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Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 08/11/17

As the weather becomes cooler, the return of the school year looms and the coming solar eclipse brings more people to our community, we anticipate seeing more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night. This makes pedestrian safety issues even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City next week.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video. Officers will also have educational materials available to drivers in both English and Spanish.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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Salem Police to Participate in Seat Belt Safety Campaign - 08/09/17

Salem Police Officers are participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The third of the three campaigns will be from August 21 through September 3, 2017. This campaign will be dedicated to child passenger safety, educating drivers about the new child seat law and referring those needing help to the nearest child seat fitting station.

The department will be increasing traffic patrols during both daylight and nighttime hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt use and to address the issue of minors in pick-up truck beds, complementing the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" mobilization. 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.

Oregon ranked third among all states in seatbelt usage in the national rankings released in May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a rate of 96.2%. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes in 2015. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Proper child car seat use increases crash survival by 71%.

Oregon law states that child passengers must be restrained in child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride in rear-facing seats until they reach two years of age unless the child turned age one prior to May 26, 2017.

Children over forty pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use boosters until they reach a height of 4'9" tall or age eight, AND the adult belt fits correctly. Rear-facing infant seats cannot be placed in a front seating position that is equipped with an airbag, and there is a national "best practice recommendation" calling for children to be placed in rear seating through age twelve. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.

Seat belt fit can vary greatly from one vehicle to another and one child to another. If a child meets Oregon's legal requirements for moving from a booster seat to a safety belt but there are still doubts about whether the child fits in the belt in a particular vehicle, the following simple test can help:

Place the child in the vehicle without a booster seat and then ask these questions. Until the answer is YES to all of the questions, the child should stay in a booster seat.

1. Can the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat?
3. Does the shoulder belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay comfortably seated like this for the whole trip?

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

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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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 08/07/17

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of July, one officer worked on two of these focused patrols, arresting three persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issuing an additional 14 citations and warnings to other drivers for other violations.

As an agency during the month of July, Salem Police officers arrested 34 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited six people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 104 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 21 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 15 for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 1062 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

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

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Hawthorne Avenue NE in Salem closed due to an apartment fire (photos) (Photo) - 08/05/17

Update:

As of 5:13 the fire was out. Fire Department personnel remain on scene.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time. No one was injured in this incident.


The Salem Police and Fire Departments are on scene of a fire in the Chandelle Apartment Complex located at 3755 Hawthorne Avenue NE. Hawthorne Avenue is closed to all traffic at Silverton Road (south) and Felina Avenue NE (north) as a result of the emergency personnel response to the fire.

An update will be sent once the roadway reopens.

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Salem PD Searching for Missing 5-Year Old Child at Wallace Marine Park (Photo) - 08/04/17

Salem Police, Salem Fire and Polk County Sheriff's Office are currently searching for a missing 5-year old child at Wallace Marine Park.

The child was last seen at about 5:30 pm playing with other children at the water's edge near the pedestrian bridge over the Willamette River.

Salem Police Officers are searching in cooperation with a rescue boat from the Salem Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, and Polk County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies.

The child is 5-year old Allen "Chaz" Pearson. Chaz is approximately 4'00" tall, 50 lbs with dark hair in a small tail on the back of his head. He is wearing distinctive green and camo swimming shorts.

Photos of Chaz and his shorts are attached to this release.

The search and rescue operations are being conducted under the command of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Any inquiries as to those operations should be made to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

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Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 08/04/17

With the 2017 Solar Eclipse approaching, there will be increased pedestrian traffic within the City as thousands of visitors come to Salem to view the special event. Additionally, summer will soon be coming to an end and children will be returning to school, which makes pedestrian safety issues even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns within the City.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

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Children Run Over By Vehicle-Driver In Custody-Photo attached (Photo) - 08/02/17

A Salem man is in custody after running over two young children in a south Salem cul-de-sac.

Salem Police Officers were called to the 2200 block of Navaho Ct SE at about 1:49 pm this afternoon on a report that two children had been struck by a vehicle. As officers were responding to several phone calls from people in the area, updates were received that the driver of the vehicle was involved in some type of physical altercation with others in the area.

Officers arrived to find that a 3-year old girl and 5-year old boy had been playing on the sidewalk of the cul-de-sac when they were run over by a 2007 Ford truck that was backing out of a driveway. The driver of the pickup truck, 40-year old Casper Ankin, allegedly attempted to leave following the incident and was physically detained by bystanders. He then went into a residence where he was contacted by officers.

The children are not being identified at this time in order to give the family time to contact other family members. They were transported to Salem Health with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Casper Ankin was taken into custody at the scene on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, two counts of Assault in the Third Degree and two felony counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident (Hit and run). The investigation is continuing and additional criminal charges are possible.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting-Update - 07/28/17

UPDATE: 07-28-17/3:00 pm

After an extensive investigation that included multiple interviews, review of video surveillance, and consultation with the District Attorney's Office, Gregory Weston Capwell was arrested by Salem Police Detectives this afternoon on the charge of Murder.

He was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and will appear in Court at 3:00 pm on July 31 t 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE.

All further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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UPDATE: 07-22-17/4:45 pm

Salem Police were called to the 3100 block of Ryan Dr SE this morning at approximately 3:26 am on a report of a shooting involving a security guard and another subject.

Arriving officers found a male subject in a parking lot who had been shot and a private security guard on scene. The subject who had been shot has been identified as 25-year old Jose Francisco Moreno. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Moreno's next of kin have been notified and are requesting no media contact.

The security guard has been identified as 33-year old Gregory Weston Capwell. He is employed with Homefront Security. Capwell has been interviewed by investigators.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

All further media information will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently on the scene of a fatal shooting in the 3100 block of Ryan Dr SE.

The scene is secured and traffic in the area should not be impacted.

No further information is being released at this time. Further information will follow as it becomes available.

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Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Leads Police on Chase and Rams Police Patrol Vehicle (Photo) - 07/24/17

A suspect driving a stolen vehicle led police officers on a chase in northeast Salem, driving through a park walkway and running into a patrol vehicle before being apprehended.

The incident began at about 1:06 pm when Salem Police Detective Steve Chancellor located a stolen 1991 Honda Accord near 39th Ave NE and D St NE. There was a female driving the vehicle and a male passenger. Detective Chancellor called for patrol officers to assist in stopping the vehicle, at which time the driver fled northbound on 39th St and through several residential streets. At one point the suspect drove into Harry and Grace Thorp Park and down a pedestrian pathway leading from the park and back onto 38th Ave NE. The vehicle then continued eluding officers, running into the patrol vehicle of Officer Matt Gill at 39th Ave and D St.

The suspect then continued westbound on D St as officers terminated the pursuit due to the reckless manner in which the suspect was operating the stolen vehicle. Officers later located the stolen vehicle stopped in the intersection of Cottage St NE and Belmont St NE. The female passenger had fled from the vehicle and the male was in the driver's seat. The male was taken into custody without further incident and the female driver was later located by officers near Capitol St NE and D St NE and taken into custody.

The female suspect was identified as 32-year old Donna Celeste Dubbe of Salem. She was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude an Officer-Felony, Attempting to Elude an Officer-Misdemeanor, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident (Hit and Run).

The passenger was identified as 18-year old Reynaldo Rosales. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Medics were called to the scene where the suspect vehicle hit the patrol car to check the status of Officer Gill, but he was not injured. There were no other injuries in the incident.

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Suspect in Stolen Vehicle Leads Police on Chase and Rams Police Patrol Vehicle (Photo) - 07/24/17

A suspect driving a stolen vehicle led police officers on a chase in northeast Salem, driving through a park walkway and running into a patrol vehicle before being apprehended.

The incident began at about 1:06 pm when Salem Police Detective Steve Chancellor located a stolen 1991 Honda Accord near 39th Ave NE and D St NE. There was a female driving the vehicle and a male passenger. Detective Chancellor called for patrol officers to assist in stopping the vehicle, at which time the driver fled northbound on 39th St and through several residential streets. At one point the suspect drove into Harry and Grace Thorp Park and down a pedestrian pathway leading from the park and back onto 38th Ave NE. The vehicle then continued eluding officers, running into the patrol vehicle of Officer Matt Gill at 39th Ave and D St.

The suspect then continued westbound on D St as officers terminated the pursuit due to the reckless manner in which the suspect was operating the stolen vehicle. Officers later located the stolen vehicle stopped in the intersection of Cottage St NE and Belmont St NE. The female passenger had fled from the vehicle and the male was in the driver's seat. The male was taken into custody without further incident and the female driver was later located by officers near Capitol St NE and D St NE and taken into custody.

The female suspect was identified as 32-year old Donna Celeste Dubbe of Salem. She was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempting to Elude an Officer-Felony, Attempting to Elude an Officer-Misdemeanor, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident (Hit and Run).

The passenger was identified as 18-year old Reynaldo Rosales. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Medics were called to the scene where the suspect vehicle hit the patrol car to check the status of Officer Gill, but he was not injured. There were no other injuries in the incident.

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Burglary Suspect Arrested After Firing Gunshot - 07/21/17

A Salem man has been arrested on multiple charges and warrants following a burglary incident where a gunshot was fired.

The incident began at approximately 5:30 pm on July 20 when Salem Police Officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of Vista Ave SE on a report of an active burglary. Initial reports were that a resident had returned home and interrupted a burglary in progress. When the resident confronted the suspect, the suspect fled and a gunshot was soon heard from the area where the suspect was last seen. Several officers converged on the scene, and the suspect was seen running away, but failed to comply with officers' commands to stop. The suspect was eventually located near a residence in the 800 block Fairview Ave SE and taken into custody without further incident.

The investigation has shown that the suspect burglarized the residence and removed several items. Among those items were firearms, which he placed in one of the victim's vehicles at the scene and attempted to steal that vehicle. As he was fleeing from the scene and the victim, the gunshot was fired from a handgun that he had stolen. He also discarded several items of stolen property as he was fleeing, which were later recovered and returned to the victim. Nobody was injured in this incident.

As detectives continued with this investigation, they developed probable cause to arrest the suspect on an additional burglary that occurred on July 17 at an auto wrecking yard in northeast Salem. In that incident, the suspect broke into the office of the business and stole several items.

The suspect in this case has been identified as 20-year old Cody Allen Baird of Salem. He was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and booked on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, seven counts of Theft in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle. For the burglary from July 17, he was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. Baird also had warrants for his arrest for two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession for a Firearm and Coercion.

The victims in the incident on Vista Ave have asked that their information not be released and request no contact from media.

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