People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Linn County Sheriff
Chain reaction — About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, slippery roads led to six vehicles leaving the road on Oakville Road between Pirtle Drive and Easy Avenue.
According to Sgt. Flint Lebard, one car slid off and went into a ditch, the next car slowed for that car and also went into the ditch. Yet another car slid into the ditch when it yielded for a sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle.
Around the same time, three other cars slid into the same ditch. All were towed out. There were no injuries or property damage, according to Lebard. There were also no citations.
Sliding — Deputies were called to a single-car crash just before noon Thursday in the 34000 block of Meridian Road.
According to Sgt. Flint Lebard, the driver was distracted by a conversation happening in the car and veered off the road into a ditch.
There were no serious injuries and no citations.
Thousands of dollars in tools taken — About 8:10 a.m. Thursday, workers called deputies to report a large theft of tools from Linn-Benton Tractor, 33599 99E, Tangent.
The thief or thieves got in through a gate by removing its hinges and broke into multiple tool boxes on work trucks in the yard. At least $15,000 to $25,000 in tools were stolen, according to a preliminary estimate. The business was still compiling a list for deputies.
There were no named suspects. Deputies were working with the business to review video surveillance.
Traffic stop yields more — Officers arrested two people following a traffic stop at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Queen Avenue S.E. An officer stopped the 1991 Mazda MX6 for not having working taillights.
Driver Desire Laree Tenbusch, 30, of Sweet Home had a warrant for theft. An officer said she also had meth on her and a charge of unlawful possession was added.
Her passenger, Malcolm Hinton Hicks, 26, who lists a Halsey address, was arrested on a parole violation. The officer said he also had less than an ounce of marijuana on him and a violation was added for that offense.