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  • Jun
    3

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Postponed

    Posted by: Public Works

    SALEM, OR – Marion County Public Works has postponed the Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project until the spring of 2021. Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. Construction was scheduled to begin this spring; however, due to additional impact studies that were necessary to complete the right-of-way process the project has been postponed.
     
    Postponing the project ensures that all of the work can be completed within the Pudding River’s in-water work window, which is designated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W), and within one construction season. Silverton Road will be closed during construction, and rescheduling construction for next year will allow construction to begin early enough in the year to ensure Silverton Road is reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.
     
    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start in the spring 2021 and end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.
     
    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at tmpowell@co.marion.or.us.
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  • Jun
    1

    THREE KILLED DURING MORNING CRASH EAST OF SALEM (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 1st, 2020 7:26 PM

    Correction 6/1/2020 5:40 pm: The original release identified the infant victim's gender as female, the child is actually male.

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    On June 1st, 2020, at about 7:40 am, a 911 call was received reporting a serious motor vehicle crash on Howell Prairie Road NE, just north of State Street. The crash involved two vehicles, a 1992 Honda Accord and a 2016 Ram 4500 work truck, which collided head on. At the time of the crash, the Honda had three people inside, two adults and one infant. The 2016 Ram was only occupied by the driver.

    When emergency crews arrived at the scene the Honda was on fire. Firefighters from Marion County Fire District # 1 were able to extinguish the vehicle fire. The two adults in the Honda, Kelly Byrd, 33, and Joseph Dominick, 41, died at the scene of the crash. Byrd’s one year-old daughter was transported from the scene by medics, but later died as a result of her injuries as well. The driver of the 2016 Ram, Mark Kuenzi, 43, sustained only minor injuries during the crash.

    The Marion County multi-agency Crash Team was called to the scene to investigate the crash. Investigators determined Byrd had been driving the Honda southbound on Howell Prairie Road when she crossed into the oncoming lane of travel, striking the 2016 Ram. Deputies have not determined why the Honda went into the oncoming lane; driver impairment has not been rule out as being a contributing factor to the crash.

    Howell Prairie Road was closed to traffic for several hours during the investigation, the roadway reopened to traffic at approximately 3:30 pm. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Public Works, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, and Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office during this incident.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeremy Landers
    Cell Phone: 503-932-6341
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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    THREE KILLED DURING MORNING CRASH EAST OF SALEM (PHOTO)
  • May
    24

    FALLING TREE KILLS BOATER AT DETROIT LAKE (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2020 8:35 PM

    At approximately 3:40 pm on May 24th, 2020, Marine Patrol deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a boating accident in the Box Canyon area of Detroit Lake. The caller reported two pontoon style boats were near the shoreline tethered together, when the top of a large tree fell, striking both boats. The caller said at least one person was severely injured and was taken by boat to Mongold State Park for help.

    Deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the Mongold boat ramp a short time later where CPR was being administered to the victim. Life Flight was called to transport the patient. Tragically, the victim did not survive the accident and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

    The victim, a 13-year-old female from Utah, was at the lake with family when the accident occurred. No additional information about the victim will be released at this time.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Detroit-Idanha Fire District, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, Lyons Ambulance, Life Flight, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon State Parks.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeremy Landers
    Cell Phone: 503-932-6341
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow 


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    FALLING TREE KILLS BOATER AT DETROIT LAKE (PHOTO)
  • May
    20

    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22

    Posted by:

    ​On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority approved the Community Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County starting Friday, May 22.

    The approved plan represents a collaboration with state and county health experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "We are proud of what our communities and public health teams have accomplished to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we have all worked together to protect public health, we have also seen businesses closed and livelihoods destroyed. Our plan encourages businesses, churches, and other organizations to move forward in a limited capacity while continuing to protect the health of our community."

    Phase 1 of the approved community roadmap allows reopening of several types of businesses and services, while keeping sanitation, physical distancing, face covering, and crowd size measures in place. Eventually, phases 2 and 3 of the plan allow for increased gathering sizes and resumption of non-essential travel, nursing home and hospital visits, and additional seating at restaurants, bars, and other venues. The county is required to remain in Phase 1 for at least 21 days, and advancement to phases 2 and 3 will be allowed only if public health monitoring indicates it is safe.

    Throughout reopening, anyone who feels sick should remain at home. Additionally, high-risk individuals who are over 65 years of age or suffering chronic illnesses should continue to remain home as much as possible. All businesses and organizations that choose to reopen should follow state guidelines, many of which are described in detail sector by sector. We encourage all individuals to continue to follow physical distancing guidelines.

    In recognition that additional restrictions and guidelines may be needed as circumstances evolve, we remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners to monitor progress and refine the roadmap as needed.


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    Limited Reopening of Marion County to Begin on May 22
  • May
    14

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: May 14th, 2020 1:14 PM

    Marion County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS163A.215, which authorizes Community Corrections 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: McCrae, Tyrone
    SID#: 11702492
    DOB: 7/29/1977
    CURRENT AGE: 42


    RACE: B SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 08'' WEIGHT: 210lbs
    HAIR: BLK EYES: BRO


    RESIDENCE: 664 OREGON AVE NE
    SALEM, OR 97301

    Mccrae is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of: Assault IV, Strangulation, and Tampering with a Witness.


    This person was granted supervision on: 4/20/2020
    Supervision expiration date is: 03/19/2023


    Special restrictions include: [X] No romantic or sexual relationships or encounters without prior PO permission. No contact with minors, excluding his biological children.


    Other: McCrae’s victim pool includes adult females known to him

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sgt. Anna Jefferson
    Cell Phone: 503-932-5410
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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  • May
    14

    Marion County Reopening to Begin Later than Proposed

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    ​On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority determined that Marion County's application for a limited reopening must be deferred to a later date. While many counties across Oregon will begin reopening on May 15, others, including Marion and Polk counties, will not yet reopen. Our application will be reviewed by the state again next Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, statewide and in Marion County, some stand-alone "Main Street" retail businesses, such as furniture stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques, can reopen on May 15 if they agree to follow safety guidelines. Additionally, childcare, summer school, camps, and youth programs can reopen with specific limitations and guidelines. We also want our community to know that all county parks and boat ramps will be open for day use beginning May 15 (playgrounds will remain closed).

    In response to Governor Brown's decision, Commission Chair Colm Willis shared, "My heart goes out to all of the people who have been affected by this virus, including all of the family-owned businesses and their employees who have not had a paycheck for more than two months. We will continue to do everything we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 in our community and get the people of Marion County back to work as soon as possible."

    We remain committed to working with the Governor's office, the Oregon Health Authority, and local health and community partners. We are reviewing the information provided by the Governor's Office and are considering all of our options in moving forward toward timely reopening.


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    Marion County Reopening to Begin Later than Proposed
  • May
    6

    Commissioners Adopt Roadmap for a Limited Reopening of Marion County Beginning on May 15

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID-19

    During its regular weekly board session on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for beginning to reopen businesses, restaurants, churches, and county parks. Phase 1 of the community roadmap for reopening will begin on May 15. According to Commission Chair Colm Willis, "Many people in Marion County are suffering right now. This plan ensures first and foremost, the safety of the people of Marion County and fairness for our families and small businesses."  

    Working closely with our county Health and Human Services experts, local leaders, and regional public health partners, the roadmap is based on the Governor's guidelines for reopening counties across the state. Commissioner Willis adds, "In our case, the roadmap is tailored to fit the specific needs of our communities. We have worked hard with state and regional partners to prepare a thoughtful, balanced approach to supporting a safe, strong, and thriving Marion County."

    In Phase 1, the roadmap proposes reopening several types of businesses and services, keeping in place sanitation protocols and specific limits on physical distancing, face coverings, and crowd size until public health monitoring shows it is safe to move to later phases. Hospital visits will remain prohibited at this time, as will night clubs and most large venues.

    Monitoring community health and safety is very important as the limited, phased reopening gets underway. Marion County Public Health Director Katrina Rothenberger is leading efforts to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and observes that, "Local hospitals have ample capacity today and much more so than a few weeks ago when the virus first arrived in Oregon." She goes on to add, "As businesses and other sectors begin to reopen, we will closely track new cases of the virus and will take immediate action if we see an unacceptable increase in new cases and hospitalizations." Meanwhile, the roadmap has very specific details about what types of preventive measures are required for each type of business, venue, and activity.

    Marion County is committed to working with the Governor's office, local healthcare providers, and other community partners to update and refine the roadmap as needed.



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  • May
    6

    SWAT TEAM RESPONDS TO RURAL PROPERTY NEAR SILVERTON (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: May 6th, 2020 12:00 PM

    On May 5th, 2020, at approximately 10:00 am, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office went to a rural property located in the 11800 block of Silverton Road NE to serve a court order related to an ongoing investigation. The property, just west of Silverton, has been the scene of numerous police and fire calls for service during the last year. Prior calls for service have included suspicious activity, thefts, trespassing, assault, stolen vehicles, warrant arrests, and countless reported code violations. The most recent event, a large fire on Thursday, April 30th, resulted in a barn, travel trailer, and multiple vehicles being destroyed.

    Yesterday, when deputies attempted to make contact at the home there were multiple people inside of the residence who would not come outside, preventing the order from being served. Due to the extensive history of law enforcement responses to the property, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was called in to assist with safely securing the buildings on the property.

    Negotiators from SWAT were able to make phone contact with someone inside of the residence, successfully getting the first two people to come out of the building just after 11:00 am. Approximately 3 hours later another male finally exited the residence. Silverton Road was closed to traffic for approximately 1 ½ hours Tuesday afternoon while the SWAT Team made entry into the buildings to ensure no others were left hiding inside. During the several hour operation two arrests were made and numerous people were contacted at the property.

    Jonathan Younce, 39, was arrested for a Parole Violation warrant and lodged at Marion County Jail.

    Rachel Vaneeten, 42, was cited and released for a probation violation warrant out of Washington County.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has an ongoing investigation involving unlawful activities and unsafe conditions at the property. We will be continuing to work with Marion County Office of Legal Counsel and other county departments to resolve community concerns.

    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Sgt. Jeremy Landers
    Cell Phone: 503-932-6341
    Email: MCSOPIO@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
    Instagram: mcsointheknow


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    SWAT TEAM RESPONDS TO RURAL PROPERTY NEAR SILVERTON (PHOTO)
  • Feb
    28

    COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    As the Local Public Health Authority (LPHA), Marion County Health and Human Services plays an important role in responding to any reports of infectious disease. We are working closely with health care providers throughout the county to ensure they are aware of the signs and symptoms and understand the screening guidelines to follow.

    In the case of COVID-19, we are taking guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure our providers are aware of the investigative guidelines related to the virus. We participate in regular conference calls between OHA and other LPHAs to stay up to date with the current status of the virus in the United States and to coordinate messaging to ensure communities throughout Oregon are all provided with the same accurate and up-to-date information.

    Three cases of novel coronavirus have been identified in Oregon. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Marion County and the general risk to the public remains low. Marion County will continue to prepare and monitor the situation so we are ready if the situation changes. 

    For general information about the novel coronavirus, please call 211.

    More information about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is available on the Marion County Health Department website.

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  • Dec
    20

    Construction project will bring improvements to 45th Avenue

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM OR – Marion County has contracted Carter & Company to begin construction on 45th Avenue beginning January 13, 2020. The project will be constructed in several stages and is estimated to be completed in 2021.

    The project will widen the road to accommodate bike lanes, add a turn lane at Fire Protection Way, construct missing sidewalk sections and ramps, and upgrade the stormwater system.  Once construction is complete, the road will receive an asphalt overlay from Ward Drive to Silverton Road.

    The road will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Motorists should expect short delays and are advised to use alternate routes.  When traveling through the work area, please remain alert, follow flagger instructions and be considerate of pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers.

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Office Specialist, or Shane Ottosen Jr, Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036

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