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Deputies Need Your Help Locating Witness to Assault **Updated Again*** (Photo) - 03/31/15
I apologize for any inconvenience, the suspects name in this case is Edward Francis West.


Edward Francis West, 59, of Salem is in custody after alledgley slapping a juvenile and then later pointing a firearm at him last Sunday at about 4:00 p.m. The disturbance began after two, 17 year old juveniles, crossed the street in front of Mr. Francis's truck on Center Street near Lancaster Drive NE in Salem.

For unknown reasons Mr. West yelled at the boys to get out of the street and when they yelled back he drove into the parking lot at Roth's Market and confronted the two boys. A verbal altercation between the boys and Mr. West took place but after Mr. Francis began pushing and eventually slapping one of the males they attempted to leave the area.

That is when it is alleged that Mr. West went back to his truck and grabbed a small black handgun and pointed it at the boys stating, "Get ready to die." According to reports, a Good Samaritan saw the altercation and stopped to help the boys. The Samaritan was riding a motorcycle and used his helmet to knock the gun away from Mr. West allowing the boys to run away from the area.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating the Good Samaritan or any other witnesses to this incident. The Samaritan is reported to be a male riding a green motorcycle. Unfortunately, the boys were unable to get any further description of the rider. Mr. West is lodged at the Marion County Jail where he is set to be arraigned for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Assault IV and Harassment.

Anyone with information can call Deputy Banks at 503-576-7243.
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After 27 Years Lieutenant Decides to Hang Up His Belt (Photo) - 03/31/15
Today, with best wishes, we said goodbye to Lieutenant Tim Steele, who is retiring after a 27 year career with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Steele started his law enforcement career shortly after graduating high school, when he joined the Army. Lt Steele served in the Army as a military police officer, where he worked in a variety of assignments.

In 1986, and while attending college, Lt. Steele became a reserve deputy sheriff with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. In 1988 Lt. Steele left Benton County and came to work for the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a full-time deputy sheriff.

At MCSO, Lt. Steele worked as a patrol deputy, on our Traffic Safety Team, a detective on our Youth Services Team and as a public information officer within the Community Action Team. In 1997, Lt. Steele was promoted to sergeant, as a Sergeant he supervised patrol deputies the Traffic Safety Team, forest patrol deputies, Search and Rescue and Street Crimes Detectives.
Tim was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and was assigned to the Institutions Division, overseeing contracts and administrative functions. In 2013, he moved downtown to the Operations Division, rounding out his career writing policies, managing the Professional Standards Unit, accreditation, civil, records, concealed handgun licensing and training.
Sheriff Jason Myers was quoted as saying, "We can't thank Tim enough for his years of dedicated service, and we wish him well in his retirement." Tim has told us that he plans to take the next year off before he decides what to do next. Good luck Lieutenant Steele, enjoy your retirement!
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo) - 03/30/15
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local organizations including the Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Salem-Keizer School District 24-J, the Department of Human Services, Marion County Community Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the City of Salem Police Department and the Hands and Words are not for Hurting Project will spearhead activities during the month of April as part of a national "Child Abuse Prevention Month" effort.

On Wednesday, April 1st, officials will gather at 8:00 am, as PGE personnel begin to hang blue ribbons from a tree located on the northwest corner of the State Capitol. The ribbons will symbolize the 10,630 confirmed victims of child abuse in the State of Oregon in 2013.

Below are a few tips that can help prevent child abuse.

1. Help yourself. If the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed or out of control - take time out. Don't take it out on your child. Seek help and care for yourself so that you will be able to be more effective for your child.

2. Monitor your child's activities. Keep the computer in a family area where you can keep an eye on its use. Supervise all internet and cell phone activities closely. Be choosy about television and video viewing: watching violent films, TV programs, and video games can harm young children.

3. Help a friend, neighbor, or relative. Being a parent isn't easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of children so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.

More information on combating child abuse can be found at The public and media are invited to attend the event on Wednesday, project organizers will be on hand to distribute information. Come join us and help us prevent child abuse!
Join Our Team As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff! (Photo) - 03/30/15
Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Did you know that most deputy sheriffs began their careers as a volunteer? Well here is your chance, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Reserve Deputy Sheriff.

As a reserve you will have the opportunity to serve your community, ride-a-long with deputy sheriffs, attend police training and gain valuable life experience. Detective Matt Hagan stated, "Being a reserve deputy helped prepare me for my career as a detective. I would recommend being a reserve to anyone who is interested in a career in law enforcement,"
A list of qualifications and how to apply can be found at just select the tab on the left marked, "Reserve Deputies." Or you can contact Detective Matt Hagan at 503-316-6605 or with any specific questions. Hurry, because the position closes May 1st, so get your application in now!
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Man in Custody After Shots Fired During Domestic Dispute ***Update*** (Photo) - 03/29/15
An investigation that is still continuing this evening, has led detectives to believe that Evan Anderson, age 35, of Millersburg, kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriends residence to confront her and her new boyfriend. Once Inside the residence evidence shows that, Anderson fired two shots, one into the ceiling and another into the floor.

After Anderson left, the victim's mother, who lives close by, came to the house to see what had happened. Upset that her daughter had been shot at, she went to Anderson's Millersburg residence, to confront him. At the residence Anderson was in the process of switching vehicles and as he left he rammed the victim's Mother's vehicle with his truck.

Finally, after ramming the victim's mother, 911 was called, nearly 30 minutes after the initial disturbance. Once the 911 call was placed Troopers, with the Oregon State Police located Anderson on Enchanted Way SE near I5. Anderson was stopped and taken into custody without incident. At the time of custody Anderson had his 14 month old son, in the car with him, detectives do believe that the son was with Anderson the entire time. The child was taken by DHS personnel and placed with family members.

Because of the nature and severity of the crimes committed by Anderson the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victim's, witnesses, minor child or exact locations of today's events. Anderson is being held at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned tomorrow for the crimes of, Burglary I, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Menacing. Additional charges may be added later.

The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind people that confronting armed assailants is extremely dangerous and your first action once you are safe should be to call 911.


A Linn County man is in custody after kicking in his ex-girlfriends front door and firing shots in her general direction, at her residence in Jefferson this morning. Deputies and detectives are on scene and processing evidence and crime scenes that spread from Jefferson to Millersburg.

Evan Anderson, age 35 is in custody, there are no reported injuries and there is no danger to the public. The Sheriff's Office is still in the early stages of their investigation and pieces of this complex puzzle are being put together. Once additional details become available we will make them available, that time frame is not yet known.
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Social Media Site Threatens Cascade School. ***Update Arrest Made*** - 03/25/15
A 14 year old, female, is in custody for threats made against Cascade High School last week. The female, a Stayton High School Student and former Cascade High School student, admitted to posting a bomb threat on a social media site called

The female suspect has been taken to the Marion County Juvenile Department where she is being booked for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Cascade School District and the operators of, for working with the Sheriff's Office to quickly resolve this threat.


An unknown person makes a threat to Cascade High School after spring break.

There were no other details from the post and it did not mention any specific names of any involved.

We have been in contact with Mr. Darin Drill, Cascade School Superintendent, and informed him of this information. Mr. Drill and Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing to work together to insure children and families are well informed.

Deputy Andrew McCowan, Marion County Sheriff's Office, is investigating this incident. We are asking for anyone with any information regarding this threat to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
Family Searching For Loved One, Asking for Your Help ***Update*** (Photo) - 03/25/15
Last Sunday, at around 3:45 p.m., Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem was found on State Street near Hawthorne Avenue, after a passerby recognized him and called 911. According to Mrs. Bowman the Salem Police Department contacted Mr. Bowman and gave him a ride home after being missing for two weeks.

Mrs. Bowman stated that Mr. Bowman left after becoming overwhelmed with his new surroundings. Mrs. Bowman was thankful for all of the people who assisted her in looking for Mr. Bowman and she is very happy for his safe return.


Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem has been missing since Sunday the 8th after he went for a walk in the 4100 block of State Street, in Salem. Up until Monday Mr. Bowman had been living with his Step-Mother Darlene Bowman, at the Royal Mobile Estates off of State Street.

Ms. Bowman is very concerned because Mr. Bowman is a diagnosed schizophrenic who requires medication on an ongoing basis. Mr. Bowman is from the Salem area but only recently returned after being missing for 25 years. The family is hoping that anyone who may have seen or has any information regarding Mr. Bowman will call the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Bowman is a white male, adult, 6'04" tall, 225 pounds, brown eyes and dark, graying hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, suede shoes, a blue long sleeve tee-shirt and a blue and black jacket with "Bandon" written on it. If you see Mr. Bowman please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-588-5032. Mr. Bowman is registered as a missing person.
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Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting ***UPDATE 2*** - 03/24/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Bachle, age 24, of Salem. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have spoken with numerous witnesses to the incident as well as all of the parties involved and are working to provide a summary of their case to the Districts Attorney's Office within the coming weeks.

On Monday March 23rd, an autopsy was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and it determined that Mr. Bachle died from a gunshot wound that he received from a gun fired by, Michael Lee Newborn, age 22, of Salem. Mr. Newborn, Mr. Bachle and Mr. Bachle's fiancé, Shelby Pilgrim, age 24, of Salem, were all living at the Juneva address at the time of the shooting. Mr. Bachle was not armed at the time of the shooting and it is believed that alcohol did play a role in the events that took place Saturday night.

As of today, there have been no arrests in this case. Once the investigation is completed it will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for their review and any recommendation they may have regarding criminal charges. The time frame for the completion of the investigation and the referral to the DA's Office is not yet known.

The Sheriff's Office anticipates that all further releases regarding this case will be conducted by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton ***Update*** - 03/24/15
Marion County Detectives have received confirmation from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, that DNA obtained from the body discovered in the fire, near Silverton, on September 4th, 2014, has been identified as Terrance Allen Sill, age 47.

Detectives and the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office have determined the cause of Mr. Sill's death to be accidental. The Sheriff's Office thoughts go out to the family for their loss and we hope that this information will provide them with much needed closure.

***Original Release***

On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting - 03/22/15
Last night at about 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Jeneva Pl SE. Upon their arrival a subject was found deceased.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and are investigating the incident. There is no outstanding threat to the community as this was an isolated incident.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office will be handling all further releases of information.
Sheriff's Office Detectives On scene of suspicious death ***** UPDATE ***** - 03/20/15
The female found deceased at Hunsaker Road SE and Duckflat Road SE, near turner has been identified as 30 year old Melissa Slack. An autopsy was completed this afternoon and the cause of Melissa's death has been ruled a suicide.
Sheriff's Office Detectives on Scene of Suspicious Death (Photo) - 03/19/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation into the death of a female, found in a vehicle, near Turner. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the autopsy the Sheriff's Office will up date our release with the females name and the presumed cause of death.

We do not anticipate any further release of information until after the autopsy has been completed.


Last night at about 0325 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle running on the side of Hunsaker Road SE at the intersection of Duckflat Road SE, near Turner. When deputies approached the vehicle they found a deceased, adult, female, in the driver's seat of the car. Detectives have been called to the scene and are investigating the incident which, they are calling suspicious.

Detectives on scene are asking for anyone who may have been in the area and saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road to call Detective Myers at 503-540-8096. Hunsaker Road is closed at Duckflat and we are asking that drivers seek alternate routes. Additional releases of information will follow once more details are available.
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Strange Behavior Leads Deputies to Arrest 17 year Old Male (Photo) - 03/19/15
On Monday, at about 3 p.m., Blanca Guiterrez was working at her family owned business, JB Color and Brush Painting, located at 11792 Carl Road NE, near Woodburn. The business, which is set off of the roadway and generally closed to the public by gates, was now open because one of the gates protecting the property had been blown down in a recent wind storm.

The open gate somehow drew the attention of a 17 year old, juvenile from Woodburn. The male was acting strange when he contacted Ms. Guiterrez and asked about buying a vehicle from them. Ms. Guiterrez and her husband Javier Gutierrez told the male to leave and he did.

At around, 11:00 p.m., the male returned and jumped the gate that was now fixed and in place to protect the residence/business. The Guiterrez's could see the male skulking around their property and at one point entering a garage on their property. The Guiterrez's called 911 but deputies were unable to arrive before the male disappeared. The following morning the Guiterrez's found that several of their vehicles had been entered and their stereos were missing.

On Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., the male returned again, jumped the fence and knocked at their door. When Mr. Guiterrez answered the door, the male was standing on their front porch and they could see a gun in his waist band. The male was inquiring about purchasing a vehicle and stated that he had a gun "because his house had just been broken into." During the conversation the male pulled the gun out and began waving it at Mr. Guiterrez. Ms. Guiterrez called the Sheriff's Office and units from MCSO and Woodburn PD responded to the scene.

Just as officers with Woodburn PD arrived, the suspect got into the passenger seat of a white, Chevrolet Tahoe and drove away from the scene. Officers followed the vehicle as it pulled into a neighboring manufactured home park and stopped. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and the passenger ran away on foot.

After detaining the driver the vehicle was searched and the gun was found. After closely inspecting the gun, deputies determined it was a bb gun, which had been painted black. Deputies described the gun as a replica of a Glock 27.

Once additional officers and deputies arrived on scene a perimeter was set in place and a K9 was used to track the suspect. Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner, Rolo tracked the suspect to a neighboring residence. The male was found by Rolo hiding under a trailer and he was taken into custody without injury.

The juvenile was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility where he will face charges of, Trespassing, Trespassing with a Firearm, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a warrant for Probation Violation. Deputies do suspect drug use was a factor in the mental state of the male suspect.
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Program Leads to Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off Locations (Photo) - 03/12/15
Since the drug take back program began four years ago the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected nationwide, over 4.8 million pounds (2,411 tons) of unwanted medication and properly disposed of it. Seeing the huge success of the program agencies all over Marion County and the United States began installing permanent prescription drug drop off boxes.

The permanent boxes are working so well that the DEA announced that in 2015 we would no longer be offering the drug take back days. The drug take back days are the scheduled events where Sheriff's Deputies, volunteers and law enforcement from all over Marion County, wait at a location for you to bring your unwanted prescription medication to them for disposal.

Since the collection dates are no longer being offered, once a year we intend to notify the public of the permanent locations where these drop points are installed.
Aumsville Police Dept. Gervais City Hall
597 Main Street, Aumsville 592 4th St., Gervais

Hubbard Police Dept. Keizer Police Dept.
3720 2nd St., Hubbard 930 Chemawa Rd, Keizer

Mt. Angel Police Dept. Salem Police Dept.
5 N Garfield St., Mt. Angel 555 Liberty Rd. SE, Salem

Stayton Police Dept. Turner Police Dept.
386 North Third Ave., Stayton 7250 Third St., Turner

Woodburn Police Dept. Marion County Sheriff's Office
1060 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please help prevent prescription drug abuse, lock up your meds, most Rx drugs abused by our children, come from family or friends. Keep prescription drugs out of reach of children and teens. Dispose of old drugs, many people are surprised to discover the amount of unused prescription drugs that have accumulated in their own home over time. Through a "Drug Take Back Program", you can properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications, unknown tablets or capsules, unwanted over-the-counter medications and veterinary medications.

Please contact the disposal site nearest you for hours of operation.
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Sheriff's Traffic Safety Team Adding Patrols on St. Patrick's Day (Photo) - 03/12/15
If you're hoping the luck of the Irish will get you home safely after a night of drinking, this St. Patty's Day, well think again. That is because deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols to our roadways.

Did you know that from 2008 to 2012 that almost half of the men killed in traffic crashes on St. Patrick's Day were killed in drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2015) Don't be a statistic, if you're going to drink, don't drive, please designate a sober driver.

These patrols are made possible through grants from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
Crash Data Generates Response From Traffic Safety Team (Photo) - 03/10/15
To be a member of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team, you better be able to do more than just run a radar gun. Education, engineering and enforcement are the three core functions team members utilize to keep our community and its visitors safe.

As a member of the Traffic Safety Team, Sergeant Todd Moquin utilizes a program coined, "DDACTS" or Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. This program tracks activity within Marion County and alerts Sergeant Moquin to areas of concern. These areas can be related to an increase in traffic crashes, DUII, etcetera.

In 2014 deputies responded to 104 traffic crashes, in the northwest section of Marion County, west of I5 from Brooklake Road NE, to the north Marion County line, 4 of which were fatal. This area of Marion County is very rural and mostly dominated by farm land and large scale nursery operations. These roads are long straight stretches of roadway and mostly posted with a 55 miles per hour speed limit.

In response to this alarming data, Sergeant Moquin analyzed what he found and determined that most crashes in this area were related to either speed or an intersection. Sergeant Moquin stated, "We are concerned, our loved ones drive these roads, so we need to get the word out to folks, to slow down and drive safely. We are going to do several things in response to this data; we are going spread the word by utilizing things like billboards and radar trailers. In addition we will be working with our partners at public works to evaluate the traffic on the roadways and we will have deputies in the area to enforce the traffic laws."

In the past six months deputies with the Traffic Safety Team have been actively working the area. They have stopped 465 motorists and issued 446 citations. This work has reduced the amount of crashes from 17 to 10 as compared in the first three months of 2014 and 2015.

Here are some things you can do to avoid a citation and arrive at your destination safely:
* Rural roads are not limited-access freeways, so watch out for cross traffic and oncoming traffic.
* Be alert for roadside hazards, soft shoulders, ditches, etc.
* Watch out for farm machinery and other slow-moving vehicles.
* Country roads are infamous for unmarked field and farm driveways and entrances. Always keep a lookout for potential hazards like hidden driveways or farm field entrances, as they can become "instant intersections."
* Just because it seems like there is no one on the road but you, speeding on rural roadways is extremely dangerous. Sharp turns, rolling hills, and poor visibility at night makes it imperative that you keep to the speed limit.
* Woodland creatures are always nice to see on the side of the road peacefully grazing or hopping around, but keep your eye out for road signs indicating that they might jump out into the road. Keep focused and drive the speed limit and everyone will get home safe.
* This should go without saying but BUCKLE UP!

Commander Eric Hlad stated, "This isn't just a Sheriff's Office problem, this is a community problem and we have to work to together to make our roads safer for everyone."
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Deputies and Detectives on Scene of Shooting Outside Local Tavern ***Update 2*** (Photo) - 03/03/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office has been able to interview the victim in last Friday Nights shooting. The victim in this case was an innocent bystander in a shooting that took place between two males who exchanged gunfire with each other, just outside of the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking anyone with information or video from last Friday night, in the area of Glendale Ave NE, Lancaster Drive NE and Devonshire Ave NE. If you have surveillance video or information please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
This is a very active criminal investigation and the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding the incident or victim at this point.


Details in this investigation are coming very slowly due to the fact the victim in last nights shooting was rushed into surgery and is recovering from that operation. Detectives intend to interview him today and we anticipate a release with further details sometime later this evening.

An additional photograph has been added to this release.


Tonight at about 10:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, located at 3082 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. When they arrived they found a male victim who had been shot, just outside the tavern.

The male has been transported to the Salem Hospital in what deputies describe as serious condition. Very little details are available regarding the shooting and because of the condition of the victim, a suspect description has not been obtained.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding tonight's incident to call our non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident tonight. A release containing additional details will be made available sometime tomorrow afternoon.
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