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Vehicle Shaved Keys
Vehicle Shaved Keys
Suspicious Vehicle Call Results in Four in Custody (Photo) - 07/24/14
Yesterday at about 1:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to 164 Lancaster Drive SE, a local parking lot on a reported disturbance. When deputies arrived they contacted five people associated to a Honda car.

During their investigation deputies discovered that the Honda was a stolen vehicle taken from the Salem area. In addition to the stolen car deputies found a pile of shaved keys and methamphetamine. Kevin Ponder, age 38, Joann Wills, age 40, Ronald Chilcote, age 50 and Jarl Colwell, age 31 were all taken to the Marion County Jail for various crimes.

Kevin Ponder, a passenger in vehicle was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Meth and two cite and release warrants out of Linn County. Joann Wills, the driver of the vehicle was charged Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and an outstanding warrant for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Ronald Chilcote was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Finally Jarl Colwell was charged with Possession of Meth and two outstanding warrants for Parole Violation and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Attached Media Files: Vehicle Shaved Keys , Wills , Ponder , Colwell , Chilcote
Pursuit leads to rural search for suspect - 07/21/14
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Evans Valley Rd just outside of Silverton just after 5 P.M. The vehicle was a grey Ford Ranger pick-up. The vehicle failed to stop with a white male adult driver and a white female adult passenger inside.

The initial reason to stop the vehicle was reckless driving where the Ford Ranger almost caused an accident. The driver continued to drive with deputies following to Forest Ridge Rd and ultimately drove down a gravel access road near the 17500 Block of Powers Creek Lp.

Deputies set a perimeter and deployed police canines into the area to track the suspects. This area of Marion County is rural forest and the terrain is steep with thick underbrush. Deputies tracked the suspects northeast for approximately 4 miles and ended up near Abiqua Rd NE.

The Sheriff's Office last received information from the public the suspects were seen near the 17000 Block of Abiqua Rd NE at around 10 P.M. The suspects who are described as a white male, long brown hair with a medium build and unknown age. The female is described as a white female, long brown hair wearing a backpack.

It is believed the suspects were attempting to get out of the area and the direction of travel
would indicate the same. We have no specific information that would indicate there is a danger to the community other than it is unknown why they were trying to avoid police contact. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are not actively searching the area for the suspects any longer.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspects or their location, please call 503-588-5094 for Deputy Walker. Citizens are asked to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032 if you see the suspects or any kind of suspicious activity in the area that might be related.
Injured Hiker Rescued near Mt Jefferson - 07/19/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office received information from The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which is located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City Florida, there was an activation from a Personal Locator Beacon near Mt Jefferson. A Personal Locator Beacon is similar to locating devices which are used on aircraft, but for personal use.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was able to find out the beacon was registered to 56 year old Michael Smilenski out of the Detroit, Oregon area. Deputies received information from friends that Mr Smilenski left yesterday to hike up to Mt Jefferson but they did not know the trail he was taking.

Deputies attempted to locate Mr Smilenski's vehicle and began activating Search and Rescue units from Marion County and Linn County. The sheriff's office also requested a helicopter from the Oregon National Guard. The National Guard activated staff and sent a helicopter into the area to locate Mr Smilenski.

Mr Smilenski was located by the helicopter just after 10 P.m. as he was flashing some kind of light to signal rescuers. The helicopter that located Mr Smilenski was not equipped to conduct a rescue operation and they requested an additional helicopter for the rescue.

Once the rescue helicopter was on scene overhead, they were able to use a hoist to lower down, load up Mr Smilenski and lift him up into the helicopter where he was flown to Salem and then taken by ambulance Salem Hospital for medical treatment. Mr Smilenski was hoisted into the rescue helicopter just before 2:30 A.M.

Mr Smilenski is an experienced hiker and had hiking equipment with him for the different conditions he might face. Information from Mr Smilenski indicates he fell approximately 100 feet and was unable to hike out on his own due to the injuries he sustained. The sheriff's Office will not be releasing further details about his injuries.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank The Linn County Sheriff's Office for the assistance of deputies and Search and Rescue Crews, The Oregon National Guard as well as Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams. We would also like to thank the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center for the information and resources they provided throughout this rescue mission.
Deputies and Fire on scene fire South Marion County - 07/18/14
Fire personnel were dispatched to Summit Loop SE in Marion County on a fire that appears to have started from an illegal burn. Residents in the area have been notified to be ready to evacuate if needed by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and fire personnel. The fire is mostly contained at this point but fire crews are still checking further.

The public is asked to avoid the area of Parrish Gap Rd SE, Wintercreek Rd SE and Summit Loop SE. The Oregon State Fire Marshalls Office will be investigating the cause of the fire and will give a follow up media release as they are available. Please direct questions to the State Fire Marshalls Office for additional information.

The Sheriff's Office does not plan on putting out any further media releases.
Base jump leaves one man Dead - 07/17/14
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are finishing up at the scene of a base jumping accident. Deputies responded to a report from friends of 38 year old Zachary Sommer of Portland that he had not returned from a base jump. Initial information is Mr Sommer called his friends last night letting them know he was heading out for a base jump, but he never called them back and they became worried something bad happened and called the Marion County Sheriff's Office just after 7 A.M. this morning.

Deputies arrived on scene at the tower southeast of Silverton where they found Mr Sommer deceased. The tower is approximately 1000 feet high and is located on private property. We will not be releasing the exact location of the tower.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Cooper, who is an experienced base jumper and known in the base jumping community believes Mr Sommer grabbed a lanyard as well as the handle to deploy his pilot parachute which prevented the proper pull and deployment of the parachute. Deputy Cooper describes the lanyard as a part of the stash bag which is used to package the parachute once the jump is completed.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens there are no legal locations for base jumping within Marion County but there are websites that list legal options for base jumping on line.
PIO Coverage 07/17 thru 07/21 - 07/16/14
Sergeant Baldridge will be on vacation starting 07/17 thru 07/21. In his absence to reach a PIO you must call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great week!
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Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect ***In Custody*** (Photo) - 07/15/14
Approximately one hour ago an alert Salem Police Officer, Officer Laura Seefeldt spotted a male matching the description of the person who was involved in an armed robbery at Target on July 14th. The male was walking on D Street near the I5 Overpass. Kraig James Fox, age 28, of Keizer has been arrested on outstanding warrants for parole violation and he is to be lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Once Mr. Fox has been interviewed by Detectives it is expected he will face charges associated with the robbery. Those exact charges have not yet been determined by Detectives.


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Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.
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Deputies Searching For Missing Female (Photo)***Update*** - 07/15/14
Ms. Wymer has been found safe in the area of 17th and State Street. An alert citizen saw Ms. Wymer near a coffee stand at State and 14th Street and called police. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the agencies who helped search for Ms. Wymer throughout the night.

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On July 14th at 8:50 p.m., deputies were called to the 1800 block of Walker Road NE in Salem. Mary Catherine Wymer, age 58 walked away from her care facility and as of this hour she has not yet been located.

Ms. Wymer suffers from dementia as well as several other serious mental health conditions. The area Ms. Wymer is missing from is densely populated, however to the east quickly turns to rural farm land. The Sheriff's Office Jeep Patrol and Search and Rescue K9 Units are out and actively searching the area for Ms. Wymer.

Ms. Wymer is a Native American female, 5'05" tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing bright green tennis shoes, turquoise sweat pants and a gray tee shirt with a green teddy bear on the front of it.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you see Ms. Wymer to please call 911.

***The attached photo of Ms. Wymer is the only image available and was taken in the 1970's.***
Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75952/Wymer.jpg
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Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 07/14/14
Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
Hazelgreen Road closed due to crash ***Updated Details Correction on Age of Victim*** (Photo) - 07/14/14
The driver in yesterday's crash that blocked Hazelgreen Road has died. Brittany Perry, age 17 of Silverton was taken to the Salem Hospital where she was treated and ultimately died from injuries sustained during a single vehicle collision with a tree.

The passenger in the vehicle remains in the hospital and her condition is unknown. MCSO does not intend to release the passenger in the vehicles name nor do we anticipate any further release regarding this incident.

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The time of call for the accident was 0556 a.m.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Crash Team is on the scene of a single vehicle accident in the 6600 block of Hazelgreen road which is approximately 5 miles east of Salem. Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident into a tree. A citizen driving through the area spotted the vehicle and immediately checked on the occupants and called 911.

Fire and medical personnel from Marion County Fire later transported the driver and a single passenger to Salem Hospital Emergency Room with serious injuries. We plan to release further information at a later time regarding the occupants.

Initial information indicates the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Hazelgreen road, left the roadway impacted a tree. No other vehicles were involved and it is unknown at this time if speeds or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Hazelgreen road is closed between 62nd Av and 75th Av and will remain closed for several hours. We would ask commuters to avoid this area while our investigators finish up at the scene.
Attached Media Files: Hazelgreen Crash Scene
PIO for 07/11 & 07/12 - 07/11/14
Sgt Baldridge will be off for the next two days. To reach a PIO please dial the PIO line at 503-584-MCSO (6276). Thanks and have a great weekend.
Swimming Hole
Swimming Hole
Sheriff's Office On Scene of Second Drowning ***Name Release*** (Photo) - 07/10/14
The Sheriff's Office has identified Tuesday's drowning victim as Ralph Johnson the III, age 30. Mr. Johnson is from the New York area but had recently been living in Portland. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this case.

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The Sheriff's Office and Crisis Chaplaincy Service are working very hard to locate and notify family of the deceased male from yesterdays drowning. As of the time of this release however we have not made any contact with family. We are exhausting all means and resources prior to releasing the males name.

We will continue working on these notifications and once they are complete we will be releasing the name. The Sheriff's Office thanks the media for its patience and understanding in this matter.


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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene of it second drowning two days. At approximately 5:45 p.m. today deputies were called to the Scott's Mills Park to assist with the investigation of an adult male who had drown and subsequently died in a popular swimming hole located on Butte Creek.

Deputies have found that the male was swimming with a friend, began struggling against a current and drown. CPR was performed by first responders but he was unable to be resuscitated. These two tragic events compel the Sheriff's Office to remind that public of theses few safety tips when swimming.

1 Know your swimming skill.
2 Always swim with a buddy.
3 Have a Coast Guard approved flotation device with you, on you, or near you at all times when swimming.

The Sheriff's Office is still working with the friends of the victim to identify him and then notify his family of his tragic death. Once this process is complete the victim's name will be released.
Attached Media Files: Swimming Hole
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Adopts Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (Photo) - 07/10/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), which is a private social network for neighborhoods and neighborhood watches. It is intended to build stronger, safer communities through the help of residents.

Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff's Office to communicate online with neighborhoods. Residents and the Sheriff's Office will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.

With Nextdoor, Marion County residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Sheriff's Office will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within their community.

"We believe in our communities and their ability to effect positive change by working together," said Undersheriff Troy Clausen. "With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and to stay connected by giving them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts."

Already, Nextdoor has proven to be a well-received tool for northeast and southeast Salem-area residents. Seven neighborhoods have already joined!


Nextdoor is free for both residents and the Sheriff's Office. Each Marion County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who can verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the Sheriff's Office will not be able to access residents' websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by any search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Adding Extra Patrols For Holiday Weekend (Stats Added) (Photo) - 07/09/14
During the Sheriff's Office extra patrols focused on detecting DUII drivers deputies contacted 24 drivers, issued 21 citations and arrested 3 impaired drivers. For any questions regarding the specific violations cited please contact the PIO at the listed numbers.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be adding extra patrols over the 4th of July weekend thanks to grants made possible thru the Oregon State Sheriff's Association. The extra patrols will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

With the warm weather and the holiday weekend comes the increased usage of our roadways to access our waterways, parks and rural camping areas. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists that it is all of our responsibility to drive safe and sober.

If you are drinking and you must drive a few simple steps can help you avoid a crash or a trip to jail.

* Volunteer or designate your sober driver before leaving home.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you.
* Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

And finally please report any possible intoxicated drivers to your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office can be reached at 503-588-5032 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Snake
Snake
Salem Resident Loses Pet Snake ***Update Snake Found*** (Photo) - 07/09/14
Nomad the nomadic boa has been located. According to the snakes owner she found a hole in the sheet rock inside of their residence and climbed inside of a wall, where she remained until she was located. The owners have assured the Sheriff's Office that they have purchased an upgraded snake cage to prevent these types of escapes in the future.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the citizens who offered their help during this strange incident.


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It's not every day law enforcement is called to help a pet owner find their lost pet. But when it is a 10 foot, red tail, boa constrictor it perks our attention. That is what brought us to 825 Treewood Lane SE in Salem. The owners of the snake say it has been missing for about four days and it may have slithered out a second story window.

The owners called deputies because of the size of the 23 year old, female snake, appropriately named nomad and its close proximity to other residences. Deputies have searched the area but were unable to locate the snake. Residents close to the home are being contacted by deputies and made aware of the situation. We are asking other residents to be mindful of their pets and small children until the snake can be located.

The snake is green and tan and despite its name does not have a red tail. If you locate the snake please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. The photograph attached is similar to the missing snake.
Attached Media Files: Snake
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Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Photo) - 07/08/14
Yesterday at 3:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. That is where deputies learned that 14 year old Sean Kaleopa had been swimming with family at Three Pools Recreational area.

Family members noticed Sean was missing and when they began looking for him they found him submerged and at the bottom of the pool of water. A heroic effort to save Sean was put into action by family members and park goers. Sean was pulled from the pool and a human chain was formed to extricate him from the river's edge. CPR was performed on Sean by citizens and responding fire personnel, however Sean could not be resuscitated.

Sean is described by his family as the, "Big brother to all." Sean is a Houck Middle School Student who was active in numerous sports, his most favorite being football. An impromptu memorial has been scheduled at Houck Middle School at 1:30 p.m. The family spokesperson Bob Jung will be on hand to answer any questions.

The immediate family has declined any personal interviews and they are requesting all media refrain from coming to their residence during their time of mourning.
Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75741/Sean.jpeg
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Sheriff's Office Accepts Donation in Honor of Torch Run (Photo) - 07/08/14
This Friday the Marion County Sheriff's Office will take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. LETR is a grassroots funds raiser that benefits the Special Olympics Oregon athletes.

On Friday the 11th at 8:15 a.m., at the Jefferson Home Town Market, the Sherriff's Office will be passed the torch and then carry it approximately 10 miles, to Delaney Road and Interstate 5 where it will be passed to the Salem Police Department.

Last night Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers accepted a donation for the Special Olympics Oregon athletes. GTECH Enterprises a worldwide company with an office in Salem, made a $500 contribution to support our Oregon athletes.

As of today the Sheriff's Office has raised more than $1,150.00, if you would like to donate to the Special Olympics Oregon through the Sheriff's Office you can email Deputy Matt Hagan at mhagan@co.marion.or.us or donate directly at https://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?name=Donate-Now&PID=70
Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75735/DSC_0015.jpg , GTECH
Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Updated with the time of call) - 07/07/14
At 2:50 p.m. today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the drowning death of a teenage, juvenile male at the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. We are currently in the process of the notifying the family and do not expect to release any further details regarding this tragic incident until later tomorrow.
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Sheriff's Office Advising of Possible Traffic Delays (Photo) - 07/07/14
With the consolidation of courts and the opening of the new Marion County Justice Court located at 4660 Portland Road NE, Suite 7, comes a back log of arraignments. This onetime event has made it necessary for the Sheriff's Office to notify the public of possible traffic delays in the area.

The courts in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office and Marion County Public Works will be working feverishly to process the some 800 arraignments, scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

Traffic control will be in place but the Sheriff's Office and Public works are asking for motorists to seek alternate routes if possible during their normal commutes to avoid congestion.
Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75723/Court.jpg
McGuire
McGuire
A Bizarre Test Drive Leads to Arrest of Salem Man (Photo) - 07/07/14
Three days in a row a man identifying himself as a deputy sheriff came to the car lot at Good Fellows Auto Sales located at 218 Lancaster Drive NE to test drive a black, Chevrolet Tahoe. On the third day employees grew suspicious and went along on the test drive.

That is when Anthony McGuire, age 40, of Salem began yelling at a motorcycle to pull over. The motorcyclist pulled over and Mr. McGuire told the rider he was a deputy and he was stopping him for speeding.

Everyone involved grew suspicious of Mr. McGuire and called the real deputies. Mr. McGuire admitted to impersonating a deputy and he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. If you believe you have been a victim of Mr. McGuire please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.

Please remember that deputies and police officers acting in their capacity will always carry official identification to include a badge. If you ever have questions about a police officer or deputies identity please call your local law enforcement or 911.
Attached Media Files: McGuire
Cadets
Cadets
Sheriff's Office Cadets Graduate US Border Patrol Academy (Photo) - 07/07/14
On June 27th three Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadets graduated from the United States Border Patrol Explorer Academy held at Camp Ortoha. The Explorer Academy is located in the Okanogan National Forest, near the Canadian border in Central Washington.

Cadets John Mendrin, Nick Skelton and Grant Thommen participated in the week long academy which covered numerous law enforcement skills with a high degree of focus on team building and physical fitness.

Cadet Mendrin was chosen by Academy Advisors and awarded with the "Outstanding Performance" award. This award goes to the cadet who demonstrated leadership and the best overall performance for the week.

The Marion County Cadet Program is for area youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, Cadets volunteer twenty hours a month, while attending school. Cadets assist with community events throughout Marion County and participate in ride-alongs with Deputies.

To learn more about our cadet program or make a donation go to, http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/jointheteam/cadetunit.htm
Attached Media Files: Cadets
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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured After Crash ***Update Driver Name Released*** (Photo) - 07/04/14
The driver of last night's motorcycle crash has been identified as 45 year old, William Liebertz the IV of Salem, he remains in critical condition at Salem Hospital. No further information is available about this incident at this time. Additional information may be released upon the completion of the CRASH Teams investigation and that time frame is currently unknown.

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A motorcyclists is in critical condition after riding recklessly and crashing near the intersection of 45th and Market Street in Salem. Deputies attempted to stop the motorcycle after it passed them at high speeds on Lancaster near Center Street.

The deputies turned around to stop the motorcycle and radioed ahead to additional units. One block later a Sergeant with the Sheriff's Office witnessed the rider's behavior and activated his lights in an attempt to pull the motorcycle over. The rider continued riding at high speeds and the Sergeant quickly terminated the pursuit of the motorcycle.

Unfortunately even after all deputies deactivated their lights and stopped following the motorcycle, the rider continued speeding through city streets. Near the intersection of 45th and Market Street the rider lost control and crashed his motorcycle.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team has been called to the scene to investigate. The riders name and more details surrounding this event should be available tomorrow.
Park
Park
Close Call Spurs Warning to Swimmers from Sheriff's Deputies (Photo) - 07/01/14
An eight year old boy is alive, thanks to the quick reactions of his 12 year old brother after a near drowning at a local swimming hole. Yesterday at about 3:15 p.m., the two juveniles and their 43 year old aunt, Connie Kitchen of Scotts Mills were swimming in Butte Creek at the Scotts Mills Park, in Scotts Mills.

The eight year old became caught in a swirling current, was growing tired and swallowing water. His 12 year old brother saw he needed help, swam out to him and together they reached the shore. Neighbors heard the screams of Ms. Kitchen and called 911.

When law enforcement and fire arrived the boy was tired but uninjured. The eight year old was taken to Silverton Hospital for evaluation. Life preserves were not being used by either child in this case, nor were they accessible.
Although this incident turned out well it could have quickly turned tragic.

Please remember a few things can save you or your child's life when swimming in the open water:

* Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
* Always swim with a buddy
* Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
* Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
* Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
* Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person's ability.
Attached Media Files: Park
PIO Change 06/28 & 06/29 - 06/28/14
MCSO PIO coverage will be handled by Sergeant Jeff Stutrud for the next two days. To reach Sergeant Stutrud please call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great weekend.
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Woodburn Man Arrested After Stealing From Cemetery (Photo) - 06/26/14
You would think after thirteen years of law enforcement that the shock factor would be gone, but that certainly was not the case when reviewing the calls for service on June 25th. That was when I learned that Randall Kuschnick, 42, of Woodburn had been arrested for stealing metal flower pots and 300' of fencing wire from a cemetery in rural north Marion County.

Deputies were alerted to the Belle Passi Cemetery by the care taker after he discovered the missing items between the dates of June 13th and June 20th. The care taker began searching local scrap yards and after finding the flower pots called deputies in to investigate.

That is when deputies used recycling records to locate and arrest Mr. Kuschnick for the thefts. Mr. Kuschnick was cited and released for the charge of Theft I and he is scheduled to appear in court on 07/25/2014 at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.