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Child Found on Skyline Rd S, Parent Unknown - 07/22/16

UPDATE: The Salem Police Department has completed their investigation and there will not be any criminal charges.

Update 9:10 AM A parent in the 4700 block of Skyline Rd S just called police reporting they woke up to find their front door standing open and their two year old son missing. Police are responding.

UPDATE: The foster parents just bathed the child and discovered that it is a boy.

Just after 4:00 this morning, the Salem Police Department received a report of a toddler walking alone in the 4700 block of Skyline Rd S. The child is described as an approximately two year old White female with short blonde hair and green eyes, wearing a t-shirt and pull up diaper. She was unable to provide her name or that of her mother. She said she lived in an apartment. Officers drove the girl around the neighborhood attempting to identify her residence while other officers canvassed nearby apartment complexes. These efforts were unsuccessful in reuniting the child with a parent.

At approximately 5:30 AM, "A Child is Missing" was activated which generated over 600 telephone calls to area telephones. Eventually DHS was called and they took custody of the child.

At this time, the Salem Police Department has not been contacted by anyone reporting a missing child. Anyone with information regarding this girl is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department at (503)588-6123.

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Generous citizen gifts money for the purchase of K-9 body armor (Photo) - 07/21/16

It is common practice for agencies all across the country to issue body armor to police officers as part of their standard gear, but not the case when it comes to police service dogs.

Yet, thanks to the generosity of Oregon City resident, Linda Stout, all of our K-9s have their own body armor! Stout has a great fondness for police dogs, and on Friday, March 11 made a donation through the Salem Police Foundation to purchase armor for all six dogs of the Salem Police K-9 Unit.

"We are grateful for Ms. Stout's gift," said Lt. Keith Blair of the Salem Police Patrol Division, who supervises the six teams, "Because of her kindness, our K-9 handlers now have peace of mind knowing their partner is as well protected as they are."

The body armor that has been purchased is designed specifically with police dogs in mind ensuring an easy, comfortable fit, durability, and most importantly -- the maximum coverage for the protection of the canine's vital organs.

To see videos about our Salem Police K-9s, visit our Salem Police YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/SalemPDTV. For more information about the Salem Police Foundation, go to www.salempolicefoundation.org.

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Silverton Rd NE Closed Due to Fatal Crash-UPDATE (Photo) - 07/21/16

UPDATE: 07-21-16/5:35 pm

Silverton Rd has now reopened for normal traffic following the investigation of the fatal crash.

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UPDATE: 07-21-16/3:15 pm

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Silverton Rd NE.

Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Silverton Rd NE at approximately 11:20 am on a report of a two-vehicle crash at that location. Arriving officers found an adult female deceased and a 9-year old girl injured in one vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle with minor injuries.

The investigation has shown that 19-year old Estaban Alvarez-Ayala was traveling eastbound on Silverton Rd in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic. His vehicle struck a westbound 1999 Acura Integra driven by 35-year old Shana Lucas of Salem. Shana Lucas was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her 9-year old daughter was riding in a car booster seat in the right rear seat and suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Health.

Esteban Alvarez-Ayala was transported to the hospital for observation and subsequently arrested on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit.

Silverton Rd remains closed as the investigation at the crash scene continues.

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UPDATE: 07-21-16/2:15 pm

Silverton Rd remains closed for the investigation of the fatal traffic crash and is expected to remain so for approximately two more hours. Traffic is currently being stopped at 17th St to the west and Lana Ave to the east of the scene.

Please avoid the area if possible.



Silverton Rd NE between 17th and Lana Av is currently closed while the Salem Police Department investigates a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the 1900 block of Silverton Rd. Motorists should avoid the area.

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Salem Police to host National Night Out kickoff party tomorrow - 07/18/16

The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is hosting its 10th annual National Night Out Kickoff Party tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department at 555 Liberty ST SE, first floor.

"We're proud to host this 'pre-party party' to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 2, 2016," said Crime Prevention Officer Mark Jantz. The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, and submit or confirm their street closure permit.

Said Jantz, "We are able to hold this event thanks to our sponsors, such as The Home Depot. "We respect what they do for the community," said The Home Depot's Brian Scott, southeast Salem store manager. "The partnership has been incredible," added Scott. Other partners include Target Stores who provide raffle prizes for the attending registered block party hosts. Several of our other partners in crime prevention will be there distributing brochures and information which hosts can give out to their neighbors at their block party."

At the kickoff, block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last).

Neighbors interested in hosting a National Night Out block party may come to the event for last minute registrations, or may do so online at www.cityofsalem.net/nno.

For more information contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.

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Salem Police Continue Specialized Patrols - 07/14/16

The Salem Police Department will be continuing to enhance the safety of our roadways with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, mark an ongoing partnership and commitment to keep our streets safe.

The Salem Police Department added extra patrols from July 7-10, 2016 coinciding with the July 10 date that marked the date(s) marijuana users celebrate the use of hash oil. During the month of June, officers worked on four of these focused patrols, arresting six people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, two of which were drug related Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicant arrests. They also cited one person for Minor In Possession of Alcohol and three for driving with suspended driving privileges. In addition, officers also arrested two people on misdemeanor and felony warrants and issued an additional 78 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency, Salem Police Department arrested 38 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in the month of June, issued 110 citations for driving while suspended, issued 11 citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and issued another 1395 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.


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Coffee with a Cop set for Wednesday, July 13 - 07/12/16

Officers from the Salem Police Department are hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Coffeehouse, 1300 Broadway ST NE.

"We're hoping to just say 'thank you' to Salem residents," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response of Wednesday's event.

"Recent national events have been tough on communities across the US, and Salem is not immune," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response Section. "Yet, through all these difficult situations, we have received an extraordinary amount of supportive messages from Salem residents."

The Salem Police Department's social media accounts and email boxes have been full of messages from the community expressing their feelings over recent national tragedies, as well extending sentiments of support.

"It's because of this amazing response we wanted to have a way to thank our residents for their kind words, so we're holding a Coffee with a Cop event. We hope neighbors can join us," Okada added.

The department launched Coffee with a Cop in 2015 at local coffee houses in an effort to meet with residents in a comfortable setting to simply chat, and have a conversation over topics of concern to residents.

Refreshments for Wednesday's event will be provided by Salem Alliance Church.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.
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Salem Police Celebrate Promotion (Photo) - 07/08/16

The Salem Police Department celebrated the promotion of Corporal Jacob Burke to the rank of Sergeant on Friday afternoon.

The promotion ceremony, hosted by Chief Jerry Moore, celebrated the career of Sgt Burke and his promotion within the agency.

Sgt Burke began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer with the Monmouth Police Department in 1995. He was hired by the Salem Police Department in April, 1998 and held positions as Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor and member of the department Mobile Response Team. He was also honored as the Scottish Rites Police Officer of the Year in 2000. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2002 and has worked in the Youth Services Unit, Criminal Investigations Section Persons Crimes and Property Crimes Units both as a Corporal and Acting Sergeant.

Sgt Burke was honored as the Salem Police Officer of the Year in 2007, and was a member of the Marion County Homicide/Assault Response Team (H.A.R.T.) and Marion County Multi-Disciplinary Team on Elder Abuse.

Sgt Burke will move to the Patrol Division where he will work as a Patrol Sergeant.

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Salem Police Searching for Missing Elderly Woman Near Downtown-UPDATE-Missing Person Located - 07/06/16

UPDATE: 07-06-16/4:35 pm

Joella Hartmann has been located safe and with a friend. The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for her.

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The Salem Police Department is currently searching for 83-year old Joella Hartmann near downtown Salem.

Joella is a white female adult, 5'00" tall, 240 lbs, wearing a multi-colored shirt with flowers. She was last seen at the medical facility at 777 Commercial St SE at approximately 1:25 pm this afternoon.

Joella is suffering from dememtia as well as other medical problems and may be disoriented and confused.

A Child Is Missing has been activated, and anyone with information as to Joella's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department.

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Salem Police Searching for Suspect in Brown Minto Island Park-Suspect identified and charges (Photo) - 07/05/16

Salem Police have arrested a suspect after he pointed a firearm at another person, led police on a chase in a vehicle that was stolen from a burglary, later broke into a premises, stole a canoe and ultimately hid in heavy brush in Brown Minto Island Park.

Salem Police officers were called to the 2800 block of Lancaster Dr NE this morning shortly after 7:30 on a report that a landscaper caught a subject apparently trying to break into his equipment trailer. When the landscaper confronted the suspect, the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim. The suspect then fled in a red pickup truck. Officers were in the area quickly and eventually located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in a nearby parking lot. As officers were making contact with the driver of the vehicle, he drove off and fled as officers were being informed by dispatch that the truck had been stolen in a burglary in Marion County last night. The officers pursued the suspect for a short time but terminated the pursuit due to the dangerous driving of the suspect.

Shortly after 8:30 am, officers were called to the Willamette Queen sternwheeler boat docked at the Salem Riverfront Park. Employees reported that a suspect had broken into their locked gate and had stolen a canoe from the dock area. The suspect paddled in a southerly direction towards Brown Minto Island park, abandoning the canoe and fleeing on foot into the heavily wooded and brushy park. With the assistance of the Salem Fire Department, officers were able to quickly contain the area, and SWAT was activated. Officers also found the red pickup truck that the suspect had been driving in the parking lot of Riverfront Park, and a firearm was found in the vehicle.

Salem Police canines were also deployed to assist in the search, and the suspect was located several hours later by the canines as he hid in very thick berry vines. He failed to comply with the commands of the officers and sustained dog bites as he was being taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as 46-year old Michael James Stanley. He is being charged with Menacing, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Theft in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Reckless Driving. These charges do not include any possible charges that may be connected with the burglary in Marion County.

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Lt Okada will be avaIlable to media at the Salem Riverfront Park, north parking lot near the Willamette Queen stern wheeler boat parking.

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UPDATE: 08/05/16 at 1256
The suspect in the Minto Brown Island Park search has been apprehended. Access to the park will be granted soon. Further details to follow.

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UPDATE: 07-05-16/12:35 pm


The Salem Police Department is releasing a photo of the suspect that is currently being searched for at Brown Minto Island Park. This suspect is being sought in connection with at least one count of Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Burglary. This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by other than law enforcement.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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UPDATE: 07-05-16/12:10 PM

The Salem Police Department is continuing to search Minto Brown Island Park for a possibly armed suspect. SWAT is on scene and is actively searching.
There is no further information to release at this time. Media can stage at the Riverfront Park carousel parking area.
Updated information will be released as it becomes available.
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The Salem Police Department is currently searching for a possibly armed suspect at Minto Brown Island Park. Please avoid the area.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Hit and Run-UPDATE - 06/30/16

UPDATE: 06-30-16/11:30 am

The victim in this case has been identified as 18-year old Alex C Armes of Salem. His next of kin has been notified.

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing to investigate this incident, and anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

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Salem Police are currently investigating a fatal hit and run incident involving a pedestrian.

Officers were called to the 1600 block of Liberty St SE near the intersection of Lincoln St SE at approximately 3:15 this morning on a report of a subject laying in the street. Officers arrived to find a deceased subject who had been struck by an unknown vehicle. The Traffic Control Unit was dispatched to investigate the scene and process for evidence and the roadway was closed until approximately 8:30 am.

The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.

The Salem Police Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have information about this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.