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Deputies Searching For Armed Suspect **Final**(Photo) (Photo) - 09/13/19

On September 12th a few minutes before 12:00 pm, Community Corrections Deputies spotted a corrections client, Robert Steven Dailey, who had multiple warrants for his arrest, including violating the terms of his parole. When deputies attempted to take the man into custody on Elma Av SE near Munkers St SE, he produced a silver handgun and fled into the residential neighborhood. Deputies lost sight of the suspect and requested additional law enforcement respond to help locate him.

Due to the proximity of multiple schools in the area, the Salem-Keizer School District was notified and placed multiple schools into lock down status as a precaution. Over 30 law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Police responded to the area to assist with the search.

As the search for the suspect progressed, deputies were able to narrow the search to a home under construction in the 4100 block of Glenwood Dr SE. The Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team responded to the residence and confronted the suspect inside of the building where he was safely taken into custody shortly after 4:00 pm.

Deputies remained in the area after Mr. Dailey was taken into custody and were able to locate a stolen firearm believed to have been possessed by the suspect during this incident.

The suspect, Robert Steven Dailey, is a 38-year-old man from Salem. He is currently on post-prison supervision for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has been lodged at the Marion County Jail and has been charged with the following crimes: Theft 1, Escape II, Burglary II, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Mr. Dailey also had multiple warrants for his arrest, including a parole violation.

Following yesterday's incident, Undersheriff Jeff Wood stated; "We are relieved the search for Mr. Dailey came to a safe resolution. I'm proud of the courage and restraint our deputies displayed while handling this volatile situation. We appreciate the great working relationship we have with our local law enforcement partners and the Salem-Keizer School District to ensure we are doing all that we can to keep our community and children safe."

Mr. Dailey is scheduled to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex today at 3:00 pm.


Mr. Daily has been located and was taken into custody by Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT in the 4100 block of Glenwood Dr SE a short time after 4:00 pm.  Deputies are doing additional investigation into today's incident.  A final release with more detailed information will be sent out tomorrow morning.


On September 12th, shortly before noon, two Community Corrections Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office attempted to take a wanted subject into custody on Elma Av SE near Munkers St SE.  As deputies approached the suspect, he produced a handgun and fled into the residential neighborhood.  No shots were fired.

The suspect, Robert Steven Dailey, is a 38-year-old white male currently on post prison supervision for the unlawful possession of a firearm.  Dailey is approximately 6’0, 200lbs, bald, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored jacket, and a blue hat.  He has an outstanding warrant for violating his parole.

Law enforcement from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Police all responded to the area.  Multiple K-9 teams have been deployed to assist with the search and schools in the area have been placed into lockdown as a precaution.  The search is still active at this time.

Deputies are asking anyone who sees Dailey to call 911 immediately, he is considered armed and dangerous.

TST Vehicle
TST Vehicle
DUI Patrols increased for Mt. Angel Oktoberfest (Photo) - 09/11/19

This year marks the 54th year of the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. The festival kicks off September 12th and runs through the 15th. “People come from all over the U.S. and enjoy the authenticity of the German Festival,” said Monica Bochsler – Public Relations Director for Mt. Angel Oktoberfest.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to be safe and do not drink and drive. Deputies will be out on the roadways promoting traffic safety. As part of this effort, more deputies will be in the area looking for drunk and impaired drivers during this 4-day event.

The additional patrols during this and many other summer events 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 plans for Oktoberfest this year, don’t forget the designated driver!


Attached Media Files: TST Vehicle
Trespass Call Results in Temporary Road Closure (Photo) - 09/10/19

On September 10th, 2019 at approximately 10:30 am, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1996 Toyota pickup on Wheatland Rd N near Parkmeadow Lane N in Keizer.  The vehicle was being driven by a male who was reported to have been trespassing on a property in the 14000 block of French Prairie Road NE a few hours earlier.  Following the original trespass call, deputies learned the male had previously been arrested for trespassing at that same location and had violated his release agreement by returning to the residence.  As deputies attempted to get the driver to exit his vehicle he was not cooperative and refused to exit the Toyota pickup. 

As a precaution, law enforcement officers closed Wheatland Road N near Parkmeadow Lane N to traffic while deputies negotiated with the male who was still refusing to exit the vehicle.  About one hour following the original traffic stop, the male finally agreed to step out of his vehicle and surrender peacefully. 

The driver has been identified as Joel Haskins, a 29-year-old Salem man.  He was taken into custody for violating his release agreement.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Keizer Police Department and the Salem Police Department for their assistance during this incident.

Attached Media Files: Wheatland_Rd.jpg
Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 09/06/19


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: Sevits, Dustin Alexander                                                      

SID#: 12058615

DOB: 01/24/1981



HEIGHT: 5' 10''       WEIGHT: 175lbs

HAIR: BLN              EYES: BLU


SALEM, OR 97305

Dustin Alexander Sevits is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: ELUDE POLI, UN USE VEH, THEFT I

This person was granted supervision on: 1/29/2019

Supervision expiration date is: 1/28/2020

Special restrictions include: [X] NO USE OR POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL

Other: Sevits’ victim pool includes minor females unknown to him.


Attached Media Files: Sevits.tif
Child Reports Being Chased by Stranger Following First Day of School ***Update*** - 09/05/19

On September 4th, 2019, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an 11-year-old girl being chased by an unknown male while walking home from school.  Through additional investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has learned that while a male was walking behind the child, he did not actively chase her at any time and he is not reported to have said anything to the child while behind her.  The student told deputies something about the man’s behavior made her feel unsafe.  Due to feeling unsafe, the child ran away to a safe location. 

Prior to this incident being reported to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies had contacted a male in the area who matched the description given by the student.  Deputies were able to determine the man was doing door to door sales in the area. Based upon the available information at this time it does not appear as if a crime was committed.

Deputies would still like to speak with the male regarding the incident from yesterday afternoon.  The student described the male as being a black male adult, 40’s-50’s, thin, approximately 6’0”, braided hair with blond or gold colored tips, and no facial hair.  The male is reported to have been wearing a plain white short-sleeve shirt and black jeans with tears in them.  If residents see a male in the area matching the description given by the child, we are asking them to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032. 

The Sheriff's Office wants to encourage parents to continue to talk with their children about safety and what to do if they feel unsafe.  We applaud this student for taking action when they felt unsafe and telling a trusted adult about what happened.


This evening the Sheriff’s Office received information that an 11-year-old female student reported to her family members she was being followed after school today by an unknown male.  The child, a student at Adam Stephen’s Middle School, told deputies as they were walking home they noticed an unknown black male adult walking behind them and a group of her friends.  The juvenile said after she left the group and began walking down the street toward her residence alone, the male began chasing her.  The student said she was able to get home and lock herself inside of the residence.  She told her family about what happened when they arrived home later.

The male was described by the child as being a black male adult, 40’s-50’s, thin, approximately 6’0”, braided hair with blond or gold colored tips, and no facial hair.  The male is reported to have been wearing a plain white short-sleeve shirt and black jeans with tears in them.

The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with officials from the Salem-Keizer School District regarding this incident.  The Sheriff’s Office will have an increased presence in the areas around the school tomorrow in addition to additional security from the Salem-Keizer School District. 

As school resumes, deputies would like to offer the following safety tips to parents:

  • Go over the route with your child.
  •  Point out safe places for them to go if they feel threatened. 
  • Tell them to avoid shortcuts through alleys or secluded areas.
  • Teach your child to stay more than an adult arm's length away from any car that is occupied by a person trying to talk to him or her, so that they cannot be reached by the person inside the car.
  • If someone encourages your child to get into the car, to help find a lost pet, or to leave with them for any reason, he or she should yell "no' as loudly as possible and run to the closest adult whom they know and trust.
  • Teach your child to run in the opposite direction from the one the car is facing. 
  • Remind your child to call 911 to report any attempted luring

Deputies are actively investigating this report and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

Search and Rescue Recovers Body of Hiker Missing for Three Years (Photo) - 09/03/19

On September 3rd, 2019, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinated the recovery of a hiker who had been reported as missing since July 30th, 2016.  The hiker, Riley Zickel, was originally reported as missing after not returning from the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area following what was intended to be an overnight hike. 

Search and Rescue teams from the Sheriff’s Office and multiple other agencies spent 7 days searching for Mr. Zickel before search efforts were suspended on August 6th, 2016.  During those 7 days, more than 340 people covered over 350 square miles in the Willamette National Forest around Mount Jefferson.  In total, approximately 5,000 hours were dedicated to search efforts to locate Mr. Zickel.  Riley Zickel was 21-years-old when he was originally reported as missing.

Approximately 3 weeks ago the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by climbers who believed they had located the body of Mr. Zickel in a glacial area above Jefferson Park on Mt. Jefferson.  The area where he was located is extremely steep with loose rocks and rock avalanches, making this an extremely challenging recovery effort.  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue partnered with Corvallis Mountain Rescue, the Civil Air Patrol, and the United States Forest Service to plan the today’s recovery mission.

The missing hiker’s father, Robin Zickel, traveled to Oregon from California to be present for the recovery mission.  Robin Zickel was at the trailhead when searchers brought his son out of the Jefferson Wilderness Area.

Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast stated, “We are grateful to the many organizations that helped make today’s recovery of Mr. Zickel possible.  Without their contributions, we would not have been able to bring closure to the Zickel family after these three long years.”


Original news release from August 6th, 2016:

After seven days of searching, the decision has been made to suspend the active search for missing hiker Riley Zickel. Mr. Zickel went missing after entering the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area Wednesday, July 27th. Mr. Zickel departed from Breitenbush Lake Road at the Pacific Crest Trail head where he intended to hike for one day and return the following day to visit friends in Seattle. Mr. Zickel was last seen on the Pacific Crest Trail just north of Jefferson Park where he visited with another hiker along the trail. 

The decision to suspend the active search was made after exhausting all available leads. Mr. Zickel's family members were present at the Command Post throughout the search and have been made aware of the decision to suspend the search. 

Over 340 searchers dedicated approximately 5000 hours to search 350 square miles of the Willamette National Forest north and south of Mt. Jefferson. The main focus of the search was the area between Mt. Jefferson, Jefferson Park, Park Butte and the surrounding areas. The area is heavily forested and has many ridges and valleys. Areas of snow complicated the search and, in spite of the snow, daytime temperatures occasionally reached 90 degrees. The elevation of the search area varied from 5000-7500' above sea level. 

The Incident Commander, Sergeant Shane Burnham, directed the Marion County Search and Rescue Teams (SAR) and support personnel throughout the duration of the search. Our teams were backed up by SAR teams from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Pacific NW SAR, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave, Warm Springs Police, Fire and Fish and Game, United States Forrest Service, the Portland Police Bureau, Detroit and Idanaha Fire District and the Oregon State Parks Department. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the citizens and business owners in the city of Detroit for their support during this very difficult search. 

Salem based helicopters from the Oregon Army National Guard and Cessna 182 aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol flew daily above the search area, but were unable to spot any sign of Mr. Zickel. Hundreds of hikers were contacted during the search and missing person flyers were posted at trail heads along the Pacific Crest Trail as far south as Big Lake Youth Camp and north to Timberline Lodge. 

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "It is a very difficult decision to withdraw resources from this search. Our SAR teams and staff worked tirelessly to find Mr. Zickel. We're very grateful for the assistance provided by our public safety partners, and our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Zickel's family". 

The search for Mr. Zickel will remain open until he is found. We will respond to any new information regarding his whereabouts. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact our tip line at 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724.   


Attached Media Files: Command_Post.jpg , Mt_Jefferson.jpg
Mill City Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Breitenbush Road - 09/03/19

On September 2nd, 2019 at approximately 8:12 pm, deputies were dispatched to the report of a serious motorcycle crash near mile post 9 of Breitenbush Road SE.  The crash was discovered by another motorcycle rider who came across the crash.

Prior to deputies arriving on scene, the involved motorcycle rider was pronounced as deceased.  The involved motorcycle rider has been identified as Nathan Tonroy, a 41-year-old man from Mill City, Oregon.

During the initial investigation, deputies determined the rider of the 2006 Yamaha motorcycle left the roadway after failing to negotiate a curve.  Deputies believe speed was likely a contributing factor to the crash.

If anyone has information about the crash they should contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Breitenbush Fire Department and the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District.

5-year-old Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle (Photo) - 09/01/19

At approximately 9:21 pm on August 31st, 2019, a 911 call was received reporting a 5-year-old boy had been struck by a vehicle while at a large gathering on a rural property in the 10600 block of Monitor-McKee Road NE in Marion County.  When emergency responders arrived they attempted to resuscitate the child; tragically the child was pronounced as deceased at the scene.

Detectives and crash investigators were called out to the scene to investigate.  The involved driver remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.  At this time it does not appear as if alcohol was a contributing factor.

This is still an active investigation; no additional details will be released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Gervais Police Department, Oregon State Police, Keizer Police Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Hubbard Police Department, Mt. Angel Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Willamette Valley Communications Center, METCOM 911 and Crisis Chaplaincy Services.

Attached Media Files: Media_Release.png
Late Night Traffic Stop Leads to Gun Seizure (Photo) - 08/30/19

Shortly before midnight on August 29th, 2019, a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on Brown Road NE near Surfwood Drive NE in northeast Salem.  As the deputy spoke with the driver, the deputy could see an assault rifle sitting on the back seat of the car.  The deputy learned the driver, Tyler Alvis, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and took him into custody.  When deputies searched the car they also located a loaded handgun underneath the driver’s seat and a small quantity of methamphetamine. 

During the roadside investigation, deputies determined Alvis is on parole out of Marion County for the delivery of heroin and is a convicted felon.  The handgun had previously been reported as stolen several months earlier.  Both guns were seized by deputies as evidence.

Tyler Alvis, a 28-year-old Salem man, is facing charges for; Felon in Possession of a Firearm X 2, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft I, and Parole Violations.  He is currently lodged at the Marion County Jail. 

Alvis is scheduled for arrangement this afternoon, August 30th, at 3:00 pm at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

Attached Media Files: Alvis.jpg , Rifle_68.jpg
Sheriff Kast Issues Statement Following Arrest of Salem Area Man - 08/22/19

In the last few days the Sheriff’s Office has received several questions about an incident Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast witnessed on Tuesday afternoon, August 20th, while having a coffee meeting outside the IKE Box in downtown Salem.  To help with inquiries around that incident, Sheriff Kast is issuing the following statement:

On Tuesday afternoon I was having a coffee meeting outside the IKE Box in downtown Salem when a male walking with a bicycle suddenly stopped at a nearby table.  When the male continued down the sidewalk I saw him stop, turn around, and make an obscene gesture toward the three men still sitting at the table.  When I asked the men what had happened, they told me the man with the bicycle had spat upon one of them and made a racial slur toward them.

Although in uniform, I did not have a radio with me so I called 911 to request Salem Police respond.  The oldest of the three men, a mentor to the other two, helped to keep an eye on the man pushing the bicycle while Salem Police responded and was able to ultimately take Mr. Anderson-Justis into custody.

As a veteran law enforcement officer of nearly 28 years, this was the first time I have witnessed firsthand something of this nature when working.  I was impressed with the maturity and level of restraint all three men showed after being subjected to this type of offensive behavior.  Instead of reacting with hostility or anger, these three men took the higher road in a difficult situation.  I am glad I was there to be a witness and help out in this situation, but I hope I never witness anything like this again in our community, or any community for that matter.

I would like to thank the Salem Police Department for their professionalism and timely response to this incident.  It is imperative as law enforcement we take such acts seriously and take the initiative to do our part to hold people accountable for committing such offensive acts.

French Prairie Area the Focus of Multi-Agency Traffic Safety Operation (Photo) - 08/21/19

On Tuesday, August 20th, the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team was joined by multiple partner law enforcement agencies to conduct a traffic safety blitz in the French Prairie area of Marion County.    In total, 17 law enforcement officers from 7 different agencies contributed to provide patrols between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm.

During yesterday’s enforcement event law enforcement officers made 148 traffic stops, issued 119 citations and 76 warnings.  Of the 119 citations which were issued, 75 were speed related.  This is the third traffic safety blitz the Sheriff’s Office has conducted in the French Prairie area since May of this year following several motor vehicle crashes which resulted in serious and fatal injuries over the last year. 

In addition to the increased law enforcement presence in the area, Marion County Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation placed portable reader boards in the area informing drivers of the enhanced safety patrols.

The Traffic Safety Team utilizes a three pronged approach to enhance traffic safety; Education, Engineering, and Enforcement.  As part of these efforts, the Sheriff’s Office continues to collaborate with Marion County Public Works, the Oregon Department of Transportation, other law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders to seek out improvements which promote traffic safety on Marion County roadways.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Wilsonville Police Department, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, and Woodburn Police Department for their assistance during this traffic safety effort.  This enforcement operation was funded using grant money provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Media_Release.png