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Man Leaps off Bridge Attempting to Escape Deputies (Photo) - 06/20/16

Last night, around 7:15 pm deputies were dispatched to a theft from a vehicle at the North Fork Park, located at 24450 North Fork Rd SE. The victims of the theft were alerted by their car alarm and were able to see the suspect and his vehicle as it left the area.

The victims began to chase the suspect who was described as driving recklessly down the North Fork Road toward the city of Lyons. At one point during the chase it is believed the suspect fired multiple rounds from his vehicle at the victim's vehicle. After being shot at the victims stopped chasing the suspect, luckily the victims were not injured and their vehicle was not struck by any of the rounds fired.

A short time later, a Linn County deputy located the suspect vehicle in the Lyons area and again the suspect fled in his vehicle. The Linn County deputy pursued the vehicle back up the North Fork Road. The chase continued until deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and troopers with the Oregon State Police deployed spike strips which disabled the vehicle.

Once the suspect realized he could not drive any further he stopped his Ford Explorer on the Pioneer Road Bridge and leapt an estimated 30 feet into the Santiam River where he floated down river. Several hundred yards down river the suspect swam to shore and fled on foot. K9 teams from Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department tracked the suspect to a heavily wooded area where he was believed to be hiding. Due to the heavily wooded and steep terrain, the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team was called in to search the area.

Around 1:00 a.m., Forrest Frost, age 29, of Lyons surrendered to deputies peacefully. Mr. Frost is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempted Assault I, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft II, Robbery 1, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Attempting to Elude the Police and menacing.

The Sheriff's Office would like to send a special thanks to our law enforcement partners at the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Salem Police Department.

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Deputies Adding Extra DUII Patrols (Photo) - 06/14/16

Marion County Traffic Safety Team Deputies will be hitting the road June 14th through the 16th, adding extra DUII patrols, working for a safe travel experience as the school year wraps up and we head into summer. Deputies have been working extra hours through the winter and those patrols will continue into the summer thanks to grants made possible by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Since Memorial Day, Deputies have issued 50 citations for violations like distracted driving, speeding, and not wearing seat belts. Of those 50 citations, 7 were alcohol related DUII's and 2 drug related DUII's.

Summer is here, kids are out of school, so let the vacations begin! If you are driving on our Marion County roadways, please drive sober and always obey the rules of the road. Have a great summer and safe driving!

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Deputies Investigating Man Shot In Salem Neighborhood. ***Update*** - 06/13/16

Detectives have been working through the night investigating the events that lead to a man being shot at a southeast Salem home. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE where investigators believe the shooting occurred.

The man shot, a resident of Salem, is currently at OHSU undergoing surgery, he is expected to survive. During the execution of the search warrant, Detectives arrested one man with an outstanding warrant but he is not associated to the shooting. The Sheriff's Office would like to ensure the public there is no immediate danger to residents, Detectives do believe the shooting is drug related.

The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the man who was shot, we will update this release as the investigation progresses, and we do not anticipate any further releases today.


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Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives are currently on scene and investigating a shooting in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Salem. Deputies were called after a man began banging on doors asking for help and claiming he had been shot.

The man has been taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound. It is obviously very early in this investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not able to provide details such as the victim's name, age, condition or any details surrounding the shooting. Deputies do want to assure residents that there is no immediate danger to the public.

As more information becomes available this release will be updated, that time frame is not yet known.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Update) (Photo) - 06/12/16

Deputies have identified the driver in Friday's fatal crash as Michael Vanwoert, age 19 of Gervais, the Sheriff's Office thoughts are with the Vanwoert family. With summer fast approaching the Sheriff's Office asks all of our motorist to please drive with caution and obey all posted speed limits.

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Deputies have now cleared the scene of the earlier fatal crash, deputies determined that the driver was traveling on Jefferson Scio Drive, negotiating a curve when the car left the roadway and impacted a tree head on. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release anything regarding the identity or gender of the driver until tomorrow afternoon. Deputies do believe speed was a factor in the crash.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies are currently on scene and investigating a single vehicle crash in the 3200 block of Jefferson Scio Drive, near Jefferson. The initial investigation is showing that a vehicle was traveling northeast on Jefferson Scio Drive when it left the roadway and struck a tree, killing the driver instantly.

One lane of Jefferson Scio is closed but traffic is able to move through the area. Deputies will remain on scene until they can complete their investigation. It is obviously very early into this investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release the identity or the gender of the driver involved in the crash at this time.

This release will be updated as more details become available.

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Sheriff's Office On Scene of Suspected Drowning (Update 3) (Photo) - 06/07/16

Today at about 12:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Warren Franklin Jr. from the Santiam River. Mr. Franklin was found by a boater approximately ?1/2 mile from where he was last seen swimming. The Sheriff's Office sends its condolences to the Franklin family for their loss.

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Deputies have identified the missing man from last weekend's incident on the Santiam River as Warren Franklin, age 35 of Salem. Tragically Mr. Franklin has not been recovered from the water but is presumed drown. The Sheriff's Office would like to send its condolences to the Franklin family also to remind the public to please use caution when recreating in open water and always wear or have a life vest accessible at all times.

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After an exhaustive effort crews have suspended their search for the missing man, who is presumed drown in the Santiam River near Jefferson. Divers told deputies that the water where the man disappeared is approximately 13 feet deep with heavy currents.

The Sheriff's Office would like to extend its condolences to the family of the lost man, it is the time however to remind swimmers to please exercise extreme caution in open water and always wear or have a life vest close while swimming. The Sheriff's Office will not be releasing the man's name until all family can be notified of this tragic accident.


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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are currently on scene of a suspected drowning in the Santiam River near the Santiam Rest Area south of Salem. A man and woman had been swimming just west of Interstate 5 when the male began struggling in a whirlpool.

The man went underwater and has not surfaced, tragically he is presumed drown. The Sheriff's Office is currently being assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office dive team, Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department and a REACH helicopter.

Rescuers are attempting to recover the man but have been unsuccessful so far. This release will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Heat Prompts Safety Message From Sheriff's Office (Photo) - 06/03/16

Areas like the North Fork and Detroit Lake will draw crowds on a weekend expected to bring the hottest temperatures thus. The Sheriff's Office would like to offer a few tips if you are heading for the water to beat the heat.

1. Water is unpredictable so please wear a life vest or have one very nearby if you choose to enter the water.
2. Drink plenty of fluids, like water or your favorite sports drink.
3. Carry sunscreen and a first aid kit.
4. Most importantly have a plan to call 911.

If you are in the North Fork area cell service is very limited, luckily there are two locations with 911 call boxes. The first can be found at the Elk Horn Fire Station located near the Elk Horn Golf Course. The second is the newly installed Salmon Falls 911 call box located near the entrance of the popular swimming destination. Marion County is beautiful place, please enjoy our natural beauty responsibly.

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Couple Rescued Detroit Lake (Photo) - 05/31/16

Yesterday around 11:30 a.m., Alan Fuson, age 60 and his wife Annette Fuson, age 53, of Aumsville launched their twelve foot aluminum boat into the Big Cliff Reservoir for a day of fishing. Shortly after launch Mr. Fuson attempted to stand up and caused the boat to capsize, tossing the couple into the cold water.

A passerby saw the overturned boat and came to the aide of the Fuson's who were struggling to swim to shore. The passerby called 911 and emergency responders were activated, the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit arrived first to find both Mr. and Mrs. Fuson still in the water near the south shoreline on the opposite side of Hwy 22.

Unfortunately deputies were unable to launch a motorboat into the reservoir due to a lack of access for full sized water craft. Marine Patrol Deputies were able to find a kayak which was provided by a boater at the old boat ramp and row out to the Fuson's who had been able to climb onto the steep bank and out of the water.

Gates Fire District, Detroit/Idanha Fire District, Lyons Ambulance and Salem Fire Department water rescue team all responded and assisted in the rescue of both Mr. and Mrs. Fuson where they were evaluated for injuries and released at the scene. The Fuson's over turned boat was also retrieved.

Mr. Fuson was issued a citation for not wearing a life jacket which is required on all vessels. Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to remind boaters that the waterways are still cold from recent snow melt and can cause hypothermia, making it difficult to swim without a life jacket.

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Salem Man Arrested After Stabbing Female Multiple Times ***Update*** (Photo) - 05/29/16

Cynthia Veazey is aged 26.

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Jose Murillo, age 23, of Salem has been arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Assault I and Attempted Murder. Detectives have pieced together a set of events that left the victim Cynthia Veazey seriously injured in a rural portion of South Salem.

Detectives believe that Murillo and Veazey met on Craigslist within the last six months and formulated a friendship. Friday night Veazey called Murillo so the two could hang out and the pair went to the Buddhist Temple located at 8360 David Lane SE near Turner. After arriving at the temple Murillo and Veazey entered the temple through an unlocked door, inside the temple Detectives believe the pair were using methamphetamine.

Just after midnight Murillo began hearing voices under the tables and inside the temple. Murillo became agitated telling Veazey to help him find the people inside of the temple or he would stab her. Veazey attempted to calm Murillo and assure him there was no one inside of the temple with them. A short time later Murillo attacked Veazey stabbing her over ten times all over her body.

Murillo drug Veazey outside of the temple, where Veazey escaped and ran into a thicket of blackberry bushes and hid from Murillo. Murillo left the temple and walked out to the interstate where he was contacted by Oregon State Troopers claiming people were chasing him. Murillo was transported to Salem Hospital to treat a cut to his hand.

At around 5:30 a.m., the monks entered their temple and called the Sheriff's Office to report a break in. At 7:00 a.m., the monks called back and said they had located a female in the bushes and she was injured badly. At the hospital Detectives were able to piece the case together and arrest Murillo before he was discharged. Murillo is set to appear in court on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

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