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Sheriff Jason Myers Swears in Two New Sergeants (Photo) - 10/06/15
Last Friday, Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his two newest Sergeants assigned to the Parole and Probation Division. Deputy Deanine Benitz and Deputy Heath Nelson took their oath surrounded by family, friends and co-workers at the Office of Parole and Probation located on Wolverine Street NE in Salem.

Sergeant Benitz began working at the Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a management analyst in our Operations Division. In 2002 she was promoted to the position of Deputy Sheriff and assigned to our Parole and Probation Team. Deputy Nelson started his career with our Enforcement Division in 2003 and transferred to Parole and Probation in 2013. Please help us congratulate our newest Sergeants and wish them all the best in their new adventure.
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River Rd Scene
River Rd Scene
Deputies are on scene investigating a hit and run fatal crash*****UPDATE Suspect in Custody (Photo Attached) (Photo) - 10/05/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team and Detectives have arrested the suspect driver in the fatal crash that occurred on River Rd S. The suspect is 22 year old Luis Enrique Huerta-Martinez of Independence. (Booking Photo Attached)

Details from the investigation show the victim, Mr Myers was traveling Eastbound on River Rd approaching Riverside Dr when the suspect, pulled out from Riverside Dr in front of Mr Myers who was thrown from the motorcycle he was riding and suffered fatal injuries.

Mr Huerta-Martinez ran from the vehicle and were not located until today, 10-5-15, when he turned himself into the Independence Police Department. Marion County Detective Nancy Hubbard conducted an interview and arrested Mr Huerta-Martinez on charges of Manslaughter II and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver. Mr Huerta-Martinez is being held at the Marion County Jail until his arraignment which will be Tuesday 10-06-15 @ 3pm at the Marion County Court Annex.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all our Law Enforcement partners who assisted with this investigation.

The details regarding how this accident happened are still being investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team. A scene photograph has been attached to the update. The deceased driver is identified as 59 year old Raymond Myers from Salem and family members have been notified.

The driver of the suspect vehicle has not been located at this point. If anyone has information about the accident, please call Deputy Casey Burnham at (503) 991-6743. Further details are not available at this time.


This evening at about 7:20 pm deputies were called to River Rd S & Riverside DR S regarding a fatal crash involving two vehicles.

Upon their arrival, they learned both occupants of one of the vehicle's involved had fled the scene of the crash on foot. They confirmed the other driver of the other vehicle was deceased.

This is a very involved and active criminal investigation. Deputies are being assisted by members of the Oregon State Police, Independence Police Department, Monmouth Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and Polk County Fire District 1.

It is recommended to avoid this area as all roadways are closed and blocked. It is expected to be closed for several hours to come.

There are no pictures of the scene available at this time and no further information about the suspects or the direction in which they fled. Several agencies are searching the area looking for the suspects with help of our K9 partners.

Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team and Criminal Investigations Unit are on scene investigating. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time the crash occurred or shortly after is encouraged to call Senior Deputy Casey Burnham at (503) 991-6743 if you have any information.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office to Partake in National Drug Take-Back Event ***Update 2*** (Photo) - 09/28/15
Saturday Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Salem Police Department collected prescription drugs no longer being used by residents of Marion County. Both collection sites took in approximately 661.5 lbs of prescription drugs that will now be destroyed in an appropriate manner, preventing them from entering our landfill or waterways.

The Sheriff's Office and most local Police Departments offer fixed drop off sites that allow residents to destroy these medications year round. For a list of the sites head to


The Salem Police Department is also offering a take-back site located at 500 Commercial Street in Salem.


Event will take place from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, September 26th

The 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

The Sheriff's Office will host a collection site located at Roth's Fresh Market located at the corner of Lancaster Drive NE and Center Street NE in Salem. Additional collection sites in every local community can be found by going to .

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.
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Man Arrested After Hitting Man at Local Drag Strip (Photo) - 09/14/15
Yesterday afternoon a 37 year old West Linn man was injured after he was hit by a white Mercedes driven by Alejandro Del Real, age 23, of Newberg. Del Real and the victim were both attending a car show at the Woodburn Drag Strip located at 7730 Highway 219 in Woodburn.

According to Deputies Del Real was the subject of complaints to the organizers of the show for poor showmanship and driving dangerously during the event. According to witnesses when Mr. Del Real was leaving the event he stopped to have words with the victim and when he did he floored his car hitting the victim on his right side. The impact sent the victim up and onto the hood of the car and into the windshield.

Mr. Del Real fled the scene and was later arrested at his home in Newberg. The victim received minor injuries from the impact. Del Real is currently at the Marion County Jail where he is set to appear in court today at 3 p.m. for the crimes of Hit and Run and Attempted Assault II.
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Searching for 2 Missing Hikers ***Update 2*** (Photo) - 09/11/15
The second hiker in todays earlier incident has been identified as Launie Fanning, 65, of Oregon City. There is no image available of Ms. Fannin. The Sheriff's Office does not intend any further releases regarding this incident.


Deputies have found both missing women alive and well, the searchers estimate it will take about 45 minutes to an hour before the hikers reach the command post at the Elk Horn Fire Station. A final release will be sent once the second female is positively identified.


Searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are currently combing roads and trails in the Opal Creek Wilderness looking for two missing hikers near the gate at Jawbone Flats. Karen Coleman, 57, of Portland and her female friend, who has not been positively identified, were reported missing last night around midnight.

Both hikers went into the wilderness area yesterday and were set to return that evening. Search and Rescue Teams believe both women have limited hiking experience and were not prepared for an overnight stay in the wilderness.

Searchers in vehicles, four wheelers, horses and on foot are working in the area to find the women. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have seen the women or anyone who can identify Ms. Coleman's companion to please call us at 503-588-5032.
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***Construction Alert Brown Road NE*** (Photo) - 09/09/15
Starting today, construction began on Brown Road NE in Salem. The work is planned to continue through December 15th, weather permitting and before a winter shutdown commences. Work will generally be during daylight hours, beginning no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and ending no later than 5:30 p.m.

Phase 1 of the project will include widening the west side of the road. The second phase will be to widen to the east. In the spring of 2016, Brown Road will receive an asphalt overlay between Carolina Drive and San Francisco Drive, a slurry seal between Arizona Avenue and Carolina Drive, and new striping will be applied throughout.

Motorists are being asked to allow extra time for their commutes through the area and to avoid the construction zone if at all possible.
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Residents and Deputies Work Together to Capture Suspected Car Thief (Photo) - 09/08/15
On September 6th at about 6:00 p.m., a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office spotted a stolen vehicle being driven by Carl Sandberg, age 30 in the small town of Jefferson. As Deputies followed the vehicle they began to set up to stop the vehicle and take Mr. Sandberg into custody.

When Deputies tried to stop the vehicle Mr. Sandberg fled and drove over a waiting set of spike strips. Mr. Sandberg drove the car through a farm field on Libby Lane SE and then crashed into a ditch in the 4000 block of Jefferson Marion Road SE.

After crashing, Mr. Sandberg ran into a nearby wooded area where a K9 was used to attempt to locate him. After not being able to locate Mr. Sandberg the search was called off. On the following day Mr. Sandberg was spotted numerous times after his information was broadcast to residents via, a social network used by residents and law enforcement to communicate.

At about 1:00 p.m., Mr. Sandberg was finally taken into custody after being seen running down a set of railroad tracks near Parish Gap Road SE. Mr. Sandberg was arrested and is waiting to appear in court today at 3:00 p.m., for the charges of Eluding the Police Felony & Misdemeanor, Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief II.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the residents who provided tips to our Deputies as well the numerous police agencies that responded to the area to help us take Mr. Sandberg into custody.
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