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PIO Forum is this Thursday - 08/17/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Salem Police Asking For Help Locating Missing Person (Photo) - 08/09/15
Update: Patty Slater was located at approximately 8:10 PM in the 2700 block of State St alive and well. The public's assistance is very much appreciated.

The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing person with memory difficulties. Patricia "Patty" Slater, 67 years of age, walked away from her residence in the 3100 block of Turner Rd at about noon today. She is described as a white female 5'4" tall, 140 pounds, with short blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing an orange top and white shorts. The Salem Police Department is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Team. Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to telephone Salem PD at (503)588-6123.
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Salem Police Investigating Vehicle/Pedestrian Fatal Crash-UPDATE - 08/07/15
UPDATE: July 7/3:00 pm

The deceased pedestrian victim in this case is 62-year old Caroline Storm of Salem. The other pedestrian victim is her husband, 70-year old William Storm. William suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The status of the dog is unknown at this time.

There have been no arrests or citations issued at this point, and the investigative reports will be submitted to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for review.


The Salem Police Traffic Control Unit is currently investigating a crash in which a vehicle hit two pedestrians and a dog at the intersection of Pine St NE and Maple St NE.

70-year old Delbert Gossen was driving his Lincoln Town Car westbound on Pine St at the intersection of Maple St NE at approximately 9:15 pm when the incident occurred. A male and female were walking their dog, crossing northbound across Pine St., when they were struck by Gossen's vehicle. They were in an unmarked crosswalk and lighting conditions were very dark. Both of the pedestrians were transported to Salem Hospital, and the female pedestrian died of her injuries during transport. The male pedestrian suffered non life-threatening injuries and is being treated at this time. The dog was transported to a local animal hospital and its condition is unknown.

Mr Gossen remained at the scene and was cooperative in the investigation.

The identities of the pedestrians are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

No arrests have been made nor citations issued at this time. The incident remains under investigation.
Man Killed After Being Struck By Train - 08/06/15
Update: The train has been moved and all roadways are now clear.

Correction: The train was northbound

At about 2:45 Thursday afternoon, a southbound AMTRAK train struck a pedestrian at the crossing in the 1300 block of Sunnyview Rd NE. Salem police and fire units responded and confirmed that the pedestrian, an adult male, had been killed. The crossing at Sunnyview is currently closed while authorities investigate the incident.