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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.
Public Assistance Sought For Missing Salem Man (Photo) - 09/22/14
The Salem Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating 58 year old Daniel Zwicker of Salem. Zwicker has not been seen since the beginning of September, which corresponds with the last of his financial transactions. He has Type I Diabetes and has a history of diabetic comas. Zwicker's red 2012 Toyota Prius, with Oregon license 4ZWICK, is also unaccounted for.

Daniel Zwicker has residences in both Salem and Newport and both have been checked for him, with negative results. Zwicker frequently uses Hwy 20 as he travels between the two cities.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Daniel Zwicker or his red Toyota Prius is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
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Salem Police To Participate in Seatbelt and Safety Restraint Campaign-UPDATE - 09/09/14
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Salem Police Department participated in the Oregon Seatbelt and Safety Restraint Campaign from August 25 through September 7, 2014. During that two week period the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit issued 130 citations for safety restraint violations, 299 speeding citations, 28 citations for driving with a suspended license, an additional 408 citations were issued for various other offenses and 25 arrests were made for various charges.


The Salem Police Department will be participating in a statewide campaign to address seatbelt use, proper child safety seat use, cell phone distractions (texting), speed violations and impaired drivers.

The Department will be using Federal funds from the US Department of Transportation to increase traffic patrols during the daylight hours from August 25 through September 7 in this third annual enforcement and education campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing the public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed and impaired drivers.

A statewide observation survey in June 2013 found ninety- eight percent of Oregon's motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest safety belt use states in our country. Since the 1990 passage of Oregon's adult seatbelt law, observed seatbelt use among the motoring public has doubled from 50% to 98% while crash fatality and injury rates have both dramatically decreased by 58% and 24% respectively.

Child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants under one year old by 71% and for toddlers aged one to four by 54%. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60 percent. And yet, 31%, or 61 of Oregon's 198 occupant fatalities in 2012 were reportedly unrestrained. ODOT estimates that approximately half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.

The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: or at
Salem Police to participate in traffic safety campaign-UPDATE - 09/09/14
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The Salem Police Department assigned two officers to work varied shifts during the Labor Day holiday weekend on this high visibility project. These officers arrested four subjects for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited two drivers for driving with suspended licenses and issued 17 citations and warnings on various other violations. There were four additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during this time period.


Salem Police Officers will be partnering with Oregon Impact to participate in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the Labor Day (September 1st) weekend to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or more during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011). These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The Salem Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, but please celebrate safely and always have a designated driver. Remember: When in doubt, get a ride!
Salem Police Make Arrest In Gang Related Shooting (Photo) - 09/04/14
On Monday, September 1st, at about 9:30 PM, 25 year old Erik Coronel of Woodburn was driving through the parking lot of Petsmart, 2925 Lancaster Dr NE, when he encountered two young Hispanic males and one young Hispanic female. The Hispanic males were making gang gestures and there were words exchanged between them and Coronel. As Coronel was driving away, one of the males pulled a pistol out of his waistband and began firing at Coronel. Coronel sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds and began driving himself to the hospital. Enroute, Coronel's passenger called 911 and they were instructed to meet medics and police at Fred Meyer, 3740 Market St NE, which they agreed to. Medics transported Coronel to Salem Hospital while officers searched the area of the shooting for the suspect.

The investigation was jointly conducted by Salem PD's Criminal Investigation Section and Gang Enforcement Team. Wednesday afternoon, the shooter was taken into custody and the two juveniles with him were identified. The shooter is 18 year old Jose Antonio Lopez-Avalos of Beaverton. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with Attempted Murder, Assault II, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Deputy Chief James Ferraris, who is in charge of the Investigations Division said, "I am very pleased at the investigation conducted by the Gang Enforcement Team and detectives. We will not tolerate senseless gang violence in our city and will use all available resources to swiftly hold those responsible accountable."
Salem Police Honor Guard Receives Grant From Siletz Tribe - 09/03/14
The Salem Police Department Honor Guard has received a grant from the Siletz Tribe in the amount of $2,167.84 in order to replace aging team equipment and to equip new members of the team.

The Salem Police Department Honor Guard was established in 2001 with six original department members, both active duty and retired. The team's primary mission is to support families and coworkers of peace officers killed in the line of duty and the secondary mission is to represent the Salem Police Department and our proud police profession and rich ceremonial heritage at police activities and events. The team was originally funded through the Salem Police Foundation and private party donations and has participated in over 20 fallen officer services in three states, over a dozen memorial services-including the National Police Week in Washington, DC, multiple City and Police Department functions and numerous community events with flag presentations.

It costs approximately $1,500 to outfit a new member of the team with uniforms and equipment, and the grant from the Siletz Tribe will cover the costs of one and one half uniforms for new team members.

The Salem Police Department wishes to thank the Siletz Tribe for this generous donation that will enable the Salem Police Department Honor Guard to continue in this rich tradition of honoring our law enforcement profession.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to the Salem Police Honor Guard may do so through the Salem Police Foundation at PO Box 2631Salem, OR 97308, attention Honor Guard, or on the Salem Police Foundation website at
Salem Police Investigating Shooting Incident - 09/01/14
11:20pm, Monday, 9/01/14

The correct date of this incident in Monday, 9/01/14.

Detectives from the Gang Response Unit and Criminal Investigations are currently investigating the incident. No further information is expected to be released to night.

10:35pm, Monday, 9/01/14

At approx. 9:38pm, 9/1/14; Salem Police responded to a shooting incident which occurred near the 3000 block of Lancaster Dr. NE. One subject sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was contacted while enroute to the hospital. Detectives and the Gang Response Unit are continuing the investigation.

Information is limited at this point as Detectives verify information regarding this incident.