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Deputies Asking For Assistance in Identifying Suspected Car Thief (Photo) - 02/04/16
On January 20th, at about 10:00 p.m., an unknown male jumped over a locked gate belonging to the Monitor Phone Company, located at 15265 Woodburn Monitor Road NE. While inside the gate the male entered an unlocked service truck belonging to a contractor associated to the phone company.

The male was able to start the truck and drive away using the keys that were left inside of the ignition. Leaving the facility the suspect drove through the locked gate damaging the fence, it is believed the suspect was being followed by the black car in the associated pictures. On January 29th, the van was recovered at the Pilot Truck Stop by the Oregon State Police.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to identify the male and the vehicle believed to be involved in the theft. Note: The silver van pictured is believed to be unrelated to any events that took place on January 20th. The Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483
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Traffic Safety Team to Add Extra Patrols Through Super Bowl Weekend (Photo) - 02/02/16
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols over the Super Bowl weekend extending through February 21st. Over the weekend Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers. Beyond the weekend Traffic Safety Team members will switch their focus to ensure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;

In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child's own driver who was drunk.
Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren't buckled up at the time of the crash.

Let's make this Super Bowl weekend one to remember and not one you wish you could forget. If you are going to drink or smoke, please don't drive.
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Sheriff's Office & Public Works Collaborate to Improve Your Marion County Park Experience (Photo) - 02/01/16
Mid January the Marion County Sheriff's Office Code Enforcement Division collaborated with our partners at Public Works to begin a large scale project to remove trash and clear brush from over grown trails and recreating areas in some of our Marion County Parks. The crew consisted of a Code Enforcement Officer who managed a crew of inmate workers from our Transition Center.

The crew worked in all weather conditions as they fought through mounds of berry vines and poison oak. Code Enforcement Officer Art Stinson stated, "It was fun working in the parks, especially Minto where we uncovered three picnic sites that were overgrown with vegetation and unusable." The crew paid special attention to removing invasive species while not affecting the natural landscapes of these wilderness areas. In all the crew visited 5 parks, Minto, Niagara, North Fork, Pack Saddle and Spongs Landing where they completed over 120 hours of work.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners at Public Works for providing the tools used to get our job done. In addition special thanks must be made to those inmates who made a positive contribution to their community and its visitors.
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Deputies Search for missing female who has Dementia *** PHOTO ATTACHED *** (Photo) ***UPDATE 1 *** - 01/21/16
All is well as Joyce Stephenson has been located safe and sound. She was found inside of a local grocery store which she apparently received a ride to from a citizen.
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75 year old Joyce Stephenson has walked away from her adult care home in the 4700 block of Oak Park Dr NE, Salem. She was last seen about 5:45 pm and is described as a white female 5 feet 3 inches, 185 pounds, gray hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knit sweater, blue scrub pants, and white sleepers and is carrying a large black backpack.

Deputies are actively searching the area and are asking for the public to keep an eye out. If you see Joyce or anyone you think resembles her description, please don't hesitate to call 911. We ask that you maintain a visual, at least, of her to direct deputies to her location.

Our team of search and rescue personnel are currently enroot to help coordinate this active search.

If and when there is any additional information, we will release it.
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Juvenile In Custody After Crash (Photo) - 01/19/16
A 17 year old is in custody for Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Attempting to Elude the Police after a crash around 3:30 p.m. today. The male was seen driving his Subaru on Lancaster Drive NE near Ward drive by a Deputy assigned to our Traffic Safety Team. As the teenager was passing the motor officer he was accelerating rapidly and was already exceeding the 35 mile per hour speed limit by 10 miles per hour.

When the motor officer activated his lights the driver took off northbound and continued to accelerate. The motor officer radioed to another Deputy just up the road and gave out the cars description. The Deputy observed the car, activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver continued to drive recklessly and turned onto Portland Road NE.

A short time later the vehicle was found after it crashed into a fence and a speed limit sign on Kale Street near Cordon Road NE. The driver was arrested without incident and has been taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention. His two juvenile passengers were released to their parents, luckily no one was injured in the crash. The driver told Deputies he ran because he did not have a license or insurance for his vehicle.
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Marion County Establishes Through Truck Prohibition (Photo) - 01/19/16
In an effort to address the number of commercial trucks using Boones Ferry Road to bypass the state weigh scales on Interstate 5 and OR-99E, Marion County recently partnered with the City of Woodburn to establish a through truck prohibition on the portion of the road between Ehlen Road and OR-214. The prohibition is supported by the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners, which enacted orders permitting Public Works crews to post signs allowing the prohibition to be enforced.

The prohibition is intended for commercial motor vehicles that travel the entire length of Boones Ferry Road between Ehlen Road and OR-214 and do not have a destination on the route. The prohibition will not apply to school buses or commercial vehicles that that have a legitimate personal or business related purpose located along the route. Through trucks should utilize Interstate 5 or OR-99E, which are designated freight routes, to travel through the area.

Marion County sign crews have posted signs notifying drivers of the restriction. Yellow NO THRU TRUCKS warning signs are posted on Ehlen Road, Settlemier Road, and OR-214 to provide advance notification of the prohibition. White regulatory signs are posted on either end of the portion of Boones Ferry Road that is subject to the prohibition. The prohibition will be enforced by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Weighmaster teams.

For questions concerning the through truck prohibition, contact Julia Uravich, Traffic Engineer at 503-588-5036.
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Stranded Motorists Prompts Safety Message From Search and Rescue Deputies (Photo) - 01/13/16
A scenic outing in the woods, to play in the snow can quickly turn into an emergency if you are not prepared. Take for example a motorist and his girlfriend who became stuck last week after attempting to reach the Breitenbush Bush Hot Spring. The pair followed directions from Mapquest and were stranded in the snow several miles off of the road to the hot spring.

Luckily Deputies reached the couple and towed them to safety; this however is only one example of a semi regular call received by our rescuers. That is why Tom Crofts a Deputy assigned to our Search and Rescue Team is offering these safety tips;

1. Know the area you are traveling into, do not rely on in-car, internet based or off the shelf GPS units only.
2. Carry a detailed map and check US Forest Service and BLM web sites for winter road closures.
3. Carry chains, a shovel and enough supplies to keep you warm, hydrated and fed for at least 3 days.
4. Tell someone where you are going and the route you are taking.
5. Have a friend ready to call for help if you don't return at a predetermined time.
6. If you are stranded stay with your vehicle.

Marion County has a vast wilderness area ready for our residents and visitors to enjoy, when you visit these areas please be safe and plan ahead.
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Aumsville Man Arrested After Month Long Animal Abuse Investigation (Photo) - 01/12/16
On December 19th, Deputies were alerted to a group of neglected animals located at 9376 Lewis Road SE near Aumsville. Arne Seim, age 74 was contacted during the investigation and identified as the owner of the farm animals. Deputies worked side by side with a Veterinarian from the United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) and Mr. Seim to help his ailing stock.

Mr. Seim was provided with detailed instructions and information on who to contact if he needed assistance. When the Deputies and Veterinarian left they gave Mr. Seim 30 days to get weight on the animals. Deputies returned to the property twice a week attempting to help Mr. Seim and bring the ailing animals back to a healthy state.

On January 2nd, Deputies and the Veterinarian returned to the property and inspected the animals, during this inspection Mr. Seim voluntarily relinquished 2 goats and 1 cow. Deputies continued to work with Mr. Seim, but unfortunately he was unable to attend to his animals and refused to cooperate with investigators and release anymore of his stock.

So on January 9th, Deputies executed a search warrant and seized 15 sheep, 28 goats, 15 cows, 1 dog, 1 chicken, and 1 cat. The animals were taken from the property and spread between the USPCA, Harmony New Beginnings, Sunrise Acres Farm Sanctuary, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary.

Mr. Seim was issued a citation to appear in court for the crime of Animal Neglect II, a felony. Mr. Seim is set to appear in court on February 8th at, 9 a.m., at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.

***Note*** Seim's booking photo is from an unrelated arrest.