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Marion county Detectives on Scene of Residential Fire **Booking Photo Added*** (Photo) - 12/17/14
Attached is a copy of John Duran's booking photograph.


At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a duplex. The fire consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Inside of the residence firefighters found, 81 year old, Candido Duran of Jefferson a resident of the duplex. It has been determined through the investigation that Candido Duran died of injuries sustained during the fire.

As a result of the investigation conducted by the Marion Polk Fire Investigation team, John Duran, age 36, a resident of the duplex and son of Mr. Duran, has been arrested for Manslaughter 2, Reckless Burning and Recklessly Endangering Another. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to make any further statements regarding this investigation. Any additional information requested must be obtained from the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Finally the Duran family has expressed that they have no interest in being contacted by or conducting interviews with the media. A collection has been created to benefit the displaced family located on the opposite side of the duplex. A list of items needed by the displaced family may be obtained at the Jefferson Fire District or the Jefferson City Hall.

If you witnessed or have information regarding the investigation please call our tip line at 503-540-8079. A booking photograph will be made available as soon as possible.


The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene and will continue working through the day on the house fire located in the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway. Detectives have confirmed that the body of a male has been located inside of the residence. Again it is very early into the investigation and detectives are still working diligently to determine a cause for the fire.

Media is asked that if they are responding to the scene to park at the Jefferson Baptist Church parking lot. Parking on the side of Jefferson Highway will not be permitted.


At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a residence. The fire has consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Detectives with specialized training have been called to the scene to attempt to determine exactly what happened. Jefferson Highway is currently closed but is expected to reopen within the hour. This is obviously very early into this investigation and the Sheriff's Office will release additional details as soon as they are available.
Attached Media Files: Jeff_Hy.jpg , 1.jpg
Sheriff's Office Investigating a Student Death at Chemawa Indian School***Update 3*** (Photo) - 12/16/14
Today at about 12:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified by the State Medical Examiner that Melissa Abell, age 18 died of natural causes. The Sheriff's Office's thoughts continue to be with the family, school mates and staff who were all impacted by the tragic death of Ms. Abell.

Additionally we would like to thank the media for their respectful coverage of this matter and their continued observance of the family's wishes to be left in peace during their time of grieving. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this matter.


The Sheriff's Office has obtained permission from Sugar Shot Photography for the use of the copyrighted image contained within this release. Any further questions regarding the photograph or its usage can be directed to Sharolynn Hammond at


The decedent in yesterdays tragic death at Chemawa Indian School has been identified as Melissa Abell, age 18 of Nampa, Idaho. The Sheriff's Office is still working closely with family and the Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death. As of the time of this release the autopsy of Ms. Abell has not yet been completed.

The family of Ms. Abell has stated that several media outlets have reached out to them via social media. The family has asked the Sheriff's Office to communicate with media that they have no intention of making a statement or conducting interviews with media. The Sheriff's Office respectfully requests that all media please refrain from contacting the family during their time of grieving.


Today at about 7:30 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the Chemawa Indian School, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem after an eighteen year old female collapsed in her room. Chemawa is a Native American boarding school that contracts with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.

When emergency personnel arrived they attempted to resuscitate the student but were unable to do so. The Sheriff's Office is working in conjunction with the child's family, the US Attorney's Office, State Medical Examiner and Chemawa Indian School to determine what may have caused this tragic death. Currently there is nothing to suggest any foul play.

Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and students at Chemawa Indian School." As a precautionary measure the US Attorney has ordered an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the child's name, photograph or any further details regarding the investigation until Monday.
Attached Media Files: Abell
Deputies Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash (Photo) - 12/11/14
Last night at about 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Cascade Highway and Golf Lane SE near Stayton to investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. It was determined that Harold McAlister, age 59 of Sublimity was attempting to cross Cascade Highway near Golf Lane from east to west.

At the time of the crash it was dark, heavily raining with very little to no street lighting in the area. The vehicle a 2002, Toyota Sequoia, driven by Susan Wells, age 48 also of Sublimity was traveling south on Cascade Highway near Golf Lane SE.

For unknown reasons Mr. McAlister stepped out in front of Ms. Wells' vehicle. Ms. Wells attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to do so. As a result of the collision Mr. McAlister was critically injured. Ms. Wells and several passersby stopped and began rending aid to Mr. McAlister.

Mr. McAlister was transported to the Stayton Hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. The Sheriff's Office has determined that no citations will be issued in this case. Both families involved in this crash have requested to not be contacted by media so that they may be allowed to grieve the loss of Mr. McAlister. There are no images of this crash immediately available for release.
Attached Media Files: 1-MCSO-Patch-1.Black.jpg
Salem Man Shows Up to Arraignment for Drug Charges with Drugs in His Pocket (Photo) - 12/09/14
"I got mixed up, I thought I left it in my car." This was the statement given to deputies by Michael Durban, age 23, of Salem after he walked into his arraignment with drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

Durban was set to be arraigned on the charges of possession of heroin at the Circuit Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway SE, in Salem. But after walking through the court houses security screening process he was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and a cotton ball that deputies believe contained heroin.

Durban was arrested and charged with an additional count of unlawful possession of heroin. He is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court today at 3:00 p.m.
Attached Media Files: Durban
Deputies Respond to Vehicle Into School (Photo) - 12/08/14
Sunday at about 6:00 a.m., deputies and emergency responders were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Howell Prairie Road NE and Silverton Road NE. A 2014, Chevrolet pickup, being driven by Robert Lovatt, age 57, of Silverton was turning south from the west bound lanes of the intersection at Silverton Road NE and Howell Prairie Road NE.

As Mr. Lovatt entered the intersection a, 2002, Ford Explorer, driven by Rogelio Constantino-Xaca, age 31, of Salem drove through the east bound lanes of the intersection, without stopping causing the two vehicles to collide. Mr. Lovatt and his vehicle came to a rest just outside of the intersection and Mr. Constantino careened off of the roadway, striking Central Howell Elementary School.

The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles, minor damage to the school and minor injuries to both drivers. Winter driving on rural roads can be tricky, with limited lighting and ever changing weather patterns, extra attention to the roadway is needed. At the time of the crash drivers were contending with darkness, wet roads and a heavy fog. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind drivers that following a few winter driving tips can help keep you safe during your holiday travels.

1. Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic; plan to leave early if necessary.
2. Don't rush! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.
3. Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system, and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
4. Drive slowly. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

Mr. Constantino was cited for operating without a license, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to carry proof of insurance.
Deputies Investigate Suspicious Package (Photo) - 12/05/14
This morning at about 8:00 am, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation unit came into work and found a suspicious crate near the office. The office and nearby business located at 3867 Wolverine Street NE in Salem, were evacuated as a precaution and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called in to assist.

At about 9:30 a.m., the bomb squad determined that the crate was not an explosive device, in fact it contained two Presto Logs. Deputies believe the item may have been left by a transient sleeping near the building. Deputies and the bomb squad are currently clearing the scene and business is resuming in the area.
Sheriff's Office Arrests Man After Lewd Texts to a Minor (Photo) - 11/29/14
Last night, a twenty five year old Salem man was arrested and charged with online sexual corruption of a child II and luring a minor. Ivan Hallstead is accused of texting and attempting to lure his victim for the purpose of sexual contact. Investigators are in the process of serving several search warrants related to the case and the investigation is continuing.

Mr. Hallstead is a part time, percussion instructor at North Salem High School and teaches private music lessons at Guitar World in Keizer. It is believed the relationship with his victim was formed while performing his duties as a percussion instructor. This investigation is active and detectives are working diligently to collect evidence and interview potential witnesses.

The Sheriff's Office will not be commenting any further on this investigation until more details are readily available and that time frame in not known. Any questions concerning Mr. Hallstead's employment should be directed to the Salem Keizer School Districts PIO. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Hallstead is asked to the call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
Attached Media Files: Hallstead.jpg
Sheriff Jason Myers Swears in Newest Sergeant (Photo) - 11/26/14
Yesterday at 4:00 p.m., Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his newest Sergeant in the Parole and Probation Division. Sergeant Anna Whitlock has worked in our Parole and Probation Unit since 2000 when she came to our team as a college intern.

In 2004 Sergeant Whitlock was hired on as a full time Parole and Probation Deputy. Sergeant Whitlock has served in our General Supervision Unit, Mental Health Court, and the Transitional Services Unit. When she wasn't busy with her regular duties Sergeant Whitlock found time to be a part of our Trauma Team and a Negotiator on our SWAT Team.

Lieutenant Kevin Karvandi commented, "The one trait that stands out the most about Dep. Whitlock is that she is passionate about the job. She genuinely cares and wants to help people get on the right track so they make better choices and ultimately successfully complete supervision and become productive members of our society. This is why Dep. Whitlock has been so successful as a Deputy and we look forward to her leadership in her new role as a Parole and Probation Sergeant. Sgt. Whitlock will be responsible for supervision of the Intake Unit and the Transitional Services Unit."
Attached Media Files: Anna_Final.JPG
Thief Strikes Residence Twice (Photo) - 11/25/14
On 11/24/2014 at about 5:15 p.m., Bradley Russell, age 48, of Salem was truly disappointed when he found the locked gate to his property had been cut and he was now missing four ATV, wheels and tires. He certainly did not expect the thieves to return the next morning but that is exactly what they did.

This morning at around 4:00 a.m., Mr. Russell was getting dressed for work when he heard strange noises outside of his residence. Mr. Russell went outside to see what was going on and saw that again his locked gate had been cut and a purple, Toyota Forerunner was driving out of his driveway. Mr. Russell noticed he was missing another wheel and tire so he went back inside of his house, armed himself with a shotgun, went back outside and waited for the thief to return.

About fifteen minutes later Mr. Russell saw the same vehicle drive down past his residence on Sandringham Drive NE. Mr. Russell stepped out into the street, pointed his gun at the vehicle and attempted to get the vehicle to stop. However the vehicle did not stop and struck Mr. Russell in the leg causing minor injury. As the vehicle passed Mr. Russell fired one round from his shotgun striking the vehicle in the rear and driver side areas.

The vehicle is described as a 2000's, purple, Toyota Forerunner, unknown license plate. The vehicle had a very bright, white, LED license plate light and should have damage to the rear glass window and drivers side tail light from being shot by Mr. Russell. The driver is described as a 20 to 30 year old, Hispanic, male.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you recognize this vehicle or witnessed this event, please call 503-588-5032.

(The attached vehicle photo is NOT the suspect vehicle)
Attached Media Files: Crime_Alert.jpg , Similar_Vehicle.jpg
Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo) - 11/24/14
Beginning Friday, November 28th, and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night focusing primarily on impaired drivers. These patrols are made possible by grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from their partners' at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes." The Sheriff's Office is committed to reducing these statistics and providing safe travels for the residents and visitors of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin wants to remind drivers that, "If you're going to drink, please don't drive, designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation. Let's all have a safe and happy holiday."
Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Photo) - 11/21/14
Last night at about 9:45 p.m., three vehicles collided on McKay Road NE near Arbor Grove Road NE. Investigators believe that a 1994, Ford Explorer being driven by Thomas Michael Wood, age 60, left its lane of travel side swiping a 2005, Chevrolet Avalanche, then running head-on into another vehicle.

The driver of the side swiped vehicle was not injured and the vehicle sustained minor damage. The second vehicle a 2013, Nissan Rogue driven by Regina Farah, age 43, sustained heavy damage. Both Mr. Wood and Ms. Farah were taken to OHSU with life threatening injuries.

Tragically Ms. Farah succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The investigation as to why Mr. Wood left his lane of travel is still on-going. As developments in the investigation arise that information will be released. That time frame however is currently unknown.


Marion County Sheriff's deputies are on scene of a three vehicle crash with serious injuries in north Marion County. Deputies expect McKay Road NE to be closed for at least five hours between Arbor Grove and Case Road NE, while the CRASH Team investigates.

Deputies are describing the area as being blanketed in thick fog making visibility nearly zero. We are asking that motorists avoid the area while the crash is investigated and the roadway cleared. No further details about the crash will be released until the investigation is completed sometime tomorrow.
Attached Media Files: McKay.jpg , Scene_3.jpg , Scene_2.jpg , Scene_1.jpg