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Deputy's Vehicle Rammed During Pursuit. (Photo) - 11/13/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies were involved in a pursuit yesterday morning at 9:02 a.m., deputies contacted a male in a parked vehicle near the intersection of High Deck road and Cascadia drive in Cascadia.  Deputies recognized him as David Russell Coats ,36, of Sweet Home,  who is wanted on several outstanding warrants, including Robbery in the First Degree and pending charges from additional cases.

The deputy told Coats to step out of the vehicle, Coats put the vehicle in reverse and rammed the front of the deputy’s patrol vehicle twice, before fleeing.  Deputies pursued Coats onto Highway 20, where speeds reached 90 mph.  Deputies momentarily lost sight of Coats after he turned onto Latiwi Creek road.  A quarter-mile up Latiwi Creek road, deputies found the vehicle had rolled over.   They looked in the vehicle, but found he had already fled the scene.  Deputies, including a K-9 unit looked for him for over two hours, but were unable to locate him.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.

The deputies in the rammed vehicle were not injured and it is unknown if Coats sustained any injuries.  The vehicle Coats was driving was a 2008 gold Chevrolet Equinox and was later found to be stolen from the Sweet Home area.

Sheriff Yon would like to warn the public not to approach Coats.  Anyone who believes they see him or has any information on Coats’ whereabouts please call (541) 967-3911.



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Linn Benton Alert Emergency Notification System Public Test - 10/29/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on November 3, 2018. The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany. The test message will go out at 2 p.m. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.


The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.


If you would like to register your cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, please go to our website,, and sign up.

Logging Accident Injures One and Kills Another - 10/26/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports at 8:04 a.m this morning, his deputies responded to assist the Lyons Fire Department with a logging accident.  The accident occurred on a logging road landing near Thomas Creek Road, which is outside of Lyons.  It was reported that two males were trapped under a log.  When deputies arrived, fire personnel were working on extricating the victims.  It was learned the two loggers were working as choker-setters on a steep embankment when a log rolled onto them.  
Both loggers were reported to be conscious when extricated and transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Ian Buczko, 32,  sustained injuries of unknown severity and was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton.  Terry Gene Nelson, 48 of Scio, was transported to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland and later died from his injuries.  

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lyons Fire Department.  

Pedestrian Struck on Old Salem Road in Millersburg - 10/24/18

***Update*** Pedestrian Struck on Old Salem Road in Millersburg

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports Alexander Sullivan, 27, died from his injuries.  It was reported to the investigating deputies that Sullivan’s cell phone was handed to medics by a gray-haired male, who was with a female, and they may have some information on where the cell phone was located.  Deputies are still looking for any witnesses to the crash or who saw Sullivan walking along Old Salem Road prior to the crash. If you saw a pedestrian walking on Old Salem road near Humpty’s Dump between 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., please call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 967-3911.



Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports today at 9:45 a.m., his deputies responded to a crash involving a car hitting a pedestrian on Old Salem Road, near Kathryn Street in Millersburg.

Deputies learned that Alexander Sullivan, 27, of Albany was walking south on the west side of Old Salem Road.  The driver Juan Lopez-Palafox, 40, of Aumsville, was driving southbound in a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up, which was converted into a food truck.  Lopez-Palafox stated Sullivan had stumbled into the roadway in front of his vehicle.

Sullivan was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and is being treated for life threatening injuries.

There is no indication that Lopez-Palafox was under the influence of intoxicants.  Deputies are still investigating the cause of the crash.   Linn County deputies were assisted by the Albany Fire Department.


Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon Warns People of a Cougar Sighting - 10/23/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies received information of a large male cougar sighting in the residential area of Lacomb. The cougar was seen walking on Shingle Mill Road near Snow Peak Road by a private timber company employee early this morning. The citizen’s concern was the cougar didn’t seem to be frightened by his presence and there are school children that wait in the area for buses.

Sheriff Yon cautions those in this area to be aware of their surroundings. Report any future sightings near homes, businesses or places where pedestrians would be, by calling the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 967-3911.


Linn Deputies Investigate Fatal Crash near Lacomb - 10/22/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:42 p.m., deputies investigated a fatal single vehicle crash on Ede Rd near Lacomb. The driver and single occupant of the 1995 Toyota Forerunner was identified as Vern Lee Clark, 36, of Lebanon.  


The investigation determined Clark was traveling north on Ede Road and lost control while trying to negotiate a corner.  The vehicle rolled multiple times crushing the roof in and sheering off the left rear wheel before coming to rest in the eastbound lane of travel.  Excessive speed and failure to wear his seatbelt contributed to the cause of the crash and the death of Clark.  At this time it is unknown if Clark was driving under the influence.


The Linn County Deputies were assisted by the Lebanon Fire Department EMT’s, Linn County Medical Examiner and Huston Jost Funeral Home.