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PIO Forum is May 19 - 05/17/16
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Coffee with a Cop set for May 24 - 05/17/16
Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents to for coffee and conversation at local café, the Ike Box, 299 Cottage ST NE, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

The event, known as Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for community members to join officers for good conversation over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"Our Coffee with a Cop events have been very popular with the community and the officers," said Lt. Dave Okada whose section oversees and participates in the program, "The officers enjoy meeting residents and having the chance to have a relaxed conversation in a comfortable setting."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events held across the country strive to make lasting connections between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The May event makes the third time the Salem Police Department meets with community members over a fresh perk.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.
Salem Police to Continue Specialized Patrols - 05/16/16
The Salem Police Department will continue with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants and will add extra patrols on the weekends to enhance the safety of our roadways as the weather gets nicer and people get out on the weekends.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the month of April, Salem Police Department arrested 43 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 61 citations for Driving While Suspended and issued another 767 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Three Salem Schools Briefly on Lockdown Due To Prowler - 05/16/16
Sprague High School, Crossler Middle School, and Liberty Elementary were placed on a Level 1 lockdown Monday afternoon while police tried to find a suspect who had been prowling homes. They have since re-opened.

The incident began just after 2:00 PM when officers responded to a suspicious person running through yards and jumping fences in the 300 block of Khartoum St SE. A stolen vehicle connected to the suspect was recovered in the 400 block of LaCresta Dr SE. Despite trying to track the suspect using police K-9's, the suspect was able to evade police. He was described as a white male in his 20's, 5'9" to 5'10", wearing a bright blue t-shirt and jeans.
Another of Salem's 10 Most Wanted Arrested (Photo) - 05/13/16
Another one of the Salem Police Department's "10 Most Wanted" was taken into custody after patrol officers spotted 37 year old Larry Hatlestad riding his bicycle on Portland Rd NE near Wayside Terrace at about 10:30 AM Friday. Hatlestad attempted to elude officers on his bicycle before abandoning the bike in the 2400 block of Edgewood Av NE. Hatlestad ran southbound through yards, climbing over fences. Officers established a perimeter and two K-9's were called to assist in the search. Hatlestad surrendered to officers in the backyard of a residence in the 2400 block of Carleton Way NE.

Hatlestad was wanted for a Parole Violation, as well as a bench warrant for Failure to Appear. He was also charged with Interfering with a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief III for fence damage, and two counts of Criminal Trespass II. In addition, he was cited for another count of Interfering with a Police Officer for an incident that occurred April 8th when he eluded officers on his bicycle. Hatlestad was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Since the Salem Police Department initiated the "10 Most Wanted" in January 2010, 231 persons have been featured and 200 of those have been arrested.
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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Crash (Photo) - 05/13/16
Just after midnight Friday morning two Salem Police officers were typing reports in the 4500 block of Liberty Rd S when they heard squealing tires followed by a crash. They went to investigate and discovered that a silver colored 2002 GMC Yukon that had been eastbound on Skyline Rd S failed to negotiate the turn at Liberty Rd and crashed into a power pole killing 22 year old Corey Engleman. The driver, 30 year old David Robinett Jr. was transported to Salem Hospital by medics for non-life threatening injuries. An additional passenger, 26 year old Andrew Williams sustained minor injuries.

The investigation determined that alcohol and excessive speed contributed to the crash. The driver, David Robinett Jr., has been arrested for Manslaughter II and will be booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility following his release from Salem Hospital.
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Salem Police Detectives Arrest Two For Organized Retail Theft - 05/12/16
Investigators with Fred Meyer, Safeway/Albertsons, and Target Organized Retail Crime Units collaborating as part of the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance initiated an investigation into a Salem couple buying and selling stolen retail products, primarily health and beauty products along with some clothing. Undercover investigators with the Northwest Organized Retail Crime Alliance made seven separate purchases totaling a little over $11,000 from the couple with a retail value of more than $37,000. They subsequently notified the Salem Police Department of their investigation.

On Thursday at about 9:00 AM, Salem Police detectives served a search warrant in the 100 block of Connecticut Av SE. A large amount of new retail items still in their original packaging was located at the residence. Taken into custody was 39 year old Michael Rascon and 34 year old Maria Rojas.

The two were charged with Unlawful Racketeering Activity, Laundering a Monetary Instrument, Organized Retail Theft (Attempted), and Theft I be receiving and were lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.
Salem Police Conclude Major Drug Investigation (Photo) - 05/12/16
The Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, assisted by the Marion County District Attorney's Office, the Salem DEA office, the Western Interagency Narcotics team (WIN), and the Portland Police Bureau, concluded a nearly two month long drug investigation Tuesday evening with the arrest of seven individuals and the service of seven search warrants. The operation began just before 6:30 PM with the nearly simultaneous stop of three separate vehicles in the vicinity of Lancaster and Beverly NE.

Following the vehicle stops, search warrants were served in the 3700 block of Beverly Av NE, the 400 block of Fountain Valley Way NE, the 900 block of Shores St NE, the 5100 block of Wittenberg Ln NE, the 1500 block of Hawthorne Av NE, and the 2500 block of Ptarmigan St NW.

Meanwhile, WIN served a search warrant in the 9600 block of SW 160th in Beaverton, and the Portland Police Bureau served a search warrant in the 8200 block of NE Hancock.

The Salem Police Department seized over ten pounds of heroin, over 14 pounds of methamphetamine, and in excess of two pounds of cocaine. In addition, over $466,000 and six vehicles were seized.

Arrested in Salem on a long list of drug related charges were the following individuals:
Victor Palafox, 23 years of age from Salem
Vanessa Gonzalez, 22 years of age from Salem
Guillermo Palafox-Santos, 42 years of age from Salem
Elsa Garcia-Barrera, 47 years of age from Salem
Christopher McNaught, 37 years of age from Salem
Crystal Bingham, 36 years of age from Salem
David Bacon, 52 years of age from Beaverton
They are all being held in the Marion County Correctional Facility.
Salem Police Investigating Report of a Stranger Approaching and Grabbing a Child - 05/05/16
Update 05/05/16: The 9-year old child was re-interviewed today by his School Resource Officer and recanted his story, saying he had runaway because he did not wish to go to school.

Salem Police officers are investigating an incident where a 9-year old child reported that he was approached and grabbed by an unknown male.

The child was walking from his residence to a bus stop near the intersection of Stellars Eagle St NW and Bald Eagle NW at about 8:30 am this morning when he was approached by an unknown male adult who grabbed his arm. The child was able to pull away from the suspect, who then pushed the child to the ground. The child was able to get up and run away as the suspect followed in his vehicle. The child was eventually located walking along Highway 22 by an Oregon State Police trooper. The child sustained a scrape to his arm and was transported to Salem Health for evaluation.

The suspect in this case is described as a white male adult in his thirties with blue eyes and wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap. He was driving an old black and rusted vehicle that squealed when he drove.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind parents to have conversations with their children about "stranger danger." Younger children should be in the company of a responsible adult whenever possible. When not under the supervision of an adult, children should stay in groups and be aware of their surroundings. If they feel uncomfortable about their surroundings or people around them, they should immediately leave and contact a responsible adult. If approached by a stranger, children should not talk to them, accept rides or anything else from them and should immediately leave and report the incident to an adult. Likewise, all of us should be aware of our surroundings and watch for suspicious activities and immediately report those activities to law enforcement. When preparing to report suspicious circumstances, callers should note the type of activity, descriptions of all involved, any vehicle descriptions such as make, color and license plate, and any direction of travel if the subject has left the area.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Youth Services Unit at 503-588-6257.

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Salem Police to participate in Traffic Safety Campaign - 05/05/16
Salem Police officers are participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The first campaign for 2016 occurred February 8-21, and the second campaign runs May 16-29.

During the two-week period, the department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purposes of enforcing seatbelt laws, child restraint violations, minors riding in open truck beds, and cell phone use (specifically texting) while driving.

The effort, known as the Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign, is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program which utilizes federal funding from the US Department of Transportation. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries:
* Safety restraint use;
* Speed; and
* Impaired drivers.

A statewide observation survey in 2015 found 97% of Oregon's motoring public routinely uses safety belts. However, Oregon Department of Transportation crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of on 75% among those killed in crashed in 2015. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through 12 years, yet the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%!

The following describes Oregon law on child safety restraint use:
* A child under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat;
* A child older than one year and weighing more than 20 pounds, but less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat;
* A child weighing over 40 pounds, and less than eight-years-old, or is less than 4 feet 9 inches tall must be restrained in either a child seat with a harness system, or a booster seat which raises the child up so that the lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

For help with child safety seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. Find a local fitting station location at or

The Salem Police Department, along with the Oregon Department of Transportation, encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle, regardless of the distance traveled. We also urge the proper use of child safety seats and restraints.

Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.
Driver Killed in Crash Following Terminated Pursuit - 04/30/16
The Salem Police Department attempted to stop a 1999 white BMW at Macleay Rd and 46th St SE at about 3:20 AM Saturday because the driver was wanted in connection with release agreement violations which had occurred earlier in the 800 block of Rosemont Av NW. The driver failed to yield and continued eastbound on Macleay Rd eventually accelerating to 45 to 50 mph. At Cordon Rd. the driver disregarded a red traffic signal and the pursuit was terminated because of safety concerns.
Approximately ten minutes later, an officer checking the area for the suspect located the BMW in the 5900 block of Macleay Rd SE. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, 43 year old Joshua Tibbetts, was dead at the scene along with his dog, which had been in the vehicle. At the request of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Salem Police Department's Traffic Control Unit was called out to conduct the investigation. Next of kin has been notified.