Fatal Accident East Of Mt. Angel Kills One.

Press release from MCSO today:

A few minutes after 1:00 pm, on May 3rd, 2020, emergency crews were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Marquam Road NE near Meridian Road NE, east of Mt. Angel. The crash involved a Volvo and a Chevrolet Silverado. The Volvo had two occupants in it at the time of the crash. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The Chevrolet Silverado was occupied by four people, none of whom sustained serious injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash, initial information indicates the driver of the Volvo was going east on Marquam Road and pulled out in front of the Chevrolet Silverado which was traveling northbound on Meridian Road. Investigators have not ruled out driver impairment as a contributing factor to the crash. No determination regarding criminal charges has been made at this time.

Due to this being an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mt. Angel Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Mt. Angel Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office and Marion County Public Works during this incident.



Press Release From WPD Today:

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Woodburn, OR – Between April 28 and April 29, 2020, the Woodburn Police Department (WPD) responded to citizen complaints and officer observations regarding a funeral wake that occurred at a local business located at 347 North Front Street inside the Metropolis Marketplace and Event Venue. Officers observed that the gathering violated the Governor’s Executive Orders on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the on-site manager was advised that the gathering was to cease.

After investigation of this matter, WPD referred detailed reports of the gathering to the appropriate state regulatory agencies.

Geese Die-off In Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge Prompts OSP Investigation.

On April 24, 2020 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers and US Fish and Wildlife Service Officers responded to the Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge near Coville Road in Polk County.

Troopers and Officers located 17 Canadian Geese sick or dead on the refuge.

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the sudden high mortality rate in this flock of geese to call OSP at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Boeholt.


Marion County Sheriff Releases Details Of Fatal Aurora Crash.

Press release this evening from MCSO:

April 16th, 2020, at approximately 7:00 am, a 911 call was received reporting a serious motor vehicle crash in the 13000 block of Ehlen Road NE, in northern Marion County. It was reported a motorcyclist had collided with a trailer being towed by a semi-tractor and the rider had sustained significant injuries. The motorcyclist did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the involved semi-tractor was not injured.

Investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team responded to the scene. Crash scene investigators learned the semi-tractor was traveling eastbound on Ehlen Road NE while pulling two empty flat-bed trailers. The motorcyclist was also traveling eastbound and struck the back of the rear trailer at highway speeds. At the time the crash occurred, the rider was traveling directly toward the sun, which may have limited the visibility of the rider. The driver of the semi-tractor remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. No citations have been issued as a result of the collision.

The identity of the deceased motorcyclist is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

We would like to thank the Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, Marion County Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, and American Medical Response for their assistance.


Press Release from Woodburn PD:


Friday, April 10,  – Woodburn, OR – On April 9, 2020, Woodburn Police Department (WPD) Officers  observed a driver in a stolen Ford F-250 driving erratically and at a high rate of speed through residential areas of Woodburn. Prior to officers attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of S. Front Street  at approximately 08:30 a.m.

The stolen vehicle was located and abandoned a few minutes later at the intersection of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue.  Bystanders and witnesses reported seeing the driver flee on foot, running eastbound towards a greenway area near Hermanson Street and Deer Run Road.  Bystanders and witnesses also reported seeing  the suspect taking off layers of  clothing.

A short while later  WPD Officers located the suspect, identified as Jorge Maldonado (Age 30), near Hawley Street and Wilson Street. When Maldonado refused to obey police commands and resisted officer’s attempts to place him into handcuffs, a Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed. The Conducted Energy Weapon had little effect and Maldonado attempted to remove the  probes.  Officers were able to handcuff Maldonado as he continued to resist arrest.

Prior to this incident, Maldonado had caution coded warrants for his arrest and  fought with officers in two separate incidents in 2019.

Maldonado was arrested on charges of Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief I, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest as well as bench warrants for Interfering with a Peace Officer x 2, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief II. He was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.



Friday, April 10,  – Woodburn, OR  – On April 10, 2020 at approximately 11:00 a.m., WPD Officers attempted to contact Rene Ortega (Age 27) while he was walking on foot at the 600 block of Young Street in Woodburn. WPD had probable cause to arrest Ortega for several charges related to previous stolen vehicles cases. Ortega attempted to flee on foot when contacted by police and was arrested without further incident after a brief foot pursuit at the rear of a nearby apartment complex.

Ortega had been suspected in a recent rash of stolen vehicle reports in the Woodburn and surrounding areas. Ortega was arrested on the following charges: Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle x 7, Attempt to Elude x 2, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, Escape III and a Probation Violation warrant. Ortega was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.


Silverton PD, Gervais PD and Hubbard PD, were contacted involving their respective cases and Ortega was also arrested with related stolen vehicle crimes from their jurisdictions. Please contact their respective agencies for details of their charges and cases.

These cases are not related.

State Troopers Involved In Deadly Shooting South Of Salem.

Press Release From Oregon State Police:

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, shortly before midnight, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Salem Area Command were involved in an officer-involved-shooting on Interstate 5 (I-5) near milepost 248, on the southbound side. The involved troopers were uninjured and the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Per Marion County Deadly Force Protocols, the Salem Police Department (SPD) is leading the investigation in cooperation with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. The involved troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard practice for these events.  All future media releases on this incident will be from the Salem Police Department.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has closed that portion of I-5 at the request of investigators and established a detour. The highway is expected to remain closed until approximately 9:00AM, with a detour in place. Drivers are urged to use caution and expect delays when travelling south of Salem on I-5.