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Deputies seek help in identifying suspects in animal abuse case (Photo) *** FINAL UPDATE *** - 08/11/18



On 8-10-18, the suspect identified as 47-year old Salem resident JAMES CRAVER JR, turned himself in at the Marion County Courthouse Annex. CRAVER JR was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail. CRAVER JR was charged with Animal Neglect 1 and Animal Abandonment.

No other information is available for release



*** UPDATE ***

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect in this case thanks to tips received from citizens.

The investigation is continuing and no other information is available for release at this time.



On 08-04-18, Deputies were called to the Marion County Animal Shelter on a report of suspected animal neglect. Shelter employee’s said that two white adult males dropped off a Pomeranian dog in a wire crate on 08-02-18 around 8:00pm. The men left the dog in front of the entrance to the animal shelter. Employees found the dog the next morning at 8:00 am when they arrived for work.

Unfortunately the small dog did not survive and died while at the shelter the following day. During an examination the shelter doctor concluded the animal died due to maltreatment and its emaciated condition.

If you have any information about this incident or can identify the male(s) in the photo, please call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency line at 503-588-5032.

*** The photo shows the two men and a later model White Ford Explorer utility vehicle ***

Extra Patrols Focusing on Impaired and Distracted Driving coming to a roadway near you - 08/10/18

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding additional patrols during the months of August and September. Deputies will be putting on their uniforms and taking to the roadways to detect dangerous driving behaviors like DUII, Distracted Driving and Seat Belt usage. The Sheriff's Office will begin its first patrols over Labor Day weekend and will continue into the first week of September. Similar patrols resulted in taking two DUII drivers off Marion County roadways on the 4th of July.Deputies are asking our residents and visitors to always buckle up, put your phones down and please drive safely.

Our extra patrols are made possible through grants administered by our partners at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Aurora) ***Update*** (Photo) - 08/08/18

Today at 10:55 a.m., deputies were called to the 12000 block of Ehlen Road NE near Aurora after two vehicles crashed resulting in multiple injuries.  Marion County Deputies believe a Chevrolet SUV was traveling west behind a slow moving semi truck.  As traffic began to backup a Dodge truck further back in traffic began to pass multiple vehicles.  The SUV attempted to make a left hand turn into a driveway when the two vehicles collided.

The SUV contained six occupants who were all injured in the collision.  The driver Holly Mendoza age 33 and an 8 year old male passenger were both Life Flighted from the scene.  Jason West, age 34, Daniel Cuevas, age 37, a 15 year old girl and a 13 year old boy were all transported via ambulance.  All adults from the SUV were taken to OHSU and the children were taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.   

The driver of the truck Bradley Snethen, age 54 of Donald was not injured in the collision.  His passenger and wife Sandra Snethen, age 52 was taken by Ambulance to the Salem Hospital.  None of the involved medical condition is available at this time.  Ehlen Road has reopened and the investigation into the collision is ongoing.  Deputies are seeking any witnesses to the collision.  Witnesses are asked to call 503 588 5032 and reference case number 18-18659.

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Aurora Fire District, St. Paul Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, Life Flight and ODOT Incident Response. 


Today at 10:55 a.m., deputies were called to the 12000 block of Ehlen Road NE near Aurora after two vehicles crashed resulting in multiple injuries.  Marion County Deputies believe an SUV was struck while making a left hand turn by a truck that was attempting to pass a long line of slow moving traffic.  Both vehicles were traveling westbound at the time of crash. 

The SUV contained six occupants who were all injured in the collision.  From the SUV an 8 year old child and the adult driver were taken to Portland Hospitals via Life Flight.  Two other adults and a 10 and 15 year old child were also taken to Portland Hospitals by ambulance. 

The driver of the truck an adult was not injured, the passenger in the truck, also an adult was taken by Ambulance to the Salem Hospital.  Ehlen Road is closed at Bents Court and Boonesferry Road NE and will remain closed while specialized investigators with our CRASH Team investigate. 

The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Keizer Police Department, Aurora Fire District, St. Paul Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance, Life Flight and ODOT Incident Response. 

Deputy uses tourniquet to save man's life (Photo) - 08/03/18

On 08-02-18, Marion County Deputies were dispatched to a report of a man that had been stabbed in the 300 block of Lancaster Drive NE. Deputy Mark Rettig arrived and located the victim, 21-year old Samuel Fry. Deputy Rettig could see Fry’s bleeding was severe and quickly applied a tourniquet while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Fry was transported to a local hospital and remains in stable condition.

The suspect identified as 37-year old David Moore was located a few blocks away by a Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and taken into custody. Moore was transported to the Marion County Jail and booked on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Assault II.

Attached Media Files: DavidMoore.jpg
Sex Offender Notification (Photo) - 07/27/18

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: Todd Stiffler

SID#: 7586243

DOB: 1/13/1970


RACE:White                         SEX: Male

HEIGHT: 6’00”                      WEIGHT: 200 lbs

HAIR: Brown                         EYES: Green


Salem, OR 97306

Todd Stiffler is on probation for the crime of: UNLAWFUL PRESENCE WHERE CHILDREN CONGREGATE

This person was granted supervision on: 6/26/2018

Supervision expiration date is: 6/25/2023

Special restrictions include:                [X] No contact with minors (male/female)

[X] Sex offender treatment

[X] Submit to polygraph

[X] No alcohol           

Other:  Mr. Stiffler has been convicted of multiple counts of Public Indecency. Mr. Stiffler’s victim pool includes teenage to young adult women who are unknown to him.



Detective Arrested - 07/26/18

Please find the attached release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Attached Media Files: Banks_release_July_of_18.pdf
Deputies Searching for Missing Man (Sublimity) **Updated Photo** (Photo) - 07/23/18

Mr. Gibson has been located by Marion County Search and Rescue Team 18. A ground searcher saw him laying next to a tree on Golf Lane in a wooded area. He is alive and well and being taken to a local hospital for observation.  

The Sheriffs would like to thank the listed agencies and all of those citizens who helped to bring Mr. Gibson home!  

Linn County SAR 
Marion county Sheriff Office Sar
Army Air National Guard
Oregon Emergency Management
Aumsville PD
Stayton PD



The attached image of Mr. Gibson was caputred on Sunday at 8:15 pm near his home. Please note his clothing.  


Deputies believe Mr. Gibson was last seen near the Arco station on Casacde Highway just after 8pm Sunday, they believe he was headed toward Stayton. 

Searchers are asking all residents near Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville to walk their properties and check for Mr. Gibson. Additionally if you have surveillance systems please watch over your video and see if perhaps you captured Mr. Gibson on camera. If you have any information please call 503 588 5032 or 911.  



That attached image is a more recent photo of Mr. Gibson. Mr. Gibson still wears a beard but it is much shorter.  




Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and our Search and Rescue Teams are currently searching for Gerald Gibson, age 84 of Sublimity.  Mr. Gibson is 5’ 10” tall, 165 lbs with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and white checkered shirt, blue jeans, tan sweater and a green hat.  

Mr. Gibson was last seen in the area of Marion Estates in Sublimity at 8:00 pm on Sunday evening.  Mr. Gibson went for a walk and did not return home. Mr. Gibson has dementia, walks with a cane, and has other health concerns.

If you have information or have seen Mr. Gibson, please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032 or call 911.



Attached Media Files: imagejpeg_0_06.jpg , imagejpeg_0_07.jpg
Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) ***Names Released*** (Photo) - 07/18/18

Deputies have identified the drivers in yesterday’s fatal motor vehicle crash as Juan Ortiz-Hernandez, age 36 of Independence and Thomas Simons, age 62 of Monmouth.  Investigators believe Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was traveling west on River Road in a small pickup truck when a motorcycle being operated by Mr. Simons failed to negotiate a curve resulting in a collision.  Mr. Ortiz-Hernandez was not injured in the crash but sadly Mr. Simons died at the scene. 

This marks the fourth fatal vehicle crash involving a motorcycle in Marion County within the month of July.  These very tragic events are a reminder of our great responsibility when taking to our roadways.  Attached is a link from our partners at Team Oregon who offer some great safety tips for motorcyclists.  


Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  

Attached Media Files: Crash_1.jpg