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Salem Police Conducting Death Investigation-UPDATE-Additional arrest - 11/21/17

UPDATE: November 21, 2017/1510

In the continued effort to investigate the November 10 murder of Kenny Kalugin in northeast Salem, police detectives were able to identify 36-year-old Zachary Urton as a suspect in the case. Area law enforcement agencies were notified.

Early this morning, November 21, Urton was located in a vehicle by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Urton fled when deputies attempted to stop him, yet was ultimately taken into custody and lodged on an unrelated parole violation warrant.

The homicide investigation is continuing and further will be released as it becomes available.


UPDATE: November 14, 2017/12:20 pm

Salem Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police SWAT, arrested a subject on multiple outstanding warrants on the evening of November 13, then later charged him in the murder of Kenny Kalugin.

21-year old Jose Ricardo Barboza-Manzo was located at a residence in unincorporated Tillamook County on Monday afternoon. When he refused to obey commands to exit the residence, Oregon State Police SWAT was activated to assist in the arrest. Barbanzo-Manzo later surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. In addition to warrants for his arrest on charges of Felony Attempting to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving and Harassment, Detectives later charged him with Aggravated Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon in the murder of Kenny Kalugin that occurred on November 10.

This investigation is continuing and no further information is being released at this time.


UPDATE: November 13, 2017/5:10 pm

The victim in this incident has been identified as 37-year old Kenny Kalugin of Gervais. Autopsy results indicate that Kalugin died as a result of gunshot wounds.

This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.


Salem Police Detectives are investigating a death in northeast Salem.

Officers responded to an alley west of the 1800 block of Liberty St NE shortly after 7:00 am this morning on a report of an unconscious subject in a vehicle. Officers and medics located an adult male victim in a vehicle and confirmed that he was deceased.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow on the victim. His identity is not being released at this time.

This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.


Salem man arrested following an altercation with Salem Police. (Photo) - 11/20/17

47 year old Salem resident Rudolph Murie was arrested this morning following an altercation with Salem Police.

This incident began around 11:10 A.M. when a resident called Salem Police to report a suspicious vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Sunray Avenue South. The resident reported the suspicious vehicle had parked in her driveway and the two male occupants were looking at her home. A check by the Dispatch Center showed the suspicious vehicle was a reported stolen vehicle from Albany.

Several officers responded to the call. As the officers were arriving in the area two males, who matched the description of the occupants of the stolen vehicle, were observed walking away from the area. Salem Police Officers contacted the two males who immediately fled on foot onto Browning Avenue South and ultimately southbound on Kurth Street. One of the males, later identified as Rudolph Murie, reached into his pockets and retrieved two large knives. Murie stopped running, turned towards the officers and began to threaten the officers. Officers briefly spoke with Murie in an attempt to get him to surrender, however, Murie continued his threatening behavior. At this point Murie made stabbing movements towards his neck with both knives causing lacerations to his neck. A Taser was deployed by Officers which was ineffective. As the Taser was ineffective Officers then used bean bag rounds to try and get Murie to surrender. As the bean bag rounds were utilized Murie turned and continued to attempt to flee. A Taser was once again utilized which allowed Officers to take Murie into custody without further incident.

Murie was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Murie is charged with a number of crimes related to this incident including Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Weapon (x2), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Heroin, Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine and a Parole Violation warrant. Murie has been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on these charges.

The Salem Police Department is no longer searching for the second suspect.

No Police Officers were harmed during this arrest.

Prior booking photo is attached.

Attached Media Files: murie-randolf.jpg
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
Donations now being accepted for annual police toy drive (Photo) - 11/16/17

The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986.

"We've already received toy donations," said Support Division Lieutenant Ben Bales who supervises the department's Volunteer Services Section. "The volunteer office is starting to look like Santa Central."

With donations from the public, the toy drive is able to gift toys to approximately 250 families each year. "It's fantastic that after three decades the community joins us in helping to make the holidays brighter for Salem children in need," shared Bales.

Toys should be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Toys will be accepted through December 13.

Each year, the Salem Police Department enlists the assistance of community collaborators, such as Family Building Blocks, Oak Park Community Church, Salem-Keizer School District's Community Outreach Coordinators, and the Community & Partners of East Salem. These organizations generously give of their time to help identify families, sort the toys by age, and wrap all the presents.

Residents can stop by the Salem Police Department at their convenience to make their donation as the lobby is open to public around the clock. However, to make dropping off donations more convenient, the department also connects with local businesses who kindly open their locations as donation collection sites and include:
* Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
* Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate Square S, #110
* Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
* White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S

For more information about donations, please call the Salem Police Volunteer Services Section at 503-588-6499, option 1.

Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Crashes While Being Pursued - 11/15/17

A Gresham man is in custody on multiple charges after crashing a stolen vehicle twice while being pursued by police.

The incident began at approximately 12:44 pm this afternoon when a Salem Police Officer was contacted by a citizen and advised of a stolen vehicle in the area of Wayside Terrace NE and 24th Place NE. The officer found the vehicle, a gold colored 1999 Toyota Corolla, that had been reported stolen to the Portland Police Bureau. The stolen vehicle was leaving the area and drove through the neighborhood towards Portland Rd.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver fled northbound on Portland Rd. As the stolen vehicle was turning onto Portland Rd, it struck a 2015 Toyota RAV 4 that was traveling southbound on Portland Rd. The driver of that vehicle was not injured. The stolen vehicle then continued northbound on Portland Rd, over Interstate 5 and struck a black 2007 Honda Accord that was turning southbound onto Portland Rd from Hayesville Dr NE. The driver of that vehicle, 41-year old Everado Quirino-Morales, was transported to Salem Health with minor injuries.

The driver of the stolen vehicle, 25-year old Cameron Alex Stiles of Gresham, also sustained minor injuries and was transported to Salem Health. He will be arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Assault in the Second Degree, and Attempting to Elude an Officer. Located in the stolen vehicle were firearms as well as drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing and further charges are pending


Jeff Staples
Jeff Staples
Salem Police Detective Retires (Photo) - 10/30/17

Salem Police Detective Jeff Staples retired on October 27 after dedicating 30 years to protecting the citizens of Salem.

Detective Staples began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a reserve officer for the Portland Police Bureau and was hired by the Salem Police Department in August of 1987. During his career, Detective Staples worked as an Officer, Senior Officer, Detective and Acting in Capacity Sergeant. He was also a member of the department SWAT team for 12 years.

Detective Staples was active within the department as one of the founders of the Salem Police Department Confrontational Simulations training program and served as an instructor in that discipline as well as on the department Trauma Team. He was also the Union President for over 10 years, well known for his passion in serving the officers in the department.

Detective Staples established himself as an expert in child abuse and sexual assault investigations during his 19 years working in the Criminal Investigations Section. His dedication to thoroughly and properly investigating these crimes was evident in the recognition and respect he received from throughout the criminal justice community. He was active in providing training in these areas, and he was well known for mentoring and helping other investigators.

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore stated "Our law enforcement community took a hit with the retirement of Jeff Staples. Jeff was committed to making Salem a better place to live, and his work was evidence of that commitment. He has been a good friend to all of us and to our community."

Detective Staples is also known as a dedicated father and husband, and he is looking forward to enjoying time with his family. The Salem Police Department wishes Detective Staples the best in his retirement.


Attached Media Files: Jeff Staples