Corvallis Police Arrest Teen Who Used Pellet Gun in Marijuana Robbery - 04/23/15
On April 22, 2015, at 2:55pm, Corvallis Police Officers were dispatched to SW 2nd St and SW Madison Ave for a robbery that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they located the complainant/victim, 39 year old Christopher Walker, who had been shot several times in the arm, chest, and face with a pellet gun. Initially, Walker stated he had been robbed by a male as he walked to his apartment from the Corvallis Skate Park.
After some investigation, Officers learned the robbery had not occurred on the street downtown, but had occurred inside Walker's apartment in the 200 block of SW 2nd St.
The suspect, identified as a 16 year old Thomas Alexander from Corvallis, was an acquaintance of Walker's 17 year old daughter. Alexander had been invited to Walker's apartment to smoke marijuana, which Walker was going to provide. However, when Alexander entered Walker's apartment he pulled a pellet gun out and pointed it at the Walker. Alexander demanded Walker give him all the marijuana he had in his possession or get shot with the pellet gun. When Walker refused to give the Alexander the marijuana, he was shot with the pellet gun several times. Walker sustained minor injuries, and still had one of the pellets stuck under his skin.
After shooting Walker, Alexander attempted to leave the apartment. Walker grabbed him by his backpack and tried to stop him from leaving. As the two men fought, a 38 year old female relative of Walker, who was present with her infant grandchild during the robbery, picked up a kitchen knife and cut the suspect on the forearm.
Alexander fled the apartment on foot but was later located at Good Samaritan Hospital where he sought treatment for the cut he received during the robbery. He was taken into protective custody and transported to the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center.
Alexander was charged with the following crimes:
One count of Robbery in the Second Degree (Measure 11)
One count of Assault in the Fourth Degree
He was lodged at the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center.
Investigators recovered the pellet gun used in this incident at the scene, along with approximately one quarter pound of marijuana.
Corvallis Police Arrest Male for Stabbing Incident
On April 13, 2015, at about 9:50pm, Corvallis Police officers responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing had just occurred at 980 NW Cleveland Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered 41year old Steven Ward Froehlich of Corvallis had been stabbed twice in the torso with a hunting knife after an argument with a resident of the Cleveland address. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The suspect in the stabbing incident was identified as 55 year old John Avery Maguire Oliver of Corvallis. Froehlich and Oliver had verbally argued multiple times over the course of the evening. The verbal arguments escalated to Oliver stabbing Froehlich twice as Froehlich was taking a shower.
Oliver was arrested and charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful use of a Weapon. He was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His bail is currently set at $175,000.
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Froehlich was also charged with Aggravated Harassment in this incident when he spat upon an officer at the hospital who was attempting to interview him. He was cited and released to receive treatment for his injuries.
Corvallis Police Dept. earns 7th CALEA Reaccreditation - 04/10/15
Corvallis Police Department has earned an Advanced Meritorious Accreditation by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), considered the gold standard in public safety. The department earned a seventh reaccreditation after a formal hearing on March 25 in Reno, NV. Corvallis Police Department earned an initial accreditation in 1995, and is one of only three agencies in the State of Oregon who are currently CALEA accredited.
CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process that requires accredited agencies to submit annual reports showing compliance with the program's standards. Agencies are inspected every three years, a process which includes an in-depth on-site assessment, community input and a formal hearing before the Board of Commissioners.
The reaccreditation requires compliance with nearly 500 professional standards measured in exacting detail by a commission of independent assessors.
In December 2014, an assessment team from CALEA spent four days at CPD and in the Corvallis community. Assessors conducted interviews with elected officials, the City Manager, department staff, and community members, reviewed written materials and examined policies, procedures and operations protocols across the full spectrum of departmental activities. They also did multiple ride-a-longs with officers in the field to verify that policies and procedures were actually in practice. When the assessment was finished, the CALEA assessors' official report identified zero areas of noncompliance among the hundreds of standards examined. The Assessment Team Leader, who has been conducting on-site inspections for more than 20 years, stated CPD is amongst the most professional police organizations she's ever seen throughout the Country.
CALEA assessment standards are exceptionally high. Only one percent of all agencies in the United States achieve accreditation, and many fail to maintain their accreditation following their initial achievement. Corvallis Police Department was first accredited in 1995. "It is a team effort from all our staff, it reflects the culture of our Department" said AIC Captain Jim Zessin. Zessin is the Department CALEA Accreditation Manager. "Being re-accredited confirms that out staff are achieving and maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and excellence in the field" said Chief Jon Sassaman, "the department has continuously maintained the highest standards in the nation for 20 years."
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA(R)) was created in 1979 as an international credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
* International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
* National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
* National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the
* Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence in law enforcement.
Corvallis Police Arrest Male on Bike for Sexually Abusing Women
On April 3, 2015, just after midnight, a Corvallis Police Officer on a traffic stop near NW 25th St. and NW Van Buren Ave. was approached by a woman who reported seeing a man on a bike grabbing the buttocks of other women in the area before riding off. According to the witness, the suspect on the bike rode up behind females wearing dresses or skirts and placed his hand under their clothes and grabbed their buttocks before riding off.
After searching the area for a few moments, the officer located a male matching the description of the suspect. The officer contacted him, and within a few minutes, he was positively identified by the witness, and four female victims, as the suspect grabbing women under their skirts/dresses.
Nineteen year old Sultan Aldossary of Corvallis was arrested and charged with four counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. His bail is currently set at $50,000.
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