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Construction Project Could Cause Traffic Delays at Local Grade School (Photo) - 08/28/14
Today Marion County Public Works Department announced that the Auburn Road sidewalk and bike lane project in the vicinity of Auburn Elementary School will not be completed before school starts next Tuesday. Due to delays, the project will continue into October. Public Works and the contractor, R & R General Contractors, will be working closely with personnel at the school, the Salem-Keizer School District and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, to ensure safe vehicle and pedestrian passage for children to and from school.

Flaggers will continue to direct traffic through the work area when construction activities require the contractor to close a lane of traffic during the work shift. Please remember that flaggers are there for your safety as well as the safety of the construction crew. Pedestrian access will be maintained and monitored in designated areas by school crossing guards.

The Sheriff's Office and Public Works wants to assure parents that pedestrian safety is a priority for Marion County and the contractor, and we encourage you to continue to allow your children to walk and bike to school as they have in the past. Unnecessarily driving them to school can actually increase the risk to pedestrians by creating added congestion and even gridlock at times. It is our goal to accomplish the remainder of the construction project with the least amount of impact to the school, its students, and the neighborhood.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Receives Stamp of Approval From Oregon Accreditation Alliance (Photo) - 08/27/14
Today the Marion County Sheriff's Office was awarded a certificate of Accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. Executive Director Ed Boyd presented Sheriff Jason Myers with the certificate at today's Marion County Board of Commissioners session.
"The Oregon Accreditation Alliance exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in the State of Oregon and ultimately the quality of services provided to the citizens of this state.

The Oregon Accreditation Alliance was formed in April 2001. It was created under the direction and authority of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. The Alliance mutually supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management, and operations."

Mr. Boyd commended the Sheriff's Office for its completion of this rigorous process that began in 2008. The process required the Sheriff's Office to overhaul its policies, procedures and common practices to come into line with a standard set by OAA and its processes. Mr. Boyd publicly commended Sergeant James Krieger and his team who over saw the process to its completion.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "This was a process that we embarked upon to ensure that our policies and procedures reflect best practices and stand up to the high expectations of our community. We are very proud to have met the OAA accreditation standards, and I'd like to acknowledge all of the work of the Sheriff's Office team members that helped us reach this status. This was no small feat. I'm confident the return on the investment of the time and effort will be great in terms of policy clarity, transparency, and keeping this office current on professional standards."

The Sheriff's Office will now be audited by OAA every three years in order to maintain its accreditation. To learn more about the accreditation process please head over to http://www.oracall.org/whyaccred.html
PIO Change for 08/29 through 09/05 - 08/27/14
MCSO will be operating with backup PIO's from 08/29 through 09/05. All media inquires must go through the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or (503)-584-MCSO.
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New Traffic Signal Set To Be Turned On Tomorrow (Photo) - 08/27/14
Marion County Public Works and their contractor, North Santiam Paving, are scheduled to turn on the new traffic signal at the Ward Drive/Fisher Road/Meadow Park Loop intersection in northeast Salem sometime late morning Thursday, August 28, 2014.

In addition, new right turn lanes will be available to motorists and modifications to the traffic signal at the Ward Drive and Lancaster Drive intersection will allow eastbound motorists to make a free right turn when facing a green right arrow indication. Due to project clean-up and a few minor items that are not yet complete, the contractor will still be working in the area intermittently.

The public's patience during the construction of this needed safety and congestion project has been greatly appreciated. The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team reminds the driving public to pay careful attention to all new and modified traffic control devices for their own safety as well as the safety of others around them.
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Back To School Prompts Safety Message From Deputies (Photo) - 08/26/14
We all know that Labor Day signals that it's time to get back to the grind and back to school. Throughout the summer months Marion County Public Works has been working feverishly to upgrade several school zones with new signs and in some areas install flashing lights signaling the school zone.

Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd you can expect to see deputies with our Traffic Safety Team in several of these school zones. In addition to school zones, drivers are also reminded to watch for school buses flashing their lights to indicate they are stopping to load or unload students. The red flashing lights require that drivers traveling in both directions, on a road that is not physically divided, stop until the lights are turned off by the bus driver. Here are some more back to school safety tips!

* School safety is everyone's responsibility. Parents are encouraged to talk with their kids, reinforcing pedestrian safety rules:

* Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has developed safe traffic habits and judgment.

* Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings, using sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

* Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.

* Always cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.

* Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, do not run, across the street.

* Be a safe pedestrian around cars; watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots.

* As the days get shorter kids should wear bright colored clothing, or clothing with reflective elements. Additionally a flashlight can be an excellent addition to any student who may be walking in the dark.

Parents, drivers and students are invited to join the Traffic Safety Team and Marion County Public Works in making this school year a safe one.
Attached Media Files: School Zone
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Train Collides With Semi in Southeast Marion County (Photo) - 08/25/14
Today at 2:20 p.m., a semi-truck delivering cattle feed to a local farm was struck by a north bound Amtrak Train at a rail crossing on Duckflat Road SE near Pearson Road SE. According to the driver he did not see the train coming and began crossing at the intersection. When the driver finally saw the train he attempted to clear the tracks but it was too late.

The driver Lynn Simonds, age 64 of Salem was not injured and there are no injuries reported on the train. The train sustained damage during the crash but was able to continue on its trip to Portland. The semi-truck sustained heavy damage and will have Duckflat blocked over the next several hours while it is removed.

Mr. Simonds was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. The speed limit for the tracks in this area is 70 miles per hour. The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to always follow the posted signs at rail crossings and never proceed until you are certain the tracks are clear.
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Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo) - 08/25/14
Beginning August 29th and running through the holiday weekend, the Marion county Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols to our roadways. During their patrols deputies will be focusing on DUII detection throughout Marion County as well as a targeted operation focused on seatbelt usage.

The seatbelt operation will be held on August 29th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE. This intersection has been selected due to its high number of motor vehicle crashes reported. These patrols are specifically centered around holiday weekends to enhance safety on our roadways for the citizens of Marion County. The patrols are made possible through grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Burglary Suspect In Custody After Assaulting Female Resident (Photo) - 08/24/14
Yesterday at 6:00 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 4000 block of State St after a female victim reported a male suspect attempted to sexually assault her.

The victim told deputies that she was sleeping when the suspect broke into her residence. After entering the residence the suspect placed a rag over her mouth and began to physically assault her while attempting to assault her sexually. The female victim was able to fight the suspect off of her, run out of her residence and call 911. She told deputies the male suspect was thin, wearing a pair of gloves and boxer shorts.

Enforcement deputies on scene were able to quickly determine the suspect lived on the same property but in a different residence. Detectives responded to the scene and were able to obtain a full confession from the suspect. Deputies are still working to determine just how the suspect entered the victim's residence. As a result deputies arrested Armando Cervantez, age 19, and lodged him at the Marion County Jail on the charges of attempted Rape I, Burglary I, Strangulation, Sexual Abuse I and Assault IV.
Attached Media Files: Cervantes
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Deputies On Scene of Two Vehicle Crash With Injuries (Photo) - 08/21/14
One person has been transported to the Salem hospital with injuries after a two vehicle crash. Today at approximately 10:45 a.m., deputies were called to the intersection of Cordon Road NE and Swegle Road NE in Salem on a reported two vehicle crash.

Deputies are on scene and working to determine how a Jeep and a dump truck collided at the intersection. The driver of the Jeep has been taken to the Salem Hospital with unknown injuries. The area is currently closed from Center Street to Sunnyview Road NE but is expected to reopen within the next thirty minutes.

The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release regarding this incident until the investigation can be completed and that time frame is unknown. You can follow the road closure information on our Twitter Page @MCSOInTheKnow
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Deputies Investigating Shooting in Red Robin Parking Lot ***Update*** (Photo) - 08/21/14
Last night at 8:50 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the parking lot of the Red Robin located at 3610 Center Street NE on a reported disturbance. The Sheriff's Office has determined that prior to our arrival an altercation took place between two groups of people within the parking lot of the restaurant and at some point multiple shots were fired.

Shortly after the parking lot shooting the Sheriff's Office received additional calls of more shots being fired a short distance from the original altercation. As a result of the shooting within the parking lot two adult victims were treated for gunshot wounds and later released from the Salem Hospital. No injuries were reported at the second shooting scene.

Detectives worked through the night and are continuing to follow up on leads produced from their investigation. Although no arrests have been made in the case, detectives have no evidence suggesting that there is any immediate danger to the public. Detectives do believe however that the shooting and altercation is gang related.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information in regard to the shooting to please call our Tip Line at 503-540-8079. You can remain anonymous.
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2700 Residents Without Power in Southeast Marion County (Photo) - 08/17/14
Tonight at approximately 12:30 a.m., a vehicle struck a power pole on Lancaster Drive SE near Beck Avenue SE. Prior to being transported to the Salem Hospital with minor injuries, the driver stated he swerved for an object in the roadway and struck the pole. The crash has resulted in the loss of power to an estimated 2700 citizen of southeast Marion County.

PGE is on scene attempting to repair the pole and at this time there is no estimate for when services will be restored to customers. The Sheriff's Office is asking drivers to avoid the area of SE Lancaster Drive as it is closed from Durbin Avenue SE to La Branch Street SE. In addition to the closures motorists should be aware that numerous stop lights have been affected by the outage so deputies are urging caution when driving in the area.

Motorists arriving at an intersection with a light affected by the outage should always stop, make sure the intersection is clear and then proceed. If you arrive at the same time as another motorist please treat the intersection like you would a four way stop.
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Deputies Make Arrest in Harassment Case (Photo) - 08/16/14
On August 9th the Marion County Sheriff's Office was requested by the Salem Police Department to investigate a disturbance that occurred at a Salem residence involving an off duty Salem Police Officer. Responding Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies found that Officer Brandon Hanes, 40 years old, had been in an altercation at the location. Deputies interviewed all parties and witnesses and then referred the case to the Marion County District Attorney.

On August 14th a warrant was issued for Mr. Hanes's arrest for the charge of Harassment. That same date, Mr. Hanes was arrested, booked and later released from the Marion County Jail. Mr. Hanes's next court date has been set for August 19, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Hwy. Mr. Hanes has been placed on administrative leave by the Salem Police Department pending an internal investigation, which is standard in these types of matters.

The Sheriff's Office will not be making any further comments regarding this case or its investigation. Any further questions will be referred to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for comment.
Attached Media Files: Hanes
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Beaverton Woman Arrested After Leaving Dog in Hot Car (Photo) - 08/13/14
22 year old, Victoria Nguyen, of Beaverton was cited and released after leaving her dog locked in a vehicle while she went hiking at Silver Falls State Park last Sunday. When deputies arrived to help the dog, it was unresponsive and panting due to the 90 degree heat. Deputy Corey Larned attempted to locate the owner but after no luck he was able to unlock the doors via a slightly cracked window.

According to Deputy Larned he carried the dog to his patrol car where he placed the AC on high and provided the dog water. Deputy Larned stated that within minutes the dog was drinking water and back up on its feet.

Deputy Larned was finally able to locate Ms. Nguyen who stated she had gone hiking and left the dog inside of the vehicle after allowing it to go to the bathroom. It was estimated that the dog had been in the vehicle over two hours, parked in the direct sunlight, in 90 degree heat. Ms. Nguyen was cited and released for Animal Neglect II, a B misdemeanor. The dog was returned to Ms. Nguyen's custody.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, Cracking the windows doesn't cut it. Your car can become a death trap even on a mild sunny day--and can insidiously raise the car's temperature to well above 120 degrees! Never, ever leave your pet inside the car. If Fido can't come with you when you get out of the car, leave him or her at home.

There is no photograph of Ms. Nguyen available.
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Sheriff's Office Taking Applications for Citizen's Academy (Photo) - 08/13/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office invites you to experience the world from the deputy's perspective. Participants will "cross the yellow line" for a close-up view of what goes on at the heart of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Citizens who join our academy will get to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Marion County courtrooms from a judicial security perspective.

You will walk in the footsteps of arrestees and experience the inner workings of the Marion County Jail. Parole & Probation Deputies will explain the philosophy that guides them in their case management and the programs offered to parolees.

The 2014 Citizen Academy will bring participants into the multi-faceted world of patrolling Marion County. Participants will be exposed to a wide variety of assignments, including Narcotics Detectives, K9 Units,
SWAT, Marine Patrol and Search & Rescue. Participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a Patrol deputy and experience "the road" first hand.

The academy starts October 10th so get your applications in now! To participate you must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within Marion County. Enrollment is limited and applications are available at http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Operations/programs/CitizenAcademy.htm or by calling 503-588-7981.
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Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect in Jefferson (Photo) - 08/08/14
Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office along with a K9 from the Salem Police Department have arrested Donald Nollen, age 34, of Jefferson, yesterday at around 1:00 p.m. Deputies said they received information that Mr. Nollen had recently committed a burglary and was attempting to sell the items.

Deputies located Nollen at his residence in the 300 block of Columbia Street in Jefferson. Mr. Nollen attempted to hide from deputies but once cornered in the residence he gave up peacefully. Sheriff's deputies and detectives recovered a large portion of the stolen items taken in the burglary at Mr. Nollen's residence and they have been returned to the rightful owner.

Mr. Nollen is currently at the Marion County Jail where he is charged with Burglary in the 1st degree and Theft in the 1st degree. In addition to the charges Mr. Nollen also had outstanding warrants for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Theft in the 1st degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft in the 2nd degree, Trespassing in the 2nd degree and Menacing.

Deputies stated that when Mr. Nollen was arrested he had text messages warning him of the large police presence in town and a video surveillance system at his home.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Joins the Project Lifesaver Team. (Photo) - 08/06/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce its partnership with Project Lifesaver International ("PLI"), a non-profit agency that bridges the technological gap for medically "at risk" populations and public safety agencies. PLI provides deputies, fire/rescue and other first responders with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome, who are at constant risk to wander.

Project Lifesaver has over 1,300 participating agencies throughout 47 states in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed 2,869 searches over the last 15 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.

Eligible individuals who are enrolled in PLI wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Sheriff's Office, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer's area. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes -- 95% less time than standard operations.

There is a fee associated with Project Lifesaver, including a $95.00 startup cost and an ongoing $25.00 per month fee for battery replacements. Once signed up, a PLI trained deputy will meet with the client and caregiver to deliver the equipment.

Project Lifesaver is a fantastic tool that can aid law enforcement in returning participating "at risk" individual to their loved ones. For additional information on PLI and how to get started you can call 503-588-7981 or visit www.projectlifesaver.org.
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Motorcyclist Collides with Pizza Delivery Vehicle ***Update Drivers Identified*** (Photo) - 08/05/14
Deputies have identified yesterday's crash victim as Joshua Rich, age 31 of Silverton. According to several witnesses Mr. Rich was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson recklessly prior to striking Alex Hoefler, age 26 of Salem who was in the process of making a turn to deliver a pizza in his 1994 Honda Civic.

The Sheriff's Office does not intend to comment any further regarding Mr. Rich's condition and investigators say that no citations will be issued.

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A motorcyclist who collided with a vehicle has been transported to the Salem Hospital with what deputies are calling life threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was west bound on Silverton Road near Lardon Road, when an east bound pizza delivery vehicle turned in front of the motorcyclist.

When deputies arrived they could see the motorcyclist had a serious leg injury with life threatening bleeding. Deputy Casey Burnham and Deputy Mary Patzer reacted quickly and applied a combat application tourniquet to the man's leg which immediately ceased the bleeding. The deputies continued to access the man's injuries until an ambulance arrived. The driver of the pizza delivery vehicle was not injured.

The Sheriff's Office will release the involved parties' names and any additional details regarding the crash tomorrow. The roadway has been reopened and all deputies have left the scene.
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Deputies Assist with Air Rescue of Stranded Hiker in Rural East Marion County (Photo) - 08/02/14
"We just ask that people stay on the regular groomed trails." These are the words spoken by Sergeant Shane Burnham after a two hour rescue operation to save three stranded hikers one of which had been seriously injured.

Today at 3:00 p.m., deputies were flagged down and rushed to the Opal Creek Wilderness on a reported hiker who had fallen thirty feet after her rope broke. Sinn Escobar, age 28, her boyfriend Jacob Ross, age 32 and their dog Gracie were making their way down to a pool of water on a steep decline. The trio were using a rope left by previous hikers and that rope gave way causing Ms. Escobar to fall an estimated thirty feet.

Ms. Escobar seriously injured her leg and head in the fall. After deputies arrived they accessed the situation and knew they would need additional resources. That is when they called the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.

Together all of the law enforcement, military and Fire agencies worked together to rescue Ms. Escobar, Mr. Ross and Gracie the dog. Ms. Escobar was air lifted from her fall location and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The Salem Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team then assisted Mr. Ross and Gracie the dog up the steep hillside.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank these additional agencies for their assistance. The Lyons Fire Department, Stayton Fire Department, US Forrest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement.
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Sheriff's Office Statement Regarding Sentencing of Cody Edwards (Photo) - 08/01/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased that the case involving Cody Marshall Edwards has come to a conclusion after today's sentencing proceedings at the Marion County Courthouse. Judge Tracy Prall's decision to impose the maximum 22 1/2 year sentence brings closure to Sr. Dep. Jim Buchholz and his family. Although the prison sentence won't repair the physical and emotional damage inflicted upon Jim, his family, and our Office, we hope that while Mr. Edwards is incarcerated he will receive the assistance he needs to continue to restore his life.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney's Office and their preparation for this case. Additionally, all of the local law enforcement and public safety partners that have assisted Sr. Deputy Buchholz and our Office on the day of the shooting and the days and months ensuing. Sr. Dep. Buchholz just returned to active duty this week. It has been a welcome sight to have him back home. "Our community of law enforcement partners and the citizens of Marion County have been amazing supporters of us during this time of need. It is these types of incidents and the responses they evoke that make one truly believe in your community."