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Linn Deputies Respond to a Single Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 02/23/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on February 22, 2017, at 9:04 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash that occurred on Powerline Road near the intersection of Diamond Hill Drive, east of Harrisburg.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the driver and sole occupant, a 17- year-old juvenile male from Halsey. The investigation revealed the driver was traveling north on Powerline Road when he lost control of his white 1989 Toyota pick-up, while negotiating a sweeping left hand curve. The vehicle rolled and struck a utility pole, causing the pick-up to be torn in half. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and walk to a nearby residence to call 911.

The driver was transported to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene by medics and was treated and released for minor injuries. The driver was wearing his seat belt and it does not appear that alcohol or drug consumption was a factor in this crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by the Harrisburg and Eugene Fire Departments.
The investigation is continuing.

Attached Media Files: toyota_crash.jpg
Coalition of Linn County Agencies Brings Lifesaving Technology to Region Via 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App - 02/14/17

The Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, Tangent Fire District, and Samaritan Health Services are pleased to announce the availability of a powerful lifesaving tool. The PulsePoint smartphone app empowers residents to take action during a cardiac event, while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The launch of PulsePoint Respond, which alerts CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR, is slated for February 14th. Our hope is that Valentine's Day will also give awareness to the health of our hearts.

The app notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person's chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

Linn County residents will find eight Linn County community Fire Departments and Districts are PulsePoint participants: Albany Fire Department, Brownsville Rural Fire District, Harrisburg Fire District, Halsey-Shedd Rural Fire Protection District, Lebanon Fire District, Tangent Fire District, Sweet Home Fire District and Scio Fire District.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office answered 60,834 calls for 9-1-1 assistance in 2016. "When you call 9-1-1 for help in Linn County, someone at the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center answers the other end of the line," said Sheriff Bruce Riley. "From there, we may transfer that call to another agency, or dispatch units to respond. Most people may not realize the Sheriff's Office works closely every day with our Fire and EMS partners, because we dispatch all Fire/EMS agencies in Linn County, as well as our own deputy sheriffs. Today, with PulsePoint, we've taken that partnership to another level, and we're very excited to leverage advancing technology to help save lives."

"PulsePoint has the capability to save lives in our community and the Albany Fire Department is thrilled to play a part in making it available", said Chief John Bradner. "The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest event increase significantly with early notification of 9-1-1 and rapid intervention of bystander CPR before paramedics arrive. With PulsePoint, the public can now play an active part in saving lives in Albany and throughout Linn County." 

The PulsePoint app also provides users with a display of your local Fire Service's active and recent incidents county-wide. On average, Albany Fire responds to 35 daily calls for service; more than 85 percent are for emergency medical services.

"The project expands PulsePoint coverage to over 118,000 citizens of Linn County over an area of 2,290 square miles," said Sandy Roberts, Albany Fire's PIO. "PulsePoint is a powerful new tool for us to engage with our community to improve cardiac arrest survival rates."

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

Linn Deputies Investigate Possible Animal Neglect - 02/13/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that over the last week his deputies have responded to, two possible animal neglect complaints on Riverside Drive, Albany, Oregon. The complaints consisted of underfed, skinny horses and a dead goat.

On February 3, a deputy from the Linn County Sheriff's Office Animal Control who specializes in animal abuse and neglect cases, responded and spoke with the owner. The deputy noted several horses all eating from an available bale of hay. One 30-year-old horse in particular was very skinny and according to the owner has lost weight. The owner provided documentation that within the last few months their Veterinarian had checked on the horse.

The deputy also saw two goats on the property; one was in good health and the other, according to the owner, had died of bloat.

On February 10, deputies were called again to the residence in response to additional complaints. The horses were found to be eating and had appropriate care.

This case is still under investigation and the Sheriff's Office is continuing to monitor the situation.

linn detectives make second arrest in Robbery - 02/11/17

Today, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives made a second arrest in the robbery investigation that was reported yesterday in Sweet Home. Joshua Gerald Wooley 22, from Sweet Home, was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the charges of Burglary I, Robbery I, Strangulation, and Theft II.

Mr. Wooley was arrested after coming into the Sweet Home Police Department for an unrelated matter. Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sweet Home Police Department, who helped locate and arrest both suspects.

Refer to original press release for additional information.

Wooley's mug shot can be found at

Linn Detectives Make Arrest in Robbery - 02/11/17

Today, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives made an arrest in a robbery investigation that was reported yesterday in Sweet Home. Steven Dale Bergevin, 28, from Sweet Home, was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the charges of Burglary I, Robbery I, Strangulation, and Theft II.

The investigation is continuing.

Refer to original press release for additional information.

Bergevin's mug shot can be found at

Linn Deputies Investigate Sweet Home Residential Robbery - 02/10/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a robbery that occurred in the 2000 block of Birch Street in Sweet Home. This morning at 7:07 a.m., the Linn County 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a victim and deputies responded to the residence.

The 56- year- old male victim told deputies this morning he woke up to a male standing over him, shining a light in his eyes and demanding money. The victim resisted and was choked by the suspect during the altercation. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and several knives from the residence. The victim had minor injuries and refused any medical treatment.

The suspect is described as an adult male, wearing a ski mask and possibly known by the victim. At this time, deputies do not believe there was any weapon used by the suspect.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies and Sweet Home Police have been searching the area for the suspect. If anyone has any information about this case, please contact Detective John Lovik II with the Linn County Sheriff's Office at (541)-967-3950. The investigation is ongoing.

Linn County Sheriff Deputies Recover Two Stolen Car Trailers - 01/31/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 31, 2017, at 3:00 a.m., deputies recovered two stolen flatbed car trailers and arrested Springfield resident, 28 -year- old Ryan Howard Pruett.

Deputies were responding to a report of two stolen flatbed trailers in the area of Kirk Avenue in Brownsville. One trailer was reported to have a large Cummins engine on the trailer and the other was empty. Shortly after the trailers were reported stolen, deputies located a black Jeep Cherokee towing a trailer with a large Cummins engine loaded on the trailer. The Jeep Cherokee was leaving the city of Brownsville, eastbound on Northern Drive. Before the deputy could activate his emergency lights, the Jeep Cherokee and trailer loaded with the engine drove off of the road into a field. The operator, Mr. Pruett, attempted to negotiate a corner at a speed that was too fast for the heavy load his vehicle was towing.

After further investigation, the second stolen trailer was later located and recovered sitting next to the Crawfordsville Market in the city of Crawfordsville.

Mr. Pruett was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail where he was charged with two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Theft I.

This investigation is continuing.