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2 Year Old Boy Shot in Leg near Dallas - 09/24/15
On September 24th at about 1:59pm the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to West Valley Hospital in Dallas on a report of a 2 year old boy that had been brought in with a gunshot wound. Deputy's from the Polk County Sheriff's arrived at the hospital in Dallas and found that a 2 year old boy had been shot in the leg while at his home in the 2000 block of Mistletoe Rd, just outside of Dallas. The parents of the child drove their injured son to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance. Due to the seriousness of the injury the REACH air ambulance was called to transport the child to a Portland area trauma center.

During the investigation deputies learned that the father of the child, 26 year old Mark Toma, was cleaning several firearms and had left a loaded firearm on a coffee table in reach of his son. It appears that the father stepped away for just a moment and when the father came back into the room his 2 year old son had grabbed a hold of a .40 caliber handgun and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck him in the leg and continued through his leg and went into another room. No one was else injured. The 2 year old boy has serious injuries, but is stable. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has partnered with "Project Child Safe" who have provided our office with free gun locks that can be given out to the public. If anyone wants or needs a gun lock, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office and speak with Det. Sgt. Mark Garton. Project Child Safe has many resources available to the public and more information can be found at www.projectchildsafe.org.
McMinnville resident killed in Polk County farming accident (Photo) - 09/18/15
On Friday, September 18, 2015 at approximately 10:49 am Polk County deputies were called to a lethal farming accident in approximately the 8500 block of N Pacific Hwy W. This was the location of a Filbert Orchard just south of the Polk - Yamhill county line where harvesting was under way.

Found deceased by co-workers in the hopper of a farm implement was 51 year old Mr. Jose "Carmen" Olmedo-Zaragoza of McMinnville. Mr. Olmedo-Zaragoza had been operating a tractor pulling the implement which stores nuts harvested from the ground. Inside the hopper was an auger that turned to move nuts inside the hopper. An investigation showed that Mr. Olmedo-Zaragoza had apparently leaned into the hopper and loose clothing was caught by the auger which subsequently pulled him in.

Preliminary indications suggested positional asphyxia leading to Mr. Olmedo-Zaragoza's death, a final cause of death to be determined by the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office upon further investigation.

Mr. Olmedo-Zaragoza leaves behind family members in the McMinnville area and a spouse in Mexico at the time of the accident.
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Elderly man dies during roll over car crash (Photo) - 09/17/15
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at about 8:16 p.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle roll over crash located on Zena Road NW, just east of the intersection of Brush College Road NW, Salem. The lone occupant of the involved vehicle, Mr. Donald Wilson of west Salem, was found deceased. Mr. Wilson had been traveling eastbound on Zena Road when he lost control, overcorrected and ended up rolling into the field on the north side of the roadway. Mr. Wilson was not wearing his seat belt and was partially ejected.
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