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


Steel theft — Between $4,000 and $5,000 worth of steel was reported stolen from behind a locked gate at 5J Fabrication in the 1600 block of Century Drive. The theft was reported about 6:30 a.m. Monday.


Door jimmied — A woman returned to her home in the 2000 block of S. Santiam Highway from church about 1:50 p.m. Sunday to find items missing from the inside. An officer determined her back door had been jimmied open using a credit card or pocket knife.

Missing were a Dell laptop, two gold and diamond wedding rings and a T-Mobile Comet cell phone, valued together at $2,043.

Counterfeit bills — Police are investigating several reports of counterfeit bills being passed on Saturday during the Strawberry Festival in the carnival area on Highway 20 at Cheadle Lake. The bills were turned over to the Secret Service.

Police elude — Anthony Allen Ensley, 29, of Lebanon was taken to the Linn County Jail shortly before midnight Friday after a pursuit that started about 10:20 p.m. at Red Bridge Road that later involved the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State and Albany police.

The chase ended on Commercial Way in Albany after Ensley crashed his stolen truck into a fence near the Oregon Department of Transportation yard. He had run over spike strips set out by a trooper and Albany police. Officers approached Ensley with guns drawn, and Albany Lt. Travis Giboney used a Taser on him.

Ensley was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree criminal mischief, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, attempt to elude, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, and he had several warrants.

Electronics missing — A woman reported at 12:25 p.m. Friday that someone went into her house on Thursday in the 2000 block of Cypress Court and took a Dell laptop and a Wii gaming system. The woman did not provide a value for the items.

Mad snake — A man walking his dog in the 100 block of Dodge Street about 3:35 p.m. Friday told police the two were confronted by a 3- to 4-foot long snake that was attempting to bite him and the dog.

An officer determined it was a bull snake and the reptile was “dispatched and disposed of.”


Fast elude — Deputies took Lebanon transient David Clinton Fox, 43, into custody early Saturday morning following a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, said Sgt. Art Sprague.

He said speeds in the pursuit got up to 80 miles an hour in Sweet Home. “Normally we wouldn’t do that but this guy had a lot of charges against him,” Sprague said.

The pursuit ended on a dead-end road, where Fox jumped out of his car and ran. He fell into a small crevice and Sgt. Shawn Fielders caught up with him, holding him at gunpoint until help arrived.

Sweet Home Police assisted.

Fox was charged with attempting to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, second-degree sex abuse and he had several warrants out for his arrest.

He was taken to the Linn County Jail.

No abuse — A woman was reported hitting a child in her car while driving the vehicle at about 10 a.m. Sunday in the 36100 block of Cold Springs Road near Crabtree.

A deputy discovered the grandmother and her 11-year-old grandson actually were playing a game and no one was being hit.

Telephone argument — A father reported his 46-year-old son left home in the Ashwood Manufactured Home Community on McFarland Road near Tangent about 2 p.m. Sunday after arguing over the phone with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Before leaving the property, the son broke the windows in his truck, threw away his cell phone and then said soon no one would have to worry about him.

The father later caught up with his son and said the man had calmed down.

Trapped driver — A woman called deputies about 4 p.m. Sunday to say two drivers had followed her onto Beta Drive, trapping her there.

A deputy learned that the woman inadvertently cut one of the drivers off when making a lane change and that driver and another driver got mad and followed her.

The deputy explained people make mistakes and road rage is not an appropriate response.


Rollover — Tyler Jason Hanefeld, 19, of Gresham received cuts and scratches after his 1989 Honda Accord left a northbound lane of I-5 near the Ridge Drive overpass south of Albany about 1:50 p.m. Sunday, rolling over two or three times.

Hanefeld told a trooper he felt himself dozing off but continued to drive, veering onto a gravel shoulder and then overcorrecting.

He was cited for failing to drive within a lane.

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