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UPDATE: 06-30-16/11:30 am
The victim in this case has been identified as 18-year old Alex C Armes of Salem. His next of kin has been notified.
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing to investigate this incident, and anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.
Salem Police are currently investigating a fatal hit and run incident involving a pedestrian.
Officers were called to the 1600 block of Liberty St SE near the intersection of Lincoln St SE at approximately 3:15 this morning on a report of a subject laying in the street. Officers arrived to find a deceased subject who had been struck by an unknown vehicle. The Traffic Control Unit was dispatched to investigate the scene and process for evidence and the roadway was closed until approximately 8:30 am.
The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The Salem Police Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have information about this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.
SWAT teams from the Salem Police Department and the Oregon State Police served a narcotics search warrant in the 4700 block of Battle Creek Rd SE Thursday at approximately 4:00am. Battle Creek Rd was blocked for approximately two and a half hours while the teams methodically cleared the property, detaining twenty one people. Once the property was cleared, detectives from the Salem Police Department and the Keizer Police Department searched it.
Arrested at the scene for Possession of Methamphetamine was 42 year old Rebecca Herring, 64 year old David West, 51 year old Phillip Peterson, 48 year old Kathryn Thompson, and 60 year old Leonard Williams. All are from Salem.
Tracy Zemanek, 50 years old from Aumsville, was arrested on a Bench Warrant as well as Possession of Methamphetamine. Stephen Hill, 48 years of age from Salem, was also taken into custody on a Bench Warrant. Laura Wattenbarger, 31 years of age from Salem, was arrested for Possession of Heroin. Raygena Navarro, 49 years of age from Salem, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance II. Eric Bean, 33 years of age, was arrested for Possession of Heroin.
Brittney Ferra, 31 years old, and Anthony Salmons, 51 years old, were both arrested for Parole Violations. They are both from Salem.
Salem Code Enforcement officers responded to inspect the property. Residents at the property were given forty eight hours to vacate, after which time the residence and shop will be declared uninhabitable until violations are corrected.
The Salem Police Department celebrated the promotion of two police officers to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant.
In a ceremony held at the Salem Library on Friday afternoon and presided over by Chief Jerry Moore, Officer Adam Waite was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Officer Lance Diede was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Corporal Waite was hired by the Salem Police Department in 2008 and is a US Army veteran with service in the Iraq war. He has worked in the Patrol Division and as a detective the Criminal Investigations Section. Cpl Waite is a department Field Training Officer and serves on the Field Training and Evaluation Program Steering Committee. He is also a department instructor for Emergency Vehicle Operations and Taser, and is a role player for Confrontational Simulations training. He is a member of SWAT, Honor Guard and Mobile Response Teams, and is also on the department Use of Force Review Committee. Cpl Waite has also been recognized by the department with a Purple Heart Medal, Medal of Valor, Lifesaving Award and Unit Letter of Recognition for his service with SWAT.
Cpl Waite will remain assigned to patrol.
Sergeant Lance Diede was hired by the Salem Police Department in 2007 and is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He has worked in the Patrol Division and as a detective in the Street Crimes Unit. Sgt Diede is a department Field Training Officer and is an instructor in Emergency Vehicle Operations and Firearms and is also an armorer for the department. He also serves on the department Use of Force Review Committee. Sgt Diede has also been recognized by the department as Detective of the Year in 2015 and received an Individual Letter of Recognition for his work in dismantling a major narcotics distribution operation.
Sgt Diede was presented with his Sergeant badge by his father, retired Salem Police Sergeant Tim Diede. Sgt Lance Diede will remain assigned to patrol.
On June 3, 2016, supervisor rigs within the Salem Police fleet were equipped with American flags thanks to a simple, yet honorable, suggestion from a Salem patrol officer who is also a military veteran.
Officer Chad Galusha of the Salem Police Patrol Division had the idea after a call to investigate the death of a Salem resident. Galusha and fellow officer, Adam Waite, noted during the course of the investigation that the individual was also a World War II veteran. According to Galusha, Waite went out of his way to locate an American flag to honor the veteran on his final transport.
Galusha took steps a little further and proposed the idea of having flags at the ready to his chain of command. "Oregon law requires a police response to all incidents involving a death for various reasons, and sometimes during the investigation we determine the person who passed was a member of the US military," said Galusha. "It would be a great service and tribute to the veteran if officers could have a flag on hand to show our respect to those who served their country honorably," he added.
The initial batch of flags was donated by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services, and will be used to honor veterans, as well as fallen police officers and firefighters.
Members of the Salem Police Department, who also served in the US military, held a flag-folding ceremony on Friday, June 3, for each flag. Officers had the occasion to bestow the program's first flag upon a veteran over the weekend.
Galusha hopes the entire community will see the gesture favorably, given the fact that approximately eight percent of Oregon's population is a US veteran per 2013 Census statistics.
A short video of the flag-folding ceremony and an interview with Officer Galusha is available on the Salem Police Department YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/SalemPDTV.