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Salem Police Investigating Feline Poisoning - 01/23/15
**UPDATE**01/23/15
Antonio Ramos-Perez, 38 years of age, who resides in the 1300 block of 6th St NW, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree.


The Salem Police Department is actively investigating the death of numerous cats in the vicinity of 6th and Rosemont NW. So far, at least eight cats have died from suspected anti-freeze poisoning. The first cat began showing signs of poisoning Friday evening. The most recent fatality occurred Monday. The Willamette Valley Animal Hospital in Keizer is performing necropsies on the dead felines. Initial testing on three of the dead cats indicated positive for the presence of ant-freeze.

A person of interest has been interviewed by police. This is an on-going investigation and we are awaiting the results of more necropsies. While we do not expect any additional poisonings, any pet owner in the neighborhood who notices their dog or cat acting ill is encouraged to contact a veterinarian immediately.
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Salem Investigation Leads To Stayton Search Warrant (Photo) - 01/23/15
An investigation into controlled substances that began in Salem led to a search warrant in Stayton Thursday. Yesterday, at about 10:30 AM, detectives with the Salem Police Department, assisted by officers from the Stayton Police Department, served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Highland Dr.

Taken into custody were 40 year old April Cook, and 41 year old Jason Spear. Both were charged with possession, as well as distribution of methamphetamine; and possession, distribution, and manufacturing of marijuana. They were both lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.
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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash - 01/15/15
Salem Police are investigating an early morning fatal vehicle/pedestrian crash on Center St NE near 18th St NE.

Salem Police officers were dispatched to the intersection at approximately 5:45 this morning and found that 64-year old Stephen Buchanan of Keizer had been driving eastbound on Center St when he struck 77-year old David McGregor of Salem. Mr McGregor was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Mr McGregor was in an unmarked crosswalk attempting to cross Center St from the south side of the roadway to the north side when he was struck by the 2005 full-sized van that was being operated by Mr. Buchanan. He was wearing dark clothing and was walking very slowly with a cane at the time of the incident. Mr Buchanan stopped immediately and was cooperative with the investigation.

Center St was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours while the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit reconstructed the scene.

No arrests have been made or citations issued at this time as the investigation is continuing.

The Salem Police Department would like to provide these safety tips for pedestrians:

-Especially in poor weather conditions, it is very important to be visible and vigilant while walking on and around roadways.
-Make sure to cross roadways at intersections and in either marked or unmarked crosswalks. -Look both ways before crossing any roadway and make eye contact with approaching drivers to make sure they see you.
-Don't assume that because you are in a crosswalk or are crossing with a signal that drivers actually see you.
-Regardless of walking during the daylight or night time hours, always wear bright and reflective clothing and carry a light with you.
-It is also a good idea to have some type of flashing light with you just to improve the chances that you will be seen by motorists.

Remember: Put your best foot forward before crossing the street!
Salem Police Urge Not To Leave Unattended Vehicles Warming Up - 01/12/15
The Salem Police Department is urging the public to not leave vehicles warming up unattended in the mornings.

A northeast Salem man learned this lesson the hard way on the morning of January 12 when he left his 2001 Volkswagen Jetta warming up in his driveway at about 4:30 am as he prepared for work. The victim started his vehicle to warm it up and left it running with the key in the ignition as he went back into his residence to finish getting ready. When he went back out less than ten minutes later, the car had been stolen right from his driveway.

The victim did the right thing and called 911 immediately to report the incident and the information on the stolen vehicle was immediately broadcast to patrol units in the area. Within about ten minutes, Salem Police Officer Robert Dowd spotted what looked like the stolen vehicle on Cordon Rd near Pennsylvania Ave SE. As he attempted to turn his patrol vehicle around to verify that the vehicle was in fact the stolen vehicle, it accelerated and turned eastbound onto State St, south onto 62nd Ave SE, ran the stop sign on 62nd Ave and Macleay Rd and turned eastbound on Macleay Rd. The vehicle then turned into the front yard of 6522 Macleay Rd and eventually crashed into a drainage ditch along the roadway. As Officer Dowd attempted to contact the driver of the stolen vehicle, the driver fled on foot and left a passenger in the vehicle. Once the passenger was taken into custody Officer Marty Miranda and his canine partner Enzo began to track the driver who had fled from the vehicle on foot, discarding various items of clothing along the way. The suspect was eventually found hiding under a tarp in the backyard of a neighboring residence and taken into custody without further incident.

The passenger in the stolen vehicle was identified as 20-year old Casey Scott Higley of Keizer. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Burglars Tools.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 23-year old Samantha Diana Solis-Croucher with no known address. She was charged with Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Theft in the First Degree from a Vehicle, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The Salem Police Department urges everyone to not leave running vehicles unattended at any time. Even if the vehicle is locked, it only takes a second for a thief to break the window and steal the vehicle. Every year during the cold winter months the Salem Police Department investigates several reports of vehicles that are stolen while left running and unattended. Please don't become a victim. Stay with your vehicle when warming it up and get to your destination safely and on time.
Salem Police To Carry Naloxone - 01/08/15
Salem Police are launching a program which they hope will prepare them to save lives. Officers began training this week in the use of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can be administered to people who have overdosed on opiates such as heroin.

Naloxone, an opioid antagonist, temporarily counteracts the effects of opiates during overdose, providing an opportunity for emergency responders to get the overdosed person medical care.

The training is being conducted in partnership with Salem Fire Department Medics and Salem Police First Aid instructors during the Police Department's annual in-service training. At the conclusion of the training, every Salem patrol officer will be issued a Naloxone kit to carry when on-duty. Should an officer encounter someone believed to have overdosed on an opiate, the drug can be immediately administered to the person via nasal application.

In 2013. Salem Deputy Police Chief Jim Ferraris attended a police training conference where a briefing on Naloxone was conducted by members of the Quincy, Massachusetts Police Department. Upon returning to Salem, Chief Ferraris began working with Salem Police and Fire staff to develop a Naloxone program for Salem officers. "We want our officers to be prepared as they encounter drug affected people while working in our community. Saving just one life with Naloxone will be worth the time and effort of developing and implementing this program" said Chief Ferraris.

An abundance of heroin and an increasing availability of abused opiate prescription drugs in Oregon communities has resulted in the increased potential for overdoses to occur. Anyone experiencing a drug overdose or encountering someone experiencing an overdose should immediately call 911 for emergency medical care.
Salem Police Add Extra Holiday Patrols - 01/07/15
Salem Police Officers partnered with Oregon Impact again last year to participate in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the year to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The first "High Visibility" time period occurred during this past holiday season (December 12th, 2014 through January 5th, 2015). During this time period Salem Police Officers arrested 34 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, 57 citations/arrests were issued for Driving While Suspended, and 525 additional citations were issued for various other violations.

The Salem Police Department had one officer assigned to work the evening hours during New Years' Eve and New Year's Day specifically for DUII enforcement. That officer issued 13 citations for various violations and arrested two people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. There were four additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during New Years Eve.

It should be noted the Salem Police Department will have additional patrol officers working DUII enforcement throughout various times during year due to funding through Oregon Impact.
Salem Police Continue Investigation into Fatal Pedestrian vs Vehicle Traffic Crash - 01/05/15
5:50 pm., Monday 01/05/14

Traffic Unit investigators have released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed in a traffic crash which occurred at 5:27pm Friday, 12/26/14 on Summer St. NE near "E" St. NE. The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Michael Allen Johnson, 63 yrs.,
(dob: 02/25/1951), a white male adult. All avenues in attempting to notify next of kin have been unsuccessful. Should anyone have any information concerning Michael Johnson's next of kin or a relative are asked to call the Salem Police Traffic Unit at 503-588-6171.
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9:00pm., Friday, 12/26/14

At approx. 5:27pm., Friday, 12/26/14; Salem Police responded to a vehicle vs pedestrian traffic crash on Summer St. NE near E St NE. On arrival of police, fire and medics it was determined that the pedestrian was deceased at scene.

The name of the deceased is being with held pending notification to next of kin.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Guadalupe GARCIA, 42yrs of Salem. Garcia was operating a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.

The investigation revealed that Garcia was traveling south on Summer St. NE, which is a two lane, 30mph, one way street, near E St. NE. As Garcia continued driving south of E St. NE approx 25 yds., the pedestrian walked out into the path of her vehicle and was struck.

Garcia remained at the crash scene and is cooperating with Traffic Control Unit investigators. There is no indication of any impairment of Garcia, the driver. Nor is there any indication of excessive speed involved.

Summer St. NE was re-opened for normal traffic flow at 9:00pm.

Once next of kin notification of the deceased has been made, an update press release will be sent out.