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Fire danger level drops with added rain

The rain has driven the fire danger level and industrial fire precaution level to “low” and level one. “I am filling out the paperwork right now to go to IFPL one and low fire danger,” said Craig Pettinger, Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet...

 

Lockout lifted at SHHS, SHJH after threat proves unfounded

Sweet Home Junior High and Sweet Home High School entered lockout Thursday, Sept. 13, after a report by a single student of a suspicious person on campus. Administrators directed teachers to hold students in class at 12:05 p.m. while the school...

 

Circuit Court Roundup

James Lee Baker James Lee Baker pleaded no contest Sept. 10 in Linn County Circuit Court to second-degree burglary. Sentencing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 19 in Courtroom 1. Baker was one of...

 

Officials warn of 'IRS' scam callers

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era If someone calls you claiming to represent the IRS, and demands money while threatening an arrest, don’t send money. “That’s not how the IRS operates,” said Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn. “The police...

 

Rural home burns

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A fire ripped through and destroyed the home of an 87-year-old Sweet Home man and his family late Saturday. Firefighters responded to a report of the blaze at 10:26...

 
 By The New Era    News    September 5, 2018

Public Safety

Aug. 30 10:46 a.m. - Caller reported that someone cut the passenger side rear section of the soft top on her jeep while she was boating, 44500 block of Quartzville. Report taken. Aug. 29 4:45 a.m. - Caller found a cell phone at the CFN fuel station,...

 

Public Safety Log Aug. 29, 2018

Aug. 26 2:09 a.m. - Rondel Allen Adams, 27, arrested on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of driving while suspended, Highway 20 and Pleasant Valley. During the traffic stop, a drug detection dog alerted to the vehicle. Po...

 

Public Safety Aug. 22, 2018

Aug. 20 1:55 a.m. - Amber Dawn Barton, 39, cited for driving while suspended and Lebanon warrant for contempt of court on original charge of second-degree theft, 23rd and Long. 3:45 a.m. - Caller repo...

 

Local man arrested after rash of cut cables

Sweet Home police have arrested a Sweet Home man in connection to approximately 20 cases of cutting and damaging phone, cable and power lines and boxes. Brandon Scott Schatz, 29, has been charged...

 

Dallas woman killed in motorcycle crash Aug. 12 east of Sweet Home

A Dallas woman was killed in a single-motorcycle crash early last week. At approximately 11:34 a.m. on Aug. 12, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 34. The...

 

Suspects sought in assault at Willamette music fest

Linn County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking suspects in a Sunday night assault at the Willamette Country Music Festival that sent an 18-year-old man to the hospital. Sheriff Jim Yon said deputies responded at 10:11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, to...

 

Public Safety Aug. 15, 2018

Aug. 13 12:06 a.m. - Officer located a watering device for the high school football team, 18th and Long. Placed in found property. 5:33 a.m. - Caller reported a male crawled out of the front door of a building, 2300 block of Main Report taken for...

 

Public Safety Log Aug. 8 ,2018

Aug. 6 6:11 a.m. - Abraham John Woosley, 24, cited on a Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of misdemeanor driving while suspended, Linn County Jail. Aug. 5 12:10 a.m. - Jessica Leigh Hines, 26, arrested on San Diego warrant...

 

SH woman arrested for allegedly stabbing ex-boyfriend

Linn County deputies arrested a Sweet Home woman early Sunday, July 29, in connection to the stabbing of a 58-year-old Sweet Home man. Nancy Edwards, 56, was lodged at Linn County Jail on charges of...

 

Wreck on Hwy. 228 in Holley

Firefighters direct traffic around a crash that occurred Saturday morning on Highway 228 in front of the Holley Store, at the intersection with Upper Calapooia Drive at about 8:49 a.m. According to...

 

Public Safety Log Aug. 1, 2018

July 29 3:56 a.m. - Darrel George Berrigan, 46, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of third-degree theft and Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original charge of possession of meth, 1209 Main St....

 

Car thief gets 30 months; companion faces more charges

Matthew Everette Wood and James Lee Baker Matthew Everette Wood of Portland was sentenced July 12 in Linn County Circuit Court to 30 months in prison for second-degree burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Counts of third-degree theft...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 1, 2018

Speeding complaints prompt use of radar trailer, collection of 'data'

Sweet Home Police volunteers have been moving the department’s radar trailer to different spots around the community to gather data on traffic behavior in response to complaints about speeding. A resident complained to the City Council in July...

 

Public Safety July 24, 2018

July 23 2:07 a.m. - Caller wanted to speak to an officer right away but refused to give dispatch any details, 1400 block of Sunset. Officer responded. Caller did not have anything criminal to report. He wished to discuss government conspiracies....

 

Sweet Home man dies after two-car collision on Highway 20

A Sweet Home man was fatally injured Tuesday, July 17, in a two-vehicle crash near the Highway 20 weigh station east of town. After a head-on collision, Scott A. Wartena, 76, of Sweet Home died July...

 

Public Safety July 18, 2018

July 15 12:03 a.m. - Caller reported that a male stole a bicycle worth more than $100, 1000 block of 14th. Report taken. 1:28 a.m. - Caller reported a dog left at location, 2405 Main St., Circle K. Officer responded. Dog returned to owner. 2:34 a.m....

 

Five injured in collision that resulted in rollover on Main St.

Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon, July 15. Police, medics and firefighters responded to the crash in the 2400 block of Main Street at 3:15 p.m. Jodie Eberhardt,...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Crimes against people in Sweet Home spike over last year at end-of-June tally

Mid-year statistics show a spike in crimes against people in Sweet Home, while the number of property crimes is down slightly from last year. The total number of calls to the Sweet Home Police Department, as of June 30 compared to June 30, 2017, is...

 

Public Safety Log July 11, 2018

July 9 3:58 a.m. - Caller reported a male who looked disoriented wandering around, Main and Wiley Creek. Caller thought he could see blood on his face. Officer unable to locate anyone matching the description. 4:53 a.m. - Caller reported a male with...

 

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