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Linn County Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Motorcycle Death - 07/09/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports today at 05:54 a.m., his deputies responded to investigate an accidental death on Folsom Road outside of Albany.   Russell Leroy Davidson, 59, of Albany was reported missing earlier this morning at approximately 1:07 a.m., when he did not return from taking a ride on his motorcycle.  Deputies searched the area but did not locate him.  At 5:54 a.m., Davidson’s adult son found him deceased on a neighboring property.  Davidson had hit a cable that was across a path in the middle of a neighboring field and suffered fatal injuries.  Davidson’s family reported he frequently rode his motorcycle in the area at night.  He was not wearing a helmet. 

This investigation is continuing.

Fatal Crash Investigated Near Mill City - 07/04/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports today, at 4:15 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a motorcycle had crashed into a passenger vehicle on Kingwood Avenue at Dogwood Street near Mill City.  The two vehicle crash resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.  The operator of the 2008 Harley Davidson was identified as John Horton, 66-years old of Mill City.  Mr. Horton was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The investigation revealed Mr. Horton had been traveling eastbound on Kingwood Avenue and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.  He crossed the center line and collided with a 2015 Jeep Renegade that was traveling westbound.  The driver of the Jeep was identified as Ashley Nunley, 29-years old of Mill City.  Nunley was not injured in the crash. 

The investigation is continuing.  Linn County Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Mill City Fire Department, Gates Fire Department, Linn County Road Department, and the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm Would Like to Warn People of Scam Calls Pretending to be Sheriff's Office Employees. - 06/25/18

Today, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls today from people saying they were Captain Snippen or “Snipper”, or Officer Ingram.  The suspects were demanding money to clear up warrants, missed jury duty or other court and Sheriff’s Office business.  They told victims that the money needed to be loaded on some sort of prepaid card and the number was to be sent to them.  So far no victims are known to be out any money.  One victim did comply with their demands, but were able to quickly get the prepaid cards canceled. 

These calls are NOT coming from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office or any valid agency.  These are all scams trying to get money from people.  The Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call demanding money for any reason.

Sheriff Yon and his deputies are committed to keeping Linn County citizens safe and would like to remind the community of some basic tips to not become a victim of these scams that were put out a few weeks ago.

  1. IRS, nor any law enforcement agency including the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, will ever call demanding money in lieu of being arrested. 
  2. Never give personal information including date-of-birth, account information to someone you do not know or are not expecting a call from. 
  3. Do not wire money, send pay cards of any type to anyone you do not know.  No legitimate agency or business will have you make a payment this way.
  4. If you are in doubt at all whether this is a scam or not, find contact information for the company or agency calling you, not the one provided by the person demanding money or payment.  One way to do this is to ask for the caller’s agency or company name, find a number for customer service independently, and call to make sure the request was legitimate. 

Please do not send any money or give anyone any personal information, account information or credit card numbers at any time without thoroughly verifying who the caller is. 

Update on Death Investigation - 06/19/18


Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that after further investigation into the death of Trapper Thompson, the death was found to have occurred within the city limits of Corvallis.  The Corvallis Police Department is continuing the investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to call  Detective Pete Dunn with the Corvallis Police Department at (541) 766-6433.    


Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on June 10, 2018, at 4:46 a.m., Linn County Sheriff deputies responded to a death. Trapper Thompson, 22, of Lebanon, was taken to Good Samaritan Emergency Room in Corvallis by friends from an unknown location in Linn County. It was reported Thompson did not have a pulse when they arrived at the hospital.

Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies are still investigating the death and the cause is not known at this time.

Anyone with information about Trapper Thompson or his whereabouts on the night of June 9, or morning of June 10, is encouraged to call Detective John Lovik II at (541) 967-3950.