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Former Linn County Health Services Employee Arrested for Fraud - 06/14/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports that on June 14, 2018, his detectives arrested Brandi Marie Aston, 43, a resident of Brownsville, in connection with a fraud investigation.  The investigation began in April 2018, when officials from the Linn County Department of Health Services reported that former Fiscal Services and Administration Manager, Brandi Aston, had been making fraudulent purchases on her County business issued credit card.  

Detectives obtained financial documents Aston was responsible for during her nearly five years of employment with the Linn County Department of Health Services.  Detectives, with assistance from Health Services employees, were able to determine the fraudulent charges. Detectives located approximately $5,000 of fraudulent purchases for renovations and office supplies on her County issued business card over the past two years.

On June 14, 2018, Detectives served a search warrant on Ashton’s residence in Brownsville. They seized evidence related to the fraudulent credit card purchases and were able to determine the fraudulent charges were for Ashton’s personal home renovation as well as personal business.


Aston was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Forgery I, Theft I, and Falsifying Business Records.  

Linn County Sheriff’s Detectives plan to seek assistance from the Internal Revenue Service and Oregon Department of Revenue to further the investigation.  Linn County takes these types of crimes, very seriously, where misuse of public money is involved and will investigate it to the fullest extent the law allows.  The investigation is continuing.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Death - 06/11/18

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports on June 10, 2018, at 4:46 a.m., Linn County Sheriff deputies responded to a death.  Trapper Thompson, 22, of Lebanon, was taken to Good Samaritan Emergency Room in Corvallis by friends from an unknown location in Linn County.  It was reported Thompson did not have a pulse when they arrived at the hospital.

Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies are still investigating the death and the cause is not known at this time.   

Anyone with information about Trapper Thompson or his whereabouts on the night of June 9, or morning of June 10, is encouraged to call Detective John Lovik II at (541) 967-3950.

 

 

Update on Bryant Drive Death Investigation - 06/07/18

UPDATE on Death Investigation

June 6, 2018

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports the body located off Bryant Drive in Albany, has been identified as Aurelio Reyes-Zamora, 43, of Albany.  Aurelio Reyes-Zamora was reported missing to the Albany Police Department on October 25, 2017, by his family.  The last time his family saw him was on September 27, 2017.        

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding Aurelio Reyes-Zamora’s whereabouts around the time he was reported missing is asked to please contact Detective John Lovik II at 541-917-6675.

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Posted November 3, 2017 10:30 am

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his office is continuing their investigation into the suspicious death of a male found on Bryant Drive, Albany. Detectives are working with the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office to help determine the cause of death, and also have requested assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab in an attempt to identify the male through fingerprints, DNA and dental records.

 

The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update the public as information becomes available. Detectives do not believe there is any risk to the public.


Original press release posted on October 30, 2017

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is reporting his detectives are investigating a suspicious death on Bryant drive, one mile south of Bryant Park. Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., personnel from the Albany Fire Department were flagged down by an individual and were informed of the body.
Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the area to conduct an investigation into the death of the individual. There is limited information at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Make Arrest in Arson - 05/24/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that Joshua Lee Laub, 29, a transient of Lebanon, was arrested on May 24, 2018, at about 6:00 a.m., in connection to a fire that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Russell Street in Lebanon.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center received a call regarding the fire on February 07, 2018, at 8:05 p.m., The Lebanon Fire Department extinguished the fire and fire investigators determined the cause was arson. 

Detectives of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conducted the criminal investigation.  It was determined the residence was in foreclosure and nobody was living there at the time of the fire.    The damage to the residence as a result of the fire was in excess of $75, 000.  Investigators were able to identify Laub as a person of interest in the fire after receiving tips from the public.  Ultimately  Laub was interviewed and confessed to starting the fire.

Joshua Laub was arrested and charged with Arson I and Criminal Mischief I.           

 

Memorial Day Safety - 05/24/18

With Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens to be safe.  This long weekend is typically packed with celebratory events.  Every festive event presents hazards that we should all be aware of, and “Safety First” should always be a priority regardless of the activity planned.  To help you enjoy the holiday weekend and keep it safe, we have gathered these helpful safety tips.

 

Safety While Traveling

*Carry an emergency supply kit in your vehicle.

*Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.

*Know your route and check road conditions beforehand and throughout the day.

*Buckle up and observe speed limits.

*Avoid driving distractions such as eating, cell phone conversations and texting. 

*Avoid the use of alcohol when you are going to be driving and use a designated driver.

 

Safety While Swimming & Boating.

*Check weather and water conditions beforehand and be aware of cold water temperatures. 

*Always swim with a friend and stay in designated swimming areas.

*Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water.

*Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

*Protect yourself from the sun by applying a waterproof sunblock.

 

Safety While Camping

*Pack plenty of food, water, clothing and blankets.

*Keep a safe distance from wild animals.

*Practice good campfire safety and never leave a fire unattended.

*Check for fire restrictions in your camping area at: Http://firerestrictions.us/or/oregon/

*Inform others where you will be camping and when you plan to return.

 

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens of extra patrols scheduled for the summer.

For your added safety, there will also be saturation patrols in the Quartzville area during peak usage periods over the Memorial Day weekend. These positions are funded in partnership with Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon State Marine Board. 

On Friday May 25, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD) is partnering with our office, Oregon State Police and other local agencies, to hold a Memorial Day holiday high visibility saturation patrol.  This event is dedicated to Charlotte Fay Boyce, who tragically lost her life when she was hit by a drug impaired driver.  Her brother, Mr. Don Boyce, will be in attendance at a dedication ceremony to kick off the saturation patrols on May 25, 2018, at 6:00pm., at the Albany Police Department community/training room.

MADD wants you to think before you get behind the wheel this Memorial Day weekend.  For those personally impacted by drunk driving, drugged driving, and underage drinking consequences, MADD victim Services are available at no charge.  MADD serves one person free of cost every fifteen minutes through local victim advocates and MADD’s 24-hour Victim Help Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!