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Marion County Sheriff's Office to Take Part in "No Shave November" (Photo) - 12/01/16

To the sorrow of many, the beards are officially coming off the faces of Marion County Sheriff's Deputies. Today 76 Deputy Sheriff's will be breaking out their razors and cleaning their faces for all to see. In all the Sheriff's Office raised $3,040.00, which will be given to the Mathew Hill Foundation who will distribute the money to aid in the fight against cancer.


For the first time in Marion County Sheriff's Office history Deputies are putting down their razors and embracing their ability to grow hair. No Shave November has been declared and Sheriff's Office employees are rising to the challenge of making a donation for the break from that daily chore we all dread.

For $40.00 Sheriff's Office staff can take part in No Shave November. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Deputies will essentially be donating the money what they typically spend on shaving and grooming to help save lives, educate about cancer prevention, and aid those fighting the battle.

Deputies can participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. So we are asking our staff to put down their razors and start growing for a great cause.

All proceeds raised by the Sheriff's Office will be donated directly to "No Shave November." To learn more about the program head to their website at

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Deputy Offers Pies Instead of Tickets? (Photo) - 11/23/16

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is always looking for creative ways to change driving behavior, so when Deputy Tom Barber said he had an idea we were all ears. Deputy Barber is assigned to the City of Sublimity a municipality that contracts law enforcement services with the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Barber was approached by an anonymous donor who wished to donate ten pies to motorists who had been stopped for traffic violations. Deputy Barber stated, "What a creative way to impact our residents and perhaps change a behavior that makes our roads a safer place to travel for our residents and visitors."

Deputy Barber over the course of an hour stopped ten motorists, he started out his conversation as he always does, "Good afternoon, I'm Deputy Barber." Deputy Barber went on to tell the motorists why they were stopped and then came the twist. Deputy Barber informed each motorist the fine for the violation would be a, "nice round figure." So when Deputy Barber returned to his car and grabbed a pie to deliver to the motorist you can image the shock.

"A pie in lieu of a citation, it's certainly unique, I had one driver break into tears I couldn't believe it. I just hope this is a thanksgiving week that those ten motorists will never forget. " Deputy Tom Barber has been a police officer for over 19 years, and serves the 2700 residents who live within the city of Sublimity.

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Deputy Assaulted at Marion County Jail (Photo) - 11/21/16

Early this morning, around 2:00 a.m., a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office was assaulted by two inmates while performing hourly checks inside the Marion County Jail. The Deputy was able to fight off the attack long enough to call for help. When additional Deputies arrived, both inmates surrendered without incident. The Deputy was taken to the Salem Hospital for treatment and later released.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Division as well as representatives from the Oregon State Police are investigating. Over the next several days, Detectives will work to determine just how the inmates were able to escape their cell and attempt to identify the motive for the attack.

Sheriff Jason Myers stated, "Our Deputy acted heroically and bravely, I could not be more proud of this Deputy and all of our staff who responded to assist in a time of crisis."
Currently the Marion County Sheriff's Office is not releasing any information pertaining to the Deputy as this is an active criminal investigation. The names of the two inmates will be released once they have been charged with a crime and that time frame is not yet known. The Marion County Jail is a 24 hour facility that averages a population of around 400 inmates who are in custody pretrial or serving a sentence of less than one year.

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Deputies Seek Public's Help In Locating Wanted Man (Photo) - 11/20/16

Mr. Austin was arrested Saturday by the Salem Police Department. He was taken to the Oregon State Hospital. No further information.


Deputies are searching for Patrick Justin Austin, age 38, of Salem. Patrick is currently on supervision through the Psychiatric Security Review Board and authorities believe he has stopped taking his medications and showing up to work.

Patrick is a white male, 5'10" tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and is known to live in the Salem area. If you see Patrick or know his whereabouts please call your local law enforcement agency.

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Man Shot After Altercation at Salem Night Club (Photo) - 11/20/16

At approximately 12:00 a.m., this morning, a man was shot in the leg after an altercation in the parking lot of the Midnight Sports Bar and Grill, located in the 3900 block of Center Street NE in Salem. Details surrounding the incident are limited as very few witnesses were located.

What investigators do know is that four men were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the bar when one of the involved men fired a gun wounding the other man in the leg. The victim was taken to the Salem Hospital where he is expected to recover. Detectives are searching for a green or blue, Chevrolet or GMC truck with white racing stripes. Additionally one of the involved males associated to the truck had a large tattoo on the back of his neck and a thin line of writing tattooed on his forehead.

It is currently unknown if the shooting is gang related. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office, you can remain anonymous.

Deputy Honored with Award for his Work as School Resource Officer (Photo) - 11/15/16

Yesterday Deputy Pete Marcellais received the "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award" or the "ABCD Award" from the Chemawa Indian School. The award which is normally reserved for staff that embody the vision of "One Chemawa" was bestowed on Deputy Marcellais for his dedicated work at the school as a school resource deputy.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office contracts with the school to provide three deputies to perform law enforcement services. All three deputies work throughout the school year interacting one on one with students and staff to ensure a successful school year.

To receive the award Deputy Marcellais demonstrated the below character traits exemplifying the "One Chemawa" mantra.

One Chemawa -- Honoring our unique tribal cultures while we work as one people.

One Chemawa -- Courageously rising to every challenge.

One Chemawa -- Striving for excellence each day.

One Chemawa -- Supporting each other to achieve success.

One Chemawa -- When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

We are Chemawa, strong and proud!

Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces November DUII Patrols (Photo) - 11/10/16

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is adding DUII patrols to our roadways during the month of November. Our deputies will be working extra hours to detect and arrest intoxicated drivers enhancing the safety of our resident and vacationing motorists.

Deputies will be working November 12th, 19th and through the Thanksgiving weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired driving kills over 10,000 people each year. Deputies ask that if you chose to celebrate at a football game or over a good turkey dinner, have a plan to get home safely.

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Arrest Made in 2015 Homicide (Photo) - 11/10/16

Today, in cooperation with prosecutors from the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office detectives announced the indictment of Saul Octavio Morales, age 28 for the crime of Aggravated Murder. Mr. Morales is the primary suspect in the death of Brenda Bautista, age 36 of Woodburn. Ms. Bautista's body was found by a passerby in October of 2015, a subsequent autopsy revealed that Ms. Bautista died of multiple gun shot wounds.

Mr. Morales was transferred to the Marion County Jail from the Oregon Department of corrections where he is serving a sentence on an unrelated charge. Mr. Morales is being held without bail. Any further questions regarding Ms. Bautistas death should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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**** UPDATE ****Sheriff's Office Seeks Community's Help with Locating a Wanted Sex Offender ** Photo Attached ** (Photo) - 11/10/16

Thank you for your help. Samuel H. Gardiner is now in custody.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the help of all residents as to the whereabouts of a parolee who has absconded from supervision. Samuel H. Gardiner, age 26, is a registered sex offender and has a state-wide felony warrant for his arrest. Mr. Gardiner was last seen two days ago in the area of the Salem transit mall and is known to frequent downtown Salem.

Samuel is described as a white male adult, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 145 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes and may be wearing glasses. If you see Samuel please do not approach and call your local law enforcement.

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Deputies Searching For Missing Salem Woman ***Update*** - 11/10/16

Around 5:00 a.m., the Keizer Police Department located Mrs. Gordon driving her vehicle on River Road near Manbrin. Mrs. Gordon is not injured and she has been reunited with her family.


Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Sybil Isabel Gordon, age 89, of Salem. According to family Mrs. Gordon left her residence in the 3000 block of Fisher Road NE, around 3:30 p.m., to go shopping at a nearby Walmart. At 8:15 p.m., when Mrs. Gordon did not return home from the store, her family called 911.

Mrs. Gordon suffers from dementia and may be disoriented. Mrs. Gordon was last seen driving her silver, 2005, Kia Rio, 4-door, Oregon license 327FNT. Mrs. Gordon does not have a cell phone or any other electronic means to locate her. Deputies ask that if you see Mrs. Gordon to please keep her in your sight and call 911.

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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 11/09/16


DATE: 11/8/16

Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Sabre Eddings
SID#: 5747265
DOB: 01/04/1955

HEIGHT: 5' 06'' WEIGHT: 195lbs


Sabre Eddings is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : PUB INDEC

This person was granted Supervision on: 10/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 10/13/2018

Special restrictions include:
[X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol
Other: Eddings has multiple sex offense convictions in which his victims were adult males, male and female minors as well as individuals with developmental disabilities.

Parole & Probation Deputy: LACEY CARTER
Phone: 503-588-8571

Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 11/07/16

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: Sean Thomas Dimbat
SID#: 12814747
DOB: 02/02/1981

HEIGHT: 6' 01'' WEIGHT: 195lbs

SALEM, OR 97306

Sean Thomas Dimbat is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : 3 COUNTS OF SEXABUSE 2

This person was granted Supervision on: 12/08/2014, 12/08/2014, 12/08/2014
Supervision expiration date is: 12/08/2017, 11/07/2017, 05/07/2017

Special restrictions include:
[X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol
Other: Dimbat has a history of sexually assaulting minor females that are known to him.

Phone: 503-588-6813

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Deputies Investigating Train vs. Semi Truck Aurora (Photo) - 11/07/16

Deputies are on scene and investigating a Am Track train that has collided with a semi truck. Deputies are reporting there are no significant injuries in the collision. The location of the crash at 1st Street and Ehlen in Aurora is affecting traffic and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes for the next several hours. Updates will follow as more information becomes available.

This morning a semi truck destined for Vancouver was struck by an Amtrak train traveling from Eugene to Seattle. The truck was traveling east on 1st Street in Aurora when it was forced to stop on the tracks due to heavy traffic.

Amtrak train 500, carrying 43 passengers was traveling 35 miles per hour when it impacted the trucks trailer, spilling 65000 pounds of paper pulp that was destined for China. Thankfully only minor scrapes and bruises were reported by the passengers and the semi truck driver. The Amtrak train will be moving soon but the semi truck will keep the road closed for the next several hours. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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