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Stayton Resident Rescued After Fall At Salmon Falls (Photo) - 09/28/16

Yesterday, around 12:30 p.m., rescue personnel from the Stayton Fire District, Gates Fire District, Lyons Ambulance, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the Salmon Falls Park, 34500 North Fork Rd SE, for a male that had fallen off the rocks.

Jeremy Ellis, age 35, of Stayton, reported his friend, Aden Pader, age 17, of Stayton, had fallen about 20' from the top of the falls onto the rocks below. The pair had been kicking a piece of wood over the edge when Pader fell.

Mr. Eliis flagged down a Marion County Public Works crew that was working nearby and they radioed for help. The public works crew provided first aid until additional help could arrive.

15 emergency responders and Public Works personnel moved Pader from the rocks via raft and carried him up several hundred feet to a waiting ambulance. Pader was transported to Santiam Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Sheriff's Office would like to remind park visitors that a emergency call box is clearly marked and available at the Salmon Falls Park, the box contains a phone that is a direct link to 911 dispatchers.

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Deputies Investigating Robbery at Jefferson Convenience Store ***Update***(Photo) (Photo) - 09/27/16

Last night acting on several anonymous tips deputies contacted, interviewed and later arrested Jeremiah Greiser, age 20, of Keizer. Mr. Grieser has been identified as the primary suspect in Saturday's robbery of a convenience store in Jefferson.

Mr. Greiser is in custody in the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Robbery I and Menacing. Mr. Greiser is scheduled to be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m., at the Circuit Court Annex. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our residents for collaborating with the Sheriff's Office to improve safety within our community. Thanks to brave citizens the Sheriff's Office has arrested a murder and robbery suspect within 24 hours and none of this could have been accomplished without credible tips from our community.


On Saturday 09/24 around 2:00 a.m., a black, male adult, wearing Nike batting gloves and a gas mask entered the Center Market located at 237 N 2nd Street in Jefferson. The male brandished a handgun, took the clerk behind the counter and demanded money. The clerk complied with the man's orders who then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male is described as 5'10" tall, thin, with light colored pants and black socks. Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect pictured to please call Deputy Higgins at 503-932-0939, you can remain anonymous.

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Deputies Investigating Shooting NE Salem***Update 4 Suspect In Custody*** (Photo) - 09/26/16

Today, detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office detained and later arrested, Isaiah Robert Garcia, age 18, of Salem. Mr. Garcia is the suspect in the shooting death of Leonardo Martinez-Hernandez, age 25, of Salem. The shooting took place yesterday in a parking lot off of 47th Avenue NE in Salem yesterday.

Mr. Garcia has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Murder and 2 counts of Attempted Murder. Mr. Garcia is suspected of shooting at Mr. Hernandez and two other juveniles after a gang related confrontation. Mr. Garcia is set to appear in court tomorrow at the Circuit Court annex at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Garcia's booking image will be available once he has been processed into our facility.


Detectives are seeking the vehicle pictured in connection to today's shooting. The truck appears to be a late model, two wheel drive Nissan, with faded blue paint, plastic bed liner and chrome wheels. If you know where to locate this vehicle please call the sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.


Detectives are continuing their investigation into today's shooting. The man shot earlier was taken to Salem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died. Deputies are looking for any information regarding a dark or light blue, 1980's Toyota truck occupied by a hispanic male. If you have any information regarding this incident please call Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. Detectives are investigating the incident as a potential gang related shooting. The victim's name will not be released until an autopsy can be performed late tomorrow afternoon.


Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a shooting that took place in a parking lot in the 3600 block of 47th Avenue NE around 12:45 p.m., today. One man has been shot and taken to Salem Hospital with what deputies are describing as life threatening injuries.

Very little information is known about what led up to the shooting and deputies are seeking anyone who may have been in the area who can provide a description or information regarding anyone involved. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details pertaining to the victim or the incident at this time.

In Custody Death Investigation at Marion County Jail - 09/15/16

Today at about 7:30 am, 36 year old Dezeray Molieri of Salem was found unresponsive in her cell. Deputies immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived with advance life support, but efforts to revive Ms. Molieri failed and she was pronounced dead.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has notified Ms. Molieri's family of her death.

The Sheriff's Office, as part of its standard protocol, has requested that the Linn County Sheriff's Office conduct an investigation into Ms. Molieri's death. The medical examiner's office will work to determine the exact cause of death; however, foul play is not suspected. We don't anticipate any further news releases until after the medical examiner's report has been received.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Publics Help in Locating Missing 18 Year Old Student - 09/15/16

Trevor Mitchell, an 18 year old high school student from Sublimity, Oregon, was reported missing to the Marion County Sheriff's Office on the evening of September 11, 2016. He was last seen by his family around noon that day wearing a navy polo shirt, blue jeans, and black Vans shoes. Trevor is described as being 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes.

On September 13, 2016, Mitchell's vehicle was located at the Separation Lake trailhead near the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Lane County Search and Rescue responded and searched the area that evening, then returned with additional resources the morning of September 14, 2016. Lane County Search and Rescue K9 teams, ground search teams, and riders from Lane County Sheriff's Mounted Posse have all participated in the search for Trevor. Search efforts continue today in the area of Separation Lake and the surrounding wilderness. At this time, no new information has been located to indicate Trevor's whereabouts.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Lane County Sheriff's Office are asking for your assistance locating Trevor Mitchell. We are asking anyone who has seen Trevor since
September 11, 2016 to call the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 541-682-4141 and or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.

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Sheriff's Office Focuses on Safe Roads During Community Event (Photo) - 09/14/16

Anticipating increased traffic on county roads during the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, 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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PIO Duties 09/10 through - 09/08/16

Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO, Lt. Chris Baldridge will be on vacation beginning 09/09/16 until 09/22/16. For all media related issues please utilize the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO.

Man Enters Salem Residence and Bites Home Owner (Photo) - 09/07/16

Attached is a mug shot of Vega Navarro taken July of 2016.


Today, around 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a residence in the 3700 block of State Street SE in Salem. A resident reported an unknown male entered his house and he was now fighting with the male trying to get him out of the house.

When the first deputy arrived they found the owner of the home and his teenage son holding down Mario Vega-Navarro, age 25, of Salem. The deputy approached Vega-Navarro in attempt to detain him, he resisted by pulling away from the deputy. Two additional deputies arrived and they placed Mr. Vega-Navarro into a prone position.

With three deputies attempting to arrest Vega-Navarro he continued to raise his body into a push up position, pull his hands away and bite at deputies. After several minutes deputies were able to place Vega-Navarro into handcuffs and paramedics were called to the scene because of Vega-Navarro's erratic behavior.

Vega-Navarro was medically sedated by paramedics and transported to the Salem Hospital. After removing Vega-Navarro deputies found that both victims sustained bites and bruises from Vega-Navarro's attack. After Vega-Navarro is medically cleared he will be taken to the Marion County Jail for the charges of Burglary I, Assault IV and Resisting Arrest, deputies do believe Vega-Navarro is currently under the influence of an unknown narcotic. Vega-Navarro's booking image will not be available until he is booked into the Marion County Jail. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victims in this case.

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Crash North East Salem ***Update*** (Photo) - 09/07/16

Deputies have identified the deceased involved in Tuesday's fatal crash. Baxter Harrell, age 51 of Aumsville was walking down the center line of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by an on coming vehicle being driven by Josefina Cabrera, age 51, of Salem.

According to family Mr. Baxter left his residence earlier in the evening for a walk, it is unknown how he ended up so far from his residence or why he was walking in the middle of the road. Ms. Cabrera is cooperating with investigators and no citations have been issued.


Cordon Road has reopened to regular traffic, the Sheriff's Office has concluded that an adult male, was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by a north bound driver who as headed to work.

The Sheriff's Office has not been able to identify the deceased male as he had no identification and may have been homeless. The Sheriff's Office is withholding all of the names of the involved parties until proper identifications and notifications can be made, that time frame is not yet known.


Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a traffic crash that has left one person dead on Cordon Road NE near Carolina Avenue NE in Salem. From their initial investigation deputies believe a person was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The person walking in the roadway was killed instantly, the driver of the only vehicle involved was not injured. Cordon Road is currently closed from Sunnyview Road North East to Carolina Avenue North East and drivers should use alternate routes during their morning commute.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Turner ***Update*** (Photo) - 09/06/16

Deputies have identified the drivers in Fridays Fatal crash, Eva Petersen, age 89, of Turner turned in front of Benito Rodriguez, age 35, of Jefferson as he traveled east on Delaney Road SE. Ms. Petersen was killed instantly and Mr. Rodriguez suffered only minor injuries. The Sheriff's Office sends it condolences to Ms. Petersen's families and reminds drivers to always be cautious when navigating our rural county roads.


Deputies are on scene and investigating a two car crash that has left one driver dead. The initial investigation has shown that a vehicle was traveling on Parish Gap Road SE near Turner, when it arrived at the intersection of Delaney Road SE the driver stopped and then turned out in front of an east bound vehicle on Delaney Road SE.

Tragically the driver of the turning vehicle was killed in the collision, the other driver suffered minor injuries. Delaney Road is closed at the intersection of Parish Gap and will remain closed for the next several hours, drivers should seek alternate routes. This release will be updated as more information becomes available

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