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Public Warned About Suspicious Person - 12/17/14
A residence in the 2000 block of Tanager Av. NW was burglarized sometime during the day on December 8th. As part of a routine investigation, neighbors have been contacted to see if anyone saw anything suspicious. Two different neighbors reported seeing a Hispanic male in the vicinity at about 11:00 AM. He is described as 28 to 29 years of age, 5'10"tall, and 180 to 190 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a bright orange OSHA type vest that had no lettering on the back. The male was operating a white pickup truck with blue or green writing on the side of it.

One witness actually saw the male knocking on the victim's front door before the male walked around to the side of the house. The other witness thought he was a meter reader. The Salem Police Department has determined there were no meter readers working in the area at the time. Salem Electric advises their meter readers have the words "METER READER" on the back of their vests.

The victim has told police they were not expecting any contractor or other person who would be wearing an OSHA vest to stop by the residence. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Curt Abel at (503)540-2461.
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Suspect Sought in 7-11 Robbery (Photo) - 12/08/14
On December 3, 2014 at approximately 1:10 AM, a suspect walked into the 7-11 located at 1690 Market St NE and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. After obtaining the cigarettes, the suspect told the clerk he had a bomb and would not be paying for them.

The suspect was described as a white male, 35 to 40 years of age, 5'08" to 5'11", medium build, with short brown hair and a thin beard with a goatee. He was wearing a gray short sleeve t-shirt under a dark blue vest, red pajama pants, and dark colored skater styled shoes. He was last seen running southeast from the store.

Photos of the suspect have been circulated throughout the Salem criminal justice community with negative results. They are now being released to the public with the hope someone will recognize him. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
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Salem Police Arrest Fifteen in Prostitution Sting - 12/05/14
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted a prostitution sting operation on December 4, arresting fifteen individuals on numerous charges related to prostitution activities.

The operation was held during the afternoon and evening hours and utilized undercover male and female police officers and postings on internet sites. The suspects, fourteen "Johns" and one prostitute, were all responding to internet postings by officers and made contact with the undercover officers by various means. Once the suspects made contact with the officers and agreed to participate in sexual acts for money, they were taken into custody when they went to an undisclosed location with the expectation of completing the act.

The following were arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute:
Elias N Mendoza-Garcia, 27 years old, Salem
Jason A Scoggins, 41 years old, Keizer
Rodney P Gretzon, 42 years old, Salem
Marcelo Cruz-Santiago, 33 years old, Salem
Raul Cisneroz-Froylan, 43 years old, Washougal, WA
Alejandro Lopez-Rodriguez, 33 years old, Salem
Julian Hernandez-Herrera, 43 years old, Salem
Robert DeWayne Alber, 63 years old, Salem
Jesus E Cruz-Arreguin, 30 years old, Gervais
Manual Cardenas-Murillo, 32 years old, Keizer
Marcos M De Jesus-Ramirez, 37 years old, Salem
Margarito Ramirez-De Jesus, 38 years old, Salem
Rigoberto Garcia-Rodriguez, 38 years old, Transient

Arrested on the charge of Prostitution:
Nachey Mabel Bourette, 29 years old, Beaverton

Prostitution is becoming more frequent in our communities. It exploits a vulnerable part of our society and is often linked to human trafficking and various forms of abuse and manipulation. Women, juveniles and undocumented individuals are being victimized by human traffickers for forced labor as well as for sexual exploitation. Victims of human trafficking often feel as though they have no alternative but to obey those who take advantage of them.

Anyone who has information about human trafficking is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency. Victims of human trafficking can also contact their local Women's Crisis Center for assistance with safety and shelter. The Center for Hope and Safety can be reached at their 24-hour crisis line at 503-399-7722.

Prostitution related crimes often utilize the Internet to facilitate activities. Parents should watch for unfamiliar Internet site names on their computer browser histories and further investigate those sites as a way to monitor the computer activities of their children
Mission Street closed due vehicle crash - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014/4:40 pm
Traffic is now open on Mission St in both directions, however expect residual congestion as a result of the crash


December 4, 2014: Mission Street SE between 17th & 22nd Streets is closed due to a vehicle crash. The vehicle landed in Shelton Ditch and first responders have closed traffic due to the situation. Watch for detour signs and avoid the area until further notice.

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Traffic Crash -Road Closure Update - 12/01/14
***** UPDATE *****

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing with its investigation into this incident and is needing to interview anyone who may have any information as to the circumstances leading to the crash. The suspect vehicle was a 2008 commercial style F-450 truck and was driving eastbound on Madrona Ave SE then north on 25th St SE just prior to the crash.

One particular witness, a female who stopped by the Hertz Vehicle Sales office shortly after the crash, is of particular interest to our officers to interview. This witness is a white female adult in her 40s and driving a tan colored late 1990s or early 2000 vintage Subaru Outback or Forester.

Anyone knows who this witness is or has any other information about the crash is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 and leave a message.



9:30pm Fri., 11/28/14

Traffic Crash location: 25th St SE & Madrona Ave SE
Time of crash: 5:49pm

Details: Jesus Manuel ALVAREZ, 33yrs of Peell, Wa., was driving a 2008 Ford F450 Commercial Truck w/flatbed northbound on 25th St SE, continuing north past Madrona Ave SE. Alvarez drifted to the right, losing control, leaving the roadway and onto a grassy area. Alvarez over-corrected and drove into the two southbound lanes of 25th St SE, directly into the path of two southbound vehicles. (This is a 45mph speed zone) At this point, Alvarez's vehicle is broadside to the on-coming southbound vehicles, which struck the passenger side of Alvarez's vehicle.

The southbound vehicles were a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, operated by Chase Wells-Gonzalez, 22yrs of Salem; and a 1986 Honda Civic operated by Gary Quintana, 49yrs of Keizer.

Due to the impact, both Wells-Gonzalez and Quintana had to be extricated from their vehicles by Salem Fire. Both drivers were transported to Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

As responding Officers arrived, it was learned that Alvarez had fled the crash scene but was located nearby within minutes. Alvarez was not injured in the crash.

Based on the investigation, Alvarez was arrested on the following charges: Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, Felony Hit & Run and Assault III (2 counts). Alvarez was booked into the Marion Co. Jail.

Traffic Unit Officers will be finished with the scene investigation and open the intersection for normal traffic flow at 10:30pm.

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Salem Police & Fire are at the scene of a serious injury, multi-vehicle traffic crash at 25th St SE & Madrona Ave SE. Southbound 25th St. SE traffic has been detoured at McGilchrist St SE. The Traffic Unit is responding to assist in the investigation. Preliminary report indicates the road closure will be for the next 2-3 hours. No further information is available at this time.
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: http://youtu.be/LcuA86LB3Kc.

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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