People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Vehicle v. bicyclist - A witness called police at 6:42 p.m. Friday saying a van and bicycle had collided in the intersection of Queen Avenue S.E. and Hill Street. Details were sketchy and the report was not yet in Saturday, but police said the bicyclist suffered minor injuries and was transported to Samaritan Albany General Hospital. They also said there have been no citations at this time, but it appears the van driver was at fault.
Gift shop grifter - At about 2:45 p.m. Friday a worker at the gift shop at Samaritan Albany General Hospital noticed a woman taking items for which she had not paid. Hospital security held the woman until police arrived. Police searched her and she allegedly had a user amount of meth on her person. Muriel Marie Holbrook, 43, of Lebanon, was cited on charges of unlawful meth possession and third-degree theft. She is scheduled to appear in Linn County Circuit Court March 10.
Linn County Sheriff
Strange behavior - The principal of Lourdes Elementary School called deputies after a woman came to the school and began berating a teacher. The woman, who had trespassed on the property in 2006, left before deputies arrived. Deputies went to the woman's home at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. There, they told her she was under arrest. Deputies say she resisted the arrest several times and eventually they had to use a Taser on her. Margaret A. Bender, 51, of Scio was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. She is scheduled to appear in Linn County Circuit Court Feb. 24.
Minor injury crash - Deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash at about 12:15 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Highway 99E in Halsey. According to a dispatch report, the driver of a gray 2001 Ford pickup was traveling south on Highway 99E near the intersection of G Street when the driver of a white 1996 Dodge pickup pulled out into the road. The driver of the Dodge told a deputy he could not recall what happened. That driver, Lee Skinner, 51, of Halsey suffered minor injuries and was transported to Samaritan Albany General Hospital. He was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. The driver of the Ford was OK.