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Salem Police Investigating Report of a Stranger Approaching and Grabbing a Child - 05/02/16
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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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.
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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash (Photo) - 04/19/16
The Salem Police Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred Tuesday morning in south Salem.

Officers were dispatched at 8:37 a.m. to the 6400 block of Sunnyside Rd SE on a report of a two vehicle head on collision that had just occurred. Arriving officers found two vehicles sitting in the roadway with the drivers of both vehicles trapped inside. Fire units were on scene and called for further resources to extricate the drivers from the vehicles. Sunnyside Rd was closed in the area for nearly four hours as investigators worked to investigate the crash.

The investigation determined that 44-year old Daniel J Thompson was driving a green 1991 Subaru Legacy station wagon southbound on Sunnyside Rd when the vehicle crossed over the center line and collided with a red 1990 Ford Tempo sedan being driven northbound on Sunnyside Rd by 73-year old Michael J Tuel.

Both drivers were transported to Salem Health by ambulance, where Michael Tuel later died of his injuries.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit. There have been no arrests made nor citations issued thus far.

The release of this information was held pending notification of next of kin. That has now been completed.
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Salem Police Respond to Two Suspicious Packages - 04/15/16
UPDATE: APRIL 15-12:10 p.m.

Salem Police were called to 456 State St on a report of a suspicious package found along the east side of the building. The initial investigation by officers was unable to identify an owner nor a viable reason for the item being left at the location. As a result, the Hazardous Devices Team was activated at 8:30 a.m.

The second item was reported at approximately 9:30 a.m. at 187 High St NE. The Hazardous Devices Team was still investigating the first package at the time. State St and High St were both closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic as a precaution. Those located within a one block radius were also advised to shelter in place while the item was being evaluated.

The first item was determined to be not a threat at approximately 9:57 a.m. and the second at 10:34 a.m. All streets were reopened to traffic and those sheltering in place advised that they could resume normal activities.

Both incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with any information as to the items and the circumstances under which they were left are asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123

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The Salem Police Hazardous Devices Team (Bomb Squad) responded to two separate suspicious packages in downtown Salem on Friday morning.

One was in the 400 block of State St, the other in the 100 block of High St NE. Several streets were closed and those in the area advised to shelter in place during the response. Both items were found to be not a hazard and were safely removed. Streets have been reopened and those sheltering in place advised that the situation was resolved.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
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Mortgate Consultant Arrested for Defrauding Clients Throughout The Region (Photo) - 04/12/16
Salem Police detectives, working with the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, have completed an intensive joint investigation and arrested a mortgage consultant for multiple crimes.

The investigation began as some victims made reports to banks, some to law enforcement and some directly to the Oregon Division of Financial Regulations, concerning the actions of 48-year old Oscar Tejada-Sandoval of Salem. As investigators from the two agencies teamed up on the investigation, several additional victims were identified from McMinnville, Beaverton, Woodburn, Eugene and Salem.

The investigation showed that Tejada-Sandoval, under the auspices of his position as a mortgage consultant, would modify the mortgages of his victims and receive their monthly mortgage statements. However, instead of paying the mortgages as promised, he kept those funds for himself. He has also been accused of using the financial account information from his victims to pay off personal debts and forging a check from a client to himself for additional money.

On March 30, investigators served a search warrant on Tejada-Sandoval's residence in West Salem and he was arrested for Theft in the First Degree, Aggravated theft in the First Degree, Aggravated Identity Theft and Forgery in the First Degree. Thus far, eight individual victims and two financial institutions have been identified with the loss in excess of $63,000. Two of the victims have lost their homes to foreclosure since being victimized. All of the individual victims identified thus far are of Hispanic descent.

Investigators in this case are concerned that Tejada-Sandoval may have victimized others in our community who have not yet reported it to authorities. Detectives are asking for anyone who has had any type of questionable dealings with Tejada-Sandoval to contact the Oregon State Division of Financial Regulations at 503-947-7854 to make a report.

Further media releases on this issue will be through the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
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Surplus items to be sold on auction site - URL CORRECTION - www.govdeals.com/salemor - 04/11/16
For years the Salem Police Department has been storing found and abandoned items, as well as property from cases without the means of doing away with the wide array of goods, gear, and wares.

"We have accumulated tens of thousands of items over the years," said Lt. Mike Bennett who oversees the Property Control Unit. "The storage room is grossly undersized, and to store all these items each year costs approximately $25,000."

To help address the problem, the unit embarked on a year-long effort to determine which items were available for release, destruction or sale. The result was an accumulation of assorted things ready for sale.

"Now that we have determined which items we can sell, we are ready to post them on GovDeals for the public to look at and find good bargains," said Bennett.

GovDeals is a site for government agencies to sell surplus items via a bid process.

A variety of items are currently posted, and Bennett expects five to seven sales going every seven to 10 days. Generally, items posted will include televisions, tools, bicycles, clothing, athletic equipment, and even furniture.

Proceeds from the sales will go directly into a general police fund to be used on a variety of public education and outreach programs, and the purchase of other necessary tools for investigations.

Find the Salem Police surplus auctions at http://www.govdeals.com/salemor.
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Salem Police to Continue with Specialized Traffic Enforcement - 04/08/16
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 weekends to enhance the safety of our roadways as the weather gets nicer and people get out on our roadways.

The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the month of March, Salem Police officers arrested 48 people for driving under the influence, issued 87 citations for driving while suspended and issued another 881 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.
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Salem Police celebrate new hires and a promotion (Photo) - 04/08/16
It has been a special two weeks at the Salem Police Department. On Monday, March 28, Chief Jerry Moore presided over a swearing-in ceremony for ten newly hired officers. Several of the officers are Salem natives, and others are new to Oregon, but all are eager to embark on a career of service to the city of Salem.

Recruit Officer Dylan Amen was born and raised in Salem. He served in the United States Air Force and is happy to be back in his home town serving the community.

Recruit Officer Tom Ammon is also from Salem. He is a graduate of North Salem High School and Portland State University. Recruit Ammon is excited to join his brother on the force, Salem Police Officer Eric Ammon.

Recruit Grant Foster is a Salem resident who graduated from North Salem High School and Chemeketa Community College. He is currently completing a criminal justice degree at Western Oregon University.

Recruit Steve Gorr originally hails from Allegan, Michigan. He has a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. Gorr previously worked as a police officer in Michigan, and is a lateral hire.

Recruit Jake Holman is a Washington native, and has a background as an emergency medical technician. He is also a member of the Army National guard.

Recruit Chandler Miranda, a hometown native, is a Sprague High School and Western Oregon University graduate. Miranda joins the force as second generation law enforcement. His father is a senior officer with the department.

Recruit Thomas Roberts is a Salem resident, originally from the city of Eugene. He recently completed his service with the US Army as part of the 1-501st Airborne Brigade.

Recruit Alex Salisbury is an Oregonian with a career of public service as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Salisbury is a graduate of George Fox University.

Recruit Ariel Siqueiros comes to Salem from Tuscon, Arizona. He served in the Army National Guard, and has previous experience in the criminal justice field of corrections.

Recruit Josh Walker is originally from the state of Idaho. Walker was a cavalry scout in the Army National Guard, and studied criminal justice at Chemeketa Community College. He previously worked for the McMinnville Police Department, and is a lateral hire.

On Monday, April 4, Chief Moore proudly announced the promotion of Sgt. Mike Bennett to the rank of lieutenant.

Chief Moore shared Lt. Bennett's law enforcement career details to a packed council chamber of Bennett's personal and police family members.

Lt. Bennett started his career in law enforcement with the White House, TX Police Department in 1999 where he was recognized as the Officer of the Year and Received the Chief's Meritorious Service Award two times. He came to the Salem Police Department in 2004 and worked on Patrol as a Field Training Officer, a member of the Mobile Response Team, SWAT and Trauma Team. He also worked as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010 and worked as a supervisor on Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Support Services.

Lt Bennett will remain assigned to the Support Services Division.

Congratulations to the new members of the Salem Police family and to Lt Bennett for a well-deserved promotion.

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Caption: Pictured from left Deputy Chief Bellshaw, Recruits Ammon, Miranda, Salisbury, Amen, Chief Moore, Foster, Holman, Siquieros, Roberts, Gorr, and Walker, and Deputy Chief Miller.

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Suspect Arrested in Early Morning Shooting - 04/06/16
Salem Police investigators have arrested one suspect in a shooting that occurred at a south Salem residence early in the morning on April 5.

Salem Police officers were called to the area of Friendship Ave SE and Pauline SE at approximately 2:46 am on April 5 on a report of gunshots in the area. Officers eventually located a residence in the 200 block of Friendship Ave where the front door had been broken in and a gunshot fired through the front window. In contacting the residents, there were no injuries.

The investigation found that the front door had been forced open on the residence, and as the suspects fled the area, gunshots were fired. One of those shots went through the front window of the residence and was lodged within the residence. The investigation led to Jade Dean Chandler, 23- years old, who was taken into custody on the afternoon of April 5. He was driving a stolen vehicle and led officers on a short foot pursuit in the area of Bush Park before being detained.

Chandler was later arrested on charges of Attempted Murder with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Weapon and Parole Violation. He was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and lodged.

This investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123