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Sheriff's Office Launches Summer Driving Campaign (Photo) - 08/22/16

Last Friday the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team launched two separate driving campaigns focused to create a safe traveling experience for our visitors and residence. Beginning August 19th and ending September 5th deputies will be working our roadways focusing on impaired and distracted driving.

Our partners at the Oregon Department of transportation have offered eleven tips to "ditch the distractions."

1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
3. Install an app. Apps can help you avoid texting while driving. Go to your app store and search for "distracted driving."
4. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
5. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
6. X the text. Don't ever text and drive, browse online or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
7. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Oregon prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
8. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
9. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
10. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
11. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind our motorist to drive safe and sober, extra patrols are made possible by grants through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help In Locating Possible Kidnap Victim ***Update*** - 08/21/16

Today at 7:30 p.m., deputies arrested Alfredo Lopez-Almonte, age 29, for Kidnapping x 2, Assault IV x 3, Menacing x 2 all of which are related to domestic violence. Deputies were able to obtain probable cause after releasing a video capturing an instance where Lopez-Almonte kidnapped his then girlfriend.

The victim came forward after seeing herself on the news, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing the name of the victim in this case. In addition to his new charges Lopez-Almonte also had warrants for his arrest for Assault IV Domestic, DUII and Alien Unlawfully Present Due to Order of Removal from USA, Lopez-Almonte was arrested at his Salem home without incident. Please watch our web page for the booking image of Lopez-Almonte it will be available once he has been booked at the Marion County Jail.


On July 24th at 7:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 100 block of Lancaster Drive SE in Salem. A witness reported to deputies that a male and female were in a physical argument and the male was chocking the female.

Deputies arrived in the area within 7 minutes of the call and could not locate the couple or their vehicle. Although they could not locate the vehicle deputies continued with their investigation attempting to retrieve video images from a local business.

On August 18th deputies obtained the video which clearly showed an older, white, Ford Expedition being driven by a male. The male exits the vehicle and forces a female back inside after she attempts to run away. Deputies believe the male and female are possibly Hispanic and may live in south east Salem. Deputies are seeking any information on the location of the vehicle or the identity of its occupants.

If you have any information regarding the vehicle or its occupants please call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483, you may remain anonymous.

The video can be viewed and obtained by following this link;

Deputies Seeking Help In Locating Hit and Run Driver - 08/21/16

Early this morning around 1:00 a.m., a motorcyclists was traveling north on Lancaster Drive NE near the intersection of Devonshire Avenue NE in Salem. According to witnesses a newer, gray or silver Honda passenger car was traveling south on Lancaster when it turned in front of the motorcycle resulting in the two vehicles colliding.

The motorcyclists was transported from the scene to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the driver of the Honda left the scene of the crash and fled north on Lancaster Drive. The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information regarding the vehicle and its occupants, deputies' believe the Honda sustained damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032 you can remain anonymous.

Deputies Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash North Marion County (Photo) - 08/17/16

The Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation of the crash that left one person dead and another in critical condition at OHSU. Deputies believe a semi-truck being driven by Joey McMaster, age 43, of Portland was west bound on McKay Road near Gearin Road when it collided head on with an SUV being driven by Marissa McConnell, age 43, of Newberg.

According to witness statements Ms. McConnell left her lane of travel striking the truck head on. The Sheriff's Office has not been able to determine why Ms. McConnell left her lane of travel but they have ruled out cell phone use.

McKay Road remains closed while crews remove the massive amount of wreckage and fuel spilled during the collision, it is estimated the road will reopen just after 5:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office would like to take the time to remind drivers on our rural highways to please be attentive and use caution while traveling to your destination.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a two car motor vehicle crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV. The initial investigation is showing that a semi-truck hauling waste water was west bound on McKay Road NE when an east bound SUV drifted into the oncoming lane and impacted the semi-truck head on.

The driver of the semi-truck has been taken by Life Flight to OHSU with serious injuries and tragically the driver of the SUV was killed on impact. The Sheriff's Office will have the road closed for the next 4 to 6 hours while they complete their investigation. This release will be updated as details become available.

Deputies Arrest Man After Late Night Elude East Marion County (Photo) - 08/15/16

This morning, deputies arrested Matthew Reiner, age 29 of Bend Oregon after he allegedly eluded deputies overnight in East Marion County.

Last night around 11:30 p.m., a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop an Audi A3 for driving 80 in a 55 mile per hour zone on Highway 22 near Lyons. When the deputy activated his lights the vehicle drove away on a gravel road at a high rate of speed. Due to the large amount of dust the deputy slowed but soon found the vehicle abandoned in a driveway in the 11000 block of Riverhaven Lane SE near Stayton. A canine attempted to locate the driver but was unsuccessful, deputies later towed the vehicle as evidence.

At 6:30 a.m. this morning a resident where the car had been abandoned called the Sheriff's Office to report a male was on his property searching for the Audi. Deputies caught up with Mr. Reiner as he was walking away from the residence. Deputies described Mr. Reiner as dirty, wet, scrapped up and in possession of a key to an Audi. As deputies investigated they determined Mr. Reiner was the registered owner of the Audi and a Deputy District Attorney for the Crook County District Attorney's Office. It is unclear why Mr. Reiner chose not to stop for the deputy.

Mr. Reiner was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempt to Elude the Police in a vehicle and on foot, he was booked into the Marion County Jail and later released. Mr. Reiner is scheduled to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex on September 12th at 9:30 a.m.

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Deputies Arrest Salem Woman For Animal Neglect After 3 Week Investigation (Photo) - 08/14/16

On July 29th, Deputies were alerted by neighbors of a horse that appeared neglected in the 7400 block of Conifer Street NE near Salem. When deputies arrived on scene they were instantly concerned for the horses wellbeing as its ribs and hips were clearly showing.

During their investigation deputies learned the horse was aged 20 and named Doug. The owner Randi Solorzano, age 46 knew of the horse's condition and she told deputies that Doug was under the care of a veterinarian for a dental condition that was preventing him from eating.

The deputies contacted the veterinarian who confirmed the horse was under their care, placed on medication and a specific diet to gain weight. Deputies worked closely with the veterinarian and drove by the pasture regularly to watch the horse's condition.

After missing veterinarian appointments and the horses condition worsening, on August 13th deputies executed a search warrant seized Doug and arrested Ms. Solorzano for Animal Neglect II. Doug has been taken to a rescue where he is receiving the necessary care to recover. Ms. Solorzano was taken to the Marion County Jail and later released, she is set to appear in court September 12th at 9:30 a.m. at the Circuit Court Annex.

Deputy and K9 Find Missing Autistic Boy Near Mt. Angel (Photo) - 08/14/16

Today at 2:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called after parents found their 14 year old Autistic son missing in the 11000 block of Beyer Lane NE near Mt. Angel. Austin Davis, age 14 went hunting for bugs around 1:00 p.m and had not returned, when his parents became concerned. After searching for Austin they found his clothing near the Pudding River, prompting the call to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner Rolo along with water rescue teams from the Sheriff's Office and the Salem Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. At about 3:00 p.m., Deputy Bernards and Rolo found Austin alive and well on the opposite side of the Pudding River, Austin swam back across the river to Deputy Bernards and he was returned to his parents.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of our public safety partners who responded to help search for Austin.

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Deputies Arrest Man After Attempting to Light Local Business on Fire (Photo) - 08/12/16

Last night at 10:50 p.m., deputies arrested Jesus Ochoa-Oliveros, age 31, after witnesses say he lit several rags in an attempt to burn Hearthbeat Florist a flower shop located at 500 Lancaster Drive SE in Salem. After a short foot chase, Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros was arrested and found to be in possession of 3 knives, brass knuckles and a lighter.

On August 10th, Deputies contacted Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros near a series of criminal mischiefs and a dumpster fire in this instance Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros ran from deputies and was able to escape. Mr. Ochoa-Oliveros is currently at the Marion County Jail where he will appear in court today for the crimes of Arson II, Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Police Officer x 2 and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

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Deputies Investigating Two Car Crash Involving Pedestrian (Photo) - 08/11/16

Deputies are currently on scene and investigating a two car crash that has seriously injured a pedestrian. Deputies believe a black Chevrolet passenger car was driving east on Silverton Road NE and ran a red light as it turned north on to Lancaster Drive NE.

The Chevrolet was struck by a westbound Chrysler 300 and the impact pushed the Chevrolet into a pedestrian that was crossing Lancaster Drive NE on a skate board. The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries but he is expected to survive.

No further details are available regarding the crash at this time. The release will be updated as those details become available.

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Sheriff's Office Investigates Crash Involving Police Motorcycle (Photo) - 08/09/16

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team has been requested by the Keizer Police Department to investigate a crash involving one of their police motorcycles.

According to deputies, today at 4:00 p.m., Officer Tyler Wampler was operating his marked police motorcycle east on Chemawa Road NE near the Safeway. The vehicle Officer Wampler was traveling behind turned into the parking lot, as Officer Wampler negotiated around the turning vehicle, a black Mercedes being driven by Tellif McClyde, age 39 exited the Safeway and struck Officer Wampler.

Officer Wampler has been taken to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Mr. McClyde was not injured in the crash and he is cooperating with investigators. Traffic is slowed in the area while deputies complete their investigation, we ask motorists use caution if you are in the area.

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Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Search For an Overdue hiker in the Jefferson wildnerness *** Search Suspended Update*** (Photo) - 08/08/16

Family members of Riley Zickel have elected to continue the search for their son. Acting on a tip provided by a private helicopter pilot who is assisting the Zickel family in their search efforts, the Sherriff's Office requested the assistance of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team who has ascended Mt. Jefferson to check a crevasse on the Jefferson Glacier in Linn County.

The search mission was coordinated by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, unfortunately no signs of Riley were located and the team has turned back because of a snow storm hitting the mountain. The Sheriff's Office is still asking anyone with any information regarding the possible location of Riley Zickel to please call 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724.


After seven days of searching, the decision has been made to suspend the active search for missing hiker Riley Zickel. Mr. Zickel went missing after entering the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area Wednesday, July 27th. Mr. Zickel departed from Breitenbush Lake Road at the Pacific Crest Trail head where he intended to hike for one day and return the following day to visit friends in Seattle. Mr. Zickel was last seen on the Pacific Crest Trail just north of Jefferson Park where he visited with another hiker along the trail.

The decision to suspend the active search was made after exhausting all available leads. Mr. Zickel's family members were present at the Command Post throughout the search and have been made aware of the decision to suspend the search.

Over 340 searchers dedicated approximately 5000 hours to search 350 square miles of the Willamette National Forest north and south of Mt. Jefferson. The main focus of the search was the area between Mt. Jefferson, Jefferson Park, Park Butte and the surrounding areas. The area is heavily forested and has many ridges and valleys. Areas of snow complicated the search and, in spite of the snow, daytime temperatures occasionally reached 90 degrees. The elevation of the search area varied from 5000-7500' above sea level.

The Incident Commander, Sergeant Shane Burnham, directed the Marion County Search and Rescue Teams (SAR) and support personnel throughout the duration of the search. Our teams were backed up by SAR teams from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Pacific NW SAR, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave, Warm Springs Police, Fire and Fish and Game, United States Forrest Service, the Portland Police Bureau, Detroit and Idanaha Fire District and the Oregon State Parks Department. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the citizens and business owners in the city of Detroit for their support during this very difficult search.

Salem based helicopters from the Oregon Army National Guard and Cessna 182 aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol flew daily above the search area, but were unable to spot any sign of Mr. Zickel. Hundreds of hikers were contacted during the search and missing person flyers were posted at trail heads along the Pacific Crest Trail as far south as Big Lake Youth Camp and north to Timberline Lodge.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "It is a very difficult decision to withdraw resources from this search. Our SAR teams and staff worked tirelessly to find Mr. Zickel. We're very grateful for the assistance provided by our public safety partners, and our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Zickel's family".

The search for Mr. Zickel will remain open until he is found. We will respond to any new information regarding his whereabouts. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact our tip line at 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724.


Today 30 searchers checked north and south of the Mt. Jefferson wilderness area and still have not located Riley Zickel. A large effort is planned for tomorrow with some 60 plus searchers that will be covering areas surrounding Russel Lake and north and south of the park along the Pacific Coast Trail.

Searchers will be utilizing K9's, air assets, horses and vehicles in their attempt to locate Mr. Zickel. We are asking that if you have seen Riley Zickel or anything that seemed out of place while hiking in the area please call 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724. This story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.


Tonight deputies were contacted by a hiker who saw the widely spread image of a man standing next to a tent at Sprague Lake on the news. The man confirmed for deputies that the picture was of him and not the missing hiker Riley Zickel.

The Sheriff's Office and its Search and Rescue partners have wrapped up the search activities for today, Wednesday August 3rd. 40 searchers will set out tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., focusing north and south along the Pacific Coast Trail. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the volunteers that have been searching the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness since Sunday. We are asking that if you have seen Riley Zickel please call 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724. This story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.



The Sheriff's Office and its Search and Rescue partners are wrapping up the search activities for today, Tuesday August 2nd. Attached to the release are pictures of similar items being worn and used by Riley Zickel.

We are asking that if you have seen any signs of Riley Zickel please call 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724. The Sheriff's Office will resume their search tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., we would like to thank the all of the volunteers that have been searching the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness sine Sunday. This story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.


This morning at 7:00 a.m., 30 searchers resumed their efforts in the Willamette National Forrest near Mt. Jefferson. Searchers have completed checking the Mt. Jefferson area and have now moved north toward Park Butte and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Searchers are working on foot, horseback and by air in an attempt to locate Riley. Deputies still have no recent positive sightings of Riley Zickel and are asking anyone who may have seen Riley please call our tip line at 503-584-SRCH.


The Sheriff's Office and its Search and Rescue partners are wrapping up the search activities for today, Monday August 1st. Deputies and searchers have had contact with numerous hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail but have still not been able to locate an exact area Riley Zickel was last seen.

The Sheriff's Office will resume their search tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., we would like to thank the all of the volunteers that have been searching the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness sine Sunday. We are asking that if you have seen Riley Zickel please call 503-584-SRCH or 503-584-7724. This story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.


The Sheriff's Office has set up a tip line for anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Zickel. If you were in the Jefferson Wilderness and had contact with or saw Mr. Zickel please call 503-584-7724 or 503-584-SRCH. The Sheriff's Office has spoken with Mr. Zickel's family and they are currently declining any media interviews.

This release will be updated periodically as information becomes available.


Searchers are continuing the efforts to locate Riley Zickel, age 21, of Portland who has been missing since last Wednesday. Mr. Zickel is believed to have entered the Jefferson Wilderness with the intent to explore the park and possibly summit Mt. Jefferson. Mr. Zickel told family he intended to exit the park Thursday to meet friends for another hike in the Seattle area. Mr. Zickel is believed to be carrying a cell phone but attempts to locate or "ping" the phone have been unsuccessful, searchers believe the phone may be turned off.

Currently there are 34 searchers and a K9 on the ground scouring the area for Mr. Zickel, agencies assisting in the search are Lane County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Mountain Wave Radio, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, US Forest Service, Army National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol.


Mr. Zickel entered the park Wednesday morning 07/27/2016.

MCSO was contacted by family 07/30/2016 notifying Mr. Zickel was missing.

07/30/2016 at 6:30 p.m., Deputies located Mr. Zickel's vehicle on a trail head that enters Jefferson Park.

07/31/2016 a massive search effort was launched putting some 45 searchers into the park attempting to locate Mr. Zickel.

08/01/2016 34 searchers and K9 on the ground searching the park focusing on Mt. Jefferson and the surrounding park areas.


Searchers have discontinued their search efforts, in the Jefferson wilderness, for the night due to darkness. They will resume searching tomorrow morning first thing for Mr. Zickel who is overdue from hiking in the area.

Briefing is at 0700 and the staging area for media will be in the gravel parking lot on the southeast corner of Detroit Ave and Forrest Ave, in Detroit across from Korners Restaurant. Additional resources are being brought in to help with search efforts tomorrow. They are, civil air patrol, Lane County Sheriff's Office, and Corvallis mountain rescue.

We have learned Mr. Zickel is a experienced hiker who is reported to have appropriate equipment for this trip and adequate amount of food. It should be noted Mr. Zickel's first name is Riley and not Ryan as previous mentioned.

Anyone with any information about Mr. Zickel is encouraged to call 503-588-5032.


Marion County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue, has launched a search for a 21 year old overdue hiker. His name is Ryan Zickel from the Portland area. Ryan arrived in the Jefferson Wilderness on Wednesday and initially planned on staying one night at Jefferson Park.

Marion County Search and Rescue is being assisted by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, United State Forest Service, and the Air National Guard. We have search parties on the ground, via Posse and Air.

Attached is a photograph of Ryan, which is from when he was younger. We are told Ryan still looks very much like this picture.

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Deputies Investigating Shooting NE Salem ***Update 3*** (Photo) - 08/02/16

Detectives have arrested Denzel Cortez Hawthorne, age 22, of Michigan and Eloy Carrera Jr., age 20 of Illinois. Both men have been taken to the Marion County Jail, where they will be arraigned tomorrow at 3 p.m., for the crimes of Felony Murder, Robbery I and Burglary I. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release regarding this case, any further inquiries should be made to the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Both men are still being processed at the Marion County Jail please watch our web page for their images.


Name correction: The deceased is Brett White, 44, of Salem


At 5:30 a.m., this morning, Detectives detained two suspects believed to be responsible for last night's shooting on Jean Court NE in Salem. The pair were arrested after the Marion County SWAT Team served a search warrant at the Budget Inn Hotel at 485 North Pacific Highway in Woodburn.

Detectives believe both men came to Jean court to rob William White Jr., age 20, for marijuana, tragically Mr. Whites father, Brett White, age 44, ended up in the middle of the robbery and was shot during the confrontation. Brett White died last night as a result of the gun shot he received during the robbery.

The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release the identity of either suspect in this case at this point. Once both men have been booked into the Marion County Jail an additional release will follow.


Deputies are on scene and investigating a disturbance that has left one man shot in the 4800 block of Jean Court NE in Salem. Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance at a residence and when they arrived they found one man with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The man has been transported to an area hospital where he is being treated for his injury. Deputies are asking for the public's help in locating the two possible suspects in tonight's shooting. The first suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 25 years of age, 5'05" tall, thin build, with dark hair, a thin mustache, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

The second male is described as black male adult, 5'09" tall, stocky build, wearing black pants, black hat and black shirt with yellow lettering. Both males fled in a red or maroon, Pontiac Grand AM, with black steel rims and no hub caps. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, both men are considered armed and dangerous.

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