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*** UPDATE #1 *** Marion county Sheriff's Office Search For Two Overdue Hikers - 07/21/17

We are pleased to report the two missing hikers have been located, in the jawbone flats of the recreation area. This was about 1 1/2 miles south of the whetstone mountain area where it was believed they had last texted family from. They are not requesting any medical attention and appear to be healthy.


Deputies and volunteers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office along with Linn County Sheriff's Office are searching for two overdue hikers in the Opal Creek recreation area. The search began this morning for the couple, a 19 year old male and 21 year old female who set out for a day hike yesterday. They texted family yesterday at around 5:40 pm saying if they didn't hear from them by midnight that they may need help. The two are avid hikers and it is believed they have adequate supplies with them. Search crews are working on air operations to assist with this search.

A command post has been established at the Elkhorn Fire Station, which will also be a staging location for media. As additional information becomes available, additional press releases will be sent out.

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Deputies on scene of a gunshot wound (Photo) - 07/19/17

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a subject shot. At approximately 5:30 pm today, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Lancaster Dr NE to the reports of a victim who was shot. As Deputies were responding, additional information was called into 911 to report a suspect was leaving the scene of the shooting.

Deputies arrived on scene to find a 35 year old white male adult, that had a single gunshot wound. The victim was treated on scene by fire and medical personnel and later transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Other responding deputies searched the area of Portland Rd and Hayesville for the suspect. At this time deputies have not located the suspect, who is described as Hispanic male in his 20's wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt with his hood over his head. The suspect was described as 5 foot 9 inches tall with a thin build riding a bicycle described as a "beach cruiser".

Deputies will be processing the scene for some time into the evening. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to call 503-588-5032. We do not anticipate releasing further information this evening.

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Deputies Searching For Missing California Man (Photo)*******SUBJECT LOCATED******** - 07/18/17

Mr Carpenter has been located and reunited with his family. An observant citizen recognized Mr Carpenter as the missing person and called Keizer Police at approximately 3:30Pm on 7-17-17 . Keizer Police Officers responded to Burger King and made contact with Mr Carpenter who was ultimately reunited with his family safely.

This will be the last update on this release.


Today at 5:00 p.m., Marion County deputies were altered by family members that Richard Carpenter, age 73 was missing. Mr. Carpenter came to Salem last night to live with family and receive medical care.

At 8:00 a.m., this morning Mr. Carpenter left his residence in the 4000 block of Wyant Court NE and has not yet returned. Mr. Carpenter has numerous health conditions and family is concerned for his safety. Mr. Carpenter is a white male, 5'09" tall, 100 pounds with gray hair, blue eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black belt and an unknown colored plaid shirt. Mr. Carpenter is driving a black 2008, Cadillac SRX, California license number 6BAN631.

If you see Mr. Carpenter you are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032.

***Vehicle pictured is a similar make and model being driven by Mr. Carpenter***

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Bystanders Rescue 4 Year Old After Drowning ***Loc Correction North Fork County Park*** (Photo) - 07/16/17

Today around 3:00 p.m., 4 strangers leapt into action after a 4 year old boy was swept down river at the North Fork County Park reaction area in east Marion County. The boy who was standing with his father and siblings next to the water's edge, ended up in the river after his father looked away for only a few moments. The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.

That's when two men Jason McDade and Christian Lozano jumped into action pulling the boy from the water. On the beach a certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and a registered nurse Maryela Lozano began CPR the boy's lifeless body. When paramedics arrived the boy was again breathing and he was transported to Santiam Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. The child was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind all of our visitors and residents that recreating in open water can be dangerous so please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water. We would also like to thank all of the rescuers who worked together to save a young boys life.

***Media 2 of the rescuers have agreed to interviews their contact information can be obtained by emailing***

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Oregon Farm Bureau and Sheriff's Office Team Up For Harvest Safety Message (Photo) - 07/14/17

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A blue pick-up truck driving 55 mph slams on its brakes and comes within feet of a giant tractor slowly making its way down a rural road in Marion County. The truck blares its horn and sharply swerves left, aggressively speeding past the tractor and into a blind curve. Thankfully, this was only a staged scene for a video organized by Oregon Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office to demonstrate what NOT to do.

Together the Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are working together to alert motorists that summer harvest is in full swing in the Willamette Valley -- meaning large, slow-moving farm equipment will occasionally travel on rural roads, moving from farm to field. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski, OFB Health & Safety Committee Vice Chair Anne Rigor, and representatives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office met at Pearmine Farms in Gervais, owned by Molly Pearmine McCargar and Ernie Pearmine of Marion County Farm Bureau, and talked safety.

"We're reminding drivers to slow down, be patient, and use caution when encountering a tractor on the road," said John Zielinski, president of Marion County Farm Bureau. "This is the time of year when you'll see large combines moving between grass seed fields and smaller tractors driving between fruit orchards." Farmers do their best to avoid moving equipment during high-traffic times, said Zielinski, but during peak harvest season, when the fruit is ripe or the grass seed is at the right dryness, sometimes there's no choice.
With Oregon's ever-increasing population, more people are driving on rural roads than ever before, said Sergeant Todd Moquin, of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team. For example, he estimated that the once lightly traveled McKay Road between Newberg and I-5 sees over 10,000 cars a day. Sergeant Moquin's message for drivers: "Slow down. If you're going to pass a tractor, make sure you're making a legal pass, not on a curve, and with plenty of room."

Whether a giant combine or a small orchard-sized tractor, farm equipment is designed to travel at speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour (mph) and must display a reflective, triangular, orange-and-red, slow-moving-vehicle sign if going out on public roads. It can be surprising just how slow 25 mph is on a highway. A tractor that appears to be far on the horizon can end up directly in front of a fast-moving car within seconds.

"If you're driving 55 mph on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 mph, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor," said Anne Rigor, vice chair of the OFB Health & Safety Committee and member of Benton County Farm Bureau. "In low light, it's even harder to judge how fast you're approaching a slow-moving farm vehicle," said Rigor.

Promoting rural road safety is a personal matter for Zielinksi, who lost a friend and fellow farmer in a deadly accident. Scott Miller, who served with Zielinski on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, was killed in 2014 when a car rear-ended his tractor, which was pulling a trailer. "Too many people underestimate how dangerous it is when you don't slow down or try to pass a tractor recklessly," said Zielinski.
In fact, in 2015, there were 54 traffic accidents involving farm equipment, resulting in 30 serious injuries and one death, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. In 2014, there were 40 accidents with 34 injuries and three deaths.

To provide safety tips for both farmers and motorists, the OFB Health & Safety Committee offers its Rural Road Safety brochure. "The brochure provides tips that help save lives," said Rigor. "It's heartbreaking to hear about injuries or deaths involving tractors that could've been avoided if drivers had simply slowed down or farmers took a few simple steps."
Tips for motorists include:

* If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
* Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
* If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the vehicle you will pass.
* If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
* Do not pass if you are in a designated "No Passing Zone" or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
* Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator's hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways, or a place the vehicle might turn.
Safety tips for farmers include:
* Oregon law requires a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 25 mph. Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every two to three years.
* Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective tape and reflectors. Consider installing retrofit lighting on older machinery to increase visibility.
* Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance spotlights can be mistaken for headlights.
* Be aware of heavy traffic patterns.
* Consider installing mirrors on equipment so you can see motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.
* When moving multiple farm vehicles down a highway, drive in a tight convoy to dissuade cars from pulling in between equipment.

Download a PDF of the OFB Rural Road Safety brochure at,
or request as many free copies as you'd like by contacting or 503.399.1701.

Story by Oregon Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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*** UPDATE #1 *** Sheriff's Deputies On Scene Investigating A One Vehicle Roll Over Crash South of St. Paul - 07/13/17

Deputies have concluded their investigation into today's roll over crash. It appears the driver and only occupant had driven off the roadway, over corrected which spun him sideways and into an embankment which caused the car to flip.

Deputies learned the driver of the vehicle was 60 year old Scott Smith of Salem. Unfortunately Mr. Smith did not survive the crash on River Rd. His family has been notified of this tragedy. Please no contact from the media as they are taking this time to grieve their loss.

River Rd has been re-opened to all traffic. There are no photo's available in this incident.


Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene investigating a one vehicle roll over crash in the 14000 block of River Rd NE. River Rd has been closed to the south at French Prairie RD NE and to the north at Marthaler Rd NE and we are suggesting citizens use alternate routes. It is unknown how long the roadway will be closed.

We will provide additional details when we are able to and will release information when River Rd will be re-opened. No photo's available at this time.

Sheriff's Office Adding Extra Traffic Patrols (Photo) - 06/29/17

The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be adding extra patrols to our Marion County Roads during the month of July. Patrols will be hitting the streets and highways in an effort to deter motorists who choose to engage in dangerous driving habits such as speeding, distracted driving and DUII.

Patrols will begin July 3rd focusing in North Marion County, with additional DUII patrols for the July 4th holiday. Did you know that, "every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash -- that's one person every 51 minutes." (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) That is why our deputies will be dawning their uniforms and working overtime to aide in a safe traveling experience for our residents and visitors.

Traffic patrols like these are made possible through grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

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