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Today at about 4 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a person screaming in the Willamette River. While boat crews from the Sheriff's Office and the Salem Fire Department were responding a Keizer Police Officer spotted the person and kept watch as they drifted down the river.
Salem Fire Departments Boat 5 was first to arrive on scene and pulled an adult female from the water. The female was rushed from the water to a waiting ambulance at the Keizer Rapids Park. The female was extremely hypothermic and rushed to the Salem Hospital where she is being treated. The identity of the female and how she ended up in the water is unknown at this time, deputies do believe alcohol played a role.
The Marion County Public Works Department has been working through the day to clear a landslide that blocked a section of River Road South between Sawmill and Orville Roads. The slide brought down numerous trees and power lines during the collapse.
Road crews estimate the slide spilled some 200 yards of debris or roughly 20 dump truck loads. The road crews anticipate the slide will be cleared and the roadway potentially reopened around 6 pm this evening. As a precaution crews will be monitoring slide overnight.
Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.
This morning around 8:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the residence of Henry Conly Fitchett, age 87, located in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora. Henry Conly Fitchett was reported missing on January 29th of this year by family members. During the search, detectives found the deceased body of Henry Conly Fitchett inside of his residence.
Edward Fitchett, age 59, Henry Conly Fitchett's son, has been arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I, Criminal Mistreatment I, Identity Theft I and Abuse of a Corpse. This is an active criminal investigation. An autopsy will be scheduled and performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
The Sheriff's Office will not provide any further details surrounding our investigation at this time. Mr. Edward Fitchett is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.
January 29th, of this year, deputies were called to a residence in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora to investigate a missing person. Family told deputies that Henry Conley Fitchett Jr., age 87, has been missing since September of 2016. Mr. Fitchett is 5'02" tall, 169 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.
Family believes Mr. Conley may have moved to the Estacada area with a girlfriend but he has not been seen or heard from since. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Conley to please call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.
This morning around 10:40 a.m., deputies were called to Santana Village Park in south east Salem, after a victim reported being robbed at gun point. The victim who was walking his dog at the time of the robbery stated, he was approached by an adult male who produced a handgun and demanded money.
The suspect is a white male adult, 6' tall, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, black baseball hat and blue jeans. The male made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled the area on foot, to the north, through the park. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.
Yesterday Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Rohan Cordy, age 28, of Polk County for the crimes of Sodomy 1, Rape 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Sexual Abuse III, Supplying Alcohol to a Minor and Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Content. Cordy is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage minor at a YMCA summer camp in Marion County. The suspect worked at the camp as councilor located at Silver Falls State Park between the months of June and August of 2016.
In addition to his work with the YMCA, Cordy is a 2nd grade teacher at Holley Elementary School in Sweet Home. Currently the Sheriff's Office has no information to support that there are any additional victims outside of the YMCA camp.
The YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties and the Sweet Home School District have been actively assisting the Sheriff's Office during its investigation. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Cordy to please call Detective Matt Hagan at 503-316-6605. Cordy is set to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court annex at 3 p.m. today.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety team will be adding additional patrols during the month of February. Deputies will be putting on their uniforms and taking to the roadways to detect dangerous driving behaviors like DUII, Distracted Driving and Seat Belt usage.
The Sheriff's Office will begin its first patrols this Super Bowl weekend working to detect and arrest drivers who choose to operate their vehicles under the influence. Building on the theme of Super Bowl Sunday, deputies will round out the month with a safety belt "blitz."
Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the western states boast the highest percentage of seatbelt usage at 95% in 2015? Sadly though, three people will lose their lives to drunk driving just in the time it takes to watch a football game. So please if you are out celebrating with a drink or a smoke please don't get behind the wheel.
On February 1st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was informed that Bradley Monical, age 46 and Brian Eller, age 40 were indicted on the charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault 1, Escape 1, Strangulation and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer.
The charges stem from an alleged assault in November of 2016, of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Stacy Headrick, a 14 year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details regarding the investigation and is referring any questions to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.