Public Safety Log (July 16)

2013-07-16T08:15:00Z Public Safety Log (July 16) Albany Democrat Herald
July 16, 2013 8:15 am

People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.

Albany Police

Instant karma? — 4:57 p.m. Sunday, Walmart parking lot, 1330 Goldfish Farm Road S.E. A family exited the store and found a woman in their car. The family was missing their Bible, and they called police about the woman, who went to a nearby van. Police responded and contacted the suspect, and discovered that the 1995 Windstar had been stolen from Keizer earlier in the day. Bobbie Jo Allen, 48, of Keizer, was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and third-degree theft. Her blood alcohol content was .15 percent.

Several car prowls — Monday morning, Cluster Oak Avenue and Meadow Wood Drive N.W. In six separate cases, eight motor vehicles were broken into. Three vehicles were entered in the 2000 block of Cluster Oak Avenue N.W., and one was broken into in the 2200 block. On nearby Meadow Wood Drive N.W., three vehicles were entered in the 1800 block and one in the 2100 block. Police logs didn’t detail items taken in every instance. At least five of the vehicles were unlocked.

Linn County Sheriff

Stolen quad — 9:36 a.m. Sunday, 28000 block Fern Ridge Road. A 700cc quad worth $1,500 was reported stolen.

Vehicle vs. geese — 3:54 p.m. Sunday, John Neal Park, Lyons. A caller said five geese were deliberately hit and killed by a vehicle. A deputy responded and was unable to determine whether the driver intentionally hit the animals, which were in the roadway.

Oregon State Police

100 mph speeder — 7:21 a.m. Saturday, Interstate 5 near the Butte Creek overpass. Kevin Smith Jr., 23, of Colonia, N.J., was cited for speeding at more than 100 mph. He drove at triple digits for more than a mile in a blue Ford Focus. The presumptive fine for such a citation is $1,150.

Injury crash — 11 a.m. Saturday, Highway 34 at Denny School Road, near Lebanon. Douglas Jones, 47, of Salem, was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device after he pulled in front of traffic onto Highway 34 and his Hyundai sedan was struck in the side by a Plymouth Voyager. Jones, who had a visible injury, was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. He thought the van was turning onto Denny School Road, but it continued straight on the highway.  

Lebanon Police

Child with head trauma — 5:24 p.m. Friday, 100 block S. Fifth Street. Detectives are investigating a case where a 9-month-old boy suffered head trauma about two weeks ago. On Friday, the boy was flown from Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital to Oregon Health & Science University. He was in serious condition on Monday night. The grandmother of the child said he fell off a bed about six inches tall. The parents denied any other trauma.

Fleeing suspect — 8:27 p.m. Friday, 1300 block E. Grant Street. A suspect wearing tan pants and no shirt fled from his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was seen in another vehicle at Pine and Main streets as a passenger, then fled through a backyard on Pine Street. The man was last seen after he came out from under the canal near Franklin Street, according to a caller. Officers had to respond to another emergency call.

Skunky weed or skunk? — 12:56 a.m. Sunday, 100 block E. Elmore Street. A caller said the people in the apartment below her are smoking marijuana and it’s stinking up her home. An officer responded and discovered that the entire neighborhood smelled like a skunk. A male at the residence agreed that it was most likely a skunk. No report was taken.

Halsey-Shedd Fire

Tractor and baler fire — About 3 p.m. Monday, Twin Buttes Drive and Rowland Road. A fire started near the engine compartment of a 2012 tractor, spread to a 2012 baler, and then to about an acre of field that was scorched. The tractor, which had just 300 hours on it, and the baler, were destroyed, and the loss value was about $185,000, said Chief Skip Smith. No one was injured. Smith said the incident was similar to a Tangent tractor-baler fire from Thursday night. Harrisburg and Brownsville firefighters assisted at the scene, as did local farmers. 

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