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Sex Abuse Arrest - 12/15/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports on December 13, 2018, his Detectives arrested Eric Wayne Dille, 46 of Mill City, for one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Eric Dille was arrested after video evidence implicated him in these crimes, which occurred several years prior.  The victim in this case is an adult female, known by Eric Dille, and was incapacitated at the time the crimes occurred.
Video evidence leads investigators believe there are other female victims.  Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Rossiter of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.


Sheriff's Office Last Seven Days (Photo) - 12/12/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports on some activities his office has participated in over the last week. 

Last week was the annual Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) Conference in Bend.  Linn County had two deputies recognized at the awards banquet. 

Deputy Craig Lyman was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for his many years of excellence in the field of DUII detection, DUII enforcement and DUII education.  Deputy Lyman has dedicated his career making our roadways safer to travel on.  Deputy Lyman is also a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and a DRE instructor. 

Deputy Caleb Riley was awarded a Life Saving Award from his time with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.   In essence, Riley and several other deputies responded to a shooting on the western end of Benton County.  They encountered an injured female with a gunshot wound and they needed to take immediate action to save her life.  They used a patrol vehicle as cover to get to the female and remove her.  They were able to put her inside the vehicle and take to safety.  She was then transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

Also at the awards banquet, retired Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley was awarded his lifetime membership into OSSA.  This is not an automatic award.  The recipient must be voted in by current Sheriff’s from around the state.  Thank you for your service Sheriff Riley!!

The Sheriff’s Office also participated in annual Shop-with-a-Cop events in Sweet Home and Lebanon.  There were 31 kids in Sweet Home and 69 in Lebanon.  A big Thank you to the Lebanon and Sweet Home Police Departments for organizing these great events.  Albany’s Shop-with-a-cop is being held on Saturday December 15. 

December 11 was the last day of Citizens Academy for the Fall 2018 class.  They learned all aspects of what the Sheriff’s Office does during the 12 week course.  The class went to the shooting range and did a session on shoot don’t shoot scenario’s.    

The Sheriff’s Office is going to hold the 39th edition of Citizens Academy again next spring, 2019.  If you are interested in attending, please keep your eyes out for an advertisement in February and March.   

Finally, the holidays are happy times for many, but there are also those who really struggle during this time of year.  Sheriff Yon would like all of us to keep an eye out on each other.   Do not be afraid to say something if you notice a friend or a loved one is struggling.  It takes just a minute to save a life. 

Extra DUII Enforcement for the Holidays - 12/11/18


Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon announces his deputies will be working extra patrols for DUII enforcement over the next three weeks until New Year’s Day.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to making our community roads safe for all to travel.

The next few weeks will be filled with parties and family celebrations.  Many will enjoy alcohol and marijuana to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year.

Sheriff Yon asks for everyone’s help in making sure the holidays are not ruined this year by irresponsible behavior.  If you are going to share in holiday cheer, please have a sober driver to take you home.  If you notice your family or friends about to drink and drive, stop them before it’s too late.  There are several taxi and other ride services available in our area. 

Sheriff Yon and his staff wish you all a safe and happy holidays.


Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Crash at Fish Hatchery Drive outside of Scio (Photo) - 12/05/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports yesterday at 11:16 a.m., his deputies investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash on Fish Hatchery Drive near Ede Road outside of Scio.  The driver and lone occupant was Carson Gary Ceboll, 18, of Lebanon.  Carson was driving a 2000 Honda Odyssey mini-van westbound on Fish Hatchery Drive when he lost control and rolled the mini-van into a tree. 

The investigation showed ice on the roadway was likely a factor.  Carson was found to be wearing his seatbelt and all airbags had deployed.  Carson was pronounced deceased on scene.  He was taken to Huston-Jost Funeral Home in Lebanon.  Carson’s family has been notified.

Linn County was assisted by Lebanon Fire Department, Scio Fire Department, Linn County Road Department and AA Towing.

Sheriff Yon would like to remind drivers to drive cautiously during the cold winter months.  Roads can be icy and dangerous even during dry conditions.

24 Days of Christmas Adoption (Photo) - 11/27/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon would like to announce the “24 Days of Christmas Adoption” special at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control.  The $25 adoption special will run from December 1 through December 24 at 5:00 pm.  This special includes: spay/neuter for the animal, microchip, a leash, collar, and a certificate for eight weeks of free obedience training.  Now is the time to get that perfect Christmas gift and help a shelter animal find a new home.

On December 12, there will be a half-off microchipping clinic for those who already have a dog; microchipping will be reduced from $20 to $10 dollars.  Come visit us at 3008 SW Ferry Street in Albany.


Teen Arrested for Stabbing - 11/20/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports on November 18, at 8:30 p.m., his deputies responded to a reported stabbing at a residence on Center Street in Lebanon.

The investigation revealed a juvenile from Lebanon was involved in an altercation with Benjamin Saul Williams, 36, of Lebanon.

During the altercation, the juvenile stabbed Williams several times with a knife.  Williams, who was not armed during the altercation, received life threatening stab wounds to his left side.  He had an additional small stab wound near his shoulder.   

Williams was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, where he was listed in fair condition.

The juvenile was transported to Linn Benton Juvenile Detention where he was lodged for Attempted Murder.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.



Alcohol Related Crash Sends Two to Area Hospitals - 11/19/18

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports on 11.18.18 at approximately 6:34p.m., his deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle head-on collision on Hwy 20 near the intersection of Pineway Road, Lebanon. 


The investigation revealed a 2010 Jeep Wrangler operated by Kade McClanahan, 46, from Lebanon, was attempting to turn onto Highway 20 from Pineway road, intending to go east.  McClanahan crossed four lanes of traffic and collided head-on with a 2017 Chevrolet pickup driving westbound on Highway 20 by Dylan Richards, 21, from Lebanon. 


Both involved drivers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.   McClanahan was treated and released at the hospital.   Richards sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and remained hospitalized for treatment. 


Based on evidence gathered in this investigation McClanahan was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree.   His blood alcohol content was nearly five times the legal limit based on initial tests results.


The investigation is continuing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Travis Boshart at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 541-967-3950. 


Linn County was assisted by the Lebanon Fire Department, Lebanon Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.