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Coffee with a Cop set for August 24-Date Correction - 08/22/16

Please note this event is August 24

Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents for coffee and conversation at Starbucks Coffee Company, 1134 Lancaster DR NE, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24.

The event, known as Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for community members to join officers for good conversation over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"We hope the community has come to enjoy our coffee meets," said Lt. Dave Okada whose section oversees and participates in the program, "We are excited to be holding this next event in northeast Salem. Each session has been enjoyable as we have had the opportunity to have great dialogue with our community members in a relaxed and comfortable setting," Okada added.

The August event makes the fifth time the Salem Police Department meets with Salem residents as Coffee with a Cop has evolved into a standard community outreach program.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.

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Media/PIO Forum is Next Thursday - 08/12/16

The next regional Media/ PIO forum will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center, 5155 Silverton Road NE.

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 To Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign - 08/11/16

Salem Police Officers are participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign. The campaign consists of three designated traffic enforcement and education periods throughout the year. The first was from February 8 through February 21, the second from May 16 through May 29, and the third will be from August 22 through September 4.

The department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt laws, child restraint violations, minors riding in open truck beds and cell phone use (specifically texting) while driving 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 2015 found 97% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes in 2015. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old, but the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%.

Oregon law states that a child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat and a child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds and less than eight years old or is less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

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/

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 Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.

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Fatal Train v. Pedestrian Crash in Salem - 08/08/16

Update: The decedent in this morning's incident has been identified as 22 year old Kai Carr who lived nearby in northeast Salem. Next of kin have been notified.

Just before 7:00 AM Monday, an Amtrak train northbound at 34 mph struck a pedestrian approximately 250 yards north of Market Street NE. The decedent is a White male, approximately mid 50's to mid 60's. He had been sitting in the middle of the railroad tracks wearing only boxer shorts with his back toward the train. When the engineer spotted him they put the train into emergency braking and sounded the horn, but the individual did not move and the train was unable to stop in time. The train was delayed for approximately one hour and forty five minutes while police investigated. Anyone with information is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department.
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Police Investigate School Bus vs. Bicyclist Crash - 08/05/16

Just before 5:00 AM Friday, the Salem Police Department responded to a report of a school bus hitting a bicyclist in the 4300 block of Fisher Rd NE. Michelyne Wattenbarger, 60 years of age from Salem, was driving a school bus for Oregon Child Development northbound on Fisher Rd when she struck 39 yr old Brent Weter of Salem. Weter had been stopped in the middle of the northbound lane. The department's Traffic Control Unit responded to investigate. It was subsequently determined his injuries were not life threatening. Weter had a .29 B.A.C., as well as had admitted to recent marijuana use. None of the sixteen people aboard the bus were injured. Visibility was limited at the time due to darkness and a lack of street lights. No citations were issued.
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Semi Truck Crash Closes Highway Off Ramp (Photo)-UPDATE - 08/03/16

UPDATE: 08-03-16/1:45 pm

The off ramp from the Center St Bridge onto southbound Front St is now open to normal traffic flow.

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The Salem Police Traffic Control Unit has been on the scene of a semi-truck that tipped over on a highway off ramp, shutting down the ramp during the morning commute.

Shortly after 7:00 am this morning, Salem Police officers were dispatched to the off ramp from eastbound Highway 22 (Center Street Bridge) onto southbound Front St on a report of a semi-truck that had tipped over on the ramp. Officers arrived to find a red 2016 semi-truck pulling a single trailer laying on its left side with the top of the trailer laying on the top of the east railing of the ramp. The truck was hauling sawdust, and a considerable amount of sawdust spilled over the side of the ramp onto the ground below on the east side of the ramp.

The driver of the semi-truck, 50-year old William Duval of Tillamook, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Health for treatment. He was cited for Careless Driving and Failure to Maintain a Log Book. The truck is owned by Don Averill Trucking.

The off ramp has remained closed as Salem Public Works, ODOT and tow crews work to remove the truck and clean up the ramp.

Salem Police Participating in Enhanced DUII Patrols - 08/03/16

The Salem Police Department will continue to enhance the safety of our roadways with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, mark an ongoing partnership and commitment to keep our streets safe.

During the month of July, officers worked on three of these focused patrols, arresting three people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, one of which had drugs as a contributing factor as being under the influence. They also cited six persons for driving with suspended driving privileges. In addition, officers arrested one person for driving with a misdemeanor level suspended license, arrested another person for drug related crimes and issued an additional 37 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency, Salem Police Department arrested 53 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in the month of July, issued 82 citations for Driving While Suspended, issued 18 citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and issued another 1138 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 Investigating Fatal Shooting-UPDATE - 08/02/16

UPDATE: 08-02-16/4:55 pm

Officers were called to 1575 Nebraska Ave NE shortly after 8:00 am on August 1 on a report of shots fired. Arriving officers found 20-year old Anthony "Tony" Brown deceased in the residence.

The investigation thus far has shown that Brown, along with a 17-year old juvenile male from Keizer, were burglarizing the home when a resident of the home fatally shot Brown. An autopsy performed on Brown indicated that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The juvenile has subsequently been taken into custody on charges of Burglary in the First Degree. No other identities of involved parties are being released at this time.

Thus far there have been no other arrests in this incident.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

Any subsequent media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 503-588-5222.


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Salem Police detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at approximately 8:00 am this morning.

Officers were called to the 1500 block of Nebraska Ave NE this morning shortly after 8:00 am on a report of shots fired. Arriving officers found one person deceased at the scene and made contact with another person. That person is being interviewed by detectives now.

This investigation is in its early stages and is continuing evolve. The deceased subject has not yet been identified, but thus far it does not appear as though this is a random incident.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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UPDATE: Silverton Rd NE Closed Due to Fatal Crash-Salem: Police Seeking Additional Witnesses (Photo) - 07/28/16

UPDATE: 07-28-16/9:50 am

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing to investigate this crash that left a 35-year old mother deceased.

The crash occurred on 07-21-16 in the 1900 block of Silverton Rd NE at about 11:20 am and involved a purple 1999 Acura Integra and a red 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup.

As officers have been continuing their investigation, surveillance footage shows there was a considerable amount of other vehicle traffic in the area at the time. Officers would like to speak with anyone who was in that area and maybe have seen either of the involved vehicles leading up to the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

A photo of the crash scene is attached.

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UPDATE: 07-21-16/5:35 pm

Silverton Rd has now reopened for normal traffic following the investigation of the fatal crash.

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UPDATE: 07-21-16/3:15 pm

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Silverton Rd NE.

Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Silverton Rd NE at approximately 11:20 am on a report of a two-vehicle crash at that location. Arriving officers found an adult female deceased and a 9-year old girl injured in one vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle with minor injuries.

The investigation has shown that 19-year old Estaban Alvarez-Ayala was traveling eastbound on Silverton Rd in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic. His vehicle struck a westbound 1999 Acura Integra driven by 35-year old Shana Lucas of Salem. Shana Lucas was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 9-year old daughter was riding in a car booster seat in the right rear seat and suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Health.

Esteban Alvarez-Ayala was transported to the hospital for observation and subsequently arrested on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit.

Silverton Rd remains closed as the investigation at the crash scene continues.

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UPDATE: 07-21-16/2:15 pm

Silverton Rd remains closed for the investigation of the fatal traffic crash and is expected to remain so for approximately two more hours. Traffic is currently being stopped at 17th St to the west and Lana Ave to the east of the scene.

Please avoid the area if possible.



Silverton Rd NE between 17th and Lana Av is currently closed while the Salem Police Department investigates a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the 1900 block of Silverton Rd. Motorists should avoid the area.

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Salem Police Take Suspect Into Custody After Early Morning Chase and Shots Fired-UPDATE - 07/27/16

UPDATE: 07-27-16/11:40 am

At approximately 3:23 am this morning, Salem Police Corporal Mike Baskett spotted a stolen 1995 Honda Accord near the intersection of Lancaster Dr NE and Beverly Ave NE. The driver of the stolen vehicle quickly turned onto Beverly Ave and rapidly accelerated in an easterly direction, but ran over a landscaping rock in a front yard at the intersection of Beverly Ave and Phipps Ln NE and became high-centered in the roadway. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot in an eastbound direction towards McKay Park. As the suspect fled from the vehicle, Cpl Baskett was able to observe a handgun in the suspect's hand.

As Cpl Baskett followed the suspect in his vehicle and then began to give chase on foot, he heard a gunshot from the area in which the suspect had fled. Cpl Baskett took appropriate precautionary measures as he broadcast his situation to other units. Officers from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department also responded to assist. As officers were continuing to check the area for the suspect, a call was received from a third party reporting that a suspect had broken into the residence of a relative in the 2600 block of Phipps Ln NE. Contact was established with those inside of the home, and they were able to leave the residence with the suspect still inside. Officers surrounded that residence and called for the suspect to exit. After approximately 20 minutes he did comply with commands and was taken into custody without further incident. A handgun was also recovered from a yard next to the residence where the suspect broke in and was captured.

The suspect in this case has been identified as 27-year old Carlos Francisco Calzadillas JR of Salem. He has been lodged in the Marion County Corrections Facility on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and outstanding warrants for Parole Violation, Failure to Appear (two warrants) and Theft in the Third Degree.

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One suspect is in custody after fleeing from a stolen vehicle, firing a gunshot and breaking into a occupied residence.

The incident began at approximately 3:23 am when a Salem Police officer stopped a stolen vehicle near the intersection of Beverly NE and Phipps Ln NE. The male driver fled on foot, and the officer heard what sounded like a gunshot as the suspect fled. The officer gave chase as other officers responded to contain the suspect.

Shortly thereafter a nearby homeowner called in to report someone had broken into their residence. The occupants of the home were able to flee and the residence was surrounded by officers. The suspect surrendered without further incident after officers made several announcements to do so.

There were no injuries reported. Investigators are currently on scene and the suspect is being interviewed.

There are no further details available at this time.

Lt Okada will be available for interviews near the intersection of Beverly and Phipps Ln shortly.