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Police Log

Editor’s note: This log includes incidents in which there might have been a public disturbance or risk to the public. Information comes from the Philomath 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 of crimes are considered innocent until proven otherwise.


TWO-VEHICLE CRASH: Two vehicles were towed due to damage and no one was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 19th Street and Applegate Street at 10:39 a.m. Philomath police cited one of the motorists for failing to obey a stop sign.

TWO-VEHICLE CRASH: A motorist attempted to take a left turn onto Kings Valley Highway from Maxfield Creek Road and collided with a vehicle that was traveling south on Kings Valley Highway. No one was injured, but both vehicles sustained serious damage.

SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH: A vehicle traveling north on Luckiamute Road at 1:45 p.m. went off the road and through a tree, stopping at the bottom of the ditch. The motorist reported minor injuries but declined medical treatment. Her neighbor drove her home, and she told the Benton County Sheriff’s Office that she didn’t remember what led to the crash.

DUII: Philomath police arrested Jacolby Lee Benson, 23, of Newport, on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants following a traffic stop at 10 p.m. at West Hills Road and Hanson Street. Jacolby’s blood alcohol content reportedly measured 0.10 percent.

LOUD MUSIC: Philomath police responded to a report of loud music at 11:10 p.m. in the area of Benton View Drive and Neabeack Hill Drive. The officer could not hear any music by the time he was available to respond.

TRAFFIC PROBLEM: Philomath police investigated a complaint that came in at 10:35 p.m. of someone driving up and down the 2700 block of Newton Street on a dirt bike without a headlight.


SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Philomath police responded at 11:17 p.m. to a report of an open front door at a residence on the 600 block of North 12th Street. The officer was unable to find anyone inside or any sign of entry prior to his arrival. He didn’t see any signs of suspicious activity or suspicious people in the area.


MIP: Philomath police spoke to two individuals at 1:22 a.m. for trespassing at Marys River Park after hours, and cited one of them for minor in possession of marijuana.

TRAFFIC PROBLEM: Philomath police removed a mattress at 7:46 p.m. that had been discarded on the road and was impeding traffic at Main Street and Newton Street.


DISTURBANCE: Philomath police responded at 1:19 p.m. to McDonald’s for a disturbance that was determined to be a result of a civil child custody dispute.


SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Benton County sheriff deputies responded at 7:15 p.m. to a possible burglary-in-progress on Highway 20 near Philomath. When deputies arrived on scene, the caller was standing outside his residence, and said he didn’t recognize the car that was parked next to his house. After running the vehicle’s plates through dispatch, deputies determined the vehicle belonged to the man’s aunt and uncle. He confirmed that it was OK for them to be in his house.


ODOR INVESTIGATION: Philomath Fire & Rescue and the Philomath Police Department responded at 9:05 a.m. to the 1700 block of Main Street for a report of a natural gas leak.


HARASSMENT: Philomath police responded at 4:41 p.m. to multiple reports of an erratic individual causing disturbances on Philomath Boulevard between 53rd Street and 66th Street. Police ultimately arrested Linus Ezra Morgan, 33, of Corvallis, on charges of aggravated harassment, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and attempting to bribe an officer.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: A woman reported to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office that she is concerned about the number of homeless people who have started living at property on Old Peak Road. She said she had witnessed a man the night before staggering down the road shining flashlights into the yards of nearby residences. The case was forwarded to county code compliance and environmental health.


DISTURBANCE: Philomath police responded at 9:04 a.m. to a domestic disturbance on the 1700 block of Maple Street. The officer determined that it had been an altercation between a mother and daughter, and that no crime had been committed.

Fire Calls

Editor’s note: This log is based on information submitted to the newspaper by Philomath Fire & Rescue. Locations are approximate.


ILLEGAL BURN: 4:55 p.m., 35900 block of Kings Valley Highway.


ODOR INVESTIGATION: 9:03 a.m., 1700 block of Main Street.

MEDICAL: 10:42 a.m., 200 block of South 19th Street.

MEDICAL: 5:02 p.m., Kings Valley Highway, 6 miles off Highway 34.


MEDICAL: 1:32 a.m., 2500 block of Newton Street.

MEDICAL: 9:52 a.m., 25000 block of Grange Hall Road.


FLUE FIRE: 3:38 p.m., 33000 block of Noon Road.


SMALL WILDFIRE: 11:28 a.m., Kings Valley Highway and Cardwell Hill Road.

UNINTENTIONAL ALARM: 6:43 p.m., 24300 block of Cardwell Hill Road.

MEDICAL: 9:21 p.m., 400 block of Melvill Crescent.

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