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Two Suspects Arrested in South Salem Death (Photo) - 05/21/15
Salem Police Detectives have arrested two suspects in the death of a subject in South Salem on the evening of May 20.

Salem Police were called to a residence in the 2000 block of Robins Ln SE at approximately 9:19 pm on a report of a physical altercation at that location. When officers arrived, they found 26-year old Todd Federico lying unconscious and not breathing on the floor of the residence. Officers immediately began CPR and continued until relieved by medic units, who eventually declared Federico deceased.

Salem Police Detectives responded to the scene and have since arrested 56-year old William Toressa of Prineville and 32-year old Joshua Johnson of Lyons on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Both were transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility and booked. Arraignment for both suspects is set for May 22 at 3:00pm at the Marion County Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE.

The investigation is continuing and there are no further suspects outstanding at this time. Further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Henry Loebe.
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Reminder-PIO Forum Is May 21 - 05/18/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, May 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
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It's time to plan for Salem's Night Out against crime! (Photo) - 05/18/15
May 18, 2015 Salem, OR: The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is now accepting registrations for National Night Out block parties in Salem.

National Night Out is an evening celebrated across the nation each year on the first Tuesday in August, and is dedicated to bringing neighbors and police together to stand united against crime. "In Salem, it's our night out against crime," said community relations analyst Angie Hedrick of the Crime Prevention Unit. She added, "Block parties can be simple front yard affairs or huge close-your-street shindigs with potluck treats and games for kids. Whatever your choice, this is an opportunity to join with your neighbors and police to demonstrate community unity against crime."

National Night Out for 2015 is Tuesday, August 4, and block parties are generally held between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

In Salem, registered block parties will receive a visit from a special National Night Out team consisting of a police officer, a law enforcement or local business mascot, and their assistant to pass out giveaways for kids. "Sending a block party registration in to us in May perhaps seems early to some, but we already have about 30 block parties registered. These neighbors are die-hard block party hosts, and want to ensure they receive a visit from a NNO Police Team," said Hedrick adding "Even though Salem averages 150 registered block parties each year, staffing and fleet limitation keep officers from visiting all of them. We still need officers on patrol keeping our community safe!"

Register your block party online at www.cityofsalem.net/nno, or by calling the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175. The police department Web page will also have all the information about Salem's night out against crime including tips and how-to's about having a block party.

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Salem Police To Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign - 05/15/15
Salem Police Officers will be participating in two statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The first will be from May 18 through May31 and the second at a date to be announced later. The department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint violations, and cell phone use during this two week campaign. This Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that 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 June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes in 2014. Among those killed or injured were 938 child passengers under the age of eight with one-third of those riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size. Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under the age of one being killed in a crash by 71 % and of toddlers between the ages of one and four 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 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: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Salem Police Investigating Domestic Kidnapping - 05/06/15
At about 6:30 Tuesday evening, the Salem Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Park Av NE in regards to a report that 42 year old Amet Asencio had taken his 5 year old daughter after assaulting the babysitter. Asencio telephoned his estranged common-law-wife, 37 year old Carmen Cordero, and demanded to meet with her. She was warned by the police not to meet with him, but she hung up on the officer.

At about 10:30 PM, Asencio dropped the child off at a residence in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Av SE, and drove off with the estranged wife. It was determined that Asencio had assaulted Cordero and was holding her against her will. An attempt to locate was broadcast to area law enforcement agencies to look for Cordero's blue VW station wagon.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office located the V.W. at Silverton Rd. NE and 48th Av. NE at about 11:30 PM. Officers from the Oregon State Police and the Salem Police responded to assist. Cordero managed to escape from Asencio and fled to officers. Asencio failed to comply with numerous orders to step out of the vehicle and was warned that there was a police K-9 on scene and that he could get bit. After continuing to refuse to comply, a Salem Police K-9 was used to remove him from the vehicle.

Asencio was transported by medics to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for injuries he sustained from the dog bite. This matter remains under investigation. Charges of Assault & Kidnapping are pending.
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South Salem High School Teacher Arrested For Criminal Mistreatment (Photo) - 05/06/15
Samuel Dufner, 37 years of age, a science teacher at South Salem High School, was arrested Tuesday at the school and subsequently booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with two counts of Criminal Mistreatment I. The arrests stemmed from an investigation into an incident which occurred last Thursday when several students had images burned into their skin with a Tesla coil during science class.

Dufner was released from jail Tuesday afternoon after posting $2,000 bail. The school district is cooperating in the investigation, which is on-going, and has placed Dufner on administrative leave.
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Salem Police volunteers to patrol downtown parking areas - 05/06/15
May 6, 2015, Salem Oregon: The Salem Police Department recently launched a new crime prevention effort aimed at reducing the number of vehicle break-ins and other property crimes occurring at downtown parking locations. "The intent of this program is to increase public awareness about the potential for car break-ins. Since the beginning of the year, we have investigated several reports of thefts from cars in all four of the downtown parkades. Over 60 percent of those cases involved cars that had been left unlocked," said Sergeant Jim Welsh of the Crime Prevention Unit.

To help reduce the opportunities for vehicle break-ins to occur, teams of volunteers will be patrolling the various downtown parking locations to create a presence, and take the opportunity to speak with shoppers about the importance of never leaving valuables left in plain sight.

"When it comes to reminding residents of the importance of minimizing their chances of being a property crime victim, we have been using the slogan, 'To keep it safe, keep it with you.' since the start of the year," said Welsh, "Often when items, such as purses, wallets, or laptops are stolen, the victims must also deal with the theft of their identity, not just the property."

The good news is that vehicle break-ins are a preventable crime, so we encourage people to keep their property safe by not leaving it in the vehicle. Said Welsh, "If you can, take what you need, and leave the rest at home. If you have to use the trunk, do so before you arrive to the parkade, or anywhere else you will be leaving your vehicle for an extended period. You never know who is watching and waiting for any opportunity to commit a crime."

The volunteer patrol program is just one of several efforts done by the department over the past few months to reduce property crime in the community. From neighborhood meetings, regular messaging via social media, added signage in various parking locations, and extra patrol by the Downtown Enforcement Team, the increased awareness on the issue has helped to put a dent in the number of vehicle break-ins in April. "We hope the increased volunteer presence will help remind residents to keep their property safe by not leaving it in their vehicles," added Welsh.

View the "To Keep it Safe, Keep it With You" video at https://youtu.be/LcuA86LB3Kc. For more information about crime prevention, visit the police Web page at www.cityofsalem.net/police.

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Two Vehicle Crash Sends Five to the Hospital (Photo) - 05/04/15
Just after 8:30 AM Monday, a crash between a car and a Cherry Lift bus sent five people to the hospital and closed Kuebler Blvd SE between Commercial St and Battle Creek Rd. SE for two hours. The crash, which occurred west of Battle Creek, occurred when Toni Rotondi, 24 years old from Salem, was westbound on Kuebler in a 2009 Toyota when he crossed over striking the eastbound bus, knocking it over.

The bus was operated by Elizabeth Longorio, 37 years old from Salem. The bus was carrying three passengers, one of which was in a wheel chair. The occupants of the bus were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Toni Rotondi was cited for Careless Driving and Failure to Drive Within a Lane. It is believed Rotundi fell asleep after working a night shift.
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Two Vehicle Crash Sends Five to the Hospital (Photo) - 05/04/15
Just after 8:30 AM Monday, a crash between a car and a Cherry Lift bus sent five people to the hospital and closed Kuebler Blvd SE between Commercial St and Battle Creek Rd. SE for two hours. The crash, which occurred west of Battle Creek, occurred when Toni Rotondi, 24 years old from Salem, was westbound on Kuebler in a 2009 Toyota when he crossed over striking the eastbound bus, knocking it over.

The bus was operated by Elizabeth Longorio, 37 years old from Salem. The bus was carrying three passengers, one of which was in a wheel chair. The occupants of the bus were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Toni Rotondi was cited for Careless Driving and Failure to Drive Within a Lane. It is believed Rotundi fell asleep after working a night shift.
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Suspects Arrested In Regional Skimming/Fraud Scheme (Photo) - 05/01/15
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Attached is the correct photo of Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez


Three suspects have been arrested by Salem Police Detectives in a regional scam that involves the skimming of credit and debit cards and the subsequent fraudulent use of the personal information gained to illegally purchase thousands of dollars of manufactured goods.

The suspects: 37-year old Evaristo Hernandez-Vazquez; 30-year old Hector Hernandez-Vazquez and 39-year old Norma Hernandez-Vazquez, all of San Fernando, California, were all arrested and lodged in the Marion County Jail on April 23. All were charged with Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Theft in the First Degree by Deception and seven counts of Identity Theft. Bail for each was set at $220,000.00

The scheme first came to the attention of the Salem Police Department on April 9, 2015 when representatives of the Maps Credit Union and Pioneer Trust Bank in Salem reported fraudulent transactions that involved counterfeit debit cards for several of their customers. Columbia Bank also reported similar activity on the following week with some of their customers.

Investigators believe that a skimming device was used to collect data from credit and debit cards as they were used to pay for purchases. A skimming device is an electronic item that is placed on the credit/debit card reader on machines such as ATMs, gas pumps and other automated readers. The skimming device secretly collects the data from these cards and allows the crooks to gain enough information to use the unsuspecting cardholders' data to make fraudulent purchases. Investigators were able to locate a single point where the victims had all used their cards, a gas station on Lancaster Dr SE. They believe this occurred in March, 2015. The pumps at this gas station have since been inspected, but no skimming device was found. However, a skimming device was found at another gas station on March 11, 2015.

The investigation showed that that the counterfeit debit cards were used to purchase expensive electronics, clothing, and gift cards from cities from Medford, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington. The loss in these cases was over $8,400.00. Surveillance photos showed multiple Hispanic males and a female committing these crimes. Those photos were forwarded to retail outlets throughout the region.

On April 21, a loss prevention officer at Fred Meyer in Vancouver, Washington recognized three suspects who matched the description of the suspects and was able to get a photo of the suspects and their van with California license plates. The suspect and vehicle information were forwarded to law enforcement agencies in the area.

On April 22, Beaverton Police Detective Jason Buelt located the suspects in a hotel in Beaverton and followed them when they left, eventually taking them into custody and seizing large boxes that they were attempting to mail.

Subsequent search warrants served on the hotel room, vehicle and the boxes that the suspects were mailing yielded over 100 fraudulent credit/debit cards, multiple items of high end electronics, new articles of brand name clothing, gift cards, nearly $3,500 in currency and a Louis Vuitton handbag valued at over $3,000.

This investigation was coordinated by Salem Police Detective Michael Korcek with the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and several other law enforcement agencies. The investigation will continue as investigators attempt to locate and identify more victims in this case, and additional charges may be filed.

Said Detective Korcek, "These suspects were very prolific in their activities and were able to steal thousands of dollars worth of goods, services and gift cards. They were very sophisticated in their actions and showed how much damage they can do in a short period of time." Korcek also urges anyone who has gas pumps that take credit/debit/ATM cards to check their machines for anything suspicious. Open the machine and make sure nothing foreign has been placed in the area or connected to the card. These devices are usually inserted at night, after the business is closed. They are often in place for days, so they may be discovered if the machines are inspected daily. If anything is located, contact your local law enforcement agency. For consumers, always examine the credit card slot area of any machine you are using and look for anything suspicious. If you're not sure, don't use the machine and report it to the business and/or the police immediately.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Detective Michael Korcek at 503-588-6050, extension 7159.

Photos of the suspects and of a skimming device are attached to this release
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Suspect arrested thanks to Twitter tipster (Photo) - 04/30/15
April 30, 2015 Salem, OR: Today detectives arrested 19-year old Alejandro Silva in the incident involving the sex abuse of a 16-year old girl at a local Salem clothing store on April 12.

A press release was issued yesterday, April 29, asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. Thanks to a Twitter follower who saw the photo attached to the tweet, the suspect was identified as Silva.

Silva has been charged with Harassment and Sex Abuse III.

The Salem Police Department thanks all the followers on our social media accounts. The communication tools have proved useful in creating a dialogue with Salem citizens, yet social media has also served as another way to help keep the community safe.

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Officer Brian Frazzini (left) and Officer Alex Asay (right).
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Salem officers awarded for excellence in the field of drug use recognition (Photo) - 04/29/15
Two Salem Police officers were presented with officer of the year awards by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Task Force on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Officer Brian Frazzini and Officer Alex Asay were recognized for demonstrating excellence in the field of drug impairment recognition by being active in DUII prevention through detection and prosecution.

"Three recipients were selected through a peer nomination process," said Lieutenant Keith Blair of the Patrol Division, "and we are very proud to have had two officers from our agency receive the top honors."

Both Frazzini and Asay have been certified drug recognition experts since 2006 and 2008, respectively. Officer Frazzini is also a trainer in the discipline, and teaches other officers to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

For officers to attain certification in the field of drug recognition, they must participate in competitive application process which demonstrates their skills and abilities. They must also receive a recommendation by their agency and the local prosecutor. An intensive training program prepares them for national certification through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"We appreciate the time and dedication that Officers Frazzini and Asay put into keeping our community safe," shared Blair.

The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Task Force is a nonprofit organization which provides training to state, local, and professional partners involved in the deterrence of impaired driving.

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Salem Police Ask For Assistance in Identifying Sexual Abuse Suspect (Photo) - 04/29/15
Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying a suspect who grabbed a 16-year old female in a sexual manner in a Salem clothing store.

The incident occurred on April 12 at the TX Maxx clothing store located on Commercial St NE in Salem. The 16-year old victim was just exiting a fitting room at the store when the suspect approached her and touched her back. When she turned to see who had touched her, the suspect tried to engage her in conversation. The victim did the right thing and told him that she would not talk to him and turned to get away at which time he touched her in a sexual area. As she continued to try and get away he grabbed her by arm, but she was able to pull away and flee down the aisle and notify store employees. The victim was not physically injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 19 years old, approximately 5'08" tall with short dark hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt and shorts. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Jeff Staples at 503-588-6050, extension 7151.
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Active shooting incident in progress (Photo) - 04/24/15
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04-24-15/9:05 pm

Shortly after 11:00 am on April 24, Salem Police Officers made contact with a person whom they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Walmart store located at 1940 Turner Rd SE. During the contact with the male suspect, he fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.

Officer Trevor Morrison and his canine Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head and the suspect retreated back into the vehicle. Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injury and was cleared to go home.

Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.

The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the suspect in an effort to get him to surrender. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully. He also fired multiple shots from the vehicle out towards officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.

As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.

After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used specialized vehicles to open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the suspect refused to comply and continued to brandish a handgun. At that time, approximately 6:28 pm, tactical officers fired at the suspect and were able to eventually take him into custody. No officers were injured.

The suspect is not being identified at this time and he has since died of his injuries. The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officers Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Corporal Tim Dezotell and Canine Officer Trevor Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect are Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett

As standard procedure, the Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature. The officers directly involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave as standard protocol following a traumatic use of force incident.

Further media information will be through the Oregon State Police.



04-24-15/3:40 pm

The situation on Turner Rd is still an active tactical situation. The suspect has fired more shots from inside of the vehicle, but there have been no further injuries.

Lt Okada will be at Mission St/Turner Rd at 4:00 pm to provide further interviews as needed


04-24-15/3:05 pm

Tactical teams are continuing efforts to resolve the situation on Turner Rd SE. This remains a tactical and dynamic situation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.



The Salem Police canine that was injured in today's incident is Baco. Baco has been treated at an animal hospital and has been released to go home. Baco's handler is Officer Trevor Morrison.



***** Lt Okada will be available for media interviews at 12:30 pm near the north perimeter of the incident, Mission St/Turner Rd


The Salem Police Department is on scene at a shooting incident in the 1900 block of Turner Rd. SE. Shots have been exchanged, and a Salem Police canine has been injured. No Salem police officers have been injured.

This is an active tactical situation, please avoid the area until further notice. Furthermore, because the situation is evolving tactically, we ask that those in the vicinity refrain from posting information about the incident.

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