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Marion County Search and Rescue locates lost hikers - 06/25/17

Three hikers and a dog left yesterday to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Whitewater trail head. They planned on hiking in, camping and returning today but became lost. Marion County received the information around 11:00am this morning and were able to make phone contact with the lost hikers. Cell service was limited but Search and Rescue personnel were able to obtain a GPS coordinate based on the location of the hikers phone.

Members from the Marion County Sheriffs office Posse, SARCOM and Team 18 were requested. Members from Team 18 were already deployed to assist Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on their search in the Bull of the Woods area. Once the Marion County Posse arrived, they deployed toward the lost hikers. During this time, search and rescue personnel were able to send a map by text to the lost hikers and requested they begin hiking out to meet the Posse.

At approximately 4:45pm this afternoon members with the Posse made contact with the lost hikers and escorted them out to the trail head. The lost hikers did not need any kind of medical attention.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team would like to remind people to be prepared when trekking out into the wilderness. Sgt Shane Burnham said to be prepared, hikers should take maps of the area, a compass, GPS and extra food, clothing and water. The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the volunteers of the search and rescue team who responded to this search as well as the Clackamas County Search.

We will not be releasing the names of the hikers tonight as they are still making their way out of the area and back into cell service, we do not want to release the names until they have been able to notify family members they are ok.

I am waiting on photographs to be sent once SAR personnel get down to cell service.

Boat Capsizes Detroit Lake (Photo) - 06/21/17

This evening deputies learned that the man taken to Salem Hospital after his boat capsized has died. Chester Correll, age 72, of Corvallis was fishing with family earlier today when his boat capsized throwing Mr. Correll and his family into the water.

The Sheriff's Office would like to send their thoughts to the Correll family during this very difficult time. This is the Sheriff's Office third drowning since the weather has begun to warm and the second drowning this week. Sadly the Sheriff's Office believes all of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had life jackets been worn. With the warm weekend weather coming, the Sheriff's Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please use caution in open water, know your swimming ability and always wear a life jacket.


Today, at 12:30 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Hoover arm of Detroit Lake after a boat was reported to have capsized. When rescuers arrived they learned that 3 boaters two men and one woman were fishing in their 15' aluminum boat when one occupant stood up and the boat partially capsized.

All 3 occupants of the boat were thrown into the water. Nearby boaters saw the commotion and came to the aide of the fisherman. When the boat arrived two of the 3 occupants exited the water and the third was pulled from the water. Four nearby off duty firefighters with the Stayton, Gaston and Sublimity Fire Departments saw the rescue and came to assist. When they arrived the fireman performed CPR on the man until he could be Life Flighted to the Salem Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

At the time of the incident none of the occupants were wearing life preservers. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared at this time to release any names associated to the boating accident.

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Valley Teams Joining Forces to Combat Dangerous Driving Habits (Photo) - 06/21/17

Thursday, June 22nd, beginning at 7:30 a.m., law enforcement officials from across the Willamette Valley will be joining forces to detect and combat dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, following too close and distracted driving. The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police will be out working high volume traffic areas from Portland down to north Marion County.

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be working overtime to patrol the areas of River Road North, French Prairie Road NE, Highway 219, Ehlen Road NE, Highway 99 and Interstate 5. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 some 9,262 people died in speed related crashes? That is why Deputies and Troopers will be out in force to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws to help provide a safe travel experience to the residents and visitors of the Willamette Valley. Traffic operations like these are made possible by grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Hiker Rescued Jawbone Flats (Marion County) - 06/19/17

This Saturday, around 5:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Opal Creek Wilderness after a hiker experienced a medical emergency in the Jawbone Flats area. Trace Downen, 27, of Portland was hiking with his three brothers when he became ill.

Some 19 Rescuers hiked the four miles in to Mr. Downen and carried him back out to the trail head. Mr. Downen was flown to the Salem Airport by the Army Air National Guard and transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Mr. Downen was released from the hospital Sunday and is said to be at home recovering.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, the Stayton Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, Gates Fire Department and the Oregon Air National Guard.

No images of the rescue are available. The brother of Mr. Downing is willing to speak with media, his contact information can be obtained by emailing

Deputies Investigating Drowning Elkhorn Valley Campground ***Update 2*** - 06/19/17

Deputies have identified yesterday's drowning victim as Kendall Alexander, age 13, of Tigrad. Kendall was an eighth grade student at Fowler Middle School. Kendall was swimming with friends when he drowned after being swept down river. Adults swimming with Kendall attempted to reach him but were unsuccessful.

Yesterday's events are tragic and our thoughts are with the Alexander family. Kendall's drowning is the second death since our weather has begun to warm. Areas like the North Fork still have very high, swift and cold water. The Sheriff's Office recommends that any person recreating in open water should be wearing a life vest.

Kendall's family does not wish to release his photograph and they do not want to be contacted by media.


At 6:15 p.m., the body of the swimmer who drowned early today was recovered by on scene rescue personnel prior to the arrival of the dive team. The Sheriff's Office thoughts are with the family of the victim during this very difficult time. The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to share the victim's identity or gender, that information will be provided sometime Monday.


Around 4:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel were called to the Elkhorn Valley Camp Ground after a 13 year old swimmer went missing. The teen was swimming with friends when they went underwater and did not resurface.

Multiple rescuers are currently on scene assisting the swimmers friends who have become stranded on the opposite bank of the river. A dive team with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has been requested and is responding to attempt to recover the drowned teen.

There are no further details available at this time. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name or gender of the missing swimmer until their family can be located and notified. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release until sometime Monday. Due to the remote nature of this incident there are no images available for this release.

Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash (North Marion County) (Photo) - 06/17/17

At approximately 9:50 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Arndt Road NE and Bentz Road NE near Aurora after a single vehicle struck a power pole. The vehicle, a flatbed truck was traveling west when for unknown reasons it left the roadway and struck the power pole, sadly the driver died on scene.

Deputies will be on scene investigating for the next couple of hours. There are no other vehicles or people involved in the crash and traffic is not being affected. There are no additional details available at this time. The identity of the driver will not be released until sometime Monday.

There are currently no images available of the crash.

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Deputies Arrest Salem Man for Sexual Assault (Photo) - 06/08/17

On June 3rd, detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office began investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred within the 600 block of 45th Avenue NE near Salem. From their investigation detectives developed probable cause to arrest Lekory McCrae, age 21, of Salem for the crimes of Rape I and Sodomy I.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is ongoing and we are asking anyone with information regarding Mr. McCrae to call the Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8007. Or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411. You can remain anonymous.

Mr. McCrae is scheduled to be arraigned in the Marion County Circuit Court Annex at 3 p.m., today. The Sheriff's Office has no further comment regarding details of the ongoing criminal investigation.

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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 06/08/17

The 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: Sabre Eddings
SID#: 5747265
DOB: 01/04/1955

HEIGHT: 5' 06'' WEIGHT: 195lbs


Sabre Eddings is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime(s) of : PUB INDECENCY

This person was granted Supervision on: 10/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 10/13/2018

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol

Other: Eddings' victim pool includes adult and juvenile males and juvenile females.

Salem Teen Killed in Off Road Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 06/05/17

Yesterday evening, around 5:40 p.m., deputies were called to the 7000 block of 54th Avenue NE near Salem, after a Yamaha Rhino rolled over in a filbert orchard. When deputies arrived they quickly located the 17 year old male driver and his passenger a 16 year old female.

The driver was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated and later released, but tragically the female passenger died at the scene. Deputies identified the passenger as Kate Christofferson, age 16, a junior in high school at Salem Academy. Deputies learned from their investigation that the driver lost control of the vehicle and after slamming on the brakes rolled the utility task vehicle or "UTV" killing Ms. Christofferson instantly.

At the time of the crash neither teen was wearing their safety belts or helmets. Sergeant Todd Moquin of the Traffic Safety Team stated, "This is a tragic incident but a time for us to reflect as a community and ensure that when we are operating off road vehicles that we are utilizing safety precautions like seat belts and helmets." The Sheriff's Office does not intend on taking any action against the driver of the UTV and are treating this incident as a tragic accident.

The Chrisofferson family does not wish to have contact with the media and have asked the Sheriff's Office to act as a liaison for any media inquiries. The thoughts and prayers of the Sheriff's Office are with the Christofferson family and friends.

A list of rules surrounding off road vehicles can be found here:

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Salem Man Arrested After Firing Shots Into Residence (Photo) - 06/04/17

Today around 9:30 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4900 block of Buffalo Drive SE after a resident returned home and found their window broken out. After deputies arrived they determined the window had been shattered by two separate shotgun blasts sometime late last night.

While investigating the incident deputies identified the suspect in the shooting as the victim's ex-boyfriend Frank Dawson, age 49, of Salem. Mr. Dawson an employee of the Oregon Youth Authority was stopped near the victim's residence in his vehicle and taken into custody without incident. Mr. Dawson is at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Menacing , Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief II. Mr. Dawson is schedule to appear in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Circuit Court Annex.

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Man In Custody After Firing Gun (Hubbard) (Photo) - 06/04/17

This morning around 10:30 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 19000 block of Highway 99 E just north of Hubbard after a male allegedly shot at his brother. The victim who was not injured was able to escape the property and called 911. Deputies surrounded the location and evacuated local residents near the rural property.

At 12:15 p.m., while waiting for the Marion County SWAT Team to arrive the male, Michael Jon Perryman, age 41 came out of the house and surrendered to deputies. Mr. Perryman has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Menacing x 2 and the Unlawful Use of a Weapon. In addition to criminal charges Mr. Perryman will also be evaluated by our mental health professionals at the Marion County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners with the Woodburn Police Department, Hubbard Police Department, Oregon State Police, Salem Police Department, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and all of our 911 dispatchers'.

Sheriff's Office Seeks Public Input on Body Worn Cameras (Link To Survey Corrected) (Photo) - 06/01/17

Please use the following link to the survey:


In the fall of 2016, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was awarded a $99,000 grant to purchase and utilize body worn cameras. The grant made possible by the Bureau of Justice Assistance or (BJA) has provided the much needed funds to train, create policy and purchase 66 body worn cameras to be used by patrol deputies in Marion County.

As a part of our process for developing policy that best serves our community, we have developed a survey that we are asking our residents and visitors to take and provide us with feedback on how we can best implement our body worn cameras. The survey is available in English, Russian and Spanish; it is anonymous and takes about five minutes to complete.

A link to the survey can be found here: LINK CORRECTED ABOVE

Media) We are respectfully requesting you place a version of this story and the survey link on your web page so we may reach the largest population possible.

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Deputies Investigating Train Versus Vehicle Crash Near Hubbard (Photo) - 06/01/17

The victim in last nights vehicle versus train crash has been identified as Natalia Molodih, age 76, of Woodburn. Deputies determined that Ms. Molodih was driving her Chevrolet truck westbound over the tracks when she collided with the train. The Sheriff's Office does not believe it will ever be able to determine why Ms. Molodih collided with the train and have no evidence to support that the crash is anything more than a tragic accident.

The thoughts and prayers of the Sheriff's Office are with Ms. Molodih's family during this difficult time.


Deputies are continuing to investigate what caused a vehicle to collide with an Amtrak train earlier this evening. The Sheriff's Office has learned that the Amtrak train was southbound from Seattle heading to Eugene with 48 passengers.

The area of the collision is a private driveway in 18000 block of Highway 99 E directly west of Blackberry Lane NE near Hubbard. The track speed for the area is 79 miles per hour. One passenger was transported from the train with minor injuries to a local hospital.

Deputies will be on scene for the next couple of hours and the train has continued on to its destination. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any information about the driver of the vehicle until family of the deceased can be contacted and notified. That time frame is not yet known.


Tonight around 7:11 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Balckberry Lane NE and Highway 99 E near Hubbard after a vehicle and an Amtrak train collided.

Blackberry Lane is a private lane that intersects with the train tracks and is controlled by a stop sign. It appears the motorists was attempting to cross the tracks when it collided with the train. Tragically the lone occupant and driver of the vehicle was killed in the collision. Medical personnel are on scene and checking the occupants of the train for any injuries.

Deputies will be on scene for the next several hours investigating what lead up to the collision. Traffic on Highway 99 E is not currently affected by the collision or the investigation. There is currently no further details available. An additional release will follow however that timeframe is not yet known.

Firearm Stolen From Deputies Vehicle - 05/30/17

This Saturday, around 4:30 p.m., Marion County Deputy Pablo Garcia was fishing while off duty when his personal vehicle was broken into at the Clackamette Park in Oregon City. The unknown person entered the car by breaking the window allowing them access to steal Deputy Garcia's firearm and county issued cellular phone from the console of the vehicle.

The missing gun is a Glock, model 23, .40 caliber handgun with serial number GHV403 and the cellular phone is a Droid Turbo. Anyone with information regarding the theft, the location of the firearm or the phone is asked to call the Oregon City Police Department tip line at 503 496 1616.