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Deputies Arrest Speed Racing Driver (Photo) - 04/19/14
Last night, 04/19 at about 1:30 a.m., a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office encountered two vehicles racing at high speeds on Market Street near Clay Street NE. When the deputy attempted to turn around on the vehicles they split directions and began using city streets to hide from responding deputies.

A short time later deputies located a white, BMW 330 that was parked opposing traffic on the side of Swegle Road NE. Deputies believed this was the vehicle they were looking for and when they went to contact the driver the vehicle drove away at a high rate of speed.

Once the deputy got his vehicle turned around he could see the BMW was traveling down 45th Avenue NE toward Center Street NE. However due to the deputy having to turn around the vehicle was lost and deputies again began searching.

It was at this point that 911 operators began receiving reports of a vehicle into a house at 4490 Center Street NE. When deputies arrived they found the BMW had struck a parked vehicle. As a result of the crash the parked vehicle impacted a residence causing significant damage to the house.

The driver of the vehicle Humberto Ramirez, age 20 fled the scene of the crash but was seized after hiding under a house in the 500 block of Citation Way NE, by K9 Yo and his handler, Deputy Wollenschlaeger.

After being treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries associated to the dog seizure, Mr. Ramirez was taken to the Marion County Jail and lodged. Mr. Ramirez is currently being held on 9 counts of reckless endangering, reckless driving, attempting to elude the police and the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Mr. Ramirez's 9 counts or reckless endangering stem from his passenger in the vehicle and the 8 occupants of the residence struck by the vehicle he hit. Mr. Ramirez's unlawful use of a motor vehicle charge is a result of him taking his mother's car without her permission.

Deputies want the public to know that this incident took less than three minutes to unfold. Each year deputies respond to calls for service regarding drivers racing and these incidents can often turn tragic or have deadly results. The Sherriff's Office asks that you call 503-588-5032 if you see vehicles racing and report their activity.
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers Provides Statement Regarding Recent Court Ruling - 04/17/14
In responses to media inquires Sheriff Jason Myers has issued the following statement regarding the Miranda-Olivares decisions set forth by the US District Court of Oregon.

Effective April 16, 2014, and consistent with the Miranda-Olivares decision, the Marion County Jail will no longer hold inmates pursuant to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer alone. ICE may issue or forward a federal judicial warrant or order authorizing a suspected alien's detention, and the Jail will honor such warrants and orders. Jail staff will continue to collect and submit information to ICE regarding foreign-born arrestees, but will not place holds upon such arrestees unless a judicial warrant or court order is received authorizing detention.

The Miranda-Olivares decision is attached to this release.
Marion County Deputies Investigating Stabbing (Photo) ***Ages Corrected*** - 04/17/14
This morning at around 1:50 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Salem Hospital, to investigate a man who had been transported to the hospital by a friend with multiple stab wounds. The victim, Charles Berry, age 49, is currently at Salem Memorial Hospital and being treated for what deputies are calling non-life threatening injuries.

From the investigation deputies have learned that Mr. Berry and the suspect Jonathan Schueller, age 31 had an altercation in the street in the 4100 block of Glenwood Drive SE in Salem. Investigating deputies believe that during this altercation Mr. Schueller stabbed Mr. Berry and then left the area. Mr. Schueller was found and arrested a few hours later not far from the scene. Mr. Schueller is currently in the Marion County Jail where he is being held on the charges of Assault II and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The cause of the altercation is still being investigated and deputies are asking any witnesses who may have information to please come forward. If you have information you can call MCSO at 503-588-5032.
Attached Media Files: Schueller
Law Enforcement Working Together to Add Extra Patrols - 04/16/14
Beginning this week and ending 04/27, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management will be increasing their patrols in the forested areas between the Crooked Finger and Butte Creek areas.

These patrols are in response to an overwhelming amount of complaints associated to underage drinking and vandalism during the week of Easter. The Sheriff's Office is asking for area residents to call and report any suspicious activity to their local jurisdiction. Marion County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line: 503-588-5032, Clackamas County non-emergency line: 503-655-8211
A Man, A Car, A Fire and A Train ***Update Photos*** (Photo) - 04/14/14
Clues as strange as the head line, but these were the circumstances deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were sorting through this Saturday when they responded to the 2900 block of Wintel Road SE.

Deputies were initially called to the area because Kyle Randall, age 24 was knocking on doors and asking residents for a place to sleep. After arriving deputies noticed a plume of smoke in the distance that turned out to be a car fire.

When they went to investigate the fire they located the burned out carcass of the vehicle Mr. Randall had been driving. So after interviewing Mr. Randall and evaluating the scene deputies believe the following occurred.

At around 5:00 a.m. Mr. Randall was driving east on Wintell Road when he drove through a stop sign and ran into a passing train. The train hooked his vehicle and drug him approximately 300 feet. Mr. Randall came to a rest, exited his vehicle and then sought out shelter from nearby residents.

Mr. Randall was not injured in the crash, he was however arrested for DUII and taken to the Marion County Jail. At the jail his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Stolen Vehicle Refuses to Stop for Deputies (Photo) - 04/12/14
Yesterday at about 10:30 p.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a red Honda Civic for a lighting violation on Hazelgreen Road NE. Once the deputy initiated the traffic stop the vehicle immediately took off and lead the deputy on a pursuit over several miles throughout Marion County.

During the pursuit deputies observed the driver and passenger switch places while driving down the roadway. The pursuit took deputies through portions of rural Marion County and then finally back toward Salem where the Salem Police Department deployed spike strips, flattening the vehicles tires.

After the tires on the vehicle deflated deputies attempted to PIT the vehicle but missed and a short distance later the vehicle crashed into a tree in the 2900 block of Tide Court NE. Once the vehicle crashed one of the three occupant's attempted to run but was quickly apprehended.

All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salem Hospital where they have been treated and released. The first driver of the car, Joann Wills, age 40, was booked into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude (Vehicle), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The Second driver Shawn Woddard, age 41 was book into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude, (Vehicle), Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The third passenger was released without charges.
#ProjectNat (Photo) - 04/12/14
Earlier this afternoon the Marion County Sheriff's Office began receiving tips from its community partners about a large party with underage drinking set to take place somewhere in Marion County. The party was said to be organized via Twitter and to have a trend of #ProjectNat.

The Sheriff's Office attempted to be proactive and try and prevent to party from happening so using our social media we broadcasted the party's information and contacted the party's organizer trying to make him aware of the consequences of his actions.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. tonight the party was located at Packsaddle Park in rural Marion County. When deputies arrived they found a stage, a bon fire, alcoholic beverages and several party goers. Deputies also located the parties organizer Nathaniel Gray, age 19, of Salem.
Mr. Gray was uncooperative with deputies and as a result of his actions he was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor offensive littering and providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.
In addition to his criminal charges the Sheriff's Office has been informed that the Gates Fire Department may seek penalties for its reimbursement from Mr. Gray for its response to extinguish the bonfire.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for its out pouring of tips that lead us to the early intervention of this event. This type of public interaction is key to our children's safety in this digital age.
Two Vehicle Crash Results In Serious Injury (Photo) - 04/10/14
A man who witnesses say forced one vehicle off the roadway after he crossed the center line struck another vehicle sending both men to the hospital. Pavel Bobko, age 32, of Salem was driving his silver Dodge Caravan on Cordon Road NE between Sunnyview Road NE and Carolina Road NE this afternoon around 2:00 p.m. That is when witnesses say it left its lane of travel and collided head on with a white Dodge Dart driven by Isiah Ursprung, age 40, of Salem.

Both men were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with what investigators are describing as serious injuries. The Marion County Traffic Safety Team's CRASH Unit had the road closed for nearly two hours while they investigated.

Although it is early in the investigation alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in today's crash. As of this time the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further details about this incident.
Attached Media Files: Crash
Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Gunshot Wound (Victim Identified) - 04/09/14
The victim in the shooting incident has been identified as Christopher Martinez, age 23, of Salem. Mr. Martinez has been discharged from Salem Hospital and no further information about his medical condition is available at this time.


Last night at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sheriff's Deputies began receiving reports of multiple guns shots in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE. Approximately one hour later deputies were called to the Salem Hospital to investigate a male with a gunshot wound to his right knee.

The victim a 23 year old male, of Salem, was taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The victim told investigators that he was riding his bicycle in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE when an unknown person operating a dark blue sedan began shooting at him.

Detectives are asking the public for any witnesses who may have seen the incident to please come forward. Specifically detectives are seeking two males on bicycles who helped the victim immediately after he was shot. If you were a witness or may have information regarding this incident please call Detective Christopher Bangs at 503-932-3244. You may remain anonymous.
133 MPH
133 MPH
Aggressive Driving Unit Nabs High Speed Motorcyclist ***Updated with date and time*** (Photo) - 04/08/14
When a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Driving Unit saw a motorcycle weaving and acting aggressively within its lane of travel he suspected the rider to be up to no good. And as soon as the rider turned onto McCleay Road SE from Cordon Road SE the deputy's suspicion was confirmed.

When the rider later identified as David Ladeby, age 26, of Salem made his turn, he accelerated and rocketed out of sight of the deputies unmarked Ford Mustang. When the deputy finally caught Mr. Ladeby at the intersection of 62nd and McCleay Road SE he followed Mr. Ladeby as he turned onto 62nd. This is when Mr. Ladeby accelerated and the deputy followed initiating his radar as the speeds climbed to over 117 miles per hour. As the deputy activated his lights, Mr. Ladeby continued his acceleration, reaching 133 miles per hour.

Once Mr. Ladeby saw the deputy he immediately pulled over. Mr. Ladeby stated to the deputy that he believed he did not exceed 95 to 97 miles per hour and he was apologetic for his behavior. Mr. Ladeby was cited for careless driving and violation of the maximum speed limit. Careless driving carries a maximum fine of $260.00 and the violation of the maximum speed limit in excess of 100 miles per hour carries a fine of $1150.00 and up to a 90 day license suspension.

With the weather clearing and the roads drying the Sheriff's Office often sees an increase in these types of aggressive driving incidents. The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind the public that we share the roadway and operating any machinery at these high speeds can have a deadly consequence. Please drive safely and obey all traffic laws.

This occurred yesterday approximately 3:00 p.m.
Attached Media Files: 133 MPH
Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
Two New Sergeants Sworn in by Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers (Photo) - 04/04/14
Today at 1:30 p.m. family, co-workers and friends gathered to watch as Kate Abraham and Warren McDaniel were sworn in as Institutions Division Sergeants by Sheriff Jason Myers.

Sergeant Abraham was born and raised in the Stayton and Sublimity area. She first started her career with Marion County at the age of 15 as a Search and Rescue volunteer. In 1996, Sergeant Abraham left Marion County and began working for the Department of Forestry as a fire fighter. After three years Sergeant Abraham returned to Marion County as a cadet working Marine Patrol.

In 2000 Sergeant Abraham made the leap from volunteer and was hired on in the jail as a temporary employee and later as a full-time employee in 2002. Since then she has worked various specialty assignments within the Jail such as intake and transports.

Sergeant McDaniel was born and raised in the Scio and Lebanon area. In 1993 he joined the Air Force where he worked as a Munition Systems Specialist. After the Air Force, Sergeant McDaniel became a mechanic, before being hired by the Sheriff's Office institutions division in 2008. During his time with the Sheriff's Office he has worked numerous specialty positions including Classification and is a member of our Security Threat Group Team.

Sheriff Myers was very pleased with the additions to the Office's Leadership Team, saying, "These two new Sergeants are going to do a great job for our office and community."
Sergeants McDaniel and Abraham are filling positions vacated by Sergeants who have retired from the Sheriff's Office.
Attached Media Files: Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
Salem Man Arrested After Refusing to Appear for Jury Duty (Photo) - 04/03/14
James McCalmon II, age 48, of Salem was summoned for grand jury duty and when he showed up he agreed to be a member of the grand jury, reporting that he had no conflicts that would prevent him from appearing. The Grand Jury is a special council of citizens that hears criminal cases over a period of two weeks, generally a four or six day commitment. Citizens of Marion County have a duty to serve on jury duty when summoned by the court.

Mr. McCalmon failed to appear for his Grand Jury appointment on Tuesday April 1st. Deputies were ordered by the court to locate him and bring him in front of the court to explain himself. However when deputies went to find Mr. McCalmon at his residence there was no answer at the door. Deputies left a card for Mr. McCalmon to call the court and left the residence.

On Wednesday April 2nd, the court ordered deputies to return to his house and find him. This time deputies located Mr. McCalmon, arrested him and brought him before the court.

During the court hearing Mr. McCalmon admitted to working a grave yard shift and knowing that he needed to call the court but admitted that he did not call. After hearing Mr. McCalmon's story the court relieved Mr. McCalmon of his jury duty obligation, found him in Contempt and he was taken to the Marion County Jail where he spent 24 hours.
Attached Media Files: McCalmon
Deputy Not Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Car While on Traffic Stop (Photo) - 04/02/14
"I was sitting in my car filling out a citation and suddenly I was thrown forward." These are the words of Deputy Justin Kinyon who was struck by another vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Lancaster Dive NE near Glendale Avenue NE at about 1:00 p.m., yesterday.

Deputy Kinyon was pulled to the right in his fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated. According to witnesses, Mohammed Ali, age 53, of Salem was driving his Ford, Windstar van in the right hand lane as he approached Deputy Kinyon's traffic stop. Mr. Ali attempted to move over into the left lane to go around the traffic stop but did not see the vehicle beside him.

This forced the second vehicle into the turn lane and Mr. Ali took evasive action to avoid hitting the second vehicle. Mr. Ali over corrected and crashed into Deputy Kinyon. Thankfully neither Deputy Kinyon nor Mr. Ali were seriously injured in the collision.

An investigation of the crash was completed by Marion County Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham. As a result of his actions Mr. Ali was issued a citation for driving without a license and careless driving. Mr. Ali was operating his vehicle with an instruction permit and not a valid Oregon license. Deputy Kinyon did not return to duty after the crash and Mr. Ali was taken to the Salem Hospital for evaluation.

Sergeant Cunningham wants to take time and remind drivers that when you encounter an emergency vehicle on the side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated please follow these simple steps. Please, slow your vehicle by at least five miles per hour and move to the left if there is another lane available and that lane is clear, failure to do so could result in a fine of $260.00.

According to Sergeant Cunningham this law was enacted after an Oregon State Trooper was killed while on a traffic stop on Interstate 5 just south of Salem approximately 10 years ago.
Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1294/73036/Crash.jpg
Max and Bush
Max and Bush
Marion County K9 Rushed Into Surgery (Photo) ***Update*** - 04/01/14
The Sheriff's Office and its family of K9 handlers is pleased to announce that Max is out of surgery and already up and walking around. Max was saved by the early intervention of his handler Deputy Bush and his, spleen.

Yes, his spleen! According to Deputy Bush the spleen prevented the stomach from completely twisting and possibly killing Max. Max will remain in the hospital over night for observation and is expected to be taken home tomorrow.

According to Deputy Bush, "Bloat" can occur in a dog with a large chest cavity. Deputy Bush stated, "It's an emergency! It's life or death!" If your dog is showing signs of bloating or blockage contact your vet immediately as this may be signs a life threatening condition.

This morning at 7:00 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 Max was rushed to the emergency vet clinic by his handler Deputy Shawn Bush. After arriving at the clinic, Max was diagnosed with a twisted stomach or "bloat" and he has been rushed into surgery at the Aumsville Pet Clinic.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and its K9 Team are asking to keep Max in their thoughts and prayers while he battles his way through this very serious health condition.

To learn more about our K9 Team or to make a donation please go to

Further updates on Max will be made as soon as they are available.
Attached Media Files: Max and Bush
Burglars Caught in the Act in Gates ***Updated with date and time of occurrence*** (Photo) - 03/25/14
This incident occurred 03/24 at about 11:45 a.m.
Alert neighbors in the 100 block of Maple Street in Gates called the Sheriff's Office and reported that two men were at a residence and stealing items from inside. The residence has been vacant for several months and was broken into after the suspect's pried open the plywood covering the front door.

When deputies arrived they quickly surrounded the house, that it is when Melvin Roehm, age 46 walked out the front door carrying an arm load of stolen property. While deputies were taking Mr. Roehm in custody his accomplice attempted to run out the back door.

The second suspect Joshua Archer, age 34 was immediately taken into custody by a Marion and Linn County deputy who were watching the back door. All of the stolen property was recovered and Mr. Roehm was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with Burglary I. Mr. Archer was cited and released from the scene.

The Sheriff's Office is always seeking alert neighbors to be a part of our Neighborhood Watch Program. For more information on this program please call the Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981.
Attached Media Files: Roehm , Archer
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo) - 03/25/14
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local organizations including the Marion County Community Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the City of Salem Police Department, Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Salem-Keizer School District 24-J, the Department of Human Services and the Hands and Words are not for Hurting Project will spearhead activities during the month of April as part of a national "Child Abuse Prevention Month" effort.

On Monday March 31st officials will gather at 8:30 am in front of the Marion County Courthouse with PGE to begin hanging blue ribbons on the large tree on the northwest corner of the block. The ribbons will symbolize the 10,054 confirmed victims of child abuse in the State of Oregon in 2012.

Below are a few tips that can help prevent child abuse.

1. Be a nurturing parent. The best gift you can give your child is YOU. The love and attention you give now will stay with your child forever.

2. Be available. Develop the kind of relationship that allows your children to come to you for help and support for themselves or their friends.

3. Get involved. Get to know your child's friends and the homes where your children play. Volunteer in their classrooms or coach their teams.

More information on combating child abuse can be found at The public and media is invited to attend the event on Monday, project organizers will be on hand to distribute information
Attached Media Files: Invite
Deputies Arrest Gun Wielding Man (Photo) - 03/24/14
"I've got problems," is what Jose Brown-Ceballos, age 24 told deputies after he brandished a handgun at a passerby. Yesterday at about 2:04 p.m., deputies responded to the area of 47th Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE after Mr. Brown-Ceballos lifted his shirt, exposing a gun and asking a passerby, "What are you looking at."

The victim in the case was able to give an exact description of Mr. Brown-Ceballos which aided Deputies in locating him. Mr. Brown-Ceballos was arrested without incident near the area of the call and found to be in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

Mr. Brown-Ceballos is a convicted felon with a past history of burglaries. He is currently in the Marion County Jail and facing the charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of Weapon and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Mr. Brown-Ceballos also had warrants for Assault IV, Menacing and Harassment.
Attached Media Files: Brown-Ceballos
Alik, Daniel
Alik, Daniel
Motor Vehicle Accident at Sunrise Market (Photo) - 03/22/14
Late this afternoon, Daniel Alik was arrested for DUII, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Mr. Alik drove his car into the ice machine outside of the Sunrise Market in the 3500 block of Silverton Road.
This pushed the ice machine through the glass window of the store front. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Mr. Alik was twice the legal limit by the time he arrived at the Marion County Jail.
Attached Media Files: Alik, Daniel , Ice Machine
Search and Rescue Volunteers Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor ****Update**** (Photo) - 03/21/14
In response to numerous questions, the Sheriff's Office would like to provide additional information in regard to the Wenger's responsibilities with our Search and Rescue Program. First, we would like the media to understand that this is an ongoing investigation and some of the information requested will not be released, as we do not want to compromise the investigation.

Mr. Wenger became a volunteer for the Sheriff's Office in 1994 when he joined the "Team 18" Search and Rescue Program. Mrs. Wenger joined the program as a volunteer in 2003. The "Team 18" program is a non-profit organization, primarily comprised of juveniles that perform search and rescue functions for the Sheriff's Office. Mr. and Mrs. Wenger were crew leaders of the Search and Rescue's "Team 18." The Team currently has 57 volunteers who are available for assisting other Search and Rescue Teams in ground searches for missing persons, evidence of crimes, and other related missions.

As part of their duties, the Wengers trained "Team 18" members and arranged for their deployment in a time of need or crisis. The Sheriff's Office is shocked and disheartened by the Wengers' alleged actions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim in this case. The Sheriff's Office is committed to providing a safe environment for all of its youth-related programs.

Sheriff Myers commented, "Individuals' personal actions like this undermine the public's trust and confidence placed in our office. The moment this was reported, we took action to ensure that the individuals would be held responsible and that those within the Team 18 program would be safe." Sheriff Myers further stated that, "Our goal now is to focus on the members of Team 18 who are obviously just as shocked and upset as we are."

We will continue to work with the Keizer Police Department and their investigators during this criminal investigation. At this time, the Sheriff's Office is not prepared for any further comment or questions.

On Monday, March 17, 2014, the Marion County Sheriff's Office received a complaint that two of its Search and Rescue volunteers had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old volunteer. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Sheriff's Office asked the Keizer Police Department to conduct an investigation of the allegations.

On March 20, 2014, the Keizer Police Department arrested Casey Wenger, age 33 and his wife Rosa Wenger, age 31. Mr. Wenger is charged with Sex Abuse II and 30 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I. Ms. Wenger is charged with Sex Abuse III and 20 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I. Both are being held at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned on March 21st at 3:00 p.m. The Wengers have been terminated as Marion County volunteers, effective immediately.

All further questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Keizer Police Department.
Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team Announces Extra Patrol Over Spring Break (Photo) - 03/21/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team, announced today that they will be providing extra patrols over the week of spring break. The patrols will be conducted on rural and arterial roadways located within the borders of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham stated, "I want drivers to be able to enjoy their vacation and have a safe driving experience while in Marion County." That is why deputies will be focusing on aggressive drivers and drivers operating their vehicles under the influence.

These types of extra patrols are made possible through grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation. For tips on aggressive driving or traffic enforcement related literature, please call our Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981 or visit our website at