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Suspect Arrested For Sexual Offenses a Minor - 06/26/17

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect on numerous sexual charges against a minor female.

Officers were doing a routine check of Orchard Heights Park at about 12:50 am this morning when they encountered a vehicle. Upon making contact with the male adult occupant of the vehicle, they also found a 16-year old female in the vehicle. Further investigation led officers to believe there was illegal activity and an investigation ensued.

After interviews by detectives, 26-year old Kyle Johnson of Salem was arrested on charges of Compelling Prostitution, Delivery of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree.

The investigation has shown that the suspect first made contact with the victim on a social media platform and continued to communicate with her, eventually setting up meetings with her and offering controlled substances and alcohol.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Johnson, investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of whom we are not yet aware. Anyone who has had similar approaches, propositions or communications are asked to contact the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind parents to be aware of the online activities of their children. Computers in the home should be kept in a common area where the activity can be readily viewed by others in the home. Set limits on social media accounts and have rules in place to be able to view your childrens' activities online. Have conversations with your children about online safety to include not becoming friends with people who are unknown to them, verifying the identities of those requesting connections, and immediately reporting any approaches by strangers to connect in person. Any requests for photos of sexual nature or the receipt of such photos should be reported immediately to a responsible adult, and immediately discontinue contact with anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

Parents should also be aware of and have consistent access to their childrens' smart phones, online gaming systems and what online activities they are engaging in when with their friends.

Salem Police to conduct pedestrian crosswalk safety campaign - 06/26/17

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. It is in these conditions that 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 all over Salem. 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 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 summer safety campaign is in partnership with the organization, Oregon Impact, in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.


Salem Police and Fire Units On Scene of Water Rescue-UPDATE - 06/23/17

UPDATE: 06-23-18/10:05pm

Salem Police and Fire units were called to Wallace Marine Park today at 3:48 pm on a report of a child that was in distress in the water. The child had been swimming near the old boat ramp of the park and underneath the pedestrian bridge when he appeared to become distressed and in need of help. Several other people who were in the area attempted to get to the child, but he slipped under the water and out of sight of the would-be rescuers.

Officers and firefighters were on scene within two minutes and immediately began trying to locate the child in the water and from the river bank. The Salem Fire Department had a boat on scene within six minutes and immediately began searching for the child as well. The Polk County Sheriff's Office also launched their Marine Enforcement boat and personal watercraft. As officers and firefighters continued looking for the child, the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive and Rescue Team was activated to assist, and the Benton County Sheriff's Office also sent two aircraft to assist in the search.

The search for the child continued until dark and was suspended for the safety of the search personnel. The search will resume in the morning by the Polk County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue/Marine Patrol.

The child has been identified as 11-year old Nehemiah Wilson of Salem. His family was present at the scene.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that waterways may seem calm and peaceful, but the cold water temperatures, unpredictable currents and hazards in the water can be very dangerous to swimmers. Even strong swimmers can easily become over-exerted when swimming in cold water, as the cold can quickly drain the energy of a swimmer. Also, jumping from hot outdoor temperatures into cold water can be a shock to the system and easily put swimmers in peril. Even strong swimmers should wear personal flotation devices when swimming in these cold lakes and rivers, and always swim with a buddy and be aware of your buddy's condition.

If in doubt, get out!

Further media information on Search and Rescue in this case will be through the Polk County Sheriff's Office.


Salem Police and Fire are currently on scene at Wallace Marine Park on reports of a young child in distress in the river. Boats and swimmers are currently in the water searching for the child.

No further information is available at this time

Turner Rd Closed Due to Crash Investigation-UPDATE - 06/23/17

UPDATE: 06-23-17/11:25 am

The injured victim in this incident has been identified as 39-year old Nikolay Invanovich Avdeyev. The investigation has shown that he was riding a bicycle northbound in the 3100 block of Turner Rd SE when he was struck by a northbound 2004 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by 19-year old Natalie Arnautov.

The victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured and remained at the scene.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171.


UPDATE: 06-22-17/9:15 pm

Turner Rd is now open to traffic.

The crash remains under investigation. No other information is available for release at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.


Turner Rd SE will be closed for an extended period of time due to a serious injury vehicle/bicycle collision. The roadway is closed from Cascade Gateway Park to Airway Dr SE.

Please find alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.

No more details of the crash are available at this time.

Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shootings - 06/19/17

UPDATE: 06-19-17/10:55 am

The victims in this morning's double homicide have now been identified and their next of kin notified. The victims are:

Hector Martinez-Arroyo, 26-years old, from Salem
Carlos Zepeda-Ponce, 50-years old, from Salem

The investigation is continuing. All further media releases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 503-588-5222


UPDATE: 06-19-17/8:10 am

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect in the double homicide that occurred in the 1600 block of Lancaster Dr NE on the evening of 06-18-17.

35-year old Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez of Salem was arrested on two counts of Murder in the incident. The investigation has shown that Osorio-Jiminez was involved in a dispute with the two adult male victims and shot them while in the parking lot of a small strip mall. Both victims died at the scene. Osorio-Jiminez was followed from the parking lot by witnesses and taken into custody without incident by responding officers a short distance away.

The victims are not yet being identified, as investigators are working to locate and notify next of kin. Those names will be released when next of kin have been notified.

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


Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a shooting incident with two fatalities.

Officers were called to a parking lot in the 1600 block of Lancaster Dr NE at approximately 10:56 pm on Sunday, June 18. When officers arrived they found two subjects had been shot and were deceased at the scene.

The investigation is in the very early stages and no further information is available for release at this time. Further information will be released when available.


Salem Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash - 06/17/17

The Salem Police Department, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police, is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday afternoon in west Salem.

Officers were dispatched to the westbound lanes of Highway 22 between the Edgewater and Rosemont exits at about 12:05 pm this afternoon on a report of a motorcycle crash. Officers arrived on the scene to find a black 2015 Honda motorcycle had impacted the center guardrail, and the motorcycle operator deceased at the scene.

The motorcycle operator has been identified as 24-year old Phillip P Slivkoff of Woodburn. He was alone on the motorcycle, and there were no other vehicles directly involved in the incident.

Traffic on the roadway was restricted while the crash was being investigated, but all lanes of traffic are now open. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.


Salem Police Warn of Falsely Marked Oxycodone Pills - 06/16/17

The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about Fentanyl pills that have been falsely marked as Oxycodone.

Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic and a very potent synthetic medication that can be anywhere from 50-10,000 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl can be a safe surgical anesthetic when properly used and monitored, but it has become a recreational drug that has led to thousands of overdose deaths since 2000. It is highly addictive and is available in many different forms. Medical examiners concluded that musician Prince died as a result of an overdose of fentanyl.

Early in June, several people sought medical treatment for symptoms that were consistent with an overdose of opiates. One of those patients stopped breathing and was brought back to life with medical intervention. They reported taking a small blue pill that was represented to them as being Oxycodone. Taking only ?1/4 of the pill led to their overdose conditions.

Investigators have found hundreds of these pills in the Salem area and have sent them for further analysis. These pills are light blue in color and have markings on them that are very similar to legitimate Oxycodone pills that one would get from a pharmacy.

The Salem Police Department urges everyone to use medications properly and for the reason they are prescribed. When prescribed medication by a licensed medical professional, secure that medication in a location where others will not have access to it. Many medications are stolen directly from medicine cabinets by those whom we allow into our homes. Take only as much of the medications as necessary and only for as long as needed or prescribed. Any leftover medications should be disposed of properly and not put into garbage or into toilets or sinks. Flushing or dumping medications can pollute our groundwater. The Salem Police Department has a medicine disposal receptacle in front of the Police Station, and most pharmacies will also accept unused medications.

Many of those who are addicted to opiates have indicated that their narcotics use began with misuse of prescription medications. This usage escalates to a very strong dependency, and many users then turn to other drugs such as heroin.

The people who took this Fentanyl believing it to be Oxycodone are very fortunate to have survived the incident. Even ?1/4 of a small pill can be fatal. The Salem Police Department urges parents to speak openly with their children about the "casual" use of narcotics.


Teacher Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges - 06/14/17

Salem Police Detectives have arrested a Salem-Keizer School District teacher on multiple counts of sexual abuse involving a former student.

The arrest culminated a lengthy investigation into allegations that 40-year old Shane Ross of Turner had inappropriate sexual contact with a former student over a period of several years. Ross was booked into the Marion County Corrections Facility on five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, nine counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree.

The Salem-Keizer School District cooperated with the investigation.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Ross, investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of whom we are not aware. Anyone who experienced or is aware of concerning and/or inappropriate contacts involving Ross is asked to contact the Salem Police Department Tip Line at 503-588-8477.

All subsequent media information on this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


It's time to plan for Salem's night out against crime! (Photo) - 06/12/17

The Salem Police Department is now accepting registrations for National Night Out block parties in Salem.

National Night Out is an evening dedicated to bringing residents and police together to stand united against crime through neighborhood block parties. NNO is celebrated across the nation each year on the first Tuesday in August making August 1 the date for 2017. Block parties occur, generally, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

"In Salem, it's our chance to demonstrate community unity against crime," said community relations analyst Angie Hedrick. "Neighbors have block parties in the street with activities for children. And, sometimes it's just an ice cream social in the front yard or a barbecue potluck in the cul-de-sac. The point is the neighbors are reinforcing their watch out for each other atmosphere which helps keep crime off their block."

Block parties wishing to receive a visit from a special police team should register early as the slots for officer visits fill quickly. Added Hedrick, "The highlight of our year is visiting block parties to just say hello to neighbors and thank them for being our partners in keeping Salem safe." The registration deadline is July 21, 2017.

Register online and find more information at

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Salem Police Investigating Shooting - 06/06/17

Update: 06-06-17 @ 2:00 pm

At approximately 1:47 am on June 5, Salem police responded to a report of at least one gunshot at an apartment in the 4100 block of Center St NE. Arriving officers found an adult male had been shot in the residence and performed CPR on him until medics arrived and transported him to the hospital. The victim later died at the hospital. The deceased victim has been identified as 32-year old Rodolfo Castro-Salas of Salem.

Following an intense investigation, detectives identified 22-year old Baltazar Delgado as a suspect in the case and subsequently arrested him on charges of Aggravated Murder and Parole Violation.

Early information received in this investigation led to concerns of a female possibly being forcibly abducted from the scene to an unknown location. The investigation has revealed that not to be the case.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department Detectives Section at 503-588-6050, extension 0.


Salem Police Detectives are current investigating a shooting incident.

Salem Police officers were called to an apartment complex in the 4100 block of Center St NE at approximately 1:47 am this morning. One victim was transported to the hospital from the scene.

The investigation is in the early stages at this point and no further information is being released. Updates will be provided when available for release.


Salem Police Community Service Officer Holte with Step Up funds recipient, Cael Vazquez
Salem Police Community Service Officer Holte with Step Up funds recipient, Cael Vazquez
Anonymous donor steps up to help community members in need (Photo) - 05/30/17

Thanks to the generosity of some local donors, the Salem Police Department has established a new program, dubbed Step Up, to assist families in need.

"Step Up is a program established with $12,000 donated by an anonymous person through Morning Star Church," explained Patrol Division Commander Skip Miller. In December 2016, a representative of Morning Star Church provided the department with the money as a way to provide assistance to families who were struggling to meet their basic needs or were in need of assistance.

"The program is an opportunity for the Salem Police Department to step up to help community members facing a challenge," added Miller. "It could be they need some assistance getting food or transportation. Maybe the kids are in need of a coat or backpack for school." As leader of the Patrol Division, Miller knows the officers covering the streets of Salem are in the position of seeing the needs, firsthand.

The criteria for circumstances under which the funds would be appropriate to use include the need for food, car seats, transit passes, temporary lodging for emergency situations, school supplies, and other emergent essentials.

In early May, the Vazquez Family of Salem was just such a family when they reported their vehicle stolen. The car was subsequently recovered, but found with much of the contents stolen which included the car seat and toys of three-year-old Cael Vazquez.

The community service officer who took the report noted the vehicle owner was hoping the suspect would be located and, consequently, the items stolen from the car would be too. The costs associated with the towing of the stolen vehicle and the loss of the items resulted in a financial burden to the family. "Replacing Cael's car seat was going to be difficult for the victim," said Patrol Division Lieutenant Debbie Aguilar. "That's when our community service officer took the initiative to make a request from our Step Up funds."

The replaced items were delivered to the Vazquez family last week and smiles were the result of the thoughtfulness of Morning Star Church stepping up to help Salem families in an inventive way.