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Burglary Suspect Arrested North Marion County (Photo) - 03/22/17

A man believed to be involved in several burglaries and vehicle thefts in north Marion County has been arrested. Last night at around 9 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a tip that Matthew, Goldsby, age 28 was staying in a travel trailer in the 2900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE, outside of Scott's Mills.

Several deputies and a searched the trailer and found Goldsby hiding in a compartment inside the trailer, Goldsby was arrested without incident or injury. Goldsby became the focus of several investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions after he was captured on video at several locations after they had been burglarized.

Goldsby is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail for a lengthy list of crimes that can be obtained on the Marion County Jail web site. Goldsby is expected to appear in court today at the Circuit Court Annex at 3 p.m.

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Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction (Photo) - 03/17/17

The words in the title describe the foundational character traits of a Marion County Deputy Sheriff. If you have ever taken an oath or sworn to a creed you know that words are not just words, they have meaning. Not meaning as in a definition but meaning that provokes an emotional response because those words makeup who we are and what we stand for.

This was no better demonstrated than last night at around 7:30 p.m., when deputy Matt Higgins responded to check the welfare of a person in the 4000 block of Lancaster Drive NE. When Deputy Higgins parked in the driveway and knocked at the door he was greeted by an elderly resident.

The resident explained they were fine and did not require any medical attention, but they were hungry and most concerning they could not remember when they last ate. Deputy Higgins asked to come in and upon inspection found a home full of love but vacant of food. In fact the only food in the house were some expired condiments and two cans of green beans.

Deputy Higgins had choices, he certainly could have called an ambulance and had the resident taken to the hospital, where they would have been fed and provided service, but that is not what Deputy Sheriff's do. Deputy Sheriff's embody and through action demonstrate those words, those foundational character traits we live by.

Instead Deputy Higgins called Sergeant Justin Kinyon who responded to the scene. The deputies took the elderly resident to the grocery store and purchased some much needed food and returned to the house. While the Sergeant put away the food and cleaned the refrigerator Deputy Higgins put on his cooking hat and made some much needed, "tasty Italian, Hamburger Helper," for the resident to eat.

Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction, not just words written on a piece of paper. Not just words echoed in hollow halls devoid of feeling. These are words spoken and lived each day by your Marion County Deputy Sheriff's.

Senior services has been contacted and requested to follow up with the resident to ensure their needs are met.

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Sheriff's Office Seeking Tips In Fire Investigation (Photo) - 03/17/17

Yesterday at around 5:00 a.m., a passerby called 911 reporting a fire at 4625 Silverton Road NE, a Mini Storage located in Salem. Firefighters with Marion County Fire District 1, responded and extinguished the fire but not before it caused some $16,000 in damage.

Investigators with the fire district and the Marion County Sheriff's Office believe the fire was intentionally set. Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the fire to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can send your anonymous tip by texting TipMCSO followed by your message, to 847411.

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Sheriff's Deputies and Fire Personnel Work to Rescue Family at Abiqua Trail Head (Photo) - 03/11/17

Today around 4:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office assisted fire personnel from the Silverton Fire District, Mt. Angel Fire District and the Salem Fire Department after a 16 year old girl fell nearly 80 feet while on a hike with her family on the Abiqua Trail Head.

Additional hikers on the trail came to the aide of the teenager and provided medical attention until rescuers could arrive. When rescuers arrived they were hampered by steep terrain and wet conditions. A specialized rope rescue team from the Salem Fire Department was called to the scene to assist in the rescue.

At 8:42 p.m., the teenager was carried out of the canyon and air lifted via Life Flight to the Salem Hospital. The family of the injured girl has requested their names and any medical status not be released.


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Sheriff's deputies and Fire Personnel from Scott's Mills Fire Department, Mt. Angel Fire Department along with Salem Fire Department rope rescue team are working to rescue a hiker who fell while hiking on the Abiqua Trail Head with their family today around 3:54 pm.

Rescuers are in contact with the person who fell and are assessing the hikers condition at this time, while preparing to get the hiker back to a safe environment.

This is all the information we have on this incident at this time. There are no photographs available at this time.

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Deputies Seeking Help In Burglary Investigation North Marion County (Photo) - 03/09/17

Deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle believed to be involved in a burglary at the Stop and Save Market, located at 5041 Brooklake Road NE, in Brooks. On the night of March 3rd an unknown person, forced entry into the market and attempted to steal the contents of an ATM machine.

The burglar drove a white, mid 2000's, Dodge truck with black rims and a black stripe down the center of the cab of the truck. Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding the vehicle to please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, or you can send an anonymous tip by texting the keyword TipMCSO to 847411.

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Free Boat Inspections Saturday March 18th (Photo) - 03/01/17

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the first free boat inspection event for 2017. These events allow boaters to interact with Marine Patrol Deputies and receive their yearly Oregon State Marine Board boat safety check sticker prior to hitting the waterways.
To pass the inspection, most boats are required to be registered with proper identification numbers, validation stickers, certificate of number, boater education card, wearable life jackets, a type IV throw able personal flotation device or (PFD), Fire extinguisher, sound producing device, working ventilation, navigational lights and a clean flame arrester.

So head out to the Sportsman's Warehouse, 1260 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem, on Saturday, March 18th, our deputies will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to answer boating safety questions and of course give you your FREE inspection.

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Deputies Searching for Tips in a Spree of Broken Windows Scotts Mills ***Update Arrest Made*** (Photo) - 02/28/17

Yesterday at 6:00 a.m., the Silverton Police Department was notified that Scott's Mills Elementary School had a second incident where someone shot out a gym window at the school. This time however the suspect or suspects entered the school and made away with 20 IPads from a classroom.

At around 4:00 p.m., an alert pawn shop employee at the State Street Pawn Shop in Salem, contacted the Silver Falls School District after a man attempted to sell two of the IPads. Deputies and Officers from the Sheriff's Office and the Silverton Police Department responded to the pawn shop and detained Spencer Moss, age 20, of Texas.

After detaining Mr. Moss deputies and officers recovered 17 IPads and a pellet gun. Mr. Moss was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I and later released, his next court appearance will be at the Circuit Court Annex on March 27th at 0930 a.m.

Mr. Moss is the prime suspect in a rash of broken windows in and around the Scott's Mills area. The Silverton Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing their joint investigation and are asking anyone with information, images or details surrounding these incidents to please call our anonymous tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tips to TipMCSO at 847411.


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Early this morning around, 2:00 am, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the city of Scotts Mills after two separate residents reported having their windows shot out. One resident in the 6900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE reported their sliding glass door had been shot out. About 20 minutes later a resident in the 18000 block of Mt. Angel Scotts Mills Road NE reported that their window had also been shot out. In both cases the residents reported hearing a car speeding away from the area.


At around 10 am, the Silverton Police Department reported that the Scotts Mills Elementary School had 4 windows shot out, with an estimated damage of $2000.00. In all three cases investigators believe a small caliber gun or pellet gun was used to break the windows. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding the events that took place early this morning to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can text your anonymous information to TipMCSO at 847411.