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Salem Police Announces Newest Deputy Chief (Photo) - 10/16/14
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On Wednesday, October 15, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore announced the promotion of Lt. Skip Miller to the position of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Miller is a 17-year veteran of the department, having started his law enforcement career in 1997. Previous to that Miller had a career in the United States Army as a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division.

During his tenure with the department, Miller has been a member of the SWAT and Mobile Response Teams. He was awarded Officer of the Year in 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the Salem Police Department Honor Guard. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University, the FBI National Academy and a recipient of the US Army Bronze Star for combat in Operation Desert Storm. His interest in the police field was piqued during his time at WOU. Through the university, Miller received an internship with the Salem Police Department which solidified his career path. "after being here as an intern, I knew this is where I wanted to work," shared the new Deputy Chief.

Said Chief Moore of the promotion, "Deputy Chief Miller has prepared himself well for the promotion to his new position. He has been involved in a wide variety of assignments within the department, has developed relationships with a variety of community and intergovernmental partners and clearly understands the importance of his new assignment and role." He added, "I am confident he will be a strong member of our command staff."

The announcement came with Chief Moore re-swearing Miller into his new position. Effective November 3, Deputy Chief Miller will command the Investigations Division of the department. Photos from the ceremony were posted on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, and @salem_police, respectively.
Salem Police Seek Public Assistance In Locating Missing Juvenile (Photo) - 10/15/14
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"Chloe Nelson has been located safe in California and is currently being reunited with her family. It appears as though her disappearance was staged, and the investigation is continuing."

Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a 14-year old female who is missing from her residence in South Salem.

Chloe Olivia Nelson, at 14-year old white female juvenile, was discovered missing from her residence at approximately 6:00 am on October 14. It is believed that she left of her own accord, but her disappearance is highly unusual. Chloe is described as being approximately 5'04 tall, with a medium build, long brown hair and possibly in possession of a green backpack.

A missing person report has been taken by the Salem Police Department and Chloe's information has been entered into appropriate law enforcement databases. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

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Salem Police Need Help Identifying Burglar (Photo) - 09/30/14
On August 21st, just before 3:00 AM, an unidentified white male used a rock to smash the glass entry door to the Sizzler restaurant located at 1151 Lancaster Dr NE and unsuccessfully tried to take the cash register. The suspect fled moments later empty handed. Police responding to an alarm at the business searched the area but were unable to locate him.

The suspect was described as approximately 55 years of age, 5'8" to 5'10", with a thin to medium build. The suspect was wearing a light colored medium length jacket with blue trim, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and had wire framed glasses. He was older and better dressed than most burglars we see.

Photographs of the suspect have been distributed to local criminal justice agencies with no success in identifying him. We are now releasing the photos to the public with the hope someone will recognize him. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Steve Smith at (503)540-2464.