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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash North Marion County *** UPDATE 2 *** - 07/27/16

Correction the first name of the deceased is Samantha Stover, Not Stephanie.

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The passenger who died in Sunday's fatal crash has been identified as 25 year old Stephanie Stover. She was is in the Navy and stationed in Everett, Washington on the USS Gridley.

The investigation is ongoing and we don't anticipate another release of information for at least a couple weeks.


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Deputies are on scene and investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles that collided at the intersection of Ehlen Road NE and Butteville Road NE. Early indicators show a passenger car was north on Butteville when it failed to stop at the intersection causing a collision with a truck pulling a horse trailer westbound on Ehlen Road NE.

The driver of the passenger car was seriously injured and life flighted to a Portland hospital, the drivers passenger died on scene. The truck's occupants were both taken to area hospitals but are expected to live. The trailer contained two horses that are being attended to by a veterinarian on scene.

Members of the Marion County Crash Team and Oregon State Troopers are on scene investigating and expect the intersection will be closed in all directions for the next several hours.

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Sheriff's Office Announces 2016 Citizens Academy (Photo) - 07/21/16

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizens Academy. Coined, "Crossing the Yellow Line," the Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy is an opportunity for residents of Marion County to get behind the scenes of the Sheriff's Office and experience the life of a Deputy Sheriff first hand.

Starting September 23rd and ending October 8th, the academy is one Friday and three Saturdays for about eight hours per day. Participants will meet and take part in hands on experiences in things like use of force, SWAT, investigations, jail procedures and parole and probation. The only requirement is that you are 18 years of age, a Marion County resident and willing to have a great time meeting your law enforcement professionals, size is limited.

To sign up for our academy you can call or email Janet Paul at 503-588-7981 or Jpaul@co.marion.or.us

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Deputies Investigating Man Shot In Salem Neighborhood (Photo) - 07/19/16

Today at 7:00 a.m., Detectives, aided by the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant in the 4800 block of Chinook Court SE in Salem. Detectives arrested Shannon Sanders, age 46 the man identified as the suspect in a shooting that took place on Pennsylvania Avenue SE on June 13th of this year.

Mr. Sanders has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Assault I, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Firearm and three counts of Menacing. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the victims name out of concern for his safety. The Sheriff's Office does believe the shooting took place over a marijuana drug deal gone bad.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives are currently on scene and investigating a shooting in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Salem. Deputies were called after a man began banging on doors asking for help and claiming he had been shot.

The man has been taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound. It is obviously very early in this investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not able to provide details such as the victim's name, age, condition or any details surrounding the shooting. Deputies do want to assure residents that there is no immediate danger to the public.

As more information becomes available this release will be updated, that time frame is not yet known.

Detectives have been working through the night investigating the events that lead to a man being shot at a southeast Salem residence. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE where investigators believe the shooting occurred.

The man shot, a resident of Salem, is currently at OHSU undergoing surgery, he is expected to survive. During the execution of the search warrant, Detectives arrested one man with an outstanding warrant but he is not associated to the shooting. The Sheriff's Office would like to ensure the public there is no immediate danger to residents, Detectives do believe the shooting is drug related.

The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the man who was shot, we will update this release as the investigation progresses, we do not anticipate any further releases today.

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Deputies Investigate Crash Silverton Road (Photo) - 07/19/16

Today around 7:30 a.m., deputies were called to investigate a two vehicle crash on Silverton Road NE just west of the Silverton city limits. After a lengthy investigation that closed Silverton Road for nearly three hours, deputies have determined the following.

Jonan Kovac, age 28 of Salem and his passenger Torin Eliap, age 31, also of Salem were driving in their Chrysler 300 east toward Silverton on Silverton Road. According to witnesses Mr. Kovac crossed the road into the west bound lanes and as he corrected struck a west bound car head on.

The second car a Chevrolet Malibu, being driven by Janelle Gasper, age 44, of Silverton, sustained heavy damage from the collision, requiring Ms. Gasper to be extricated from her vehicle by fire personnel. Ms. Gasper and Ms. Torin were both taken to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

Mr. Kovac was not injured and was eventually arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail for the crime of DUII, and two counts of Assault III. At the jail Mr. Kovac's blood alcohol level was determined to be nearly twice the legal limit.

"Driving intoxicated is a problem we face daily in Marion County," stated Sgt. Todd Moquin of the Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team. "That is why we participate in grants that allow deputies to work shifts specifically dedicated to detecting and arresting intoxicated drivers." "This weekend we are adding these patrols to our streets to increase the safety of our visitors and residents." These grants are made possible through a partnership with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Mr. Kovac's mug shot will be available via our web page once he has been processed.

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Deputies Capture Man After Daytime Burglary (Photo) - 07/18/16

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4000 block of Adobe Avenue SE after a home owner came home to find a male exiting his residence. Leon Davis, age 35, ran from the residence with a rifle he stole from the homeowner's house.

Mr. Davis fled through several back yards until he made it to his mother's house in the 300 block of 49th Avenue SE, where he hid the rifle and then fled once more. From his house, Mr. Davis ran to a nearby residence where he entered an unlocked back door but when he attempted to exit the front door he could not get the door to open. Mr. Davis attempted to flee back out the backdoor but was captured by waiting deputies.

When deputies searched Mr. Davis's home they recovered the rifle and a motorcycle that was stolen earlier in the week from Salem. Mr. Davis had outstanding warrants for his arrest and is a client for burglary. Mr. Davis is being taken to the Marion County jail for several felony crimes which include two counts of Burglary I.

Additionally Mr. Davis's girlfriend, Katlin Wiggins, age 27, was also arrested for outstanding warrants and she is also a client for burglary. Please watch our jail roster for Mr. Davis and Ms. Wiggins official charges and booking photos.

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Deputies Searching for Missing 82 Year Old Salem Man (Located) (Photo) - 07/16/16

Mr. Sandvig has been found by a resident near Albus Road SE, he is uninjured and will be reunited with family shortly.

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Our Search and Rescue Teams have been activated to assist deputies who are searching for 82 year old, Richard Sandvig of Salem who has been missing since around 2:00 a.m., Saturday morning. Mr. Sandvig is currently staying with his daughter in the 10000 block of James Way SE near Aumsville while he is recovering from a recent surgery. Mr. Sandvig may be attempting to head home to his residence in the 4000 block of State Street SE in Salem.

Mr. Sandvig is a white male adult, 5' 10" tall, 160 pounds, wearing a gray jacket, unknown color plaid pajama shirt, green camouflage pajama pants, green and neon yellow Under Armour shoes, black backpack and a black Seattle Sea Hawks baseball hat. Mr. Sandvig suffers from several medical conditions some of which cause him to become confused, if you see Mr. Sandvig please call 911.

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Sheriff Jason Myers and District Attorney Walt Beglau Issue Statement (Update Sheriff and DA Contact Info Added) - 07/08/16

Jason Myers, Marion County Sheriff
jmyers@co.marion.or.us
503-589-3233

Walt Beglau, Marion County, District Attorney
wbeglau@co.marion.or.us
503-288-5596

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Dallas, Texas, and all hurting communities across this nation. We grieve together. Today, we also honor each and every law enforcement officer and the vital and important role they play in our society. Our communities are grateful for their service to this indispensable profession.

As Sheriff and District Attorney, we stand committed to the safety and well-being of the citizens and visitors of Marion County and Oregon. We will continue our pledge to ensure that justice is served and that each person is treated with dignity and respect. It is our duty to ensure that only individuals of the highest moral character are chosen to serve the community through this profession, and they are trained to be culturally competent and to first seek every opportunity to de-escalate the difficult and complex situations they face every day. We are very confident in these men and women who protect and serve our community.

Please remember that our law enforcement officers are members of our community too. They coach, they volunteer, they attend our churches, their children attend our schools, and they live and play in our community. They, like you and I, want the very best for our community. They are committed, invested and loyal to this cause and our community.

These are difficult times across this nation. Like you, we are saddened and angered by these events. These feelings reflect our grief and desire to help, but we must seize this point in time to come together, unite and become better. All of us. Our resolve is driven by the incredible strength of our community, and the individual commitment of each one of you.

We ask that if you have a concern or a question, please reach out to us. Open and honest dialogue is the best venue to air concerns and to find resolutions. We stand committed to community engagement on any public safety issue or concerns that impacts our community.

In closing, if you see a law enforcement professional out in our community, please take the time to thank them. They have an incredibly difficult job.

Jason Myers, Marion County Sheriff
jmyers@co.marion.or.us
503-589-3233

Walt Beglau, Marion County, District Attorney
wbeglau@co.marion.or.us
503-288-5596

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Marion County Sheriff's Office, Papé Machinery and The Oregon Farm Bureau Launch Safety Campaign (Photo) - 07/07/16

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau Launch Safety Campaign

Salem, Ore.--- The Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Agriculture and Turf division of Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau have joined forces to remind motorists to safely share the road with tractors and other farm equipment traveling on state and county roads during the planting and harvesting seasons.

"Farm safety is important to all of us whether we are in the agricultural business, following a tractor on our way to work, or going to a family event," said Jake Barge, General Manager for Papé Machinery, Ag & Turf. "With school now out and summer heating up, we want to remind all drivers to use caution and share the road with farm equipment so we all keep moving down the road safely."

The Marion County Sheriff's Office will have a mobile billboard positioned along heavily traveled country roads throughout the summer to remind drivers to safely share the road with farm equipment. The mobile display will also be stationed at the Marion County Fair, Oregon State Fair and other major events.

"Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to partner with Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau to deliver this potentially lifesaving message," said Sergeant Jason Hickam, Supervisor of the Community Resource Unit for Marion County. "The billboard is a reminder for our residents and visitors to drive safely on our rural roadways, additionally the mobility of the banner gives us the opportunity to reach motorists where otherwise there are no means to advertise our safety message.

In addition to the mobile marketing campaign, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to stop at any Papé Machinery location in the area to pick up signs to put along fence lines to remind motorists to slowdown and drive cautiously when sharing the road with tractors, combines and other farm equipment.

"It is important for people to slowdown and be patient when attempting to pass a tractor or combine on a country road," Hickam said. "Being patient can be the difference between making it to your final destination or not."

For more detailed information, Oregon Farm Bureau's Health & Safety Committee offers a Rural Road Safety brochure with important tips for staying safe when encountering large farm equipment on the highway.

"The goal of the brochure is to save lives. There are tips for both motorists and farmers," said Anne Rigor of the OFB Health & Safety Committee. "If you're driving 55 miles per hour on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 miles per hour, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor."

Download a copy of the brochure at oregonfb.org.

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Detectives Arrest Local Pastor for Multiple Sex Crimes (Photo) - 07/06/16

After a week long investigation, detectives have arrested Mauricio Aguilera-Garcia, age 55, of Salem for the crimes of Rape 2 x 10, Sodomy 2 x 10 and Unlawful Sexual Penetration 2 x 10. The victim who was a juvenile at the time the crimes were committed met Aguilera-Garcia through his work at a local church.

Aguilera-Garcia, is a Pastor at "Our Father's House," a church that rents space from the Solid Rock Community Church, located at 3535 Ward Drive NE in Salem. Garcia-Augilera was previously arrested and convicted for Sex Abuse 1 in 1985 but he is not listed as a registered sex offender. Detectives believe there may be additional victims, so the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Augilera-Garcia to please call Detective Hagan at 503-316-6605.

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Sheriff's Office Booth to Host Galvatron From the Movie Transformers (Photo) - 07/06/16

Thursday marks the opening of the Marion County Fair, as always the Sheriff's Office will be hosting a booth in the Real Heroes section located next to the green gate behind Columbia Hall. From 10 am until 6 pm, stop by our booth, sit in a car, visit with deputies and of course grab some stickers.

Special events to watch for at the Sheriff's Office booth:

July 7th, 8th, and 9th at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. swing by and meet our MCSO K9's and watch them in action!

Sunday July 10th 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., (Family Fun Day) Come by the MCSO booth to see Galvatron from the movie Transformers, this is the actual semi truck used in the making of Transformers Age Of Extinction!

We hope to see you there!

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Man Runs Over Deputies Foot (Photo) - 07/01/16

At about 5:00 a.m. this morning a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle being driven by Levi Read, age 25, of Salem on Connecticut Avenue SE near Macleay Road SE in Salem. When the dispatcher advised the deputy that Read, had a warrant for his arrest the deputy attempted to approach Read and arrest him.

Read sped off in his vehicle, running over the deputies' foot in the process, luckily the deputy was not seriously injured. Read escaped, but his vehicle was found awhile later abandoned in an apartment complex.

Read has several outstanding warrants for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle in addition the Sheriff's Office has probable cause to arrest Read for the crimes of Eluding the Police and Assault on a Public Safety Officer. The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding Read's location to please call 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash South of Salem (Update 2 Final) (Photo) - 07/01/16

The Sheriff's Office has identified the drivers in yesterday's fatal crash, Jeremy Fillible age 34, was driving his Chevrolet truck when it collided with a motorcycle being driven by Daniel Harmon, age 52, Mr. Harmon died at the scene. Mr. Harmon's passenger McKennen Brockamp, age 25, remains at Salem Hospital in critical condition. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases of information.

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Deputies have concluded today's fatal traffic crash investigation and Liberty Road South has reopened to regular traffic. Deputies have determined that a south bound Chevrolet truck missed its turn and pulled into a driveway to turn around. The truck reentered the roadway when it was struck by a north bound Honda motorcycle.

The area where the collision occurred has a very limited view for motorists due to a hill and a corner, deputies believe this is the primary cause of today's crash. The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision. The motorcycle riders an adult male was killed instantly and the female has been taken to Salem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

No citations will be issued as a result of the investigation and deputies do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. The name of all involved will be released once next of kin notification can be made.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is arriving on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Liberty Road South near Jory Hill Road South. Initial indications are that a pickup truck and motorcycle were traveling on Liberty Road South when the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the truck was not injured, a passenger on the motorcycle has been transported to Salem Hospital and the other passenger of the motorcycle died at the scene. Deputies from the Traffic Safety Team are on scene and attempting to determine the events that led up to the crash.

Motorists should expect Liberty Road South to be closed for the next several hours, please seek alternate routes. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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