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Two-vehicle collision leaves one deceased (Photo) - 12/06/22


DATE: December 6, 2022

Two-vehicle collision leaves one deceased


Salem, Ore. — At approximately 4:10 p.m., Salem Police patrol officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of State ST and Hawthorne AV NE which left one of the drivers deceased.

The preliminary investigation by the Traffic Team determined the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro was traveling westbound on State ST when it crashed into a Ford Fiesta driven by 67-year-old Natalie Satalich of Salem. Satalich was making a northbound turn onto Hawthorne AV from State ST when her vehicle was struck head on by the Camaro driven by Emorej Lynk, age 20, of Salem. As a result of the impact, the Fiesta and Camaro came to rest near the northwest corner of the intersection.

Satalich was pronounced deceased at the scene. Lynk is cooperating with the investigation.

Hawthorne AV was closed, as well as a portion of State ST, for nearly five hours.

No arrest has been made or citations issued as the Traffic Team investigation into the collision continues. No other information is available for release at this time. 

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One injured in early morning shooting incident - 12/01/22


DATE: December 1, 2022

One injured in early morning shooting incident


Salem, Ore. — Today at approximately 7:30 a.m., Salem Police patrol officers received the report of a person with a gunshot wound near the intersection of Water and South STS NE.

Arriving officers located a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. The 22-year-old victim was transported to Salem Health with life-threatening injuries, but later transferred to a Portland-area hospital for continued treatment.

A portion of Water ST NE was closed for four hours while detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit processed the scene. The area is now open to through traffic.

This is an active investigation, and no further information is being released at this time.

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Public appeal for help locating missing, endangered Salem teen (Photo) - 11/25/22


DATE: November 24, 2022


Public appeal for help locating missing, endangered Salem teen


Update 11/25/2022 | 12:00 p.m.

Missing teenage, Kaylee Lien Brooks, was located early this morning by the Grants Pass Police Department. 

Our thanks to the agency for their work to locate Kaylee and efforts to reunite her with her family.

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Originally published 11/24/2022 | 11:45 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Salem teenager reported missing today, November 24, 2022, shortly before 6:00 a.m.

Kaylee Lien Brooks, age 17, is described as follows:

  • 5 ft. 3” in. in height
  • Brown eyes
  • Blonde hair
  • Thin build

She was last seen wearing a green or gray hooded-sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, white and black sneakers. 

Kaylee left her residence in south Salem driving a 2017, white, four-door Toyota Camry with Oregon license plate 263-JSW. She was last known to be in the Josephine County area.

The teen, who is intellectually delayed, also requires medication; however, she did not take it with her.

If anyone sees Kaylee and or the vehicle she is driving, please call your local police department immediately. Refer to Salem Police case number 22-26066.

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Woman struck, killed by passenger train - 11/23/22


DATE: November 23, 2022

Woman struck, killed by passenger train

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Bill Frey DR NE yesterday, November 22, shortly after 6:00 p.m., on the call of a person struck by a passenger train traveling through the city.

Patrol officers learned the Amtrak engineer sounded the horn when a woman was spotted sitting on the tracks. The woman, identified as Judith Araceli Mojica Abarca of Salem, stood up, however, not in sufficient time to avoid being struck by the fast-moving train. 

The 47-year-old Abarca was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Suspect in stabbing investigation arrested, found driving a stolen vehicle - 11/15/22


DATE: November 15, 2022

Suspect in stabbing investigation arrested, found driving a stolen vehicle


Salem, Ore. — Detectives from the Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit today arrested a Salem man as part of an investigation into a stabbing in south Salem in early November.

It was in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 5, when patrol officers responded to the parking lot of a local tavern in the 4900 block of Commercial ST SE on the report of a man suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The 27-year-old male victim reported he and a friend were sleeping inside his car in the business’ parking lot when he awoke to a man physically assaulting and stabbing him. The assailant tried but was unable to remove the victim from the vehicle and subsequently fled from the scene.

The evidenced developed in the investigation led to 31-year-old KC William Blunt as the suspect in the incident. Shortly after midnight today, an alert patrol officer located a stolen vehicle and discovered Blunt as the driver.

Blunt was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempted murder in the second degree
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

Blunt also faces charges related to the stolen vehicle case which is unrelated to the original attempted murder investigation.

Arraignment for Blunt is scheduled on November 16 at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex, and as such, all further media inquiries must be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Arrest made in social media threat against school campuses - 11/14/22


DATE: November 14, 2022

Arrest made in social media threat against school campuses

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police officers today arrested a middle-school student as part of the recent investigation into threats made against two Salem school campuses on a social media platform. 

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, the police dispatch center began receiving multiple calls from concerned parents regarding threats against the Parrish and Houck Middle School campuses.

Working with assistance from the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI), detectives were able to determine the source of the alarming messages and arrested a 12-year-old Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) student involved in the incident. Detectives confirmed the threats were not credible, and the safety of the schools was never in jeopardy.

The male juvenile was taken into custody on two counts of disorderly conduct in the first degree and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. The Salem Police Department does not release the names of minors involved in criminal investigations.

Media with additional inquiries about the investigation are directed to contact the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Our thanks to the FBI Portland Office for their assistance in this investigation. We also offer our thanks to SKPS for their help in communicating efficiently with parents and the public about school safety.

We encourage parents and guardians to learn about SafeOregon, an online tip-line system for reporting potential threats on our school campuses. Tips can be sent by calling or sending a text message to 844-472-3367 anytime, or by downloading the SafeOregon mobile app for iOS or Android devices.

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Adult and juvenile arrested in Friday night carjacking - 11/14/22


DATE:  November 14, 2022


Adult and juvenile arrested in Friday night carjacking


Salem, Ore. — Two suspects were arrested on November 11, after the report of a carjacking on Friday night in northeast Salem.

Shortly before 10 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen in the 3200 block of Felina AV NE. The caller recounted being approached at rifle-point and ordered to exit their vehicle after, by happenstance, they witnessed an assault.

Two male suspects fled in the victim’s sedan. Patrol officers in the area were able to locate the car in the area of Hawthorne AV and Mission ST SE. The suspects, ages 20 and 14, were taken into custody and two weapons were seized: a semi-automatic shotgun and an automatic rifle, each with rounds in the chamber.

Elijah Jacob Sierzega of Salem was lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, firearm
  • Menacing

The unnamed teenager was lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on related criminal charges. The Salem Police Department does not release the identity of minors in criminal cases.

The 20-year-old Sierzega also had six outstanding warrants related to another case. He is due to be arraigned today, November 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Criminal Court Annex. All further questions regarding this investigation should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Salem Police and School District Response to Snapchat threats involving local schools - 11/13/22


DATE:  November 13, 2022 



Salem Police Communications Office 

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Community Rleations and Communications 


Salem Police and School District Response to Snapchat threats involving local schools 


Salem, Ore. — At 3:32 PM several citizens reported they were receiving messages on Snapchat alleging threats to Parrish Middle School will take place on Monday. The Salem Police Department responded and started investigating the various calls coming in. 

At approximately 7:20 PM, a new message was reported to the Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) however, the school named was changed to Houck Middle School.  

The Police Department and SKPS have been working together to ensure parents are properly notified and a safety plan is put in place. 

As of this time the threats do not appear to be credible, however, in an abundance of caution SKPS will have additional security on campuses and the Salem Police Department will be spending extra time around local schools throughout the day. 

Anyone with information should contact the Salem Police non-emergency line at 503-588-6123. 

Exchange of gunfire with officers ends with two in custody - 11/12/22


DATE:  November 12, 2022 


CONTACT: Salem Police Communications Office 




Exchange of gunfire with officer ends with two in custody 

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 6:52 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, gun shots were exchanged between a Salem Police officer and adult males who had run from a stolen vehicle. No officers or suspects were injured.  

At approximately 6:26 pm a woman reported two males had attempted to rob her of her vehicle in the area of 17th St SE and Hines St SE. The victim also reported she believed one of the males was armed. 

While investigating the attempted carjacking, officers spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of 18th St NE and Center St NE, which was taken in a previous carjacking. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. The vehicle eventually stopped, and three occupants fled on foot. 

A Salem police officer chased after the suspects and was involved in an exchange of gunfire at 14th St NE and B St NE. Two adult males were taken into custody and a handgun was located at the scene. Officers searched the area for the third person using a K9, however they were not located. 

The names of the involved officer and the two adult males in custody will not be released at this time. 

The Marion County Law Enforcement Officer Deadly Use of Force Plan under Senate Bill 111 has been initiated for this incident, and Oregon State Police will be conducting the primary investigation. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. 

Additionally, per the force plan protocol, no further information will be released by the Salem Police Department. All future case updates will be provided by the Oregon State Police. Any media inquiries should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office 

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