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Vehicle Crashes into a House (Photo) - 03/26/17

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on March 26, 2017, at 02:49 a.m. Deputies responded to 3725 SE Spicer Road, Albany, for a reported crash of a vehicle into a house.

The investigation revealed a white 2015 Subaru WRX 4-door sedan, was northbound on Three Lakes Road when it failed to negotiate a curve in the road where it intersects with Spicer Road. The vehicle left the roadway, crashing through a yard, into a power pole and then struck the front of a house before coming to a stop.

The operator, Joshua Pairan 33-yrs-old of Albany, told deputies he was out for a drive to show his friends his new car.

The passengers were identified as Noah Padilla, 33-yrs-old, and his wife Danielle Padilla, 31-yrs-old both from Albany. Danielle Padilla was sitting in the rear seat of the car and had to be rescued by the Albany Fire Department using the jaws-of-life to extricate her from the crushed vehicle. Danielle Padilla was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for non-life threatening injures.

Joshua Pairan was arrested and charged with DUII, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II and Assault III. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Alcohol and excessive speed appear to be contributing factors to the crash.

Assisting agencies were the Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Linn County Multi-Agency Crash Investigation Team (MAIT) and the Lebanon Police Department.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies are continuing the investigation.

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Serious Injury Crass on Upper Berlin Road (Photo) - 03/15/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on March 14, 2017, at 2:50p.m., his deputies investigated a serious injury, single vehicle crash involving two occupants. The crash occurred on Upper Berlin Road near the intersection of Berlin Ridge Road, approximately 15 miles east of the city of Lebanon.

The driver of the red 2010 Ford Focus has been identified as Sandra Dee Chaffin, 53, of Lebanon. Chaffin was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

The passenger was identified as James Fuller Plymell III, 42, from Lebanon. Plymell was in the front passenger seat at the time of the crash. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries and has not been released.
The investigation reveals Chaffin was traveling west on Upper Berlin Road. As she began to negotiate a gradual corner, she drove onto the shoulder which caused her to hit the culvert at the intersection of Berlin Ridge Road. This impact significantly damaged the front end of the vehicle and catapulted the vehicle into the air. When the car came back to the ground it rolled one time before coming to rest. The crash was not witnessed by anyone and was found moments after by a passerby.

All of the airbags were deployed in the vehicle. Chaffin was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; it is unclear if Plymell was wearing a seat belt. It was determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Chaffin was arrested and taken to the Linn County Jail on the charges of Assault III and DUII.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department. The investigation is continuing.

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OnStar Helps Deputies Locate a Stolen Vehicle - 03/14/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on March 14, 2017, his deputies were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that resulted in a crash and the arrest of Austin Alan Ross, 19-years-old of Lebanon, near milepost 4 on Quartzville Road east of Sweet Home.

At 0936 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen vehicle at the Lacomb Store. The owner of the vehicle first contacted OnStar who transferred the call to the Sheriff's Office. The vehicle, a white 2004 Chevrolet pickup, was last known heading east from the store. OnStar was able to track the vehicle until a deputy located it on Highway 20, east of Sweet Home. Deputies followed the vehicle into Sweet Home where it pulled into the parking lot of a local business. As the Deputies attempted to contact Ross, he sped off. The vehicle sped through a residential neighborhood before returning to Highway 20.

Ross went east bound on Highway 20 and reached speeds over 100 MPH. Linn County Deputies continued to pursue Ross east on Hwy 20 and up Quartzville Road. Ross lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Quartzville Road. Ross then fled from the vehicle, down a steep embankment towards the river, and was apprehended shortly there after.

The elude lasted about 7 minutes and a total of 8 miles were traveled.

Mr. Ross was transported to the Linn County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Elude by Vehicle, Elude by Foot and Reckless Driving.

This case remains under investigation.

Linn Detectives Arrest Corvallis Man for Child Porn (Photo) - 03/11/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his detectives served a search warrant in the 900 block of SE Centerpointe Drive in Corvallis on March 10, 2017. The search warrant was the culmination of a multi-agency investigation into the distribution of child pornography over the Internet from a Corvallis area apartment. Digital devices, including a computer containing stored child pornography, were seized as evidence during the search warrant.

The investigation was initiated by the Benton County Sheriff's Office, but when the investigation determined a suspect in the distribution was a Benton County Mental Health Division Manager, the request was made for the Linn County Sheriff's Office to take over the investigation.

Following the service of the search warrant and initial investigation, Kent Shropshire Hill, 54, of Corvallis, was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

Linn County was assisted in the investigation by the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Police Department. The investigation is continuing.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office Warns Citizens of Scam - 03/09/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on March 8, 2017, the Linn County Sheriff's Office received several reports of a similar scam. The scam involves a male portraying himself as being either a deputy or detective with the Linn County Sheriff's Office. The suspect then advises the potential victim that they had missed Jury Duty and solicits funds in order to not be arrested for missing Jury Duty. Unfortunately some citizens follow through with the caller's instructions and lose a significant amount of money by falling victim to this scam.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know this is a scam, and they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Linn County Sheriff's Office to call citizens to advise them they have a warrant. In most cases, a citizen with a warrant will be contacted in person, and the Deputy will have proper credentials when serving the warrant. A Deputy will never accept any form of money in lieu of taking someone to jail.

Anyone receiving phone calls similar to this in nature is asked to contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office at (541) 937-3950. This scam is currently being investigated.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Recruiting For SAR Academy - 03/08/17

The Linn County Sheriff's Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10 day summer training program.

This will be the 24th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 17 through June 26.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff's office on March 13th, April 10th, or May 8th at 7pm to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10 day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Lieutenant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541-812-2272) or visit the Linn County Sheriff's Office website at Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.

Three Lakes Crash ****Update**** (Photo) - 03/03/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that the crash reported earlier today on Three Lakes Road has resulted in a fatality. The investigation reveals, Jonathan Alexzander Houser, 20, from Albany, was the operator and sole occupant of a 2004 Dodge Neon and was traveling south on Three Lakes Road, when for unknown reasons, drove off the roadway.

The vehicle then hit the embankment of the Santiam Albany Canal, causing the car to rollover on its top in the canal. The depth of the canal is approximately five to six feet. It is unknown how long Houser was trapped in his vehicle but he was scheduled to work at 5:00 a.m. Houser was found to be wearing his seat belt.

The cause of this crash is still under investigation but excessive speed could be a contributing factor.

The roadway is now open to traffic.

If anyone witnessed this crash or has any information they are encouraged to contact Deputy Burk Brandt at 541.967.3950.

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Linn Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Public Test - 03/03/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on March 11, 2017. 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.

Linn Deputies On Scene of Vehicle in Canal - 03/03/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Three Lakes Road near 40th Ave., where a vehicle was submerged in a canal. The crash was called in at 7:17 a.m. by someone driving by the area. One occupant was extricated from the vehicle by divers and transported to Albany General Hospital. At this time deputies are actively investigating the crash and the roadway is shut down. Deputies are being assisted by Albany Fire Department. Sherriff Riley asks that people find an alternate route to travel around the area.