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Woodburn Man in Custody Following Domestic Disturbance (Photo) - 08/04/20

On August 3rd, 2020, at approximately 5:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8100 block of Highway 219 NE, just west of Woodburn.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a 20 year old female who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Medics were called to the scene and the female was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect had already left the area prior to the deputies arriving at the home.

Deputies returned to the home shortly before 11:30 pm after learning the male had returned.  As deputies prepared to make contact they were told the suspect was inside the residence with a gun, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies helped family members evacuate from the residence until the male could be taken into custody.  After attempts to get the male to come out of the house were unsuccessful, negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene.

While at the residence, deputies continued loud hailing for the male to come outside and SWAT team members delivered a throw phone into the residence in an attempt to get the male to talk with negotiators on scene.  After prolonged efforts to get the male to speak with negotiators and to surrender were unsuccessful, gas munitions were deployed into the residence shortly after 4:00 am.  The suspect came out of the residence a few minutes later and was safely taken into custody.

Raul Scotte Martinez, 19, of Woodburn was taken to Marion County Jail where he will be lodged for Strangulation, Assault IV, Coercion, Theft II, and Robbery III. 

During this incident, Highway 219 was closed to traffic between Willow Avenue NE and Butteville Road NE for approximately 4 hours.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation for their assistance during this incident.

Attached Media Files: Investigator.jpg , Scene.JPG
Driver Killed in Two Vehicle Crash North of Keizer (Photo) - 07/29/20

At 5:21 pm on July 28th, 2020, deputies were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle crash on River Road NE at the intersection of Clearlake Road NE, just north of Keizer.  When emergency responders arrived on scene, they discovered two vehicles were involved in the collision, a silver Ford Taurus and a green Ford F-150.  The driver of the Ford Taurus sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene, the two passengers from the car were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ford F-150 also sustained non-life threatening injuries and was also transported from the scene by ambulance.

Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team were called to the scene.  During the investigation, deputies learned the Ford Taurus had been traveling eastbound on Clearlake Road NE prior to the crash.  The driver of the Ford Taurus is believed to have failed to stop at a stop sign prior to entering the intersection where it was struck by the Ford F-150 which was traveling southbound.

The driver of the Ford Taurus has been identified as, Jacqueline Cavero Chavarry, 39, of Sheridan.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this response by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Fire Department, Marion County Public Works, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Attached Media Files: Scene_Investigation.jpg , Ford F150
Albany Man Drowns While Floating Santiam River ***Update*** - 07/28/20

On June 26th, 2020, at 4:31 pm deputies responded to a drowning on the Santiam River near Interstate 5 after a man fell off a tube while floating the river.  Following the incident the victim’s name was initially withheld pending notification of his next of kin.  The victim has been identified as Connor McIntosh, 25, of Albany.

As we continue to experience warm summer weather, deputies have seen an increase in the number of people visiting lakes, rivers, and other recreational waterways in Marion County.  We want to remind outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and swimming abilities to wear a life jacket while enjoying these outdoor areas.

****Original Release 7/26/2020****

On 7/26/20 at 4:31 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a man that fell off a tube while floating the Santiam River near Interstate 5. A witness said he saw the man fall off the tube and go under, come back up and tried swimming against the current before going back under. This occurred approximately 30’ from the shoreline. The man was not wearing a life jacket. The decedent’s name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and Benton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.

Deputies Investigating Shooting on Abiqua Road *UPDATE* - 07/27/20

UPDATE 1 : 7/27/20

One adult male has been treated and released from the hospital. The two other involved adult males are being treated and expected to survive. This investigation is still active and ongoing; more information will be released as it becomes available.


On 7/26/20 at around 4:16 p.m. deputies were called to the 20000 Block of Abiqua Road on the report of three subjects with gunshot wounds.  Deputies located three adult male subjects suffering from gunshot wounds. Detectives are on scene and beginning their investigation into this incident. All three subjects have been transported to local hospitals for treatment. At the time of this release their condition is unknown. There is no danger to the public at this time. If anyone has information about this incident please call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

This is an active and ongoing investigation, no other information is available for release at this time.

Kelly Webb
Kelly Webb
Deputies Searching For Missing Hiker near Opal Creek Trailhead (Photo) *UPDATE* - 07/25/20


Mr. Webb has been located and is safe. Opal Creek Trailhead and U.S.F.S. Road 2209 are now OPEN


Last night, 7/24/20 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Stephon Sherer who reported his friend Kelly Webb had wandered off the trail.

Kelly Webb is a white male adult, who is 39 years old, 6’ tall, 230 lbs, short brown hair with a goatee and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans, and had a grey backpack.

Opal Creek Trailhead is CLOSED at this time along with U.S.F.S. Road 2209. Deputies with our Search and Rescue Teams are currently on scene and asking everyone to stay out of the area for the duration of the search for Mr. Webb.  

Anyone who may have seen Mr. Webb or know his current location are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5032.

Attached Media Files: Kelly Webb
Multi-Agency Search Effort Leads to Recovery of Missing Swimmer (Photo) - 07/23/20

On July 22nd, 2020, at shortly after 7:00 pm a caller reported a swimmer in distress in the Willamette Slough, near Riverfront Park in Salem.  The Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department responded to the scene and began an initial search for the missing swimmer.  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was requested to respond to help coordinate search efforts.  After original attempts to locate the swimmer were unsuccessful, the search was suspended for the night just after 10:00 pm.

Search efforts resumed this morning, July 23rd, at approximately 6:00 am.  The victim was finally located by divers from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office a few minutes after 2:30 pm.  The victim has been identified as, Troy Bowdish, 18, of Dallas.

The search operation for Mr. Bowdish included 6 watercraft, divers, a UAV, and over 25 personnel from multiple agencies.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and FALK Ambulance for assisting during the search.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol respond to multiple water emergencies each year in recreational waterways across Marion County.  We want to encourage the use of life jackets when swimming in lakes, rivers and other open waterways to help prevent accidental drownings.

Disturbance Leads To SWAT Response in East Salem (Photo) - 07/21/20

On Monday night, July 20th, 2020, shortly before midnight deputies were called to a disturbance at a home in the 4800 block of Wagon Trail Ct S.E. in the unincorporated area of East Salem. Deputies learned the incident began after the suspect became intoxicated and left his children alone at home.  The suspect's friends, who live in a nearby residence, grew concerned about the safety of the children so they took them to their home so they would not be left alone.  The incident escalated after the suspect was alleged to have gone into the neighbor’s home while armed with a handgun attempting to get the children back. One of the neighbors is reported to have been struck in the head with a handgun by the suspect after confronting him.

By the time deputies arrived at the scene, the suspect had returned to his own home and was standing in the garage armed with a rifle. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and negotiators were called out to assist with resolving the incident. Over the course of multiple hours negotiators attempted to get the suspect the surrender peacefully. After several hours on scene, SWAT team members deployed CS gas into the residence which ultimately led to the suspect’s peaceful surrender.

The male, Nicholas McCain, 29, of Salem was taken into custody for Assault II, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Burglary I. McCain was lodged at the Marion County Jail and is scheduled for arraignment on Wendesday, July 22nd, at 2:30 pm at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

Attached Media Files: Scene_3.jpg , Scene_1.jpg
Early Morning Crash Leaves 1 Person in Critical Condition (Photo) - 07/21/20

Today, July 21st, 2020, at approximately 3:49 am deputies received a 911 call reporting a serious injury motor vehicle crash in the 11000 block of Feller Rd NE, in northern Marion County.  When emergency crews arrived, they found a single vehicle crash with two patients, one of whom was in critical condition.  Life Flight was requested and transported the passenger to a Portland area hospital where they remain in critical condition.  The driver was taken by ambulance to a Salem area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

CRASH Investigators were called to the scene and are working to determine the cause of the crash.  Marijuana use has not been ruled out as a possible contributing factor.  Feller Road was closed following the crash and during the investigation, reopening just before 8:00 am.

A determination regarding charges related to the crash will be made after additional investigation has been completed.  The driver and passenger’s names are not being released at this time pending family notifications. 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Hubbard Police Department, METCOM 911, Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Life Flight, and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance during this response.

Attached Media Files: Crash_2.jpg , Crash_1.jpg
Emergency Crews Respond to Fatal Helicopter Crash in Rural Marion County ***Correction***(Photo) (Photo) - 07/17/20

*****Correction - Crash occurred today, July 17th, 2020*******

Today, June 17th, 2020, at shortly before 9:00 am deputies were dispatched to a helicopter crash in the 21000 block of Fern Ridge Road SE, just north of Mehama, in rural Marion County.  Emergency crews from the Stayton Fire District were first to arrive on scene and located the downed aircraft in a tree line next to a Christmas tree field. 

The helicopter, a 1960 Hiller, was spraying a nearby Christmas tree field prior to the crash, the pilot did not survive.  Deputies have identified the pilot of the aircraft as Terry Harchenko, 65, of Salem.  There were no other people in the aircraft.

Investigators have not determined what events led to the helicopter crash.  Investigators have contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Bureau. 

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Stayton Fire District, Oregon Department of Forestry, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office during this response.

Attached Media Files: Crash_Scene_2.jpg , Crash_Scene_1.jpg
Adult In Custody Death At Marion County Jail - 07/16/20

On July 15th, 2020, at approximately 9:20 pm, an adult in custody (AIC), Sanson Garcia-Perez, 28, was found in his cell unresponsive following an apparent suicide attempt. Deputies at the Marion County Jail attempted life saving efforts and requested an ambulance. Efforts to resuscitate Garcia-Perez were not successful, he was pronounced as deceased shortly after 10:00 pm.

In accordance with the policy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was asked to conduct an investigation into the death.

Brooklake Road Closed Overnight for Fatal Hit and Run Investigation ***Update - Victim Identified*** - 07/09/20

On July 7th, 2020, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to a fatal hit and run in the 4800 block of Brooklake Road NE.  Investigators have identified the victim as Scottie Parker, 38, from the Salem area.  Detectives are asking for anyone who may have information about the crash to call our non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.

********Original Release from July 8th, 2020********

On July 7th, 2020, at approximately 10:34 pm, deputies were called to the 4800 block of Brooklake Road NE to the report of an unconscious person lying in the road.  While waiting for emergency responders to arrive at the scene, the anonymous caller reported witnessing a white 2000’s Chevrolet Camaro leave the scene after running over the man.  Marion County Fire District #1 arrived on scene while deputies were still responding and determined the victim was deceased.

The victim, an adult male in his 30’s, is not being identified at this time pending notification of their next of kin.

Brooklake Road was closed to traffic until just after 4:00 am while investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency CRASH Team processed the scene.  Investigators are asking anyone with information about the hit and run, including the original anonymous caller, to contact the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.