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Salem Police Recover Skeletal Remains - 07/21/14
Sunday at about 6:50 PM, officers of the Salem Police Department responded to a wooded area near Hawthorne Ave SE and State St in response to a report someone had spotted human remains. It was confirmed that there was a body; however, the decision was made to secure the scene until the following morning when conditions would be better for processing.

This morning Salem Police detectives, assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory, recovered the skeletal remains of a human. The remains are being transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office for analysis. There is a tentative identification of a 48 year old male; however, pending confirmation and notification of next of kin, that name will not be released. There was no indication of homicidal violence during the initial processing of the scene.
Salem Police holds National Night Out kick-off party tomorrow-Officers plan kick-off party to encourage citizen participation in annual event (Photo) - 07/21/14
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The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its 8th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

Staff invites Salem residents to attend the event to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, apply for a street closure permit, and pick up some resources to distribute at their block party.

"Our slogan for this year is 'Turn up the heat on crime!' said Ofc. Mark Jantz, "which fits nicely with our theme which is the neighborhood barbecue." To help bolster enthusiasm for the event and its theme, The Home Depot is sponsoring the event, and bringing a barbecue to grill up some treats for all the registered block party hosts.

Other kick-off sponsors include Target stores with last minute block party ideas, the US Postal Service who will speak to attendees about postal crime prevention, and the Community Development Department's Neighborhood Services Section.

At the kick-off, those block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Jantz.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot, should register soon as the number of parties we can visit is limited by staffing and fleet.

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175 or visit
Salem Police investigating found human remains - 07/20/14
9:50pm., Sun., 7/20/14

At 6:50pm.,Salem Police responded to a report of what appeared to be human remains found in a wooded area near State St. & Hawthorne Ave. NE. Officers confirmed that remains appear to be of a human. Detectives responded and the scene has been secured pending crime lab technicians and daylight hours to continue.

The investigation in continuing.
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash on Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp - 07/18/14
8:55pm, Fri. 7/18/14: The eastbound lanes of Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp have been re-opened upon completion of the fatal traffic crash investigation.

The deceased driver has been identified as Randy W. Whittaker, 48yrs of Dallas. Whittaker was employed as a Sergeant with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and had been with PCSO for 15 years. Next of kin notifications have been made.

Salem Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash at 4:11pm, (Fri., 7/18/14), which occurred in the eastbound lanes of Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp. The crash resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle. There had been a dog in the vehicle which ran off after the crash, but has been located and is being returned to family of the deceased.

From the preliminary investigation, the deceased was in his vehicle with his dog, traveling east on Hwy 22 in the right lane, when another vehicle passed it. The deceased moved into the left lane, lost control of his vehicle and struck the large cement barriers running along the east side of the highway. The driver has been identified but release of identity is pending next of kin notification.

Salem Police request anyone who may have witnessed the events prior, during or after the crash to contact Salem Police Dispatch at 503-588-6123. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Traffic Control Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the following vehicle of interest and or its occupants are asked to call Salem Police Dispatch. Vehicle description: a white Dodge or Chevy 3/4 ton or 1 ton pick up truck, (unk year), standard or possibly with an extended cab. The pick up has an industrial type black flat bed. The pick up is raised, with large, oversize tires. The pick up appeared to be a work truck. In the pick up were two male occupants.

Hwy 22 continues to be closed as the crash investigation continues. Its expected to be closed for approximately another 1 - 1 1/2 hrs. When re-opened, an update will be sent out.
Reward Offered In UGM Thrift Store Fire (Photo) - 07/16/14
The Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting the July 9th three-alarm fire at the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store. The fire was discovered at the store shortly after 3:00 AM. The store is located at 885 Commercial St NE.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone Detective Adam Bello at (503)540-2355. Information concerning the reward program can be found at
Salem Police Seek Help Locating Autistic Child (Photo) - 07/16/14

12:56 PM Marissa Ridenour has just returned home and is well and fine.

The Salem Police Department is actively searching for 15 year old Marissa Ridenour who wandered away from her residence in the 3100 block of Marcia Dr NE. Marissa is autistic and is incapable of safely caring for herself. She has not been seen since about 10:00 this morning. She is described as a white female, 5'3" tall, 160 pounds, with short dark blond hair. She was last observed wearing a pink and brown leopard print baseball cap, pink sunglasses, a pink hoodie, blue jean shorts, black and pink tennis shoes, and a white zebra print backpack.

The Salem Police Department has activated "A Child Is Missing," which is an organization with the capacity to simultaneously telephone a particular neighborhood and broadcast a message concerning the missing child. Officers are actively looking for Marissa.

Anyone seeing Marissa is asked to immediately call the Salem Police Department at 911.
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Salem Motel Manager Arrested For Promoting Prostitution (Photo) - 07/15/14
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit arrested a manager at the Phoenix Inn, 4370 Commercial St SE, charging him with Promoting Prostitution, Prostitution, Tampering with Evidence, and Interfering with Police. At approximately 6:15 last night, Christopher Butler, 25 years of age of Salem, was taken into custody after an investigation determined he was providing free rooms which were being used for prostitution in exchange for sexual favors. The corporate management cooperated fully with the investigation.

Butler was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility.
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Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
Salem Police K9 Unit receives donation (Photo link fixed) (Photo) - 07/15/14
Generosity knows no bounds in this community.

Today, the Salem Police K9 trust fund received a $20,000 donation from the estate of Shirley Allister. The generous gift was presented to Chief Jerry Moore and members of the K9 Unit by Daryl Vogel, Allister's son.

"We are extremely grateful to your mother," Chief Moore said to Vogel, "As she requested, the funds will be dedicated for use by our K9 Unit."

The unit comprises seven police service canines and their officer-handlers. Six of the dogs, or more commonly known as K9s, are assigned to the patrol division, and one K9 is part of the department's undercover drug team. These highly trained dogs are an integral part of the department's force. The K9s perform a variety of functions, including suspect and missing person searches, and participate in the apprehension of violent and resistive suspects. The purchase of a police service canine costs approximately $20,000, and includes intensive six-week training with the officer.

"It is donations, such as yours that keep this valuable program going, and we are very appreciative of your support," said Chief Moore to Vogel.

For more information about the Salem Police K9 Unit contact Sgt. Ryan Demmer at (503) 588-6123. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the K9 Trust Fund may contact the Salem Police Foundation ( for assistance.
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Salem Police Serve Search Warrant On Tryon St (Photo) - 07/11/14
Detectives from the Salem Police Department, assisted by the department's SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 400 block of Tryon St NE at about 4:00 this morning. Officers were following up on a shooting that occurred on July 4th in the 2500 block of Broadway NE. Richard Keith, 22 years of age, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound just after 7:00 PM on July 4th at the Somerset Apartments.

Taken into custody this morning in connection with the shooting was 41 year old Johnnie Garcia. He has been booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Two other people were taken into custody at the Tryon St residence and booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility. Shatara Holmes, 28 years of age, was arrested on a warrant accusing her of Prostitution. Tamica Jones-Killion, 26 years of age, was arrested for a Parole Violation.

The residence was found to have no electricity or running water. The renter, 43 year old Angela Smith, was cited and released for Maintaining a Public Nuisance. The city's Compliance Services responded and posted the dwelling uninhabitable.

Anyone with information about the July 4th shooting is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
Salem police officers to carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope through town - 07/10/14
Members of the Salem Police Department will be participating in the Oregon Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run that is passing through Salem, Friday, July 11, 2014 according to Officer Brian Frazzini who is coordinating the Salem Police Department's participation.

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch, known as the Flame of Hope, will be carried through Salem by a squad of police officers and cadets as it makes its way to Newberg, Oregon for the June 12 opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch is carried across the state before the summer games to raise awareness of the Special Olympics Oregon's year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Each year, a caravan of vehicles and motorcycles accompany the runners as they make their way on the 11-mile route through town. (See route details below.) To cheer on the officer-runner, Special Olympians from the Marion County Chapter of Special Olympics will be in the caravan riding in a van. Some Special Olympians will be running a portion of the route from city hall to the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The Salem Police Department will be posting social media updates (Twitter: @salem_police and Facebook: SalemPoliceDept) throughout the event. Follow along and use the hashtag #SPDTorchRun to ask question or to track posts.

The approximate 11-mile route begins (at approximately 10:30 a.m.) on the south side of town (Delaney Road Park & Ride) as the torch is handed to the Salem Police Department by runners representing the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The run will continue north on Commercial Street to Liberty Street, and to city hall(555 Liberty St. SE) for a brief stop (at approximately 12:15 p.m.) where additional officers will join the parade of runners. The group will proceed north on Liberty Street, west on Chemeketa St. to Front St., and on toward the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge into West Salem and to the Brush College Park & Ride where the torch will be passed to the Oregon State Police runners.

Salem Police Investigating UGM Fire - 07/10/14
The fire occurred Wednesday morning.

The Salem Police Department, along with the Salem Fire Department, is investigating a suspicious fire at the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store, 885 Commercial St NE, which was discovered just after 3:00 AM Wednesday. The fire ultimately went to three-alarms. Police are waiting for laboratory analysis of evidence collected; however, there were indications the fire may have been deliberately set. Anyone with information concerning the fire is asked to telephone Detective Adam Bello at (503)540-2355.
Salem Police to participate in traffic safety campaign - 07/09/14
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The Salem Police Department had two officers assigned to work varied shifts during the holiday weekend on this high visibility project. These officers arrested three subjects for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, arrested one suspect on drug possessions charges, cited two drivers for driving with suspended licenses and issued 24 citations and warnings on various other violations. There were six additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during this time period.


Salem Police Officers will be participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the July 4 holiday weekend to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011). These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The Salem Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, but please celebrate safely and always have a designated driver. Remember: When in doubt, get a ride!
Salem Police Investigating Shooting Incident - 07/04/14
Salem Police responded to a report of a subject who had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound at 7:16pm, (7//04/14); at the Somerset Apts., located at Broadway Ave NE & 4th St. NE. A male subject in his early 20's was located who had sustained a gunshot injury and was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

At this point, no suspect has been identified or taken into custody.

The investigation is continuing, being led by the Gang Response Team and Criminal Investigations Detectives. Anyone with information concerning the shooting or person/s involved are asked to contact Salem Police Dispatch at 503-588-6123.
Salem Police Investigating Homicide in Northeast Salem - 07/03/14
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Salem Police Officers were called to 4704 Niles Ave NE at approximately 3:59 pm on July 3 on a report of suspicious circumstances. When officers arrived on scene they discovered 58-year old Larry Bush of Salem had been stabbed and was deceased at the scene. Shortly thereafter they detained 50-year old Jon Bush at the scene. Larry Bush and Jon Bush are brothers.

The investigation revealed that the brothers were involved in an altercation at that location at which time Jon Bush stabbed his brother. No further information is being released at this time about the nature of the altercation. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Jon Bush was subsequently arrested and charged with Murder and lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

All further media releases on this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Nichole Theobald, 503-588-5222.


Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a homicide investigation following an altercation in the 4700 block of Niles Ave NE.

One adult male is deceased and one adult male is currently being detained as the investigation continues. There are no further outstanding suspects.

This investigation is in its very early stages, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Make safety a part of your Independence Day celebrations - 07/01/14
Independence Day is a day of celebration for our nation, and in 2013, it happened to be busiest day of the year for the Salem Police Department Patrol Division.

The Willamette Valley Communications Center, also known as the dispatch center for the Salem Police Department, received 1,066 calls for service during the 72-hour period before and after July 4, 2013.

Of those, 153 were complaints about fireworks, noise, or calls about possible shots fired. The high volume of calls on the days preceding and after Independence Day always sets up the Patrol Division for very busy shifts throughout the day and night.

As with all calls for service involving noise, please be advised that patrol staff will try to respond to complaints of fireworks, noise, or shots-fired, depending on other emergency calls. However, it is important that the caller leave their name and provide a specific location. General or anonymous calls of fireworks will be noted, yet only addressed as patrol staff is able. The phone number to call is the police non-emergency line at (503) 588-6123. However, Salem Police Public Information Officer Lt. Dave Okada provides some sound advice, "Should any resident observe the use of fireworks, illegal or not, that are posing a threat to property or individuals, call 9-1-1 immediately."

Residents are reminded to only use fireworks that are permitted in our state. For safety tips, please review the English and Spanish language videos we have posted on the Salem Police Department YouTube channel:

Lastly, rather than hassle with a fireworks at home, Lt. Okada reminds residents of a local alternative. "Don't forget about the City of Salem's Independence Day celebrations occurring at Riverfront Park," added Lt. Okada, "There will be live music, food vendors, and a great fireworks display at dusk to complete your July 4th fun!"

Fireworks safety video (English) direct link:
Fireworks safety video (Spanish) direct link: