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Reckless Burning Near Brownsville - 08/15/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on August 15, 2018, at approximately 1:49 a.m., the Linn County 9-1-1 dispatch center received a call of a fire in a ditch on Linn West Drive northwest of Brownsville. 

At 2:04 a.m., within fifteen minutes of the original call, a deputy was responding to the area and located an additional ditch fire on Ogle Road.   The second fire appeared to have been set within minutes of the deputy’s arrival to the area.  Deputies later learned a third ditch fire was located by Halsey / Shedd Fire Department on Ogle Road, approximately a half mile south west of first fire. 

The investigations revealed all three fires were set within a fifteen minute time frame.   Each of the fires was started in the dry grass and brush alongside the roadway, near harvested and plowed grass fields.   

At this time there are no suspects and the investigation is continuing. 

If anyone has any information on these fires, please contact Deputy Thurman at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Stayton - 08/01/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on July 31, 2018 at 9:56 p.m., Linn County deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger car on Stayton-Scio Road near the intersection of Cole School Road, west of Stayton. 

During the investigation, it was determined 21-year old Kevin Charles McFadden of Scio was traveling eastbound on Stayton-Scio Road on his 2015 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle.  61-year old, Cleo Lynn Matson of Stayton was traveling westbound in her 2014 Subaru Outback and was turning into her driveway when she collided with McFadden.   McFadden was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital and then flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

It does not appear alcohol was a factor in the collision.  The investigation is continuing and no one has been charged at this time.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Stayton Fire Department and Stayton Police Department. 

Linn County Deputies Arrest Woman for Stabbing her Ex-Boyfriend (Photo) - 07/29/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports that early this morning at 12:38 a.m., deputies responded to a stabbing that occurred in the 28000 block of Pleasant Valley Road near Sweet Home.  The owner of the property, 58-year old Michael Speck, called 911 to report he had been stabbed by his ex-girlfriend.  Speck and 56-year old Nancy Edwards had ended their relationship, but he was allowing her to temporarily stay in an outbuilding on the property.  They argued early this morning because Speck wanted Edwards to move off his property and find another place to live. 

After being stabbed, Speck locked himself inside the house and called 911.  While on the phone with 911 Dispatchers, Edwards broke into the house by breaking through a sliding glass door in attempt to attack Speck again.  Deputies arrived at the residence and placed Edwards under arrest. 

Speck was transported by ambulance to the Lebanon Community Hospital and then transferred to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.  Speck’s lung was punctured, but he is listed as being in stable condition. 

Nancy Edwards was arrested for Attempted Murder, Assault I, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  She was lodged at the Linn County Jail. 

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the stabbing is asked to contact Detective John Lovik at (541) 967-3950.

Attached Media Files: Edwards_Nancy.jpg
SAR Team
SAR Team
Climber from Texas Rescued on Mount Jefferson (Photo) - 07/25/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on July 24, 2018, at 2:45 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a hiker on the Pacific Crest trail was vomiting, cramping, and severely dehydrated.

The Sheriff’s Office determined that 35-year old, Rudy Santiago Moreno of Edinburg, Texas, was hiking the Pacific Crest trail and was on the second day of a planned ten day trip.  The injured subject was at 6000 feet elevation and 9 miles from the Pamelia Lake trailhead.

The Linn county Sheriff’s Office sent Search and Rescue teams to the Pamelia Lake and Bingham trails.  While rescuers were en route to Mr. Moreno’s location it was learned that his condition was not improving and a request for air assets from the Oregon Army National guard was made.    

At approximately 7:45 p.m., a helicopter from the Oregon National Guard hoisted Mr. Moreno from the trail and took him to the Salem Airport.  An ambulance was requested to meet the Blackhawk at the airport and he was transported to the Salem hospital where he was treated.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oregon Army National Guard, Linn County Mounted Posse and Linn County Amateur Radio.

Attached Media Files: SAR Team
SAR Team after the Rescue
SAR Team after the Rescue
Eugene Woman Rescued from Tamolitch Pool (Photo) - 07/24/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on July 23, 2018, at 3:43 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a female had fallen and broken her ankle at Tamolitch Pool on the Mckenzie River.  This area is also known as “Blue Pool”.

The Sweet Home Fire Department was the first to arrive and discovered that 18-year old Sarah Grace Shepler of Eugene, Oregon, was attempting to reach the pool on a very steep trail when she fell and injured herself.  The female could not put any weight on her injured foot.  Sweet Home Fire Department with the assistance of McKenzie Fire Department was able to set up a rope system to move her to the trail.  Once on the trail 18 Search and Rescue members from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office carried her in a wheeled stretcher to the trailhead.  Once at the trailhead, Mrs. Shepler refused transport in the ambulance.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Eugene Mountain Rescue, Sweet Home Fire Department, and McKenzie Fire Department.

Mount Jefferson
Mount Jefferson
Linn County Sheriff's Office Reports Climber Rescued from Mount Jefferson (Photo) - 07/23/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on Friday July 20th, at 7:05 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call that a climber was injured on the west side of Mount Jefferson.

Preliminary information received indicated that 64-year old Jonathan Sprecher of Bend, Oregon was descending Mount Jefferson after a successful summit attempt and fell in the area of the Milk Creek Glacier.  At the time of report, it was believed that although Mr. Sprecher hurt his leg, he and climbing partner, Samual Lowry of Redmond, Oregon had plenty of food and water and were slowly working their way down the mountain.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office sent Search and Rescue teams to make contact with the injured climber early Saturday morning.  At approximately 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening, deputies finally reached Mr. Lowry and learned Mr. Sprecher was another 1100 feet up the mountain, as he was unable to put any weight on his leg to continue down.  At approximately 6:00 p.m. a helicopter from the Oregon National Guard assisted in hoisting Mr. Sprecher from the mountain to where he could be transported to Salem Hospital for treatment. 

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Oregon Army National Guard, Linn County Mounted Posse and Linn County Amateur Radio.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Near Brownsville - 07/22/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on July 21, 2018, at 6:51 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near the 25000 block of Gap Road just south of Brownsville.

Preliminary investigation revealed Steven Ray Bailey (64) of Creswell, Oregon, was traveling with a companion on separate motorcycles southbound on Gap Road.  Bailey’s 1997 Suzuki motorcycle left the south bound lane of travel, crossing the north bound lane of travel, through a ditch, and collided with a driveway culvert.  Deputies believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.  CPR was performed on Bailey by a bystander and emergency personnel for approximately thirty (30) minutes before Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.  Mr. Bailey was transported to Fisher Funeral Home in Albany.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Brownsville and Lebanon Fire Departments, Oregon Department of Forestry Fire units, and the Linn County Medical Examiner`s Office.