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Investigators Arrest Silverton Man Following Friday Night Shooting (Correction) (Photo) - 04/03/21

***** Correction, victim is 37-years-old****

On Friday, April 2nd, 2021, at about 7:23 p.m., a local hospital notified deputies a 27-year-old patient with multiple gunshot wounds had been brought to the hospital by family members.  As deputies began investigating they learned the shooting occurred at a rural property on Bridge Creek Road SE near Silverton.  Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office were called in to lead the investigation. 

As the initial investigation unfolded, detectives determined the shooting had occurred during a disturbance involving the victim and his father.  Deputies responded to the Bridge Creek Road property where the victim’s father ultimately surrendered peacefully.

The father of the victim, Willie Madewell, a 72-year-old Silverton man was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged.  Madwell has been charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  Madewell is scheduled to be arraigned s://2">on April 5th, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries during the incident.

Fuel Tanker 3
Fuel Tanker 3
***Update 4/2/21*** Fuel Tanker Crash Leads to Evacuation of 12 Homes (Photo) - 04/02/21

On March 23rd, 2021, deputies were called to the scene of a crash involving a fuel tanker which overturned on Golf Club Road SE, Stayton. During the crash, a large quantify of fuel was spilled from the vehicle, leaving Golf Club Road closed for several days to allow time for hazardous materials cleanup crews to remove contaminated soil and for the roadway to be repaired.

Officials from Marion County Public Works have continued to communicate with contractors working at the spill site. To date, over 5700 tons of contaminated soil has been removed. Contractors anticipate Golf Club Road being reopened later this afternoon, April 2nd, 2021.

Deputies have identified the driver involved in the crash as Robert Boyce, 64, of Gervais. Boyce has been charged with reckless driving and reckless endangering. Boyce is scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court later this month.


Since the crash involving the fuel tanker on March 23rd, Golf Club Road has remained closed, open only to local traffic. Marion County Public Works is in active communication with contracted hazardous material clean up crews working on site to ensure the removal of contaminated soils and damage repairs are conducted in a safe and timely manner. Public Works officials are advised that the closure on Golf Club Road will remain in effect over the weekend and into next week.

**************** Original Release from 3/23/21************************

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on March 23rd, 2021, deputies were dispatched to the report of a fuel tanker involved in a roll-over crash in the 9500 block of Golf Club Road SE near Stayton.  When emergency crews arrived on scene, they located a 2019 Kenworth fuel truck and trailer belonging to Oregon Petroleum Transport Company overturned on the side of the roadway, leaking fuel.  The driver was not injured in the crash.

Officials from the Stayton Fire Department requested a hazardous materials team from the Salem Fire Department respond to help contain the spill.  Deputies coordinated with the Stayton Police Department and Oregon State Police to evacuate 12 nearby residents who were able to take temporary shelter at the Stayton Community Center until additional assistance was provided by the American Red Cross. 

Deputies and fire crews remained on scene for several hours while the remaining fuel in the tanker and trailer were pumped out to another vehicle.  Prior to the crash, the vehicle was carrying approximately 11,400 gallons of fuel.  Initial estimates at the scene indicate as much as 2,300 gallons of fuel were spilled during the crash. 

Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team and the Marion County Weighmaster were called to the scene to investigate.  Interviews at the scene lead deputies to believe driver fatigue may have played a role in the crash.  No charging decision has been made at this time.

Golf Club Road will continue to remain closed to traffic until hazardous material cleanup crews are able to complete a safety assessment of the spill area, remove and replace contaminated soils and make any required repairs to the roadway. There is no current estimate for when the roadway will reopened to vehicle traffic.

The response to this crash involved extensive coordination between several partner agencies.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Stayton Fire Department, Stayton Police Department, Marion County Public Works, Oregon State Police, Salem Fire Department, and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office for their collaborative efforts during this response.

Attached Media Files: Fuel Tanker 3 , Fuel Tanker 2 , Fuel Tanker
Vehicle of Interest
Vehicle of Interest
Investigators Seek Tips Following Shots Fired Call (Photo) - 03/30/21

A few minutes after 12:00 p.m., on March 30th, 2021, deputies were called to the area of Brown Road NE near Indiana Avenue NE to the report of shots being fired.  The 911 caller reported seeing two vehicles leaving the area at the time the shots were fired.  Deputies found one of the involved vehicles in the nearby area.  The second vehicle, a four-door Honda, was not located.  There are no reports of any injuries from the incident though shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Investigators obtained surveillance footage and are seeking community tips to help identify the people in the four-door Honda seen in the area at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032 or submit an anonymous tip online at

Attached Media Files: Vehicle of Interest , Brown Road
Scene Processing
Scene Processing
Investigators Seek Tips After Shooting Leaves Two 17-Year-Olds Injured ***Update***(Photo) (Photo) - 03/28/21

***Update - 3/28/21 @ 11:42 a.m.***

On March 24th, 2021, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting which occurred in the back parking lot of Four Corners Elementary School in the unincorporated area of Salem.  Two 17-year-old males were found at the scene with gunshot wounds and were taken to a local hospital.  Since the day of the shooting, one of the victims had remained hospitalized with critical injuries.  Tragically, the 17-year-old succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning, March 27th, 2021.  The second victim who sustained non-life threatening injuries has been released from the hospital.

At the request of the family, the victim’s name will not be released at this time.  As the family continues to grieve the loss of their loved one, they are requesting privacy and no contact from the media.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are continuing to follow investigative leads.  No additional suspects have been arrested or charged in connection with the shooting.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or submit information online at  Due to this being an open and ongoing investigation, no additional information is available for release.

**********************Original Media Release 3/25/21 @ 9:03 a.m.**********************************

On March 24th, 2021, at approximately 4:19 p.m., 911 callers reported hearing shots fired in the area of Durbin Ave SE at Wiley Ln SE in the unincorporated area of Salem.  Two victims with gunshot wounds were located in the back parking lot of Four Corners Elementary School when deputies arrived.  Medics from Marion County Fire District #1 transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators remained at the scene for several hours searching for evidence and canvassing the area.  Initial information lead investigators to believe this shooting occurred during a suspected marijuana deal.

The two shooting victims have been identified by investigators; their names will not be released due to being minors.  The first victim, a 17 year old male, is currently in critical condition.  The second victim, also a 17-year-old male, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Two additional 17-year-old juvenile males were detained in the area and one gun was recovered.  One of the juveniles was charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Theft in the First Degree.  The other juvenile was released to their parents.

Investigators are seeking community tips which may help identify additional suspects involved in the shooting.  Tips can be submitted online at or by calling our tip line at 503-540-8079.

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Silverton Road; Deputies Investigating (Photo) ***Correction*** - 03/17/21

Correction:  The original release provided conflicting information with regards to the pedestrians medical status.  Tragically after being hospitalized since March 15th, they died as a result of their injuries earlier today, March 17th.


On Monday, March 15th, 2021, at 2:13 p.m., deputies responded to Silverton Road NE at Brown Road NE where a pedestrian was reported to have been struck by a vehicle.  As first responders arrived on scene, the 50 year-old pedestrian was found in the roadway with serious injuries.  Medics from the Marion County Fire District transported the pedestrian to a local hospital.

Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate.  Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the pedestrian was crossing Silverton Road when they were struck by a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado which was turning west onto Silverton Road from Brown Road NE. 

The pedestrian has been identified as Christian Kennedy, a 50-year-old man from Salem.  Kennedy remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Tragically, the pedestrian did not survive the incident, succumbing to their injuries earlier today, on March 17th, 2021. 

The driver of the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado remained at the scene and was not injured during the collision.  The investigation into the crash is ongoing at this time, no further information is available for release. 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this response by Marion County Fire District #1, Marion County Public Works, and the Keizer Police Department.

Attached Media Files: Road_Closure.jpg
Investigators Seek Help Identifying Food Cart Burglars (Photo) - 03/17/21

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, law enforcement officers from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard Police Department, and Woodburn Police Department began investigating a string of food cart burglaries in northern Marion County.

Officers from the Hubbard Police Department reported during the burglary of the Little Axaca food cart the suspect was interrupted by the business owner.  The owner told officers at about 7:30 a.m. they arrived at the food cart, only to find a suspect still inside of the business.  The suspect ran to a nearby vehicle where there was a driver waiting inside.

The suspect fleeing from the Little Axaca food cart is described as a white male adult with blonde or light brown hair.  He is estimated to be in his 20’s, and between 5’7 and 6’0 tall with a medium build.

The vehicle waiting nearby is believed to be a newer dark blue Kia Sorento or similar vehicle.  The driver is described as a white male adult with brown or black hair, possibly in their 20’s.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the burglaries to contact either:


Officer Glen Bentley – Hubbard Police Department

(503) 981-8739 ext 266">


Deputy  Corey Larned – Marion County Sheriff’s Office

(503) 983-3080">


Also, anonymous tips can be submitted to