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Deputies Investigating Runaway Semi Crash (Photo) - 07/29/15
Deputies are on scene and investigating how a semi truck lost control on Delaney Road SE near Battle Creek Road SE, spilling its load of lumber. Deputies know that the semi was traveling east toward Turner Lumber when the driver experienced brake failure causing the truck to careen through an intersection, into a rock retaining wall and finally coming to a stop in the yard of a neighboring residence.

Traffic in the area is delayed while crews clean up the massive spill and remove the truck. Deputies are estimating that it will take beyond the lunch hour before traffic will resume normally. No injuries have been reported and motorists are being asked to seek alternate routes.
Deputies on Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 07/29/15
Deputies have identified the drivers in Sunday's fatal traffic crash as Neal Meusling, age 35 of Hubbard. Mr. Meuseling was the only occupant in his red, Porsche, Boxster when it crashed earlier this week. Deputies do believe speed was a factor.


Deputies are currently on scene and investigating the cause of a single vehicle crash on Crosby Road NE near Butteville Road NE. Crosby Road is currently closed between Butteville and Arbor Grove while investigators determine the cause of the crash.

Sadly Deputies have determined that the cars single occupant was killed in the crash. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the name of the driver until next of kin can be notified.
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Sheriff Jason Myers Promotes Two Sergeants to Lieutenant (Photo) - 07/21/15
Today friends, family and co-workers gathered as Sheriff Jason Myers administered the oath of office to his two newest Lieutenants. The ceremony was commenced in the court yard located at the Marion County Jail.

Lieutenant Nick Hunter will be assigned to our Enforcement Division and Lieutenant Jay Bergmann to our Parole and Probation Division. Please help us in congratulating our newest Lieutenants in their promotion and wishing them well in their new career path.
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Detroit Lake Marina Annex
Detroit Lake Marina Annex
Upset boaters confront Sheriff's Deputies (Photo) - 07/19/15
A group of boaters confront Deputies who were conducting a boating while intoxicated investigation. On Saturday July 18th, Marion County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Deputy Zahn made contact with the driver of a pontoon boat at the Detroit Lake Marina Annex at 6 PM. Deputy Zahn attempting to contact the driver based on a boating while intoxicated investigation. It was reported to Deputy Zahn the pontoon boat had almost run into two other boats where the operators of those boats had to push the pontoon boat away from hitting their boats. Marina staff who rented the boat had to jump on board and dock it for the subjects.

The driver was with a group of 3 other pontoon boats with approximately 35-40 subjects in the group. Another subject in the group began to argue with Deputy Zahn and interfere with his investigation while the driver began to walk away from the scene. Deputy Zahn was able to again contact the driver on the dock when 15-20 subjects began walking toward him.

Several of the second group began yelling and a couple subjects were throwing empty beer cans at Deputy Zahn. Deputy Zahn was able to call for cover and place the driver into handcuffs. Luckily Deputy Zahn had two Marion County Cadets with him and was able to let the cadets escort the driver off the dock while Deputy Zahn continued to attempt to keep the crowd back.

Deputy Zahn backed away from the crowd toward the shore as cover units arrived. 2 subjects in the group continued to advance toward Deputy Zahn and Officer Armenta being more aggressive and argumentative. Deputy Zahn and Officer Armenta took one of the aggressors into custody when he approached them yelling and swinging his arms while approaching the officers.

A third subject approached the two cadets who were escorting the driver up the shore toward a vehicle and was stopped by several off duty Marion County Sheriff's Deputies who just arrived at the marina. The third subject was arrested at this point.

This was a very dangerous situation where Deputies were dealing with intoxicated subjects on a dock and were greatly outnumbered by the subjects in the group. The deputies showed a great deal of restraint and were able to resolve the situation with no injuries to anyone involved.

The driver of the boat is 22 year old Edward Ramirez from California and he has been charged with Boating under the influence of Intoxicants. Ramirez had a blood alcohol content one and a half times the legal limit. The other two subjects that were arrested are 23 year old Ivan Barajas and 26 year old Ernesto Barajas who are both from California. They have been charged with Disorderly Conduct 2 and Interfering with a Police Officer and were lodged at the Marion County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to have a plan prior to leaving the dock as to who is going to be the designated driver. Although it is legal to consume alcoholic beverages on a boat, it is not legal for the driver to be intoxicated. More than half of all boating accidents involve alcohol. We would also like to remind citizens that you do not have any legal right to interfere with a criminal investigation and should comply with any police officers commands.
Attached Media Files: Detroit Lake Marina Annex
Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's help in locating Missing / Stolen Firearm (Photo) **Updated Release-Firearm Located** - 07/17/15
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The missing/stolen firearm has been located and has been returned to The Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday afternoon, an observant construction worker located the firearm along Interstate 5 near Market St in Salem. The firearm was taken to the Oregon State Police-Albany Office and given to Troopers.

We have confirmed this is the missing/stolen firearm and are currently conducting an investigation to determine how the firearm ended up on Interstate 5. At this time, we do not know if the firearm was stolen and dumped along Interstate 5 but the firearm has scrape marks and damage on it from sliding down the highway. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the citizen who located the firearm and turned it into the Oregon State Police.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please call 503-588-5032


Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing / stolen firearm. It is believed the firearm came up missing today around 4:00 a.m. from a southeast Salem neighborhood. The weapon is a Glock model 21, S.F. (slim frame) .45 caliber. The gun has a black upper slide and a lower OD green frame. On top of the slide is "A185" and on both sides of the slide is "Wally" K9. The gun has a fully loaded magazine and one round in the chamber and is equipped with a tac light mounted to the gun.

If you locate this firearm, please use caution as the weapon does not have a safety. We would prefer you keep an eye on the firearm and not handle it, call for law enforcement immediately and wait for law enforcement to recover it. In the event you decide to handle the weapon, remember your gun safety and that it is loaded, always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction and keep you finger off of the trigger.

Anyone with information about this incident and or where the firearm may be should contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 588-5032.
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This Week Is National Parole and Probation Officer's Week (Photo) - 07/15/15
The Marion County Board of Commissioners have proclaimed July 12-18 as Parole and Probation Officer Week. Since 1841, the practice of probation and parole has played a vital role in our justice system. Nationally, there are over 8 million adults on some form of community supervision. As a state, we supervise over 32,000 persons, of which about 3,700 reside within Marion County and are supervised by the Parole & Probation Division of the Sheriff's Office. Although different states and different jurisdictions have applied a variety of organizational structures to manage this population, the basic premise of our responsibility, regardless of location, remains the same: Hold clients accountable, prevent criminal activity, and promote the reformative process. Simply put, community corrections professionals help create stronger and safer communities.

Over the last several years, the talented and dedicated staff of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole & Probation Division has engaged in a number of "evidence-based" efforts to provide support services, lower our recidivism rates, and enhance public safety. As examples, we have fully implemented the Effective Practices in Community Supervision program (EPICS) model of supervision. Our Transitional Services Unit, a part of the greater Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI), has been nationally recognized. Our SB 416 program is being utilized statewide as a model prison diversion program, and our Jail Reentry Program has just completed its first year of programming. In early 2016, we are excited to receive additional legislative funding to expand our prison diversion programming through our Drug Endangered Children's Unit.

As a division, we strive for efficiency by focusing precious public resources towards our highest risk population and targeting specific risks that are linked to criminal behavior. Within any given day, any of our staff may help a client find a job, arrest an absconder, or make a referral to transitional housing or treatment to help overcome years of addiction. Our employees have a difficult and complicated job. They are trained to be part coach, mentor, counselor, problem solver, crime prevention specialist, motivator, educator, and police officer.

The citizens of Marion County can and should be proud of the service their parole and probation professionals provide. Year in and year out our staff provide sound cost-effective services and supervision practices which have been proven effective. The fruits of these efforts have culminated in a recidivism rate which has steadily been in decline since 2006. Although the term "recidivism" can sound overly simplistic, the collateral effects can be impressive: lower crime rates, obtaining viable employment, individuals overcoming years of addiction(s), families reuniting, and lowering the costs associated with prosecution and incarceration.
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Sheriff's Office Cold Case Squad Seeks Public's Help with a 28 year old Homicide Investigation (Photo) - 07/14/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Cold Case Squad, is requesting the public's help in identifying a Hispanic male, whose decomposing body was found by fishermen in the area of Horseshoe Lake, near St. Paul, Oregon on October 25, 1986. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that this death was a homicide. The victim is believed to have been young, perhaps 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5' 4" tall with a slender to medium build. Most importantly, the victim possessed numerous distinctive tattoos, which included: a lady's head with a teardrop under her eye; a large butterfly; a lady's head wearing a sombrero; a scorpion under initials which appear to be "R.M.F." or "H.M.F" and the name "Felix" in stylized script. Drawings of these tattoos are being made available with this release.

Investigators suspect that the victim may have lived and worked in the greater Woodburn-St. Paul area. It is hoped that someone might recall a former employee, co-worker, neighbor or friend who could fit the description of the unidentified man and who simply dropped out of sight without notice in the late summer or fall of 1986.

Anyone who believes that they might have information which could assist this investigation is encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Cold Case Squad, telephone (503) 540-8006, or Detective Mike Myers, telephone (503) 540-8096. In addition, information can be provided to email address:
Sheriff's Office Searching for A Missing 10 Year Old Boy in Rural South Marion County (Photo) - 07/12/15
Miguel has been located healthy and well at a local park. He is being reunited with his family.


Deputies along with search and rescue are on scene looking for a 10 year old boy, Miguel Reyna, who was last seen near his residence in the 2700 block of Pebble Ln S. Around 4:00 p.m. yesterday, Miguel was playing soccer on their property with his brother when their mother called them in to the house. Miguel went over the fence to retrieve the soccer ball, but never returned to the house.

Miguel is described as a Hispanic male, 4 feet 7 inches tall, 85 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue "Oregon coast surfer" t-shirt, black shorts with a red & white stripe and brown boots. There were a couple citizen reports of possible sightings of Miguel, which deputies are following up on.

Anyone with information of Miguel's whereabouts and or sightings of him should call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032
Ehlen Road Construction Notice - 07/11/15
Ehlen Road Chip Seal and Railroad Crossing Replacement

July 13 to July 21

Construction Notice

July 13 through July 17: Marion County will apply a chip seal surface treatment on Ehlen Rd from the City of Aurora to Arbor Grove Rd. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and pilot cars. Work hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ehlen Rd will be shut down to one lane, through the crossing area of the railroad tracks, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 18 through July 21: Ehlen Rd will be closed at the Portland and Western Railroad crossing so that the crossing can be replaced and the road approaches repaved. No traffic will be allowed across the crossing during the closure. Traffic will be detoured via Bents, Arndt, and Butteville Roads.

Marion County contact: Bill Brownlee at 503-588-7918.
Deputies Investigating After Man Was Struck By a Train Early This Morning ***Update*** (Photo) - 07/09/15
The man killed in yesterday's train crash has been identified as Brian Beheler, age 36, of Washington County. Mr. Beheler was reported as a missing person after he left his apartment in May of this year without taking any belongings.

According to family Mr. Beheler suffered from mental illness. Mr. Beheler had been in the Jefferson area for at least two days and tragically was last seen walking on the tracks just prior to being struck by the train. The Sheriff's Office thoughts are with Mr. Beheler's family during this difficult time.


This morning at about 7:50 a.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a train versus pedestrian crash near 103 Old Pacific Highway in Jefferson. The preliminary investigation is showing that an adult male was walking on the railroad tracks when he was struck by a Union Pacific Freight Train and killed.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office and the Railroad remain on scene while they determine exactly what happened. As of this time there are no further details regarding the crash or the person struck. Traffic is not being affected in the area and additional updates will be provided when they become available.
Sheriff's Office PIO Schedule for July - 07/09/15
Lt. Chris Baldridge will be off for vacation starting tomorrow and returning 07/20. In his absence Sergeants Parise and Stutrud will be assuming the PIO duties. To reach a PIO in my absence please call our PIO line at 503-584-6276. Thank you.
Man Rescued After 26 Foot Fall at Local Park ***Update Video Added*** (Photo) - 07/07/15
The three links contain video footage shot today during the patient transfer from the Air National Guard to the Life Flight Team.


Rescuers worked for nearly two hours to recover Mason Young, age 26 of Salem after he attempted a back flip off of the rocks, fell some 26 feet and missed the water at Three Pools Recreation Area. Mason was originally assisted by bystanders and then later by Fire and Law Enforcement personnel from seven different jurisdictions.

Due to the complex terrain the Salem Fire Technical Rescue Team and the Army Air National Guard were used to recover and air lift Mr. Mason to a waiting Life Flight Helicopter. Mr. Mason was taken to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries.
The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following agencies for their response to today's incident:

Stayton Fire Department
Gates Fire Department
Lyons Fire Department
Jefferson Fire Department
Scio Fire Department
Salem Fire Department
United States Forrest Service
Army Air National Guard
Life Flight
Sheriff's Office Adding DUII Patrols (Photo) - 07/03/15
In observance of the 4th of July weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around Marion County.

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?
1. Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
2. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over.
3. Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. Please do not compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
4. Pull over or use your hands free device to call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

Once you call and give us the information, we will take it from there. Share our roads responsibly, please don't drink and drive.
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Deputies Asking For Public's Help Finding Missing Salem Man ***Update*** (Photo) - 07/02/15
Mr. Stadeli has returned home safely.

Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Nicholas Stadeli, age 50, of Salem. Mr. Stadeli left his residence in the 5600 block of Silverton Road NE, after an argument with his wife on Saturday and has not been seen or heard from since. Since his disappearance Mr. Stadeli has turned off his cell phone and stopped using any electronic form of payment.

Mr. Stadeli is a white, male, adult who stands 5'10" tall and weighs 140 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a two tone brown and white, 1991, Ford, F250 truck bearing Oregon license 219GRQ.

If you have seen Mr. Stadeli or know where Mr. Stadeli may be please, call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous. The truck pictured is similar to the vehicle being driven by Stadeli.
Deputies Investigating Single Vehicle Crash***Photo Added*** (Photo) - 07/02/15
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a single vehicle, roll over crash on Silverton Road NE near Desart Road NE. The driver of the vehicle and only occupant in the car is said to have a head injury and is being transported via Life Flight to an unknown medical center.

Silverton Road between Desart and Brushcreek is closed and expected to remain closed for the next two hours. Deputies will be working to determine why the driver left the roadway and rolled his vehicle. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
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Fight Ends With One Man Stabbed In North East Salem - 07/02/15
Last night at around 11:40 p.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE to investigate a reported stabbing. When Deputies arrived they found Nathaniel Francois, age 20, of Salem with a stab wound to his stomach.

The suspect, Shawn Pelletier, age 39, of Salem fled on foot from the scene, but was later located by Deputies and arrested. Detectives worked through the night on the case and were able to determine that the fight stemmed from a past dispute over a girl.

Mr. Francois is being treated at the Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and Mr. Pelletier was arrested for the crimes of Assault II and the Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Mr. Pelletier is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and set to appear in court today at 3 p.m.

**Current mug shots of Pelletier are not yet available.**