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Cordon Rd Crash Picture
Cordon Rd Crash Picture
Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Serious Injury Crash in Northeast Salem (Photo) *** UPDATE #1 *** - 10/22/16

It turns out there were two children injured as a result of todays crash, which was reported to the Sheriff's Office at 11:58 a.m. The original 4 year old child, mentioned in the initial release, is reported to be in critical condition at a Portland area hospital. The second child is 6 years old and has been hospitalized for observation, also in a Portland area hospital.

What we know at this time is the vehicle in which the children were riding in was traveling north on Cordon road and turned to head west on Swegle, in front of another vehicle which was traveling south on Cordon. There wasn't enough distance between the two vehicles when the crash occurred.

Cordon road has now been completely open at the time of this release.

This is still an active investigation. We are asking for anyone with information regarding this crash to call lead investigator, Senior Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991-6743.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office has activated the CRASH Team to investigate a serious injury accident at Cordon Rd NE and Swegle Rd NE, involving a 4 year old child which was a passenger in one of the two vehicles.

Cordon Rd is blocked from Sunnyview Rd NE to Center St NE, please use alternate routes. It is when Cordon Rd will be reopened.

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Sheriff's Office investigates a shooting in Turner - 10/19/16

Last night around 11:00 pm, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 5400 block of Denver St SE in the city of Turner regarding a report of a subject who had been shot. The injured person was able to call for help themselves. The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment where they are still being attended to.

The victim in this case reported there were two male suspects. They were both described as being in their late teens or early twenties. The victim reported one of the males was wearing a dark colored baseball style cap with a paisley colored bandana around his face.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are working closely with the Turner Police Department in this investigation. There is no further interest in releasing information about the victim in this case including not releasing their name as of this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please call Detective Huitt at 503-540-8013.

Investigators do not believe there is any risk to the community resulting from this incident.

Pio duties for marion county sheriff's office - 10/17/16

Please refer any PIO related inquires to Sgt. Don Parise as I will be unavailable. I will let you know once I am available again. Sgt. Parise can be reached via email, or by his cell 503-932-8483. Thank you

Marion County Sheriff's Office Awarded Body Worn Camera Grant (Photo) - 10/13/16

Earlier this year, the Marion County Sheriff's Office submitted a grant application to help fund the implementation of body worn cameras for patrol deputies. The grant, provided by the Department of Justice under the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), was awarded to only 106 police agencies nationally.

Under the BJA grant, the Sheriff's Office was awarded $99,000 to purchase, maintain, train, and create policy surrounding body worn cameras. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office will match $80,000 for the purchase and maintenance of equipment to store the enormous amount of video data that will be collected.

Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "I have a high level of confidence in the decisions our deputies make every day. Technology like body worn cameras is simply the next step in providing additional transparency to those we serve. I must emphasize that we will continue to build community trust through everyday contacts, community engagements and positive relationships; body worn cameras do not replace those efforts. We are invested in this community, and we want the community to know and feel that. Like any technology, body worn cameras have limitations, which is why we intend to take a measured and thoughtful approach to the implementation." Once the grant funds are received, the Sheriff's Office will commence a work group consisting of stakeholders and subject matter experts to determine an implementation plan.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the dedicated staff who worked diligently to prepare a thorough application for the grant, as well as our community partners who submitted letters of support, including: Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau, Mano a Mano Family Center, Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Advisory Committee and the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash Near Stayton (Photo) - 10/13/16

Deputies have identified the cyclist and driver in today's fatal crash near Stayton. Charles Michael Phillips, age 46, of Aumsville was riding east on Shaff Road when he was struck by Wendy Jordan, age 38, of Aumsville as she was traveling east on Shaff Road.

Tragically Mr. Phillips was killed in the collision. Ms. Jordan was not injured in the collision. Ms. Jordan and Mr. Phillips were traveling to their places of work when the collision took place. This is still an ongoing investigation and it is unknown at this time if Ms. Jordan will face any charges related to the collision. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release until the collision investigation is completed, that time frame is not yet known.


Around 6:30 a.m., this morning, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Shaff Road SE near Rainwater Road SE near Stayton. When deputies arrived they found a single vehicle had struck a bicyclist killing the cyclist instantly.

Early indications show that the cyclist was traveling east on Shaff Road when an eastbound minivan struck the bicycle. The area the crash took place has very little shoulder and no lighting. At the time of the crash it was dark, rainy and the cyclist was wearing dark clothing and no light on the bicycle.

The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Identities of the involved will be released once the appropriate notifications have been made. Shaff Road was closed for 2 hours while investigators processed the scene, Shaff Road has now reopened for regular traffic.

Sheriff's Detectives Searching for Identities of Victims in Ongoing Sexual Assault Case (update) (Photo) - 10/11/16

Edward Ritters middle name is Christopher not Charles.


On May 15th, 2016, Marion County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested Edward Christopher Ritter, age 47, of Salem and executed a search warrant at his residence in the 4900 Block of Trails End Ct SE Salem. The warrant was executed after the Sheriff's Office received information through an initial investigation where the suspect allegedly assaulted an adult female victim.

Since May, Detectives have identified additional potential minor victims associated to Mr. Ritter. Detectives are asking that if you or your children have had interactions with Mr. Ritter please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-540-8079. Mr. Ritter is currently in the Marion County Jail being held on $300,000 bail, his next court appearance is set for November 18th at 2:00 p.m.

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Stayton Resident Rescued After Fall At Salmon Falls (Photo) - 09/28/16

Yesterday, around 12:30 p.m., rescue personnel from the Stayton Fire District, Gates Fire District, Lyons Ambulance, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the Salmon Falls Park, 34500 North Fork Rd SE, for a male that had fallen off the rocks.

Jeremy Ellis, age 35, of Stayton, reported his friend, Aden Pader, age 17, of Stayton, had fallen about 20' from the top of the falls onto the rocks below. The pair had been kicking a piece of wood over the edge when Pader fell.

Mr. Eliis flagged down a Marion County Public Works crew that was working nearby and they radioed for help. The public works crew provided first aid until additional help could arrive.

15 emergency responders and Public Works personnel moved Pader from the rocks via raft and carried him up several hundred feet to a waiting ambulance. Pader was transported to Santiam Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Sheriff's Office would like to remind park visitors that a emergency call box is clearly marked and available at the Salmon Falls Park, the box contains a phone that is a direct link to 911 dispatchers.

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Deputies Investigating Robbery at Jefferson Convenience Store ***Update***(Photo) (Photo) - 09/27/16

Last night acting on several anonymous tips deputies contacted, interviewed and later arrested Jeremiah Greiser, age 20, of Keizer. Mr. Grieser has been identified as the primary suspect in Saturday's robbery of a convenience store in Jefferson.

Mr. Greiser is in custody in the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Robbery I and Menacing. Mr. Greiser is scheduled to be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m., at the Circuit Court Annex. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our residents for collaborating with the Sheriff's Office to improve safety within our community. Thanks to brave citizens the Sheriff's Office has arrested a murder and robbery suspect within 24 hours and none of this could have been accomplished without credible tips from our community.


On Saturday 09/24 around 2:00 a.m., a black, male adult, wearing Nike batting gloves and a gas mask entered the Center Market located at 237 N 2nd Street in Jefferson. The male brandished a handgun, took the clerk behind the counter and demanded money. The clerk complied with the man's orders who then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male is described as 5'10" tall, thin, with light colored pants and black socks. Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect pictured to please call Deputy Higgins at 503-932-0939, you can remain anonymous.

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Deputies Investigating Shooting NE Salem***Update 4 Suspect In Custody*** (Photo) - 09/26/16

Today, detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office detained and later arrested, Isaiah Robert Garcia, age 18, of Salem. Mr. Garcia is the suspect in the shooting death of Leonardo Martinez-Hernandez, age 25, of Salem. The shooting took place yesterday in a parking lot off of 47th Avenue NE in Salem yesterday.

Mr. Garcia has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Murder and 2 counts of Attempted Murder. Mr. Garcia is suspected of shooting at Mr. Hernandez and two other juveniles after a gang related confrontation. Mr. Garcia is set to appear in court tomorrow at the Circuit Court annex at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Garcia's booking image will be available once he has been processed into our facility.


Detectives are seeking the vehicle pictured in connection to today's shooting. The truck appears to be a late model, two wheel drive Nissan, with faded blue paint, plastic bed liner and chrome wheels. If you know where to locate this vehicle please call the sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.


Detectives are continuing their investigation into today's shooting. The man shot earlier was taken to Salem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died. Deputies are looking for any information regarding a dark or light blue, 1980's Toyota truck occupied by a hispanic male. If you have any information regarding this incident please call Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. Detectives are investigating the incident as a potential gang related shooting. The victim's name will not be released until an autopsy can be performed late tomorrow afternoon.


Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a shooting that took place in a parking lot in the 3600 block of 47th Avenue NE around 12:45 p.m., today. One man has been shot and taken to Salem Hospital with what deputies are describing as life threatening injuries.

Very little information is known about what led up to the shooting and deputies are seeking anyone who may have been in the area who can provide a description or information regarding anyone involved. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details pertaining to the victim or the incident at this time.