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Property Dispute Turns Into Robbery Near Turner (Photo) Update 1 - 05/01/16
*****************UPDATE: Suspect in custody, Arrives is Limousine*****************************

On Friday April 29th the suspect turned herself in to deputies waiting at the Marion County Jail. Deputy Bennett was able to work with Ms Kempton's attorney who convinced her to turn herself in. Ms Kempton agreed to meet Deputy Bennett and her attorney in the parking lot of the Marion County Jail.

Deputies waiting in the parking lot for Ms Kempton saw a limousine pull into the parking lot right in front of the Marion County Court Annex. After about 10 minutes, Ms Kempton exited the limousine and contacted Deputy Bennett. The dog "Isis" is still missing and Ms Kempton would not tell Deputy Bennett where the pet is. Deputy Bennett will continue to attempt to locate the dog.

Ms Kempton was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Robbery 3 (for causing injury during the theft of the dog) and Theft 1 (the theft of a pet). Deputy Bennett said this was a unique situation and one he did not expect. He has never had anyone arrive in a limousine to turn themselves in.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of "Isis" the dog should call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.


On April 26th, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the 5400 block of Sams Place SE near Turner to investigate a landlord tenant dispute that had grown out of control. From their investigation Deputies believe that Rose Mary Skoda-Kempton, age 39 of Turner also known as Brooke Kempton was upset at her tenant Kate Taylor, age 30, for being disrespectful and kicked Ms. Taylor out of the residence two days prior to the police being called.

Ms. Taylor moved from the residence the day she was asked to leave collecting her belongings and selling her horses which were being boarded, as part of the rental agreement, at Ms. Kempton's mother's residence near Turner. On April 26th around 8 a.m., Ms. Kempton went to Ms. Taylor's father's residence located in the 4700 block of Marion Road SE. While at the residence Ms. Kempton confronted 61 year old Kevin Taylor stating that Kate Taylor stole two saddles and she was taking Ms. Taylor's dog until she got her saddles back.

Mr. Taylor attempted to stop Ms. Kempton by jumping on the running boards of her silver Ford truck. Ms. Kempton accelerated forward throwing Mr. Taylor from the truck, onto the driveway, injuring his hand and wrist, which required treatment at a local hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is searching for Ms. Kempton and "Isis", the missing K9. Ms. Kempton is 5'09" tall and 147 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, she may be driving a 2008, Ford F250, Oregon license 305DGR. "Isis" is a 4 year old Whippit, she is black in color, weighing 15 lbs, and micro chipped. Deputies have made several attempts to contact Ms. Kempton at her residence and by phone, but so far have been unable to contact her. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Kempton or "Isis" to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you may remain anonymous.
Body Found South of Salem ***Update 2*** - 04/29/16
Deputies have identified the man found last night near Croisan Creek as Loyd White, age 62, of Salem. Mr. White was reported missing on April 22nd to the Salem Police Department. Mr. White suffered from numerous health conditions and was known to wander from home after becoming disoriented.

Mr. White's death is tragic and our hearts go out to his family. Symptoms like Mr. White's affect many Marion County residents and their families often struggle with how to keep their loved ones safe, if you are a Marion County resident there are options.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is a member of Project Lifesaver. You can purchase a small radio transmitter that is worn like a watch or bracelet and if your loved one is lost, our Search and Rescue Teams can track and find them quickly. The Sheriff's Office provides the maintenance for the transmitter so there is little to no work for the family. If you are interested in Project Lifesaver, check it out at;


Deputies, Detectives and the Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation into the body found near Croisan Creek. Detectives have identified the male and do not suspect foul play. We are working to notify the family but do not anticipate any further releases this evening.


Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4200 block of Croisan Creek Road South near Salem, after the body of an adult male was found under a bridge near the creek. Deputies are on scene and waiting for the Medical Examiner to examine the scene and determine just how the man died.

We are very early in our investigation and very few details are available. This release will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Registered Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 04/28/16
Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: William Albert Nosack
SID#: 5437397
DOB: 11/16/1957

RACE: White
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 5' 11''
WEIGHT: 240lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown

RESIDENCE: Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center, Salem, OR 97317

William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON

This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol or bars
Other: Nosack's victims have been females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown to him.
Vandals Destroy New 911 Call Box (Photo) - 04/25/16
After a season of record high temperatures and the lowest lake level in years, the North Fork Community saw an explosion in day and evening use of recreation areas like Salmon Falls, North Fork Park and Three Pools. The remote and picturesque areas are filled with abundant forests, wildlife and river views that make Marion County a premier recreation destination. With the uptick in usage came an increase in injuries, littering, vandalism, trespassing and other criminal behavior that made everyday life challenging for the full time residents of the scenic canyon.

The Sheriff's Office and its partners have been working in collaboration with the residents and other community partners to address safety concerns brought by the large number of visitors. These projects have included park improvements, increased patrols and the installation of a 911 call box located at the Salmon Falls Recreation Area.

With limited, if any, cell service, the Salmon Falls call box was installed and wired over the winter, and the phone was set to be placed this spring, just prior to the recreation season. Unfortunately, vandals broke the box and post, and threw them over an embankment. Crews are now working to reinstall the post, box and finish the installation of the phone.

Commander Eric Hlad of the Enforcement Division stated, "It is disappointing that the senseless actions of a select few are delaying the installation of a vital and potentially lifesaving tool. Please, if you see someone tampering with, or damaging these phones or boxes, write down a description of the person or get a license plate, and report it to the Sheriff's Office immediately."

The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information that might lead to the arrest of the vandals. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.
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11th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo) - 04/22/16
On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds--more than 2,750 tons--of pills.

A list of drop sites can be found below:

Salem Police Department
555 Liberty Street in Salem
(Salem Police Department)

Marion County Sheriff's Office
Roth's IGA
702 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
(Corner of Center Street NE and Lancaster Drive NE)

Can't make it? Here is a list or permanent sites where you can always drop off your unwanted prescription drugs.

(We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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Spring Has Sprung and Summer is Coming, is Your Boat Ready? (Photo) - 04/20/16
The Pietty Island channel markers have been placed at Detroit Lake. These navigational aids assist boaters in making-way through the channel using the deepest and hazard free area. Boat operators should remember the three R's "Red Right Returning" when navigating through the channel, which means to keep the red markers on the right side of your vessel when returning from the open seas or heading up river and the opposite when heading down river.

In addition, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is hosting the last two free boat inspection events of the year. 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 throwable PFD, Fire extinguisher, sound producing device, working ventilation, navigational lights and a clean flame arrester.

Event dates and locations:

Saturday April 23rd 9:00am until Noon
Woodburn Fire District
1776 Newberg Hwy
Woodburn, OR 97071

Saturday April 30th 9:00am until Noon
Hillyer's Santiam Motorsports
11361 Mill Creek Rd SE
Aumsville, OR 97325
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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Salem ***Update 2*** (Photo) - 04/18/16
Deputies have identified the driver in Saturday's fatal motor vehicle crash as Tattan Ashenfelter, age 28, of Silverton. The Sheriff's Office would like to take the time to remind drivers to please obey the designated speed limits, we want all of our travelers to make it home safely to their loved ones. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this incident.


Deputies have reopened Silverton road after this morning's fatal motor vehicle crash. Investigators believe that the driver in this morning's crash was east bound on Silverton Road when the vehicle left the roadway. It appears the driver attempted to correct the vehicle after it left the roadway but was unable to do so, causing the Jeep he was driving to rollover.

In all the crash scene was over 650' long and the driver was ejected from the car, killing him instantly. The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, has been identified but is not being named until next of kin can be notified. Investigators do believe speed was a factor in the crash.


Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are currently on scene and investigating a fatal, single occupant, single vehicle crash, on Silverton Road NE and 76th Avenue NE, near Salem. Silverton Road will be closed for the next few hours and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes.

Additional information will be made available later this morning.
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Salem Woman Arrested After Shots Fired Into a Vehicle (Photo) - 04/11/16
Last night at about 11:30 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4000 block of Sorrel Court SE to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Anahi Sanchez-Torres, age 24 called reporting that her ex-boyfriend was driving by her residence and harassing her.

While Deputies were responding to investigate Ms. Sanchez-Torres got into her vehicle and began chasing the suspicious vehicle down Lancaster Drive at high rates of speed. At some point during the chase multiple shots were fired striking the "suspicious vehicle". Thankfully the Salem Police Department stopped both vehicles before anyone was seriously hurt.

After being stopped the victim in the "suspicious vehicle" confirmed he was being shot at while being chased and was not associated with Ms. Sanchez-Torres's ex-boyfriend. A search of Ms. Sanchez-Torres's car led to the discovery of loaded 9mm gun that had the serial number removed. Deputies were even more surprised when they learned that Ms. Sanchez-Torres had her roommate Juan Morales Leon, age 27, of Salem and her four year old daughter in the car during the incident.

Ms. Sanchez-Torres was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Obliteration of a Serial Number, the four year old was taken into protective custody and turned over to the Department of Human Services. Deputies are still attempting to determine who exactly fired the rounds from Ms. Sanchez-Torres's vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.

Ms. Sanchez-Torres has been released from custody and is set to appear in Circuit Court on May 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Man In Custody After Early Morning Burglary (Photo) ***Name Corrected*** - 04/04/16
Suspects name should be Joseph William Fennimore.


This morning at about 5:30 a.m., Deputies were dispatched to a burglary alarm sounding in the 200 block of Howell Prairie Road NE. Prior to Deputies arriving on scene a family member of the residents, who were not home at the time of the burglary, found the burglar inside attempting to cut open a safe. The family member confronted the burglar with a shovel and he fled out the backdoor. When Deputies arrived they saw the man running from the scene and into a small red truck.

Deputies gave chase to the 9700 block of Jordan Street SE where the suspect crashed into a fence. William Fennimore, age 24, of Salem was taken into custody without further incident. Once investigators are done interviewing Mr. Fennimore he will be taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempt to Elude, Burglary 1, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Theft II and Possession of Burglar Tools.
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Detectives On Scene and Investigating Suspicious Fire Near Gervais ***Update 4*** (Photo) - 04/04/16
After Friday's autopsy, Deputies have identified the person killed in Thursday's fire as an adult male. The investigation is continuing but Detectives surmise that the male was looking for a place to sleep when he hit the rural barn and became stuck in the mud. When the male exited his vehicle to see what he could do to become unstuck the RV caught fire.

Detectives believe the male reentered the RV to fight the fire and was overcome. Detectives do believe they know the identity of the male but that information is not being released until dental records can be evaluated. That time frame is unknown.


Investigators have now cleared the scene of today's fire. The investigation is continuing in an attempt to determine just how the RV ended up at the rural property near Gervais and how it caught fire. There is still no identification of the adult located inside of the vehicle. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow and investigators are hopeful this will provide additional answers. No additional releases are anticipated today.


The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into today's deadly fire. We can now confirm that the deceased person inside the RV is an adult and according to the home owners the RV appeared sometime overnight. The resident at the house does not know who the RV belongs to or who may be inside. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Video of the investigators working the scene can be found at :


This morning at about 6:30 a.m., the Woodburn Fire District was called to a fully engulfed RV fire that had spread to a nearby farm in the 9300 block of Mt. Angel Gervais Road. After extinguishing the fire a body was located inside of the vehicle and the Sheriff's Office was called to investigate.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office are currently on scene and being assisted by special investigators with the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office. Investigators will be on scene throughout the day and possibly into this evening. It is still very early in the investigation and very few questions have been answered. As details become available more information will be released and that time frame is currently unknown.

****RESPONDING MEDIA**** Please be aware that the location of the fire is not visible from the cordoned off area. The driveway is a long gravel road that is shared by a nursery operation. Please do not interfere or block the driveway. PIO will remain on scene for the next hour. Thank you
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Collaborative Efforts Improve Safety and Livability of Southeast Salem Neighborhood (Photo) - 04/04/16
Earlier this year community members near State Street SE in Salem approached the Sheriff's Office with concerns of criminal activity regularly taking place in and around a narrow pathway that connected the Cougar Court SE neighborhood and the Butte Court SE neighborhood. The pathway, which was created with the development of the neighborhood in 1974, was originally designed to connect residents to local parks and services within the community. As time has passed, the well-intended pathway became overtaken as an area for criminal activity that has vastly affected the livability within the neighborhood and effectively diminished the pathway's original intent.

After listening to the community's concerns and reviewing the pertinent information, the Sheriff's Office met with the Marion County Board of Commissioners and together, worked through the formal request process to close the pathway and redesign it to blend back into the natural landscape of the existing neighborhood. After several meetings and with public input the decision was made to close the pathway at no cost to the homeowners.

In the true spirit of collaboration, the Board of Commissioners, Public Works, Suburban Garbage Service, and the Sheriff's Office, a plan was developed and the pathway's look was redesigned. Thanks to funds made available through the county's lottery grant program and a dumpster provided by Suburban Garbage, work began on March 21st. For three days, Marion County Jail work crew inmates hauled off more than forty yards of concrete, ten yards of dirt, constructed new fences and landscaped areas left vacant by the pathway. Thanks to materials donated by the Marion County Public Works Department the total materials costs for the project was under $1,000.

What was once a place that brought concern for residents and regular calls for deputies has now been transformed into yards for children and pets. Sheriff Jason Myers is very pleased with the quick timeline, and overall team approach to this issue. He commented, "When a community brings up a problem, and the data supports the issue, we need to act quickly and find effective solutions. We appreciate the concerns that were raised, and this was an opportunity to prevent criminal activity through environmental redesign and at the same time, improve livability for the neighbors. That's a win-win!"