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Cougar Sighting in Woodburn Area - 05/09/21

The Marion County Sheriff's Office received information of a cougar sighting in the area around Butteville and Ten Oaks Lane in Woodburn. It is reported to be a large cougar that is not afraid of humans or dogs. Be careful and do not approach if located. Please call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 503- 588-5032 if you see the animal. If seen within the city of Woodburn, please call The Woodburn Police Department non-emergency line at 503-982-2340.

Motorcyclist Killed in Head-on Collision Near Turner (Photo) - 04/30/21

On Friday, April 30th, 2021, a few minutes after 12:30 p.m., deputies were called to the report of a head-on collision involving a car and a motorcycle on Turner Road SE near Ahrens Road SE.  Tragically, the motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office CRASH team responded to lead the investigation.  Initial information at the scene indicates a green Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Turner Road when it went into the oncoming lane, striking the motorcyclist. 

The deceased motorcyclist has been identified as Wayne Laird, 66, of Scio.  The next of kin have been notified, they are requesting no contact from the media.

The driver of the Honda Accord remained on scene following the crash, they were not injured.  The name of the involved driver is not being released at this time.

Turner Road was closed to traffic for approximately 4 ½ hours while investigators processed the scene of the crash.  This is still an ongoing investigation; no arrests related to the crash have been made.  Due to this being an open investigation, no additional information is available for release.

Sex Offender Notification - 04/27/21

Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS 163A.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: Colombo, Michael Josep

SID#: 19682341

DOB: 12/01/1989



RACE: W                                             SEX: M

HEIGHT: 6' 00''                                   WEIGHT: 190 lbs

HAIR: BLN                                         EYES: BLU



Michael Joseph Colombo is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime of: Rape I Attempted

This person was granted supervision on: 03/26/2021

Supervision expiration date is: 07/08/2027


Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors

                                          [X] No places minors congregate


Victim profile: Adult and teenage females known to him.

Attached Media Files: Colombo_Michael.docx
Sheriff's Office Seeks Tips After Two Adults Leave Transition Center Without Authorization (Photo) - 04/26/21

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking community tips after two adults in custody left the Marion County Transition Center without authorization over the weekend.

On April 24, 2021 at 5:36 a.m., Tyler Barnhouse walked away from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center. Mr. Barnhouse is a white adult male, 5'8", 195 Ibs, with brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Barnhouse was serving a sentence on a Restraining Order violation and a probation revocation on a Telephonic Harassment. He was scheduled to be released on June 14, 2021. Mr. Barnhouse was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and black pants. 

On April 25, 2021 at 11:30 a.m., Steven Paul Long walked away from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center. Mr. Long is a white adult male, 6'1", 170 Ibs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Mr. Long was in custody for a Parole Violation for Burglary 1 and did not yet have a scheduled release date. Mr. Long was last seen wearing a black coat and light colored pants. 

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

If you see or know the locations of Mr. Barnhouse or Mr. Long, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.


Attached Media Files: Steven Long , Tyler Barnhouse
Salem Man Arrested Following Armed Barricade Situation in Brooks (Photo) - 04/26/21

On April 26th, 2021, at about 6:30 a.m. deputies went to a home on Pueblo Rd NE near Riverton St NE in the community of Brooks to arrest a man wanted on domestic violence charges. As deputies went to take the male into custody he fled to another part of the residence where multiple firearms were located.

Deputies backed out of the residence and helped other family members exit the home. While activating the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, the Willamette Valley Christian School, located across the street, was placed into lockdown.

Trained negotiators from the Sheriff’s Office worked to make phone contact with the suspect to encourage him to surrender safely. After multiple hours of negotiations, the suspect safely surrendered just after 11:00 a.m..

The male, Jamaal Flores, 43, has been charged with Assault in the Third Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree for his alleged involvement in an earlier domestic disturbance. Flores also had outstanding warrants for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the Third Degree, Unauthorized Departure, and Giving False Information to Police. Additional charges related to today's events have not yet been determined. Mr. Flores will be lodged at the Marion County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Woodburn Police Department and Salem Police Department during this incident. We would like to thank the staff at Willamette Valley Christian School for their quick action to lock down the school and notify parents of the activity.

Attached Media Files: Road_Closure.jpg , Scene.jpg
Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Death Following Car Fire ***Update 1***(Photo) (Photo) - 04/23/21

Investigators are continuing to investigate a suspicious death discovered following a car fire on Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021, on Sunnyview Road east of Salem.  An autopsy was performed today at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office; a final determination on the manner of death has not yet been made.  Until a final determination has been made, investigators are treating this as a possible homicide.

The victim has been identified as Juan Manuel Perez, 39, of Hillsboro. 

Detectives are requesting anyone who may have recently had contact with the victim or with information about this investigation to call our tip line at (503) 540-8079 or submit a tip online at

Investigators do not believe there is any outstanding danger to the public at this time.


***Original from 4/22/21 below***

On April 21st, 2021, at approximately 10:41 p.m., an off-duty firefighter reported a car fire on Sunnyview Road NE near Hibbard Rd NE in rural Marion County.  While firefighters worked to put out the car fire they a found a person deceased inside the vehicle. 

Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called in to investigate the suspicious death.  The victim has not yet been identified.  The investigation is still in preliminary stages, no additional information is available for release at time.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about this incident, or residents in the vicinity who may have surveillance footage, to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (503) 540-8079 or submit a tip online at

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in this investigation by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police, Silverton Fire District, and Stayton Police Department.

Commitment to Community - A Joint Statement from Local Law Enforcement Agencies (Photo) - 04/20/21

Today, April 20th, 2021, agency heads and elected officials from multiple local law enforcement agencies in Marion and Polk counties have come together to join us in affirming our Commitment to Community. 


Commitment to Community

In May of last year, the world watched for what seemed like an eternity as Mr. George Floyd, Jr. died as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. In the days, weeks and months that followed, we saw vigils, peaceful protests, violent demonstrations and calls to action for police and criminal justice reform.

Together, as a community, we wait for the outcome of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin who is being prosecuted for his role in Floyd’s death. Regardless of the verdict, we encourage our community to respond with peace and civility.

We see this moment in time as a unique opportunity to come together with our communities to seek better understanding and have meaningful and productive conversations around police reform. As law enforcement professionals, we stand with you in opposition to racism and hate.

Our commitment to the residents of Salem and Marion and Polk counties remains steadfast and clear. Together we can reflect upon our policies, practices, training and the ways in which we interact to reshape policing for the specific needs of our community. We will continue to work collaboratively with all members of our diverse community as we listen, learn, enhance relationships and strive for equity in the services we provide.


On behalf of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, we want to acknoweldge the following partner agencies for joining us in this release:

  • Keizer Police Department
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mt. Angel Police Department
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Salem Police Department
  • Silverton Police Department
  • Stayton Police Department
  • Woodburn Police Department