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Twenty Graduate the from Search and Rescue Academy (Photo) - 06/13/21

Yesterday, June 12th, 2021, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office graduated 15 search and rescue volunteers and five overhead deputies from the 2021 Search and Rescue Academy.  Over 10 weeks, participants received over 75 hours of training including survival skills, wilderness first aid, communication, Incident Command System, map and compass, and GPS.  Attendees participated in training on evenings during the week, on weekends, and on overnight training exercises. 

Marion County Search and Rescue volunteers are vital to the services the Marion County Sheriff’s Office provides to those that recreate in the outdoors and missing persons. We appreciate their service. 

If you are interested in volunteering with Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, applications will be accepted beginning in November 2021.  Our next Search and Rescue Academy is scheduled to begin in April 2022.

Traffic Safety Team Planning Pedestrian Safety Campaign on Friday **Update** - 06/11/21

***Update, 6/11/21 – Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Results***

On Friday, June 4th, 2021, our Traffic Safety Team conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Ward Drive NE at Harlan Drive NE at a marked crosswalk.  This location was chosen due to the high volume of traffic and pedestrians that travel through the area on a daily basis.  The day before the operation, the Sheriff’s Office posted signs in the area warning drivers about the operation planned for the following day and information was shared across our social media platforms.

During the 2 ½ hour event, 25 drivers were stopped for a variety of traffic violations with 11 warnings and 19 citations issued:

  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk – 4 warnings, 8 citations
  • Unlawful use of a mobile electronic device – 1 warning, 3 citations
  • Failure to use seatbelts – 1 warning, 3 citations
  • Speeding – 2 warnings, 3 citations
  • Other violations encountered included no valid operator’s license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to obey a traffic control device, and illegal display of license plates.

As drivers were contacted during the event they were given educational materials in English and Spanish to help increase awareness about pedestrian safety.  To learn more about how you can help reduce pedestrian fatalities in Oregon, please visit

***Original media release from 6/2/21***

On Friday, June 4th, 2021, our Traffic Safety Team will be conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the Hayesville – Jan Ree neighborhood from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The four hour pedestrian safety enforcement operation will focus on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

In 2018, the State of Oregon had 79 pedestrian fatalities, six of those occurred in Marion County.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is committed to preventing these tragic deaths by embracing the three E’s of traffic safety: Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.  The Sheriff’s Office is conducting this public awareness and enforcement program to help educate drivers and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking, and cycling in Marion County.

During the four hour operation, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enforcement at marked crosswalks which are heavily traveled.  Deputies dressed in plain clothes will cross the street while uniformed deputies monitor the crosswalk for motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way, or who are engaged in unsafe driving behaviors.  Drivers stopped during this pedestrian safety enforcement operation will be issued written warnings or citations.

At the center of this pedestrian safety enforcement operation is community education.  On Thursday, the day before the operation, deputies will be putting signs out near the intersections of Ward Drive NE and Harlen Drive NE as well as on Hayesville Drive NE at 49th Avenue NE where the focus of the operation is planned to occur to help raise driver awareness about the pedestrian safety campaign scheduled for Friday, June 4th.

To learn more about how you can help reduce pedestrian fatalities in Oregon, please visit


***MCSO Pedestrian Safety Campaign PSA***

Salem Man Arrested for Attempted Murder - 06/11/21

On June 10th, 2021, Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office charged Quintin Smith, 36, with in connection with a May shooting in the unincorporated area of East Salem.  The shooting was first reported to deputies on May 9th, 2021, at just after 4:00 a.m. when medics were called to the 2500 block of Phipps Lane NE to assist a male with a gunshot wound.  When deputies arrived at the scene, they located one victim, a 44 year-old male with a gunshot wound to the chest.  The suspect had already fled from the scene by the time law enforcement arrived.

Following a month long investigation into the shooting, Smith was taken into custody yesterday afternoon during a traffic stop in northwest Salem by officers from the Salem Police Department. 

Smith is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail with Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree and Unlawful Use of a Firearm charges in connection with the shooting.  Additionally, Smith had outstanding warrants for his arrest for a parole violation as well as drug delivery and possession charges.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, June 11th, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon Department of Justice, and Salem Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.

Attached Media Files: Smith.jpg
Motorcyclist Killed in Northern Marion County - 06/01/21

On May 31st, 2021, a few minutes before 6:00 pm first responders were called to the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash on Arbor Grove Road NE at St. Paul Highway NE.  The crash involved two vehicles, a Honda motorcycle and a Toyota Tacoma.  The motorcycle rider had serious injuries and was transported from the scene by Life Flight.  The motorcyclist later succumbed to their injuries, passing away Monday night.

Crash investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office conducted an initial investigation into the crash.  Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the motorcyclist was going eastbound on St. Paul Highway when it struck the Toyota which was going northbound on Arbor Grove Road.  Investigators believe speed and alcohol use by the motorcyclist was a contributing factor to the crash.

The deceased motorcyclist has been identified as Adrian Lazaro Rocha, 37, of Hubbard. 

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma has been identified as Marleina Heim, 32, of Sherwood. 

Sgt. Don Parise of the Traffic Safety Team said, “Over Memorial Day weekend our deputies made several stops of drivers going over 100 miles per hour and received reports of over 20 different crashes throughout Marion County.  It only takes a few seconds to change the lives of an entire family forever.  Please remind your friends and family to slow down and drive responsibly.”

Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 05/21/21

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections 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: Lee, Allen H
SID#: 21765372
DOB: 11/09/1964
HEIGHT: 5' 10'' WEIGHT: 175lbs
RESIDENCE: 4296 Amerherst Ct NE, Salem, OR 97305

Allen Lee is on Post Prison Supervision for two counts of Sex Abuse II.

This person was granted supervision on: 2/25/2020

Supervision expiration date is: 2/24/2023

Special restrictions include:

[X] No contact with any minor.
[X] No frequenting places where minors congregate.
[X] No drug/alcohol use.

Other information: Lee’s victim pool includes: Similarly aged adult women.

Attached Media Files: Allen_Lee.JPG
Traffic Safety Team to Add Patrols for Click It or Ticket Safety Campaign - 05/21/21

This coming Monday, May 24th, 2021, motorists can expect to see increased patrols on Marion County roadways as our Traffic Safety Team joins police agencies from throughout Oregon as they participate in the Click it or Ticket campaign.  The increased patrols will be focused on safety belt and child seat laws and will run through Sunday, June 6th, 2021.  Funding for these additional patrols are made possible through the use of federal grant dollars made available to law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. In 2018, 1,845 children under twelve were injured in Oregon traffic crashes, 11 percent were reported not using a child restraint system. It is estimated that car seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

“Our Traffic Safety Team focuses on the three E’s of traffic safety: Education, Enforcement, and Engineering.  The use of federal grant dollars to gives us the opportunity to put more deputies out on roadways throughout Marion County to help educate drivers about the importance of proper seatbelt and car seat use,” said Sgt. Don Parise. 

In 2018, Oregon Department of Transportation crash data showed lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 28% or 86 of a total 311 motor vehicle occupant fatalities. 

For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer’s instructions, your vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at:

Attached Media Files: Traffic_Safety_Team.jpg
Adult in Custody Walks Away from Transition Center - 05/17/21

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating an Adult in Custody (AIC) who walked away from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Transition Center. Jonathan Alan Goolsby, 22, walked away from the facility around 4:59 p.m., on Friday May 14, 2021. Goolsby was in custody for a Parole Violation; his scheduled release date was May, 21, 2021.

Goolsby is a white adult male with hazel eyes and brown hair. He is 5’11” tall and weighs 170 lbs.

The Marion County Transition Center prepares AICs for re-entry into the community prior to release from custody. AICs are allowed to leave the facility for pre-approved treatment or medical appointments.  

Deputies are asking anyone with information about Goolsby to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

Attached Media Files: Goolsby_Jonathan.docx