People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Meth arrest — While assisting another agency in an investigation, Albany police say they found a small amount of meth on a man.
About 9 a.m. Thursday, Aaron Cheston Bridges, 42, was arrested in the 3600 block of Adah Avenue N.E. on a charge of unlawful meth possession. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.
Nude man walking — A caller expressed concern about a nude man walking in the grass, following children about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of Salem Avenue S.E.
At about 3:15 p.m. that day, police caught up with Theodore Long, 61, who lives nearby on Salem Avenue, near the intersection of Santiam Highway S.E. and Davidson Street.
By then he was clothed.
He faces charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and violating parole.
Carrying more than merchandise — About 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a call of shoplifting at the Fred Meyer store, 2500 Santiam Highway S.E.
According to a report, Amber Lacy, 36, of Lebanon had taken merchandise worth less than $50 from the store. During a search of her purse, police say they found methamphetamine. Lacy faces charges of unlawful meth possession and third-degree theft.
Linn County Sheriff
Recent release — A man walking in and out of traffic attempting to hitch a ride on Interstate 5 had recently been released from the state mental hospital, according to deputies.
About 3 a.m. Thursday, an OSP trooper called for help when he narrowly missed the man on the way to another call.
Deputies responded and took the 21-year-old Salem man into custody on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct. Deputies say he had a baggie of pot on him and charged him with unlawful marijuana possession. He had been listed missing from Salem.
After processing, the man’s parents were contacted, and they picked him up at the jail.
Taken for a ride — A man says he is out $800 after transferring money to another bank account online but never receiving the four Audi tires and wheels he ordered. The man called deputies at 12:10 p.m. Thursday from Kingston-Lyons Drive. He said he was promised a refund when the goods failed to materialize, but that also didn’t happen. Deputies were investigating.
Cougar spotted — A woman called deputies about 12:25 a.m. Thursday saying she saw a very large cougar cross the road during her drive home from bingo. The woman told dispatchers she was confident it was a cougar as she had seen at least five during her lifetime.
She had been driving on Highway 20 from Lebanon to Sweet Home about 9:55 p.m. Wednesday when she saw the animal near the Waterloo exit.
Deputies forwarded the information to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.