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Bicyclist dies in crash with semi-truck - 10/16/21

Salem, Ore - On October 15, 2021 at approximately 7:50 p.m. Salem Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Salem Pkwy and Cherry AVE NE on vehicle versus bicycle crash. When officers arrived they determined a semi-truck and trailer driven by Montaque Annear, age 55 of Dallas, had struck a bicycle, killing the male adult rider. 

The Salem Police Traffic Team responded to conduct the investigation. They have initially determined that Annear was traveling southwest on Salem Pkwy on a green light when the bicyclist proceeded northbound through the intersection at Cherry AVE and was struck. Annear stopped, remained on on-scene and cooperated with the investigation. Additionally, a Level I truck inspection was completed on the semi and trailer, and no violations were found. 

No arrests were made and no citations were issued. The bicyclist has been identified but his identity will not be released until his next of kin have been notified. 

This is the sixth fatal pedestrian or cyclist crash in Salem this year. 


Case UPDATE - Police ask for help identifying hit and run driver - 10/06/21


Update Wednesday, October 6, 2021:

Preliminary findings from the Traffic Team investigation show the vehicle involved in this incident belong to a 2020-2022 Ford Super Duty, four-door crew cab pickup truck. The vehicle grill sustained damage in the collision leaving parts found at the scene which helped identify the make, model, and year range. The parts and video obtained indicate the vehicle is either a King Ranch or Platinum model Ford pickup due to the chrome detailing. Example images shown in the video link.

Additional surveillance video shows the truck traveled west on Sunnyview RD from 17th ST NE. The truck then turned north on Fairgrounds RD, then east on Silverton RD. The pickup was last seen traveling eastbound in the 4700 block of Silverton RD NE. 

The investigation continues. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Team  at 503-588-6293. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Original press release published October 5, 2021:

Salem, Ore. — Saturday, October 2, 2021, at approximately 1:10 a.m., a Salem patrol officer was passing the Oregon State Fairgrounds when they were flagged down by a group of people standing on 17th ST between Silverton RD and Woodrow ST NE. 

The officer approached to find a woman lying in the street with another woman performing CPR on her. The officer quickly took over the resuscitative efforts until the woman’s breathing and pulse returned. She was transported by ambulance to Salem Health and subsequently transferred via Life Flight to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center for further treatment. 

Officers were informed the woman, later identified as Juana Sebastian-Juan age 24 of Salem, was struck by a vehicle. Witnesses recounted a white, late model Ford pick-up truck fled the scene after striking Sebastian-Juan. A video clip of the suspected vehicle is included.

Sebastian-Juan is still in the hospital with serious injuries.

The Salem Police Traffic Team is requesting any witnesses, people with information about the incident, or people in the area with surveillance video to contact the Traffic Team hotline at 503-588-6293.

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Resident input essential as Salem Police develops three-year strategic plan - 10/01/21


DATE:     October 1, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Under the leadership of Police Chief Trevor Womack, the Salem Police Department is developing its very first strategic plan. The plan’s three-year framework will provide a focus for the agency, ensuring the best use of limited resources toward measurable progress. 

“We are working toward solidifying a new policing philosophy in Salem which improves safety and quality of life, while enhancing trust in the department,” said Womack of the new initiative. 

The development of the plan incorporates recommendations from the 2020 Community Engagement Assessment and includes an internal and external planning process, combining employee input and community feedback. Over the summer, the department’s mission, vision, and values, as well as overarching goals were completed through employee discussions and surveys with community input collected through National Night Out block parties.

Womack explained, “At this stage of the plan development, community input is crucial. Now that each goal has a set of proposed objectives, we need to hear from our community.” Input will be collected through an online survey which is available in English and Spanish through October 24, 2021. 

More information about the Salem Police Strategic Plan is available bilingually through the City of Salem website.

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Juvenile injured by gunshot - 09/24/21

Salem, Ore. — On September 23, 2021 at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers responded to Secor Park, 5555 Stockton AV S, on a call of a juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound. Responding officers provided first aid to the juvenile until he was transported to Salem Health. He is expected to survive. 

Officers and detectives eventually determined five juveniles, one female and four males ages 13 to 16, were in the wooded area of Secor Park. Two of the teens had handguns. One of the teens was handling one of the firearms when it discharged, and a round struck another teen below the waist. 

Two firearms were recovered at the scene. Two of the male juveniles were arrested for the following crimes and taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center:

  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Carrying a concealed firearm
  • Reckless endangering

No further information will be released regarding this case. 


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Patrol officers make quick arrest in shots fired incident - 09/23/21


DATE:     September 23, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Patrol officers responded to the 3700 block of Portland RD NE yesterday afternoon, September 22, 2021, on the report of shots fired into an occupied vehicle.

Fortunately, none of the occupants were injured.

Officers quickly began a search of the area including a homeless camp situated in the direction from which the shots were fired. Individuals in the camp were able to provide information about the incident which led to the arrest of Ivanovich Garcia Sanchez, age 39. Patrol officers successfully located casings and the firearm believed to be used in the incident.

Sanchez is lodged at the Marion County Jail on the charges of reckless endangering and unlawful use of a weapon.

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Police investigate shooting incident - UPDATE 9/23/2021 - 09/23/21


DATE:     Wednesday, September 23, 2021

Press release update:

Arrested in this incident was Larry Ray Hatlestad, age 43. He is lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Murder in the second degree 
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a weapon

Hatlestad was detained when a responding patrol officer located him trying to hide in a restaurant near the scene. 

The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old Abraham Torres Borja. 

Hatlestad will be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex today. All further inquiries on this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Our thanks to the witnesses who assisted patrol officers in the search for the suspect. We also extend thanks to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police who also assisted in the search and helped bring the incident to conclusion.

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Original press release published September 22, 2021:

Salem, Ore. — On September 22, 2021, at about 11:15 a.m., Salem Police officers responded the to the 1000 block of 39th AV NE on the report of a shooting.

Officers located one man who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds. Officers closed multiple streets in the area to set up a perimeter search for involved individuals.

The man was transported to Salem Health where he subsequently died from his wounds.

Several people have been detained and we do not believe there is any further threat to the public. During the next few hours, 39th AV between Anita DR and D ST NE will remain closed for the investigation.

As this incident is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

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