets become Salem Police officers.

In closing, Deputy Chief Skip Miller stated, “The amount of people Corporal Owens has helped in his career is one that will likely remain unknown, as there would be too many to keep track of, but I do believe that those people with whom he impacted will remember him for the time he invested in them.”

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Attached Media Files: Cpl. Larrey Owens
Salem Police Patrol Vehicle Wrap: Suicide Awareness; Police Chief Jerry Moore with project sponsors
Salem Police Patrol Vehicle Wrap: Suicide Awareness; Police Chief Jerry Moore with project sponsors
Patrol vehicle wrap to help raise awareness on important community topic (Photo) - 09/06/18

Salem, OR, Sep. 6, 2018 -- The Salem Police Department proudly presented the latest patrol vehicle wrap in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month on Thursday, September 6 along with representatives from Salem Health and Green Acres Landscape who co-sponsored the project. The awareness campaign is intended to elevate the conversation of this complex issue which affects the Salem community.

Along with the patrol rig’s purple and turquoise color scheme, the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255, appears on the rear and sides. The toll-free phone line is open 24 hours every day and provides free and confidential assistance for people in emotional crisis.

“Salem Health is honored to partner with Green Acres and the Salem Police Foundation on this vehicle,” said Cyndi Leinassar, community relations liaison for Salem Health. “This car wrap will highlight valuable numbers that individuals could call when seeking support.” Above the number, residents will also see the hashtags #support and #awareness as a way of drawing others in conversation about the topic of suicide through social media.

As with other awareness wrap vehicles done by the police department, the project was made possible through the efforts of the Salem Police Foundation. Green Acres Landscape President and Salem Police Foundation board member Rich Kansky noted, “This is everyone’s issue and awareness is the first step to having an open dialogue about mental health and suicide. Having the discussion can only benefit our community.”

The wrapped vehicle will be a working patrol rig and will be seen throughout town as it is assigned to the Patrol Division. The vehicle will also be at the Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Riverfront Park. More information about the event can be found on the Web site of the Salem Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org/salemor.

#S#P#D

For media: Video of Chief Moore's remarks at the presentation, plus B-roll available at https://youtu.be/C5VSfkBEkPY. 

Salem Police to continue specialized DUII enforcement campaigns - 09/05/18

The Salem Police Department will continue to conduct specialized patrols that target those driving under the influence of intoxicants. During the month of August, Salem two police officers worked on five of these focused patrols shifts and arrested four people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued four citations for Driving with a Suspended License, four citations for driving uninsured, and issued an additional 59 citations and warnings for other violations and traffic crimes.

These special, overtime patrol shifts are funded by Oregon Impact, and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

As a department, Salem police officers arrested 43 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 185 citations for Driving with a Suspended License, 64 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 183 citations for speeding, 17 citations for distracted driving and issued a total of 1,506 citations and warnings for various offenses in the same time frame.

The Salem Police Department and its partners such as Oregon Impact and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.

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Police investigating collision of train and cyclist. - 08/30/18

On August 30, 2018 at approximately 7:30 pm Salem police officers and Salem firefighters responded to State Street and 12th Street on the report of a bicyclist being struck by a train. The male cyclist was declared deceased at the scene by medics.

Witnesses reported that the male cyclist had been riding westbound on State Street when he approached the railroad crossing and was struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train. Based on the initial investigation, it appears that the railroad warnings and barriers were functioning at the time of the collision.

The deceased's identity will not be released until his next of kin have been notified.

It is anticipated that eastbound State Street at 12th Street will be closed for the next few hours while the investigation is completed.

 

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