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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.


DUII CRASH: The Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded at 9:26 p.m. to a report of a vehicle that crashed into the ditch on the 25000 block of Grange Hall Road. The alleged driver, 41-year-old Caleb Michael Fennell of Dallas, was located roughly half of a mile away walking near the intersection of 15th Street and Chapel Drive. He was cited and released on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and failure to perform the duties of a driver after a crash. It was his third DUII arrest in five months, according to court records.


DUII: A Benton County sheriff deputy booked Timothy Clayton McGuyer, 46, on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants following an impaired driving investigation at 1:53 a.m. on the 200 block of North Ninth Street.


MEDICAL EMERGENCY: The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Philomath Police Department responded at 3:23 a.m. to an alarm at a residence on the 24600 block of Stovall Lane. They determined that the resident was having a medical issue, so medics responded to provide care.

NON-INJURY CRASH: No one was injured in a traffic crash at 4:20 p.m. on the 100 block of South 19th Street.


CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: A man called 911 at 11:58 p.m. and reported that Jon Tilles, 57, of Philomath, tried to run over the man’s fence with Tilles’s car on the 31900 block of Fern Road. The man called back minutes later saying that Tilles had returned and had rammed his car into the man’s vehicle, which not only caused serious damage to the vehicle but then pushed it into the rear wall of his garage, causing heavy damage to the building. Shortly afterward, a Philomath police officer pulled over Tilles and detained him for refusing to provide a photo ID or driver’s license. Further investigation led the officer to learn of Tilles’s alleged involvement in the crash. A Benton County sheriff deputy responded and arrested Tilles on a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge of trespassing.

SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH: A Benton County sheriff deputy responded at 7 a.m. to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 34 near Shangrila Lane, about 3 miles northeast of Alsea. The motorist, who was driving to Alsea for work, told the deputy that when she came around a corner, she corrected her steering angle, then over-corrected. This caused her vehicle to drive up on the north hillside, which resulted in the vehicle rolling onto its top. The motorist was transported to the hospital for unspecified injuries, and the vehicle was towed due to damage.

Fire Calls

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


UNINTENTIONAL ALARM: 8:04 p.m., 2000 block of Applegate Street.


OTHER: 3:43 p.m., 35000 block of Norton Creek Road.

TRAFFIC CRASH: 7:50 p.m., Highway 34, about 8 miles southwest of Philomath.


LINES DOWN/ARCING: 6 p.m., 2000 block of Applegate Street.

PUBLIC ASSIST: 10:14 p.m., 200 block of South 15th Street.


MEDICAL: 3:23 a.m., 24600 block of Stovall Lane.

MEDICAL: 6:09 a.m., 24000 block of Highway 20.

MEDICAL: 6:45 a.m., 300 block of North Seventh Street.

SMALL FIRE: 4:09 p.m., Decker Road and Ervin Road.

SMALL WILDLAND FIRE: 7:04 p.m., Highway 20 and Lilly Hill Road.


PUBLIC ASSISTANCE: 10:19 p.m., 200 block of South 15th Street.


MEDICAL: 1:42 p.m., North 17th Street and Pioneer Street.

SLASH PILE BURN: 7:31 p.m., 31000 block of Bellfountain Road.

MEDICAL: 8:03 p.m., 600 block of Main Street.

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