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Extra Finger Leads to Arrest by Salem Police

Police say a man's attempt to fake his identity came up one number short.

(SALEM) - Police say you could call it an extreme lie, or a lie about an extremity, it just depends on how you look at it.

Meth suspect Kenneth McPherson won't be pointing fingers ar anyone for a while, but if he does decide to finger somebody, he can use any one of his ten digits in the process, unlike his brother who he allegedly tried to impersonate, who is down by one, finger that is.

The police records division did their jobs well, according to Salem Police Lt. Steve Bellshaw. On Tuesday, officers from the Salem Police Drug Activity Response Team responded to 476 Vista Av. SE on a complaint of suspicious activity.

Bellshaw says officers searched the residence and found 16.5 grams of methamphetamine, heroin residue, scales, packaging materials, and user materials.

Kenneth McPherson was charged with Giving False Information to a Police Officer. Bellshaw says that when asked his identity, McPherson used his brother's name and date of birth. A check of the brother's criminal history revealed he only had 9 fingers.

Officers say they quickly verified that the person they had in custody was in possession of all 10 of his fingers.

Bellshaw says that when he was confronted over the "extra finger", McPherson gave up his true identity and the fact he had four warrants for his arrest, all previous drug related charges.

In addition eo McPherson, two other people were present and arrested at the scene.

47-year old Bruce Lane Parker was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Maintaining a residence where drugs are used or sold.

31-year old Serena Ruth Bacon was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Maintaining a residence where drugs are used or sold.

46-year old Kenneth Shannon McPherson was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, and four existing warrants.

Serena Bacon's nine year old daughter was taken into protective custody.



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Me June 26, 2012 2:36 pm (Pacific time)

Wow. kinda funny that I am just now reading these comments and yet their is only one that really bothered me, and all I have to say to you "faces" Serena was never on meth you ignorent worthless peice of crap. She was addicted to heroin. Don't post a comment on something you know nothing about. And for your information she J's doing percetly fine now. She is just as beautiful and intellegent now as she has ever been. Furthermore I'm sorry for any minor insilult that may have offended anyone reading.

Albert Marnell August 19, 2006 4:38 am (Pacific time)

Dear PA: I would not go that far but do know that there are too many laws and as one philosopher wrote, "Laws are made by the rich, for the rich and to protect the rich from the poor." Most police are not involved in the major crimes you speak of. They focus on petty motor vehicle infractions and easy arrests. They also are criminals and get away with murder figuratively and literally. Also, most politicians are lawyers and they love extra layers of law that they can use to control and manipulate the world through their eyes. Do not forget that in law school, lawyers are actually taught how to lie and they will defend anyone. Most of them are evil too. The sad part is that most of our politicians are lying lawyers. They are just good at public speaking and the public falls for this. The whole law enforcement system in this country has to be rebuilt from scratch. It is so far gone that in order to restore a democracy and some pleasure in life, we can not continue to have police driving aroung, driving around... in order to justify their existence and annoy the general population, who you know are paying their salaries through taxes. What a joke, your own employee has a legal right to bother you over real petty stuff. Murder should be outlawed for most people. Maybe we should have a national homicide day where you can pick one person to kill and the government will absolve you. It would be great for population reduction and the funeral business.

PA August 12, 2006 6:37 pm (Pacific time)

I have a better idea, Albert. Why dodn't we legalize everything, theft, murder, etc. and then those stupid cops will really be in trouble, loosing their jobs left and right.

AM in the AM August 12, 2006 12:20 am (Pacific time)

AJ! I have seen more people die from alchohol abuse than any other drug. I am not just talking about car accidents. There is liver and kidney failure and the list goes on, and on, and on. Prohibition did not work. If someone wants to blow their brains out on a drug and they are an adult and have no desire to get psychiatric treatment, it is nobody's business. Criminal activity is a separate issue. Many rich people are on meth and do not steal. So let the rich adults blow their brains out. It is their body and mind not yours, mine or ours.

Albert Marnell August 12, 2006 12:16 am (Pacific time)

I am starting to see how again the lack of money is the root of much evil. Also the lack of education is another root of evil. People need good parents, good jobs and a good education. Maybe before people are allowed to have children they should have to go before a psychiatric board. I believe in the freedom to copulate even in public. I also believe that people should have to get a permit and an exam before having children. Rights are subjective. I would like to learn how to print money but that is illegal and to the detriment of the society. People are not allowed to steal a candy bar but are allowed to make a child even if they are not capable of raising them properly. Call me an elitist, I think that I am a humanist.

AJ August 11, 2006 12:36 pm (Pacific time)

Watch your neighborhodd, your children and society today before you begin to comment on exactly what Meth and marijuana does to the American family today. I beleive that absolutely no legalization of meth or marijuana should be making this statement I am thinking of the future my children will have in America, and all of the children that are living without their parents becasue a single choice was made and they lost.

Faces August 10, 2006 2:53 pm (Pacific time)

Ahh yes, the faces of meth, Serena Bacon is so hot! :( I geuss now she will have a chance to Clean up before more drug addicts have to go out in a "Blaze of glory".

Wow that's some stretch August 10, 2006 12:58 pm (Pacific time)

Ok, so you're arguing that people are only doing meth because pot is illegal? Get a clue. Legalizing pot will not make the meth problem go away. Meth is a much harder drug than pot, not to mention a completely different type of drug. Meth is a stimulant, pot is a depressant. No way a bunch of meth addicts, speed addicts, are gonna give it up for a downer.

Albert Marnell August 10, 2006 4:27 am (Pacific time)

Legalize Pot and watch the Meth problem go away. It could be sold in a liquor store setting of various types, quality and quantity. I know some of you are smiling. I blame the Meth problem on the fact that marijuana could have been made legal decades ago when everyone in a certain age group was smoking it. Wake-Up prudish Haus Fraus of America and Law Enforcement that uses this nonsense to justify their existence. What would the police do if they were not chasing meth addicts? Maybe they could pick up garbage on the side of the road.

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