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Salem Police To Participate in Seatbelt and Safety Restraint Campaign - 08/21/14
The Salem Police Department will be participating in a statewide campaign to address seatbelt use, proper child safety seat use, cell phone distractions (texting), speed violations and impaired drivers.

The Department will be using Federal funds from the US Department of Transportation to increase traffic patrols during the daylight hours from August 25 through September 7 in this third annual enforcement and education campaign. 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 2013 found ninety- eight percent of Oregon's motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest safety belt use states in our country. Since the 1990 passage of Oregon's adult seatbelt law, observed seatbelt use among the motoring public has doubled from 50% to 98% while crash fatality and injury rates have both dramatically decreased by 58% and 24% respectively.

Child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants under one year old by 71% and for toddlers aged one to four by 54%. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60 percent. And yet, 31%, or 61 of Oregon's 198 occupant fatalities in 2012 were reportedly unrestrained. ODOT estimates that approximately half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.

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.

For help 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: or at
Salem Police Request Assistance in Locating Missing Endangered Juvenile (Photo) *** UPDATE *** - 08/21/14
*** UPDATE ***

Last night at approximately 8:20 pm, Bethany Desanto was spotted in the area of Portland Rd NE and Hayesville Dr NE by citizens, who contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Bethany was taken into protective custody a short time after by Marion County Deputies and was immediately returned to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank everyone who contacted us and offered assistance and information.

Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year old girl who is possibly in a situation that presents a danger to her.

Bethany Desanto was contacted by a Salem Police Officer on August 12, 2014 when she was found living with her homeless mother in Minto Brown Island Park. Bethany was taken into protective custody at that time and placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services, who later placed her in a foster home in the north Salem area. She fled from that foster home on August 13, she has not been in contact with her relatives, and her whereabouts are currently unknown.

Bethany is known to use controlled substances and alcohol and may frequent homeless camps and other areas that could place her in direct danger. A missing person report has been taken by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and she has been entered into the national database as missing and endangered. Bethany may also give a false name when contacted.

Anyone who has information about Bethany is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Sergeant Michael Bennett at 503-540-2456, or 911 if they know of her current whereabouts.

Photos of Bethany are attached.
PIO Forum is August 21-Please note new time - 08/15/14
The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, August 21 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
Salem Police Accepting Applications For Citizen Police Academy - 08/06/14
Salem Police Department's 33rd Citizen Police Academy will begin on September 3, 2014 for a period of 14 weeks, ending December 3. 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. Classes include: a session with Chief Jerry Moore; Traffic Stops; Defensive Tactics; SWAT Operations; Ethics and Drug House Investigations.

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 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 and an application packet will be mailed to you. The deadline for completed applications is August 31 but applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Salem Police & Fire search for missing 16 year old **** UPDATE **** - 08/04/14
**** CORRECTION ****

Matthew Tufts went into the Mill Creek on the evening of August 3 and was found deceased on the morning of August 4.

**** UPDATE ****

Divers from the Newberg Fire Department water rescue team found 16-year old Matthew Tufts of Salem deceased at 9:37 am on August 2 in the Mill Creek in Salem.

Matthew had been swimming with friends in the Mill Creek at the east end of the Lakeside Village Mobile Home Park in the 3200 block of Turner Rd SE on the evening of August 1. He got into the water, and when he did not get back out his friends searched for him then summoned help. The Salem Police and Fire Departments responded and checked the area as well and requested assistance from the Newberg Fire Department water rescue team. Due to darkness and hazardous conditions in the Mill Creek, the search was suspended after midnight and resumed this morning. Matthew was located approximately 100 feet downstream from where he had gone into the water.

Matthew's family was present at the scene when he was found and is requesting no contact from the media at this time.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind those who are swimming in our streams, creeks and rivers that as the summer progresses and water levels change, submerged hazards such as rocks and tree branches can become even more hazardous. Please swim with caution

2:00am, Monday, 8/04/14

At 9:05pm, Sunday, 8/03/14; Police & Fire units responded to a report of a 16 yr old male who had been swimming in Mill Creek adjacent to the 3200 block of Turner Rd. SE. The male was seen to jump into the water but did not surface. The male was not wearing any floatation device.

Police & Fire units conducted both a ground and water search using a boat from the area where the male was seen entering Mill Creek north to the area of Cascade Gateway Park, which Mill Creek runs through. The male was not located. Mill Creek in this area has areas of both fast moving and calm, slower moving water.In addition, the water depth of Mill Creek ranges from areas of 2-3 feet to pools that are 10-15 feet deep.

A dive team responded, but due to hazardous water,current and nighttime conditions, it was determined to wait until daylight to conduct a search.

Due to the males age, and until his whereabouts can be determined, his name will be withheld.

This investigation is continuing. No further information is available at this time.
Salem Police Serve Search Warrant On Sunnyside Rd SE - 07/31/14
On Thursday evening at about 8:00 PM, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section and the Street Crimes Unit, assisted by the SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 4900 block of Sunnyside Rd SE. The investigation stemmed from an armed robbery that occurred on the night of July 19th when several juveniles wearing red bandannas displayed a handgun and robbed a juvenile of his bicycle. No one was hurt during the robbery.

Two juveniles were taken into custody Thursday evening on a variety of charges in connection with the robbery. They are being booked into the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Salem Police Department To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 07/31/14
******* UPDATE ******
The Salem Police Department conducted a four-hour pedestrian crosswalk project on July 30th, 2014 on Commercial St NE at Columbia St. This location has a marked, painted crosswalk.

Eight officers participated in the project which included an officer dressed in plain clothes who crossed the street in the crosswalk. During the project 56 motorists were contacted, 50 citations were issued for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, 2 citations were issued for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk, three drivers were cited for Driving With Suspended Licenses, one driver was cited for careless driving, 27 citations were issued for various other offenses, eighteen warnings were issued for various offenses and two vehicles were towed.

This safety campaign was conducted in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement and promotes the partnership between the Salem Police Department and Oregon Impact to keep our streets safe.

As our weather continues to be hot and pedestrians are out and about to enjoy the weather, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaign on Wednesday, July 30.

The campaign will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement
Salem Police arrest barricaded subject reported to be armed - 07/27/14
5:25p, Sunday, 7/27/14

Incident occurred: 7:55am
Location: 3200 blk of River Rd N., Salem

Suspect: JENNICHES, Derrick Wayne. WMA, 29yrs. (dob:5/31/85), of Salem

At 7:55am today, Patrol Officers responded to the area of the 3200blk of River Rd. N. on a report that a subject wanted on several Domestic Violence charges and a Parole Violation warrant was in the area. Officers observed the subject, who ran on foot and broke into a vacant residence. Additional information developed that the subject was reported to be armed with a handgun.

SWAT, Negotiators and the Bomb Squad responded. Shortly after the arrival of special teams, the subject, Derrick Jenniches, broke out a second story window with his hands, leaned out and remained there. Despite efforts to communicate with Jenniches, he was unresponsive. Entry was made into the vacant residence. Upon contact with Jenniches, he started resisting, but was taken into custody without incident or further injury. Jenniches was taken into custody at approx. 12:45pm. Jenniches sustained cuts to his hands when he broke out the window and was taken to Salem Hospital where he was treated and released.

Jenniches was then booked into the Marion Co. Jail on the following charges:
*Attempted Assault II (x2), Coercion (x2), Strangulation (x3), Assault IV and Menacing (charges all related to an earlier domestic disturbance incident).
Jenniches was also charged with a Parole Violation arrest warrant and Criminal Mischief for the damage to the vacant residence.