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Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision - 05/20/24

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DATE: May 20, 2024

 

Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, callers reported a vehicle collision near the intersection of Croisan Creek RD and Roberta AV S. The Salem Police Traffic Team and other emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a car crashed into a power pole and tree leaving downed electrical line across Croisan Creek RD. 

The preliminary investigation by the Traffic Team revealed the driver of the car, Richard Gary Brunkal of Salem, was traveling southbound on Croisan Creek RD when he was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The compact crossover car he was driving left the right shoulder of the roadway and sheared off a utility pole and struck two trees before stopping.

Officers performed lifesaving measures for the passenger before paramedics arrived; however, the passenger, Judith Ann Brunkal, age 84 of Salem, was pronounced deceased.

The 82-year-old driver is cooperating with the investigation. No arrest or citations have been issued at this time.

Croisan Creek RD between Heath ST and Mockingbird DR was closed for the crash investigation and to allow for repairs by Portland General Electric (PGE) crews.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, Croisan Creek RD remains closed with street access available to those residences in the area.

Today’s early morning traffic fatality is the twelfth in Salem for 2024.

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Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later - 05/13/24

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DATE: May 13, 2024

 

Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later

Salem, Ore. — A Salem man injured in a hit-and-run collision last week has died.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on May 5, emergency responders were called to the 4100 block of Rickey ST SE after a man crossing the street was struck by the driver of a vehicle who then fled the scene.

The crash investigation determined the pedestrian was attempting to cross Rickey ST approximately one block east of Lancaster DR when they were struck by a pick-up traveling westbound on the same street. The pick-up driver hit the pedestrian who was in the lane of travel.

The pedestrian, Randall Dale Wilson, age 75, was transported to Salem Health with injuries. He was later transported for further care to a Portland-area hospital where he passed away Wednesday night, May 8. 

Officers identified the pick-up driver and arrested him at his home later that Sunday afternoon. The driver, Ramiro Gabriel Herrera, age 63 of Keizer, was lodged on the charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Given Herrera’s arrested status, all further questions regarding this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

The Salem Police Department has investigated 11 significant traffic collisions resulting in 11 fatalities this year.

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Evidence seized in the investigation.
Evidence seized in the investigation.
Man arrested in menacing and pistol-whip incident (Photo) - 05/09/24

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DATE:  May 9, 2024

Man arrested in menacing and pistol-whip incident

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 3:00 p.m. on May 8, officers responded to the call of an armed person at the transit mall in the 200 block of High ST NE. Transit mall security personnel reported a man, who was unable to board a bus, shouted threats and displayed a handgun. As the man fled, he pointed the gun at a passerby. 

Responding officers located the suspect in the area of Court and Church STS NE where witnesses also reported the man used the grip of a gun to strike a female bystander in the face, knocking her to the ground and kicking her repeatedly.

After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect, Enrique King Hatfield, was apprehended by officers and a handgun was found on his person.

The woman who was assaulted was treated by paramedics at the scene. 

The 21-year-old Hatfield was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on various related charges including:

  • Assault, second-degree
  • Menacing, two counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a weapon

Hatfield is set to be arraigned at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex today at 2:30 p.m. As such, all further inquiries about this investigation should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Salem man arrested in child sex abuse case - 04/26/24

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DATE: April 26, 2024

Salem man arrested in child sex abuse case

Salem, Ore. — A Salem man is in custody in Illinois on child sex abuse charges stemming from an incident earlier this month at a northeast Salem business.

Jason Patrick Mikel, age 28, was arrested Thursday, April 25, as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of a small child at a variety store in the 2700 block of Lancaster DR NE on the evening of April 1, 2024.

The child’s mother reported that while shopping, she lost sight of her daughter and found the three-year-old in Mikel’s arms. The mother confronted the unknown suspect, who put the child down and fled the store. Through a forensic interview conducted by Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center, Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives learned the child had been harmed in the encounter.

Investigators identified Mikel as the suspect and presented their findings to a Marion County Grand Jury on April 19. Mikel was indicted on the following charges:

  • Attempted unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree
  • Sex abuse, first-degree
  • Attempted kidnapping, first-degree

Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined Mikel fled Oregon to the village of Minooka, a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois. With assistance from the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Proactive Unit, and the Minooka Police and Channahon Police Departments, Mikel was arrested without incident. He is currently lodged at the Grundy County Jail and awaits extradition to Oregon.

Salem Police thanks the FBI, the deputies of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and the police officers from the communities of Minooka and Channahon for their assistance in apprehending Mikel. 

Gratitude is also extended to the staff of Liberty House. The organization is an essential partner in law enforcement’s work to investigate and bring justice to the most vulnerable of our community. We invite residents to learn more about the organization’s work and resources.

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Man arrested in domestic assault, kidnapping case - 04/25/24

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DATE: April 25, 2024

Man arrested in domestic assault, kidnapping case

Salem, Ore. — Early this morning, a Salem man was arrested today in northeast Salem as part of a domestic assault and kidnapping investigation. 

Agustin Caldaza Sierra, age 25 of Salem, was sought in an incident that occurred on April 18 in which he assaulted a former girlfriend, then forced her and her children into his vehicle. The woman reported being able to escape from the vehicle as the suspect drove. The children were later found safe, however, the suspect fled. 

Through the investigation, detectives located Sierra and arrested him without incident at an apartment in the 4100 block of Satter DR NE.

Sierra is lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Kidnaping in the first degree, three counts
  • Strangulation
  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Menacing
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Coercion
  • Assault in the fourth degree
  • Harassment
  • Custodial interference
  • Stalking

All further inquiries into this investigation should be directed to Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

If you know of someone experiencing domestic abuse, reach out to a victim advocate with the Salem Police Domestic Violence Response Team for information and connection to helpful resources in our community. Call 503-588-6499 or find more information online.

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Early morning collision results in motorcyclist fatality - 04/24/24

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DATE: April 24, 2024

Early morning collision results in motorcyclist fatality

Salem, Ore. — The 4300 block of Commercial ST SE was closed this morning for the investigation of a traffic collision resulting in the death of a motorcyclist.

Just after 7:00 a.m. today, multiple callers reported a collision between a car and motorcycle. Passersby stopped and acted quickly to render aid to the injured motorcyclist along with help from a Salem police officer. Ultimately, the rider was pronounced deceased by paramedics.

The preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team indicated that a sedan traveling southbound on Commercial ST initiated a turn east into the parking lot of a business when the motorcycle rider collided into the car.

The motorcyclist is identified as Zachary Hendrickson, age 32, of Salem. The driver of the car, Shannon Evans, age 54 and also of Salem, remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Commercial ST between Hilfiker LN and 12th ST Cutoff was closed for approximately three-and-a-half hours for the scene investigation.

There is no further information available at this time, including that of citations or arrest, as the incident remains an active investigation.

This morning’s traffic fatality is the tenth to occur in Salem since the start of the year.

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SMP24034171_Evidence seized in the investigation
SMP24034171_Evidence seized in the investigation
Local man arrested, guns and drugs seized (Photo) - 04/24/24

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DATE: April 24, 2024

Local man arrested, guns and drugs seized

Salem, Ore. — A 35-year-old Salem man was arrested yesterday afternoon on gun and drug possession charges.

Daniel Ralph Northcutt was arrested at a hotel in the 3300 block of Astoria WY NE at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Officers observed Northcutt in the area when he then fled into the hotel. 

Initially, Northcutt refused to exit the room but subsequently surrendered without incident. A search warrant was obtained for Northcutt’s rented room and his vehicle in the parking lot of the business. Seized in the search were two firearms, a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, as well as 1.5 ounces and 50 pills of a drug suspected to be fentanyl and $1,000 in cash.

Northcutt, who also has outstanding warrants in other cases, is lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Felon in possession of a firearm, two counts
  • Unlawful possession of a short-barreled firearm
  • Unlawful possession of a Schedule II controlled substance
  • Unlawful delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance

Given Northcutt’s in-custody status, all further media inquiries concerning this investigation should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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