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Corvallis Man Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Abuse Crimes - 10/01/14
On September 30, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested thirty-four year old Nathan Leffler of Corvallis for multiple sex crimes. Leffler was arrested for sexually abusing a female under the age of twelve. The victim was a person who was known to Leffler. The abuse had been occurring over the course of approximately one month, and was discovered when the victim disclosed the abuse to a parent.

Leffler was arrested on September 30, 2014, without incident and transported to the Benton County Jail. Leffler is currently charged with:

* Rape in the First Degree
* Sodomy in the First Degree
* Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree
* Sex Abuse in the First Degree

His bail is currently set at $400,000. Leffler is scheduled to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004198
Corvallis Man Arrested For Attempted ATM Robbery - 10/01/14
On October 1, 2014, 16 about 4:45am, A Corvallis Man was at the ATM machine of Bank of America, 324 SW 3rd St., when he was approached by Kevin Steinberger of Corvallis. Steinberger asked the victim for money and the victim declined. Steinberger initially walked away, however, he returned and was upset because the victim declined to give him money.

Upon his return, Steinberger produced a knife from his pocket and threatened to cut the victim's throat. Steinberger pushed the victim to the ground and fled the area toward the riverfront and SW 1st St. He did not get any money from the victim. Steinberger was located a short time later and arrested. The victim in this incident sustained minor injuries.

Steinberger is currently charged with:

* Attempted Robbery in the First Degree
* Unlawful Use of a Weapon
* Menacing
* Attempted Assault in the First Degree
* Attempted Theft in the Third Degree

Kevin Steinberger is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail amount set at $316,000. He appears in Benton County Circuit Court today, October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004199
Suspect Arrested in Papa Murphy's Robbery - 09/27/14
On September 26, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested 35 year old Kenneth Starr of Corvallis in connection with a September 23, 2014, armed robbery at Papa Murphy's on NW Circle Blvd. During that robbery, Starr pointed a handgun at an employee, demanding cash. No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired.

Investigators were able to link the suspect from Tuesday's robbery to a vehicle parked near the robbery scene. Starr owned a vehicle matching the one linked to the robbery suspect. Starr, who recently shaved his beard, matched the physical description and surveillance photos of the suspect in the September 23rd robbery. He was contacted at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation of the robbery, investigators contacted Starr's girlfriend. During an interview with Starr's girlfriend, investigators learned there had been a domestic assault the same night as the robbery. Starr's girlfriend told investigators that during an argument, Starr grabbed her and covered her mouth and nose, cutting off her air. Additionally, she suffered bruising and an injured jaw.

Starr was charged with one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one count of Assault in the Forth Degree and one count of Strangulation. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. Starr's bail is currently set at $150,000. His initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014.

A mug-shot photo of Starr is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i
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Corvallis Police Officers Investigate Armed Robbery (Photo) - 09/23/14
On September 23, 2014, at about 2:00pm, Corvallis Police Officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Papa Murphy's, 960 NW Circle Blvd. A victim employee reported the suspect entered the store and demanded money. The suspect was armed with a handgun, which he pointed at the victim. After robbing the victim(s) the suspect fled the store on foot towards NW Spruce Ave.

The suspect is described as being in his twenties, with dark colored hair and a dark colored beard. He was further described as being about 5'6" to 5'9" tall and weighing around 225lbs. The suspect wore dark colored pants, dark jacket and a baseball cap.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are encouraged to call the Corvallis Police Department at 541-754-1733.
Two Corvallis Juveniles Criminally Charged for Chip Ross Park Fire - 09/23/14
Two Corvallis juveniles have been charged for their role in starting a fire in the Chip Ross Park area of Corvallis. The two juveniles, a fifteen year old Dawson DeWolfe and sixteen year old Christopher Farris, were in the area of Chip Ross Park, north of NW 29th St. to smoke marijuana. Both teens walked into the park, smoked marijuana, and began to walk back.

As the pair walked out of the park, the Farris dared DeWolfe to light some dry grass on fire with a lighter. The DeWolfe lit the grass with a lighter and it immediately ignited. The juveniles made an attempt to put out the flames, but were unsuccessful. Investigators discovered Christopher Farris was the source of a 911 call regarding the fire, and he and DeWolfe were eventually brought in to be interviewed by their parents. During the interviews each told police what they had done.

The fire resulted in 86 acres burned, several fences and decks damaged, and one residence on NW Morning Glory St. was also damaged. The estimated cost for the fire suppression effort by the Corvallis Fire Department was more than $50,000. This does not include costs for Corvallis Police Department and the multitude of other area fire agencies who also responded to the fire.

Each juvenile was charged in Benton County Juvenile Court. Dawson DeWolfe was charged with one count of Reckless Burning, one count of Reckless Endangering, and one count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Christopher Farris was charged with one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence. After being charged, both were released to their parents. There are no mugshot photographs available at this time.

The Benton County District Attorney's Offices will be prosecuting the case.
Corvallis Woman Arrested for Aggravated Theft in First Degree - 09/12/14
On September 12, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested sixty-seven year old Susan Bower of Monroe for Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and Computer Crime. Both are felony crimes. The arrest is result of an investigation into her employment at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op on SE 3rd St., in Corvallis.

Bower has been an employee of the Co-Op since 2004. She was employed as a cashier. Managers of the Co-Op discovered discrepancies in Bower's transactions, and after researching, they discovered she had stolen more than $11,900 from August 2013 until August 2014. In addition to stealing the $11,900 from the store, Bower had used the stores' sales records computer to create false entries in an attempt to hide the theft.

Bower was arrested and booked at the Benton County Jail, but was later released. At the time of this release a mug shot was not available, but may become available later on the Benton County Jail website.
Vancouver Washington Man for Online Sexual Corruption - 09/10/14
On September 10, 2014, Corvallis Police arrested fifty-nine year old Thomas Paul Harrington of Vancouver, Washington, for Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and Luring a Minor.

On September 5, 2014, Harrington contacted an undercover online account of a Corvallis Police Detective posing as a female juvenile. He immediately initiated a sexual online conversation with the undercover detective and began attempting to get who he thought was a juvenile female to meet him. In addition to multiple sexual conversations, Harrington also sent multiple nude photos of what he reported to be himself.

Harrington made arrangement to meet with who he thought was a juvenile female on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at a location away from her home. Harrington drove from Vancouver Washington specifically to meet with the female juvenile in Corvallis. Harrington was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Investigators as he was waiting for the female juvenile to meet him outside the Corvallis Public Library.

Harrington was charged with one count of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree and one count of Luring a Minor. He was booked and lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is currently set at $150,000. A booking photo can be located at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004069

Since beginning the undercover online child abuse investigations program in May 2013, Corvallis Police investigations have resulted in 9 arrests locally and 4 arrests nationwide.
Wildland Fire Forces Evacuation of NW Corvallis Residents - 09/06/14
Corvallis, OR - The Corvallis Fire Department responded to a report of a large grass fire in Chip Ross park, located at the park entrance near NW 29th St x NW Goldfinch Dr at approximately 8:34 p.m., on Friday, September 5th. When firefighters arrived they discovered a large wildland fire that was rapidly extending toward several single family and multifamily developments. The uncontrolled fire forced the temporary evacuation of several housing developments in NW Corvallis. One residential structure located on NW Morning Glory suffered exterior damage as a result of flying embers from the wildland fire.
Firefighters had the fire 70% contained at 3:00 a.m., and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) used a bulldozer to fully contain the fire by 5:00 a.m. The fire is estimated to have sporadically burned over 150 acres of public open space. Corvallis and ODF fire crews are now engaged in mop up operations and will be extinguishing numerous hot spots throughout the day.
Fire crews from Adair Village, Albany, Alsea, Halsey, Lebanon, Junction City, Monroe, Philomath, Polk County, Tangent, and the Oregon Department of Forestry assisted the Corvallis Fire Department in stopping the progression of the fire protecting numerous lives and millions of dollars of private and public property. There were no civilian or fire service injuries reported from the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and anyone having any information regarding the incident is encouraged to call either the Corvallis Police Department at (541) 766-6924 or Fire Department at (541) 766-6903.