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Salem Police Accepting Applications For Citizen Police Academy - 03/04/15
The Salem Police Department's 34th Citizen Police Academy will begin on April 1, 2015 for a period of 14 weeks, ending July 1. Classes will be limited to 20 students and will involve Wednesday evening classes as well as three Saturday classes.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to inform and educate citizens regarding police practices and services and to enhance the relationship between the police department and the community. Speakers from almost every unit within the Salem Police Department will give presentations and demonstrations to give students a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes.

Successful applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, have no felony convictions, no misdemeanor arrests within 12 months prior to the Academy and must live or work within the City of Salem. The course is free, but in order to graduate, each student must attend at least 80% of the classes.

If you would like to be considered to attend the Academy, please contact Jennifer Graber at 588-6499 opt.1, or jgraber@cityofsalem.net and an application packet will be mailed to you. The deadline for completed applications is March 20 but applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
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Salem Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges with Juvenile Female (Photo) - 03/03/15
On November 30, 2014, Salem Police Detectives arrested 39-year old Arthur Nigel Chavez of Salem on five counts of Rape in the Second Degree and one count of Sodomy in the First Degree. The charges stem from inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female who was known to him.

As the investigation progressed it was discovered that Chavez had been having contact with other juvenile females and was also an assistant girls basketball coach in the Salem Keizer Educational Foundation (SKEF) basketball league during the 1012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. SKEF is aware of the investigation and has been cooperating with detectives.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Chavez, the Salem Police Department as asking anyone who is aware of any inappropriate contact between Chavez and juvenile females to contact Salem Police Detective Dustin Wann at 503-540-2462.
Attached Media Files: Arthur Chavez
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Salem Police Searching For Missing Elderly Male-UPDATE Subject located (Photo) - 03/03/15
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March 3, 2015/2:15 pm


Edward Bakke has been located. At approximately 7:40 am this morning, a passerby located Mr Bakke on the ground near the intersection of Center St NE and Cottage St NE, apparently suffering from some type of medical problem. He was transported to Salem Hospital where he was identified and his family notified. No further information is available on his medical condition at this time.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for Mr Bakke.



A photo of Mr Bakke is attached


The Salem Police Department activated "A Child Is Missing" at approximately 9:30 pm on March 2 to assist in the search for 80-year old Edward L Bakke.

Mr Bakke left his residence near the intersection of March Ave NE and Hawthorne Ave NE at approximately 5:30 pm today to walk approximately 1/2 mile to the Target store on Center St NE near Lancaster Dr NE and he has not been seen since. Mr Bakke is described as a white male adult, approximately 6'00" tall and 155 lbs. He has white colored hair down to his neck, is unshaven and was last seen wearing khaki pants with a dark blue puffy jacket and a black colored beany cap with an eagle on the front. He walks in an upright posture. Mr Bakke has short-term memory issues and takes medication for seizures and has become confused and lost before.

Anyone with information as to Mr Bakke's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

The Salem Police Department is working to obtain a photo of Mr Bakke. It will be released as soon as possible.
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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 02/25/15
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. On February 20, an officer who was working on one of these focused patrols arrested one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants while citing five people for driving with suspended driving privileges and an additional 20 citations and warnings for other violations.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Reminder-PIO Forum is February 19 - 02/17/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, February 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
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision - 02/16/15
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02-16-15/7:10 PM

The investigation into today's crash that left a motorcycle rider over the edge of the Marion Street Bridge and into the Willamette River below is continuing.

Thus far, it appears as though the motorcycle rider, 73-year old William Chamberland Jr of Salem, was riding his 2012 Victory motorcycle westbound on the Marion Street Bridge and was attempting to change lanes from the right lane to the left lanes. As he was changing lanes, he collided with a van being driven by 55-year old Virgil Lee Evans III of Salem. Chamberland was being followed by his wife at the time of the incident, and she watched as he lost control of his motorcycle, struck the barrier on the south side of the bridge and was thrown over the south side of the bridge into the Willamette River below.

42-year old Matt Barnhart of Salem and his girlfriend had just launched their boat at Wallace Marine Park and were alerted to the fact that there was a victim in the water. Barnhart immediately responded in his boat and provided first aid to Chamberland until a Salem Fire Department rescue boat could arrive and help get Chamberland out of the water and to Salem Hospital. Chamberland was transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries both from the crash as well as being in the water. There are no updates currently on his medical condition.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No citations have been issued thus far, and the investigation is continuing.


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02-16-15/3:50 PM
All lanes of the Marion Street Bridge are now open for normal traffic.

Further information on the crash will be released as they become available.



The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision - 02/16/15
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
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University Instructor Arrested for Public Indecency (Photo) - 02/12/15
A visiting Spanish instructor at Willamette University was arrested by Salem Police Detectives on February 11 and charged with Public Indecency.

The instructor, 33-year old Antonio Martin-Ledesma, is from Seville, Spain, but has been instructing Spanish classes at Willamette University for the past two years. The charges stem from three incidents during November and December of 2014 when Martin-Ledesma was observed by faculty and students exposing himself and touching his genitals in a sexual manner in the library on the Willamette campus. As a result he was taken into custody and charged with three counts of Public Indecency.

Salem Police Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if other incidents occurred that may have been witnessed. Anyone with further information concerning Martin-Ledesma is asked to call Salem Police Detective Scotty Nowning at 503-540-2346.
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Salem Police To Participate In Traffic Safety Campaign - 02/06/15
The Salem Police Department will be participating in the first of three traffic enforcement campaigns from February 9 through February 22. The increased patrols will be during the daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint violations and cell phone use.

The overtime patrols will be funded by the Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign, a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that uses 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 the 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 June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data revealed a seatbelt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year. Among those killed or injured were 938 child passengers under the age of eight and a third of these were riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size. Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under 1 year old of being killed in a crash by 71% and the fatal risk for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54%.

The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their safety belts 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.

For assistance with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/