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Non Injury accident with down power pole and lines equals road closure for several hours in northeast Marion County**** UPDATE ****** - 10/21/14
Sunnyview Rd NE is no longer closed. It is completely open to all traffic.
Deputies Respond To Fatal Crash in North Marion County (Photo) - 10/13/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on French Prairie Rd NE, north of St. Louis Rd NE at 5:20 pm, today.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find two vehicles involved. Deputy Casey Burhnam's, MCSO Traffic Safety Team, investigation revealed a vehicle rearended a tractor pulling a trailer. Both vehicles were traveling south on French Prairie Rd NE. The driver of the tractor, 53 year old Scott Miller, died at the scene due to his injuries from the crash. Another person was transported to the hospital, by ambulance, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney also responded to the scene.
Photos from the scene are attached.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department, and members of the Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance. French Prairie Rd NE was closed for several hours, however is open to all traffic at this time.
Cadet at Bicycle Rodeo
Cadet at Bicycle Rodeo
Marion County Sheriff's Office seeking Cadet Applicants (Photo) - 10/12/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Here's a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

If you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Cadets are expected to have Internet access to aid in communicating with our Cadet Program Advisors.

You'll learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 30th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! You can also leave a voicemail at 503-932-4850. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** 2nd UPDATE **** - 10/08/14
The state medical examiner has concluded their investigation into the death of Mr. Corey Fred, who was found deceased while hunting. It was determined Mr. Fred died from natural causes.

Members of the Fred family are planning funeral services for this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at Cascade High School, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner, OR 97392.

Anyone who may be interested in making donations to the Fred family can go to and search for "in memory of Corey Fred."
MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** UPDATE **** - 10/06/14
This evening, searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office have located Mr. Fred. Regretfully Mr. Fred was deceased at the time he was found. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing at this time.

The Fred family has been notified of the passing of their family member and they are asking for privacy to allow the family time to grieve. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any additional press releases until a cause of death is determined and that time frame is unknown.
MCSO Searches for Missing Hunter in East Marion County - 10/06/14
Today at about 0944 hours, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a missing hunter in the 18000 block of Old Mehama RD SE. The missing hunter is identified as 37 year old Corey Fred who is an experienced hunter and is familiar with the area he was hunting.

The last contact anyone had with Mr. Fred was at 0600 hrs on Saturday morning, October 4th, 2014 when he sent a text saying he was going hunting on his property, which abuts up against forest land.

Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team as well as mounted posse have been called out and are searching for Mr. Fred. They are being assisted by an Oregon Air National Guard Helicopter. We would request that media aircraft remain clear of the area to lessen the dangers to the search aircraft and personnel.
Travis Haselip booking photograph
Travis Haselip booking photograph
Hit and Run suspect in custody thanks to observant citizen (Photo) - 10/06/14
**************************UPDATE WITH SUSPECT IN Custody************************************

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle and driver of the hit and run vehicle. Thanks to an observant citizen who saw the initial press release and called Willamette Valley Communications Center to report the vehicle.

The citizen said the vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 1000 Block Sage St in Silverton. Deputies responded to the location and based on the damage and evidence found at the scene of the accident, deputies were able to confirm the vehicle was involved in the accident. The vehicle is a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

Deputies made contact with the registered owner at the residence who is identified as 34 year old Travis Haselip. Mr Haselip told deputies that he hit something on Silverton Rd but did not know what it was. Mr Haselip was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on a felony charge of Fail to perform the duties of a driver, which requires a driver to stop and provide basic information exchange if involved in a motor vehicle accident on a public roadway. Mr Haselip was charged with a felony due to the injuries the victim received.

The sheriff's office would like to remind drivers to slow down and focus on their driving, especially during hours of darkness. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has responded to at least 4 vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in the past 4 days as well as several more that Salem Police responded to and investigated.

Attached is a booking photograph of the suspect.


Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 6200 Block of Silverton Rd on October 3rd, 2014 at approximately 11:56 P.M. Deputies initially received a call from a citizen driving on Silverton Road who reported a male subject walking in the roadway. While deputies were responding they received information there was a vehicle that crashed into a field in the same area.

Deputies arrived and found 33 year old Matthew Brennan of Silverton with non-life threatening injuries from being struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel responded and transported Mr Brennan to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information will be released on Mr Brennan's medical status in compliant with HIPPA regulations.

Deputies did not find the vehicle that struck Mr Brennan at the scene or in the area. Based on the initial information obtained at the scene as well as statements from Mr Brennan, deputies believe the involved vehicle is possibly a green colored, mid to late 90's Toyota SUV or pick-up with passenger side damage.

This investigation is on-going and deputies are asking anyone that may have seen the accident or knows anything about the accident to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.
Attached Media Files: Travis Haselip booking photograph
County to Consider Additional Amendments to Noise Ordinance - 10/03/14
The Marion County Board of Commissioners has scheduled another reading and will consider additional amendments to the county noise ordinance at their regular Board Session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem.

In July, the board amended the noise ordinance to remove the exemption for commercial uses inside the Salem urban growth boundary to address noise and loud music played at night made in conjunction with permitted commercial uses. The proposed amendments will expand the exemption outside the urban growth boundary. If approved, the ordinance will become effective in 90 days.

The public is invited to provide verbal comments at this meeting and written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m., October 14, 2014, and may be submitted to:

Marion County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309-5036
Or via email at

Written comments must include the commenter's full name and address. For more information, please contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail
Local agencies participate in prescription drug take back ***** Update ***** (Photo) - 10/03/14
The drug take back on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 was a success thanks to everyone involved. The Marion County Sheriff's Office location took in 271 pounds, while Salem Police took in 237.5 pounds for a total of 508.5 pounds of prescription drugs between the two different drop sites.

So what happens to all these drugs once they are dropped off? The Marion County Sheriff's Office along with the Marion County Health Department and Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste (EFW) Facility are proud to have a partnership where together we all help ensure the safekeeping, disposal and ultimate destruction of medications.

Covanta's Rx4Safety program provides people across the country with a way to safely dispose of unwanted drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements, at no cost to the tax payer, through collaborations with local municipalities to organize free drop-off events. Once collected, the drugs are properly destroyed free of charge via Covanta's Energy-from-Waste process and turned into clean, safe energy at a Covanta Energy-from-Waste facility, ensuring unwanted prescription drugs are kept off the streets and out of drinking water. These facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art combustion controls and air pollution control equipment to ensure environmentally sound destruction.

Participants were invited to take a pledge to lock up drugs at home and enter a drawing to win a personal sized digital safe. Safes are just one way to secure commonly misused medications at home to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft of drugs. The winners of the two safes were Vera Horne from Jefferson and Patricia Wheeler from Salem, Congratulations to them both.
Cadets at Drug Turn In
Cadets at Drug Turn In
Local Agencies Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo) - 09/26/14
On Saturday September 27th The Marion County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Drug Administration Agency and several local Police agencies will have drop sites to turn in prescription Drugs. The Marion County Sheriff's Office drop site will be in the parking lot of Roths I.G.A. which is located at 702 Lancaster Dr NE in Salem.

Salem Police will have a drop site at Peace Plaza which is located at 555 Liberty St SE in Salem. All drop sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites--liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

If you have further questions or want additional information, please visit This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Attached Media Files: Cadets at Drug Turn In
Marion County Sheriff's Office arrests Texas fugitive on custodial Interference warrant, in Woodburn. (Photo) - 09/25/14
Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors from Texas worked together to arrest Gary Delaine Thomas, age 59, on an outstanding warrant for custodial interference.

Gary Thomas fled the state of Texas in February, of this year, to avoid allowing his ex wife full custody of their children. The mother of the children recently learned of Mr. Thomas's whereabouts and called police in Texas. This information was given detectives with the Sheriff's Office criminal investigations unit and they began working the case.

Today at around 7:45 am, Detective Emanie Bravo located the children who were enrolled at a school in Woodburn. Detectives waited at the school for Mr. Thomas and arrested him as he dropped the children off for school; Mr. Thomas has been lodged at the Marion County Jail on the outstanding warrant. The Children have been returned to their mother. Mr. Thomas is awaiting extradition back to Texas.

One of the Sheriff's Office's core functions, as developed under the leadership of Sheriff Myers, is to work collaborative with our community and public safety partners with an emphasis on the prevention of crime, problem solving, and being responsive to the community's needs for public safety. Today was a great example of this.
Attached Media Files: Gary Thomas