People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Burgled again — At 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, a woman called police from the 2600 block of 23rd Avenue S.E. saying her home had been burgled for the second time in as many days. She didn’t report the first burglary because it was only pop cans.
More than $1,500 worth of items were listed stolen including tools, Les Schwab racing rims, personal paperwork, clothing and an antique transom.
Linn County Sheriff
Man bites father — Kris Allan Fiala, 45, of Lebanon faces charges including menacing and fourth-degree assault after what a deputy described as a drunken scuffle with his 81-year-old father.
The father called deputies from the hospital. Richard Fiala said his son bit his finger, taking off a small portion of his right hand index finger behind the nail.
Oregon State Police
Multi-car collision — A driver was cited Wednesday afternoon by Oregon State Police following a four-vehicle minor injury traffic crash on Highway 34 about three miles west of Tangent.
According to Trooper Casi Hegney-Bach, about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a 1991 Volvo four-door driven by Anne E. McElhinny, 22, of Beaverton was westbound on Highway 34 near milepost 5 in heavy rain when she lost control.
The Volvo crossed the highway into the eastbound lanes and collided with a 1983 Chevrolet van driven by Justin G. Wood, 27, of Scio. After the initial collision, the van collided with a 2004 Ford Focus four-door sedan driven by Terence M. Wood, 62, of Albany. A fourth vehicle, a 2007 Subaru Forester four-door, driven by Jessina C. McGregor, 33, of Tigard, was also involved in the collision.
The four drivers and two passengers received minor injuries not requiring transport to a hospital.
McElhinny was cited for careless driving.
OSP troopers were assisted by Albany Fire Department and ODOT.
People, cats, OK — About 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters were called to 300 15th Ave. S.E. for a house fire. Firefighters on the first arriving engine did not see smoke.
They used a thermal imaging camera and were able to determine that there was a fire in the attic. The fire was contained to the attic and is believed to be electrical.
There were two people living at the house, Jean Grindel-Tate and her daughter Vinca Grindel. They also had four cats. Lily, Dottie and Mittens all escaped with Jean. Charlie hid in the bedroom but was found after things got calmer. There were no injuries to people or animals.
The home owners had insurance. The estimated loss to the building was approximately $15,000 and estimated loss to the contents is approximately $2,500.