Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Deputy Impersonator Continues Calling Citizens ***Update***
Sheriff's Deputies continue to respond to complaints of a person representing themselves as a Marion County Deputy. The suspect claims to be collecting fees for various legal issues and then requests the victim place money on a pre-paid Visa card.
The Sheriff's Office wants to reiterate that at no time while collecting fees would we ever request anyone to place money on a pre-paid Visa card. We are working to identify the suspect in this case but often times these scams are perpetrated by suspects living outside of the United States thus reducing the chance of a successful prosecution.
As a consumer always verify the legitimacy of a company before handing over your personal information. For tips on how not to be scammed please go to http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud
If you are a resident of Marion County and have received one of these calls, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. If you are not a resident of Marion County please call your local Sheriff' Office or Police Department.
Sheriff's Deputies have responded to a least three complaints of an unknown person or persons representing themselves as Marion County Deputies. The person claims to be collecting unpaid traffic fines and then requests the victim to place money on a prepaid Visa card to resolve the fine.
The Sheriff's Office wants to alert the public immediately and make people aware this is not the correct procedure for the collection of fines in Marion County and the person calling is not a deputy sheriff. We are asking that if you have received one of these phone calls please call 503-588-5032.
Mug shots of Keizer Suspects (Photo)
Attached to this release are the mug shots of the two suspects taken into custody by the Keizer Police Department earlier today. Both are being held in the Marion County Jail. All further questions should be directed to the Keizer Police Department or the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Sergeant Baldridge has also resumed his PIO duties.
Marion County Deputies Investigating Home Invasion Robbery ***Suspect's Charged*** (Photo)
Today Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office charged Richard Hess and David Gonzalez with three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, three counts of Kidnapping in the First Degree and three counts of menacing.
Both men remain in the Marion County Jail and are scheduled to appear in court on 03/05 at 3:00 p.m.
The probable cause statement associated with the case will not be made available until after their appearance in court on 03/05.
Detectives are still trying to determine why David Gonzalez, 23, of Woodburn and Richard Hess, 25, of Woodburn attempted to rob three victims at a residence near Mount Angel.
Detectives suspect that Hess and Gonzalez arrived at the residence around 1:00 a.m. and confronted the residents. After escaping the residents called 911 and both Hess and Gonzalez were captured near the scene by law enforcement.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen Gonzalez or Hess to please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Tip Line at 503-540-8079. Both Hess and Gonzalez are being held in the Marion County Jail on charges unrelated to the robbery.
Mr. Gonzalez has been charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Mr. Hess is in custody on two outstanding warrants for Theft III and Possession of Methamphetamine.
The victims in this case have asked that media do not come onto their property and attempt to interview them.
This morning at approximately 1:00 a.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 8400 block of Mt. Angel Highway. Residents reported that two men possibly armed with handguns came to the residence and attempted to rob them.
After escaping the residents called 911 and responding deputies were able to capture one of the men. The second suspect was believed to have barricaded inside of the residence and the Marion County SWAT Team was called to assist.
After attempting to negotiate with the suspect for nearly four hours, SWAT made entry into the residence with the use of a K9. The residence was deemed clear and the K9 began checking outside for the second suspect. Approximately one hour later and one property to the south the second suspect was detained.
Currently both men are being questioned by detectives. No injuries were reported to any of the residents and further information will be made available as the investigation progresses.
PIO Duties 03/04/14 thru 03/06/14 - 03/04/14
MCSO PIO duties will be handled by alternate supervisors while Sergeant Baldridge is in training during the dates of 03/04 to 03/06. Sergeant Baldridge will resume PIO duties when he returns on the evening on 03/06.
For PIO assistance during Sergeant Baldridge's absence you must use the PIO line at 503-584-6276 (MCSO).
Silverton Teen Injured During Target Practice - 02/24/14
18 year old, Benjamin Abram, of Silverton was injured while target shooting on Bridge Creek Road SE near Grade Road SE. Mr. Abram and four other friends went into a wooded area to shoot at a steel target.
When one of the teens shot at the target with a high caliber rifle at close range, the bullet ricocheted and hit Mr. Abram in the neck. Mr. Abram was driven to Silverton Hospital by friends where he was treated and released.
The Sheriff's Office has investigated the incident and has determined that no criminal charges will be filed.
Marion County Sheriff's Office Range Master Deputy Chris Cypert wants to remind the public to only shoot on steel targets specifically designed for high velocity firearms and to always follow the manufactures suggestions for minimum safe shooting distances. Finally please always wear appropriate eye and ear protection when operating a firearm.
Massage Therapist Arrested for Sex Related Crimes. ***Update*** (Photo)
Deputy Matt Hagan stated, "I am still interviewing potential victims in this case and I will continue until I have exhausted all leads."
Yesterday Deputy Hagan arrested Bryce Cioffi on 26 additional counts of sex abuse III and 13 counts of private indecency. After the media coverage of the initial arrest, more than six additional victims came forward with similar accounts of Mr. Cioffi inappropriately touching or viewing them during a massage visit.
Mr. Cioffi is currently in the Marion County Jail on $195,000 bail.
On February 14th, Deputy Matt Hagan with the Marion County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of inappropriate touching between a massage therapist and his client. During the investigation, Deputy Hagan found that Bryce Cioffi, age 23 of Turner, was touching clients in areas that massage therapists are not trained to touch during normal massage and uncovering his clients and staring at their unclothed bodies.
Cioffi is a licensed massage therapist who at the time of his crimes was employed with This One's For You Salon and Boutique in Salem. Deputy Hagan believes there may be additional victims and Cioffi may have worked at two other businesses, possibly in the Salem area.
Any former clients of Mr. Cioffi who feel they may have been victimized should contact Deputy Hagan by calling 503-576-7224 or emailing email@example.com
Attached Media Files: Bryce
Detectives Investigating Assault at Salem Tavern. ***Suspect Identified*** (Photo)
On 02/13/14 at approximately 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a stabbing at the Silver Inn a tavern in the 3700 block of Silverton Road NE. When deputies arrived they found two victims who had suffered non-life threatening injuries.
From their investigation Detectives have identified a suspect but have been unable to locate her. Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding, Rosalinda Rae Garcia, age 30, of Keizer. She is described as 5'01" tall, 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a large tattoo on her chest that reads, "Big Time Hobster."
Ms. Garcia is a suspected gang member and considered armed and dangerous. If you know the location of Ms. Garcia please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
On 02/13/14 at approximately 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a tavern in the 3700 block of Silverton Road NE on a reported fight in progress. When deputies arrived they found two victims who had suffered non-life threatening injuries. As of this time the crime scene has been processed and there is no immediate danger to the public.
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have taken over the investigation and more detail will be available as the case progresses. At this time the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further information regarding this investigation or its victims and there currently is no time frame for any additional release of information.
Detectives are asking for any witnesses to please call Detective Wilkinson at 503-566-6925.
Media Instructions for Judge Norblad Services - 02/18/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be acting as the media liaison during the services for the late Judge Norblad, this Friday, February 21st. Due to the small confines of the venue only three representatives of the media will be allowed into the private services.
Television and Radio please work with the stations in your area to determine who will represent your discipline inside of the funeral. Print media will be represented by the Statesman Journal's Peter Wong. Each discipline will be required to share the information they gathered from inside of the venue with all other media outlets who request information.
Please submit to me via email the camera crew and radio personality that will be attending the funeral by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. Once I have the names, those reporters will be required to meet with me briefly Friday to obtain a security pass and conduct a walk through of the venue.
Please call if you have any questions.
Parole and Probation Deputies Searching for Predatory Sex Offender ***Captured*** (Photo)
On 02/17/2014, Antonio Romero Griego was arrested in Nye County Nevada for failing to register as a sex offender, obstruction, and the use of another's identification. Parole and Probation Deputies are working with the State of Nevada to extradite Antonio Romero Griego back to Oregon for his outstanding parole violation warrant.
Parole and Probation deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are searching for Antonio Romero Griego, age 51, of Salem. Mr. Griego is a predatory sex offender who has moved out of his residence at 2245 Maple Avenue NE in Salem and stopped having regular contact with his probation officer.
Mr. Griego is 6'00" tall, 200 pounds, with graying hair and brown eyes. Mr. Griego has an active warrant for his arrest for Parole Violation. Please do not attempt to contact Mr. Griego, if you know of his location please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.
Marion County SWAT Serves Warrant near Woodburn (Photo)
Around 1:00 p.m. today The Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT team served a search warrant in the 12000 block of McKee School Road, near Woodburn. Deputies obtained the warrant after tying a stolen vehicle taken in a burglary earlier in the week to the location.
Once deputies searched the residence they located additional evidence linking Kiril Efimovich Martusheff, age 30 and Laura Anne Usoltseff, age 44 to the burglary and the stolen vehicle.
Deputies are asking for the public's help in locating both suspects. If you know the location of Martusheff or Usoltseff please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT team is serving a search warrant in the 12000 block of McKee School Road, near Woodburn. Deputies obtained the warrant after tying a stolen vehicle taken in a burglary to the location.
Once deputies and detectives have processed the residence, a more detailed release will be sent with additional details, names and photographs.
Deputies Working Around Road Closures in Marion County (Photo)
At approximately 1:00 p.m. today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified that River Road South, near the Independence Bridge, has been closed due to high water.
According to Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham, "Drivers often drive around the barriers and road closure signs and get stranded due to high water and then need to be rescued. In addition, there are safety concerns that the water may erode the bed of the roadway and the weight of a vehicle could cause the road to collapse into a sink hole."
Drivers caught driving around barricades may be issued a citation that carries a fine of up to $110.00.
For an up to date list of road closures please go to, http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/closures/closures.htm
Attached Media Files: Truck
Driver of Stolen Vehicle Changes Clothes to Throw Off Deputies (Photo)
Early this morning at about 1:15 a.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a stolen, green, mini van on Center Street NE near Tierra Drive NE. The vehicle refused to stop for deputies and proceeded to lead them on an 8 mile chase through Salem.
The four suspects finally came to a stop after driving themselves into a dead end on Fisher Road NE. That is when the driver fled and jumped a fence into a neighboring apartment complex.
Christopher Hill, age 39, of Salem, Moriah Fragua, age 27, of Salem and Andrew Rosillo, age 24 of Salem were all detained from inside of the vehicle. Marion County Sheriff's deputies, officers from the Salem Police Department and troopers with the Oregon State Police tracked the driver to an apartment complex in the 3700 block of Sunnyview Road NE.
As the police and deputies prepared to make contact at the apartment the suspect and a companion walked out of the apartment and attempted to walk away as if nothing had happened. The suspect Rogelio Alfaro, age 27, of Salem changed his clothes and put on a hat in an attempt to disguise himself from deputies.
This however did not work and he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Interfering with Police and Failing to Carry and Present a License.
Additionally Mr. Hill and Ms. Fragua were arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and transported to the Marion County Jail. Mr. Rosillo was released from the scene with no charges.
Deputies Arrest Bar Patron after Theft (Photo). ***Images Repaired***
This morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Silver Dollar Tavern on a reported theft that had just occurred. The bar tender reported that Lydia Andryushchenko, age 27, of Salem, stole three money bags containing a total of almost $7000.00 cash.
During their investigation deputies learned that Ms. Andryushchenko is a regular at the bar and she was allowed to remain inside after the bar had closed for business. It was when the bar tender was distracted that Ms. Andryushchenko grabbed one of four bags of cash off of the bar and attempted to run out of the business.
Ms. Andryushchenko could not go far because the bar tender had locked the doors with a key and she could not get out. After a verbal confrontation between Ms. Andryushchenko and the bar tender, Ms. Andryushchenko put the money bag down on top of a pool table and agreed to leave.
The bar tender walked over to the doors to unlock them and at the same time Ms. Andryushchenko ran back over to the counter, grabbed the remaining three money bags and ran out the now unlocked doors.
After deputies viewed video footage and verified the bar tender's story, they went to Ms. Andryushchenko's residence. At the residence, deputies were able to convince Ms. Andryushchenko to come outside, where ultimately they gained consent to go inside and recovered the stolen money.
Ms. Andryushchenko was arrested and charged with Theft in the First Degree and Robbery in the Third Degree.
Marion County Circuits Opening Late 10/10/14 - 02/09/14
Both Marion County Circuit Courts and the Marion County Juvenile Court will be opening late tomorrow due to the winter road conditions. The courts will open their doors to the public at 10:00 a.m.
Search and Rescue Mobilized for Local Hospital - 02/08/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team has mobilized its Jeep Patrol to assist Salem Hospital in bringing critical staff into work. 12 volunteers with the Jeep Patrol and their 4x4 vehicles will be going to the homes of hospital staff and bringing them into work.
As the snow continues to fall the Sheriff's Office is asking that people remain at home and avoid driving. Please understand that all emergency resources are responding to a high level of snow related incidents. We ask that you are patient with first responders as they must prioritize their responses.