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, JAN. 8
SCAM: 1:08 p.m., 180 NW Fifth Street, Corvallis. A woman reported receiving a phone call from a man who identified himself as Benton County Sheriff's Deputy Cook at phone number 541-847-5100 (the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Monroe number). The man told her she had a "contact warrant" for missing jury duty and needed to pay her bail before getting off the phone with him or she would be arrested. The woman said she stayed on the phone with him while she drove to Safeway, purchased a $2,000 MoneyPack gift card and then drove to the Law Enforcement Center, where she provided him with the gift card number over the phone. The woman said the caller told her the gift card did not work and to purchase additional gift cards. She said she asked him to come out of the Law Enforcement Center and she would give him the physical card, and he disconnected the call. The woman then realized it was a scam and went inside to report it.
RECKLESS DRIVING: 5:13 p.m., Northwest Van Buren Avenue and Northwest First Street, Corvallis. Police arrested Michelle Leslie Davis, 42, at her home after she allegedly drove her Chevrolet Tahoe west across the Van Buren Bridge and struck five other cars, causing minor damage. Davis was booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of reckless driving, hit and run and reckless endangering.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
MONDAY, JAN. 8
METH: 9:33 a.m., Highway 99W and Tampico Road, Corvallis. A deputy stopped Anthony James Earl Vorderstrasse, 46, of Salem, for riding his bike against traffic. The deputy searched Vorderstrasse and reportedly found a clear glass pipe with burnt residue inside his jacket pocket. The residue tested positive for methamphetamine. The deputy cited Vorderstrasse for possession of methamphetamine.