Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Armed Turner Man Surrenders to Mobile Crisis Response Team (Photo)
Tonight at about 5:30 p.m., the Turner Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the reports of shots fired inside of a residence, near the 5400 block of Val View Road SE in Turner.
When officers and deputies arrived family members informed them that Jared Holm, age 22, of Turner was inside of his bedroom, intoxicated, suicidal and armed with two handguns and one shotgun. Prior to police and deputies arriving Mr. Holm had fired at least one round inside of his bedroom, prompting his family to call 911. Hearing the call, members of our Mobile Crisis Response Team responded to the scene.
The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a deputy and mental health professional who are trained to respond to incidents when people are in crisis. After arriving on scene deputies, officers and MCRT were able to successfully negotiate Mr. Holm's surrender without using force.
Mr. Holm has been transported to the Salem Hospital where his mental health can be evaluated and treated. Mr. Holm could face criminal charges for his discharging of a weapon inside of the city limits of Turner. All criminal charges are being handled by the Turner Police Department.
Deputies and Detectives on Scene of Shooting Outside Local Tavern ***Update*** (Photo)
Details in this investigation are coming very slowly due to the fact the victim in last nights shooting was rushed into surgery and is recovering from that operation. Detectives intend to interview him today and we anticipate a release with further details sometime later this evening.
An additional photograph has been added to this release.
Tonight at about 10:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, located at 3082 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. When they arrived they found a male victim who had been shot, just outside the tavern.
The male has been transported to the Salem Hospital in what deputies describe as serious condition. Very little details are available regarding the shooting and because of the condition of the victim, a suspect description has not been obtained.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding tonight's incident to call our non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident tonight. A release containing additional details will be made available sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Man Arrested After Climbing on Running Bulldozer - 02/26/15
Today at 3:15 p.m., deputies were called to the Brown Island Demolition Landfill, located at 2895 Faragate Avenue South, in Salem. A bulldozer operator called 911 to report that a man had crawled onto his moving machine and was swinging an axe.
The operator locked himself inside the cab of the piece of heavy equipment and waited for deputies to arrive. When deputies arrived they found Dale Gerner, age 56, a transient from the Salem area. Mr. Gerner had dropped the axe, but was armed with a knife. Deputies challenged Mr. Gerner, he complied with all of their commands and he was arrested without incident.
Mr. Gerner told deputies that he was tracking a cougar in Minto Brown Park, when he began being chased by hunters with dogs. Mr. Gerner stated the hunters climbed a tree and racked a gun so he made the decision to enter the landfill by climbing the barbed wire fence. It was very apparent to deputies on scene that Mr. Gerner was in crisis and suffering from some type of mental health condition.
Although he was arrested and transported to the jail for the crimes of menacing, trespassing and disorderly conduct, members from our Crisis Outreach Response Team will attempt contact with Mr. Gerner and assess his mental health needs.
Currently there are no booking photos available of Mr. Gerner.
Sheriff's Office Offering Free Boat Inspections (Photo)
On Saturday March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Team will be offering free boat inspections. Deputies will be at the Sportsman's Warehouse, located at 1260 Lancaster Drive SE, in Salem.
We will be checking for:
-Boat Registration (Certificate of number)
- Registration numbers on forward half of boat
- Validation stickers
- Boater education cards
- PFD's (life jackets)
- Sound producing device
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights
- Clean Flame arrestor
- Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for non-motorized over 10'
Come on out, we hope to see you there!
Marion County Sheriff's Office Holds Recruitment Fair ***Update*** (Photo)
On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office hosted a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, located at 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, in Brooks.
Deputies and staff from all disciplines within the Sheriff's Office were on hand to test, answer questions and introduce prospective applicants to the exciting career opportunities at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Over 100 people took part in the recruitment fair, Lead Recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "This event was a huge success, so much so we are already planning for our next one!"
If you were unable to attend our recruitment fair, watch for our next event scheduled to take place sometime in October. You can also find Sheriff's Office job opportunities at www.GoMCSO.com.
On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, 4190 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR.
Lead recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "If you have ever thought about a career in law enforcement this is a great opportunity for you to come out and see what we have to offer and what you can do for your community."
Perspective applicants can meet and discuss job duties with deputies from the Jail, Parole and Probation and Enforcement Teams and of course we will have some cool tools of the trade on hand for you to view and experience. In addition qualified candidates can apply for and run the Oregon Physical Agilities Test for free, an $85 value. "Come out and see if a career as a Deputy Sheriff is right for you!"
MCSO Seeking Information in Monday Night Robbery at Local Convenience Store (Photo)
On Monday the 23rd at about 1:00 a.m., a male, portraying to have a weapon in his pocket, entered the Plaid Pantry, located at 4617 Silverton Road NE and demanded cash. The male is described as mixed race, approximately 6'3" tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue hooded jacket, dark colored pants and dark colored shoes.
The suspect forced the clerk to open the register and left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was last seen running north on 47th Avenue NE.
Plaid Pantry is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. If you have information regarding this suspect or the incident that took place Monday night, please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
Email Outage 02/20 not 03/20 ***Updated*** - 02/21/15
The email server for MCSO is offline for the weekend of 02/20. If you need assistance from the PIO please just call the PIO line. Have a great weekend!
Deputies Need Your Help Finding Suspect and Identifying Stolen Property ***Correction*** (Photo)
Mr. Thompson's age should be 34.
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in locating, Brandon Michael Thompson, age 34 of Aumsville. Deputies have been able to link Mr. Thompson to several utility trailer thefts from all over Marion County.
The Sheriff's Office currently has probable cause to arrest Mr. Thompson for the crimes of, Aggravated Theft I, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief II. Mr. Thompson drives a green, 1994, Ford Explorer with Oregon "share the road" plates bearing the letters GDWX. Mr. Thompson is known to possess a handgun and regularly carries a knife, if you know where Mr. Thompson is deputies are asking you to please call 911 immediately.
In addition deputies are seeking to locate the owner of a welder recovered from inside one of the stolen trailers. If you own the welder or know someone who does, please call Deputy Ferron at 503-576-7210.
Deputies on Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)***Update***
Investigators with the Traffic Safety Team have identified the driver in yesterdays fatal traffic crash as Allen Arnold, age 52, of Hubbard. Mr. Arnold was struck by an eastbound commercial truck while traveling west on Arndt Road, in his 1999, Ford F350.
The driver of the commercial truck, Andrew Price, age 22, of Beaverton was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing as to what caused the two vehicles to collide.
The Sheriff's Office is searching for any witnesses that may have been driving in the area at the time of the crash. If you witnessed the collision or were in the area at the time of the collision, please call Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991-6743.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team is on scene of a two vehicle crash, on Arndt Road NE, near Aurora. The initial investigation shows that a commercial truck traveling east on Arndt Road collided with a pickup truck traveling westbound.
The driver of the commercial truck is not injured and cooperating with investigators, tragically the driver of the pickup truck has been pronounced dead at the scene. Arndt Road is closed at Airport Road NE and at S. Knight Road in Clackamas County. The traffic safety team will be on scene most of the day and the closure will remain in effect until the investigation is complete.
The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release regarding this crash until later tomorrow. The road closures will be updated via our Twitter feed @MCSOInTheKnow.
Man Claiming His Wife Was Kidnapped by FBI Taken Into Custody ***You Tube Link Fixed*** (Photo)
Yesterday at around 3:45 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Monroe Avenue NE, in Salem on a reported non-injury, hit and run crash. The driver of the suspect vehicle exited his car, began shouting wild accusations and then took off running south on Lancaster Drive NE. One of the callers reported that there was a large butcher knife inside of the vehicle that the male had just run from.
Witnesses reported that Joshua Shepherd, age 41, of Salem was yelling about FBI agents and claiming his wife had been kidnapped. In addition Mr. Shepherd was talking off his clothing as he ran from the scene of the crash. A deputy contacted Mr. Shepherd close to the scene and found him only wearing his mixed martial arts style fighting shorts.
The deputy described Mr. Shepherd as 6'00" tall, with broad shoulders, very little body fat and bulky muscles. When the lone deputy first arrived Mr. Shepherd would only lay down on the ground and refused to follow the command to place his hands behind his back. The deputy stated that he felt as though Mr. Shepherd was attempting to bait him into coming closer. Numerous times the deputy told Mr. Shepherd that he was under arrest and that he was going to be tazed, if he did not comply. Mr. Shepherd refused to comply with the deputy, stating that he would kill the deputy if he came any closer.
As the second deputy arrived both men approached and Mr. Shepherd quickly spun back stating, "Come any closer and I'll fucking kill you." Deputies remained calm and waited for the third deputy to arrive continuing to verbally engage Mr. Shepherd and request that he peacefully surrender. The third deputy, Sergeant Jeff Stutrud arrived on scene and determined a fourth deputy was needed due to Mr. Shepherd's continued threats to not approach him and his refusal to place his hands behind his back. While the deputies waited for the fourth deputy to arrive they continued to talk with Mr. Shepherd and request he surrender. Once the fourth officer arrived deputies requested additional units for a crowd gathering around them.
One of the deputies on scene, a twenty two year veteran stated, "Out of all of the calls I have been on this guy truly scared me." The deputy described the man as lifting himself in a plank style approximately one inch off of the ground and holding himself in that position. The deputy stated, "This guy had that mixed martial arts build to him, it was obvious that he was capable of hurting all of us."
The fourth officer, a Salem PD, K9 arrived on scene and a plan was put into action to take Mr. Shepherd into custody. Deputies staged medical units for Mr. Shepherd and approached him cautiously. Sergeant Stutrud and the other police officers approached Mr. Shepherd and touched his foot with their foot. This touch was to gauge Mr. Shepherd's reaction to their approach. Mr. Shepherd immediately attempted to spin and attack the deputies. The K9 seized Mr. Shepherd and the remaining deputies took him into custody.
After being placed into custody Mr. Shepherd was carefully sat up to avoid injuring him any further. Even after being taken into custody Mr. Shepherd continued to threaten and resist deputies and medics as they attempted to treat him for the dog bite. It was apparent to deputies that Mr. Shepherd was not fit to be taken to jail and he required medical attention for the dog bite as well as a mental health evaluation.
A deputy assigned to our Mobile Crisis Response Team or (MCRT), arrived on scene and rode with Mr. Shepherd to the hospital. At the hospital Mr. Shepherd was cited and released for the crimes of Hit and Run Property Damage, Resisting Arrest and Driving on a Misdemeanor Suspended License.
It has come to the Sheriff's Office attention that videos of this incident have been posted on YouTube and shared with the media. It is always our mission to be transparent and provide media with facts so that they may report the full story to their viewing public.
Attached to this release is the YouTube video submitted to local media by a member of the public. In addition Sergeant Baldridge is prepared to email any requesting media, the dispatch tapes as well as additional video of Mr. Shepherd being transported to the hospital. Mr. Shepherd is still being treated at the Salem Hospital.
Deputies on Scene of Suspicious Package Call ***Update*** (Photo)
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad have cleared the scene of the suspicious package found earlier today. The package was a backpack hanging from a hook at the highest point in a fire exit stairwell.
During the investigation the 5th and 4th floors were evacuated and regular business was ceased at Court House Square. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad disrupted the backpack using a water cannon and found it did not contain any explosive materials.
A male associated to the backpack has been questioned and released without criminal charges. According to deputies the male suffers from mental health issues and left the backpack to dry in the stairwell. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, are currently on scene and investigating a report of a suspicious package on the 5th floor of the Court House Square Building, located at 555 Court Street NE, in Salem.
Very few details are available regarding the investigation at this time. Traffic in the Area is being affected by this incident and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes around the Court House Square area. Further details will be made available as soon as possible.
Traffic Safety Team Adding Extra Patrols in February (Photo)
Starting February 9th, the Marion county Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols on our roadways. During their patrols deputies will be focusing on seat belt violations and distracted drivers.
A focused operation will be held on February 13th, at the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE. This intersection has been selected due to its high number of motor vehicle crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49 percent of the 114,102 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our roadways from 2008-2012 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
These extra patrols will continue through February 22nd and are made possible by grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
OSP Traffic Stop Turns Into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County ***Update*** (Photo)
Gustavo Isabel Vega (CORRECTED NAME), age 22, of Boring, has now been lodged at the Marion County Jail. He is facing the charges of Parole Violation, Attempt to Elude the Police and Resisting Arrest. The investigation into last week's events is still on-going and there is no additional information regarding this case at this time. Mr. Vega is scheduled for court on 02/04/15 at 3:00 p.m., at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.
An additional release will be completed once the investigation is wrapped up and that time frame is not yet known.
OSP Traffic Stop Turns Into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at approximately 12:23 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper on Interstate 5 stopped a white, 2006 Honda Civic, for a speeding violation. The driver, identified as 21 year-old TRACY A. BETANCOURT-GARCIA, of Gresham, pulled over near milepost 242, at the Linn/Marion County line. As the trooper was in the process of writing Bentancourt-Garcia a citation, she and the male passenger switched places and the Honda left the scene and a pursuit ensued.
So far the investigation has shown that, the pursuit moved off the freeway and then back on again in the south Marion County area. At some point the new driver, identified as GUSTAVO FLORES-VEGA, 22, of Boring, left the freeway once more and went through Turner and out Mill Creek Road toward Aumsville before the vehicle turned onto 75th Place.
Troopers utilized a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) or similar technique to stop the car. After the vehicle was disabled Flores-Vega ran on foot and Troopers gave chase. After a short foot chase Flores-Vega was taken into custody by Troopers without further incident or injury.
The Sheriff's Office can confirm that during the pursuit of Flores-Vega shots were fired by Troopers. Detective Sergeant Craig Cunningham stated, "This is an active investigation, and it will take time to put all of the pieces together."
No one was injured during this incident and the Marion County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP by leading the investigation. Flores-Vega is currently at the Salem Hospital, under guard, where he is being treated for an illness not related to last night's incident. Mr. Flores-Vega's is under arrest for attempting to elude the police and once he has been cleared by the hospital he will be taken to the Marion County Jail. Once the investigation is completed it will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review and to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.
According to Oregon State Police spokesperson Lt. Josh Brooks, both Troopers involved in last night's pursuit have been placed on paid administrative leave. Lt. Brooks stated, "This is standard procedure in these types of use of force cases." The Troopers names are not being released at this time.
Investigators are looking for motorists who may have witnessed the incident. If you were in the area last night and saw the pursuit of Mr. Flores-Vega please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
Deputies on Scene of Serious Injury Crash ***Update*** - 02/01/15
Last night, at about 11:55 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Quinaby Road NE and River Road N near Keizer. The initial investigation shows that Juan Velazquez, age 22, of Salem was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on River Road. At the same time Alfonso Acosta-Acosta, age 20, of Keizer was driving his blue, 1997, Acura westbound on Quinaby Road NE.
At the intersection of the two roads the vehicles collided sending both men to the hospital. Since the time of the crash Mr. Acosta-Acosta has been treated and released and Mr. Velazquez has been transferred from Salem Hospital to OHSU with what deputies are calling critical injuries.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation and additional details will be released as soon as they become available. The location of the crash has been cleared and all roads have been reopened. No images of this crash are currently available.
Currently, Marion County Deputies are on scene of a serious injury crash involving a passenger car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Quinaby Road NE and River Road N, near Keizer. The driver of the passenger car and motorcycle rider have been taken to the Salem Hospital. Very few details regarding this incident are currently available.
The Marion County Traffic Safety Team's CRASH unit is headed to the scene to assist in the investigation. Deputies expect the intersection will be closed for the next several hours and motorists should seek alternate routes. An additional release will follow as soon as more details are made available.