People arrested are innocent unless proven otherwise in court. Initial charges often change as a case progresses.
Abandoned dog — 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, 600 block Hickory Street N.W. A dog was found in a crate outside, and had been abandoned there for about seven hours. The caller asked about how he could keep the animal.
Linn County Sheriff
Burglary — 11:06 a.m. Tuesday, 42100 block Highway 226. An unoccupied home was entered and a bed and mattresses were taken. The loss value was about $800.
Self-inflicted shooting — 2:44 p.m. Tuesday, 37000 block Highway 226. Samaritan Albany General Hospital reported a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A passenger in a vehicle was showing a handgun to a friend, and demonstrating how the double action and safety works. The gun discharged, and a bullet went through-and-through his lower leg.
Theft — 7:57 p.m. Tuesday, Kirk’s Ferry, Bishop Way, Brownsville. An i-Pad and equipment were stolen from a table. The loss value was about $750.
Sex crime arrest — 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Linn County Jail. Matthew Sayer, 37, of Brownsville, was arrested on charges of first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy. His initial bail was $150,000. The victims in the case were elementary school children who knew Sayer. The Oregon Department of Human Services notified the Sheriff’s Office of the potential abuse on Monday.
Stuck raccoon — 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, 600 S. 16th Street. A caller said that there was a raccoon that had been stuck in his fence for quite a while. He thinks it may be starving to death. The caller said the raccoon was very aggressive. An office responded and located the animal stuck between fence posts. The officer got permission to break the fence, and the animal was set free. Chintimini Animal Rescue was contacted and they spoke with the homeowner regarding plans to trap the critter.