BENTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
Extortion — From Thursday afternoon. Samuel John Gerwe, 31, of Lake Oswego, was charged with theft by extortion, coercion, identity theft and computer crime. He pleaded not guilty. According to the charging document, the crimes took place between May 1, 2018 and Wednesday, and Gerwe compelled or induced the accuser to give him money or Gerwe or another person would unlawfully disseminate an intimate image or commit computer crimes. The Corvallis Police Department investigated the case.
LINN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
Menacing — From Thursday afternoon. Aaron Lee Exline, 40, of Albany, was charged with menacing (domestic violence), unlawful use of a weapon (domestic violence) and felon in possession of a firearm. The crimes allegedly occurred on Wednesday and the Albany Police Department investigated the case. Exline also was arraigned for probation violations in two other cases.
Meth dealing — From Thursday afternoon. Brent Lee Robert Horsley, 33, of Eugene, was charged with delivery and possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of compliance and illegal alteration or display of a registration plate. The offenses allegedly took place on Wednesday and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office was the investigating agency.
Domestic assault — From Thursday afternoon. John James Torkelson, 55, of Sweet Home, was charged with felony fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and harassment. The crimes occurred on Wednesday and the Sweet Home Police Department investigated the case. Torkelson also was arraigned for a probation violation.