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, March 31

HIT AND RUN: 1400 block of Northwest 15th Street. A woman reported that the driver’s side of her 2007 Scion TC had been damaged by a hit-and-run driver while the car was parked on the street. The incident occurred sometime between 5 p.m. March 29 and 10 a.m. March 30.

Sunday, March 30

DUII AND ASSAULT: 3:29 a.m., 1500 block of Northwest Highland Drive. A woman called 911 to report an impaired driver. She told dispatchers she had been at a party with her ex-boyfriend, who then drove her home. Believing he was too drunk to drive, she took his keys and ran into the house. She said the man followed her inside, where he slapped, pushed and choked her in an effort to get his keys back, then drove away. Police spotted the man’s green 1994 Ford Ranger pickup and pulled him over at Northwest Grant Avenue and Dixon Street for investigation of the complaint and for multiple traffic infractions. Ross Allan McMakin, 21, of Philomath was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, harassment and strangulation, all misdemeanors. His blood alcohol level reportedly measured above 0.2 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive. He was booked into the Benton County Jail and released the following day. The woman reportedly had minor injuries but did not seek medical attention.

Wednesday, March 26

INJURY ACCIDENT: 6:07 a.m., Northwest Kings and Circle boulevards. Sharon Marie Buchert, 63, of Albany was driving south on Kings Boulevard in a 2003 Buick Century sedan, and Amieca Lynn Henson, 32, of Lebanon was driving east on Circle Boulevard in a 2008 Ford Explorer SUV when they collided in the intersection, causing front-end damage to both vehicles. Buchert was taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Henson also complained of pain but declined to be taken to the hospital. Both drivers claimed to have had a green light, but a witness said he believed Buchert had run a red light. She was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

Tuesday, March 25

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY: 6:05 p.m., 600 S.W. Madison Ave. Police responded to a report of a fight between two intoxicated transients outside the First Christian Church. One of the men allegedly head-butted the other and punched him in the face. James C. Kittrell, 35, was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. William John Bowman, 39, reportedly had a bloody nose and swollen eye but declined medical treatment.

A KNIFE IN HIS HAND; A CURSE ON HIS LIPS: 2:46 p.m., 311 S.W. Second St. Ronald Bayrum, a 49-year-old transient, told police that another man had screamed at him, tried repeatedly to kick him and threatened him with a knife outside the downtown post office. Three witnesses backed up Bayrum’s account. Inside the post office, police located the suspect, who reportedly had a throwing knife hidden in the strap of his backpack. Peter Ottaway Mulford, 33, of Corvallis was arrested on charges of menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

Benton County

Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, April 1

ASSAULT: 1:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies and Philomath police responded to reports of a disturbance in the 100 block of North Eighth Street in Philomath, where they found a man having an altercation with his former fiancee. Benjamin William Pitts, 28, of Philomath was arrested on a charge of fourth-degree assault and booked into the Benton County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon on $12,500 bond. Earlier that day, he had been released from the jail, where he was serving time for five counts of theft and a probation violation. At the time he was booked Tuesday, his blood alcohol content reportedly measured 0.17 percent.

OBSTACLE COURSE FAIL: 1:21 a.m., Southwest Second Street at Madison Avenue. A citizen flagged down a deputy’s patrol car to report an impaired driver. A deputy reportedly watched a 2004 Infiniti G35 drive over a curb onto the sidewalk, stop in the middle of the street, start to drive the wrong way on a one-way street and make an illegal turn. The vehicle was pulled over on Southwest Third Street near Adams Avenue. Sadiq Famhi Alaswad, 28, of Corvallis was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. His blood alcohol content reportedly measured 0.13 percent. He also was allegedly driving with a suspended license and without insurance.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be contacted at 541-758-9529 or

Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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