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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 www.dea.gov, 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 www.dea.gov. 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
Deputies Respond to Report of Human Remains - 09/18/14
Late Wednesday afternoon, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of human remains discovered near Mill City, 25 miles east of Salem. At approximately 3:30 p.m. a local hunter discovered the remains off a wooded game trail and notified the Sheriff's Office. When Deputies arrived, it was verified the remains were human, and detectives were called out, along with the Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney. This is normal procedure for this type of incident.

The investigation proceeded into the evening, and the remains were identified as that of 55 year old Gregory Dean Johnson of Mill City. In September 2013, Mr. Johnson left his residence and was reported missing by family members. Search efforts in September and October 2013 did not turn up any leads.

The investigation indicates Mr. Johnson died of natural causes and there is no indication of any suspicious circumstances. This investigation will conclude today, and there are no further details for release.
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.
2014-09/1294/77773/UGM_Final.jpg
2014-09/1294/77773/UGM_Final.jpg
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