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Drunk Driver Arrested after Driving into House (Photo) - 12/10/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports last night at 10:25 p.m., his deputies responded to a reported non-injury motor vehicle crash on Hayden Road in Lebanon.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2017 Dodge Ram1500 pickup had crashed into a house. The vehicle drove through the front window and came to rest in the living room. Only the rear portion of the pickup was sticking out of the house.

Fortunately, just prior to the crash, the residents had gone to bed and were not in the front portion of the house. Deputies identified the driver as Haven Austin Hansen (22) of Lebanon and his passenger as Leif Jacob Erickson (27) of Sweet Home. Deputies determined alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hansen was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and driving while suspended misdemeanor. The blood alcohol content for Hansen was almost three times the legal limit. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

The Lebanon Fire Department assisted the family in boarding up the front portion of the home.

The investigation is continuing.

Linn County Deputies Investigate a Suspicious Death South of Sweet Home - 11/30/17

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies responded to a male found deceased in his vehicle on a logging road off of Brush Creek Road, south of Sweet Home. Yesterday at 2:16 p.m., the Linn County 9-1-1 Center received a call reporting a vehicle had appeared to have crashed and a deceased male was inside.

Deputies responded and confirmed there was a deceased male inside a 2012 Dodge pick-up. The investigation determined this was not a crash.

The male had no obvious injuries or trauma, indicating homicidal violence. However, the cause of death has not yet been determined. The male was identified as Joseph Baker, 37, of Salem, OR.

Detectives and the Medical Examiner assisted with the investigation. This investigation is continuing.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Man on a crime spree in Albany neighborhood - 11/24/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that this morning his deputies arrested 29-year old Michael Robert Cox from Albany, Oregon in a string of burglaries and vehicle break-ins.

At 5:11 a.m. deputies had responded to a police alarm at the Greater Albany Public Schools Support Services Building on Grand Prairie Rd., just outside of Albany. It was a discovered a building and multiple vehicles had been broken into at the location. Deputies later responded to a vehicle break-in on Glendale St. not far from the GAPS building.

At 10:09 a.m. this morning, deputies spotted a male standing in a driveway on Grand Prairie Rd. and Union St. When the deputies turned onto the street the male was walking on, he took off running through the backyards of several residences. As deputies chased the male, several residents subdued the subject and wrestled a stolen handgun away from him.

Further investigation revealed the handgun Mr. Cox was carrying was stolen from the garage of a nearby home. In this victim's garage, stolen items from the GAPS building were found along with property from other nearby vehicle break-ins. It appeared Mr. Cox had been stockpiling stolen items in this victim's garage and was going to return to pick them up after his crime spree in the neighborhood.

Deputies were assisted in looking for the suspect by the Albany Police Department.

Michael Cox was arrested and charged with Burglary I, Theft I of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle. Deputies are continuing to investigate and more charges are pending.

Deputies are looking for a second male suspect that was seen on video with Mr. Cox during some of the burglaries. Anyone with information should call Deputy Kyle Elliott at the Linn County Sheriff's Office at (541) 967-3911.

**Update to Fatal Crash** - 11/21/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the pedestrian hit and killed this morning on Seven Mile Lane was identified as Anna Dirkje Evan, 77, of Albany. The investigation reveals Evan was walking across the street from her house early this morning to get her newspaper, while it was still dark outside. She was in the middle of the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling eastbound. Evan died immediately at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Alpha Mathews, 24, of Albany, was driving to work in his 2012 Dodge Ram pick-up when he struck Evan. Mathews has been cooperative with the investigation. At this time there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

This is an unfortunate incident for all involved and deputies are still investigating the factors involved in the crash.

Linn County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Seven Mile Lane near Albany - 11/21/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash this morning on Seven Mile Lane and Columbus Street near Albany. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the road. The crash was called in at 6:39 a.m. Deputies are actively investigating the crash and are being assisted by Albany Police Department, Linn County Road Department and the Albany Fire Department.

Seven Mile Ln. is now closed from Columbus to Three Lakes Road while deputies conduct their investigation. Sherriff Riley asks that people find an alternate route to travel around the area. An update will be provided after the family of the victim has been notified and more details are known.

Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Millersburg Theft - 11/16/17

Sheriff Bruce Riley reports this morning at 1:59 a.m., deputies responded to a reported theft in progress of a Kubota Backhoe. The incident occurred at NE Clearwater Dr., near the intersection of Nestucca Avenue in Millersburg. This is the location of several new construction homes.

The caller told Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch that someone was at one of the vacant homes and attempting to hook up a pickup to a trailer with a backhoe that was left on site. Multiple patrol deputies converged on the area and were able to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

The operator and sole occupant was identified as Everado Torres, 25, of Salem. The investigation revealed Torres was in possession of and operating a red 1998 GMC pickup stolen out of Silverton Oregon. The vehicle had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Junction City. Torres had moved the backhoe to gain access to a flatbed trailer, which he was towing away from the area when contacted by deputies. Torres also had in his possession numerous tools and car keys, some of which were identified as stolen by the owner of the pickup.

A large tool box was also in the rear of the stolen vehicle. Deputies were able to locate the owner of the tool box in Corvallis, who was unaware it had been stolen. Torres had outstanding warrants from the Albany Police Department and was driving while suspended.

After confirming the property was stolen, Torres was taken into custody and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Theft I, Giving False Information to Police, Failure to Carry or Present a License and Driving While Suspended.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Sherwood Police Department as they contacted related business and property owners to determine ownership of the various property and vehicles.

linn county deputies arrest man in possession of stolen gun - 11/14/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that early this morning his deputies arrested 28-year old Ryan Kenneth Garman from Lebanon, Oregon.

Deputies had responded to a report of a car break-in the day before on Santiam Hwy in Lebanon. Items including a Glock 9mm handgun, were stolen from victim's vehicle. The theft was reported to have occurred sometime the night before.

At 2:16 a.m. this morning, a Patrol Lieutenant stopped a man riding a bicycle on Gore Dr. for not having a bicycle light. The Lieutenant also knew of several property crimes that had recently occurred in the area.

When the Lieutenant contacted the man, the man initially gave him a fake name and was acting very nervous. After further investigation, the Lieutenant learned the man's real name was Ryan Garman and he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

As the Lieutenant was detaining Mr. Garman, he began to reach in his waistband. The Lieutenant was able to get control of the man and get him into handcuffs. He discovered Mr. Garman was concealing the stolen 9mm handgun in his waistband where he was reaching.
After he was detained, Mr. Garman cooperated and took deputies back to his residence where more stolen property was found.

Further investigation revealed Mr. Garman was also responsible for a burglary on Gore Dr. reported on November 9th where a competition bow was stolen. The bow was recovered today in Noti, Oregon.

Ryan Garman was arrested and charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Theft I of a Firearm, Unlawful Carrying a Concealed Weapon and his outstanding warrants for Contempt of Court, Theft II and Fail to Comply. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Deputies are continuing to investigate and more charges are pending.