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Suspect arrested after eluding deputies, dogs


August 12, 2020

Joel Soto

A Sweet Home man was arrested Aug. 5 after avoiding Sheriff's deputies and dogs for several days following an armed disturbance.

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm said deputies responded at 3:53 p.m. on Aug. 3 to the 41000 block of Marks Ridge Drive, north of Sweet Home. A caller who lives at the location reported that the suspect, Joel Soto, 25, who also had been staying at the location took out a gun during an argument with him and shot it into the ground.

Soto then ran off through a nearby wooded area. When deputies arrived, they searched the area but were unable to find Soto. Deputie...

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