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Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 07/24/15
The Salem Police Department is continuing to partner with Oregon Impact to keep our streets safe through targeted enforcement and education campaigns.

During the month of June, Salem Police officers arrested 37 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issued over 900 citations for various other traffic violations.

The Salem Police Department, in partnership with other entities such as Oregon Impact, will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants and other dangerous behaviors on our roadways.
Salem Police Make Arrests in Two Shootings - 07/22/15
Salem Police Detectives have arrested a suspect in the shooting that occurred at Stars Cabaret early Saturday morning as well as a suspect in a shooting that occurred early in the morning of July 22 in northeast Salem.

Salem Police were called to Stars Cabaret at 1550 Weston Ct NE at approximately 12:50 am Saturday, July 18 on a report of shots fired. Officers arrived to find four people had been shot, one of which later died at Salem Hospital. The deceased victim was identified as 47-year old Darryl Patrick Jones of Salem. The other three victims were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Later in the day on July 18, another victim was located who sustained non life-threatening injuries. His identity is not being released at this time.

On the afternoon of July 22, Salem Police detectives, working closely with Portland Police Bureau officers, were able to locate and take 24-year old Tomas Gabriel Mendoza of Portland into custody in this case. Salem Police detectives were able to track Mendoza down at his residence in Portland. The Portland Police Bureau provided invaluable assistance in taking the suspect into custody without further incident. Mendoza is currently being held in the Multnomah County Jail and will later be booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of Murder, Four counts of Assault in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The investigation has shown that the deceased victim, Daryl Jones, was not involved in the altercation that led to the shooting and was shot as he was sitting at the counter. He had no known connections to any of the parties. 23-year old David Raschko and 34-year old Lamont Clayton Lawrence also both sustained non-life threatening injuries and were also not involved in the altercation that led to the shooting.

Salem Police have also arrested 28-year old Cassie Ann Dunlap of Salem for the shooting of Gurpreet Singh early in the morning on July 22.

Salem Police were called to 4389 Burlington Loop NE at approximately 2:59 am on July 22 on a report of a subject who had been shot. Officers arrived to find that Singh had sustained a gunshot wound, and he was immediately transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Cassie Dunlap was detained at the scene, and after further investigation was arrested on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The investigation has shown that the victim and the suspect are known to each other and the shooting was the result of a dispute. There are no further suspects being sought at this time.

All further media releases in these cases will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Brian Orrio on the incident at Stars Cabaret, and Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner on the incident on Burlington Lp.

The Salem Police Department has investigated four shootings in the span of thirteen days. Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore stated "Four shootings in a span of less than two weeks can shake the confidence of a community. I want to let everyone know our detectives have worked tirelessly to identify all those involved, and ensure those responsible are in custody."

Added Chief Moore, "These cases did not involve stranger to stranger encounters, although in one case innocent and unrelated victims were impacted. In each of these cases someone known to a victim was identified as the suspect. There are no unaccounted for suspects in the community, and I would hope everyone would understand that and be somewhat comforted knowing those facts. The Salem Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance to our investigators in resolving these cases and identifying those responsible for these acts. Together we can continue to keep Salem a safe and welcoming community."
Salem Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting - 07/22/15
Correction: The actual location of the incident was 4389 Burlington Loop NE

Salem Police detectives are currently investigating an early-morning shooting that occurred in northeast Salem.

Salem Police officers were called to 4589 Burlington Loop NE at 2:59 am on a report of a subject with a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and found 26-year old Gurpreet Singh of Salem with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An involved subject is currently being interviewed by detectives. No arrests have been made.

This investigation is in its early stages, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Salem Police to host National Night Out kick-off party tomorrow - 07/20/15
July 20, 2015: The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its 9th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

"We're proud to host this 'pre-party party' to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 4, 2015," said Crime Prevention Officer Mark Jantz. The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, and submit or confirm their street closure permit.

Added Jantz, "We are able to hold this event thanks to our sponsors, The Home Depot and Target Stores. And, several of our other partners in crime prevention will be there distributing brochures and information which hosts can give out to their neighbors at their block party."

At the kick-off, block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Jantz.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team (consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot) should register soon as the number of parties Salem Police teams can visit is limited by staffing and fleet.

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175 or visit
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Salem Police Investigating Shooting at Nightclub-UDATE - 07/18/15
UPDATE: 07-18-15/10:00 am

The deceased victim in this incident has been identified as 47-year old Darryl Patrick Jones of Salem. The other three victims suffered non life-threatening injuries and are being treated at Salem Hospital. Due to safety concerns and the ongoing investigation, their identities are not being released at this time.

At the time of this incident, the nightclub was very busy with many patrons and employees present. Detectives have worked throughout the night and have determined that this incident does not appear to be a random shooting. It appears to have stemmed from an altercation involving one of the injured victims.

The suspect in this case is described as a Hispanic male adult in his 20s or 30s with a stocky build and bald.

This investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123


Salem Police Detectives are investigating a shooting at a nightclub that has left one victim dead and three others injured.

Salem Police officers were called to Stars Cabaret at 1550 Weston Ct NE at approximately 12:50 am on Saturday morning on reports of shots fired. Officers arrived to find four victims who had been shot, one of which later died at Salem Hospital.

The name of the deceased victim is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. No arrests have been made and detectives are working identify everyone involved.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Salem Police Investigating Shooting Death - 07/17/15
UPDATE: July 17, 2015/4:30 pm

The victim in this incident has been identified as 30-year old Matthew Pearce of Salem.

The other subject involved in this incident is currently in custody on unrelated charges and will remain unnamed at this time.

The investigation is continuing and the results will be submitted to the Polk County District Attorney's Office. All further media inquiries should be directed to the District
Attorney's Office.


Salem Police detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in west Salem Wednesday night.

Salem Police were called to 2617 Islander Ave NW shortly after 11:00 pm Wednesday night on a report of a disturbance, possibly with a gun involved. Shots were fired as officers were responding, and officers ultimately located a deceased male in the residence. Several subjects were detained at the scene for questioning.

The name of the deceased subject is not yet being released pending notification of next of kin. No arrests have been made and there are no outstanding suspects currently being sought. The investigation is continuing.
Salem Police Department K-9 Enzo
Salem Police Department K-9 Enzo
Graveyard patrol nabs car clouter in action (Photo) - 07/15/15
July 15, 2015 Salem, OR: In the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 15, Salem Police officers responded to the report of an attempted car clout on the 800 block of Fran ST SE. Thanks to the activation of a car alarm, the owner was alerted to the activity, and called police.

Officers responded to the area for a search including K-9 Enzo and his handler, Senior Officer Miranda. It was the duo who came upon a vehicle driving suspiciously through the neighborhood near where the vehicle break-in had occurred.

The vehicle, driven by 27-year old Nicholas Gutierrez-Didlot, was traveling without its headlights on, and without noticing the patrol vehicle following. Upon realizing the presence of the police, Gutierrez-Didlot drove backward down the street, and crashed into a tree and mailbox post.

Gutierrez-Didlot attempted to flee the scene on foot; however, once Senior Officer Miranda deployed K-9 Enzo, the police dog easily caught up to the suspect, and apprehended him.

"Our patrol staff works diligently to respond to suspicious activity calls which include our K-9 teams," said Lt. Dave Okada, Public Information Officer for the Salem Police Department.

The investigation revealed several items stolen from vehicles in the area, as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine. Officers were able to contact multiple victims, and return their property.

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Salem Police expands its messaging efforts to area residents (Photo) - 07/14/15
July 14, 2015 Salem, OR: Chief Jerry Moore proudly announced today the Salem Police Department's partnership with Nextdoor, a free and private social network for neighborhoods.

Nextdoor enables residents to communicate with each other through exclusive neighborhood Web sites created for their defined geographic area. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor site. All members must verify they live within the neighborhood before joining the platform. Once registered, participants can share information about neighborhood topics of interest, such as lost pets, community events, activities, and crime or safety issues.

"We have spent the last few years increasing our communication through social media, and Nextdoor will allow us to expand our efforts by reaching the more than 2,000 households already subscribed," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response Section. "With Nextdoor's help we can reach our citizens with crime tips and information which is pertinent to their neighborhood area," Okada explained.

Working with the Crime Analysis Unit, the department will post relevant information to help raise the awareness of public safety or crime incidents affecting a particular part of Salem.

The service, which is free for residents and agencies to use, also makes keeping up with what is happening in your neighborhood even easier through smart phone apps which are available for iOS and Adroid users.

Salem Police will begin using the Nextdoor service on Wednesday, July 15. To see the police department's Nextdoor site, go to To learn more about joining Nextdoor, visit their informative Web page at

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Salem Police Investigating Late-Night Shooting-UPDATE-Victim identification and suspect arrest (Photo) - 07/12/15
UPDATE: 07-12-15/11:30 am

Salem Police detectives have arrested a Salem man for the shooting that occurred late in the evening of July 9 in south Salem.

27-year old Christopher Marquis Lauderdale has been arrested for the shooting of 31-year old Roderick Adams Jr of Salem. At the time of Lauderdale's arrest, he was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Adams has since died of his injuries, and the Marion County District Attorney's Office will address appropriate charging decisions.

The investigation has determined that the shooting was the result of a dispute between the victim and the suspect and no further suspects are being sought.

Further media releases on this incident will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Brendan Murphy, 503-588-5222.


Salem Police Detectives are investigating a late-night shooting in south Salem.

Medic units were called to the area of Ewald St SE and Duplex Ct SE at approximately 11:45 pm on July 9 on a report of a subject needing medical assistance. When medic units arrived they found a black male adult who had sustained a gunshot wound. Salem Police officers were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The victim, who was transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries, is not being identified at this time pending notification of next of kin.

This investigation is in the early stages, and no further information is available at this time.
Attached Media Files: Lauderdale
Salem Police Looking For Missing, Possibly Endangered Woman (Photo) - 07/07/15
Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public as we search for 66-year old Virgie Mae Henry.

Virgie does not have a permanent address, but she was most recently staying with an acquaintance in southeast Salem. She was frequently seen in the neighborhood where she had been staying, but she has not been seen since January 8 as she was leaving her residence. It is unusual for her to go for this long without any contact with friends or relatives.

Virgie is a Black female with grey hair. She is approximately 5'07" tall and weighs about 100 lbs. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

Anyone with any information about Virgie or her whereabouts is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jake Burke at 503-540-2463
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Salem Police Request Assistance In Locating Suspect In Child Pornography Case (Photo) - 07/07/15
UPDATE: 07-07-15/9:45 AM

Suspect David Michael Brown was taken into custody at approximately 8:15 pm last night in a downtown Portland hotel. A viewer of a local news station saw the media coverage of the suspect and recognized the suspect, then called the Portland Police Bureau. Brown was alone when he was taken into custody.

The Salem Police Department appreciates the media coverage that was provided in this case and the response from the public in taking this offender into custody so quickly.


UPDATE: 07-06-15/10:25 pm

David Michael Brown has been located and taken into custody in Multnomah County. Details of his arrest are unknown at this time.

Salem Police Detectives are requesting assistance from the public in locating a suspect in a child pornography case.

David Michael Brown, 27 years old, is a white male adult, 5'09", 210 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. There are no known vehicles associated with Brown.

Brown has valid warrants for his arrest for twenty counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse and is a registered sex offender. He has also been placed on the Salem Police Department Ten Most Wanted Listing. It is believed that Brown may be in the company of a young child and attempting to leave the state.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of David Michael Brown is asked to immediately call 911. A photo is attached.
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Salem Police On Scene of Fatal Plane Crash-UPDATE-Victim Identification - 07/06/15
UPDATE: 07-06-15/2:40 PM

The victim in this incident has now been identified as 60-year old John Douglas Layton of Salem. Mr. Layton was the pilot and sole occupant of the airplane.

The investigation will continue with the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) as the primary investigating agency.


UPDATE: 07-04-15/11:40 AM

Lt Okada will be available for contact in the northeast corner of the parking lot at 25th St SE and Mission St SE at 11:45 am

The Police Department is on the scene of a fatal plane crash on the grounds of the Salem Airport.

Salem Police and Fire Departments received calls at approximately 8:26 am of a plane crash north of the runway on the Salem airport grounds. Witnesses reported that a small plane was attempting to takeoff northbound when it crashed north of the runway and burst into flames. The flames were extinguished quickly by fire units and it was determined that there is at least one deceased victim in the plane.

The identity of the victim is unknown at this time, and we are currently awaiting the arrival of the NTSB for further investigation.
Salem Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash - 06/30/15
A Salem man died at the scene of a motorcycle crash on the Edgewater St NW ramp onto Highway 22 in Salem on Monday evening.

Chad Lunt, 35-years old, was driving his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Edgewater St NW at a high rate of speed along with another motorcycle, moving in and out of lanes when the incident occurred. Lunt lost control of his motorcycle, went onto the shoulder of the roadway, then crashed into a guard rail. Lunt was thrown from the motorcycle and the motorcycle continued on landing in the westbound lanes of Highway 22. Lunt was declared deceased at the scene.

The driver of the second motorcycle does not appear to have been involved in the actual collision, and continued onward, not remaining at the scene. The second motorcyclist has not been identified.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Salem Police Officer Mitch Mason at (503) 588-6123.