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Darnell Harris
Darnell Harris
Suspect Arrested in Fatal Stabbing (Photo) - 12/01/16

Salem Police detectives have arrested a Keizer man in a fatal stabbing that occurred at a crash scene early in the morning on November 28.

Salem Police were called to the intersection of Liberty St SE and Superior St SE at approximately 1:37 am on November 28 on a report of a single vehicle into a tree. Arriving officers found a maroon colored 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that had run into a tree with 32-year old Andrew Ramon of Gervais deceased in the vehicle. There were no other vehicles around.

During an autopsy on the victim, it was determined that he had been stabbed, resulting in his death. Salem Police detectives immediately began an intensive investigation into the victim's death.

The investigation determined that victim Andrew Ramon had been involved in an altercation with 26-year old Darnell Edward Harris of Keizer during the previous evening and/or early morning and had subsequently crashed his vehicle into the tree. Harris came upon the crash scene and stabbed victim Ramon while still in the vehicle, causing Ramon's fatal wounds.

Harris was located late in the afternoon of November 30 and was detained without incident. He was later transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility and lodged on charges of Murder, two counts of Tampering with a Witness and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with any information is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jeff Keniston at 503-588-6050 extension 7163.

Any further media releases in this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 503-588-5222.

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Attached Media Files: Darnell Harris
Timothy Desjarlais
Timothy Desjarlais
Salem Police Arrest Burglary Suspect After Entering Occupied Residences (Photo) - 11/29/16

Salem Police Officers arrested a suspect after he entered two occupied residences in northeast Salem early in the morning on November 26.

Officers were dispatched to the area of the Hawthorne Ave NE and Felina Ave NE at 4:57 am on November 26 on a report of a suspect who was peering into and shining a flashlight into apartment windows in the 3300 block of Felina Ave NE. As officers were responding to this call, another call was received from another residence in the 3800 block of Felina where a male suspect had just entered that residence and had fled on foot.

Responding officers were checking the area when they spotted a suspect hanging out of a window of an apartment in the 4400 block of Felina Ave NE. The suspect's upper body was inside of the window with his legs hanging out the outside. When the officer approached, the suspect jumped back out of the window and fled on foot. The suspect climbed over a fence, jumped into thick brush, fell into a creek and attempted to flee further, but was surrounded by officers and surrendered.

As officers continued their investigation, they determined that the suspect, 20-year old Timothy Christian Desjarlais, had entered two separate apartments as well as three vehicles in the area and had removed property from those vehicles. The property from those thefts was returned to the victims.

Desjarlais was arrested and lodged in the Marion County Corrections Facility on two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer and Parole Violation.

Desjarlais was also arrested by Salem Police officers on July 30, 2016 on Burglary and theft charges for entering an occupied residence and also breaking into vehicles in south Salem.

A photo of Desjarlais is attached.

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Attached Media Files: Timothy Desjarlais
Salem Police Investigating Early Morning Fatality - 11/28/16

Salem Police officers were called to Liberty St SE near Superior St SE at approximately 1:37 am this morning on a report of a vehicle into a tree. When officers arrived on scene, they found a maroon colored 2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer into a tree with 32-year old Andrew Ramon of Gervais deceased in the vehicle. There were no other vehicles around.

The scene and surrounding roadways were closed for several hours as the investigation of the scene required the benefits of daylight.

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Corporal Jeff Keniston at 503-588-6050, extension 7163.

30th Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today! - 11/15/16

The Salem Police Department is proud to launch its 30th Annual Toy Drive for Salem area children.

Thanks to a partnership with the organization, Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES), the holidays will be brighter for local children in need of gifts. "We accept new, unwrapped toys for infants and children up to 13 years old," said Jennifer Hingston, volunteer coordinator for the Salem Police Department.

"We have wonderful toy drive partners," she added. "From the five local businesses who participate as donation drop off sites, to the fantastic volunteers with CAPES who come together to sort and wrap the gifts. Together, we help bring a smile to local families in need of a few gifts for the children."

The generosity of Salem residents is what has made the toy drive a resounding success for the last three decades. The toy drive began in 1986 as a result of a tragic circumstance which affected a local family. It was late December when a Salem Police school resource officer responded to the scene of a suicide. Located in the belongings of the deceased, the officer found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter.

The list greatly affected the officer and other police staff who responded by collecting funds to try to fulfil the wish list. It was the Salem Police family who launched the first toy drive, and 30 years later, the department and the Salem community continue to show their support of local children in need.

The drive begins Tuesday, November 15 and donations will be accepted through December 13. Drop off your donation at the Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty ST SE, 1st floor or any of the following locations:
* Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
* Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate SQ S, #110
* Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
* Salem Health Medical Group, 665 Winter ST SE, Bldg. B
* White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S
For more information, contact Jennifer Hingston at 503-588-6499, option 1.
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