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Victims of attempted carjacking sought - 09/14/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Today, September 14, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Gilbert Jesus Machuca, age 29 of California, stole a knife inside the WinCo Foods on Lancaster Drive SE. He then walked to the front of the store and demanded money from one of the cashiers while brandishing the knife. 

After taking the money Machuca fled to the parking lot where he approached two women who were getting into a car. He attempted to steal the car, but the women were able to get in their car and escape. 

Machuca was quickly arrested across the street at a gas station. 

The two women in the vehicle were not identified and detectives would like to speak with them about what happened. If you are one of the women that Machuca approached or know who they are, please contact the Salem Police Department’s non-emergency number at 503-588-6123, select option 1.

Machuca was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • Two counts of robbery in the first degree
  • Menacing
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

No further information will be released at this time. Any further inquiries may be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office

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Police seek information in three overnight shootings - 09/14/21

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police Detectives are investigating three shootings that occurred, Monday, September 13, 2021, during the afternoon and late-night hours.

The first shooting occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the 4500 block of Sunnvview RD NE where one round struck a house. 

The second and third shootings took place minutes apart beginning at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 1500 block of Evergreen AV NE. Seven minutes later, the third incident was reported in the 3400 block of 30th AV NE. In these shooting incidents, vehicles and apartments were struck with multiple bullets.

No one was injured in any of the occurrences. 

In each of the shootings, which are believed to be connected, a current-model white sedan was seen in the area. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477. 

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Armed Robber Arrested - 09/14/21

Salem, Ore. — On September 14, 2021 at approximately 1:00 am the Salem Police Department received a “hold-up” alarm from Cooper’s Deli at 1541 Hawthorne Av NE. As officers approached the location, they saw a man exit the Deli and walk in the direction of the responding officers. When the man saw the officers he quickly turned and went the opposite direction. 

Officers began to follow the man on foot, who then started to run as he was reaching into his back-pocket area. 

After a short chase, the man complied with commands and was detained. The man, later identified as Dannie Kay Alston, age 70 of Salem, had in his possession a loaded .22 caliber pistol.  

Officers reviewed store video surveillance and confirmed Alston had robbed the deli.  Officers recovered the stolen property and returned it to the owners. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Felon in possession of a firearm

Alston is scheduled to be arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex at 2:30 pm today. Any further questions should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

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Fatal motorcycle crash in south Salem - 09/04/21

Salem, Ore. — On Friday, September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Salem police and firefighters responded to a motorcycle crash near Fairway DR and Lexington CR SE. 

The first arriving officer attempted lifesaving measures for the motorcycle rider before paramedics arrived. Ultimately, the rider identified as David Patrick Lewallen, age 41 of Jefferson, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The initial investigation indicates Lewallen was driving southbound on Fairway DR when he could not negotiate the curve near Lexington CR and left the roadway, striking multiple objects. 

Lewallen’s was the only vehicle involved in the crash. 

The Salem Police Traffic Team responded to the incident and is completing the investigation.

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Traffic Team offers car seat clinic next week - 08/31/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     August 31, 2021

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is holding a car seat clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Marion Parkade, 400 Marion ST NE.

As part of the effort to continue to raise awareness of the importance of seat belt use, officers will provide parents, guardians, and caregivers instruction on the proper installation of the car seat and how to harness a child in the seat. The carriers will also be evaluated for suitability and their recall status checked.

Participants should have the carrier seat and/or booster already installed in the vehicle, along with the manuals for the car seat and for their model vehicle, if available.

The outdoor clinic will be held on the first floor of the parking structure, closest to the Union Street side of the building.

The traffic safety education project is conducted in partnership with ODOT Transportation Safety.

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Traffic advisory for northeast Salem - 08/28/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2021 • 1415

Due to the replacement of a power pole in the vicinity of Sunnyview RD and Hollywood DR NE, eastbound and westbound lanes of travel will be reduced to permit utility crews to complete the project safely.

Use of alternate routes is requested as travel delays are expected.

The project should be completed by 10:00 p.m.

Thank you.

Pedestrian fatality in southeast Salem - 08/26/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     August 26, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Just before 2:00 a.m. this morning, August 26, 2021, patrol officers were dispatched to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of 25th and Mission STS SE.

The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Mission ST and struck a woman who unexpectedly entered the roadway. The pedestrian, identified as Aleta Pierre-Kelly, age 67, was transported to Salem Health where she was later pronounced deceased. 

The driver, Kristen La Plume, age 48, remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. No citations have been issued in this incident. 

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Motorcyclist killed in crash - 08/24/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On August 23, 2021 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Salem Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Portland RD and Bill Frey DR NE on the call of a three-vehicle collision. 

The initial investigation determined two vehicles, a motorcycle, and a Volkswagen sedan, were travelling southbound on Portland RD at a high rate of speed when they approached a red light at Bill Frey DR. As the sedan and motorcycle neared the intersection, a Chevy Tahoe entered to turn northbound onto Portland RD from Bill Frey DR. The motorcycle and Volkswagen failed to stop and collided with the Tahoe. 

Arriving officers found that the driver of the Volkswagen sedan had fled the scene.

The drivers of the Tahoe and motorcycle were transported to Salem Health for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Christopher James Martinez, age 30 of Salem, died at the hospital.

The driver of the Tahoe was treated by Salem Health for non-life-threatening injuries and is cooperating with the investigation. 

The Salem Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of the Volkswagen sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Team at 503-588-6293.

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