Friday, March 20, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification

Salsbury, Melissa M.

Salsbury, Melissa M
AKA:  Mia Rose, Jasmine, Rosa
White Female, 5-03, 130, Black hair, Brown Eyes
Address:  2000 Block Stevens Drive, Richland

Convictions:  Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor, 2011

According to official documents, Salsbury recruited and employed multiple minor aged females from local high schools for both stripping and prostitution.  Salsbury knew the females to be minors.  Salsbury directly advertised, coordinated, arranged and received money from
adult clients in exchange for their sexual contact with the minor females.  Salsbury used threats and coercion as a means of controlling and manipulating the minor females into continuing work for her.

Recent events involving Salsbury presenting as a "motivational speaker" at a local high school caused her level rating to be raised from a Level 1 to a Level 2.  Salsbury is currently under Department of Corrections and Federal Supervision.  Salsbury is trespassed from all parks, schools, libraries and their grounds in Benton and Franklin Counties.


·        The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another offense. 
·        This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
·        Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.
·        The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.

For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or email

Friday, March 13, 2015

Accident: Motorcycle vs. Pedestrian

On 03/13/2015 at 0645 hours (AM) the Richland Police Department responded to an injury accident on VanGiesen St near Alder Ave. A Harley Davidson motorcycle was being ridden west on VanGiesen St by a 35 year old Richland man when it struck a pedestrian in the westbound lane of travel. The pedestrian, an 85 year old Richland woman, was not in a crosswalk and was knocked to the pavement. The pedestrian received injuries to the head, face, and chest area and was transported to Kadlec Medical Center by a Richland Ambulance. The motorcycle injuries were minor and he remained at the scene of the accident. Speed did not appear to be a factor according to an independent witness, however, it was still dark outside when the accident occurred.

The pedestrian was identified as 85 year old Laverne Weissenfels of Richland.

The motorcycle rider was identified as 35 year old Robert D. Turner of Richland

The accident is being investigated by Detective Damon Jansen who is a Collision Reconstructionist.

For additional information contact: Sergeant Brian Ruegsegger Ph. 528-0245