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Police officers plunge for a purpose - 02/24/21

February 24, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Five Salem Police officers braved the cold waters of a privately-owned pond and took a plunge for Special Olympics. Each January and February, the annual Oregon Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is celebrated by law enforcement agencies across the nation. Participants are challenged to raise awareness of local Special Olympics and raise funds for their programs by plunging into wintery frigid waters.

Senior Officer Brian Frazzini led the effort and this year was joined by Officers Dowd, Engler, Mason and Tillman. Because of the current guidelines on physical distancing, the officers jumped into the chilly pond at Adam’s Acres one at a time. To emphasize safety aspect, the bold-to-get-cold officers were joined in the frigid waters by a Salem Fire Department rescue swimmer.

Frazzini has been handling the police department’s efforts to support Special Olympians in Marion and Polk counties since 2003. In addition to the Polar Plunge, he has organized other fundraising efforts, such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Tip a Cop and Cops on Shops. Salem officers also have the pleasure of handing out medals at the Special Olympian Games. Officers volunteer to participate in these activities on their own personal time.

Said Frazzini about his ardent support of all things Special Olympics, “The intellectual and physically-disabled community is underrepresented, and they need champions. Law enforcement has taken up the challenge to be that for them and give them support to achieve greatness.”

The Salem Police Team raised $3,200 which will go toward Special Olympian activities in Marion and Polk counties.

Watch the officers get #freezinforareason on the Salem Police YouTube channel, @SalemPDTV.

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Arrested: Luis Fernando Del Rio JR
Arrested: Luis Fernando Del Rio JR
Arrest made in sex abuse investigation - 02/19/21

Arrest made in sex abuse investigation

Detectives concerned there may be more victims

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police detectives have arrested Luis Fernando Del Rio JR, age 35 of Salem, after an investigation into allegations of sex abuse identified Del Rio as having victimized four children.

Del Rio was charged with the following:

  • Four counts of first-degree sodomy
  • Six counts of first-degree sexual abuse

The investigation also determined Del Rio’s wife ran a childcare business in their Salem-area home. Since Del Rio had access to many children, detectives are concerned there may be more victims.

Del Rio has used the names Fernando, Freddy and Nando. He has lived in the Salem-Keizer area, McMinnville, Oregon and Twin Falls, Idaho.

Anyone with knowledge of victimization or suspect victimization by Del Rio is encouraged to contact the Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Section by calling 503-588-6050.

Del Rio was arraigned today, February 19, 2021, at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex, and thus, further inquiries regarding this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Shooting Under Investigation - 02/14/21

Salem, Ore. — On Sunday, February 14, 2021, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Salem Police officers responded to 3300 block of Astoria WY NE on a report of shots fired. Arriving officers located two adult men at the location with serious injuries including gunshot wounds. Officers provided immediate trauma treatment until medics arrived.

Detectives responded to the scene and are actively working the case. The initial findings indicate there is no danger to the public.

This is an active investigation and no identifications will be made, nor medical conditions released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Salem Police Tips line at 503-588-8477.


Salem man arrested and charged with encouraging child sex abuse - 02/10/21

Salem, Ore. — Salem resident, Jason Clark, was arrested yesterday, February 9, 2021 by Salem Police detectives for ten counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree.

Patrol officers initiated the investigation based on the report by concerned citizens. The report was forwarded to detectives from the Salem Police Computer Forensics Lab who determined Clark, age 45, was in possession of and viewing child pornography. A warrant service on Clark’s residence led to the seizure of computers, hardware and mobile phones totaling 26 devices. Detectives located tens of thousands of child pornography videos and images.

If you are aware of any information related to the sexual exploitation of children including information possibly related to the Clark investigation, please contact the police department at 503-588-8477, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline online or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

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Focused DUII and seatbelt enforcement campaigns continue - 02/10/21

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department in partnerships with Oregon Impact, ODOT and NHTSA are participating in statewide traffic enforcement campaigns focusing on DUII and seatbelt usage violations.

Since the holiday season, officers working grant funded shifts and regular patrol have issued over 800 citations and warnings for violations ranging from speeding to driving while suspended.

Through February 14, 2021, officers will be specifically looking for seatbelt violations. We know failing to properly use seatbelts and child restraints is dangerous. According to ODOT crash data the lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 86 out of the 311 fatal crashes in 2018. It is estimated that appropriately installed and utilized child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year of age and up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four.

If you or a loved one need information or help on child seat usage or how to install one, people may visit the Oregon Impact website for more information.

The Salem Police Department asks that no matter how far you are going to be travelling, please wear your seat belt. Also, if you are drinking please don’t drive. Have a designated driver, utilize public transportation, taxis or cabs or a ridesharing service to get you home.



Suspect charged in arson of City vehicles - 01/31/21

Salem, Ore. — On January 10, 2021, two City of Salem vehicles were set on fire while they were parked at the Pringle Parkade located at 399 High ST SE. The damage to the vehicles is estimated at $45,000.

Several days later, Salem Police patrol officers contacted Matthew Terrance Mungenast, age 20 of Salem, and identified him as a possible suspect in the arson. During that contact he was subsequently arrested for unrelated crimes. The investigative leads were forwarded to detectives. 

The follow up investigation done by detectives led the following charges against Mungenast on January 25:

  • Arson in the second degree
  • Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, and
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree

Mungenast is currently being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

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Crash and death investigation in northeast Salem - Update 1/30/2021 - 01/30/21

UPDATE Saturday, January 30, 2021

As a result of the ongoing investigation into the January 16, 2021, traffic crash on Savage RD near Ladd AV NE, Salem Police detectives determined the crash was a result of an earlier shooting at Hoover Park which resulted in the driver of the vehicle being struck by gunfire. The driver ultimately crashed the vehicle nearby and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second occupant of the vehicle was injured and transported to Salem Health.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was from a gunshot wound.

Detectives identified and arrested two suspects, one adult and one juvenile, for their involvement. Due to the continuing investigation, no further information related to the suspects’ identities or charges will be released.

Questions related to the investigation or arrest of the individuals may be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office at 503-588-5222.

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Original press release published Sunday, January 17, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On January 16, 2021 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Salem Police officers responded to a report of a shots fired call near Savage RD and Ladd AV NE.

When officers arrived, they located a single vehicle crash into a tree. Two victims were found inside the car. One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for their injuries. 

Anyone who may have heard or seen anything in the area around the time of the incident is asked to call the Salem Police tips line 503-588-8477.

This is an active investigation, and as such, no further information will be released at this time.

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Missing child, Ivonna Cofey, age 6_January 29, 2021
Missing child, Ivonna Cofey, age 6_January 29, 2021
Police searching for lost child (Photo) - Update at 2335 - 01/29/21

UPDATE at 2335: Ivonna has been located and is safe with her parents. Thank you to the Salem community for their concern.

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Salem, Ore. - At approximately 7:00p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 the Salem Police Department received a call of a lost child. Ivonna Cofey, age 6, left her residence with her twin sister and became separated at approximately 5:00 p.m.  

Ivonna is described as a slender, black child of light complexion. She is believed to be wearing a grey shirt and pink tights. She was last seen in the Lakeside Village Mobile Home park in the 3300 block of Turner RD SE.

In addition to Salem police and fire personnel, the Marion County Search and Rescue team has been deployed and is actively searching the area. At this time public volunteers are not needed to respond to the area, but if community members who live in the area or are traveling through the area happen to see Ivonna, please call 9-1-1 immediately.  

Updates will be provided as they become available.   

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