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Carl W. Sandberg
Carl W. Sandberg
Salem Police arrest arsonist (Photo) - 09/09/19

Carl Sandberg, age 34, of Salem has been arrested in connection with a week’s long crime spree throughout northeast Salem and parts of Marion and Linn County.  

Sandberg, a suspect in a series of residential and non-residential burglaries, arsons, vehicle thefts and other related crimes, was arrested on September 7, 2019.

During his series of crimes, Sandberg showed a disregard for human and animal life and personal property by setting multiple residences and the Capital Baptist Church on fire. The arsons resulted in personal property destruction, and sadly two pet dogs died in the fires.  

Sandberg, who has prior felony convictions, also stole a loaded firearm in one of the burglaries.

Due to Sandberg’s criminal history and recent actions, the Salem Police SWAT Team was activated when detectives executed a search warrant on a residence he frequented. Sandberg was not at the location when then the warrant was served but was subsequently arrested hours later in the area.

Sandberg is currently lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility and will be arraigned today at 3:00 pm. His initial charges include:

  • Arson in the first degree
  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Aggravated animal abuse in the first degree
  • Theft in the first degree
  • Unlawful use of a credit card
  • Identity theft
  • Unlawful use of a motor vehicle


Attached Media Files: Carl W. Sandberg
Arson Person of Interest
Arson Person of Interest
Police need the public's help to identify arson person of interest (Photo) - 09/05/19

Arson is suspected in a recent string of residential and commercial fires and the public's help is requested in identifying a person of interest. Detectives have provided the attached images of the individual.  

If you have any information regarding his identity, please call the Salem Police Department Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.


Attached Media Files: Arson Person of Interest
Bias crime investigation results in arrest of two juveniles - 08/28/19


DATE:     Wednesday, August 28, 2019


CONTACT PERSON:         Lt. Debbie Aguilar

                                            City of Salem Police Department



Bias crime investigation results in arrest of two juveniles


Salem, Ore. — On July 27, 2019, a NE Salem homeowner filed a report of graffiti vandalism on their property. The victims discovered their home, vehicle, and driveway vandalized with homophobic graffiti and the window of their home broken as a result of a thrown rock. The graffiti was directed at the male juvenile in the home. Additional damage was done to a neighboring vehicle the same night.

An investigation was conducted by the Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Section.  As a result of that investigation, on August 20th,  two teen suspects were arrested by investigators and taken to the Marion County Juvenile Department on bias crime charges. Due to their age, no names or other identifying information can be released. No further suspects are believed to be outstanding in this case.

The City of Salem Human Rights Commission assists community members with concerns of hate or bias activity. More information about the Commission’s work to reduce hate and bias in our community and contact information for the City’s Human Rights Liaison can be found on the City of Salem website.

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Salem Police to Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 08/27/19


News Release from Salem Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 27th, 2019 12:30 PM

With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. School zones will be active soon and crossing guards will be working to help children arrive safely at school and return home safely. As a result, the Salem Police Department Traffic Team will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns in Salem.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the city, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are Class B violations and carry a fine of up to $265.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

Contact Info:
Lt Debbie Aguilar

Cell: 503-932-5068







Salem Police Response to Violent Crime - 08/23/19

This week the Salem Police Department coordinated an effort to address the recent wave of violent crimes in the area. A total of 41 law enforcement officials from the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the effort. These officers worked in addition to normal patrol staffing.

The officers focused on follow-up investigative contacts, area saturation patrols, and foot patrols identified through community concerns. These efforts resulted in the arrest of eight adults and one juvenile, the seizure of three guns and multiple narcotics.

Below are the arrested adults and their charges:

Alejandro Reyes Urbano age 19: Warrant

Elizabeth Claire Groh age 20: Warrants

Gerardo Daniel Obregon-Longares age 18: Robbery in the Second Degree, Warrant

Jesse Jimenez age 23: Menacing Constituting Domestic Violence and Parole Violation

Jesus Valentin Renteria-Arellano age 18: two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Obliteration or Change of Identification Number on Firearms, Attempt to Elude Police, Interfering with a Peace Officer

Omar Morales age 34: Parole Violation

Randy Joe Lindsay age 33: Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine

Sany Morales-Gabriel age 36: Warrants

We continue to ask for the community’s support in reporting crimes and information related to criminal activity.


Update on fatal crash on McGilchrist ST SE - 08/22/19

On August 22, 2019, at approximately 7:05 a.m. Salem Police officers responded to the intersection of McGilchrist ST SE and 19th ST SE on the report of an injury crash. Initially, it was reported that a semi-truck and a motorcycle had collided. Later it was determined the semi-truck was not directly involved and instead the collision was between a Jeep Wrangler and a motorcycle.

The Jeep had been traveling westbound on McGilchrist ST SE when it made a left turn onto 19th ST SE in front of the motorcycle which was travelling eastbound on McGilchrist ST SE. The motorcycle was not able to stop and collided with the Jeep.

Arriving officers and medics located the lone occupant of the motorcycle and pronounced him deceased at the scene. He was later identified as Todd Dowty age 36 of Salem.

The driver of the Jeep, Margaret Foresee age 45 of Salem, stayed on scene. Eventually, Foresee was transported to Salem Health for an evaluation. Foresee is cooperating with the investigation.

This crash is still under investigation and as such no citations have been issued and no arrest has been made.