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Fatal Crash on Rock Hill Drive - 11/14/19

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports last night at 11:29 p.m., his deputies investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash on Rock Hill Drive, west of Lebanon. 

Deputies were driving by the location when they saw a vehicle pulled over with its hazard lights on and a female standing outside.  They stopped to assist, and the female stated her boyfriend, 27-year-old, Steven Marlen of Lebanon, and her brother, 20-year-old Jacob Wibbens of Brownsville were overdue and not answering their phones.  She used a cell phone locator application for Marlen’s phone that brought her to the Rock Hill Drive location.  She told deputies Marlen was driving a red Toyota MR2.

The deputies were not able to immediately see the crashed vehicle, but after a few minutes of searching, discovered it about fifty yards off the roadway in blackberry bushes.  Medics from Lebanon Fire Department were requested to respond.  The deputies found the vehicle was upside down on its top and discovered Marlen and Wibbens were deceased inside. 

The investigation revealed Marlen was travelling westbound on Rock Hill Drive when his vehicle drove off the shoulder and lost control.  The vehicle rolled several times coming to rest on its roof. 

Both Marlen and Wibbens were wearing their seatbelts.  Lebanon Fire Department personnel had to extricate both males from the vehicle.  Huston-Jost Funeral Home assisted and transported them to their facility.

It is unknown what caused Marlen to drive off the roadway.  Speed may have been a factor in the crash.  No other vehicles were involved.

 

Linn County Sheriff's Office Identifies Suspect in October Central Linn Bomb Threat - 11/07/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies have identified a suspect in the bomb threat that caused the Central Linn High School to be on lockdown for several hours on October 29th. 

On the morning of October 29th at 9:44 a.m. deputies responded to the school to investigate a threat that came in over the phone.  The caller referenced a “bomb”, which put the school on alert and caused them to lockdown the facility.  The school was locked down for approximately three hours, while deputies searched the entire school, including school grounds, every building and classroom.  Deputies did not find any suspicious items and the lockdown was eventually lifted.

During the lockdown, parents were not allowed to pick up their children.  This was necessary to preserve the scene and keep the children safe during the deputies’ search.  Parents were kept informed of the situation by a Sheriff’s Office representative until the lockdown was lifted.

Deputies were able to trace the phone number back to an address in Warrenton, Virginia.  Through their investigation, it was learned similar threatening calls were made from the same number to New York Fire Departments and other government agencies throughout the nation, including others in Oregon.  With numerous jurisdictions investigating similar threats, Paul Oliver Martikainen, 45 years old, was eventually taken into custody for the threats in Bryson City, North Carolina.  The FBI has been involved in these cases and Martikainen is facing federal charges.  Specific charges are not known at this time. 

Th Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by New York Police Department and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office takes every threat seriously.  Deputies will thoroughly investigate each incident to identify the suspect and hold them accountable.  The safety of our children and schools is our highest priority.

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies have identified a suspect in the bomb threat that caused the Central Linn High School to be on lockdown for several hours on October 29th. 

On the morning of October 29th at 9:44 a.m. deputies responded to the school to investigate a threat that came in over the phone.  The caller referenced a “bomb”, which put the school on alert and caused them to lockdown the facility.  The school was locked down for approximately three hours, while deputies searched the entire school, including school grounds, every building and classroom.  Deputies did not find any suspicious items and the lockdown was eventually lifted.

During the lockdown, parents were not allowed to pick up their children.  This was necessary to preserve the scene and keep the children safe during the deputies’ search.  Parents were kept informed of the situation by a Sheriff’s Office representative until the lockdown was lifted.

Deputies were able to trace the phone number back to an address in Warrenton, Virginia.  Through their investigation, it was learned similar threatening calls were made from the same number to New York Fire Departments and other government agencies throughout the nation, including others in Oregon.  With numerous jurisdictions investigating similar threats, Paul Oliver Martikainen was eventually taken into custody for the threats in Bryson City, North Carolina.  The FBI has been involved in these cases and Martikainen is facing federal charges.  Specific charges are not known at this time. 

Th Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by New York Police Department and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office takes every threat seriously.  Deputies will thoroughly investigate each incident to identify the suspect and hold them accountable.  The safety of our children and schools is our highest priority.  The investigation is continuing. 

Tangent Man Arrested for Sex Abuse - 10/30/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports yesterday, October 29, his detectives arrested Michael Ray Long, 35, of Tangent, for multiple sexual abuse crimes.  Detectives started this investigation in August when the Marion County Sheriff’s Office cross reported information of Long engaging into inappropriate Facebook conversations with a 12-year-old female. During the investigation, detectives were made aware of a 9-year-old female, known to Long, who disclosed she had been sexually abused by him.

 

Long is lodged at the Linn County Jail on: six counts of Sex Abuse I, three counts of Sodomy I, two counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration, one count each of Rape I, Sex Abuse III, Strangulation, Luring a Minor and Private Indecency.

 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. Detectives believe there may be more victims and encourage anyone with information about Michael Long to contact Detective Tracy White 541-917-6652.

 

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Linn County Sheriff Office Seizures of 28 Pounds of Marijuana (Photo) - 10/28/19

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies seized 28 pounds of marijuana discovered during a traffic stop.  On October 27, at 10:29 p.m., deputies stopped a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had defective lighting on Pacific Boulevard near the Motel 6 in Albany.  During the traffic stop, deputies identified the driver as Billy St. Germain, 31, from California.  St. Germain did not have a valid drivers license or insurance on the vehicle.  St. Germain was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant for Fail to Appear from Jackson County, Oregon. 

The Jeep was towed as a nuisance vehicle, as it was blocking other vehicles and there was no licensed driver to remove it.  Upon inventorying the vehicle to document any valuables within, the deputies found approximately 28 pounds of marijuana in 29 individual bags. 

The marijuana was seized and Germain was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and transported to the Linn County jail.

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