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
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:
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.