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Suspicious person
Suspicious person
Assistance sought in locating suspicious person (Photo) - 01/15/19

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police requests help from the public in identifying a subject who was reported as behaving in a suspicious manner at Wal-Mart on Commercial St SE.

On January 10, 2019, a male individual approached a woman in the store asking for help. Grasping onto the woman, the subject attempted to lead the woman to his vehicle. The woman was able to remove herself from the situation with the help of store employees who intervened after she made eye contact with them.  

The victim and witnesses report the suspect as an adult male, average height, and stocky build. He was driving a 2000s decade green truck without license plates. The exact vehicle make and model are unknown. Images of the suspect are included.

The department asks for the community’s help in locating the suspect. Anyone with information about him or his identity should call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

Salem Police investigators remind all residents to always be aware of their surroundings and to trust your instincts should you find yourself in a suspicious circumstance. “The victim in this instance did a great job of drawing attention to herself to get assistance,” said Public Information Officer LT Treven Upkes. “If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Never be embarrassed to cause a ruckus to get the attention of others for assistance.”

“Please report any and all suspicious activity to the police department,” concluded Upkes. Residents should call or text 911 as appropriate, or call the police non-emergency line at 503-588-6123.

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Update: Victim and suspect identified in southeast Salem shooting - 01/09/19

UPDATE January 9, 2019 at 1:05 p.m.:

Joshua Tate, age 32 of Salem, has been identified as the person who died on Tuesday January 8, 2019 in the 1400 block of Polo Ct SE. An autopsy performed earlier today confirmed Tate died of a gunshot wound.

April Gamblin, age 24 of Salem, has been charged with the murder of Tate. Gamblin and Tate had been in a domestic relationship for a number of years. Gamblin is currently being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility and will be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem, OR 97317.

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On January 8, 2019, at approximately 12:50 pm, Salem Police officers were dispatched to a residence on Polo Ct SE on the report of a possible shooting. When officers arrived they located a woman at the location suffering from injuries. The woman directed officers inside a residence where a male was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

The woman was transported to Salem Health for treatment of her non-lifethreatening injuries.   

Based on the preliminary investigation police do not believe the public is in danger. The involved people’s names will not be released until next of kin has been notified. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Police identify woman killed by train - 12/27/18

On Thursday, December 27, 2018 at approximately 2:20 pm, Salem Police officers responded to the area of Marion St NE and 12th St NE on the report of an adult female being struck by a southbound Union Pacific freight train. The female, identified as Michelle Manis age 46 of Salem, was found deceased at the scene.

Numerous streets remain closed while railroad officials conduct their investigation into the incident.

Salem Dream Center Director Craig Oviatt explains the donation and its purpose to program participants.
Salem Dream Center Director Craig Oviatt explains the donation and its purpose to program participants.
Police staff step up to assist local families for the holidays (Photo) - 12/21/18

Salem, Ore. — Officers and staff of the Salem Police Department are celebrating the holiday spirit by giving back to the community in various ways this season.

“Our officers are in the position of seeing community needs firsthand,” said Deputy Chief Skip Miller commander of the patrol division. “Whether it’s during a call or through one of our community partners, officers become aware of challenging circumstances our residents face and they don’t hesitate to step up.”

Miller recently learned about the difficulties a local partner, the Salem Dream Center, was having filling food boxes for the families they serve. Officers from the Salem Police Downtown Enforcement Team spend a few hours each month at the west Salem drop in location reaching out to children and teens through activities and sports.

Center director Craig Oviatt shared, “We were struggling to get the funds.” Oviatt explained they cut back their food box giving by two-thirds at Thanksgiving and were worried about being able to provide to the residents this Christmas. Miller called Oviatt within a few days and made the arrangements to provide funding. A check was presented to Oviatt at a recent outing the officers and Dream Center youth attended at a local activity center.

“This is a huge, huge blessing to the community,” said Oviatt.

Yet, the spirit of giving did not stop there. Police staff also coordinated to provide holiday presents and essentials for additional families through the Boys & Girls Club and the Salem Housing Authority. Staff have been busily buying and wrapping presents for these local residents. Presents will be delivered Friday evening, December 21, and over the weekend.

Monies for the giving efforts come from from the department program dubbed the Step Up Fund. Started in 2016 with seed money donated by Morning Star Church, the program has made it possible for officers to assist many residents tackling difficult situations any day of the year.

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