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Sheriff's Office Arrests Stayton Man for Murder - 03/17/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on March 16, 2019 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a call from METCOM 911 regarding an assault in the 41600 block of Stayton Scio Road near Stayton.  The caller hung up the phone before any additional information could be obtained.  

As deputies arrived at the location, they saw a person running into the residence and a person laying in the driveway.  Robert Nelson, 74,  contacted deputies outside the residence.  Robert informed deputies that his grandson, Joshua Elbert Nelson, 22,  was the person who ran inside the residence.  His son, Timothy Dean Nelson, 50,  was laying on the ground.  All three Nelsons live at this residence.  
 
Deputies checked Timothy Nelson’s welfare and found he had died as a result of homicidal violence.  Deputies attempted to communicate with Joshua Nelson, but he would not respond to their requests.  The Linn County Regional SWAT Team was called to the location for assistance.  After approximately six hours, Joshua Nelson surrendered to law enforcement.  Joshua Nelson was arrested and charged with aggravated murder.  
 
Anyone who saw or had contact with Timothy Nelson or Joshua Nelson on March 16, 2019 is asked to the contact Detective Colin Pyle at (541) 967-3950.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Crash outside of Harrisburg - 03/14/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports today at 6:55 a.m., his deputies investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash on Peoria Road near Irish Bend Loop, outside of Harrisburg.  Kelly Flower, 55, from Foster was driving a 2003 Honda Accord southbound on Peoria Road when she appeared to have crossed the centerline into the oncoming lane.  Her vehicle struck Colleen Wedin, 49, of Eugene, who was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse northbound on Peoria.  The two vehicles collided head-on.  This section of Peoria Road was straight and it is unknown what caused Flower to go into the oncoming lane.  The two women were the only occupants of each vehicle.

 

Flower was pronounced deceased on scene.  She was taken to Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home in Albany.   Wedin suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.  Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and both vehicles’ airbags deployed.  Flower’s family has been notified.  There was intermittent fog in the area, but it is unknown if this was a factor in the crash.

 

The Multi-Agency Investigative Team (MAIT) was called to the scene to assist in the investigation.

 

Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department and Halsey Fire Department.

 

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash update - 03/11/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Sodaville road and Cascade drive near Lebanon.  The intersection has been closed for several hours as the investigation continues.  Please avoid the area.  Information will be released as it becomes available. 

Update

On March 3rd, 2019 Linn County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Cascade Drive and Sodaville Road near Lebanon. Johnie Isabell III, 46 of Sweet Home, was traveling east on Cascade Drive and failed to stop and yield at the stop sign at Sodaville road.  Kelley Perry, 62 of Lebanon, was traveling north on Sodaville Road when she struck Isabell III’s vehicle.  She struck the passenger side as it crossed in front of her, causing significant damage to both vehicles.

Perry was transported to the Lebanon Hospital with life threatening injuries and was then transferred to Portland for extensive treatment regarding her injuries.  Perry has since died from her injuries.  Isabell III and his passenger, Isabell IV, reported no injuries.  Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash. 

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the MAIT team to include the Lebanon Police Department. The investigation is ongoing.

 

UPDATE on DATE

The correct date on the crash is March 8th.  

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash - 03/08/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a serious motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Sodaville road and Cascade drive near Lebanon.  The crash was reported this morning at 07:09 am.  The intersection has been closed for several hours as the investigation continues.  Please avoid the area.  Information will be released as it becomes available. 

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Mill City Man Sentenced in Sex Offense Case (Photo) - 02/27/19

On December 13, 2018, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reported his Detectives arrested Eric Wayne Dille, 46 of Mill City, for one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Eric Dille was arrested after video evidence implicated him in these crimes, which occurred several years prior. The victim in this case is an adult female, known by Eric Dille, and was incapacitated at the time the crimes occurred.

Today Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports Dille appeared in Linn County Circuit Court for a plea and sentencing hearing.  Dille plead no contest to one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and was sentenced to 100 months of incarceration at the Oregon Department of Corrections. 


Video evidence leads investigators to believe there are other female victims. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Rossiter of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office is Recruiting for Search and Rescue - 02/25/19

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 10 day summer training program.

This will be the 26th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 14 through June 24.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission 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 11th, April 8th,  or May 13th  at 7pm to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10 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. 

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Deputies Arrest Suspect in Stolen Vehicle After Pursuit (Photo) - 02/20/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports today at 5:39 a.m. his deputies were involved in a pursuit with a stolen vehicle.  The pursuit began on 7th Avenue near Hill Street in Albany.  The suspect vehicle, a gray 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, was reportedly stolen out of Sweet Home.  

Deputies pursued the vehicle to Bi-Mart on Santiam Highway.  The male suspect, Ryan Kelly Rikala, 32 of Sweet Home, ran from the vehicle and was quickly taken into custody without force.  Rikala was taken to the Albany General Hospital for a complaint of a medical issue.  He was released and transported to Linn County Jail where he was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and outstanding warrants for Parole Violation and Contempt of Court.