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Salem Police Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 09/18/17

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit conducted a vehicle-pedestrian safety campaign on August 15th, 2017. The goal of these safety campaigns is to enhance safety in our community through education to both pedestrians and vehicle operators. Locations are chosen based on crash and complaint data received by the department.

The location designated for this campaign was Summer St NE at Hood St NE. This location was selected due to numerous complaints in the area of the Boys and Girls Club, where people had reported nearly being struck by vehicles not stopping at the crosswalk.

Although Oregon law states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk whether marked or not, officers chose to focus on education of drivers found to be in violation at marked crosswalk locations. Drivers were contacted, educated on the law and were also provided with educational materials in English and Spanish. Officers have also conducted safety campaigns aimed at educating pedestrians on their responsibilities as well.

During the campaign, 48 drivers were contacted for pedestrian-related violations, with the majority receiving education and warnings. There were 19 citations/warnings issued for other violations and one arrest was made.

The Salem Police Department will also be working with the Public Works Department to address engineering improvements which may help increase crosswalk visibility/safety at the above intersection, and will also continue to work on education and enforcement projects to enhance traffic safety.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.


Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 09/15/17

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of August, three officers worked on six of these focused patrols, arresting nine persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited or arrested four persons for driving with a suspended license and issued an additional 38 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of August, Salem Police officers arrested 51 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited three people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 98 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 92 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 22 for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 1261 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.

Salem Police teams with Salem Health to promote awareness in September - 09/06/17

The tragedy of suicide is one experienced by families in our community. In Salem, police, medical and mental health services frequently work hand-in-hand in response to those who have or are considering taking their life. Fittingly, Salem Police and Salem Health are working hand-in-hand to raise awareness this September which is designated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

"Hitting the streets of Salem on September 7 will be a purple and turquoise patrol vehicle to help elevate the conversation of this complex and tragic issue," said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw of the Salem Police Support Division.

In 2016 there were 771 suicides in Oregon compared to 129 homicides. According to the Oregon Health Authority, by August 1 of this year, 442 suicides had already occurred. Moreover, suicide has become the second leading cause for death of people aged 10-24 in Oregon. "We must start to reverse this trend by raising awareness in our community," said Salem Health community relations liaison Bryce Peterson.

To that end, the made-over patrol vehicle will carry the phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255. The toll-free phone line is open 24 hours every day. In Oregon, the phone number is staffed by Lines for Life crisis center staff and volunteers ready to provide free and confidential support for people in emotional distress. Salem Police also partners with Lines for Life. Shared Bellshaw, "Officers assigned to the Tactical Negotiations Team volunteer to answer phones at the center and spend time speaking with individuals who need support and a caring ear to listen."

Above the number, residents will also see the hashtags #support and #awareness as a way of drawing others in conversation about the topic of suicide through social media.

Since 2010 the Salem Police Department has incrementally dedicated staffing for crisis outreach response by pairing an officer with a qualified mental health professional. The program began with a half-time officer, then in 2013 the position became full-time in Marion County. Full-time outreach was achieved in 2016 in Polk County. In 2017 a sergeant was added to oversee the team, known as the Mental Health Unit. Said Bellshaw, "The unit's goal is to deliver services to people in crisis in an effort to provide long term solutions and reduce the need for police response."

As with other awareness wrap vehicles done by the police department, the project was made possible through the efforts of the Salem Police Foundation. "The foundation has been instrumental in helping us raise awareness and start conversations about topics which touch the Salem community. Bringing Salem Police and Salem Health together for this project was perfect because they are also passionate about the safety of the residents we serve," explained Bellshaw.

Salem Health will continue to shine the suicide prevention and awareness beacon through the Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Riverfront Park. Contact Michael Polacek at for more information.

Members of the media are invited to a press conference for the presentation of the special-wrapped patrol vehicle on Thursday, September 7 at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Salem Health, 665 Winter ST SE, Building A.

Representatives from Salem Health and the Salem Police Foundation will be in attendance for a short presentation about the rig wrap project. Also available for interviews will be Salem Police command staff and officers from the Salem Police Mental Health Unit and their partners from the Marion and Polk County Behavioral Health Services. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Executive Director Ryan Price will also be in attendance.

For more information about the press event, contact Angie Hedrick, Salem Police community relations analyst at 503-932-5178.

Suspect Arrested in 1998 Homicide - 09/01/17

Salem Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oxnard, CA Police Department, have arrested a suspect in a 1998 homicide that occurred at a northeast Salem convenience store.

On the evening of May 9, 1998, Alfredo Lopez-Nabor, 16-years old at the time, was shot and killed after being involved in an altercation with several other subjects in front of a Circle K store located at 4170 Portland Rd NE. The altercation is believed to have been gang related.

The ensuing investigation led investigators to develop probable cause to arrest then 19-year old Fernando Cortez in the incident. However, he fled the area before investigators could arrest him. Detectives believed that he had fled to Mexico.

In 2008, Salem Police Detective Jamie Vasas was assigned to follow up on this case as a "cold case" investigation. Detective Vasas worked diligently to review case reports, evidence and investigatory information. His investigation revealed that suspect Fernando Cortez had likely moved back into the United States and was possibly residing in Oxnard, California under a false name.

Detective Vasas worked closely with the FBI and the Oxnard, CA Police Department, finally locating where Fernando Cortez was living in Oxnard and verifying his identity. On August 29, 2017, Detective Vasas, Salem Police Detective Grant Davis , Special Agents with the FBI and Oxnard Police Department officers contacted Cortez and took him into custody for the crime of murder. He was lodged in the Ventura County Jail and is now awaiting extradition proceedings.


Salem Police Conducting Death Investigation-UPDATE AND PHOTOS (Photo) - 08/31/17

UPDATE: 08-31-17/3:40 pm

This case is being investigated as a suspicious death. The death of the driver, Randy Breyer, was not caused by the crash, and Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in this investigation.

The deceased was reportedly driving southbound on 12th St SE before crashing into the bridge abutment south of Bellevue St SE. Detectives are attempting to determine the whereabouts of Randy Phillip Breyer prior to the crash and anyone with whom he may have had contact.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have had contact with Mr Breyer, may know of his activities on the evening of August 29 or may have seen his vehicle on that evening to call the Salem PD TIPS line at 503-588-8477. Detectives are also asking anyone who has surveillance video systems to check that video for Mr Breyer and/or his vehicle on the evening of August 29 until approximately 1:00 am on August 30.

Photos of Mr. Breyer and of his vehicle are attached to this release. The vehicle is distinctive, as the left side of the vehicle had numerous areas where dark colored duct tape was covering and/or holding parts of the vehicle together.


UPDATE: 08-30-17/10:00 AM

Both 12th St and Bellevue St are now open for normal traffic.

UPDATE: 08-30-17/6:35 am

Investigators are still on scene, but one lane of southbound 12th St, one lane of eastbound Bellevue St and westbound Bellevue St SE have been opened to traffic.


Salem Police Detectives are investigating a death following a traffic crash.

Salem Police officers were dispatched to a report of a traffic crash on 12th St SE near the intersection of Bellevue St NE at 12:47 am this morning. Officers located at maroon colored 2002 Dodge Stratus that had crashed into the abutment of the bridge where 12th St crosses Pringle Creek. There was a male adult in the driver's seat of the vehicle who died at the scene.

The deceased has been identified as 55-year old Randy Phillip Breyer. His next of kin have been notified, and it is believed that he has been living out of his vehicle.

Salem Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in determining where Mr. Breyer had been during the evening of August 29 and anyone with whom he may have been associated. A photo of Mr Breyer is attached to this release.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police TIPS line at 503-588-8477.

Investigators are on scene, and 12th St SE is currently closed to southbound traffic from Mill St SE to Oak St SE, and Bellevue St SE is closed in both directions from 12th St SE to Winter ST SE.