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Armed robbery suspects crash in Albany while attempting to elude, killing one

ALBANY, Ore. -- One person is dead following a police pursuit that ended in Linn county, Oregon State Police report. Around 6:20 p.m. Thursday, Oregon State Police troopers located a vehicle reported stolen from Eugene on Interstate 5 in the Albany area.


Public Safety Log (March 22)

Sex crimes — From Thursday afternoon. David Wayne Swanson, 34, of Haines, was charged with two counts of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of third-degree sodomy and two counts of third-degree rape. The crimes occurred between April and January and the victim was younger than 16, according to the


20/20 covers infamous case of Oregon woman convicted of shooting her children

One of Oregon's most reviled murder cases will receive the 20/20 treatment on Friday night. In 1983, Diane Downs drove her blood-spattered car to a hospital in Springfield, Oregon — claiming that a strange man had shot her and all three of her children.


Albany man arraigned on 40 sex assault charges

An Albany man was arraigned in Benton County Circuit Court Thursday on 40 separate charges for allegedly sexually abusing a girl over the course of years. Juan Leal-Galvez, 46, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree rape, one count of third-degree rape, seven counts of sexual abuse in th


Linn public transit systems earmark planned improvements

Public transportation systems in Linn County will receive an estimated $4 million over the next three years as their share of the state’s new one-tenth of 1 percent payroll tax, according to Mark Volmert, the county’s rural transportation coordinator.


Police ask for public’s help in case of missing woman last seen in S. Oregon two years ago

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - More than two years after her disappearance, police are again asking for the public’s help finding Kimberly Ann Mericle. Mericle, 48, was last seen in the Williams area of Josephine County around March 2, 2017. Police put out an alert about Mericle in mid-March 2017.


New traffic signal due this April at Sixth and Ellsworth in downtown Albany

A new traffic signal will have drivers stopping at the corner of Ellsworth Street and Sixth Avenue in downtown Albany by the end of April. It's one of the last additions to the new fire station on Lyon Street.


Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Philomath Woman Since Childhood

On Thursday, Juan Leal- Galvez was arraigned in Benton County Circuit Court on over three dozen charges of sexually abusing a Philomath woman. Now in college, court documents indicate the woman told a physician the abuse started when she was age 7.


Authorities unable to ID man who died amid S. Oregon police shootout: report

Authorities have been unable to identify a man who died amid a shootout with southern Oregon law enforcement officers because his body was badly burned in an ensuing car fire, according to a report.


March 24, 1964: Group directs Linn college plan survey

NOTE: The following article originally appeared in the Tuesday, March 24, 1964, edition of the Albany Democrat-Herald. Another stop toward a proposed community college was taken Monday, when the state and national affairs committee of the Albany Chamber of Commerce appointed a five-man committee to


On the Go with Joe at Oregon Humane Society

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – It’s the start of spring and that also means it’s another season – puppy season!. Saturday marks National Puppy Day and this time of year, the Oregon Humane Society has plenty of puppies at its shelter.


Boise State @ Oregon State: Round One

Boise State fans were shocked to see that the women’s basketball team would be heading into March Madness as a 13 seed. The selection committee showed the Broncos little respect, as they will have to travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State in a true road game.


Oregon data breach affected hundreds in welfare, children’s programs: Morning Briefing for Friday, March 22

Subscribe to get the Morning Briefing newsletter delivered to your email inbox weekdays at 7 a.m. DATA BREACH: Oregon reveals a data breach affected hundreds in welfare and children’s programs.


Lebanon double murder suspect appears in court

ALBANY, Ore. -- A Lebanon man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and a man she was seeing appeared before a judge Thursday. Family and friends of the two victims also attended.


Salem man sentenced to 15 days in online sex sting

A Salem man arrested in a Benton County Sheriff’s Office sting was sentenced to 15 days in jail for trying to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex in early January. Patrick John Guerricagoitia, 70, pleaded guilty to first-degree online sexual corruption of a child and luring a minor in Benton County Circ


Inmate flees Marion County custody days before release, deputies say

She just couldn’t wait. Tristen Leigh Devore, 31, was set to be released from Marion County custody Friday. But she fled the Marion County Transition Center, a minimum-security operation, late Wednesday, according to the county sheriff’s office.


Police pursuit ends as vehicle rolls over near Jefferson; one dead, two injured

One person was killed and two others seriously injured Thursday evening when the vehicle they were riding in, being pursued by law enforcement officers in connection with armed robberies in the Eugene area, rolled several times just north of the city of Jefferson, Oregon State Police reported.


Corvallis council set to shake things up

The Corvallis City Council indicated Thursday that it is willing to look at tweaking some of its procedures in an effort to improve council efficiency. At a work session at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room aimed at closing the loop on an all-day retreat that was held in January councilors went off sc


OSU president announces he'll step down when contract ends in 2020

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced Friday that he will step down from his position when his contract ends on June 30, 2020. Ray was hired as OSU’s president in July 2003 and is currently serving a five-year contract.


April events will focus on child abuse awareness

In 2017, some 50 children in Linn County were victims of sexual abuse. More than 200 lived in homes where threat of harm or abuse existed. Some 232 were victims of neglect and 38 suffered physical abuse.