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A Week Of Deadly and Serious Traffic Crashes Prompts Safety Message From Traffic Safety Team (Photo) - 11/20/15
November 11th, 19 year old Joseph Spear is killed after he collided head on with an oncoming pickup truck on Howell Prairie Road NE.

November 12th, 40 year old, Francisco Silva-Reyes is killed after he crosses the center line and collides head on with an oncoming passenger car on Cordon Road NE.

November 17th, five people are injured after the Ford Taurus they are driving is struck head on by a West bound Kia passenger car on Hazelgreen Road NE near Torvend Road NE. The driver of the KIA, Eric Espericueta, 48, of Hubbard was passing unlawfully, on a hill after becoming involved it what Deputies described as a road rage incident with another driver.

The east bound Taurus with five occupants who were all headed to work had no time to maneuver before being struck by the oncoming vehicle. The third vehicle a "brown car," rumored to be involved did not stop. Luckily none one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Mr. Espericueta was cited and released for five counts of Reckless Endangering and one count of Reckless Driving, he is set to appear in court on December 8th.

November 18th, a motorcyclist is critically injured after colliding with an oncoming pickup truck on Hazelgreen Road NE.

November 20th at midnight, Enedice Moreno-Lopez, age 40 of Salem was driving her red, Kia Rio west on State Street when she ran a red light at Cordon Road NE. Ms. Moreno-Lopez subsequently ran underneath the trailer of a north bound semi-truck.
The impact ripped the top of Ms. Moreno-Lopez's vehicle off, luckily no one was injured. Ms. Moreno-Lopez told Deputies she was tired after returning home from work and she did not see the red light.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin stated, "Our Deputies had a lot of very difficult conversations this last week with families who have lost loved ones or who had loved ones seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes. Please before you put the key into the ignition think of your family and the people you share the road with. Remember seat belt on, cell phones down, eyes up and hands on the wheel."
Man Critically Injured After Early Evening Crash (Photo) - 11/18/15
Tonight at about 5:30 p.m., Deputies were called to the area of Silverton Road NE and Dessart Road NE on what witnesses reported as a motorcycle versus truck crash. Deputies now know that a motorcycle was traveling east on Silverton Road and struck a west bound Chevrolet pickup truck after the truck attempted to turn onto Dessart Road.

Witnesses have told Deputies that the motorcyclist was riding without any lights on and passing vehicles. The motorcyclist was taken to Silverton Hospital and later life flighted to Legacy in critical condition. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.
Deputies Find Suicidal Juvenile On East Salem Cell Phone Tower (Photo) - 11/17/15
At about 1:00 p.m. today Deputy Andrew Derschon was shocked when he drove by a local cell phone tower on highway 22 near Joseph Street and saw a 17 year old girl climbing the tower. Deputy Derschon turned back to contact the female and she continued to climb.

Realizing she was making an attempt to take her own life Deputy Derschon began talking to the female as he called in additional Deputies and fire crews from Marion County and Salem. Deputy Matt LaCrosse, a trained negotiator arrived on scene and within a short period of time he convinced the woman to climb to waiting fire personnel who assisted her down safely to the ground.

The girl is being taken to Salem Hospital where she will be met by mental health professionals and evaluated. The Sheriff's would like to commend the quick actions taken by the responding emergency personnel to diffuse what could have been a very tragic incident.

The holidays and winter can be a very difficult time for some of our residents, please if you are having suicidal thoughts, there are people who can help. Psychiatric Crisis Center @ 503-585-4949, Crisis and Information Hotline @ 503-581-5535
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Deputies On Scene of Second Fatal Car Crash in Less Than 24 Hours ***Update*** Age corrected (Photo) - 11/13/15
Silva-Reyes is age 40.


The deceased driver in Wednesday nights crash has been identified as Francisco Silva-Reyes, age `40, of Woodburn. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into this crash but when more details will be available are unknown at this time.


Deputies now know that last night's fatal crash on Cordon Road NE involved a Mercedes sedan, being driven south bound by Eric Ebright, age 21 of Salem. Mr. Ebright was hit head on by a Cadillac sedan that was being driven north bound on Cordon Road NE.

Investigators do believe the Cadillac sedan crossed the center line and collided with Mr. Ebright who was taken to the Salem Hospital where he was admitted for observation. Deputies are still working to determine why the driver of the Cadillac crossed the center line and collided with Mr. Ebright. So far investigators have not been able to positively identify the driver of the Cadillac. Once the driver has been identified and next of kin have been notified an additional release will follow.


Deputies are on scene and investigating a two vehicle car crash on Cordon Road NE near Ward Drive NE. The crash has claimed the life of one driver and critically injured the other, investigators do not believe there were any other occupants in either vehicle at the time of the crash.

The Sheriff's Office CRASH Team is responding to the scene and Cordon Road will remain closed between Herrin Road NE and Ward Drive NE, drivers are being asked to avoid the area. An additional release will follow as more details become available, that time frame is unknown.
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Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 11/12/15
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: Michael Raymond Singleton
AKA: Michel Singleton
SID#: 11466972
DOB: 03/09/1977
RACE: White
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 6' 03''
WEIGHT: 220lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown

650 Locust Street NE, Salem OR 97301

Michael Raymond Singleton is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of: Sex Abuse I, Sex Abuse II, Rape III and Sodomy III.

Supervision expiration date is:

Special restrictions include:
No contact with minors (male/female), Sex offender treatment, Submit to polygraph and no alcohol

Singleton is on supervision for offending minor females known and unknown to him. He has prior juvenile convictions where the victims were minor females and males known to him.
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Deputies On Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash ***Update*** Drivers Identified (Photo) - 11/12/15
Deputies have identified both drivers involved in yesterday's fatal traffic crash on Howell Prairie Road NE. The Sheriff's Office has concluded that a Chevrolet truck towing a 26 foot travel trailer was being driven by Kenneth Tschiegg, age 58 of Salem, north bound on Howell Prairie Road NE. The second vehicle a Scion TC, was being driven south bound by Joseph Spear, age 19 of Silverton.

It is believed that for unknown reasons Mr. Spear crossed the center line and collided head on with the Chevy Truck. The collision killed Mr. Spear instantly and Mr. Tschiegg was taken to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this tragic crash.


Deputies are on scene and investigating a fatal, head-on, motor vehicle crash, on Howell Prairie Road NE near Conifer Street NE. Deputies can confirm that a full size truck towing a 26 foot trailer and a small passenger car have collided. The driver of the truck is being treated for injuries and the driver of the small passenger car is deceased.

The Sheriff's Office CRASH Team is on scene and investigating the cause of this tragic crash. Investigators will have the area closed for the next 4 to 6 hours while they investigate, so we are asking motorists to avoid the area. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any additional information until sometime tomorrow.
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Man Arrested on 14 Year Old Parole Violation Warrant ***Update*** (Photo) - 11/09/15
Saenz turned 45 in October. Sean R Saenz, age 45


Returning to your old stomping grounds is generally a positive experience, unless you have been on the run from law enforcement for the past 14 years. When Deputy Matt Higgins made a traffic stop last Saturday morning at 5:30 am, in the 500 block of Lancaster Drive NE, what he discovered chalks up to one of those stories as a Deputy you will remember long after your career is over.

Deputy Higgins in regular fashion contacted the driver of the vehicle he stopped and then spoke with and identified each passenger in the vehicle. Returning to his car Deputy Higgins checked each occupant for warrants for their arrest that is when he learned the passenger Sean Saenz, age 44 had a warrant for his arrest for parole violation.

After arresting Mr. Saenz, Deputy Higgins learned the warrant had been active since April of 2001. That is when Mr. Saenz admitted to hiding out of state to avoid arrest and that he had only been in Oregon for the last two days. Mr. Saenz is currently at the Marion County Jail where he is being held without bail.
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Deputies Throw Halloween Bash for Children of Incarcerated Parents **Update** (Photo) - 11/05/15
(Please add Deputy Amber Seley to the list of organizers) Thank you.

On 10/31/15, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Work Center hosted a Halloween party for the children of incarcerated parents. During visiting hours children were able to participate in crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures, drinks, snacks and of course treat bags! 86 children, significant others, family, inmates and staff took part in the Halloween events!

One inmate expressed his gratitude by saying, "One of my biggest fears since my children have seen me arrested more than once, is that they would run from, instead of too, men and women in uniform. For myself and my children thank you. It's hard to find opportunities to undo the mistakes made. I have nothing to give but my thanks, and a renewed respect for the men and women that serve the community."

The mission of the Marion County Work Center (MCWC) is to provide just and humane care for people incarcerated by providing a positive, rehabilitative environment. To accomplish this mission, staff utilizes Core Corrections Practices (CCP) to assist inmates by holding them accountable and teaching basic pro-social skills to assist in their successful transition back into the community. CCP works, in part, by creating quality interpersonal relationships and role modeling pro-social behavior.

Special thanks go to those who volunteered their time, organized the party, provided supplies, painted faces and made balloon sculptures:

Lynette Cubic
Program Coordinator Deb Giard and
Employment Specialist Megan Churchill
Deputy Amber Seley
Deputy Ryan Riedberger
Deputy Jeffrey Livingston
Sergeant Warren McDaniel
Sergeant Deanine Benitz
Community Resource Officer Art Stinson and his daughter Courtney Stinson
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Deputies Investigating Shooting in North East Salem. ***Update 3*** (Photo) - 11/02/15
The Sheriff's Office has identified this weekends shooting victim as Quintin Smith, age 30, of Salem. Investigators are attempting to locate Raymond Steven Hernandez, age 27 as a person of interest in the shooting. Hernandez currently has a warrant for his arrest for Assault IV and the Unlawful Use of a Firearm. If you know where Hernandez can be found please call Detective Chris Bangs at 503-932-3244, you can remain anonymous.


The Sheriff's Office has completed its search of the apartment and we are working with residents to determine exactly what happened. We are asking anyone with information to please call Detective Chris Bangs at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.


Detectives now believe the shooting took place inside of an apartment on Cheryl Lynn Way NE. One of the bullets penetrated the apartment floor and into a downstairs apartment where a father and his two children were inside, there were no injuries inside of the lower apartment.

The area surrounding the apartment is currently closed while Detectives apply for a warrant to search the upstairs apartment where the shooting took place. The male shot in the residence has since been treated and released from the Salem Hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg.


Tonight at about 8:00 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4846 Cheryl Lynn Way NE in Salem with residents reporting shots being fired. Shortly after Deputies arrived an adult male showed up at the Salem Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

There is currently very little information available regarding the shooting. Once more information is obtained another release will follow.
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MCSO Investigating Officer Involved Shooting ***Update 3***Correction - 10/29/15
Please note Mr. Adams is 36 years old.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the officer involved shooting that took place just after 5:30 p.m., yesterday on I5 south of Kuebler Blvd. Based on our current investigation we would like to provide the following facts surrounding last night's encounter.

Yesterday evening an Oregon State Trooper attempted to stop a Ford Bronco, being driven by Jasper Levi Adams, age 36 of Grants Pass, just south of Woodburn. The pursuit came to a stop off of the roadway south of Kuebler Blvd. When Troopers moved closer to arrest Mr. Adams, he leveled a loaded firearm at the Troopers.

Senior Trooper Jason Perrizo, a 13 veteran with the Oregon State Police fired one shot, killing Mr. Adams instantly. The Sheriff's Office is working alongside the District Attorney's Office and the Medical Examiner, an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting its investigation in line with the SB 111 protocols. Senate Bill 111 required the creation of local, comprehensive protocols to address the use of deadly physical force by Law Enforcement during the performance of their duties. Marion County has previously developed and continues to promote an effective and comprehensive approach to these extremely important circumstances.

At this point in the investigation the Sheriff's Office will not be releasing any additional information and all future releases of information will be handled by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.


The attached video link contains images of the reopening of I5 south at Kuebler Blvd.


The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into this evening's officer involved shooting. Detectives are wrapping up the scene and Interstate 5 will reopen within the next 30 to 45 minutes. The Sheriff's Office can confirm that the man shot this evening is deceased. Additional information will be released sometime tomorrow.


The Sheriff's Office has been requested by the Oregon State Police to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred today on I5 south of Kuebler Blvd. The shooting currently has I5 South bound between Kuebler Blvd and Delaney Road SE closed for an extended period of time.

A detour is set rerouting south bound traffic onto Commercial Street SE and back to I5. The scene is actively evolving and as of this time the PIO has not been able to locate a viable media staging area. Video of the scene can be obtained by following the You Tube link

Media is asked to not park along any on ramps or shoulders of I5. A flash alter with a staging point and a PIO present will be sent out shortly.
Cougar Carries Off Small Dog Near Sublimity - 10/28/15
Yesterday morning, around 4:30 a.m., Mark Jensen watched as a young cougar carried off his dog from his front porch. "Bub" the eight year old Yorkie was outside on Mr. Jensen's front porch when he believes the dog was cornered by the cougar and carried off.

Mr. Jensen described the cat as having brown and white markings and weighing between 35 to 50 pounds. The Sheriff's Office is working with the Oregon State Police as well as the Oregon Department of Fish and Widlife to determine the appropriate action toward the cat.

According to the ODFW web site, if you encounter a cougar you should;
* Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
* Stay calm and stand your ground.
* Maintain direct eye contact.
* Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
* Back away slowly.
* Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
* Raise your voice and speak firmly.
* If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
* If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents to use caution and call if you believe a cougar is frequenting your property.
Sheriff's Office Seeking Help to Find Accused Sexual Abuser (Photo) - 10/28/15
The Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding, Adolfo Hernandez-Najera, 31 of Salem. Hernandez-Najera is a Hispanic, male, adult who is 5'04" tall, 200 lbs with black hair and brown eyes.

Hernandez-Najera currently has warrants for his arrest in Marion County for the charges of Rape 1, Sex Abuse 1, and Endangering the welfare of minor, charges all stemming from his alleged abuse of a child.

Hernandez-Najera was living in the Salem area at the time of the offense, but once he heard Deputies were being notified he disappeared. Anyone with information regarding Najera is asked to call our main dispatch line at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.
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