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Linn County sheriff's Office Releases Name of Driver in Jet Ski Crash from July - 10/12/20

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon is releasing the name of the driver of the jet ski that struck two small children, killing one, on July 20, at Lewis Creek Park on Foster Reservoir, east of Sweet Home. 

The driver of the 2020 Sea-Doo was Antonio Cassanova-Gonzalez, 23, from Salem.  Cassanova-Gonzalez has been cooperative for the entirety of the investigation.  He consented to testing and no drugs or alcohol were found in his system.

The investigation has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney’s Office for review.


Wildfire Debris Removal Services offered for FREE! - 10/06/20

Wildfire Debris Removal Services offered for FREE!  Deadline to sign up is October 16th, 2020.

If your property or residence was damaged or destroyed by the recent wildfires, Sheriff Jim Yon wants you to know the deadline is quickly approaching to have your wildfire debris removed free of charge.  Before you can rebuild, your property must be cleared of household hazardous waste or other hazardous substances. Crews that specialize in identifying and removing hazardous substances will visit properties, determine what hazardous materials need to be removed, and remove them for safe disposal. This service is funded by federal and state government and provided free of charge to property owners.


To take advantage of this free service, property owners MUST sign an access agreement (also known as a Right of Entry form) by October 16, 2020 to allow cleanup crews onto their property. Contact your county to find more information about how to submit your access agreement.


To fill out the Right of Entry form online, to allow for FREE debris removal:

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Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Serious Injury Crash Near Scio - 10/01/20

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports, September 30, at 11:10 a.m., his deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Richardson Gap Road and Fish Hatchery Drive, south of Scio. The caller reported two vehicles collided in the intersection and multiple people were injured.

The investigation revealed a 2012 Ford F150 was traveling west on Fish Hatchery Drive approaching the intersection when a 2005 Nissan Quest traveling north on Richardson Gap Road failed to stop for the posted stop sign. The high-speed impact caused significant damage to both vehicles.

Eddie Schnitzer, 68, driver of the Ford, received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. A female passenger of the Nissan, whose identify has not been confirmed, was transported by Life flight to Salem for life-threatening head and body injuries. The male driver of the Nissan sustained a head injury and was uncooperative on scene. He was transported to Corvallis Good Samaritan by ambulance.  Deputies are actively investigating the identity of both occupants of the Nissan. Deputies are conducting a criminal investigation and are in the process of determining contributing factors of the crash.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Scio Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Linn County Road Department. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to the investigation is encouraged to call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541-967-3950).