Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Sheriff's Deputies Warn Of Scammers Calling Marion County Residents
With the holiday season comes an increase in holiday crime, including scams and unfortunately the targets of these crimes are often senior citizens. The Marion County Sheriff's Office is already experiencing a higher than average volume of citizens calling to report that they are receiving phone calls from people posing as debt collectors and demanding money. These citizens are being threatened with arrest by the scammers, if the debt is not paid.
Unfortunately, most of these crimes are generated from outside of the United States and there is very little that law enforcement can do to stop it. Citizens must be proactive, be aware and protect themselves through education.
Below are a few educational tips, as well as two web pages you can visit to learn more about fraud.
1. DO NOT respond to e-mails, mail, telephone solicitations, raffles or contests from unknown entities.
2. DO NOT answer e-mail warnings that have "undisclosed recipients" in the address line, a blank space next to "Dear," numerous spelling errors, and/or awkward English.
3. DO NOT e-mail personal or financial information, including credit card or bank account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, etc. Most internet e-mail is NOT secure.
4. DO NOT be fooled by legitimate-looking e-mails, even if they contain logos, pictures, copyrights or names of legitimate businesses.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
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Marion County K9 Captures Fugitive
Bernards and Rolo
On December 8th at 9:35 p.m. Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner Rolo were called to help the Linn County Sheriff's Office in the 400 block of SW Ivy Street in Mill City.
Linn County Deputies had attempted to arrest Clinton Swearigen age 30 on several outstanding warrants when he fled into a vacant residence. The residence was surrounded by law enforcement from the Linn and Marion County Sheriff Office's. Attempts to negotiate with Mr. Swearigen were made and several warnings were given prior to the release of Rolo however, Mr. Swearigen refused to surrender.
Rolo located Mr. Swearigen hiding inside of a closet in the vacant residence and seized Mr. Swearigen. Mr. Swearigen resisted Rolo and Deputies until he was handcuffed. Mr. Swearigen was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries during his arrest.
He is currently in the Linn County Jail for the charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Entry of a Motor Vehicle, four outstanding Bench Warrants and Theft in the Third Degree.
Deputy Buchholz Released From Hospital
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is very pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon Deputy Jim Buchholz was released from the hospital. Deputy Buchholz is now beginning the recovery process.
The Sheriff's Office and the Buchholz family would like to thank all first responders, hospital staff, citizens, law enforcement and fire department personnel for their encouraging words, acts of kindness and family support.
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "We are wishing Jim a speedy and healthy recovery and would like to thank our community for their overwhelming support of Deputy Buchholz throughout this difficult situation. Your support of our Office is one of the many reasons we work hard to make Marion County a safer and stronger community."
Deputy Buchholz is not available for interviews, and any questions pertaining to the investigation should be directed to the Salem Police Department or the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Sheriff's Office On Scene With Multiple Shots Fired ***Update 4***
On Friday December 6th at approximately 9:00 a.m. the Silverton Police Department began a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. This pursuit left the city of Silverton heading south into a rural portion of Marion County. The sheriff's office was requested for assistance and responded to the general area where this incident took place. Prior to the sheriff's office arrival the pursuit was terminated by Silverton after they lost sight of the vehicle.
While searching the area, the stolen vehicle was found by Sheriff's deputies in a field near 117th and Sunnyview Road NE. While processing the stolen vehicle witnesses reported seeing a male suspect associated with the vehicle on foot and in the area. Witnesses told deputies that the man was armed with multiple guns.
Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted with a search for the male suspect in this rural area. After several hours of searching the suspect was not located. As officers and deputies were preparing to leave the area Deputy Jim Buchholz, a 9 year veteran with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, located the suspect near a Christmas tree farm field and attempted to arrest him.
During this arrest incident gunfire was exchanged and Deputy Buchholz sustained a gun shot wound.
Deputy Buchholz then retreated to cover, deployed a medical kit and began treating his own wound. Other law enforcement officers arrived and there was additional gunfire. At some point the suspect was shot and was taken into custody.
"I'm very proud of Deputy Buchholz actions in this very dangerous situation, Deputy Buchholz demonstrated quick thinking and heroic actions which saved his life and the lives of other responding law enforcement officers." said Sheriff Jason Myers.
A very thorough investigation, in accordance with the Marion County Senate Bill 111 plan, is being led by the Salem Police Department.
The Sheriff's Office will be available to media to answer any questions regarding our staff but will not have any further statements regarding the status of the investigation or its progress. All of those inquires should be directed to the Salem Police Department Public Information Officer.
To meet everyone's needs we will be moving our conference to 11:30. So to reiterate a prepared statement and question period will be made available on scene at 11:30 a.m.
The final information being released this evening is that both the suspect and the Deputy are recovering in the hospital from non-life threatening injuries. Investigators will return to the scene tomorrow to begin processing evidence. The Sherrif's Office will also return to the scene at 10:30 am with a prepared statement. It will be at this time that we will be available for any interviews, comments or questions.
Based on the inclement weather and extreme darkness the scene will be closed until morning. No further information will be released until the scene is reopened in the a.m. I will update this release with the time the scene and investigators will return shortly.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is currently on scene and engaged in a very high risk tactical operation in the area of 117th and Sunnyview Road NE. The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by numerous agencies from inside of Marion County. We can confirm that multiple shots have been fired and one deputy has been injured. Although there is no immediate threat to the public we are encouraging neighbors in the area to remain indoors. We are not prepared to comment any further and the PIO is not available at this time for comment
Sheriff's Office Experiencing High Volume Of Traffic Related Calls - 12/06/13
With inclement weather often comes traffic delays and traffic crashes. Currently the Marion County Sherriff's Office, surrounding agencies and their perspective public works departments are experiencing a higher than average volume of calls for service.
Currently if you are involved in a traffic collision and call for a tow truck in Marion County you can expect up to a ninety minute delay. The Marion County Sherriff's Office is asking citizens to avoid driving if possible. If you must drive please stick to flat routes, drive slowly and give yourself plenty of stopping distance.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash and you are not blocking the roadway and are not injured, please exchange driving and insurance information with the other party and then proceed about your way. If you are involved in a single vehicle crash please attempt to move your vehicle from the roadway and call a tow truck if needed.
Man Dies Tragically After Becoming Disoriented ***Update***
Photographs have been added of Mr. Burwick and his late wife.
On Wednesday the 4th the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to what appeared to be a motor vehicle crash in the 5600 block of Center Street NE. Tragically this was not the case.
According to family George Burwick age 76 left his residence in the 4800 block of Lancaster Drive NE on the evening of the 3rd. Mr. Burwick had been suffering from some memory loss according to Harlen Bell Mr. Burwick's son. Mr. Bell stated, "I think he just got lost."
According to deputies it appears Mr. Burwick exited his vehicle, tripped, fell and hit his head. By the time Mr. Burwick was found it is believed he had spent several hours out in the elements. Mr. Burwick was transported to the Salem Hospital but unfortunately he passed away.
The Sheriff's Office does not know the official cause of Mr. Burwick's death but foul play is not suspected. Mr. Burwick spent 25 years in the Navy and an additional 11 years with the City of Salem as a Parking Enforcement Official, he retired in 1980.
Family states he will truly be missed. The family of Mr. Burwick has requested that any questions be directed through the Marion County Public Information Officer and they appreciate privacy during their time of grieving.
Pictures of Mr. Burwick will be available later this evening.
Wanted Man Found Hiding Under Baby Crib In North East Salem
On Tuesday December 3rd Senior Deputy Jason Hickam was called to the 3600 block of 47th Ave NE by the Department of Human Services. Deputy Hickam was there to check on the welfare of a two year old and six month old child who were reported as being left unsupervised by their mother Solina Butler age 22.
It was also alleged that Ms. Butler was allowing the children to have contact with her boyfriend Hector Ramirez-Chacon age 26 who had a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.
When deputies arrived at the house they found Ms. Butler and her two children inside of the residence. During the investigation of Ms. Butler she was found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest for Theft III.
After Ms. Butler was arrested deputies learned that Mr. Ramirez-Chacon was inside of the residence and hiding under a crib. Mr. Ramnirez-Chacon refused to come out from under the crib and resisted arrest. Deputies used a Taser to subdue Mr. Ramirez-Chacon and he was taken into custody without injury to himself or the deputies.
Later deputies searched the residence and located a small amount of what they believed to be methamphetamine. As a result of the investigation both children were removed from the home for their safety.
Mr. Ramirez-Chacon did comment to Deputy Hickam that "Under the crib is his best hiding spot." In addition to his warrants Mr. Ramirez-Chacon was charged with the crimes of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Resisting arrest.
Ms. Butler was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Interfering with a Police Officer. Both were taken to the Marion County Jail.
Changes To The Marion County Sheriff PIO Release Process
In an effort to simplify the release of information and to expand this information to a wider audience the Sheriff's Office is making a few changes to the PIO process.
1.All media inquires should be directed to 503-584-MCSO(6276)
This line automatically forwards to the PIO and therefore the posting of a PIO schedule to the media is no longer required. In addition by selecting option zero "0" a recording of the most recent release can be heard in case the PIO is not immediately available for an interview.
2.Links to media releases and other information can also be found on our Twitter account "@MCSOintheknow".
3.Finally we have created a Facebook page which will contain photographs, links to media releases and events taking place within the Sheriff's Office and I have pasted that direct link below.
Please add the new number to your lists, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Meet the New Marion County S.O. PIO Sgt. Chris Baldridge
PIO Sgt. Baldridge
PIO Don Thomson will be retiring from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, effective today (November 26th). I would like to thank each of you for your professionalism and patience during our contacts. It, unfortunately, was often the horrific events of the day that brought us together; each to do our different jobs. I think together, we generally handled it well. We always welcome suggestions for improvement.
My full-time replacement going forward will be Sergeant Chris Baldridge. He is a very talented police officer with years of experience. I think you'll find working with him quite enjoyable. He can be reached at 503.991.6389 or Cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
. I would encourage you to reach out to him and get to know him ahead of the first time you'll call for information on a Marion County event.
For the remainder of the week, Sgt. Baldridge will be handling the PIO duties starting today and going through Thursday the 28th.
Sgt. Jeffrey Stutrud will relieve him for Friday and Saturday (29th & 30th). Sgt. Stutrud can be reached at 503.932.3284 or Jstutrud@co.marion.or.us
Sergeant Baldridge will assume the PIO duties again on Sunday morning, December 1st.
Please be sure that this information gets to your front-line reporters as my cell phone will be turned off today and we want to be able to provide them timely & needed information for their work.
Commanders Schultz and Lorance will no longer be involved in the PIO relief duties, so please refrain from calling them at all hours of the day or night. :o)
Again, it's been a pleasure; wishing you all a happy holiday season and a bright future.
8-Hour Stand-Off Ends With Rescue of 2-year old Child
Turner Hostage Scene
A 2-year old girl is safe and a Turner man is in custody following an 8-hour stand-off with law enforcement personnel on Friday night.
Responding to the report of a domestic disturbance, two Turner Police Officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 7300 block of Third Street SE, about 9:30pm. Shortly after arriving, they encountered a man and woman descending the stairs from a second story apartment. The officers tried to speak with the couple, but the man immediately drew a gun and fired several shots in the direction of the officers. Both took cover and did not return fire. Neither was hit by the bullets. At the same time, the woman tried to run away from the man, but she was struck by his gunfire and fell to the ground.
The man ran up the stairs into the second floor apartment. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the call for assistance from the Turner Officers and set up a perimeter around the building. The female was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect remained in the apartment where he held the child hostage for the next 8 hours.
Law enforcement personnel from numerous agencies responded to assist with this investigation. SWAT teams from Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Salem Police Department, and the Oregon State Police teamed up to each take 4-hour shifts to maintain the perimeter security in the 30 degree temperatures.
Salem Police & Marion County hostage negotiators spent several hours talking and texting with the suspect trying to convince him to release his hostage.
Residents of the apartment complex were evacuated by SWAT team members. The Turner Fire District opened their main fire station to serve as a command post and to provide shelter for the evacuated residents.
By 5:30am, the negotiations had not resulted in the suspect's surrender. Shortly after, Salem SWAT team members made a tactical entry into the apartment and took the suspect into custody and rescued the child.
The suspect is identified as Dustin Michael Bryant, 24. He suffered a minor injury during the arrest and was treated at the Salem Hospital before being booked into the Marion County Jail. The charges are pending at this time. A booking photo will be added later today.
The identities of the adult female shooting victim and her 2-year old child are being withheld at this time, pending notification of her family.
The names of the Salem Officers involved in the apartment rescue are also being withheld at this time.
The HART (Homicide Assault Response Team) was called in to conduct the investigation. The team is comprised of experienced investigators from several local police agencies.
Further information will be released as the investigation unfolds.
Sheriff Jason Myers Named to National Committee
Sheriff Jason Myers
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers has been selected as a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening over the next three years at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious panel, consisting of approximately thirty of the leading policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the nation, will help shape the meaning and future of community corrections in the United States. The Session aims to develop best practices and thinking for professionals across the public safety and criminal justice spectrum.
Members of the Executive Session are nominated and ultimately selected by a core steering committee based on the individual's influence, standing and reputation for innovativeness and forward thinking. Sheriff Myers is the sole representative from the State of Oregon.
Sheriff Myers attended the first meeting of the Session in September, 2013. He commented, "After attending the first meeting, I realized that we truly have some great, cutting edge programs in place in Marion County. I see the Executive Session as an opportunity for us to share some of those ideas with the rest of the country and to learn about other best practices from leading experts and academics and to bring those back to Oregon. I'm honored to have been selected for this Executive Session, and I look forward to positive changes in community corrections."
The executive Session on Community Corrections is forming at an appropriate time, now that the national conversation regarding correctional policies has shifted to a reform movement as states explore new strategies for managing a growing prison and jail populations and historically high corresponding budgets. American correctional policy may well be shaped by the work of the session.
Members of the Session include leaders in probation, parole, corrections, judiciary, policing and prosecution, advocates, scholars, elected officials and experienced observers of U.S. correctional policies.
The Session will continue to meet several times through the Spring of 2016. More information about Harvard's Executive Sessions can be found at: www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/criminaljustice/research-publications/executive-sessions
Temporary MCSO PIO Coverage
Sergeant Chris Baldridge will be handling the MCSO PIO duties on Friday, November 15th. He can be reached at email@example.com
PIO Don Thomson will resume PIO duties on Saturday morning. His contact number is 503.932.8002
Resource Center for Released Inmates Moves
In an effort to continue services and enhance evidence-based transitional assistance to individuals who have recently been released from incarceration, the De Muniz Resource Center has been relocated to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Work Center, 3940 Aumsville highway SE, in Salem. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
Commander Jeff Wood of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole & Probation Division commented, "More than 500 people are released into Marion County communities each year. 48% of those released are immediately homeless, 60-70% have a substance abuse problem and most have no viable transportation. Over the last 30-years, research has clearly shown that the first 90 days after release from prison are the most risky in terms of re-arrest. The services provided by the De Muniz center offer hope to many of our clients and clearly reduce their potential to reoffend."
The Center was opened in January 2011, thanks to the vision of then Supreme Court Justice Paul De Muniz, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson, and a generous contribution from a local donor. Operated by the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, the Center serves these individuals as an integral member of the Marion County Reentry Initiative.
Center staff members are available to assist with needs assessments, problem solving and connections to resources.
These services include:
* Legal assistance
* Employment and education assistance
* GED support
* Assistance obtaining an Oregon I.D.
* Housing assistance and referrals
* Access to mentors
* Parenting classes
* Basic Needs (clothing, hygiene items, food, etc.)
* Health and mental health assistance
* Cognitive programming
Since opening, funding sources have included federal grants, private donations, government support, and local contributions. Current funding comes through the Marion County Sheriff's Office through a contract with the Oregon Department of Corrections to provide reentry planning for inmates releasing to Marion County. Space is being provided at no cost to the Center.
For more information, visit http://marioncountyreentry.com/
or contact Center Coordinator Craig Bazzi at (503)990-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org