Salem Police Dept.
Witnesses Sought In Friday Night Crash - 03/31/14
The Salem Police Department continues to investigate a pursuit that ended in an injury motor vehicle crash Friday night at Hawthorne and Sunnyview NE. Investigators believe there were at least two other vehicles at the intersection who witnessed the crash; however, they left the scene prior to giving statements.
Just before 12:30 AM Saturday morning, an officer attempted to stop a 2007 Chrysler Sebring on Lancaster Dr NE, but the driver failed to yield. The vehicle turned westbound onto Wolverine and then southbound on Coral. The vehicle stopped briefly to let two passengers out, then continued southbound on Coral Av before turning westbound on Sunnyview. At Sunnyview and Hawthorne the Chrysler disobeyed a red traffic light and crashed into a 2002 Lincoln Navigator.
The driver of the Chrysler, Miguel Carranza-Ventura, 29 years of age, fled the scene but was captured following a K-9 track. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility after being treated at Salem Hospital for minor injuries. He was charged with felony and misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Assault II and III, felony hit and run, Reckless Driving, and a Parole Violation. A passenger in the Chrysler, Moriah Fragua, 27 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital where she underwent surgery.
The driver of the Lincoln Navigator, Elvira Anaya, 37 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.
It is believed that potential witnesses, confused by the chaos of officers treating the injured, as well as chasing the driver who had fled on foot, simply drove away from the scene. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to telephone Officer Zohner at (503)588-6171.
Salem Police Investigate Apparent Accidental Drowning - 03/31/14
Dustin Hill, 33 years of age, was found deceased in a drainage ditch west of the 2000 block of 25th St SE Sunday at about 5:00 PM. Hill had been reported as a missing person earlier in the day after he had failed to return home the previous night. Family members had been out searching for him when they discovered the body. Hill was observed to be highly intoxicated the previous evening and the death appears to be an accidental drowning. The results of toxicology testing are still pending.
Prolific Burglar Arrested By Salem Police (Photo)
Salem Police detectives served a search warrant in the 500 block of Plaza Del Rey NE yesterday at about 2:00 PM in connection with a burglary investigation. At the same time the suspect, Owenn Mitchell, 31 years of age, was stopped on a traffic stop at Park Av and D St NE and taken into custody without incident.
Sometime during the night of March 22nd, Withnell Dodge, 2650 Commercial St SE, was burglarized. Among the items taken was a credit card. Purchases in the Salem area with the credit card led police to Mitchell.
Mitchell was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with Burglary I, four counts of Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Felony, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Misdemeanor, two counts of Forgery II, and Theft I. Evidence located during yesterday's search warrant links Mitchell to additional burglaries that recently occurred in Keizer, so additional charges are likely.
Mitchell is not a stranger to the Salem Police Department. On January 1st at about 2:00 AM, Mitchell was arrested at the Vista Post Office, 3624 Commercial St SE, after he was caught prying into post office boxes. He was cited and released for Mail Theft, Criminal Mischief II, and PCS Meth.
On the night of February 21st, Capitol Chevrolet and Capitol Toyota, 700 block of Auto Group Av SE were burglarized. On the night of February 23, these same businesses with the addition of Capitol Subaru, were again burglarized. Taken from the Subaru dealership was a 2005 Subaru Impreza.
On February 27th, Mitchell unwittingly agreed to meet detectives in the 3300 block of Marietta Av SE to sell the stolen Subaru. He was lodged in jail, charged with Burglary I, Theft I, PCS Meth, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Identity Theft. At the time of this arrest, he was found in possession of US Savings Bonds.
On March 10th, Mitchell was again taken into custody after it was determined the US Savings Bonds had been taken during a burglary of a residence in the 600 block of Plaza Del Rey NE. He had more US Savings Bonds in his possession at the time of his arrest. An ATM card that had been stolen from a mailbox in the 700 block of Weeks Av NE was also found in his possession. Mitchell once again went to jail, charged with Identity Theft and Forgery I.
Anyone with information concerning any of these crimes is asked to telephone Salem Police detectives at (503)588-6050.
Salem Police Conduct Sweep to Enhance Victim Safety - 03/25/14
The Salem Police Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) teamed up with deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division on the evening of March 21 to conduct a domestic violence offender compliance and victim safety sweep.
Eight Salem police officers and a Salem Police domestic violence victim advocate partnered with nine Marion County deputies to conduct the release agreement compliance sweep of known domestic violence offenders. Officers and deputies made unannounced visits to locations where court release agreements restricted the presence of specific domestic violence offenders.
When offenders are arrested and booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility and released pending trial, they are issued a release agreement that they must sign. The document is a court order with various instructions and/or restrictions, the most common being an order to have no contact with the alleged victim, and often also restricts the offender from specific locations. It was these locations and victims that were visited by the officers and deputies to check for compliance by the suspects.
Twelve locations were visited by the teams, and four offenders were arrested for being in violation of the no contact portion of the release agreements. There was also one suspect arrested for a parole violation.
There are annual domestic violence sweeps that are conducted in our area, and the Salem Police DVRT will be conducting additional operations to enhance the safety of victims in our community.
The Salem Police Department is committed to the safety of our community, and the Domestic Violence Response Team will continue to focus on the safety of domestic violence victims and to reduce the incidents of repeated domestic violence.