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Deschutes County Man Arrested After Brief Chase (Photo) - 02/09/18

Today around 10:30 a.m., deputies stopped a gray Nissan Frontier on State Street near Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. During the traffic stop deputies learned the vehicle was stolen and when they attempted to arrest the driver he fled on foot.

The driver Mark Kurtz, age 39, of Deschutes County was arrested a short distance later and taken into custody. Mr. Kurtz has been identified as a person believed to be involved in a February 7th robbery of the Adult Book Store located at 155 Lancaster Drive NE.

Mr. Kurtz is currently at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Attempting to Elude Police, Unlawful Possession of Meth, Interfering with a Police Officer, Robbery II and Menacing. Additionally, Mr. Kurtz had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest out of Marion and Deschutes Counties.

Extra Patrols Added to Roadways in February (Photo) - 02/09/18

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety team will be adding additional patrols during the month of February. Deputies will be putting on their uniforms and taking to the roadways to detect dangerous driving behaviors like DUII, Distracted Driving and Seat Belt usage. The Sheriff's Office began its first patrols Super Bowl Sunday and will continue their patrols through the month of February.

Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. In 2015, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt -- the national use rate is at 90.1 percent -- but nearly 27.5 million people still don't buckle up.

That is why deputies are asking our residents and visitors to always buckle up, put your phones down and please drive safely.

Attached Media Files: DUII_2018.jpg
Rescuers Searching for Missing Hiker, Henline Falls **Final** - 02/04/18

Early this morning around 4:00 a.m., rescuers began carrying the injured hiker to an area where he could be hoisted to safety. The hoisting location is some 600 feet below where the hiker fell and it took rescuers nearly 4 hours to carry the man to that location. At 09:20 a.m., the hiker Andrew Agnesse,(Pronounced; "In-Yes") age 21, of Beaverton was air lifted and transported to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

From our investigation deputies believe Mr. Agnesse and two of his friends entered the woods near Henline Falls, yesterday afternoon. None of the men were prepared for the conditions and attempted to climb terrain beyond their skill level, resulting in the fall and injury to Mr. Agnesse. This incident is a reminder to all of our residents and visitors to always be prepared for conditions when recreating outdoors.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of those rescuers who made this operation possible.

Corvallis Mountain Rescue
Stayton Fire Department
Gates Fire Department
Salem Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Marion County Search and Rescue
Army Air National Guard

Images of the rescue are available at this link:


Tonight around 11:30 p.m., Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Linn County Search and Rescue and Marion County Search and Rescue began the hike in to assist in the recovery of the injured hiker. Due to the terrain the vast majority of the team was turned around and 8 climbers continued in to the injured man.

At 12:20 a.m., those climbers reached the injured man and are now working to assess the situation and begin planning the rescue. The below link contains images of those climbers beginning their ascent.


At 8:15 p.m., rescue personnel reached the injured hiker and are now rendering him aide. Rescuers are describing the man as being seriously injured. Due to the extreme terrain and dangerous conditions rescuers will be waiting until first light before moving the injured man.

Specialized teams with Corvallis Mountain Rescue and The Army Air National Guard will be arriving at first light to begin evacuation procedures. Deputies have learned that the hiker was exploring waterfalls with friends and fell after attempting to reach a higher peak to view the falls. Rescuers will remain with the man until he can be transported.

This story will be updated when additional information is available.


Today at 5:30 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called after a man fell approximately 30 feet near Henline Falls. 

Deputies believe the man is seriously injured and in need of immediate rescue.  Fire personnel from several agencies along with members of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue team are responding and attempting to locate the man now.  Additionally Deputies are in the process of requesting assistance from the Army Air National Guard.  No one is currently with the injured man. 

The area searchers are responding to is very remote and it will take some time before teams can arrive at the location where the man is believed to be. 

This release will be updated as soon as more details are available that time frame is not yet known. 

Potato Chips and a Motor Vehicle Crash, How One Woman's Life was Forever Changed - 01/25/18

One of the most exciting pieces of working as a deputy sheriff is the variety of contacts and complex problems you will get to work on daily. In one moment you could be conducting a routine investigation and only seconds later be asked to perform life saving techniques.
This was no better demonstrated then on December 21st, 2017 at 6:51 p.m., that's when Angelica Sandoval would be forever impacted by her "Angel" Deputy Gregg Ramseyer. Ms. Sandoval, an employee at DeDe's Deli located at 132 Lancaster Drive SE in Salem was in her office working when she heard a deputy asking for video footage from their parking lot.

Deputy Ramseyer was in the store investigating a hit and run crash and believed the restaurants video surveillance may have captured the incident. Before Ms. Sandoval could help she began choking on a potato chip and could no longer breathe. Another employee Cassie Sarff, recognized Ms. Sandoval was choking so she attempted the Heimlich Maneuver and swept her mouth using her finger.

Deputy Ramseyer seeing what was unfolding in front of him radioed for paramedics and came to the aide of Ms. Sandoval. Although the Heimlich was being performed by Ms. Sarff, Deputy Ramseyer recognized Ms. Sandoval was not improving and now turning blue. Deputy Ramseyer took over for Ms. Sarff and performed several cycles of the maneuver clearing the obstruction which allowed Ms. Sandoval to breathe normally.

Commander Eric Hlad was quoted as saying, "Each day I am amazed with our deputy sheriff's dedication to the safety of our visitors and residents. We could not be more proud of Deputy Ramseyer and his ability to recognize an emergency and take life saving action."

A video of the incident is available in the link below. Ms. Sandoval is available for media interviews, her information can be obtained by emailing

Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 01/23/18

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: William Blizzard
SID#: 11749027
DOB: 7/22/1977

HEIGHT: 6'2" WEIGHT: 190 lbs

RESIDENCE: 20150 Ferry RD SE
Stayton, OR 97383

William Blizzard is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: SODO I, INCEST, UNLAWFUL USE OF VEHICLE AND MAIL THEFT

This person was granted supervision on: 2/16/2012
Supervision expiration date is: 11/02/2018

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
Other: Blizzard's victim pool includes adult males and females known to him.