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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon Cautions against Drinking and Driving this St. Patrick's Day - 03/13/18

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon wants to remind people to drink responsibly this St. Patrick's Day, March 17. St. Patrick's Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Tragically it has become a dangerous holiday on our nation's roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick's Day holiday period, almost two-thirds (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly three-fourths (69%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2012 to 2016, almost two-fifths (38%) of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) well above the .08 limit, with 269 drunk-driving fatalities total.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. Even one drink can be one too many. If you're heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Linn County Sheriff's deputies will be working hard to keep our roads safe this weekend. There will be an open jail bed for those that choose to drink and drive.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Arrest Registered Sex Offender - 03/07/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on March 6, 2018, his deputies served a child exploitation search warrant at a residence on North Second Street in Lebanon. The search warrant was the culmination of an extensive investigation into the online distribution of child pornography over the Internet.

Deputies served the search warrant and located four people inside the residence. Registered Sex Offender Mark Richard McKuhn, 41, was one of the subjects at the home and was arrested on 20 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and one count of Encouraging the Sexual Assault of an Animal.

During an interview with deputies, McKuhn admitted to searching for child pornography and collecting child pornography over the internet in addition to admission of internet communication with minors with the intention of obtaining explicit photographs of children.

Additional charges may be forthcoming following digital forensic examination of devices seized during the search warrant. Other convicted registered sex offenders reside in the home and this investigation continues.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office is committed to protecting children and proactively investigates online child exploitation crimes as a component of that commitment to child safety.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted during the search warrant by the Albany Police Department, Linn County Parole and Probation and the Lebanon Police Department.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Trenary at 541-917-6665.

Mill City School Threat - 03/06/18

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports today at 10:27 a.m. the Linn County 911 Center received a phone call from the Mill City School District reporting a school threat.

Investigators learned a written note was found by a fellow student in two school books at the Junior High School, located at 265 SW Evergreen St. in Mill City. Both notes stated "I'm going to shoot up the school 3/9/18". Further investigation revealed a 13 year old female student from Mill City was responsible for writing the notes.

Through interviews, investigators discovered there are no firearms in the students home nor does she have access to them. At this time, our office does not believe there is a risk to public safety.

This investigation is ongoing. The student could face possible charges of Disorderly Conduct once the investigation is complete.

Linn Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Public Test - 03/01/18

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on March 10, 2018. The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany. The test message will go out at 2 p.m. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

If you would like to register your cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, please go to our website,, and sign up.

Linn County Sheriff's Office is Celebrating the 50 Year Anniversary of 9-1-1 (Photo) - 03/01/18

It has been 50 years since the first call in the United States using the 9-1-1 system was made by Alabama Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite. Over the years, 9-1-1 has evolved to incorporate the growing technology in communications.

In the 1980's, Enhanced 9-1-1 or E9-1-1 began using technology similar to caller ID to deliver the caller's telephone number and location. In the 1990's, 9-1-1 made massive improvements to include the ability to route and provide call locations coming from cellular phones. Upcoming challenges for 9-1-1 centers include accepting texts and calls generated from Internet-based phones or applications.

The first 9-1-1 call in Linn County was placed in 1989. Linn County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center is the only 9-1-1 center in Linn County. ALL 9-1-1 calls in Linn County and Benton County (within the City limits of Albany) are routed to our center. The dispatchers will then determine where help is needed and route those calls to the appropriate fire and law enforcement services in Linn and surrounding counties.

Dispatchers routinely take calls from those in all types of distress. They answer calls where people are hysterical and try to gather enough information to send the appropriate fire, medical or law enforcement responders. They are often the first ones to bring calm to chaotic situations. Our dispatchers deal with callers experiencing a vast range of emotions and offer instruction on everything from CPR to delivering babies. They have to know how to calm these distraught callers in order to make critical emergency situations safer for our responding deputies.

In 2017, our dispatchers answered 55,903 calls through 9-1-1. They do an amazing job for us here at the Sheriff's Office.

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Recruiting for Linn County Search and Rescue - 02/20/18

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff's Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a ten day summer training program.

This will be the 25th year of the Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 23 through July 2.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff's office on March 12th, April 9th, or May 14th at 7pm to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the ten day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.

For more information about the program contact Lieutenant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541-812-2272) or visit the Linn County Sheriff's Office website at Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.