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Recruiting for Linn County Search and Rescue - 02/20/18

The Linn County Sheriff 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 ten day summer training program.

This will be the 25th year of the Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team 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 12th, April 9th, or May 14th at 7pm to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the ten 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 www.linnsheriff.org. Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Kidnaping Suspect - 02/07/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to an armed disturbance yesterday on Ede Road, outside of Lebanon.

Yesterday at 3:49 p.m., the victim called in to the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center stating she had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Lee Jarrett, 32, from Salem. She said she received a call from a family member saying they saw a vehicle they thought might be Jarrett's sitting down the road from where she was staying. The victim drove to the location from work to see if it belonged to Jarrett.

As deputies responded, the victim called back that Jarrett was in her trailer, had pointed a gun at her brother and the two men were now wrestling over the gun. The victim's brother was able to temporarily detain Jarrett until deputies arrived.

When deputies arrived, Jarrett was arrested and transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Detectives assisted with the investigation and learned Jarrett had been served with a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim. During yesterday's events, Jarrett entered the victim's trailer, waiting for her inside. The victim and her brother went inside the trailer to check it and were met by Jarrett who pointed a gun at both of them. The two men fought over the gun and the victim's brother was able to disarm and detain Jarrett until deputies arrived.

Detectives found makeshift restraints inside the trailer that Jarrett had created and brought with him to apparently restrain the victim. The gun Jarrett brought was found to be a pellet gun, but looked like a real semi-automatic pistol.

Jarrett was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged for Attempted Kidnapping I, Burglary I, Menacing, Assault IV and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley Warns Against Drinking and Driving This Superbowl - 02/03/18

Sheriff Bruce Riley wants all football fans to have a fun and safe time this Superbowl Weekend. The Superbowl is a time for celebrating and having a good time, which often includes drinking. If you are over 21 and are going to be drinking alcohol, Sheriff Riley asks you to do so responsibly and DO NOT DRIVE.

In Oregon, drivers are considered alcohol-impaired if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drunk driving can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment to make driving unsafe. In 2016, there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers, nationally. Among the 10,497 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 67 percent (7,052) were in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC of .15, almost twice the legal limit.

Be sure to have a game plan for the night so friends and family know who the designated driver is. "We want to encourage folks to turn over their keys to a sober driver before they begin drinking," said Sheriff Riley. "Drunk driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. If you don't have a sober driver to make sure folks get home safely, consider other ride options."

Sheriff Riley's deputies will be in full force to ensure the safety of our community. For those drivers who decide to make bad and potentially deadly decisions to drink and drive, there will always be a room at our Jail.

Sober designated drivers should be sure to refrain from drinking alcohol. Be sure your designated driver tweets @NHTSAgov during Super Bowl LII to be featured on NHTSA's National Wall of Fame.

This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don't fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.