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DUI Patrols Added in Santiam Canyon (Photo) - 07/19/19

It’s rodeo time in the Santiam Canyon!  As rodeo fans gather in Sublimity this weekend for the Santiam Canyon Stampede the Sheriff’s Office will be out on the roadways promoting traffic safety.  As a part of this effort, the Traffic Safety Team will have additional deputies working Friday and Saturday nights looking for drunk drivers.

The additional patrols during summer events such as the Santiam Canyon Stampede are funded by grants obtained from our partner agencies at the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Remember, as you make your rodeo plans, don’t forget the designated driver!

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California Man Drowns at North Fork Park (Photo) - 07/18/19

This afternoon at approximately 2:09 pm, emergency services were dispatched for a water rescue at North Fork Park along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River in Marion County.  It was reported a swimmer had gone underwater and did not resurface. 

Prior to emergency services arriving on scene, bystanders were able to get the adult swimmer out of the water.  Emergency responders from Lyons Fire District and Stayton Fire District took extensive efforts to attempt to resuscitate the male; tragically he was pronounced as deceased at the scene.

The deceased swimmer has been identified as Baltazar Tellovelasco, 29, of Oxnard, California. 

Deputies learned Tellovelasco had gone into the water to assist his 12-year-old daughter who appeared to be in distress.  She was able to make it out safely; however, Tellovelasco was not able to return to shore. 

The Little North Fork of the Santiam River is a popular recreational area in the Santiam Canyon.  Even on warm days, the water remains very cold, swift, and can be deeper than anticipated by swimmers.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office suggests swimmers exercise caution by following some simple steps:

  • Never swim alone
  • Avoid alcohol and marijuana around the water
  • Wear a lifejacket
  • Know how to perform CPR
  • Know how and where you can call 911

The Sheriff’s Office reminds visitors there is very little to no cell phone reception in the North Fork area of the Santiam River.  There are two 911 call boxes located on the outside wall of the Elk Horn Fire Station and at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park.

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Deputies on Scene of Plane Crash Into a Farm Field ***Update***(Photo) (Photo) - 07/16/19

On July 16th, at approximately 1:23 pm emergency personnel were dispatched to a single engine plane reported to have crashed into a farm field.  When deputies arrived, the plane was fully engulfed in flames.

The pilot told deputies while flying from the Albany area to the Aurora Airport he experienced mechanical issues which led to the plane catching fire mid-flight.  The pilot made an emergency landing into the farm field and was able to walk away from the crash with non-life threatening injuries.

The pilot has been identified as Eugene Mitchell, 73, of Portland.  Mr. Mitchell is a military veteran, with flying experience dating back to Vietnam.  Mr. Mitchell was taken to a local hospital for his injuries where he was treated and released.

Emergency services from Aumsville Fire District, Marion County Fire District #1 and an ambulance from Santiam Hospital all responded to the scene to provide assistance.

The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate releasing any additional information regarding this incident.

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This afternoon at approximately 1:23 pm, emergency services were dispatched to an air craft crash into a field in the area of Jordan St SE and Howell Prairie Rd SE in Marion County.  When deputies arrived on scene, the single engine plane was fully engulfed in flames.  The pilot was able to get out of the plane after making an emergency landing into a farm field.

The pilot told deputies he was forced to make an emergency landing in the field after his plane caught fire in the air after experiencing mechanical issues.  The pilot was taken to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane and there are no other reported injuries as a result of the crash.  The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board have been notified of the crash.

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Sheriff Kast Promotes Jeff Wood to Undersheriff (Photo) - 07/16/19

This afternoon Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast hosted the summer swearing in ceremony for new Sheriff’s Office employees.  During today’s ceremony, 14 employees were sworn in as deputy sheriffs and four more were recognized as they joined the Sheriff’s Office in non-sworn roles.  Community Corrections Commander Jeff Wood was promoted and sworn in as Undersheriff.

Undersheriff Wood began his career in 1994 as a Corrections Specialist with the Marion County Department of Corrections and has over 25 years of experience in the juvenile and adult correctional fields.  Appointed by the Marion County Sheriff as a division commander in March 2009, Wood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and has earned his Executive Certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff Wood has received extensive training in evidence-based practices and has implemented a number of programs within the Community Corrections Division.  Undersheriff Wood has regularly provided legislative testimony on issues pertaining to sex offender supervision, registration, electronic monitoring, transition and reentry, and community corrections funding.  Wood just completed a two-year term as President of the Oregon Community Corrections Directors Association, currently serves as Chair of the Marion County Justice Reinvestment Council, sits on the Governor’s Reentry Council, and Oregon’s Corrections Forecast Committee.

Sheriff Kast thanked the family and friends who were in attendance to support their loved ones, stating “This job is challenging and rewarding.  However, this can’t be done without the love and support shown by the family and friends behind each of these new members of our office.”

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Inmate Walks Away From Transition Center **Update - Inmate In Custody**(Photo) (Photo) - 07/10/19

Following an anonymous tip, Ms. Langley was located by the Salem Police Department in northeast Salem shortly after 3:00 pm.  Ms. Langley was taken into custody and taken to Marion County Jail.  She will be facing a new charge of Unlawful Possession of Heroin in addition to charges associated with her unauthorized departure from the Transition Center.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners in the media and the Salem Police Department for their assistance with getting Ms. Langley back into custody.

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On July 10th, 2019 at 9:08 am, Celina Langley walked away from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Transition Center.  Ms. Langley, 22, is a white female adult, 5’5”, 115 lbs, with black hair and hazel eyes.  Ms. Langley is a transient and was reported to have been last seen on Barnes Av SE in Salem shortly after 10:00 am earlier today.  Ms. Langley was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Ms. Langely was in custody for a Parole Violation, she was scheduled to be released on July 18th, 2019.

The Sheriff’s Office Transition Center provides an intermediate sanction between Jail and Probation.  Unlike the Jail, the Transition Center provides minimum-security supervision.  Residents are expected to work, either at their own jobs, or by performing community services.

If you see or know the location of Ms. Langley, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 07/01/19

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections 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: Christopher Robert Cassidy

SID#: 19630898

DOB: 12/28/1993

CURRENT AGE: 25

RACE: W                                 SEX: M

HEIGHT: 5'8"                           WEIGHT: 145 LBS

HAIR: BRO                              EYES: BRO

RESIDENCE: 3263 ARGYLE DRIVE S.

                       SALEM, OREGON 97302

 

Christopher Robert Cassidy is on Community Supervision for the crimes of: SEX ABUSE II N (x2) and ASSAULT IV

This person was granted supervision on: 6/12/2019

Supervision expiration date is: 6/11/2022

Special restrictions include:               [X] No contact with minors (male/female)

                                                           [X] Sex Offender Treatment        

                                                           [X] Submit to Polygraph

                                                           [X] No Alcohol

Other: Cassidy’s victim pool includes adult females known to him.

Community Corrections Deputy: Derek Hayman

Phone: 503.316.6644

E-Mail: dhayman@co.marion.or.us

 

CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, AND MAY BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW

 

 

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Traffic Enforcement Operation Planned in French Prairie Area ***Update***(Photo) (Photo) - 07/01/19

Last week the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team conducted a traffic enforcement operation focused in the French Prairie area.  Deputies spent 4 hours during the afternoon commute on June 26th and 4 hours during morning commute on June 28th enforcing traffic laws related to dangerous driving habits.  This area of Marion County has experienced multiple traffic fatalities during 2019 and continues to be an area of focus for the Sheriff’s Office with enhanced traffic patrols.

In preparation for this enforcement operation, the Sheriff’s Office issued a media release telling the community about the upcoming focused patrols in an effort to bring awareness to dangerous driving habits.  Earlier in the month, we collaborated with our partners at the Oregon Farm Bureau, ODOT, and local farmers by participating in a press conference at a local farm to deliver additional traffic safety messages.  Prior to and during this traffic enforcement operation, Marion County Public Works set up portable message trailers warning drivers about the safety patrols.  This was the second traffic enforcement operation conducted in the French Prairie area to focus on commute times in the last 6 weeks.

Despite the extensive efforts to educate drivers of the dangers of aggressive driving habits, deputies still made 84 traffic stops and issued 116 citations along with 8 warnings.  Of those citations, 68 were for speeding.  Deputies reported speeds as high as 98 mph were encountered in addition to one driver going 60 mph in a 25 mph zone through St. Paul.

As we enter the holiday week, the Sheriff’s Office will be continuing with focused patrols around the French Prairie area.  We will also be utilizing grants from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association to add DUII patrols during the annual St. Paul Rodeo.

We would like to thank Marion County Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association and our community stakeholders for their continued efforts to promote traffic safety in Marion County.

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This week the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team will again be focusing their efforts in the French Prairie area of Marion County.  On June 26th and 28th, deputies will be conducting a traffic enforcement operation during the morning and evening commutes.  This area of Marion County experiences a heavy amount of commuter traffic along multiple roadways including; Highway 219, River Road, French Prairie Road, McKay Road, Yergen Road and Ehlen Road.

Driving habits such as speeding, cell phone use, unsafe passing, and following too close have all been identified as contributing factors to serious injury and fatal traffic crashes throughout Marion County.  Year to date in 2019, there have been 12 fatalities as a result of crashes on Marion County roadways.  The most recent fatal crash was on June 16th in the French Prairie area.

This enforcement operation is part of an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Office to work collaboratively with our community stakeholders to improve traffic safety in the French Prairie area.  In May of this year, the Sheriff’s Office did a similar enforcement operation which resulted in 106 traffic stops being made in an 8 hour period and the issuance of 146 citations.  Over 90 of those citations were for speeding.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage drivers to slow down and drive responsibly.  This traffic enforcement operation is being funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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