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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 16, 2019 

Police see decline in call volume, but more crime reports in 2018

The Sweet Home Police Department saw a decline of 3 percent in its call volume from 2017 to 2018, but the number of crimes reported increased by 10.9 percent. Department officials counted 9,626 calls in 2018, down from 9,914 in 2017, according to...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 16, 2019

Jan. 11 1:03 p.m. - Deputy found the floating dock near Green Peter Dam flipped over while on patrol, 51100 block of Quartzville. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advised. Jan. 10 12:29 a.m. - Ryan Joseph... Full story

 

Circuit Court: Man gets 37 months after guilty plea in SH ax attack

Michael Ralph Marshall Jr. Michael Ralph Marshall Jr., 35, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 8 in Linn County Circuit Court to 37 months in prison for second-degree assault. Marshall was also...

 

Driver in fatal 2016 truck crash charged

Robert Gene Mayfield was arraigned today in Linn County Circuit Court on multiple charges, including manslaughter, in connection to the crash that killed Sweet Home log truck driver Neil Nightingale...

 

Public Safety Log Jan. 9, 2019

Jan. 6 9:03 a.m. - Stanley Edward Gray, 55, cited on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of driving under the influence, Albany. 10:53 a.m. - Amanda Leah Binks, 21, cited and r...

 

Sheriff's Office: Phone outage affecting 911 calls, but callers should still use that number

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports the 911 Dispatch Center is still receiving 911 calls during the reported CenturyLink phone service outage. Those with an emergency are still urged to call 911. The outage has impacted the transfer of 911... Full story

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 26, 2018

Dec. 22 3:06 a.m. - Jody Maruffo, 40, turned in himself on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of harassment, 1950 Main St., Sweet Home Police Department. 4:23 a.m. - Jimmy Coonrod, 66, arrested on two Sweet Home warrants for...

 

SHPD plans DUI patrols Dec. 21 - Jan.6

The Sweet Home Police Department will run extra patrols during the holiday season, looking for drunken drivers, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. The enforcement effort is funded by one of three grants that will provide money for additional focused patrols in...

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 19, 2018

Dec. 14 3:46 a.m. - Andrew William Scott, 31, cited for speeding, 1900 block of Main. 5:56 a.m. - Chaylan Dale Tosta arrested on Lebanon warrant for contempt of court and probation violation and Linn...

 

New SHPD officer finds himself in familiar territory

After starting work at Sweet Home Police Department on Nov. 15, Ethan Rowe is doing what he's always wanted to do. Sweet Home Police Department has hired two new officers, said Police Chief Jeff...

 

Circuit Court roundup: settlement in Nightingale lawsuit

A lawsuit over the wrongful death of truck driver Neil Nightingale was dismissed Oct. 15 following a settlement out of court among the parties. The case had been scheduled to go to trial beginning Dec. 31. Nightingale died from injuries sustained in...

 

Transient arrested in alleged ax attack

A 35-year-old transient was arrested on the morning of Dec. 9 for second-degree assault after a woman reported being hit with the handle of an ax. Arrested was Michael Marshall Jr. "A (transient)...

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 12, 2018

Dec. 6 9:11 p.m. - Kristopher Moak, 32, arrested for misdemeanor driving while suspended and cited for violation of the basic rule, 74 mph in a 55-mph zone, and failure to carry proof of insurance....

 

Apartment fire blamed on improperly discarded cigarettes

Fire heavily damaged an apartment in Sweet Home Tuesday evening, Dec. 4. At 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was dispatched to an apartment fire at 2300 Main St....

 

Five arrested during Willow search

Five people were arrested on drug-related counts during a search of a home at 1907 Willow St. Thursday morning, Dec. 6, according to Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn. According to a department...

 

Public Safety Log Dec. 8, 22018

Nov. 30 3:32 a.m. - Earl Ryan Dodge, 24, arrested on Albany warrant for failure to appear on original charges of second-degree theft and possession of burglary tools and cited for defective taillights, 1200 block of Nandina St. Cited and released....

 

Burglar cleans out Gleaners' meat locker

Sweet Home Police are investigating the theft of nearly 150 pounds of meat during a burglary last week at Sweet Home Gleaners. Police received a report of the burglary at 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25....

 

Public Safety Log

Nov. 25 5:47 a.m. - Christopher Thomas Meredith, 31, arrested on Sweet Home warrants for failure to appear on original charge of first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree theft and second-degree disorderly conduct and Linn County warrant for...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 21, 2018

Nov. 19 12:42 a.m. - Joshua Wayne Welch, 29, arrested on Brownsville warrant for failure to appear and Lebanon warrant for contempt of court and probation violation on original charge of driving while suspended and cited for driving while suspended,...

 

SH man sought after allegedly ramming Sheriff's unit

A Sweet Home man is on the run after allegedly ramming a Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle Monday morning, Sheriff Jim Yon said. Yon said his deputies were involved in a pursuit Monday at 9:02 a.m. after they contacted a male in a parked vehicle near...

 

Dry winds cause slash fires to spread

East winds dried out local forests last week, causing five slash burns to rekindle and burn six-tenths of an acre outside of the authorized area. The slash burns were on Nov. 6 and 7, and they rekindled on Nov. 11 in the Wiley, Calapooia and Moose Mo...

 

Search on for SH man who allegedly rammed officer's vehicle

A Sweet Home man is on the run after allegedly ramming a Sheriff's deputy's vehicle Monday morning, Sheriff Jim Yon said. Yon said his deputies were involved in a pursuit Monday at 9:02 a.m. after... Full story

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 14, 2018

Nov. 9 4:45 a.m. - Elisha Marie Adams, 37, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of providing false information to a police officer, 1000 block of North River. 5:18 a.m. - Caller reported that she had video of someon...

 

Public Safety Log Nov. 7, 2018

Nov. 4 4:06 p.m. - Joshua Dawson arrested on a warrant for probation violation, 40100 block of Highway 228. Nov. 3 6:23 a.m. - Caller reported a burglary, 26000 block of 2nd, Crawfordsville. Report taken. Nov. 2 5:41 a.m. - Keith Newsome, 34, and... Full story

 

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