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Stepping Up Initiative Aims to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails (Photo) - 05/16/18

Marion County Stepping up Initiative

“Stepping Up Initiative Aims to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails”

May 16 is Stepping Up Day of Action in Marion County

Marion County has long recognized the problems associated with incarcerating individuals in jail who suffer from mental illness. Most often these individuals have been arrested for relatively minor crimes such as criminal trespass or causing a public disturbance. Research and our own experiences have shown that incarcerating individuals with mental illness exacerbates their symptoms and increases the likelihood of their re-arrest for crimes. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illness tend to stay longer in jail then those without mental illness and similar criminal offenses. Research has also found that on average the cost to incarcerate an individual with a mental illness or a mental health condition is two to three times higher than the costs associated with a person without a mental health condition. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness who have committed minor offenses can be safely treated in the community, instead of being incarcerated. This saves tax payer money and ensures that our jail and criminal justice system are used for those that pose the greatest risk to public safety.

With this in mind, Marion County, through the leadership and collaboration of our District Attorney, Board of Commissioners, Health Director, Sheriff, and local law enforcement have worked to create a system that identifies and diverts appropriate individuals suffering from mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into community treatment and care. This work is done through a number of robust partnerships and programs that assess, inform, and redirect individuals suffering from mental illness when they come into contact with the criminal justice system. The first touch point is law enforcement contact. Most law enforcement officers in Marion County have been trained in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). CIT is nationally-recognized model that provides law enforcement officers with 40 hours of training and skill development to identify, de-escalate, and refer individuals with mental illness to various services within the county. Marion County also has three mobile crisis teams (a CIT trained Officer and mental health clinician who are partnered with one another) that can respond to a mental health-related law enforcement calls anywhere in the county. These teams look to use de-escalation techniques and community resources to redirect individuals from going to jail. To ensure services are provided at the first touch point of law enforcement contact, our Crisis Outreach Response Team reviews police reports from local agencies and follows up with individuals who have had police contact that may benefit from community based resources such as counseling, medical care, insurance, peer mentors, alcohol or drug treatment, or veterans services.

The second touch point is when individuals are booked into jail. All individuals booked into jail are assessed for mental illness. Information from these assessments is shared with mental health clinicians that work within the jail. The clinicians provide services to those with mental illness, as well as share information with a Deputy District Attorney who oversees charging regarding these individuals suffering from mental illness. While justice is at the center of any charging decision, this Deputy District Attorney is aware of the array of services available to individuals suffering from mental illnesses and the importance of getting an individual with mental illness connected to services in lieu of a jail custody setting.

It is important to point out the surrounding services that help support all of the efforts mentioned above. The Psychiatric Crisis Center is 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 days a year drop in center for individuals suffering from a mental health crisis. Individuals can access a myriad of services from this center. Marion County Mental Health Court, Marion County Community Restoration program, Bridgeway Recovery Services, Marion County Health and Human Services Department, Northwest Human Services, Salem Free Clinics, and other various services have been developed to ensure many layers of support are provided to assist individuals at key moments.

The results of these combined efforts have been significant. Since strategies have been implemented, Marion County Jail bookings have maintained a downward trend from 19,165 in 2006 to 16,417 in 2017, Marion County’s usage of the Oregon State Hospital for misdemeanor offenses has been reduced from an average of 3.3 admissions per month in 2014 to 1.8 per month in 2017, diversion programs have increased the number of individuals in community restoration, and our criminal justice system is now able to focus its efforts on those who pose the greatest risk to community safety. Our community is stronger and safer when individuals with mental illness are connected to community-based services that provide focused care for them.

Image 1 From Left: Director Marion County Health Department Cary Moller, Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers

Image 2 From Left: Director Marion County Health Department Cary Moller, Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County Legal Counsel Jane Vetto, Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson, Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano and Chief Administrative Officer John Lattimer.


Traffic Safety Team Deputies to focus on seat belt usage and car seats over next couple of weeks. (Photo) - 05/14/18

Beginning Monday, May 14th and carrying through May 27th, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will begin extra patrols focusing on motorists who are not wearing their seat belts. This year MCSO, in partnership with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation, is especially focusing on child safety restraints.

In 2016, 1,582 children under age nine were injured in Oregon traffic crashes and five children died. 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.

A new Oregon law requires children to remain in a rear-facing child seat until they reach the age of two. Research has shown that children in the second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they ride rear-facing. 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: or at

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Shooting Leaves Two Dead and Another Injured **Watterson Image** (Photo) - 05/03/18

Image Elijah Watterson added. 


On April 14th, 2018 at 2:28 a.m., a late night shooting left two men dead and another man injured at Bar Fly’s located at 444 Lancaster Drive NE.

On April 14th, 2018 detectives arrested Cain Thompson, age 22 and Santano Sauseda, age 23 in connection with the ongoing shooting investigation.  Both men have been charged with the crime of Riot and Mr. Sauseda with an additional crime of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On April 15th, 2018 a warrant for the arrest of Elijah Watterson, age 21 was issued for 3 counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Riot.  On Saturday April 21st Mr. Watterson was arrested in Palmdale California by our partners at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

Mr. Watterson waived extradition and is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail where he is expected to be arraigned today, Thursday May 3rd at 3:00 p.m.     

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information on the location of a 1997, Ford Expedition bearing Oregon license XEL793.  The Expedition is red or maroon with a tan stripe along the bottom half of the vehicle. 

If you have any information related to the shooting or the vehicle described above please call the Marion County Sheriff’s at 503 588 5032.  Due to the pending criminal charges and ongoing criminal investigation we will not be releasing any further details. 

***Please watch ouor web page for a booking image of Watterson***


Deputies are currently seeking any information regarding the pictured vehicle.  Originally thought to be a Cadillac Escalade investigators now believe they are searching for a late model red or maroon Ford Expedition.  If you have any information regarding this vehicle or its owner please call MCSO at 503 540 807


Deputies have identified both men killed in yesterday's shootings that occurred in the parking lots at Bar Fly's located at 444 Lancaster Drive NE and near 421 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem.  They are Tobias Helms-Reese, age 24, of Salem and Tyler Longacre, age 21, of Salem. Autopsies were performed on both men by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. For both men it was determined that the cause of death was from a gunshot wound.   

Detectives are continuing to investigate the shootings.  As this is an ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Office will not offer any further details at this time.  

The Sheriff’s Office is still asking anyone with information to please call or tip line at 503 540 8079.


A late night shooting has left two men dead and another man injured. April 14th, 2018 at 2:28 a.m., deputies were called to Bar Fly’s located at 444 Lancaster Drive NE on a reported shooting.

When deputies arrived they found two men shot, both men were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Sadly at the hospital one of the men succumbed to his injuries and died, the second man remains in stable condition. A short time later a third man was found deceased in the parking lot of DaVita located at 421 Lancaster Drive NE.

Investigators believe all three men are related to the same incident. Detectives are currently on scene and are working diligently to determine exactly what happened. Investigators are seeking information you may have about a red Cadillac Escalade seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting. If you have any information or details surrounding the shooting please call our tip line at 503 540 8079.

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office and the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

**Media this is a very active investigation and there are no additional details available at this time. A PIO is currently available on scene. If your are responding to the scene please utilize the Road House parking lot to stage any vehicles and equipment.  **


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Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald (Photo) - 04/24/18

Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald - 4/24/2018

The Marion County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the City of Donald and the Marion County Public Works Department wants to make the public aware of a change in speed zones along Butteville Road NE south of the Donald city limits.

A 40 mph speed zone will be added just south of the Donald city limits. This new speed zone will begin approximately 1,000 feet south of the city limits and extend north to the existing 25 mph speed posting at the city limits. This posting will result in a 40 mph transition speed zone between the existing 55 mph and 25 mph speed postings. This will ensure drivers are slowing down and not entering the city at excessive speeds. The Sheriff's Office will continue to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws in and around the city of Donald.

Any questions regarding the speed zone change should be directed to the Marion County Public Works Department at 503-588-5036. For any enforcement related questions please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit at 503-588-5094.

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Deputies Locate Child (East Salem) (Photo) - 04/23/18

Hunters parents have been located.  Deputies will be investigating to determine how Hunter wandered away from home.  There are no additional details available at this time.   


Tonight around 10:30 p.m. deputies found a 3 or 4 year old boy named Hunter wandering in the area of Lancaster and Auburn in Salem. Hunter told deptuies that he was on his way to the toy store and that his Father is home asleep and his mother is working.  Hunter was unable to guide deputies back to his home .

Deputies are asking  anyone who can help us locate Hunters parents to please call the Sheriff's Office 503 588 5032. 

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