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Salem Police On Scene of Fatal Plane Crash - 07/04/15
UPDATE: 07-04-15/11:40 AM

Lt Okada will be available for contact in the northeast corner of the parking lot at 25th St SE and Mission St SE at 11:45 am

The Police Department is on the scene of a fatal plane crash on the grounds of the Salem Airport.

Salem Police and Fire Departments received calls at approximately 8:26 am of a plane crash north of the runway on the Salem airport grounds. Witnesses reported that a small plane was attempting to takeoff northbound when it crashed north of the runway and burst into flames. The flames were extinguished quickly by fire units and it was determined that there is at least one deceased victim in the plane.

The identity of the victim is unknown at this time, and we are currently awaiting the arrival of the NTSB for further investigation.
Salem Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash - 06/30/15
A Salem man died at the scene of a motorcycle crash on the Edgewater St NW ramp onto Highway 22 in Salem on Monday evening.

Chad Lunt, 35-years old, was driving his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Edgewater St NW at a high rate of speed along with another motorcycle, moving in and out of lanes when the incident occurred. Lunt lost control of his motorcycle, went onto the shoulder of the roadway, then crashed into a guard rail. Lunt was thrown from the motorcycle and the motorcycle continued on landing in the westbound lanes of Highway 22. Lunt was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the second motorcycle does not appear to have been involved in the actual collision, and continued onward, not remaining at the scene. The second motorcyclist has not been identified.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Salem Police Officer Mitch Mason at (503) 588-6123.
Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 06/26/15
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June 26/3:30 pm

On June 8, the Salem Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Enforcement Project in NE Salem from 0730-1330. During that six hour period, 97 citations and warnings were issued. Of those citations and warnings, 65 were for failing to yield to a pedestrian in marked crosswalks.

On June 9, the Salem Police Department conducted a two-hour targeted enforcement project addressing pedestrian violations (both vehicles and pedestrians) in the Downtown Core of Salem. During this project, 23 citations and warnings were issued. Of those citations and warnings, several were issued to pedestrians for failing to obey a traffic control device.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind both drivers and pedestrians alike that safety is everyone's responsibility. Don't ever assume that just because you have a green light or the right-of-way that others will automatically yield to your presence. Always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate what others around you may do.


As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night, and pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during the summer months.

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.
Alert neighbors assist in apprehension of criminal - 06/17/15
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on June 16, officers responded to a report of a residential burglary on the 1900 block of Banyan CT NW.

A neighbor was alerted to a break in to the victim's home by a residential alarm system. The neighbor called police. It was determined items from the resident's car had been stolen, including a garage door opener.

A search of the area was launched by patrol officers with the assistance of K-9 Enzo and his handler, Sr. Officer Marty Miranda. During the search, another neighbor a few streets away, called to report a break in to their vehicle. A garage door opener was among the items stolen in the second theft.

The subject, Sam Loyd, IV, 20-years of age, was located hiding in some bushes a few blocks away. The suspected stolen property from both victims was found on Loyd. Further investigation revealed Loyd intended to return later and enter the residence with the stolen garage door opener.

The incidents are a stark reminder to never leave items of value in your vehicle. Although convenient to attach to your visor, or leave in the glove box, garage door openers make it easy for the criminal to enter at the time, or return at a later date.

A garage door opener is the same as a key to your home; you should protect it as such. In addition, even small amounts of change in a cup holder or a pair of sunglasses may not seem valuable to you, yet, they can be enticements, and make your car an attractive target to a criminal.

Please help deter crime in our community by removing all property from your car, ensure doors and windows are locked to limit access to the interior of your vehicle, as well as your home. Ensure exterior lighting to your home is lit at night. Call in all suspicious activity immediately to the police department.
Salem sees May spike in bicycle thefts (Photo) - 06/17/15
June 17, 2015 Salem, OR: Spring ushered in sunny weather, and a rise in bicycle thefts as Salem Police crime statistics show 46 bicycles were stolen in May. "We've had 159 bicycles stolen since the start of the year," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response Section, "and nearly one-third of those occurred in May."

Bicycle theft is not a new phenomenon in Salem; however, the last three years of reported bicycle thefts show the trend points upward. In 2012 306 bicycles were reported stolen, 429 in 2013, and 454 in 2014.

Said Okada, "Because Salem experienced such a spike in May, we want to be sure to remind residents of some of the things they can do to minimize their chances of becoming a victim." Firstly, reports indicate criminals were able to thieve many of the bikes because they were simply left unsecured. "Even if the cyclist thinks they are just going to be away from their bike for 'just a minute,' a minute is all it takes for a prolific criminal," he warned.
"Reports also demonstrate bike owners are using defeatable locks making the theft even more egregious because the owners were making an effort to protect their property," Okada explained, "and, yet, the lock was easy enough for the criminal to bypass."

Salem Police urges bike owners to utilize the following strategies to address bike theft in our community:
1) Use a U-lock to secure your bicycle to a rack or sturdy, fixed object. Also, before you leave it unattended, take any removable accessories with you.
2) Know your bicycle's serial number, make, model, color, etc. Know all the possible identifiers in case of theft - especially the serial number. Prove ownership with your purchase receipt, and a photograph of yourself with the bike.
3) Register your bike with a registry service. Registries work to increase likelihood of recovery, and decrease potential theft.

The Salem Police Department has a bicycle registration program ( which provides users with a sturdy tag, and entry of their information into the police database. However, there are other registries available such as Bike Index ( and Project 529 ( with other elements, such as stolen bicycle searches and social media features. We encourage bicycle owners to check out all the registries, and determine which is best for them - or use them all!

Non-bike owners can help, too. "As always, we ask residents to be alert, and report all suspicious activity to the police immediately," Okada concluded.

#S #P #D

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Teen In Critical Condition Following Skateboard/Vehicle Collision - 06/14/15
A Salem teen is in critical condition after colliding with a vehicle while ridiing his skateboard.

16-year old Joseph Viellette was riding his skateboard northbound on Pringle Rd SE just before 10:00 pm last night when he went through a red light at Madrona Ave SE. A westbound vehicle on Madrona narrrowly avoided a collision with Viellete, but the next vehicle was unable to avoid hitting him in the intersection. That vehicle, a 2006 Ford Explorer, was being driven by 66-year old Dennis Johnson of Salem. The driver remained on the scene and cooperated in the investigation.

Viellette, who was not wearing any protective equipment, was transported to Salem hospital with life threatening injuries, then later transferred to Emauel Hospital in Portland and is currently in critical condition.

There were no citations or arrests.
Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 06/10/15
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, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. On May 29th, an officer who was working on one of these focused patrols arrested two people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issued an additional 8 citations and warnings for other violations. Overall in the month of May, Salem Police Officers arrested 50 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issued over 1,200 citations for various other traffic violations.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Salem Police to hold a #TrafficChat - 06/09/15
June 9, 2015 Salem, Oregon: The Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit is hosting an online traffic chat on Wednesday, June 10. Officers will be answering questions via Twitter and Facebook on the topic of traffic.

Followers are invited to join in the online discussion with officers from the Crime Prevention and Traffic Control Units from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"It's been a while since we've done a traffic chat," said Lt. Dave Okada, "and we decided to do one due to the high interest in our pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign this summer." After the posting the safety campaign on social media, many citizens sent in suggestions for locations needing attention. "Along with suggestions for enforcement, citizens also sent in questions about traffic laws which gave us the hint that maybe a traffic chat was in order," Okada added, "People often forget that laws change over time, and they aren't aware of modifications made."

The event offers an opportunity for Salem citizens to ask their questions via social media, and join in a discussion about traffic safety in our community. The topic will be identified with the hashtag #trafficchat.

The department's Twitter handle is @salem_police, and can also be found on Facebook as @SalemPoliceDept.

For more information contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175.

Non-Injury School Bus Crash Causes Morning Traffic Delays (Photo) - 06/09/15
A school bus with no passengers aboard crashed into a retaining wall and severed two trees, causing morning commute delays on the Salem Parkway.

32-year old Josiah Muckey was driving a Western Mennonite school bus on the Salem Parkway at approximately 7:00 am this morning when he apparently fell asleep. The bus veered off the right side of the roadway and up an embankment, glancing off of a retaining wall, then striking two trees and a street sign. The trees and the sign came to rest on the roadway, causing southbound traffic on the Salem Parkway to be diverted for approximately 90 minutes.

No injuries or other vehicles were involved. Muckey was cited at the scene for Careless Driving.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind drivers that operating a vehicle when you're too tired is just as dangerous as driving while impaired. If you find yourself in a situation where you are too tired to safely operate a vehicle, get off of the roadway at the nearest safe point and take a break or a short nap. If a second driver is available, let them take over, or better yet, put off the rest of your trip.
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