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The Salem Police Department celebrated the hiring of seven new Police Officers and the promotion of an officer to the rank of Corporal.
The ceremony, presided over by Chief Jerry Moore, took place on Monday morning at the Salem Convention Center before a crowd of employees, retirees, families and well-wishers.
Officer Rogers "RJ" Smith was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Smith began his career in law enforcement with the Salem Police Department in 2006. Since then he has been assigned to the patrol division as well as the Street Crimes Unit. He is a Firearms Instructor, Department Firearms Armorer and has been a Drug Recognition Expert. Cpl Smith will now transfer to patrol to assume his new position.
Chief Moore then swore in seven new Police Officers:
Officer Manuel Amador was born in California and raised in Independence, Oregon. He and his family now live in Salem. He will now move to the Patrol Division from his job as the department Quartermaster.
Officer Donald Taylor was born in Dallas, OR and was raised in Monmouth. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He and his family live in the Salem area.
Officer Sonia Lawrence is from the Salem area and has worked in public service to include the fire services for the past 17 years. She and her family live in the Salem area.
Officer Kyle Felix was raised in Redding, CA, attended Oregon State University and now calls Salem his home.
Officer Brandon Hardy was born and raised in Salem and graduated from West Salem High School. He still calls Salem his home.
Officer Judy Dan was born and raised in Portland, speaks fluent Romanian and is working towards becoming conversational in Russian as well. She is part of a large family and is excited to be here in Salem.
Officer Benjamin Hughes was raised in the Salem area. He began his career with the Salem Police Department as a Cadet, then a Community Services Officer. Officer Hughes is the third generation of law enforcement in his family. His grandfather was in law enforcement in southern California and his father, Cole, is currently a police officer with the Salem Police Department.
Salem Police Officers are participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The second of three campaigns will be from May 15th through May 28th, 2017.
The department will be increasing traffic patrols during both daylight and nighttime hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt use and to address the issue of minors in pick-up truck beds, complimenting the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" mobilization. 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 2016 found 96% 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 last year. 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.
"BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS" of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USDOT are that children should ride in rear-facing car seats to age two or to the upper weight limit of the seat in use. Children should continue to ride in safety seats until 40 pounds or the maximum upper weight limit of their forward facing seat before transitioning to a booster seat. Children under age thirteen should ride in the back seat. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.
Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.
For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back -- this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.
For assistance 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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The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred just before midnight Friday night/Saturday morning.
The investigation has shown that the deceased driver had been involved in a non-injury crash with another vehicle near the intersection of Portland Rd NE and Kale St NE. The deceased driver fled that scene at a high rate of speed, proceeding southbound on Portland Rd and struck an SUV with five occupants near the intersection of Portland Rd and Ward Dr NE.
The suspect vehicle left the roadway and caught fire with the driver inside. The driver died at the scene.
Three of the five occupants of the other vehicle were transported to Salem Health with non-life threatening injuries.
The deceased driver has yet to be positively identified.
No further information is being released pending identification of the deceased driver and notification of next of kin.
*** UPDATE 04-09-17/12:50 pm ***
The pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle last night on Kuebler Blvd and Commercial St SE has been identified as 36-year old Michael E Spane of Salem. He remains in stable condition at Salem Health.
The driver of the vehicle was 32-year old Jeremy David Inman of Salem. Inman was driving a 1996 Subaru eastbound on Kuebler Blvd when he struck Michael Spane. He left the scene of the incident, but later returned and was contacted by officers. Officers later located his vehicle as well. Inman was arrested on a felony charge of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident and was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility.
*** UPDATE 04-08-17/10:47 pm *** The incident occurred at approximately 8:49 pm when the pedestrian was crossing Kuebler Blvd in a southerly direction on the east side of Commercial St SE. The involved vehicle was traveling eastbound on Kuebler Blvd when the pedestrian was struck. The driver of the vehicle initially left the scene but was later located, as was the vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to Salem Health with what are believed to be critical injuries. The roadways are now open to normal traffic flow and the investigation is continuing. No identities are being released at this time.
The intersection of Commercial St SE and Kuebler Rd Se is partially closed due to a serious motor vehicle v. pedestrian hit and run accident. All Eastbound and Westbound traffic on Kuebler Rd SE is closed and Northbound traffic on Commercial St SE is closed until further notice. We are asking that motorists please avoid this area for the next couple of hours. UPDATE
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 March, one officer worked on one of these focused patrols, arresting two people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issuing seven additional citations and warnings for other violations.
As an agency during the month of March, Salem Police officers arrested 36 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited six people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 117 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 27 citations for driving without a seatbelt, nine for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 597 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.
Child abuse and neglect is a national issue, and one that also leaves its mark on the Salem community. Salem Police Department officers and detectives dutifully investigate local child abuse cases, but they are unable to accomplish it alone. With our partners at Liberty House, State Department of Human Services and the Office of the District Attorney in Marion and Polk counties, we stand united every day in defense of victims of child abuse and neglect. With gratitude to local business owners and the Salem Police Foundation, we have the opportunity to bring public awareness to an issue that matters--child abuse.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and thanks to Green Acres Landscaping and the Salem Police Foundation, a Salem Police cruiser will be decked out in a blue scheme to raise awareness, demonstrate support and promote child and family well-being.
"We're proud to display blue this month," said Deputy Chief George Burke, Investigations Division Commander. Blue is the color designated for the ribbons worn by many in April to commemorate the cause. Added Burke, "Today, we are honored to partner with local business, Green Acres, and the Salem Police Foundation to champion the effort to promote the wellness of children and prevent child abuse in our community."
Green Acres Landscaping worked through the Salem Police Foundation to gift the cost of material and labor for the project to transform the normally black and white vehicle to blue.
The donors will gather with representatives from Liberty House, detectives and other champions for the cause on Monday morning, April 3, 2017 for the official unveiling. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Peace Plaza of the Salem Civic Center at 9:00 am. This is the plaza between the main Civic Center and the Library.
The blue cruiser will be assigned to the Patrol Division for daily use, and it will also be available for viewing at upcoming police events during the month of April.
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a south Salem residence, culminating a lengthy investigation that started with neighborhood complaints.
Over the past nine months the Salem Police Department has received well over twenty complaints of possible drug activity, theft, noise complaints, stolen vehicles and other suspicious circumstances at 1812 Madrona Ct SE. Working closely with district patrol officers, the Street Crimes Unit initiated a lengthy and complex investigation that led to the securing of a search warrant for the residence.
The search warrant was served on March 28 at which time four suspects were located in the house. Assisting in the service of the warrant was an Oregon State Police Canine unit. Investigators located Methamphetamine, Heroin and evidence of the delivery of Methamphetamine in the residence.
Once the investigators were finished with the residence, they worked closely with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Civil Division to complete the civil eviction process. They also worked with a local real estate management company to make sure locks were changed on the residence, no trespassing notices posted and a Trespass Letter of Consent filed with the Salem Police Department.
This investigation was the result of alert and concerned citizens who reported suspicious activities surrounding this residence. These alert citizens should be commended for their patience and diligence in reporting these activities, which ultimately led to the successful investigation and arrests. The Salem Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses suspicious activities to report them immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Information of narcotics activity can be reported to the Drug Activity Hotline at 503-312-2566.
Located in the residence were:
Randall Lee Lovellette, 54 years old. He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin and Maintaining A Residence Where Controlled Substances Are Used.
Marissa Danae Williams, 30 years old. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
Jay Lee Wilson, 46 years old. He was charged with Maintaining a Residence Where Controlled Substances Are Used.
Frances Elizabeth Miller, 57 years old. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.