This log includes incidents in which there might have been a public disturbance or a risk to the public. Information comes from the Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. It does not include all calls for service. The status of incidents might change after further investigation. Locations are approximate. People arrested or suspected in crimes are considered innocent until proven otherwise.
Corvallis Police Department
MONDAY, NOV. 12
HIT-AND-RUN ARREST: 6:12 p.m., WinCo parking lot, 2335 N.W. Kings Blvd. Two women gave police the license plate number of a Honda Ridgeline that they had reportedly seen back into a parked Chevrolet Impala in the WinCo parking lot, causing what police said was “several hundred dollars worth of front end damage” to the Impala. They said that when they attempted to talk to the driver of the Ridgeline, he turned off his lights and sped out of the parking lot. Police later contacted the alleged driver, Jan Christopher Bottjer, 64, of Corvallis. Pieces of the Impala were still hanging on his tow hitch, police reported. Bottjer was cited in lieu of arrest for second-degree criminal mischief and failure to perform the duties of a driver.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10
DUII: 12:31 a.m., Outside the Peacock Bar & Grill, 125 S.W. Second St. Dylan James Hinrichs, 21, of Corvallis was arrested on a DUII charge after police reportedly witnessed him failing to stop at a stop sign. Hinrichs failed field-sobriety tests, and his blood alcohol content at the jail measured 0.16 percent.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9
BURGLARY: 700 block Northwest Fourth Street. Between 5 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. Nov. 9, a burglar gained entry into a residence by breaking a small basement window with a rock. An office door was broken into, and it appeared that the burglar browsed through several rooms, but nothing appeared stolen.
BURGLARY: 300 block Northwest 15th Street. A woman reported Nov. 9 that her Sony Vaio laptop computer was stolen from her living room between the evening of Oct. 31 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. She reported that one of the doors to her residence was unlocked that night.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
CARETAKING BURGLAR?: 9:04 a.m., 1600 block Northwest Division Street. A 67-year-old woman reported that she woke up in her apartment building to a man in her bedroom sorting through her prescription bottles on her nightstand. When the male noticed she was awake, he reportedly asked if she had been taking her medications as prescribed, patted her on the hand and left without taking anything. The woman said her apartment door had been unlocked, but that she lives in a secured building.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6
CAR PROWL: Corvallis High School, 1400 N.W. Buchanan Ave. A man reported that some time between 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., someone entered his locked vehicle and stole a backpack containing $1,600 in property. Some of the items stolen include a textbook, two calculators, an HP Pavilon DVX6 laptop computer, a wireless computer mouse and charging cords for an iPad and an iPhone. The report did not indicate how the culprit gained access to the vehicle.
SUNDAY, NOV. 4
DUII: 1:43 a.m., Southwest Third Street and B Avenue. Mel Kerry Wolf, 50, of Eugene was arrested on a charge of DUII after police initially stopped him for failing to maintain his lane of travel. He failed field-sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content at the jail measured 0.09 percent.
THURSDAY, OCT. 29
CAR PROWL: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center parking lot, 3600 N.W. Samaritan Drive. A man reported that some time between 10 a.m. and noon, someone entered his vehicle and stole a portable Airset Freestyle air concentrator used to aid in breathing, equipment worth $2,000. The report did not indicate how the thief gained entry.
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
BURGLARY: 2900 block Northwest Polk Avenue. A man reported that two bikes, valued at $5,000 apiece, and an $80 bike helmet were stolen from his storage unit under his apartment complex. The culprit cut the lock to the unit and stole a blue-and-white Fuji SST 2.0 racing bike with curved handlebars and a black Pivot Mach 5.7 mountain bike.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11
MISSING PERSON FOUND: 5:36 p.m., Woods Creek Road near milepost 5, Philomath area. Two deputies were dispatched to the North Ridge Trailhead on Marys Peak to look for a mushroom picker who became separated from his two adult sons two hours before. Deputies and members of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit located the 56-year-old Corvallis man, with his two dogs accompanying him, near milepost 5 on Woods Creek Road. He was in good condition, but deputies noted that he had no food, water, fire source or means of communication, and he was wearing jeans and a light coat.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9
DUII AND STOLEN CAR: 3:56 a.m., Southwest Third Street and Jefferson Avenue. Amado Ulices Garcia Martinez, 19, of Albany was arrested on a DUII charge after failing field-sobriety tests. The vehicle was impounded and his blood alcohol content measured 0.16 percent at the jail. At 10:27 a.m., he was additionally charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle after the impounded vehicle was reported stolen from Albany.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8
WARRANT AND METH: 10:21 p.m., Northwest Ninth Street and Sequoia Avenue. As deputies were attempting to locate a different man with warrants, they arrested Randy Edward Drake, 47, of Corvallis on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court in Linn County and for possession of methamphetamine.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7
DUII: 1:07 p.m., 10170 Corvallis Road, Independence. A caller reported that he was following a vehicle on Highway 99W near Circle Boulevard and its driver appeared to be impaired. A deputy caught up to a vehicle near Independence and arrested Mark William Betts, 48, on a DUII charge in connection with the report. Betts was listed with addresses in both Alsea and Shedd. His blood-alcohol content measured 0.27 percent.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6
DUII: 9:47 p.m., 110 S.W. 53rd St. Christopher Miles Francis, 33, of Corvallis was arrested for DUII and reckless driving after initially being stopped for a traffic violation. His breath sample at the jail measured 0.16 percent.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3
DRUG POSSESSION: 11:03 a.m., Highway 20 and Highway 34, Philomath. Aaron Wade Potter, 31, of Eugene was initially stopped for driving without an operating license-plate light. He subsequently was arrested for possession of a schedule I controlled substance, psylocibin mushrooms and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.