People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Bloody knife? — 10:59 a.m. Monday, 1700 block of Geary Street S.E. A man said he found a knife at the bus stop that he thought had blood on it. He took it into the Geary Street Medical Center for police retrieval. It was picked up and the knife was put into storage at the police station. There was no indication in the police report whether there was, in fact, blood on the knife.
Store theft — 1:05 p.m. Saturday, 1900 block of 14th Avenue S.E., Radio Shack. The manager of the store told police someone stole an HP laptop worth $382. The police were given the serial number of the computer.
Prescription items — 11:36 a.m. Saturday, 500 block of Geary Street S.E., former American Cemwood Permatek site. A police officer found containers of prescription drugs and syringes in the vacant lot. It appears the drugs were left behind by squatters.
Bogus bills — 12:27 a.m. Sunday, 1700 block of Main Street, Fox’s Restaurant. An employee reported she just received two possible counterfeit $20 bills. Michael Lee Choate, 34, was charged with one count of being in possession of a forged instrument and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.
Hunting gear gone — 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 1300 block of Grove St. Hunting gear and a bow were stolen from a parked Dodge Dakota. No value was provided.
LINN COUNTY SHERIFF
Raining pellets — 7:24 a.m. Sunday, 41500 block of Baptist Church Drive near Lacomb. A woman called to say bird hunters were shooting toward her property from a nearby field and the shot was peppering her garage. A deputy contacted three hunters who said they would quit shooting in the direction of the house. The deputy said the shot was pretty well spent when it reached the garage, so it was mainly raining down on the building.
Items missing — 2:46 p.m. Sunday, 3000 block of Bates Lane near Sweet Home. A caller suspects a family member of taking $1,000 in cash, $1,000 worth of wedding rings, $3,000 worth of Black Hills gold rings and three handmade knives worth $900 from the house while other family members were away.
Fence cut — 4:09 p.m. Sunday, 39600 block of Highway 228 near Sweet Home. A man called to say his neighbors witnessed a juvenile cut his fence to let a vehicle onto the property. The vehicle then “cut cookies.” The caller was concerned his cows were going to get out. A deputy tried to contact the youth but he was not home.
Stolen goods — 11:03 p.m. Sunday, 600 block of Averill Street, Brownsville. Salem police asked to have a deputy check a car suspected of being used to transport goods stolen from Walmart and Lowe’s in Salem. The couple thought to own the car and suspected of stealing the items live in Brownsville. A deputy saw what looked like the stolen property in the car. The investigation is continuing.
SWEET HOME POLICE
Mailbox down — 2:06 p.m. Saturday, 5300 block of Poplar Street. A man reported he accidentally ran into a mailbox and pushed it over. The postmaster was called and secured the box.
Head banger — 4:08 p.m. Saturday, 948 Main St. A caller reported a man at the car wash was banging his head on a wall and punching light poles. An officer talked to the man, who said he was fine and would be leaving the area.