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Thief Strikes Residence Twice (Photo) - 11/25/14
On 11/24/2014 at about 5:15 p.m., Bradley Russell, age 48, of Salem was truly disappointed when he found the locked gate to his property had been cut and he was now missing four ATV, wheels and tires. He certainly did not expect the thieves to return the next morning but that is exactly what they did.

This morning at around 4:00 a.m., Mr. Russell was getting dressed for work when he heard strange noises outside of his residence. Mr. Russell went outside to see what was going on and saw that again his locked gate had been cut and a purple, Toyota Forerunner was driving out of his driveway. Mr. Russell noticed he was missing another wheel and tire so he went back inside of his house, armed himself with a shotgun, went back outside and waited for the thief to return.

About fifteen minutes later Mr. Russell saw the same vehicle drive down past his residence on Sandringham Drive NE. Mr. Russell stepped out into the street, pointed his gun at the vehicle and attempted to get the vehicle to stop. However the vehicle did not stop and struck Mr. Russell in the leg causing minor injury. As the vehicle passed Mr. Russell fired one round from his shotgun striking the vehicle in the rear and driver side areas.

The vehicle is described as a 2000's, purple, Toyota Forerunner, unknown license plate. The vehicle had a very bright, white, LED license plate light and should have damage to the rear glass window and drivers side tail light from being shot by Mr. Russell. The driver is described as a 20 to 30 year old, Hispanic, male.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you recognize this vehicle or witnessed this event, please call 503-588-5032.

(The attached vehicle photo is NOT the suspect vehicle)
Attached Media Files: Crime_Alert.jpg , Similar_Vehicle.jpg
Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo) - 11/24/14
Beginning Friday, November 28th, and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night focusing primarily on impaired drivers. These patrols are made possible by grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from their partners' at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes." The Sheriff's Office is committed to reducing these statistics and providing safe travels for the residents and visitors of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin wants to remind drivers that, "If you're going to drink, please don't drive, designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation. Let's all have a safe and happy holiday."
Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Photo) - 11/21/14
Last night at about 9:45 p.m., three vehicles collided on McKay Road NE near Arbor Grove Road NE. Investigators believe that a 1994, Ford Explorer being driven by Thomas Michael Wood, age 60, left its lane of travel side swiping a 2005, Chevrolet Avalanche, then running head-on into another vehicle.

The driver of the side swiped vehicle was not injured and the vehicle sustained minor damage. The second vehicle a 2013, Nissan Rogue driven by Regina Farah, age 43, sustained heavy damage. Both Mr. Wood and Ms. Farah were taken to OHSU with life threatening injuries.

Tragically Ms. Farah succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The investigation as to why Mr. Wood left his lane of travel is still on-going. As developments in the investigation arise that information will be released. That time frame however is currently unknown.


Marion County Sheriff's deputies are on scene of a three vehicle crash with serious injuries in north Marion County. Deputies expect McKay Road NE to be closed for at least five hours between Arbor Grove and Case Road NE, while the CRASH Team investigates.

Deputies are describing the area as being blanketed in thick fog making visibility nearly zero. We are asking that motorists avoid the area while the crash is investigated and the roadway cleared. No further details about the crash will be released until the investigation is completed sometime tomorrow.
Attached Media Files: McKay.jpg , Scene_3.jpg , Scene_2.jpg , Scene_1.jpg
Sheriff's Office Recommends Adding Extra Time to Your Drive to Account for Road Closure (Photo) - 11/19/14
Brooklake Road NE will be closed on November 24, 25, and 26 for railroad crossing repairs at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing located west of State Hwy 99E in Brooks. No traffic will be allowed across the tracks during the closure. Detours via State Highway 99E, Chemawa Road NE, and I-5 will be in place during the construction. A routing diagram is attached.

All questions or comments should be directed to the Marion County Department of Public Works at 503-588-5036.
Elk Lake
Elk Lake
Sheriff's Office SAR Activated for Second Straight Day and Another Snowy Rescue (Photo) - 11/18/14
Today at about 130 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams were activated to search for and rescue four people lost and stuck in the snow.

The driver, Robert Record, 44, of Washougal and his three passengers, Eddie Nix, 53, of Vancouver, Shane Lambert, 23, of Washougal and Paul Barry, 26, of Vancouver were driving their rented, 2015, Chevrolet Tahoe trying to reach Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record was following a GPS unit which took him 45 miles in the wrong direction and up an unmaintained roadway that did not lead to Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record continued driving on the roadway until he became stuck in over a foot of snow near Elk Lake.

After spending the night in their vehicle the four men activated the OnStar button. With the assistance of OnStar, deputies were able to locate the vehicle and its occupants. All four men were safe and uninjured when deputies reached their vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the snow by SAR vehicles and the four men were led back down to the city of Detroit.

Search and Rescue Deputies recommend double checking your route when using a GPS unit to ensure proper driving directions have been received. Always check for winter road closures as these are not usually posted on GPS systems. Finally when traveling into the higher elevations, drivers should carry enough supplies to spend a few nights if you become stuck or lost.
Attached Media Files: Elk Lake
File Truck
File Truck
Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Saves Two Stranded Hikers (Photo) - 11/17/14
Yesterday at about 5:00 p.m., two hikers were rescued by the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue ground crews after becoming lost on a day trip. Alex Solomon, age 20 and Tyde Kaneshiro, age 21, both of Eugene were hiking near Mount Jefferson when they became lost. The men reported they were wearing inadequate clothing for the conditions and carrying no supplies.

Luckily, Solomon and Kaneshiro were able to call 911 using their cell phone allowing searchers to obtain their GPS coordinates. At about 1:00 a.m., both men were found uninjured and next to a warming fire on the Triangulation Peak trail head. Both Kaneshiro and Solomon used the trail head sign as firewood to stay warm.

Because of the hiker's lack of supplies and the overnight temperature of 20 degrees, rescuers were forced into action. To rescue the hikers, SAR members had to hike 13 miles round trip, in the dark, over uneven and icy terrain. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind hikers to dress for the conditions and always be prepared for at least one over night stay when hiking in the wilderness. Numerous hiking tips for beginners can be found at
Attached Media Files: File Truck
Deputies Searching for Suspicious Male in NE Salem (Photo) - 11/17/14
This morning at about 8:30 a.m., two 4th grade students walking to school at nearby Auburn Elementary, were approached by a male in a vehicle. This occurred at the intersection of Greencrest St NE and Auburn Road NE, in Salem.

As the girls prepared to cross the street at a cross walk, the male pulled up next to the girls and rolled down his window. The suspect asked the girls, "Can you girls help me with something?" According to the victims the male had his hands on his unexposed genitals when talking to the girls. The girls told the male, "No," and ran straight to school where they reported the incident to school officials.

The male is described as white, in his thirties, wearing dark glasses, a green bandanna over his face, a plain green shirt and dark pants. His truck is described as a loud, green, full size, extra cab truck with large wheels and tires. The vehicle was last seen speeding away on Greencrest Street NE. Anyone with information regarding this suspect or the vehicle can call the Sheriff's Office dispatch at 503-588-5032.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and students to:
Never talk to a stranger.
Never let a stranger get too close, whether he or she is in a car
or walking.
Never accept candy, a present, a ride, or anything else from a
Never tell a stranger your name or address.
Always try to walk with a friend or a grown-up.
Always stick to the same safe route in traveling to and from
school or a friend's house.
Always tell an adult if a stranger has tried to contact you
Attached Media Files: Crime_Alert.jpg
Vehicle stolen at gun point **** UPDATE(2) **** - 11/13/14
Last night after 8 pm, Elieser Villa contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office to turn himself in. The female, who was unknown at the time of this report, also accompanied Elieser. She was identified as 23 year old Yvette Espinoza.

Both Elieser and Yvette were interviewed by Senior Deputy Hickam regarding this alleged incident. At the conclusion of the interview, they both were released at this time as the investigation continues.
Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint **** UPDATE **** - 11/11/14
The vehicle in question has been recovered. A K9 track was attempted, but the suspect was not found.
Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash **** UPDATE **** - 11/11/14
The man killed in last nights crash, at Silverton Rd NE & 48th Ave NE, has been identified as 57 year old Earl Barnes of Salem.

Barnes was crossing Silverton Road from the north to the south, after leaving the plaid pantry when he was hit by a vehicle driving east on Silverton Road in the number two lane. The vehicle struck Barnes with the passenger side of their vehicle. Speed does not appear to be a factor in this case. As mentioned last night, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and fully cooperated with the investigation.

We encourage all motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant of each other. As a reminder, please be aware of the following pedestrian safety tips:

Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks.

Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.

Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections when a vehicle wants to turn.

Make sure you are seen:

1. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
2. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night.
3. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
4. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.
5. Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what's going on around you and don't allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats, or items that you are carrying.
6. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the "WALK/DON'T WALK" lights (they're set up to help you cross safely). Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections.
7. Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.
8. Avoid alcohol and drugs as they can impair your ability to walk safely.
9. When crossing, use all of your senses and don't use your cell phone for calls and texting.
10. Use particular caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Driver's may not expect you to be there or see you.
Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash - 11/10/14
A male was hit and killed by a vehicle as he walked into the lane of traffic. This happened tonight at about 9:05 p.m. in the 4800 block of Silverton Rd NE.

Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, CRASH Team, are on scene investigating. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Elieser Villa
Elieser Villa
Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint (Photo) - 11/10/14
A 46 year old man was robbed for money and had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint. The suspect has been identified as 24 year old Elieser Villa (photo attached)from Salem. Mr Villa pointed a small caliber handgun at the victim and demanded his money.

Once the victim gave Mr Villa his money he was told to get out of the vehicle. Mr Villa and an unknown female adult drove off in the victim's truck. The stolen vehicle is a 2014 blue GMC Sierra pick-up with aluminum rims. The stolen vehicle has Oregon license 516GTS.

If you see this vehicle or Mr Villa, do not approach but call 911. He is considered to be armed and potentially dangerous. We are not sure what the females involvement is at this point.

At approximately 11:00 A.M. this morning Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call in the 7800 Block of State St, which is east of Salem. The initial information we received was there was a male reporting somebody had a gun and stole his vehicle.

Deputies responded immediately to check the area for the stolen vehicle as well as contact the victim. Detectives from our Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation and have identified the suspect. This is an on-going investigation and the victim will not be identified at this time as we are concerned about retribution.

The victim was not injured during the robbery. Further details will follow as the investigation continues.

At this time the victim does not want to give a statement.
Serious Injury crash in north marion county (Photo) - 11/07/14
This morning deputies responded to a second vehicle crash in two days on French Prairie Road.

A vehicle ran a stop sign, causing a dump truck to hit it. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

The crash occurred around 8 am at the intersection of French Prairie Rd NE and McKay Rd NE. A person driving a 2002 ford Taurus failed to stop at the intersection and drove in front of the dump truck. The dump truck, which had the right of way, didn't have time to stop and therefore crashed into the passenger side of the Taurus. Luckily there were no other passengers in the vehicle. No one in the dump truck was hurt.

The driver of the Taurus was issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic control device.

The crash was investigated by Deputy Dale Huitt of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. He was assisted by members of the Sheriff's Office traffic safety team, and Oregon State Police. St. Paul and Woodburn Fire districts were on scene assisting as well.
2 Dead after head on vehicle crash **** UPDATE (2) **** (Photo) - 11/06/14
The two drivers that perished in this morning's fatal crash on French Prairie have been identified as 45 year old Leora Casey of Sherwood and 19 year old Kyle Sanders of Gresham.

The crash occurred as Casey was driving south on French Prairie and attempted to pass a vehicle, in a passing zone, traveling south in front of her. During this time, Casey wasn't able to get back into her lane in time and her vehicle collided with Sander's vehicle as he was traveling in his northbound, oncoming, lane. The crash caused Casey's vehicle to catch fire and slide off the roadway. Both Sanders and Casey died as a result of the crash. Neither one of them had any passengers in their vehicle. Casey was driving a red ford fusion and Sanders was driving a white 1991 Honda Accord.

Neither family is available for comment at this time. This Saturday, November 8, 2014 was going to be Kyle's 20th birthday.

We would like to offer a reminder that safe passing requires rapid decision making and good judgment. Passing other vehicles on the road is often a dangerous maneuver. Visibility and vehicle responsiveness, among other things, are essential. Passing is legal when there is a broken line on your side of the road or when there is a single white broken line in the middle of a two-lane road. Pass only when the maneuver is perceived as safe and prudent and can be completed without use of excessive speed. The pass must be completed within a reasonable amount of time, and you cannot exceed the speed limit.

Please remember these passing tips:

Avoid passing on two-lane roads, as you will be driving into oncoming traffic.
Check traffic conditions ahead, as you will need a 10 to 12 second gap in oncoming traffic to pass safely.
Always signal when beginning and ending the pass.
Pass only if you have enough room to return to your lane.
Before you reenter your lane after passing, make sure you can see both headlights of the car behind you to ensure you have enough room.
Do not pass more than vehicle at a time.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Traffic Safety Team, and Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department. Woodburn Fire District also responded to assist.
2 Dead After Head on Vehicle Accident **** UPDATE **** - 11/06/14
French Prairie Rd NE is now open to all traffic.

An additional press release will follow with victim names as soon as notifications have been made to their family. Also we will include photo's of the scene at that time.

If there is anyone who may have witnessed this accident or have information, please contact the Deputy Mike Beach, Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team at 503-304-9807.
2 Dead After Head on Vehicle Accident - 11/06/14
Two people died after a head on vehicle accident just before 7:00 this morning. The vehicles hit head on near Lebrun Road on French Prairie Road and at least one vehicle caught fire.

Citizens attempted to extinguish the fire but the fire spread until fire crews arrived on scene and were able to put the fire out.

The cause of the accident is not known at the point but the Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH team is on scene conducting their investigation.

French Prairie Road is closed between Hwy 219 to the north and Lebrun Rd on the south. Commuters are encouraged to use alternate routes. We recommend using River Rd and Hwy 99E. The road will remain closed for several hours while the investigation continues.

The names of the deceased people are not being released at this time and wont be until family notifications have been made. No further details regarding the involved people are available and it is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol/drugs were involved in the crash.

An updated release will be sent out once the road is open and again once we are prepared to release the names of the involved.