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Salem boy, 16, in critical condition after being struck by vehicle - 10/23/14
Last night at about 6:48 pm, Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Swegle Rd NE and Cordon Rd NE regarding a jogger struck by a car. The 16 year old jogger was heading west on Swegle Rd, when the vehicle struck him from behind.

At the time of the accident, it was raining heavily and dark out. The jogger was dressed in all black with no reflective gear, which made him very difficult for the driver to see due to the weather conditions and the lights of oncoming traffic.

The 16 year old jogger was transported via ambulance and the driver remained on the scene cooperating with deputies and their investigation.

Driving in the rain, especially at night, can pose some serious challenges. Rain reduces the effectiveness of your headlights and causes poor visibility. Be sure to increase your visibility by replacing your wipers every six months, and use water repellant on your windshield, side windows and mirrors. Make sure your headlights are in good working order and if you replace one, replace them both.

We would like to encourage citizens when jogging at dark to always run against traffic and choose well lit routes. Be visible, wear white, yellow or orange clothing, and also make sure you have reflective gear on and even a headlamp is a great item.
Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies Take Part in National Domestic Violence Campaign - 10/23/14
On Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 agencies from in and around Marion County participated in the 12th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Multiple officers and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Enforcement deputies and Parole and Probation, Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, as well as agencies across the country set out into their respective communities to arrest offenders with outstanding family-violence warrants.

By 11:00 p.m., this collaborative effort in Marion County resulted in the arrest of 7 men and women with family violence related warrants, out of the 32 warrants collected. The teams made 43 attempts on the 32 cases. Each person arrested was booked at the Marion County Jail.

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, on average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds the women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.

On a local level, according to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of more than 85,000 Oregon women showed that 1 in 10 women experienced intimate-partner violence in the five years preceding the survey. Also, the estimated cost of intimate partner violence in Oregon exceeds $50 million each year.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division has 5 Deputy Sheriff's assigned to manage a domestic violence case load as well as Deputy Sheriff's assigned to the patrol division who have been provided an advanced level of training in regard to investigating domestic violence and other related crimes. The Marion County District Attorney's Office plays a vital role in this effort as well and their collaborative effort is much appreciated.

For information on the national effort, please contact the National Coordinator Carrie Jo Paine, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at
Sheriff's Office Honors Actions of Staff in Service to their Community (Photo) - 10/22/14
Yesterday, Marion County Sheriff's Office employees and family members filled the seats and lined the walls of the Senator Hearing Room in the Courthouse Square building to honor some significant events and actions by staff. Lifesaving awards, a Purple Heart, and Medals of Valor were presented.

Sheriff Jason Myers welcomed the group and briefly spoke about the work of the Office. In his welcoming speech, he said, "It's about what the men and women of this office do collectively, daily, diligently, and relentlessly. You all make this office what it is. I get to be here to shine a light on that great work." During yesterday's ceremony, the following awards were presented:

Lifesaving Awards:

Deputy Jason Hickam, Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and K9 Yo - In near freezing weather, they searched for and located a suicidal woman who had fled into rural Marion County. After finding her, Deputy Hickam carried the woman across a field to staged medics.

Deputy Ryan Dunbar, Deputy Derrell Maddy and Nurse Renee Hansen - Deputies discovered an inmate had attempted suicide and they immediately began CPR. Jail Nurse, Renee Hansen, responded to the cell to assist and they performed CPR until additional medical teams could respond.

Deputy Jacob Thompson - Responding to a call of an unconscious woman, Deputy Thompson arrived on scene and immediately began CPR. Deputy Thompson twice cleared her airway and performed CPR until medics arrived on scene.

Purple Heart:

A Purple Heart medal was bestowed upon Deputy James Buchholz who, while tracking down a suspect, was shot. He protected himself and bandaged his bullet wound while other deputies and medics responded to the area. Deputy Buchholz received a standing ovation from the entire room while he received his award.

Medal of Valor:

Deputy Steve Duncan and Deputy Dale Huitt - A wanted fugitive engaged the deputies in gun fire when they responded to a call of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle. The deputies were able to resolve the threat, and then they provided medical aid until additional units arrived. The man had committed crimes across several states and hours prior had pointed handgun at a Tigard Police Officer.

Deputy Ryan Postlewait, Deputy Cody Lane, Deputy Jeff Nicoloff, Deputy Shawn Bush and Sergeant Nick Hunter - The Deputies and Sergeant responded to the scene of a shooting at an RV Park. The suspect had been shooting at people and had already injured one person. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and worked together to end the terrifying episode.
Pedestrian hit by train in north Marion County ***** UPDATE ***** - 10/22/14
The 13 year old boy involved in last night's train accident has been identified as Juan Carlos Robles-Melara. He resided in Woodburn and attended French Prairie Middle School.

Based on the investigation, it appears Juan is a high functioning child with autism who left school on his own after soccer practice when he was supposed to wait for his mother to pick him up. Once his mother arrived and did not find Juan, family began looking for him and eventually called the Woodburn Police Department to make a report. While Woodburn Police was taking the report from the family, Woodburn Police heard of the train versus pedestrian accident. Shortly after the accident, it was confirmed to be Juan based on a clothing description and school identification he had in his backpack.

The family is not available for contact by the media and it is unknown if they will be at a later time.

Any inquires regarding French Prairie Middle School should be referred to Superintendent Chuck Ransom at 503-981-2727.
Pedestrian hit by a train in north Marion County - 10/21/14
At about 7:50 pm, The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a train versus pedestrian accident south of Gervais. Deputies have determined a 13 year old boy died as a result of this accident, while walking on the tracks.

The investigation is still on going and the name of the involved is being held until the appropriate notifications have been made to the family.
Non Injury accident with down power pole and lines equals road closure for several hours in northeast Marion County**** UPDATE ****** - 10/21/14
Sunnyview Rd NE is no longer closed. It is completely open to all traffic.
Deputies Respond To Fatal Crash in North Marion County (Photo) - 10/13/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on French Prairie Rd NE, north of St. Louis Rd NE at 5:20 pm, today.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find two vehicles involved. Deputy Casey Burhnam's, MCSO Traffic Safety Team, investigation revealed a vehicle rearended a tractor pulling a trailer. Both vehicles were traveling south on French Prairie Rd NE. The driver of the tractor, 53 year old Scott Miller, died at the scene due to his injuries from the crash. Another person was transported to the hospital, by ambulance, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney also responded to the scene.
Photos from the scene are attached.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department, and members of the Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance. French Prairie Rd NE was closed for several hours, however is open to all traffic at this time.
Cadet at Bicycle Rodeo
Cadet at Bicycle Rodeo
Marion County Sheriff's Office seeking Cadet Applicants (Photo) - 10/12/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Here's a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

If you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Cadets are expected to have Internet access to aid in communicating with our Cadet Program Advisors.

You'll learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 30th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! You can also leave a voicemail at 503-932-4850. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** 2nd UPDATE **** - 10/08/14
The state medical examiner has concluded their investigation into the death of Mr. Corey Fred, who was found deceased while hunting. It was determined Mr. Fred died from natural causes.

Members of the Fred family are planning funeral services for this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at Cascade High School, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner, OR 97392.

Anyone who may be interested in making donations to the Fred family can go to and search for "in memory of Corey Fred."
MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** UPDATE **** - 10/06/14
This evening, searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office have located Mr. Fred. Regretfully Mr. Fred was deceased at the time he was found. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing at this time.

The Fred family has been notified of the passing of their family member and they are asking for privacy to allow the family time to grieve. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any additional press releases until a cause of death is determined and that time frame is unknown.
MCSO Searches for Missing Hunter in East Marion County - 10/06/14
Today at about 0944 hours, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a missing hunter in the 18000 block of Old Mehama RD SE. The missing hunter is identified as 37 year old Corey Fred who is an experienced hunter and is familiar with the area he was hunting.

The last contact anyone had with Mr. Fred was at 0600 hrs on Saturday morning, October 4th, 2014 when he sent a text saying he was going hunting on his property, which abuts up against forest land.

Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team as well as mounted posse have been called out and are searching for Mr. Fred. They are being assisted by an Oregon Air National Guard Helicopter. We would request that media aircraft remain clear of the area to lessen the dangers to the search aircraft and personnel.
Travis Haselip booking photograph
Travis Haselip booking photograph
Hit and Run suspect in custody thanks to observant citizen (Photo) - 10/06/14
**************************UPDATE WITH SUSPECT IN Custody************************************

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle and driver of the hit and run vehicle. Thanks to an observant citizen who saw the initial press release and called Willamette Valley Communications Center to report the vehicle.

The citizen said the vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 1000 Block Sage St in Silverton. Deputies responded to the location and based on the damage and evidence found at the scene of the accident, deputies were able to confirm the vehicle was involved in the accident. The vehicle is a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

Deputies made contact with the registered owner at the residence who is identified as 34 year old Travis Haselip. Mr Haselip told deputies that he hit something on Silverton Rd but did not know what it was. Mr Haselip was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on a felony charge of Fail to perform the duties of a driver, which requires a driver to stop and provide basic information exchange if involved in a motor vehicle accident on a public roadway. Mr Haselip was charged with a felony due to the injuries the victim received.

The sheriff's office would like to remind drivers to slow down and focus on their driving, especially during hours of darkness. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has responded to at least 4 vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in the past 4 days as well as several more that Salem Police responded to and investigated.

Attached is a booking photograph of the suspect.


Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 6200 Block of Silverton Rd on October 3rd, 2014 at approximately 11:56 P.M. Deputies initially received a call from a citizen driving on Silverton Road who reported a male subject walking in the roadway. While deputies were responding they received information there was a vehicle that crashed into a field in the same area.

Deputies arrived and found 33 year old Matthew Brennan of Silverton with non-life threatening injuries from being struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel responded and transported Mr Brennan to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information will be released on Mr Brennan's medical status in compliant with HIPPA regulations.

Deputies did not find the vehicle that struck Mr Brennan at the scene or in the area. Based on the initial information obtained at the scene as well as statements from Mr Brennan, deputies believe the involved vehicle is possibly a green colored, mid to late 90's Toyota SUV or pick-up with passenger side damage.

This investigation is on-going and deputies are asking anyone that may have seen the accident or knows anything about the accident to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.
Attached Media Files: Travis Haselip booking photograph
County to Consider Additional Amendments to Noise Ordinance - 10/03/14
The Marion County Board of Commissioners has scheduled another reading and will consider additional amendments to the county noise ordinance at their regular Board Session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem.

In July, the board amended the noise ordinance to remove the exemption for commercial uses inside the Salem urban growth boundary to address noise and loud music played at night made in conjunction with permitted commercial uses. The proposed amendments will expand the exemption outside the urban growth boundary. If approved, the ordinance will become effective in 90 days.

The public is invited to provide verbal comments at this meeting and written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m., October 14, 2014, and may be submitted to:

Marion County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309-5036
Or via email at

Written comments must include the commenter's full name and address. For more information, please contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail
Local agencies participate in prescription drug take back ***** Update ***** (Photo) - 10/03/14
The drug take back on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 was a success thanks to everyone involved. The Marion County Sheriff's Office location took in 271 pounds, while Salem Police took in 237.5 pounds for a total of 508.5 pounds of prescription drugs between the two different drop sites.

So what happens to all these drugs once they are dropped off? The Marion County Sheriff's Office along with the Marion County Health Department and Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste (EFW) Facility are proud to have a partnership where together we all help ensure the safekeeping, disposal and ultimate destruction of medications.

Covanta's Rx4Safety program provides people across the country with a way to safely dispose of unwanted drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements, at no cost to the tax payer, through collaborations with local municipalities to organize free drop-off events. Once collected, the drugs are properly destroyed free of charge via Covanta's Energy-from-Waste process and turned into clean, safe energy at a Covanta Energy-from-Waste facility, ensuring unwanted prescription drugs are kept off the streets and out of drinking water. These facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art combustion controls and air pollution control equipment to ensure environmentally sound destruction.

Participants were invited to take a pledge to lock up drugs at home and enter a drawing to win a personal sized digital safe. Safes are just one way to secure commonly misused medications at home to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft of drugs. The winners of the two safes were Vera Horne from Jefferson and Patricia Wheeler from Salem, Congratulations to them both.