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Salem Police Investigating Three Shootings - 11/26/14
Salem Police Gang Enforcement officers and Detectives are currently investigating three shooting incidents that occurred on the evening of November 25.

The first shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Evergreen Ave NE at approximately 8:30 pm when a vehicle drove by a residence and multiple gunshots were fired, striking one victim in the leg and causing non-life threatening injuries. That victim was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

The next shooting occurred at approximately 10:15 pm on Sunnyview Ave NE between 17th St NE and Evergreen Ave NE. The victim in this case was walking along Sunnyview Rd when he was struck by gunshots that were possibly fired from a vehicle as it drove by. This victim was struck in the leg and he was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

As officers were on scene of the shooting incident on Sunnyview Rd, they heard gunshots in a very close proximity to where they were conducting their investigation. Officers found that a vehicle had driven by the same residence that was involved in the first shooting on Evergreen Ave and shots were fired at the same residence. A vehicle in the driveway was struck, but there were no injuries.

With the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police, Salem Police officers conducted a canine search of the area surrounding the Oregon State Fairgrounds for possible suspects, but none were located. The victims are not being identified at this time due to ongoing safety issues and investigation is continuing.
Salem Police Accepting Donations for 27th Annual Toy Drive - 11/24/14
The Salem Police Department is now accepting donations for the 28th annual Salem Police Toy Drive.

The Salem Police Department is working together with Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES) to make the holidays brighter for children in our area. You can help by donating NEW unwrapped toys for children, infants through 12 years old, or monetary donations. Sorry, no used toys can be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations below through December 17.

* Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Rioom 130
* Siamak's Car Company, 2908 Market St NE
* Cycle Country, 1230 Broadway St NE
* Salem Electric, 633 7th St NW
* Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr NE

The Salem Police Toy Drive got its start as a result of a tragedy in December of 1986. A school liaison officer responded to the scene of a suicide and in the belongings of the deceased he found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter. The list deeply affected many at the police department and a collection was taken by department employees to fill the wish list. This was the beginning of the annual toy drive which still touches the hearts of many residents and police employees as the spirit of giving continues to bring happiness to the children of our community.

With holiday sales starting this week, please consider adding a toy for a local child to your shopping list.

For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Graber at (503)588-6499, option 1.
Prevent your chances of becoming a victim of theft - 11/24/14
Monday, November 24, 2014: In the last twelve months, Salem residents have reported more than 1,700 vehicle break-ins. Purses, wallets, laptops, and other expensive items have been stolen, and in many cases the incidents have led to identity theft and other related crime.

Recently, a vehicle break-in victim shared her story with us to help emphasize the importance of never leaving your valuables in your vehicle. The video can be viewed on the department's YouTube channel:

Additionally, during this week of high retail sales, criminals looking for an increase in the chances to commit theft. With parking lots full of vehicles left unattended for extended periods, criminals may have an advantage, if we let them. Here are a couple more crime prevention shopping tips to consider:

To keep it safe, keep it with you. Aside from never leaving your purse or wallet in your vehicle, never leave them inside the shopping cart either! It only takes one moment of distraction while your back is turned for a criminal to pass by and take a purse. Also, if you plan on lots of packages, be sure to keep them with you until you leave the location. Before leaving to your next destination, store your items in the trunk. Don't try to hide them beneath the seats or some coats - crooks know all the tricks.

Don't brave the bargains alone. While searching for sales, take a squad of eagle-eye shoppers with you to look for reduced prices, as well as ways to reduce opportunities for crime. Each squad member should have an assignment, such as finding a well lit parking space, remembering where you parked, or ensuring all car doors and windows are locked.

Follow the police department's social media accounts for additional information including reminders about online purchases which are no longer limited to Cyber Monday!
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Missing Endangered Runaway Sought (Photo) - 11/20/14
UPDATE: Thanks to tips received from the public, personnel from DHS and the Salem Police Department were able to locate Desanto in a transient camp in NE Salem. She has an extensive history of running away. In an attempt to provide a safe stable environment for her, DHS had arranged for a secure placement for her. The public's assistance was greatly appreciated.

The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a runaway who is believed to be endangered. Bethany Desanto, age 15, ran away from a foster home on September 19th. She is described as a White female, 5'06", 232 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has been known to wear a long purple wig.

Desanto frequently stays in transient camps in the Portland Rd/ Hyacinth St. NE area. It is believed she may be in need of medical care. Anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department at (503)588-6123.
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PIO Forum is November 20 - 11/14/14
The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, November 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 Canine Missing in West Salem-UPDATE-Canine found safe (Photo) - 11/13/14
***** UP[DATE ******

Canine Rex has been found safe. He was found by a Good Samaritan along Titan Dr NW this afternoon and ultimately taken to a residence in the Four Corners area. They then contacted the Police Department and Rex was reunited with his handler.

The Salem Police Department wishes to thank everyone who helped look for Rex, all of the well-wishers and especially the citizens who found him and kept him safe.


A Salem Police Department Narcotics Detection Canine is missing in West Salem. The canine, Rex, escaped from his handler's residence and was last seen near West Salem High School at about 1:30 pm this afternoon. Rex is a 4-year old German Shepard, about 85 lbs and his right ear does not stand up fully. Rex is very friendly to people and other animals and is approachable.

Anyone with information as to Rex's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department and we will send an officer to retrieve him.
Attached Media Files: Rex_2.jpg , Rex_1.jpg
Salem Police officers and staff recognized at the 45th Annual Oregon Peace Officers Association Banquet (Photo) - 11/13/14
On Friday, November 7, 14 members of the Salem Police Department received myriad honors at the Oregon Peace Officers Association's 45th annual awards banquet.

The OPOA honored more than 90 criminal justice professionals from all over the state for their outstanding service to their communities.

The following award categories were bestowed to these Salem Police Department employees:
* Amanda Branlund, Calltaker - Public Service Award
* Barrett Byers, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Omar DeMarco, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Scott Emmons, Detective - Lifesaving Award, Medal of Honor
* Andrew McFerron, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Joe Miller, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Robert Owings, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* David Smith, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Steve Smith, Sergeant - Distinguished Service Award
* John Stackhouse, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Oscar Zambrano, Officer - Lifesaving Award

Staff were recognized in various categories from demonstrating exceptional accomplishments in their field to officers who successfully save the life of another human being.

Below is a summary of each award and the staff involved.

Branlund, DeMarco, D. Smith, and Owings award summary: In November of 2013, Calltaker Branlund answered a suicidal male's 911 call in which she took immediate action to gain the necessary information to assist responding officers to the location of the caller by using mobile phone tracking technology. Given the location coordinates, Officers DeMarco, Owings, and Smith located the jumper at the Capitol Center Building where the distraught male was making his way over the roof parapet. Immediately, Officer Smith grabbed the male's leg and ankle as Officer DeMarco leaned over the parapet to grab the falling male's torso. The officers worked as a team to successfully pull the male back onto the safety of the roof avoiding the possible tragic loss of life.

Byers award summary: Officer Byers was nominated for his quick action in providing life-saving first aid to a multiple gunshot wound victim when he responded to assist the Keizer Police Department on a residential intruder call in March 2014.

Emmons award summary: In December 2013, Detective Emmons encountered an aggressive and reckless driver which led to a traffic stop during which the male driver exited the vehicle with a raised pistol and charged toward the detective. Emmons responded by firing his pistol and striking the suspect. Seeing the suspect had sustained an injury, Emmons provided life-saving first aid with the assistance of an Oregon State trooper that had responded to the scene to provide cover.

McFerron, Miller, and Stackhouse award summary: In response to a report of an out of control naked male subject in March of this year, Officers McFerron, Miler and Stackhouse successfully provided lifesaving CPR to him as he experienced a state of excited delirium due to his consumption of illegal drugs.

S. Smith award summary: Sergeant Smith received recognition for distinguished service for his 16-year career as a police service dog handler during which he had two canine partners, Benny and Jett. Together with his partners, Smith recorded nearly 2,000 deployments resulting in 808 captures. Smith and Benny also served on the department SWAT team assisting with 55 missions. Also during his tenure, Smith contributed to the K9 unit program's continued service by collaborating with community partners to assist with funding and veterinary assistance for the canines, as well as keeping the unit on the forefront of technology and equipment needs.

Zambrano award summary: Officer Zambrano was nominated for providing lifesaving CPR as the first responder to medical call of a 64-year old male in cardiac arrest. Even before medics could arrive Zambrano successfully had the victim revived and breathing on his own.

"We are proud of each of Salem Police employees recognized here tonight," said Deputy Chief Jim Ferraris of the Patrol Division, "Each acted with honor, integrity, and compassion in the course of their service to their community."

Attached Media Files: 14.OPOA_award_recipients.jpg
Salem Police Detectives Conducting Homicide Investigation - 11/12/14
***** UPDATE *****

The victim in this morning's incident has now been identified as 66-year old Michael Hampshire from Salem. His next of kin has been notified. An autopsy was completed this afternoon at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland, and the manner of death has been ruled as Homicidal Violence.

Salem Police Detectives have interviewed and arrested 22-year old Beau W Smith on the charge of Murder. Smith is currently a Willamette University student with a home address in California.

The investigation is ongoing as a cooperative effort between the Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

All further media releases on this case will come from the Marion County District Attorney's Office, attention Deputy District Attorney Doug Hanson, 503-588-5222.


***** UPDATE *****

D St NE and Summer St NE are now open for traffic. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released s it becomes available.


Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a death investigation centered in northeast Salem.

At approximately 3:42 am on November 12, a citizen reported what appeared to be a body laying near the intersection of D St NE and Winter St NE. Responding officers confirmed a deceased male located on property near the intersection, the scene was secured and an investigation is continuing. A person of interest was located a short distance away and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

As a result of the investigation, D St NE will remain closed between Capitol St NE and Cottage St NE, and Summer St NE will be closed between E St NE and Union St NE. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we urge the public to avoid the area if at all possible.

The Salem-Keizer School District has been notified due to the close proximity to schools, and the Oregon State Police have been notified to assist with issues affecting State offices in the area. State employees displaced and/or unable to get to their work stations due to the investigation are being asked to respond to the State Lands Building located at the intersection of Summer St NE and D St NE.
Salem Police Ask For Public Assistance In Hit and Run Investigation (Photo) - 11/06/14
The Salem Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating a vehicle and identifying a driver that was possibly involved in or witnessed a hit and run injury accident on the afternoon of November 4 near downtown Salem.

33-year old Salem resident David Diedrich reported that at approximately 4:15 pm he was riding his bicycle westbound on the south sidewalk of Court St NE and just beginning to cross Church St NE when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Church St. When David was struck by the vehicle, both he and his bicycle were thrown up on the hood of the vehicle, then they both fell back to the ground. The involved vehicle did not stop and turned west onto Court St and was last seen turning southbound onto Commercial St. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Salem Police Officers were able to obtain a surveillance photo of a vehicle that was possibly either involved in the incident or may have witnessed it. That vehicle is described as a red mid 1990s vintage vehicle similar to a Honda Accord or Civic with a black colored right front quarter panel and possibly deep tinted rear passenger and rear windows. The vehicle may have damage to the hood as well. The surveillance photo of that vehicle is attached to this release.

Salem Police Officers are asking anyone with information about the incident and/or the involved vehicle to contact the Salem Police non-emergency number at 503-588-6123.
Attached Media Files: Hit_and_run_photo.jpg
Teen Taken Into Custody For Multiple Tire Slashings in South Salem - 11/01/14
A 15-year old Salem male was taken into custody by Salem Police officers for slashing multiple vehicle tires in south Salem during the later evening hours of October 31 and early morning hours of November 1.

There have been at least twenty victims identified thus far in the tire slashings that appear to have occurred in the area roughly bordered by Sunnyside Rd, Neahkahnie St, Cinammon Hill and Fairway Dr SE. Because the teen appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, he was transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance.

Investigators believe there may have been other suspects involved in these incidents and are asking for anyone with information to contact the Salem Police Department. Any further victims are asked to make a report to the department on the non-emergency line at 503-588-6123. The investigation is continuing.