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Temporary PIO Change for MCSO - 09/12/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be using various PIO's over the next nine (9) weeks. Please send all media inquires to the PIO line at 503-584-6276 (MCSO). The backup PIO's are assigned to other duties so please be patient when waiting for a response.
Sergeant Baldridge will return to regular duty on 11/17/2014. Thank you.
Sheriff's Office Gives Away Uniforms to help Homeless (Photo) - 09/12/14
In a recent clean-up effort, members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU) found 14 boxes of uniform items that were scheduled to be destroyed. Many uniform items must be properly disposed of to ensure they aren't misused; however, some items are simply "off the shelf." CRU and its volunteers sorted through the boxes, setting aside items that were in good repair, so that they could be donated.

When the clean-up project was complete, 170 pairs of durable, six-pocket pants were salvaged. These particular items were too worn for the uniform look of deputies, but still had some life left in them. The pants are a design that anyone could purchase, and they do not have any names, ranks, insignias or any markings that alone could be mistaken as a deputy sheriff's uniform.

Commander Eric Hlad assisted in delivering the boxes of pants to the Union Gospel Mission, and was pleased to be part of the experience. "We believe it's important for public safety agencies to be creative in the ways we give back. I'm glad to be part of an agency that embraces this philosophy," he said.

None of the pants donated to the UGM will be sold.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit (CRU), created under Sheriff Jason Myers' leadership, seeks ways to serve the community and to create positive change within neighborhoods.

Photo: From the left Stan Sorensen and Kyle Dickenson UGM Employees Receiving Boxes
Attached Media Files: 2014-09/1294/77773/UGM_Final.jpg
File Photo
File Photo
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton (Photo) - 09/10/14
On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.
Attached Media Files: File Photo
Nevada St Scene
Nevada St Scene
Deputies and Detectives on scene of Death Investigation (Photo) - 08/30/14
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Marion County Detectives have identified the deceased person found in the 4800 Block of Nevada St NE on 8/29/14. The deceased is identified as 25 year old Chandra Donohoe and was last seen in the Salem area on 8/21/14.

Detectives are asking for the publics help and would like to talk to anyone who had contact with or has seen Chandra since 8/21/14. If you have any information, please contact Detective Nancy Hubbard at 503-932-3290 or Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.

The cause of death has not been determined. No further details will be released at this time but an autopsy will be conducted in the next couple of days.

Attached is a photograph of Chandra.


Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of dead body in the 4800 Block of Nevada St NE. A citizen reported seeing the body off to the side of the road as they drove by and called the Sheriff's Office at approximately 6:15 p.m. Deputies and fire personnel arrived, verified there was a body and requested detectives as well as the Medical Examiner and Deputy District Attorney respond. This is normal procedure for these types of cases.

At this time it is too early in the investigation to determine gender of the deceased or if they died of natural causes. Detectives will continue with this investigation a long with the State Medical Examiner which will be doing an autopsy next week sometime. We are not releasing any further details at this time.
Attached Media Files: Nevada St Scene , Chandra Donohoe
Construction Project Could Cause Traffic Delays at Local Grade School (Photo) - 08/28/14
Today Marion County Public Works Department announced that the Auburn Road sidewalk and bike lane project in the vicinity of Auburn Elementary School will not be completed before school starts next Tuesday. Due to delays, the project will continue into October. Public Works and the contractor, R & R General Contractors, will be working closely with personnel at the school, the Salem-Keizer School District and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, to ensure safe vehicle and pedestrian passage for children to and from school.

Flaggers will continue to direct traffic through the work area when construction activities require the contractor to close a lane of traffic during the work shift. Please remember that flaggers are there for your safety as well as the safety of the construction crew. Pedestrian access will be maintained and monitored in designated areas by school crossing guards.

The Sheriff's Office and Public Works wants to assure parents that pedestrian safety is a priority for Marion County and the contractor, and we encourage you to continue to allow your children to walk and bike to school as they have in the past. Unnecessarily driving them to school can actually increase the risk to pedestrians by creating added congestion and even gridlock at times. It is our goal to accomplish the remainder of the construction project with the least amount of impact to the school, its students, and the neighborhood.
Marion County Sheriff's Office Receives Stamp of Approval From Oregon Accreditation Alliance (Photo) - 08/27/14
Today the Marion County Sheriff's Office was awarded a certificate of Accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. Executive Director Ed Boyd presented Sheriff Jason Myers with the certificate at today's Marion County Board of Commissioners session.
"The Oregon Accreditation Alliance exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in the State of Oregon and ultimately the quality of services provided to the citizens of this state.

The Oregon Accreditation Alliance was formed in April 2001. It was created under the direction and authority of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. The Alliance mutually supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management, and operations."

Mr. Boyd commended the Sheriff's Office for its completion of this rigorous process that began in 2008. The process required the Sheriff's Office to overhaul its policies, procedures and common practices to come into line with a standard set by OAA and its processes. Mr. Boyd publicly commended Sergeant James Krieger and his team who over saw the process to its completion.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "This was a process that we embarked upon to ensure that our policies and procedures reflect best practices and stand up to the high expectations of our community. We are very proud to have met the OAA accreditation standards, and I'd like to acknowledge all of the work of the Sheriff's Office team members that helped us reach this status. This was no small feat. I'm confident the return on the investment of the time and effort will be great in terms of policy clarity, transparency, and keeping this office current on professional standards."

The Sheriff's Office will now be audited by OAA every three years in order to maintain its accreditation. To learn more about the accreditation process please head over to
PIO Change for 08/29 through 09/05 - 08/27/14
MCSO will be operating with backup PIO's from 08/29 through 09/05. All media inquires must go through the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or (503)-584-MCSO.
New Traffic Signal Set To Be Turned On Tomorrow (Photo) - 08/27/14
Marion County Public Works and their contractor, North Santiam Paving, are scheduled to turn on the new traffic signal at the Ward Drive/Fisher Road/Meadow Park Loop intersection in northeast Salem sometime late morning Thursday, August 28, 2014.

In addition, new right turn lanes will be available to motorists and modifications to the traffic signal at the Ward Drive and Lancaster Drive intersection will allow eastbound motorists to make a free right turn when facing a green right arrow indication. Due to project clean-up and a few minor items that are not yet complete, the contractor will still be working in the area intermittently.

The public's patience during the construction of this needed safety and congestion project has been greatly appreciated. The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team reminds the driving public to pay careful attention to all new and modified traffic control devices for their own safety as well as the safety of others around them.
School Zone
School Zone
Back To School Prompts Safety Message From Deputies (Photo) - 08/26/14
We all know that Labor Day signals that it's time to get back to the grind and back to school. Throughout the summer months Marion County Public Works has been working feverishly to upgrade several school zones with new signs and in some areas install flashing lights signaling the school zone.

Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd you can expect to see deputies with our Traffic Safety Team in several of these school zones. In addition to school zones, drivers are also reminded to watch for school buses flashing their lights to indicate they are stopping to load or unload students. The red flashing lights require that drivers traveling in both directions, on a road that is not physically divided, stop until the lights are turned off by the bus driver. Here are some more back to school safety tips!

* School safety is everyone's responsibility. Parents are encouraged to talk with their kids, reinforcing pedestrian safety rules:

* Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has developed safe traffic habits and judgment.

* Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings, using sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

* Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.

* Always cross at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.

* Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, do not run, across the street.

* Be a safe pedestrian around cars; watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots.

* As the days get shorter kids should wear bright colored clothing, or clothing with reflective elements. Additionally a flashlight can be an excellent addition to any student who may be walking in the dark.

Parents, drivers and students are invited to join the Traffic Safety Team and Marion County Public Works in making this school year a safe one.
Attached Media Files: School Zone
Train Collides With Semi in Southeast Marion County (Photo) - 08/25/14
Today at 2:20 p.m., a semi-truck delivering cattle feed to a local farm was struck by a north bound Amtrak Train at a rail crossing on Duckflat Road SE near Pearson Road SE. According to the driver he did not see the train coming and began crossing at the intersection. When the driver finally saw the train he attempted to clear the tracks but it was too late.

The driver Lynn Simonds, age 64 of Salem was not injured and there are no injuries reported on the train. The train sustained damage during the crash but was able to continue on its trip to Portland. The semi-truck sustained heavy damage and will have Duckflat blocked over the next several hours while it is removed.

Mr. Simonds was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device. The speed limit for the tracks in this area is 70 miles per hour. The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to always follow the posted signs at rail crossings and never proceed until you are certain the tracks are clear.
Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo) - 08/25/14
Beginning August 29th and running through the holiday weekend, the Marion county Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols to our roadways. During their patrols deputies will be focusing on DUII detection throughout Marion County as well as a targeted operation focused on seatbelt usage.

The seatbelt operation will be held on August 29th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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 reported. These patrols are specifically centered around holiday weekends to enhance safety on our roadways for the citizens of Marion County. The patrols are made possible through grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Burglary Suspect In Custody After Assaulting Female Resident (Photo) - 08/24/14
Yesterday at 6:00 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 4000 block of State St after a female victim reported a male suspect attempted to sexually assault her.

The victim told deputies that she was sleeping when the suspect broke into her residence. After entering the residence the suspect placed a rag over her mouth and began to physically assault her while attempting to assault her sexually. The female victim was able to fight the suspect off of her, run out of her residence and call 911. She told deputies the male suspect was thin, wearing a pair of gloves and boxer shorts.

Enforcement deputies on scene were able to quickly determine the suspect lived on the same property but in a different residence. Detectives responded to the scene and were able to obtain a full confession from the suspect. Deputies are still working to determine just how the suspect entered the victim's residence. As a result deputies arrested Armando Cervantez, age 19, and lodged him at the Marion County Jail on the charges of attempted Rape I, Burglary I, Strangulation, Sexual Abuse I and Assault IV.
Attached Media Files: Cervantes
Deputies On Scene of Two Vehicle Crash With Injuries (Photo) - 08/21/14
One person has been transported to the Salem hospital with injuries after a two vehicle crash. Today at approximately 10:45 a.m., deputies were called to the intersection of Cordon Road NE and Swegle Road NE in Salem on a reported two vehicle crash.

Deputies are on scene and working to determine how a Jeep and a dump truck collided at the intersection. The driver of the Jeep has been taken to the Salem Hospital with unknown injuries. The area is currently closed from Center Street to Sunnyview Road NE but is expected to reopen within the next thirty minutes.

The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release regarding this incident until the investigation can be completed and that time frame is unknown. You can follow the road closure information on our Twitter Page @MCSOInTheKnow
Deputies Investigating Shooting in Red Robin Parking Lot ***Update*** (Photo) - 08/21/14
Last night at 8:50 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the parking lot of the Red Robin located at 3610 Center Street NE on a reported disturbance. The Sheriff's Office has determined that prior to our arrival an altercation took place between two groups of people within the parking lot of the restaurant and at some point multiple shots were fired.

Shortly after the parking lot shooting the Sheriff's Office received additional calls of more shots being fired a short distance from the original altercation. As a result of the shooting within the parking lot two adult victims were treated for gunshot wounds and later released from the Salem Hospital. No injuries were reported at the second shooting scene.

Detectives worked through the night and are continuing to follow up on leads produced from their investigation. Although no arrests have been made in the case, detectives have no evidence suggesting that there is any immediate danger to the public. Detectives do believe however that the shooting and altercation is gang related.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information in regard to the shooting to please call our Tip Line at 503-540-8079. You can remain anonymous.