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Suspicious person
Update: Suspicious person identified (Photo) - 01/16/19

Update: January 16, 2019

Today, Salem detectives contacted Mark Largent, age 61 of Salem, for the suspicious activity that occurred at the Wal-Mart on Commercial St SE late last week. Detectives detained Largent on a "Police Officer Custody" for a mental health evaluation, believing he was a danger to himself or others. Additionally, criminal charges will be forwarded to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for review. 

The Salem Police Department is greatful for the community's help in identifying Largent. 

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Salem, Ore. — Salem Police requests help from the public in identifying a subject who was reported as behaving in a suspicious manner at Wal-Mart on Commercial St SE.

On January 10, 2019, a male individual approached a woman in the store asking for help. Grasping onto the woman, the subject attempted to lead the woman to his vehicle. The woman was able to remove herself from the situation with the help of store employees who intervened after she made eye contact with them.  

The victim and witnesses report the suspect as an adult male, average height, and stocky build. He was driving a 2000s decade green truck without license plates. The exact vehicle make and model are unknown. Images of the suspect are included.

The department asks for the community’s help in locating the suspect. Anyone with information about him or his identity should call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

Salem Police investigators remind all residents to always be aware of their surroundings and to trust your instincts should you find yourself in a suspicious circumstance. “The victim in this instance did a great job of drawing attention to herself to get assistance,” said Public Information Officer LT Treven Upkes. “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Never be embarrassed to cause a ruckus to get the attention of others for assistance.”

“Please report any and all suspicious activity to the police department,” concluded Upkes. Residents should call or text 911 as appropriate, or call the police non-emergency line at 503-588-6123.

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Update: Victim and suspect identified in southeast Salem shooting - 01/09/19

UPDATE January 9, 2019 at 1:05 p.m.:

Joshua Tate, age 32 of Salem, has been identified as the person who died on Tuesday January 8, 2019 in the 1400 block of Polo Ct SE. An autopsy performed earlier today confirmed Tate died of a gunshot wound.

April Gamblin, age 24 of Salem, has been charged with the murder of Tate. Gamblin and Tate had been in a domestic relationship for a number of years. Gamblin is currently being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility and will be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem, OR 97317.

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On January 8, 2019, at approximately 12:50 pm, Salem Police officers were dispatched to a residence on Polo Ct SE on the report of a possible shooting. When officers arrived they located a woman at the location suffering from injuries. The woman directed officers inside a residence where a male was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

The woman was transported to Salem Health for treatment of her non-lifethreatening injuries.   

Based on the preliminary investigation police do not believe the public is in danger. The involved people’s names will not be released until next of kin has been notified. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Police identify woman killed by train - 12/27/18

On Thursday, December 27, 2018 at approximately 2:20 pm, Salem Police officers responded to the area of Marion St NE and 12th St NE on the report of an adult female being struck by a southbound Union Pacific freight train. The female, identified as Michelle Manis age 46 of Salem, was found deceased at the scene.

Numerous streets remain closed while railroad officials conduct their investigation into the incident.