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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - 08/11/17

Deputies are currently on scene and investigating why a vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole killing the driver in the 11000 block of River Road NE. Traffic on River Road should expect delays as the road is currently down to a single lane. There were no other vehicles or people involved in the crash and traffic will be affected in the area for the next several hours. An update with additional details will be provided but that time frame is not yet known.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Makes Wish Come True For 9-year old boy. (Photo) - 08/11/17

On Friday, August 3rd, Undersheriff Troy Clausen swore in Nate Samoylich as a Special Deputy for the day. 9 year old, Nate has Leukemia and his dream job has always been to become a Police Officer. Once we heard his wish, we wanted to make him a part of our team.

Special Deputy Samoylich was issued a uniform, badge, and gear bag containing sheriff's office goodies. Nate started his workday enjoying hot chocolate and donuts. The break was quickly over when Marion County Circuit Court Judge Channing Bennett summoned the young deputy to his courtroom to provide security.

Leaving the courthouse Deputy Samoylich and Sergeant Jason Hickam got on the police radio notifying the dispatcher that they were in service to protect the residents and visitors of Marion County. Inside their Marion County Sheriff's Office Ford Mustang Deputy Samoylich and Sergeant Jason Hickam patrolled the streets on their way to our Central District Office.

At the office, Nate processed a crime scene, hung out with the SWAT Team and played with K9's. After a full day Nate patrolled his way home where he signed off at his house, leaving the streets of Marion County for the loving arms of his family.

Sergeant Jason Hickam, stated, "Today we made a dream come true and there is no better feeling." "Thank you Nate for choosing the Marion County Sheriff's Office and allowing us to be a part of your special day."

**Media** Public Information Officer Deputy Ethan Griffith is available for details and interviews. The Samoylich family is very thankful for Nates opportunity and has agreed to allow us to share his story. The family however does not wish to conduct media interviews.

Contact Info:
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Public Information Officer Dep. Ethan Griffith
Cell Phone: 503.932.7575
On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow

*** UPDATE #1 *** Sheriff's Deputies Are Investigating A One vehicle roll over injury crash along north fork road - 08/07/17

North fork road is once again open, however deputies from the crash team continue their investigation. Deputies report they believe alcohol to be a contributing factor in this crash.

One patient is still listed in critical condition. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Senior Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991.6743.


This evening at about 7:20 pm, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 34000 block of North Fork Rd SE regarding a reported one vehicle roll over injury crash. It appears there are two patience injured in this crash. Life flight was activated as a result and one patient was transported by air to an area hospital while they other patient was transported via ambulance.

Members of the Marion County Crash team have been activated and are on scene. This investigation is still on going and very fresh. North fork road is down to one lane at this time, if at all possible avoid this area for the next several hours. There are no photos available at this time. It is expected no further press releases will be going out this evening.

Deputies Arrest Two After Lengthy Robbery Investigation (Photo) - 08/04/17

On July 29th, at approximately 8 p.m., Marion County deputies were called to a residence on Porter Way SE, near Aumsville. The victim Robert Carrol, age 63, reported he had been assaulted inside of his home and a shot had been fired during the altercation.

After a lengthy investigation deputies were able to identify two suspects Douglas Marlatt, age 56, of Turner and Mallory Seck, age 44, of Salem. On August 1st, at approximately 8:00 a.m., deputies arrested Mr. Marlatt on his way into work, Mr. Marlatt was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remains in custody on 100,000 bail.

On August 3rd, at approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies executed a search warrant at Mr. Marlatt's residence on Duckflat Road SE, near Turner. Inside the residence Deputies found Ms. Seck and arrested her without incident. Ms. Seck was taken to the Marion County Jail where she will be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m.

Mr. Marlatt and Ms. Secks criminal charges and court dates can be found on our web site by following this link.

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Man Accused of Sexual Assault at Unlicensed Day Care (Photo) - 08/03/17

Yesterday, detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Jeffrey Rauch, age 53, of Salem and lodged him at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Sex Abuse 1 x 3, Sodomy 1 and Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object.

On July 25th, detectives were called after a minor accused Rauch of a sexual assault. Detectives believe the assault took place at the Rauch residence which is located in the 4000 block of Ward Drive NE in Salem. At the time of the assault the residence was being operated as an unlicensed day care.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking to speak to anyone who may have or may have known anyone who used the Rauch residence for daycare services. If you believe you have information that can help detectives please call our tip line at 503 540 8079. Or you can submit a tip by texting TIPMCSO and your message to 847411.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Welcomes K-9 Deputy Zeke (Photo) - 07/30/17

Earlier this summer the Marion County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member to our enforcement team. K9 Zeke a 3 year old Belgian Malinois and his partner Senior Deputy Peter Marcellais are now settling in and working hard for the visitors and residents of Marion County.

He and Zeke finished their K9 handler certification school in May and had their first apprehension together last weekend while assisting the Woodburn Police Department in search of a wanted subject. Sr. Dep. Marcellais says, "Zeke is a very playful puppy and his favorite thing to do is work". "He will shake with excitement when I get him suited up and ready for our shift".

The purchase of Zeke was made possible by a generous donation from Don Mortensen a Marion County resident. Mr. Mortsensen made the donation in honor of his late wife and their love for animals. Sr. Dep. Marcellais and Zeke made a visit to Mr. Mortensen to show their appreciation.

To learn more about our K9 Team and how you can make a donation please visit our website at

Story written by Deputy Ethan Griffith Marion County Sheriff's Office

*** UPDATE #1 *** Marion county Sheriff's Office Search For Two Overdue Hikers - 07/21/17

We are pleased to report the two missing hikers have been located, in the jawbone flats of the recreation area. This was about 1 1/2 miles south of the whetstone mountain area where it was believed they had last texted family from. They are not requesting any medical attention and appear to be healthy.


Deputies and volunteers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office along with Linn County Sheriff's Office are searching for two overdue hikers in the Opal Creek recreation area. The search began this morning for the couple, a 19 year old male and 21 year old female who set out for a day hike yesterday. They texted family yesterday at around 5:40 pm saying if they didn't hear from them by midnight that they may need help. The two are avid hikers and it is believed they have adequate supplies with them. Search crews are working on air operations to assist with this search.

A command post has been established at the Elkhorn Fire Station, which will also be a staging location for media. As additional information becomes available, additional press releases will be sent out.