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Marion County Grand Jury Finds No Charges To Be Filed in the Death of Todd Federico - 10/02/15
William Craig Torassa, 57, Susan Marie Torassa, 50, and Joshua Ben Johnson, 32, were each charged by a District Attorney's Information with Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Those charges stemmed from the death of Todd Federico, 26, on May 20, 2015.
The Grand Jury for Marion County met on three separate occasions to consider what charges might be filed from that incident. The Grand Jury was presented with evidence of the events that surrounded the death of Todd Federico. The Grand Jury heard from ten witnesses and was presented with diagrams, forensic reports, and photographs. The Grand Jury was advised on the applicable laws, considered the testimony of all witnesses and exhibits presented.
After careful review and consideration, the Grand Jury found the evidence insufficient to warrant a conviction by a trial jury and brought forward a "NOT TRUE BILL", which dismissed all charges against the defendants.
Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run - 10/02/15

9th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Run/Walk, Steps to Safety, Scheduled for October 10

Salem, OR -October 2, 2015

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and on October 10th runners and walkers will gather at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training with a goal of raising awareness for domestic violence in Marion County. The event offers a 5k and 10k route that encompasses the police academy's training course and scenario village for some exciting race day scenery and a unique opportunity to access an otherwise closed facility.

This year's event has garnered renewed support from the local business community including a partnership of the Salem Convention Center & US Bank. "Steps to Safety is about gathering the Salem community and taking steps to raise awareness for a cause that affects so many. We are thankful to all our partners who make this event possible." - Erin Wissig, Race Manager.

Proceeds from Steps to Safety are being donated to the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service), to other awareness activities, and to fund the race for years to come.

If you are interested in sponsoring or participate in the event please visit

You can also support the event by eating at the Lancaster Chipotle on October 9th from 11-7pm. 50% of all orders will be donated to Steps to Safety when you mention the event or show them the flyer posted on the website.

"We are working to raise awareness for this important cause and to raise money for services and support that will help our neighbors. This is a fun community event and we are so excited to be celebrating our 9th year." - Kim Larson, Marion County Victim Assistance Director

Race Details:
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Start Time: 9am
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training - Salem, OR
Online Registration:


Race Information
The Marion County Domestic Violence Council organizes Steps to Safety. Established in 1990, the Marion County Domestic Violence Council consists of community members and public agencies committed to ending domestic violence. Council participants include: Center to for Hope and Safety, Marion County District Attorney's Office, Salem Police Department, DHS/Child Welfare, Marion County Parole and Probation, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Circuit Courts, Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service, Local Batterer Intervention Programs, Silverton Together, Attorneys at Law MCAD, Citizen Members.

Non-Profit Partner
The Center for Hope and Safety offers safe refuge and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. They work with any survivor regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, primary language, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or gender expression. Survivors can receive one-on-one advocacy at the center or speak to an advocate through a 24-hour crisis line. The Center for Hope and Safety also offers support groups in both English and Spanish in Marion County.

For images and more information contact:
Erin Wissig
Ph: 541-606-8735
Beau Smith Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter - 09/28/15
Today, before the Honorable Jamese L. Rhoades, Beau Wesley Smith, 22, was sentenced for the killing of Michael Hampshire, 66. The defendant pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and to Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (psilocybin mushrooms). For the Manslaughter in the Second Degree, the defendant was sentenced to 75 months in the Department of Corrections. For the possession of a controlled substance charge, the defendant was sentenced to 6 months in the Department of Corrections, concurrent to the time ordered as part of the manslaughter. Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a Ballot Measure 11 offense with a mandatory minimum of 75 months without eligibility for programming or a reduction of the sentence.

On November 12, 2014, the Salem Police Department responded to the intersection of D St. Ne and Winter St. NE where they found the victim, Michael Hampshire, on his back and deceased from a physical attack. The defendant contacted a Salem Police officer in the area and was taken into police custody and interviewed by two Salem Police Department detectives. During the interview, the defendant told detectives that he consumed psilocybin mushrooms and admitted that he got into a fight with the victim. The medical examiner determined that the victim died of homicidal violence as a result of that fight.
Defendant convicted of sex crimes to be sentenced today - 09/17/15
Frank James Milligan, 46, will be sentenced today September 17, 2015, at 1:00 pm by the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini. Milligan was convicted by a jury last week of two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.