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Sheriff's Office Adding DUII Patrols (Photo) - 07/03/15
In observance of the 4th of July weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around Marion County.

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?
1. Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
2. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over.
3. Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. Please do not compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
4. Pull over or use your hands free device to call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

Once you call and give us the information, we will take it from there. Share our roads responsibly, please don't drink and drive.
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Deputies Asking For Public's Help Finding Missing Salem Man ***Update*** (Photo) - 07/02/15
Mr. Stadeli has returned home safely.

Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding Nicholas Stadeli, age 50, of Salem. Mr. Stadeli left his residence in the 5600 block of Silverton Road NE, after an argument with his wife on Saturday and has not been seen or heard from since. Since his disappearance Mr. Stadeli has turned off his cell phone and stopped using any electronic form of payment.

Mr. Stadeli is a white, male, adult who stands 5'10" tall and weighs 140 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a two tone brown and white, 1991, Ford, F250 truck bearing Oregon license 219GRQ.

If you have seen Mr. Stadeli or know where Mr. Stadeli may be please, call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous. The truck pictured is similar to the vehicle being driven by Stadeli.
Deputies Investigating Single Vehicle Crash***Photo Added*** (Photo) - 07/02/15
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a single vehicle, roll over crash on Silverton Road NE near Desart Road NE. The driver of the vehicle and only occupant in the car is said to have a head injury and is being transported via Life Flight to an unknown medical center.

Silverton Road between Desart and Brushcreek is closed and expected to remain closed for the next two hours. Deputies will be working to determine why the driver left the roadway and rolled his vehicle. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
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Fight Ends With One Man Stabbed In North East Salem - 07/02/15
Last night at around 11:40 p.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE to investigate a reported stabbing. When Deputies arrived they found Nathaniel Francois, age 20, of Salem with a stab wound to his stomach.

The suspect, Shawn Pelletier, age 39, of Salem fled on foot from the scene, but was later located by Deputies and arrested. Detectives worked through the night on the case and were able to determine that the fight stemmed from a past dispute over a girl.

Mr. Francois is being treated at the Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and Mr. Pelletier was arrested for the crimes of Assault II and the Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Mr. Pelletier is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and set to appear in court today at 3 p.m.

**Current mug shots of Pelletier are not yet available.**
Deputies Searching Santiam River For Missing Man **Update w/ Additional Photo** (Photo) - 06/28/15
Tonight at about 9:00 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team located the body of Ralph Macfawn, age 56, of Salem a short distance from where he entered the river to swim. Deputies do not know what caused Mr. Macfawn to drown, but according to witnesses Mr. Macfawn was heard calling for help, he then submerged and never resurfaced.

Tonight our thoughts are with Mr. Macfawn's family who were on scene at the time of this tragedy. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the some 30 emergency personnel, 5 boat teams and the Linn County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team for their assistance in recovering Mr. Macfawn. A list of responding agencies is posted below.

Salem Fire Department
Albany Fire Department
Scio Fire Department
Jefferson Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office
Benton County Sheriff's Office
Albany Police Department


Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit are currently searching the waters of the Santiam River at the Santiam River Rest Stop near the Marion and Linn County borders. Deputies were called at about 5:40 p.m., after an adult male was seen entering the water and never resurfacing.

Currently units from the Jefferson Fire Department, Salem Fire Department and the Benton County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the search. This story will be updated as details become available.
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Sheriff Jason Myers Promotes Deputy to Sergeant (Photo) - 06/26/15
On Wednesday, the 24th, Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his newest Sergeant at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Jacob Ramsey began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1998, was promoted to Deputy in 1999 and has worked in our Jail his entire 17 year career.

Sergeant Ramsey was joined at his swearing in by friends and co-workers who took part in a small ceremony and celebration of his new job. Commander Kevin Schultz was quoted as saying, "We are very excited to add Jacob to our management team and look forward to watching him develop as a leader in our organization." Please help us congratulate Sergeant Ramsey and wish him good luck in his new career path.
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Man Arrested After Cutting Head Off Cat (Photo) - 06/25/15
A man is in custody after disrobing and cutting the head off of his mother's cat and breaking its tale. Rudi Espinoza, age 24, of Salem was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, just after midnight for two counts of Aggravated Animal Abuse.

Deputies were called to the 4600 block of Shawnee Lane SE after neighbors called 911 to report Mr. Espinoza knocked on their door, wearing only boxers and covered in blood. Mr. Espinoza was described as acting very strange and appeared to be under the influence. After arriving on scene Mr. Espinoza was taken into custody without incident where deputies notice he was covered in scratches and bite marks.

It was during the investigation the cat was found decapitated inside of the residence, when asked why he killed the cat, Mr. Espinoza stated, "Because it is evil and nosey." Mr. Espinoza was arraigned today, his bail was set at $100,000 and his next court appearance will be on July 7th at the Circuit Court Annex.
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Apartment Complex Fire Started By Juvenile Playing With Lighter ***Update Important Fact Change*** (Photo) - 06/25/15
Last night Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office assisted the Marion County Fire District with an investigation into a fire at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Satter Drive NE in Salem. Deputies were able to determine that the fire originated outside the apartment complex, near a garbage dumpster and was started by a six year old, male, who had been playing with a lighter.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building but luckily no one was hurt. The six year old will be referred to the Juvenile Court System to determine the best way to treat this type of behavior. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding this investigation, the suspect's name, or the address of the fire's origin.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind parents that it is never too early to teach your children about the dangers of fire. Please remember to keeps things like matches and lighters in a safe place and out of the reach of children.
Water Rescue underway on the Northfork. ****UPDATED RELEASE (3)**** PHOTO ATTACHED (Photo) - 06/23/15
The young man who died while swimming at Salmon Falls Park yesterday, has been identified as Blayk Wallace of Salem. Blayk had just graduated from West Salem High School and was going to be celebrating his 18th Birthday in August.

The Wallace family does not wish to speak with the media.

This is a very tragic event which occurred yesterday. No alcohol was involved during this incident. However, we would like to remind folks that even with warm temperatures the water may still be very cold and consideration should be given to that as well as water currents and using a life jacket. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wallace family.


It has been confirmed the 17 year old who was involved in the water rescue at Salmon Falls Park earlier today, has died. We do not anticipate any further releases this evening as notifications to the boys family is being made.


Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office as well as fire personnel responded to a report of a water rescue at Salmon Falls Park at 2:40 P.M. Initial reports were delayed due to the location of the park and no cell phone service available.

Information the Sheriff's Office received from a citizen was a 17 year old male went under the water and had not come back up. A citizen left the park to get cell service to call for help. Fire and medical personnel arrived first and then deputies to find the male had been pulled from the water by several bystanders.

The bystanders began CPR and continued until medical personnel arrived on scene. The male was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where his status is unknown.

The investigation is on-going at this time and we will send out another update when more information is available as

Emergency crews are currently responding to Salmon Falls Park on the Little Northfork on a report of a subject in the water. The information is limited at this time due to the lack of cell phone coverage in the area. Witnesses reported a male subject went into the water and did not come out. More details will be released as responding deputies arrive on scene and assess the situation.
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Deputies On Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash ***Update 3*** (Photo) - 06/22/15
The female passenger who was ejected and killed in Friday's Crash has been identified as Sabrina Guerra, 27, of Salem. A photo of Sabrina is not available as of this time and family is not available for comment.


Updated mug shot of Hastings.


The driver of the vehicle in last night's fatal crash has been identified as Wesley Thomas Hastings, age 41, of Salem. Crash Team Investigators believe that Mr. Hastings was traveling north on Manning Road, when he failed to negotiate a curve, forcing the SUV he was driving to
leave the roadway and eventually roll over. Tragically the passenger was ejected, killing her instantly.

Mr. Hastings was taken to the Salem Hospital where he was treated and then arrested by Deputies for the crimes of Manslaughter II and DUII. Investigators have identified the passenger and are working to notify her next of kin. Mr. Hastings will be arraigned on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex. Anyone one with information regarding the crash is asked to call Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991-6743.

The image of Mr. Hastings was taken in September of 2014, a current booking photo is not yet available.


Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Deputies were called to the intersection of Manning Road NE and Deconinck Road NE, near Woodburn, to investigate a single vehicle, rollover crash. When Deputies arrived two adults were found outside of the vehicle, one person was seriously injured and the other was deceased.

Members of our Crash Team are headed to the scene to continue the investigation. Manning Road is currently closed at Lebrun Road NE and Deconinck Road NE is closed at Arbor Grove Road NE. Deputies expect the closure to remain in effect for the next several hours and drivers are asked to avoid the area. Deputies are asking anyone who may have seen the crash to call 503-588-5032.

Additional details will be released as soon as they become available, that time frame is currently not known.
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Watch For New Speed Zone in Local Construction Project (Photo) - 06/18/15
A Marion County Public Works construction project that began today and will finish up around the end of August, will be affecting traffic in the area and adding a new lowered speed limit. Crews will be widening Cordon Road NE and adding left turn lanes at the intersections of Carolina and Indiana Avenue NE.

For the duration of the construction project, the section of Cordon Road NE, spanning from Sunnyview Road NE to Silverton Road NE will be reduced from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. Along with the new speed zone signs this area has been deemed a constructions zone where traffic fines will double. The Sheriff's Office and our Public Works Department are asking you to watch for workers, be patient, expect delays and if possible use alternate routes to home and work.
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Sheriff's Deputies Need Your Help in Identifying Fraud Suspect - 06/16/15
On May 2nd, Sandra Peterson, age 70, of Salem attended a gardening class at Egan Gardens, located at 9805 River Road NE, in Salem. On May 5th, Ms. Peterson realized she had lost her wallet and found someone had been using her debit card.

Deputy Martin Bennett began working with Ms. Peterson and tracked one of the purchases to the United Market, located at 1970 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. The card was used at the market to purchase $113.97 in items. Deputy Bennett was able to obtain video of the suspect but as of this date has not been able to identify her.

We are distributing a series of images that shows the suspect, a white female in a blue top, purchasing items at the United Market. If you know this suspect please call Deputy Martin Bennett at 503-566-6927.
Come Visit With Our Team and See if a Career at MCSO is for You (Photo) - 06/12/15
Tired of working job to job, looking for a rewarding career opportunity? Our large and diverse work force collaborates as a team to enhance the livability of our residents, which creates many different opportunities to work in a variety of positions from Accountant to Deputy Sheriff.

Saturday, June 20th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Team will be on hand at the Brooks Regional Training Facility, located at 4910 Brooklake RD NE. Come down, meet our deputies, talk with our Recruitment Team and see if one of our current job openings is right for you. In addition to staff being on hand, we will be offering the Oregon Physical Agilities Tests for free an $85 value. (First Come First Served)

For more information on joining our team go to or email Deputy Navarro at
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Traffic Safety Team Wraps Up Several Campaigns in the Month of May (Photo) - 06/09/15
In the month of May, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team participated in several events surrounding driving issues related to motor vehicle crashes, speeding vehicles, seatbelt usage and DUII. The events centered around the holidays of Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day and a month long participation in the Click-it-or-Ticket campaign.
In the month of May Deputies arrested 22 DUII drivers, issued 76 seatbelt citations & warnings, 899 speed related citations & warning, cited 89 suspended drivers and made 4 felony arrests.

As a result of their hard work deputies contacted over 1100 drivers and spoke with them regarding their driving behavior. During one operation Sergeant Todd Moquin walked into the Safeway, located at Silverton Rd and Lancaster Dr, to buy something cool to drink. After walking into the store Sergeant Moquin found a loss prevention officer chasing a shoplifting suspect, Sergeant Moquin chased down and arrested Brian Osbourne, age 53, of Salem, for the crime of Theft II after stealing $161.00 in rib eye steaks. (The injuries pictured on Osbourne's face are not associated to our arrest.)

The Traffic Safety Team will continue adding extra patrols to our roadways throughout the summer months, beginning this Saturday; deputies will be out in force and focusing on impaired motorists. These patrols are made possible from grants provided by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.