Public Safety Log (Feb. 8)

2011-02-08T06:15:00Z 2011-02-11T12:07:50Z Public Safety Log (Feb. 8) Albany Democrat Herald
February 08, 2011 6:15 am

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


Fireworks found — An employee found some old fireworks outside West Albany High School and brought them into the office. It appeared the fireworks had been outside a long time and were legal.

Stuck cat — Police were asked to free a cat stuck in a drain pipe about 3:50 a.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Seventh Avenue. Detective Sgt. Steve Dorn said officers could not pull the cover off the pipe because it was wedged shut, so the fire department was called. Firefighters opened the grate. Dorn said once the cover was off, a full-grown Siamese cat jumped out and walked off. No one knows how the cat got trapped.

Just knocking — About five juveniles tapped on the windows of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1600 block of 28th Avenue Southeast during noon-hour services on Sunday. The young people were told to leave.


Car fire — Fire destroyed a 1994 Camaro north of Murder Creek on Interstate 5 about 8:05 p.m. Sunday. The fire started in the engine area, probably because the driver had closed off the oil compartment with a rag, which caught fire, said Mike Trabue, a spokesman for the department.


Shots fired — A woman reported hearing gun shots around the 3900 block of Shelburn Drive near Scio about 1:05 a.m. Saturday. The woman had not seen any cars in the area.

Trailer stolen — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office alerted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon that a flatbed trailer had been stolen from N. Second Street in Jefferson.

Power out — Kelly Lynn Luther, 24, of Lebanon was cited into Linn County Circuit Court on charges of driving under the influence and driving while suspended or revoked in connection with his hitting a utility pole about 5:10 a.m. Sunday in the 33100 block of Steckley Drive off Highway 34 in Lebanon. Power was restored to 11 customers about 7 a.m. His vehicle loosened a guy wire that flipped up onto a power line, causing a short.

Injury wreck — Lorraine Tenpas, 86, of Corvallis suffered head, chest and shoulder injuries about 10:40 a.m. Sunday when she missed a curve in the 35300 block of Riverside Drive, crashing through a vinyl fence. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Corvallis.

Jewelry gone — Wedding rings were reported missing Sunday afternoon from a home in the 37900 block of Mountain View Drive between Lebanon and Sweet Home. The rings were valued at $3,000. A family member is suspected.

Wood taken — A cord and a half of wood was reported to have been taken late Sunday afternoon from Whitcomb Creek Park in the 47700 block of Quartzville Road. Juveniles clearing and cleaning the park had cut and stacked the wood that was valued at $225.


Bike taken — A purple Eastern Traildigger BMX bicycle valued at $900 was reported taken Friday from the 2800 block of 10th Street. A 14-year-old was later found with parts from the bike. He was referred to the juvenile department for first-degree burglary.

Strange items — A hunting knife in a sheath, a ski mask, glasses and a full can of soda were found Friday in a yard in the 1400 block of Hiatt Street. Later, the owner discovered that the home’s garage had been ransacked. A report was taken for first-degree burglary.

Car thefts — Owners of several vehicles in the 200 block of Third Street reported items taken on Saturday. Binoculars and a satellite radio were taken from one car, a

41/2-inch widescreen MP3/MP4 player were taken from another, and an Evion navigation system was taken from another.


911 abuser — A 58-year-old woman was charged late Sunday with improper use of 911. The woman had called the county’s dispatch center several times stating she was mad that her calls were not going straight through to the Sweet Home Police Department. She did not report any crime. An officer responded to where the woman was. She was held for detoxification, cited and then released.

Acting out —A 35-year-old man was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday near the Dairy Queen on Main Street after he was reported to be picking fights with customers and urinating in public. The man was held for detoxification and then cited and released.

Meth arrest — While in custody late Saturday, Nathan Dion Larkins, 23, of Lebanon was discovered to have meth on him. He was charged with possession of meth and for failure to register as a sex offender. He was taken to the Linn County Jail, where he also was charged with two counts of failure to perform community service, two counts of contempt of court and parole violation.

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