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Deputies Find Missing Hunter - 01/15/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies located a missing hunter this morning.

At 9:11 p.m. last night, Linn County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a call from a female concerned that her husband and his friend had not returned from hunting. The two individuals had been hunting in the Crabtree Lake area off of Quartzville road outside of Sweet Home. She called back an hour later to call off the search, saying she had heard from her husband that they would be heading home soon.

A few hours later at 2:17 a.m., the hunter's wife called back again because her husband and his friend had still not returned and she wanted deputies to resume the search.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to find the callers husband, 51-year old, John Boeder. He told deputies that his friend, 52-year old, Bryan Keith Spaulding of Lebanon, was trying to flush out some elk, and never returned to where their vehicle was parked.

Deputies began searching the area and Mr. Spaulding was found at 11:03 a.m. this morning. He was found walking out onto a logging road about a mile from where he was last seen. Mr. Spaulding did not require medical attention. Mr. Spaulding was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm for possessing a hunting rifle. He was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigate Elderly Theft - 01/12/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 11, 2018, his detectives charged Mindy Lynn Port, 32, a resident of Lebanon, with Aggravated Theft in the first degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the first degree after concluding a three month investigation. The investigation came to light when the family of Joyce Ammon, 78, a resident of Albany, reported her retirement account had been depleted of funds.

Deputies learned that Mindy Port, Joyce Ammon's granddaughter, and family had lived with Ammon for about six months to help care for her. Deputies subpoenaed financial records for Ammon and saw over $50,000 had been taken from Ammon's financial accounts during the time the Port family lived with Ammon. Deputies were able to determine Mindy Port was responsible for at least $43,000 of the missing money.

The Investigation is continuing.

*** Update*** Linn Deputies Currently Searching for Missing Elderly Man - 01/04/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to report that Craig Johnston was found safe this morning by deputies at 8:24 a.m. Johnston was found near his residence and appeared to be in good health. Sweet Home Fire Department responded and transported Johnston to the hospital for observation.

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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are currently searching for Craig Johnston, 83, of Foster. At 5:10 this morning, Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a telephone call from Johnston's wife reporting him missing.

Johnston suffers from several medical issues including dementia. Johnston is believed to have walked away from his residence and is on foot in the area of North River Road and Foster Dam Road. Johnston is described as being 5'11" tall and weighs 145 Lbs. with gray hair and blue eyes. We do not have any clothing descriptions.

Linn County Deputies, Mountain Patrol, Search and Rescue and US Forest Service are currently searching the area. More information will follow as leads develop.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Investigate Stabbing - 01/04/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 4, 2018, at 12:05 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a transferred 911 call from METCOM 911, regarding a stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of SW Kingwood Avenue, Mill City. The caller reported he had been stabbed and went unconscious while speaking on the phone. Linn County Deputies arrived at the location as Terrence A. Bostick, 53, and a resident of the property, was getting ready to be transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton.

Deputies located the person involved in the stabbing; Kody Marie Dunlap, 30, (a transient in the Mill City area) in the 300 block of SW Kingwood Avenue. Dunlap was brought to the Linn County Sheriff's Office where she was interviewed by detectives. Detectives also interviewed Bostick at the Santiam Memorial Hospital where he is listed as being in stable condition. Bostick received one stab wound in his bicep that severed an artery.

After interviews were conducted, Dunlap was arrested and charged with Assault II, Tampering with Evidence, and Violation of Restraining Order.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the stabbing is asked to contact Detective John Lovik, 541.967.3950.

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Linn Deputies Currently Searching for Missing Elderly Man (Photo) - 01/04/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are currently searching for Craig Johnston, 83, of Foster. At 5:10 this morning, Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a telephone call from Johnston's wife reporting him missing.

Johnston suffers from several medical issues including dementia. Johnston is believed to have walked away from his residence and is on foot in the area of North River Road and Foster Dam Road. Johnston is described as being 5'11" tall and weighs 145 Lbs. with gray hair and blue eyes. We do not have any clothing descriptions.

Linn County Deputies, Mountain Patrol, Search and Rescue and US Forest Service are currently searching the area. More information will follow as leads develop.

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Linn County Sheriff Riley Warns Public Not To Send Money to Scammers - 01/03/18

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind people that scams by phone, email or on the internet are prevalent around the nation; including Linn County. They usually involve someone contacting you, posing as someone else trying to get you to send them money.

We have had reports of all kinds of scams in Linn County. Some pose as representatives of banks saying there is something wrong with your account or you owe them money for a loan and they need your account information. Others claim to be computer companies, such as Microsoft, telling you there is a virus fix or update that you need to pay or they pose as grandchildren calling, preying on the elderly, telling them they need money wired or sent for some kind of emergency assistance.

There are some more elaborate scams that will prey on those on dating websites. They will exchange intimate photos or details then attempt to blackmail you with those exchanges. Some will reveal after the exchanges that they are under-aged and will threaten to have you arrested or send the intimate photos you sent them to employers, family, wives, etc. if you do not send them money.

Still other common scams include calls from government agencies such as the IRS and law enforcement threatening arrest if you do not send them money. They will claim to have warrants for your arrest. They will often even use names of officials at the agency to seem believable. Scammers will even use apps or computer programs that will allow any phone number they input to show on your caller ID, trying to make the call seem legitimate and avoid detection.

These scammers are often not from this area and are sometimes in other states or countries making prosecution very difficult.

Sheriff Riley and his deputies are committed to keeping Linn County citizens safe and would like to remind the community of some basic tips to not become a victim of these scams.

1. IRS, nor any law enforcement agency including the Linn County Sheriff's Office, will ever call demanding money in lieu of being arrested.
2. Never give personal information including date-of-birth, account information to someone you do not know or are not expecting a call from.
3. Do not wire money, send pay cards of any type to anyone you do not know. No legitimate agency or business will have you make a payment this way.
4. If you are in doubt at all whether this is a scam or not, find contact information for the company or agency calling you, not the one provided by the person demanding money or payment. One way to do this is to ask for the caller's agency or company name, find a number for customer service independently, and call to make sure the request was legitimate.

Please do not send any money or give anyone any personal information at any time without thoroughly verifying who the caller is.

Linn Deputies Arrest Lebanon Man on Child Porn - 12/20/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on December 19, 2017, at 3:50 P.M., his detectives served a child exploitation search warrant at a residence on Sand Ridge Court in Lebanon. The search warrant was the culmination of an extensive investigation into the online distribution of child pornography over the Internet from an IP address in Lebanon.

Detectives served the search warrant when Andrew Duncan Irving, 31, arrived home from work. During an interview with detectives, Irving admitted to searching the Internet for child pornography and downloading its contents.

Following interviews and preliminary on site digital forensics, Irving was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail. Irving was charged with one count of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Additional charges may be forthcoming following digital forensic examination of devices seized during the search warrant.

Sheriff Riley said "our office is committed to protecting our children and will diligently and proactively investigate online child exploitation crimes."

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted during the search warrant by the Benton County Sheriff's Office 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.

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***Update**** Linn Deputies Release Details of Fatal Crash (Photo) - 12/19/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that yesterday's crash on Kamph Drive has resulted in two deaths.

On December 18, 2017, Carol Sue Torstrom, 66, of Lebanon, and Diane Ellen Roth, 74, of Albany, were killed in a motor vehicle crash on Kamph Drive, Albany.

Torstrom was driving her 2000 Jeep Wrangler westbound on Kamph Drive, with Roth as her passenger. Torstrom slowed down to turn into a driveway when she was struck from behind by a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup being driven by Andrew Steven Lindquist, 33, of Lebanon.

Deputies learned Lindquist saw the Jeep ahead of him and anticipated it would turn into the driveway. He continued traveling and ran into the back of the Jeep when it did not turn as expected. The Jeep flipped on its top and landed in the ditch.

Deputies are continuing the investigation and are working with the Linn County District Attorney's Office on the case. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Deputies were assisted by the Jefferson Rural Fire Department.

If anyone was on scene and/or rendered help, please call Detective Wilcox at 541.967.3950.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office investigates fatal crash on Kamph Drive near Albany - 12/18/17

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports at 2:35 p.m. this afternoon his deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Kamph Dr. near Albany. Deputies are still actively investigating the two-vehicle crash. It is confirmed that one person has died and another has been transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Kamph Dr. is shut down from Scravel Hill Rd. to Bond Rd while deputies investigate. It may be a few hours before the road reopens and Sheriff Riley would like to ask travelers to find an alternate route around that area.

An update will be provided when more information is available.