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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) ***Names Released*** (Photo) - 07/18/18

Deputies have identified the drivers in yesterday’s fatal motor vehicle crash as Juan Ortiz-Hernandez, age 36 of Independence and Thomas Simons, age 62 of Monmouth.  Investigators believe Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was traveling west on River Road in a small pickup truck when a motorcycle being operated by Mr. Simons failed to negotiate a curve resulting in a collision.  Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was not injured in the crash but sadly Mr. Simons died at the scene. 

This marks the fourth fatal vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Marion County within the month of July.  These very tragic events are a reminder of our great responsibility when taking to our roadways.  Attached is a link from our partners at Team Oregon who offer some great safety tips for motorcyclists.  https://team-oregon.org/resources/whatwouldyoudo/  

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Brooks) (Photo) - 07/13/18

Investigators have identified both drivers in yestedays fatal traffic crash.  Deputies belive Michael Bashaw, age 18, of Salem was making a delivery when he turned in front of a motrcycle causing a collision.  The motorcyclist Robert Grove, age 69, of Newberg died at the scene.  This is still an active investigation and there are no additional details to release at this time.   

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Today at 8:57 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to a motor vehicle crash on River Rd NE south of Waconda Rd NE. Preliminary information is that a motorcycle was traveling south on River Road when a northbound SUV turned west in front of the motorcycle.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision. Tragically the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. River Road is closed between Waconda and Brooklake RD NE but expected to reopen within the hour. The Sheriff’s Office is not prepared to release any further details or the names of either driver until the proper notifications can be made.   

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Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Salem) (Photo) ***Update*** - 07/13/18

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has learned that Mr. Bolen died from the injuries he sustained in yesterdays motorvehicle crash.  This is the third death involving a motorcycle in Marion County in a time span of less than 12 hours.  The summer months brings extra traffic on our roadways including motorcycles, bicycles and pedesterians.  We encourage all of our resdients and vistors to practice being an attentative driver and please watch for others.  

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Today at 9:13 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to a motor vehicle crash on Cordon Road NE near State Street.  Investigators have determined that a motorcycle being ridden by Virgil Bolen, age 90 of Salem, was traveling north on Cordon Road. A southbound passenger car driven by Kaye Yocles, age 52 of Salem turned east in front of the motorcycle causing both vehicles to collide head on.   

Ms. Young was not injured in the collision and has been issued a citation for making a dangerous left hand turn.  Mr. Bolen was transported to Salem Hospital where he is being treated and expected to survive his injuries. 

There is no further information available at this time.   

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Today at 9:13 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to a motor vehicle crash on Cordon Road NE near State Street.  Preliminary information is that a motorcycle was traveling north on Cordon Road when a southbound passenger car turned east in front of the motorcycle. 

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision, the motorcyclist was transported to Salem Hospital with life threatening injuries.  Cordon Road is closed between State Street and Auburn Road NE.  This closure is to allow specialized investigators with our CRASH Team to investigate.  It is believed the road will remain for the next hour. 

There is no further information available at this time.   

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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 07/10/18

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff’s Office.  Additionally, this person’s criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.  This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Samuel Gardiner

SID#: 20111726

DOB: 12/06/89

CURRENT AGE: 28

RACE: White                         SEX: Male

HEIGHT: 6’2”                        WEIGHT: 180 lbs

HAIR: Brown                            EYES: Brown

RESIDENCE: 2162 Celeen Avenue SE, Salem, OR 97302

Samuel Gardiner is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: SEX ABUSE I NAT (x3) and CHILD SEX I (x2)

This person was granted supervision on: 6/6/2018

Supervision expiration date is: 10/29/2022

Special restrictions include:               

[X] No contact with minors (male/female)

[X] Sex offender treatment

[X] Submit to polygraph        

Other:  Gardiner’s victim pool includes minor males and females unknown to him.

 

 

Marion County Sheriff's Office Statement (Detroit Arrest) **Statement #3** - 06/29/18

Please find the attached statement. 

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Deputies Investigating Suspicious Death (Lyons) (Photo) **Update** - 06/25/18

Detectives have identified the man found dead Saturday as Jonathan Liesch, 27, of Lyons. Mr. Liesch was found in a pond on property he was living on in the 20000 block of Fern Ridge Road SE.

Detectives are still investigating the man's death. The Sheriff's Office is looking to speak with anyone who may have spoken with or seen Mr. Liesch over the last weekend.

There are currently no additional details available at this time. If you have any information please call our tip line at 503 540 8079.

 

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Today at 2:20 p.m., deputies were called to the 20000 block of Fern Ridge Road SE near Lyons after a man was found dead in a pond near his residence.  Detectives have been called to the scene to investigate as the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are suspicious. 

It is very early in this investigation and no additional information will be made available until an autopsy can be performed, that time frame is not yet known.   The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have been in the area and saw anything suspicious to please call our tip line at 503 540 8079.   

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