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2700 Residents Without Power in Southeast Marion County (Photo) - 08/17/14
Tonight at approximately 12:30 a.m., a vehicle struck a power pole on Lancaster Drive SE near Beck Avenue SE. Prior to being transported to the Salem Hospital with minor injuries, the driver stated he swerved for an object in the roadway and struck the pole. The crash has resulted in the loss of power to an estimated 2700 citizen of southeast Marion County.

PGE is on scene attempting to repair the pole and at this time there is no estimate for when services will be restored to customers. The Sheriff's Office is asking drivers to avoid the area of SE Lancaster Drive as it is closed from Durbin Avenue SE to La Branch Street SE. In addition to the closures motorists should be aware that numerous stop lights have been affected by the outage so deputies are urging caution when driving in the area.

Motorists arriving at an intersection with a light affected by the outage should always stop, make sure the intersection is clear and then proceed. If you arrive at the same time as another motorist please treat the intersection like you would a four way stop.
Deputies Make Arrest in Harassment Case (Photo) - 08/16/14
On August 9th the Marion County Sheriff's Office was requested by the Salem Police Department to investigate a disturbance that occurred at a Salem residence involving an off duty Salem Police Officer. Responding Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies found that Officer Brandon Hanes, 40 years old, had been in an altercation at the location. Deputies interviewed all parties and witnesses and then referred the case to the Marion County District Attorney.

On August 14th a warrant was issued for Mr. Hanes's arrest for the charge of Harassment. That same date, Mr. Hanes was arrested, booked and later released from the Marion County Jail. Mr. Hanes's next court date has been set for August 19, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Hwy. Mr. Hanes has been placed on administrative leave by the Salem Police Department pending an internal investigation, which is standard in these types of matters.

The Sheriff's Office will not be making any further comments regarding this case or its investigation. Any further questions will be referred to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for comment.
Attached Media Files: Hanes
Beaverton Woman Arrested After Leaving Dog in Hot Car (Photo) - 08/13/14
22 year old, Victoria Nguyen, of Beaverton was cited and released after leaving her dog locked in a vehicle while she went hiking at Silver Falls State Park last Sunday. When deputies arrived to help the dog, it was unresponsive and panting due to the 90 degree heat. Deputy Corey Larned attempted to locate the owner but after no luck he was able to unlock the doors via a slightly cracked window.

According to Deputy Larned he carried the dog to his patrol car where he placed the AC on high and provided the dog water. Deputy Larned stated that within minutes the dog was drinking water and back up on its feet.

Deputy Larned was finally able to locate Ms. Nguyen who stated she had gone hiking and left the dog inside of the vehicle after allowing it to go to the bathroom. It was estimated that the dog had been in the vehicle over two hours, parked in the direct sunlight, in 90 degree heat. Ms. Nguyen was cited and released for Animal Neglect II, a B misdemeanor. The dog was returned to Ms. Nguyen's custody.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, Cracking the windows doesn't cut it. Your car can become a death trap even on a mild sunny day--and can insidiously raise the car's temperature to well above 120 degrees! Never, ever leave your pet inside the car. If Fido can't come with you when you get out of the car, leave him or her at home.

There is no photograph of Ms. Nguyen available.
Sheriff's Office Taking Applications for Citizen's Academy (Photo) - 08/13/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office invites you to experience the world from the deputy's perspective. Participants will "cross the yellow line" for a close-up view of what goes on at the heart of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Citizens who join our academy will get to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Marion County courtrooms from a judicial security perspective.

You will walk in the footsteps of arrestees and experience the inner workings of the Marion County Jail. Parole & Probation Deputies will explain the philosophy that guides them in their case management and the programs offered to parolees.

The 2014 Citizen Academy will bring participants into the multi-faceted world of patrolling Marion County. Participants will be exposed to a wide variety of assignments, including Narcotics Detectives, K9 Units,
SWAT, Marine Patrol and Search & Rescue. Participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a Patrol deputy and experience "the road" first hand.

The academy starts October 10th so get your applications in now! To participate you must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within Marion County. Enrollment is limited and applications are available at or by calling 503-588-7981.
Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1294/76846/Cit_Aca.JPG
Deputies Arrest Burglary Suspect in Jefferson (Photo) - 08/08/14
Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office along with a K9 from the Salem Police Department have arrested Donald Nollen, age 34, of Jefferson, yesterday at around 1:00 p.m. Deputies said they received information that Mr. Nollen had recently committed a burglary and was attempting to sell the items.

Deputies located Nollen at his residence in the 300 block of Columbia Street in Jefferson. Mr. Nollen attempted to hide from deputies but once cornered in the residence he gave up peacefully. Sheriff's deputies and detectives recovered a large portion of the stolen items taken in the burglary at Mr. Nollen's residence and they have been returned to the rightful owner.

Mr. Nollen is currently at the Marion County Jail where he is charged with Burglary in the 1st degree and Theft in the 1st degree. In addition to the charges Mr. Nollen also had outstanding warrants for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Theft in the 1st degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft in the 2nd degree, Trespassing in the 2nd degree and Menacing.

Deputies stated that when Mr. Nollen was arrested he had text messages warning him of the large police presence in town and a video surveillance system at his home.
Marion County Sheriff's Office Joins the Project Lifesaver Team. (Photo) - 08/06/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce its partnership with Project Lifesaver International ("PLI"), a non-profit agency that bridges the technological gap for medically "at risk" populations and public safety agencies. PLI provides deputies, fire/rescue and other first responders with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome, who are at constant risk to wander.

Project Lifesaver has over 1,300 participating agencies throughout 47 states in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed 2,869 searches over the last 15 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.

Eligible individuals who are enrolled in PLI wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Sheriff's Office, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer's area. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes -- 95% less time than standard operations.

There is a fee associated with Project Lifesaver, including a $95.00 startup cost and an ongoing $25.00 per month fee for battery replacements. Once signed up, a PLI trained deputy will meet with the client and caregiver to deliver the equipment.

Project Lifesaver is a fantastic tool that can aid law enforcement in returning participating "at risk" individual to their loved ones. For additional information on PLI and how to get started you can call 503-588-7981 or visit
Motorcyclist Collides with Pizza Delivery Vehicle ***Update Drivers Identified*** (Photo) - 08/05/14
Deputies have identified yesterday's crash victim as Joshua Rich, age 31 of Silverton. According to several witnesses Mr. Rich was driving his 2007 Harley Davidson recklessly prior to striking Alex Hoefler, age 26 of Salem who was in the process of making a turn to deliver a pizza in his 1994 Honda Civic.

The Sheriff's Office does not intend to comment any further regarding Mr. Rich's condition and investigators say that no citations will be issued.


A motorcyclist who collided with a vehicle has been transported to the Salem Hospital with what deputies are calling life threatening injuries. The motorcyclist was west bound on Silverton Road near Lardon Road, when an east bound pizza delivery vehicle turned in front of the motorcyclist.

When deputies arrived they could see the motorcyclist had a serious leg injury with life threatening bleeding. Deputy Casey Burnham and Deputy Mary Patzer reacted quickly and applied a combat application tourniquet to the man's leg which immediately ceased the bleeding. The deputies continued to access the man's injuries until an ambulance arrived. The driver of the pizza delivery vehicle was not injured.

The Sheriff's Office will release the involved parties' names and any additional details regarding the crash tomorrow. The roadway has been reopened and all deputies have left the scene.
Deputies Assist with Air Rescue of Stranded Hiker in Rural East Marion County (Photo) - 08/02/14
"We just ask that people stay on the regular groomed trails." These are the words spoken by Sergeant Shane Burnham after a two hour rescue operation to save three stranded hikers one of which had been seriously injured.

Today at 3:00 p.m., deputies were flagged down and rushed to the Opal Creek Wilderness on a reported hiker who had fallen thirty feet after her rope broke. Sinn Escobar, age 28, her boyfriend Jacob Ross, age 32 and their dog Gracie were making their way down to a pool of water on a steep decline. The trio were using a rope left by previous hikers and that rope gave way causing Ms. Escobar to fall an estimated thirty feet.

Ms. Escobar seriously injured her leg and head in the fall. After deputies arrived they accessed the situation and knew they would need additional resources. That is when they called the Army Air National Guard and the Salem Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.

Together all of the law enforcement, military and Fire agencies worked together to rescue Ms. Escobar, Mr. Ross and Gracie the dog. Ms. Escobar was air lifted from her fall location and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The Salem Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team then assisted Mr. Ross and Gracie the dog up the steep hillside.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank these additional agencies for their assistance. The Lyons Fire Department, Stayton Fire Department, US Forrest Service and the Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement.
Attached Media Files: 8 , 7 , 6 , 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , Rescue 1
Sheriff's Office Statement Regarding Sentencing of Cody Edwards (Photo) - 08/01/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased that the case involving Cody Marshall Edwards has come to a conclusion after today's sentencing proceedings at the Marion County Courthouse. Judge Tracy Prall's decision to impose the maximum 22 1/2 year sentence brings closure to Sr. Dep. Jim Buchholz and his family. Although the prison sentence won't repair the physical and emotional damage inflicted upon Jim, his family, and our Office, we hope that while Mr. Edwards is incarcerated he will receive the assistance he needs to continue to restore his life.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney's Office and their preparation for this case. Additionally, all of the local law enforcement and public safety partners that have assisted Sr. Deputy Buchholz and our Office on the day of the shooting and the days and months ensuing. Sr. Dep. Buchholz just returned to active duty this week. It has been a welcome sight to have him back home. "Our community of law enforcement partners and the citizens of Marion County have been amazing supporters of us during this time of need. It is these types of incidents and the responses they evoke that make one truly believe in your community."
Deputies Recover Stolen BBQ - 07/30/14
Today at 2:00 p.m., an anonymous tipster called the Sheriff's Office which, led deputies to the 3500 block of Brooklake Road NE, where they recovered a BBQ stolen from a Salem resident. When deputies arrived the found the BBQ in the front yard of a residence. The resident claims to have purchased the BBQ for $500.00 from a patron who brought it to their yard sale over the weekend.

As of this time there are no criminal charges being brought against the person who was in possession of the BBQ. Deputies are in the process of returning the BBQ to its rightful owner.
Residents Asked to be on the Lookout for Burglary Suspect **Update Suspect Identified** (Photo) - 07/30/14
The Sheriff's Office has successfully identified the burglary suspect involved in a chase near Drift Creek Road NE. Rodney Allen Tishmack, age 51, of Woodburn was arrested yesterday afternoon after being seen by a local resident exiting a barn. Deputies believe Tishmack stayed in the barn overnight after being chased by Sheriff's Deputies.

Tishmack was arrested without incident while walking away from the barn, he was not armed. After his arrest Tishmack was transported to the Marion County Jail where he is being held on Criminal Mischief and Trespassing charges. Once deputies wrap up their investigation they will return to the jail and charge Tishmack with additional crimes.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank its community members for the tips that led to Tishmack's capture.


Earlier today deputies with the Sheriff's Office detained and arrested a male in the area of yesterday's burglary near Drift Creek Road NE. The Sheriff's Office is confident they have arrested the burglary suspect however, we are working with the victim to positively identify the suspect before charging him with the appropriate criminal offenses related to yesterdays incident.

Until the victim has an opportunity to speak with investigators no further details or releases regarding the male will be made. The Sheriff's Office expects this investigation will conclude sometime tomorrow.


Attached is a photograph of the stolen truck recovered in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-588-5032.


Today at 3:00 p.m., residents near Seminole Road NE and Mustang Road NE interrupted the burglary of their residence. The suspect a white, male adult, in his 40's with shaggy hair, black pants and no shirt fled the scene in a stolen vehicle.

A short time later the vehicle was located in the 2500 block of Drift Creek Road NE and chased into a nearby Christmas tree farm. The male abandoned the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. At this point deputies believe when the man fled he may have been armed with a shotgun. Due to the rural nature and the location the suspect fled deputies are not tracking the suspect.

Deputies are asking that if anyone sees the suspect to please call 911 immediately.
Three Separate Search and Rescue Missions Prompt Safety Tips (Photo) - 07/29/14
Over this past weekend the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescues Teams were called to three separate cases involving lost hikers. All of the rescues involved adults and children and in each case the hikers were either lost, separated from a group or overdue.

With the summer months comes the obvious increase in the usage of our forested areas. As a hiker you must be prepared for even the simplest of trips to turn into something much more. By simply carrying a few items with you, you may be saving your own life or the life of a fellow hiker.

According to REI a well known outdoor equipment supplier, there are 10 essentials for safety, survival and basic comfort during a day hike.

The Ten Essentials
For safety, survival and basic comfort:
1. Navigation (Map, Compass, GPS)
2. Sun protection (Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Sunglasses)
3. Insulation (Jacket, vest, pants, etc.)
4. Illumination (Headlamp, Flashlight, Extra Batteries)
5. First-aid supplies
6. Fire (Matches, Lighter, Fire Starter, Waterproof Bag)
7. Repair kit and tools (Knife, Multi-tool)
8. Nutrition (Extra Day's Food)
9. Hydration (Water, or Filtration System)
10. Emergency shelter (Tent, Tarp, Reflective Blanket)

Please enjoy the beautiful forested areas Marion County has to offer, but in doing so please be prepared and enjoy them safely. To learn more about or join our Search and Rescue Team head over to
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Searching for Lost Hikers ***Update Hikers Located*** (Photo) - 07/27/14
According to the members of our Search and Rescue Teams all three teens have been located and are walking out to their family members at the time of this release. Apparently the teens decided it was too dark to hike out last night so they elected to camp and start walking out the following morning.

All three boys are reported to be healthy and uninjured. Once the teens are returned to their family, the Sheriff's Office will be clearing the scene.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene and searching for three teenagers who are overdue from a hiking trip in the Opal Creek Wilderness. Bodie Teeple, age 17, Alex Ruiz, age 16 and Allen Carrillo-Mejia, age 17 went hiking yesterday around noon and have yet to return from their trip.

Deputies know that the teens intended on a lengthy hike into the wilderness area. The only supplies the teens are known to have is their basic clothing and water that they were carrying at the time of the hike. The Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams who are actively working in the area include Jeep Patrol, Posse and K9 search teams.

The Sheriff's Office has been on scene of this incident since around midnight. A command post has been set at the Elk Horn Fire Station. Further details will be released as soon as they are available.
Deputies Respond to Suspicious Package near Woodburn (Photo) - 07/26/14
Today at about 10:45 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted to a suspicious package on Front Street near Crosby Road. When deputies arrived they found a metal pot with tin foil attached to it, sitting next to a power substation. After sealing the area off, deputies called experts with the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad who responded and opened the pot.

Troopers and deputies discovered the pot contained some type of bean soup. The Sheriff's Office encourages the public to always dispose of their trash in an appropriate receptacle in order to avoid time consuming incidents such as these. The area has been reopened and there are no further traffic delays.
Attached Media Files: Pot3 , Pot2 , Pot1
Vehicle Shaved Keys
Vehicle Shaved Keys
Suspicious Vehicle Call Results in Four in Custody (Photo) - 07/24/14
Yesterday at about 1:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to 164 Lancaster Drive SE, a local parking lot on a reported disturbance. When deputies arrived they contacted five people associated to a Honda car.

During their investigation deputies discovered that the Honda was a stolen vehicle taken from the Salem area. In addition to the stolen car deputies found a pile of shaved keys and methamphetamine. Kevin Ponder, age 38, Joann Wills, age 40, Ronald Chilcote, age 50 and Jarl Colwell, age 31 were all taken to the Marion County Jail for various crimes.

Kevin Ponder, a passenger in vehicle was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Meth and two cite and release warrants out of Linn County. Joann Wills, the driver of the vehicle was charged Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and an outstanding warrant for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Ronald Chilcote was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Finally Jarl Colwell was charged with Possession of Meth and two outstanding warrants for Parole Violation and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Attached Media Files: Vehicle Shaved Keys , Wills , Ponder , Colwell , Chilcote