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Date Correction - 04/28/17

The death that occurred on Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville occurred on April 27, 2017.

Linn County Deputies Investigate Suspicious Death (Photo) - 04/28/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on April 28, 2017, at 9:46 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call regarding a disturbance in the 36000 block of Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville.

The caller reported there was a male at the location that appeared to be on drugs and was out of control. When Deputies arrived, they found Gregory Scott Sims, 54, a resident of the property, laying on the reported out of control male, later identified as Robert Grant Kline, 63, who also resides on the property.

Deputies discovered Kline was unconscious with no pulse when Sims got off of him. Deputies immediately called for an ambulance and performed CPR on Kline until both the Brownsville Fire Department and Lebanon Fire Department arrived. At that time it was determined Kline was deceased.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office along with the assistance of the Linn County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating the incident and at this time, no arrests have been made. The Linn County Major Crimes Team consists of the Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Linn County District Attorney.

Attached Media Files: Kline.jpg
Linn Deputies Identify Victims in Plane Crash (Photo) - 04/08/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the victims of a plane crash that occurred on April 7, 2017, have been identified.

Investigators have learned that a 1984 Piper PA-46-310P, registered to Park City Aviation LLC from Park City, Utah was piloted by Mark Gregory Aletky, 67, from Acton, California. The plane is a single-engine, six-seat plane, and was based out of Van Nuys, California. The plane left Van Nuys yesterday at approximately 7:22 a.m., enroute to Eugene, Oregon.

Aletky was hired by Park City Aviation for the flight and was a certificated pilot.

Investigators learned the plane was flying on instrument and was approaching the Eugene Airport. Witnesses in Harrisburg described seeing the plane flying north at a low altitude when, for unknown reasons, it suddenly turned and crashed into a grass field just west of Peoria Road, which is approximately two miles north of Harrisburg. It is unknown at this time why the plane continued north past the Eugene Airport.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received the call at 10:53 a.m.

It was discovered that John A. Zitting, 42, hired Aletky to fly him, his wife and their son, to Eugene. John Zitting was found in the front passenger seat. Seated behind the pilot was Zitting's spouse, Karen Blackmore Zitting, 37, and their son, John Brendan Zitting, 17, was seated behind his father. The Zitting family is from Thousand Oaks, California.

All occupants of the plane died in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arrived on scene yesterday at 4:40 p.m. to assist with the investigation. Linn County Sheriff deputies were also assisted by the Harrisburg Fire Department.

The wreckage is scheduled to be removed this weekend.

Autopsies on Aletky and John Zitting are being conducted today and the investigation is on-going as to the cause of the crash.

Attached Media Files: plane_crash.jpg
Airplane Crashes in Harrisburg - 04/07/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to an airplane that crashed in a field on Peoria Road about one mile outside the City of Harrisburg at 11:02 a.m. It is confirmed that there are four occupants of the plane that have died in the crash. Deputies are currently on scene investigating the crash and are being assisted by the Harrisburg Fire Department. Sheriff Riley asks that people find an alternate route to travel around the area.

Sheriff's Deputies Arrest One for Theft - 04/01/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on April 1, 2017, at 11:38 a.m., his deputies made an arrest in a Criminal Trespass case involving Wyatt Eugene Whitney, 36-years-old of Albany.

At 11:20 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call from Christopher Cooley reporting he had blocked a pick-up in the parking lot of Allen Cooley Transport located at 5001 SE Three Lakes Road in Albany. It was further reported a male subject ran from the location and was hiding in the area.

Deputies responded to the location and found Whitney hiding nearby. Deputies learned Whitney had taken fuel from four Semi-Trucks, removed truck parts, cut the coolant lines on one truck, and damaged the locking fuel caps. Whitney later confessed to taking fuel from two of the Semi-Trucks.

Whitney was lodged at the Linn County Jail for charges of Theft I, Criminal Mischief I, Trespass II, and Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle x2.

Deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department. This investigation is continuing.