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Salem Police begins preparations for its 40th year of National Night Out - 05/23/24

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DATE: May 23, 2024

Salem Police begins preparations for its 40th year of National Night Out

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department has started preparations to celebrate its 40th anniversary of National Night Out in the Salem community on Tuesday, August 6.To create a stronger and safer community, the program emphasizes relationship-building among neighbors, as well as neighbors and police, through neighborhood get-togethers.

Each year on the first Tuesday in August, residents in neighborhoods all across the city organize neighborhood block parties during the evening hours. From ice cream socials to barbecues and bounce houses, neighbors gather to strengthen neighborhood ties and build community. 

For law enforcement, National Night Out is an opportunity to further trust-building efforts with residents. In Salem, police teams visit approximately 100 block parties between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to meet neighbors, share crime prevention information, and further efforts to strengthen relationships and trust.

The Salem Police Department has participated in the National Night Out (NNO) program since 1984, skipping a year during the pandemic and making 2024 its fortieth occasion of celebrating the police-community partnership.

Neighbors interested in holding a block party can register online at salempd.info/nno starting today, May 23. Registering a block party allows neighbors to notify the police department of the event time and location and select whether they want to close the street for the event or reserve a neighborhood park. 

Early registration is encouraged as street closure and park use requests for NNO must be completed by July 26.

To mark the forty-year milestone of the Salem Police program, while supplies last, each registered party will receive one commemorative t-shirt.

For more information visit the Salem Police webpage.

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Deadly crash involving a motorized scooter - 05/22/24

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DATE:  May 22, 2024

Deadly crash involving a motorized scooter

Salem, Ore. — Emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Liberty and River STS NE at approximately 9:45 a.m. today on the report of a collision involving a person riding an electric-powered chair and a car.

The initial investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team determined a woman on a motorized chair was attempting to cross Liberty ST from east to west when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Liberty ST. Witnesses reported the scooter operator entered the roadway close to oncoming traffic when the crash occurred.

The woman operating the motorized chair is identified as Lois Marie Randall, age 70. Randall was transported to Salem Health where she later died from injuries received in the collision.

The driver of the vehicle, Jami Lee Duhrkoop, age 36, remained at the scene after the crash. Duhrkoop is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Northbound Liberty ST between River and South STS was closed until 12:30 p.m. for investigation and clearing of the scene.

This morning’s traffic fatality is the thirteenth to occur in Salem since the start of the year.

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Detectives arrest one and seize drugs, dozens of guns while executing search warrant (Photo) - 05/22/24

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DATE: May 22, 2024

 

Detectives arrest one and seize drugs, dozens of guns while executing search warrant

Salem, Ore. — An Aumsville man was arrested as part of a search warrant served early Tuesday morning, May 21. 

Joseph Wallace Blades was arrested without incident at his home in the 11000 block of Silver Falls HW SE after Salem Police Felony Crimes Unit detectives served a search warrant at the location with the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.

The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 250 M30 pills suspected to be fentanyl. Also seized were 36 firearms of varying types, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, as well as body armor and ammunition. A stolen vehicle was also located on the property.

Blades, age 42, was lodged at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on Wednesday, May 22, on the following charges:

  • Felon in possession of a weapon, firearm
  • Prohibited possession of a firearm, short-barreled shotgun
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Felon in possession of body armor

The case remains an active investigation, and given Blades’ arrest status, no further information is available for release.

We thank the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) for their help in apprehending Blades. Their assistance in the case highlights the collaborative work being done in our region by Salem Police and MCSO to remove illegal firearms from the hands of felons.

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Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision - 05/20/24

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DATE: May 20, 2024

 

Passenger dies in single-vehicle collision

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, callers reported a vehicle collision near the intersection of Croisan Creek RD and Roberta AV S. The Salem Police Traffic Team and other emergency responders arrived at the scene to find a car crashed into a power pole and tree leaving downed electrical line across Croisan Creek RD. 

The preliminary investigation by the Traffic Team revealed the driver of the car, Richard Gary Brunkal of Salem, was traveling southbound on Croisan Creek RD when he was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The compact crossover car he was driving left the right shoulder of the roadway and sheared off a utility pole and struck two trees before stopping.

Officers performed lifesaving measures for the passenger before paramedics arrived; however, the passenger, Judith Ann Brunkal, age 84 of Salem, was pronounced deceased.

The 82-year-old driver is cooperating with the investigation. No arrest or citations have been issued at this time.

Croisan Creek RD between Heath ST and Mockingbird DR was closed for the crash investigation and to allow for repairs by Portland General Electric (PGE) crews.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, Croisan Creek RD remains closed with street access available to those residences in the area.

Today’s early morning traffic fatality is the twelfth in Salem for 2024.

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Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later - 05/13/24

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DATE: May 13, 2024

 

Victim in hit-and-run collision dies days later

Salem, Ore. — A Salem man injured in a hit-and-run collision last week has died.

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on May 5, emergency responders were called to the 4100 block of Rickey ST SE after a man crossing the street was struck by the driver of a vehicle who then fled the scene.

The crash investigation determined the pedestrian was attempting to cross Rickey ST approximately one block east of Lancaster DR when they were struck by a pick-up traveling westbound on the same street. The pick-up driver hit the pedestrian who was in the lane of travel.

The pedestrian, Randall Dale Wilson, age 75, was transported to Salem Health with injuries. He was later transported for further care to a Portland-area hospital where he passed away Wednesday night, May 8. 

Officers identified the pick-up driver and arrested him at his home later that Sunday afternoon. The driver, Ramiro Gabriel Herrera, age 63 of Keizer, was lodged on the charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Given Herrera’s arrested status, all further questions regarding this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

The Salem Police Department has investigated 11 significant traffic collisions resulting in 11 fatalities this year.

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Man arrested in menacing and pistol-whip incident (Photo) - 05/09/24

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DATE:  May 9, 2024

Man arrested in menacing and pistol-whip incident

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 3:00 p.m. on May 8, officers responded to the call of an armed person at the transit mall in the 200 block of High ST NE. Transit mall security personnel reported a man, who was unable to board a bus, shouted threats and displayed a handgun. As the man fled, he pointed the gun at a passerby. 

Responding officers located the suspect in the area of Court and Church STS NE where witnesses also reported the man used the grip of a gun to strike a female bystander in the face, knocking her to the ground and kicking her repeatedly.

After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect, Enrique King Hatfield, was apprehended by officers and a handgun was found on his person.

The woman who was assaulted was treated by paramedics at the scene. 

The 21-year-old Hatfield was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on various related charges including:

  • Assault, second-degree
  • Menacing, two counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a weapon

Hatfield is set to be arraigned at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex today at 2:30 p.m. As such, all further inquiries about this investigation should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Salem man arrested in child sex abuse case - 04/26/24

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DATE: April 26, 2024

Salem man arrested in child sex abuse case

Salem, Ore. — A Salem man is in custody in Illinois on child sex abuse charges stemming from an incident earlier this month at a northeast Salem business.

Jason Patrick Mikel, age 28, was arrested Thursday, April 25, as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of a small child at a variety store in the 2700 block of Lancaster DR NE on the evening of April 1, 2024.

The child’s mother reported that while shopping, she lost sight of her daughter and found the three-year-old in Mikel’s arms. The mother confronted the unknown suspect, who put the child down and fled the store. Through a forensic interview conducted by Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center, Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives learned the child had been harmed in the encounter.

Investigators identified Mikel as the suspect and presented their findings to a Marion County Grand Jury on April 19. Mikel was indicted on the following charges:

  • Attempted unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree
  • Sex abuse, first-degree
  • Attempted kidnapping, first-degree

Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined Mikel fled Oregon to the village of Minooka, a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois. With assistance from the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Proactive Unit, and the Minooka Police and Channahon Police Departments, Mikel was arrested without incident. He is currently lodged at the Grundy County Jail and awaits extradition to Oregon.

Salem Police thanks the FBI, the deputies of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and the police officers from the communities of Minooka and Channahon for their assistance in apprehending Mikel. 

Gratitude is also extended to the staff of Liberty House. The organization is an essential partner in law enforcement’s work to investigate and bring justice to the most vulnerable of our community. We invite residents to learn more about the organization’s work and resources.

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