Agencies raid Albany house

2012-02-22T08:15:00Z 2012-02-22T17:57:19Z Agencies raid Albany houseBy Cathy Ingalls, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald
February 22, 2012 8:15 am  • 

Four people were arrested on drug charges following a pre-dawn raid Tuesday at 220 Pitt St. S.E. in Albany.

About 6 a.m., Albany police served a search warrant at the address. They had assistance from Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Lebanon Police detectives; the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Marion County SWAT Team; and the Oregon Army National Guard.

No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, said Albany police Lt. Brad Liles.

“We located marijuana, methamphetamine, diverted prescription pharmaceuticals, scales, packaging materials, firearms and stolen property,” he said.

Some of the stolen property could have come from Lebanon.

The following people were charged and taken to the Linn County Jail:

Coleen Rae Mitchell, 55, meth possession; Julie Ann Mitchell, 51, meth possession; Crystal Dawn Susnik, 33, meth possession; and Logan Scott Mitchell, 31, meth possession, seven counts of felon in possession of a firearm, seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and first-degree theft by receiving of an Army blue uniform and bugle stolen from the Albany National Guard Armory.

Liles said additional charges could be filed.

Marion County sent 24 deputies, but “we won’t say anything with regard to the use of flash-bangs or deployment because we don’t want to educate those whom we might have to confront in the future,” said Don Thomson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The SWAT team requested that two Oregon Army National Guard light-armored vehicles participate, said Kay Fristad, chief of community relations at the Guard in Salem.

“They are highly safe with a battering ram and a ramp that drops down from the back,” she said. “The city will not have to pay for use of the vehicles because they were purchased for use around the state.”

The all-weather, all-terrain vehicles weigh 25 tons and cost $630,000 each. Their thick metal shells protect occupants from small-arms fire and can carry eight people plus a driver and a tactical commander.

The city also will not pay the Marion SWAT team’s expenses because jurisdictions do not charge for assisting each other in major incidents, said Albany police Capt. Jeff Hinrichs.

Last summer, Albany police responded to a shooting at the same address.

Kenneth McDaniel, then 35, received a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to the hospital in Corvallis for treatment.

Logan Mitchell, then 30, son of Colleen Mitchell who notified police about the shooting, was hit on the head with some sort of object. He was examined by medics but not transported.

McDaniel and Mitchell had been arguing outside the house but each man gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

According to records at the Linn County Assessor’s Office, the 1,801-square-foot house at 220 Pitt St. S.E. was built in 1995 and sits on an acre of property. The market value of house and land is $208,350.

Property taxes for 2011 were $3,599, and payments are current.

(This is a corrected version of the original story.)

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