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, DEC. 4
UNLAWFUL ENTRY INTO CAR: 12:27 a.m., 300 block of Southwest Fourth Street, Corvallis. Police arrested a man, identified as Grant Thomas Eason, 30, of Newport, who was allegedly sleeping in a car belonging to his ex-girlfriend’s parents without their permission. Eason also reportedly had a felony parole violation warrant for his arrest. Further, police reportedly found a small plastic straw in Eason’s property; the substance inside the straw reportedly tested positive for the presence of cocaine.
SCAM: 6:39 a.m., 600 block of Northwest 29th Street, Corvallis. A man reported he met a girl on the website Chatroulette about two years ago and began video chatting with her via Skype. The man said that on Sunday he received a message via Skype demanding $400 or the sender would disseminate explicit videos or photographs to the man’s Facebook friends. The sender requested the money be sent to the Philippines. No suspects were identified.
SCAM: 3:02 p.m., 900 block of Northwest Garfield Avenue, Corvallis. A woman reported she had been sent a check for $2,450 as a part of a job offer. The woman said she deposited the check and sent payments via Western Union to other accounts as instructed by the alleged employer. The initial check she received was discovered to not have necessary funds, so the woman lost $1,920 in the scam. No suspects were identified.
TUESDAY, DEC. 5
RECKLESS DRIVING: 12:50 a.m., Northwest Kings Boulevard and Northwest Buchanan Avenue, Corvallis. Police responded to a road rage incident and arrested Jeffery William Appelt-Harley, 29, of Philomath, for reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver and first-degree criminal mischief.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
MONDAY, DEC. 4
THEFT: 8:30 a.m., 19000 block of South Fork Road, Alsea. A woman reported she currently has her residence in Alsea for sale. She said a man by the name of “Reverend Scott Paul” attempted to rent out the residence and requested a money transfer to Bancorp Bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
SCAM: 3:50 p.m., 17100 block of Highway 34, Alsea. A woman reported she had received a pop-up on her computer stating it was hacked and she needed to call 1-855-236-8222. She spoke with a man by the name of Ben Carter, who told her to write a check for $249.99, scan it and send it to him to remove the virus. The woman did so and later learned it was a scam.