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Update on fatal crash on McGilchrist ST SE - 08/22/19

On August 22, 2019, at approximately 7:05 a.m. Salem Police officers responded to the intersection of McGilchrist ST SE and 19th ST SE on the report of an injury crash. Initially, it was reported that a semi-truck and a motorcycle had collided. Later it was determined the semi-truck was not directly involved and instead the collision was between a Jeep Wrangler and a motorcycle.

The Jeep had been traveling westbound on McGilchrist ST SE when it made a left turn onto 19th ST SE in front of the motorcycle which was travelling eastbound on McGilchrist ST SE. The motorcycle was not able to stop and collided with the Jeep.

Arriving officers and medics located the lone occupant of the motorcycle and pronounced him deceased at the scene. He was later identified as Todd Dowty age 36 of Salem.

The driver of the Jeep, Margaret Foresee age 45 of Salem, stayed on scene. Eventually, Foresee was transported to Salem Health for an evaluation. Foresee is cooperating with the investigation.

This crash is still under investigation and as such no citations have been issued and no arrest has been made.


Police investigating homicide - 08/18/19

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Salem and Keizer police officers responded to the Pine Street Pub, 460 Pine ST NE, on a report of gunshots being fired in the parking lot.

When officers arrived they located a male and female victim. Officers provided first aid until the victims were transported to Salem Health for treatment. One of the victims, Jennifer Black, age 40 of Salem, died of her injuries. The other victim is still receiving treatment and no update on his condition is available.

Officers set a perimeter around the area for a K-9 search, but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation throughout the day. Due to the ongoing investigation suspect information will not be released at this time. Further details will be released as they become available.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.


Salem Police participating in child seat safety campaign - 08/16/19

Salem Police Officers are participating in a third US Department of Transportation funded statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign. This campaign will be from August 19 through September 1, 2019, and will focus on child passenger safety. Officers will be educating drivers about child seat laws and will refer those needing help to the nearest child seat fitting station.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2016, 1,582 children under age nine were injured in Oregon traffic crashes and five children died. Estimates show car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one-year-old and by up to 59% for toddlers age one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among children ages four to eight by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.


Oregon law for children under age two requires they use a child seat with harness in a rear-facing position. A child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.


The law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age one to age two, will better protect the child’s head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries. Research shows that children in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they ride rear-facing. This is because a rear-facing seat spreads crash forces evenly across the seat and child’s body while also limiting forward or sideways motion of the head.


For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: NHTSA Car Seats or at Oregon Impact. Many car seat fitting stations will host special events during National Child Passenger Safety Week September 15 through 21, with Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to assist families with selection and use of car seats and boosters.

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 are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Team at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.


Chief Moore's response to recent shootings in Salem - 08/12/19

The following release is Chief Jerry Moore's response to recent shootings that have occurred in Salem. Chief Moore will be attending tonight's Salem City Council meeting in order to address questions by Councilors regarding the recent events. The Salem City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. at Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall. 


Between August 4 and August 8 the City experienced a series of violent crimes in a short period of time. Our goal is to keep this community safe and we understand when events like this occur so close together community concern grows. I want the community to know the Salem Police Department and our partner agencies are working diligently to solve these crimes and get the criminals off of our streets.

I know there has been a great deal of speculation and some misinformation circulating through various sources and I want to provide some facts to help the public better understand what has occurred.

On August 4th a young man was shot in Englewood Park and subsequently died of his injuries. A few hours later and a few blocks away on 22nd ST NE, an unrelated domestic homicide occurred. The suspect in that homicide has been arrested and the case has been handed over to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

On August 5th, there was a drive-by shooting in the 1400 block of Evergreen AV NE and thankfully no one was hurt. A short time later, outside of the city in Marion County, another drive-by shooting occurred.

On August 8th a car was shot near Market and Clay streets NE. No one was injured in that incident.

It is human nature to assume these incidents may be connected. That may in fact be the case, but at this time it is simply speculation and our investigation will determine whether that is accurate. Regardless, we are actively working all of these cases and are working closely with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police, and parole and probation agencies.

We understand the public would like more information about events such as these.  But, case integrity is critical. We release details as soon as possible once we have verified them, which may take hours or even days. Many times, details are actually clues, which if revealed publicly, can hamper the investigation.

In the age of scanner apps and social media, people are able to get bits and pieces of an event in real time. Yet, many times the initial information turns out to be misunderstood, incorrect, and unfortunately exaggerated. We hope the community understands we will not speculate and will provide facts of the case when it is prudent. 

We have been asked if these incidents are gang-related. Whether or not they are gang-related does not change our investigations. We don’t conduct our investigations based on labels of individuals; we conduct our investigations based on the behavior and actions of those involved. Gang involvement can be a contributing factor, but usually motives for committing these crimes vary incident to incident, and we may not know until the investigation is complete.

During the course of my career we have in fact had occasion where multiple acts of violence have occurred in a short period of time.  Most often it is one or two individuals involved, and once they are in custody those shootings stop.  That is our goal in this case.

We understand people want these crimes solved immediately and we do too. The reality is these investigations are complex. We are working continually in an effort to solve these crimes. Officers and detectives are working round-the-clock, yet resources are stretched with the daily calls for service that continue, in addition to our routine duties to keep the community safe.

It is important to point out that this is still a safe community.  The majority of Salem’s person to person crimes are committed by people who are known to each other, not stranger to stranger incidents.

Your officers are working hard to ensure your safety, but we can’t do it alone. How can you help? Report suspicious activity when it happens. Call or text 911 if necessary. And, be a good witness and contact us if you have information regarding any of these incidents.

Salem Police Investigating Stabbing in NE Salem - 08/11/19

Salem Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in the 3300 block of Hadley St NE at approximately 11:00 pm on August 10th, 2019.  The victim, a 21 yr old male, was taken to the Salem ER where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  This is an on going investigation and no further details will be provided at this time.

Smoke reported at Salem Health Hospital - 08/08/19

This morning, at 6:30 a.m., smoke was reported in Building B of the Salem Health Hospital. The Salem Fire Department, Salem Health officials and the Salem Police Department are on-scene working to locate the source of the smoke. Patient care and ambulance services are not being effected by the smoke.

Winter St SE is currently closed between Mission St SE and Bellevue St SE.

Further information will be released when it is available.

Salem Police Investigating a fatal shooting near Englewood Park - 1275 19th St NE **UPDATE** - 08/07/19


Investigators have identified the victim of the fatal shooting which took place near Englewood Park the morning of August 4th, 2019 as 16 yr old Ishaq Saleem, a resident of Keizer, OR.

No further information on this investigation or victim will be released at this time.



The Salem Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred at Englewood Park at approximately 0048 hrs on August 4th, 2019.  The victim of the shooting later died at a local hospital.  No victim or suspect information is currently available.  This investigation is on going and no additional details will be released.

Investigators can confirm that this shooting is unrelated to the later shooting in the 400 block of 22nd st NE, which occurred at 0319 hrs on August 4th.

Salem Police to add DUII enforcement patrols through Labor Day holiday - 08/07/19


DATE:     Wednesday, August 07, 2019


CONTACT PERSON:         Lt. Debbie Aguilar

                                                City of Salem Police Department



Salem Police to add DUII enforcement patrols through the Labor Day holiday


Salem, Ore.The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are driving under the influence of intoxicants.  These specialized patrols will begin August 8, 2019 and run through the Labor Day weekend. 

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.  As an agency, Salem Police Department arrested 45 people for driving under the influence and issued four citations for the violation of Minor in Possession in the month of July 2019. There were also 166 citations issued for driving while suspended, 105 for speeding, 6 citations for distracted driving, 12 citations for seatbelt violations and 927 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners, such as Oregon Impact and the Department of Transportation are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.


Salem Investigators Searching for Wanted Felon (Photo) **UPDATE** - 08/07/19

**UPDATE 8/7/19 8:00am**

On August 6th, 2019, at approximately 10:00 pm Salem Police Department officers located Walter William Kraemer walking in the 1900 block of Fairgrounds Rd NE in Salem, OR.  Kraemer complied with officers and was taken into custody without incident.  He was later lodged at the Marion County Jail on multiple felony charges, including Theft I and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Officers were able to locate Kraemer based on several tips received from the public. 


Salem Police investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating a wanted felon who is believed to be in the Salem area.   Walter William Kraemer, a 37 yr old Salem resident, is currently on felony probation out of Marion County for Burglary I, DCS Meth and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.  Kraemer recently cut off his GPS ankle monitor on July 22nd, 2019.  Since that time, he has been involved in additional criminal activity and investigators have probable cause to arrest him on multiple felony charges, including theft of firearms.  Kraemer should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the TIPS line at (503) 588-8477.  If Kraemer is spotted, call 911 immediately.  The public is asked to please not approach or attempt to apprehend. 

Kraemer is described as a white male adult, 6'1", 210 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes.  Please refer to the attached photo for additional identifiers.


Attached Media Files: Kraemer.jpg
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Crash **Updated - Victim Identified** - 08/05/19


The Salem Police Department has identified the victim involved in the vehicle versus pedestrian crash this morning at Liberty St SE and Owens St S.

The victim is identified as Linda Adamson, a 59 yr old resident of Salem, OR.   

Investigators determined that the victim was attempting to cross Owens St S, heading SB, at the Liberty St intersection as the involved Subaru SUV was attempting to make a turn from Owens St S onto NB Liberty St on a red light.  The vehicle struck the victim as it was attempting to make the turn onto Liberty St.    

The 68 yr old female driver remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators.  There were no signs of impairment.  The investigation is continuing and no criminal charges have been filed at this time.


The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal crash at the intersection of Owens St S and Liberty St SE.  The crash was reported at approximately 6:27am when the Salem police department responded to a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian at that intersection.  When police arrived they located the adult female pedestrian, who was already deceased.  The adult female driver of the involved vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.  At this time the cause of the crash remains under investigation.  The identity of the victim is not being released pending next of kin notification.

Liberty Street SE between Miller St  and Owens Street S is closed during the investigation.  Drivers are urged to use alternate routes.

**UPDATED** Liberty Street is now open.

Salem Police Investigate Shooting Overnight in NE Salem - 08/05/19

Salem Police are investigating a shooting that occurred over night in the 1500 block of Evergreen Ave NE.  Officers responded to the area after residents reported hearing several  gun shots at approximately 0100 hrs on August 5th, 2019.  Officers arrived in the area and confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the gunfire.  Investigators are actively working the case and at this time no additional information will be provided. 

Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting - 08/04/19

The Salem Police Department is currently investigating a fatal shooting in NE Salem.  Officers responded to a home in the 400 block of 22nd St NE at approximately 0319 hrs on August 4th, 2019 after receiving a report of a disturbance.  When officers arrived, they located one victim with a gun shot wound.  The victim was transported to the Salem Hospital via ambulance where they were pronounced deceased.  Investigators are questioning a suspect at this time.  This investigation is on going and more information will be released as it becomes available.   

Salem Police seek assistance in identifying shoplift suspects (Photo) **UPDATED Suspect arrest** - 07/31/19

****UPDATED July 31, 2019****

The Salem Police Department has identified one suspect involved in the hit and run crash which occurred in the TJ Max parking lot on July 27th in Salem, OR.  Investigators identified the suspect as 28 year old Desiree Katherine LaMorte.  Desiree was identified as the driver of the hit and run vehicle through tips provided by the public.  Salem Police investigators, with the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau, arrested Desiree on July 30th, 2019, and charged her with Assault II, Felony Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Theft II.   Desiree is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail.  Investigators are still working to identify the second involved female. 


The victim involved in the below listed incident has been identified as Montana W. Carver, a 61 yr old resident of the Salem area.  He is currently listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.  As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information can be released at this time. 


The Salem Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two individuals who shoplifted from the TJ Max store in downtown Salem on July 27th, 2019 at approximately 8:40 pm.  After exiting the store, the individuals fled in a vehicle. The suspects vehicle struck a bicyclist prior to leaving the scene.  The victim was transported to the hospital via ambulance with serious injuries.  No further updates available on the identity or condition of the victim at this time. 

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1) light skinned adult black female with dark hair, approximately 6 ft. tall with a medium build.  The suspect is described as having a deep voice.

Suspect 2) white female adult, approximately 5'1" to 5'3" tall and heavier build (160 to 180 lbs), with blond hair.

The attached photos are from a surveillance camera and show the two female suspects.  Anyone with information which can help identify the two suspects are asked to call the Salem Police Department tip line at 503-588-8477.

Salem Police Station Project - Architect rendering
Salem Police Station Project - Architect rendering
MEDIA ALERT ONLY: Topping Out Ceremony for the Salem Police Station Project (Photo) - 07/29/19


JULY 29, 2019

EVENT: Topping Out Ceremony for the Salem Police Station Project


WHEN:          Friday August 2, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., with a lunch for the skilled trades following at approximately 11:45 a.m.

WHO:             City of Salem Salem Police Department and JE Dunn Construction

WHERE:       JE Dunn Construction Site Offices (southeast corner of Division and Liberty STS NE)

333 Division Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

WHY:             A Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate completion of the concrete structure of the new Salem Police Station and to recognize the trade partners and associated craft workers who were essential to reaching this project milestone safely and on schedule.


  • Onsite media interviews: JE Dunn Vice President Matthew Braun, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore, and Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw
  • Recognition lunch with all skilled trade workers on the project


  • Remarks will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
  • Interviews will be available after the topping out ceremony, during lunch


  1. 150 trades people have worked on the project to date
  2. 47 feet - Height of the completed building
  3. 5700 cubic yards of concrete
  4. 411 tons of rebar
  5. Estimated project completion: September 2020

The new consolidated police station will unite all police units and departments under one roof in a safe, welcoming building for both staff and the public. The facility will be three stories in height and approximately 104,000 SF. It will house all police units including Evidence Storage, Crime Lab, all Emergency Response Vehicles, the City of Salem Emergency Operations Center, as well as community and department training spaces. Sustainability measures are being implemented. Site development includes an elevated parking deck for patrol cars and access to patrol functions, with over 200 secure parking stall and specialty parking spaces.

“We are thrilled to reach this milestone in the project,” said Chief Jerry Moore. “JE Dunn Construction and our trade partners have worked diligently to get us to this point. We look forward to moving into the completed building.”

For more information about the Salem Police Station Project at

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