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Following an approximately month long investigation, the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, assisted by the Keizer Police Department, and a narcotics detection K-9 and handler from the Oregon State Police, served search warrants late last night in the 1300 block of Rafael Av N and the 3700 block of Portland Rd NE. Detectives seized approximately 17 pounds of methamphetamine, 5 pounds of cocaine, ?1/4 pound of heroin, 10,000 oxycodone pills, 40 pounds of marijuana, over $40,000 in cash, 5 firearms, and two sets of body armor.
Taken into custody was 36 year old Casey Miser who lived on Rafael Av N. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on an extensive list of drug and weapons charges.
Protecting the integrity of a crime scene is essential, but even more so when officers have the need to protect the dignity and privacy of an individual. Now, thanks to the Salem Police Foundation and local donors, Michael and Beverly Carrick, the police department has a large crime scene tent for just such circumstances.
Ten feet by ten feet in size, the tent will serve to shield the victim, the evidence and even passersby in circumstances when the scene may be in the full view of the public. The structure will even provide protection of the scene from the elements.
"Preserving evidence until investigations are complete is crucial for any crime scene," said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw, Support Division Commander. "But it becomes even more important when we want to preserve the privacy of a victim as some crime settings may be sensitive to them and their families."
The tent was donated by the Carricks through the Salem Police Foundation. It was at the foundation's annual event, Breakfast with the Chief, when Michael Carrick became aware of the need.
The generosity of the Carricks is not new to the Salem Police Department. In 2013, the Carrick Family gifted funds for the purchase of a modern fuming chamber to develop latent prints. Previously, the department utilized a fish tank to process fingerprints from evidence. Each year since, the Carricks have made a donation to the Salem Police Foundation in support of the police department's needs.
Said Bellshaw, "The donation of the Crime Scene Body Shield by the Carricks is just another demonstration of the care they have for their community and their wonderful support of the police department."
The next Salem Police Foundation Breakfast with the Chief is February 22. For more information go to www.salempolicefoundation.org.
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A Salem woman is in custody on multiple charges following an incident where she was able to manipulate her restraints and steal a Salem Police patrol vehicle.
The incident began at approximately 3:15 pm when Salem Police officers contacted 25-year old Rebecca J Payne of Salem. She was at a motel in the 1400 block of Hawthorne Ave NE and had valid warrants for her arrest.
At the time Payne was being taken into custody, she was complaining of severe pain due to the physical nature of her body. As a result, the officers took measures to alleviate her discomfort as much as possible and modified the application of the handcuffs on her. They also opened the vehicle windows in order to further minimize her discomfort.
As the officers were addressing other subjects at the scene, Payne was able to manipulate her handcuffs to the point that she escaped from the rear seat of the patrol vehicle, then got into the driver's seat and drove off with the vehicle. Other Salem officers pursued Payne for a short distance, but her erratic operation of the patrol vehicle caused officers to discontinue the pursuit out of concern for public safety. However, officers were able to monitor the location of the patrol vehicle and continued to follow in a safer manner.
The vehicle was located a short distance away, crashed into some landscaping materials at Sunnyview Rd NE and Childs Ave NE. Payne was located by a police canine hiding a short distance away and taken into custody without further incident.
There were no injuries in the incident and the patrol vehicle suffered moderate damage.
Payne is being booked into the Marion County Corrections Facility on a warrant for Parole Violation as well as charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude an Officer, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Mischief and Escape.
This incident remains under investigation and further charges are possible.
Salem Police Officers will be participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The first will be from February 6 through February 19, 2017.
The department will be increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint violations, and cell phone use (specifically texting) during this two week campaign. This Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that utilizes Federal funding from the US Department of Transportation. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed and impaired drivers.
A statewide observation survey in 2016 found 96% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes last year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old, but the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%.
Oregon law states that a child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat and a child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds and less than eight years old or is less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.
"BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS" of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USDOT are that children should ride in rear-facing car seats to age two or to the upper weight limit of the seat in use. Children should continue to ride in safety seats until 40 pounds or the maximum upper weight limit of their forward facing seat before transitioning to a booster seat. Children under age thirteen should ride in the back seat. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.
Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.
For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back -- this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.
For assistance with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.
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***** UPDATE: February 1, 2017, 4:45 pm *****
The victim in this case has been identified as 21-year old Jorge R Miranda of Salem. His next of kin have been notified.
The case remains under investigation, and no further information is being released at this time.
Salem Police detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1300 block of Lancaster Dr NE at approximately 10:45 pm on Sunday evening.
Officers were dispatched the area of the 1300 block of Lancaster Dr NE on a report of a possible shooting. Witnesses reporting seeing someone on foot who fired gunshots at a light colored jeep. The jeep and the person on foot then left the area.
As officers were conducting the investigation at the scene, a vehicle arrived at Salem Health Emergency Room with two subjects who had been shot. One of these subjects, an adult male, later died at the hospital. The other subject is also being treated for gunshot wounds.
The names of the victim and the other subject are not being released at this time pending notification of relatives.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Detective Jamie Vasas at 503-540-2352.
Friday afternoon the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit, as part of an ongoing drug investigation, conducted surveillance on a manufactured home in the 3300 block of Turner Rd. SE. Shortly before 2:00 PM, resident Frank Defelice, 59 years of age, was observed leaving the home. Defelice was followed by police to the Walmart on Turner Rd. S.E. where he was taken into custody. Detectives, assisted by patrol officers, went back to the home where they served a search warrant.
Holly Kelsey, 29 years of age, was arrested at the residence. Methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, a loaded pistol, and over $37,000 in cash was seized. Defelice and Kelsey were lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on a long list of drug and gun charges, as well as outstanding warrants. While police were searching the residence, 46 year old Roy Shinall showed up. He was taken into custody on a Parole Violation.
A woman contacted the Salem Police Department to report she received a telephone call Tuesday morning from someone purporting to be an employee of the Salem Police Department. The caller told the woman she had a warrant for her arrest and unless she made immediate payment, she faced being arrested. The caller had "spoofed" a legitimate number for the Willamette Valley Communications Center, the dispatch center for Salem PD. Fortunately the woman called the telephone number listed and spoke with a dispatcher who assured her that it was a scam. The public is reminded that under no circumstances will a law enforcement agency telephone someone and solicit money.