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Hit-and-run crash leads to DUII arrest


A 32-year-old Albany man was arrested Friday morning on a drunken driving charge after allegedly crashing his car into a power pole and leaving the scene in a friend’s car.
Genaro Mendez-Lopez, 32, of Albany, was booked and released on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, hit-and-run and first-degree criminal mischief. He has not been arraigned in court.
Witnesses called 911 around 5:40 a.m. to report that a man had crashed his car, an Acura PL sedan, into a power pole on Northeast Granger Avenue between Highway 20 and Pettibone Drive, according to Sgt. Randy Hiner of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses reported that the man eventually jumped into the passenger seat of another vehicle that was traveling west toward Highway 99W.
A deputy in the area pulled over a vehicle matching the witness description, and took an uninjured Mendez-Lopez into custody. His blood alcohol content at the jail measured 0.17 percent, according to Hiner.
The power pole snapped and was leaning over after the crash, but no wires were hanging down, Hiner said. A Pacific Power crew replaced the pole.
Freezing fog caused icy conditions in the area Friday morning, Hiner added.

City recorder Louie retires; city manager to review how to replace her


Assistant to the city manager/city recorder Kathy Louie retired Nov. 26 after 28 years with the city of Corvallis.
City Manager Jim Patterson said that Carla Holzworth, a management assistant in the department, will serve as the interim city recorder.
Patterson said he considered the retirement “an opportunity to restructure the department” and that “managing the size and compensation of the city workforce to improve efficiency” is one of the key steps to long-term budget sustainability.
Patterson said he hoped to complete his review within the next three months.

Corvallis man with Alzheimer’s disease missing since Monday


Corvallis police is asking the public's help in locating a 57-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who left his residence on Monday at 11 a.m.
Mark Ponte, who lives on the 1500 block of Northwest 13th Street in Corvallis, was last seen wearing jeans and a green fleece zip-up jacket. He has an unusual walk due to a past surgical procedure and his gait is described as a shuffle in which he does not place one foot in front of the other.
A family member reported that he has Alzheimer's Disease, which causes him to become easily lost. His family believes he left his residence Monday at 11 a.m. They reported him as a missing person on Tuesday at 9:17 a.m.
If anyone has seen him, or knows where he is located, please contact the Corvallis Police Department at (541) 766-6911.

Fire Calls (Nov. 25)


Corvallis Fire DepartmentSUNDAY, NOV. 24Medical call, 12:43 p.m., 2600 block Southwest Washington WayMedical call (transport), 12:05 p.m., 800 block Southwest 26th StreetMedical call, 12:01 p.m., 2500 block Northeast Jack London StreetMedica...

Doctor Who fundraiser attracts new generation of nerds


“We’re all Whovians.”
Katie Carleski was referring to herself and her three boys in tow – ages 5, 8 and 9 – though, really, she could have been talking about the entire crowd of well over a hundred people gathered at the Corvallis Odd Fellows hall Saturday morning for a viewing party of the “Day of the Doctor” 50th anniversary special.
Bow ties, suspenders, scarves and felt hats were aplenty as some dressed as Doctor Who, the alien protagonist in the long-running British science-fiction series of the same name.
Corvallis High School’s Spartan Robotics Team 997 hosted the fundraiser, harnessing the cult following of “Doctor Who,” a series that generations grew up with in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and that a new generation discovered with the show’s relaunch in 2005.
“I introduced them to Doctor Who about a year ago,” Carleski said about her four kids. “My 4-year-old thinks it’s a little creepy, though, so he’s staying at home today watching the older episodes with dad.”
When the doors opened at 10 a.m., fans trickled in to claim their seats, buy snacks and watch demonstrations of the robot that the CHS students built and competed with earlier this year. The screening was free, but robotics club members sold movie popcorn, home-baked treats and other concessions, and raffled and sold Doctor Who-themed merchandise. The 50th anniversary special began at 11:50 a.m. and was broadcast globally at the same time.
“Doctor Who has a really large fan base, and the people who are fans of it are diehard fans,” said CHS senior and event coordinator Rachel Ponstein. “I know that a lot at school watch it on their own, but there wasn’t really a way for all of us to get together as Whovians to share it.”
The television series that explores technology and time travel clicks for students who build robots in their spare time.
“It’s a fun show because it has action and humor,” Ponstein said minutes before the screening, “and it definitely has that nerdy aspect that all us robotics kids have, and apparently everyone in that room has … Who doesn’t love time-traveling aliens?”
A fellow Whovian, who happens to be the business manager of Corvallis Odd Fellows, suggested the event a little over a month ago when she realized that there were no public screening parties scheduled in Corvallis.
Rachell Carlisle said that she came up with the idea because she and her son, a new member of the robotics team, watch the series together.
“I’m 46 and I’ve been watching Doctor Who since I was 10 or 11,” she said. “Now we watch it together.”
Corvallis Church, which holds its Sunday service at the Odd Fellows Hall, donated the use of its tech equipment, Odd Fellows provided the space, parents and New Morning Bakery donated concessions, and Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics donated one of the pricier raffle items – a replica of the newest version of Doctor Who’s multifunctional tool, the sonic screwdriver.
Virtually everyone in attendance loves the television series, but not everyone saw eye-to-eye on their favorite Doctor Who. Eleven actors have played the character and, in fact, the transition from one actor to another is written into the plot.
Robotics club member Madison Headley arrived dressed in a waist coat, scarf and felt hat of the fourth Doctor, who was played by Tom Baker. Her friend, Sabrina Myers, accompanied her clad in the iconic white button-up shirt, bowtie and suspenders of the current Doctor, played by Matt Smith.
Even Katie Carleski’s three boys held allegiance to a certain Doctor – 9-year-old Robert says the eighth Doctor is his, 8-year-old Calvin prefers the 10th and 5-year-old Benny likes the bowtie of the 11th Doctor.
All of the Doctors make for a great storyline, according to Robert.
“I like him because he time travels and travels different dimensions and saves the world.”

Police Log (Nov. 23)


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
STOLEN PARCEL: 4900 block Southwest Roseberry Street. A woman reported that someone must have stolen a package from her porch because UPS said it had been delivered on Nov. 8 at 11:06 a.m. She ordered a 32-inch flat screen television for $400 from
VEHICLE THEFT: 900 block Southwest 15th Street. A man reported that his 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup was stolen from his apartment’s parking lot sometime between 7 a.m. Nov. 14 and 7 a.m. Nov. 15.
BURGLARY: Park West Apartments, 975 S.W. 15th St. Sometime between 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 7:50 a.m. Nov. 13, someone entered an apartment complex maintenance building and stole a bag of tools with an estimated value of $500. The thief’s method of entry was unknown.

11-year-old reports house fire; no one injured


JEFFERSON — No one was injured Friday in a Jefferson house fired reported by an 11-year-old who lived there with her parents, Travis and Terri Sheffield.
Sidney Sheffield, home alone Friday afternoon, called 911 at 2:41 after hearing a loud crash, seeing the lights flicker and seeing smoke coming from a bathroom.
Firefighters contained the fire to the back bedrooms of the house; there was heavy smoke damage throughout the dwelling.
The fire was deemed under control at 3:32 p.m. The cause of the fire was electrical. There were no injuries to report, nor any damage estimates yet.
Firefighters from Jefferson, Salem, Albany, Turner and Polk County responded.

Woman cited in crash involving car, tractor


Two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Friday morning after a car crashed into a slow-moving tractor east of Corvallis on Highway 34, according to a release from Oregon State Police.
Moises Vasquez Marres, 24, of Corvallis, was traveling about 20 mph in a farm tractor, moving west in the right-hand lane on Highway 34 near Colorado Lake Drive. The tractor's hazard lights were on and a slow-moving warning placard visible, according to OSP.
A Nissan Versa passenger car, driven by Bridget Pickett, 55, of Salem, was traveling about 55 mph in the same lane when it struck the farm tractor from behind. The car pushed the tractor into the guardrail, and both vehicles came to rest on the westbound lanes and shoulder area.
The crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. An OSP trooper cited Pickett for careless driving, noting that driver fatigue and inattention were contributing factors in the crash.
Both operators were transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office responded to the scene with responders from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
The westbound lanes were blocked about one hour as westbound traffic was directed by the scene using the center turn lane.

Fire Calls (Nov. 22)


Corvallis Fire DepartmentWEDNESDAY, NOV. 20Canceled en route, 10:02 p.m., 800 block Cattle Drive, PhilomathMedical call (transport), 9:38 p.m., 400 block Northeast Conifer BoulevardMedical call (transport), 9:19 p.m., 2700 block Northwest Ha...

OSU women’s basketball: Beavers dial long distance to blow out Lions


In a 102-80 win over Sacramento State last Friday, the Oregon State post players were the stars of the game as they helped the Beavers score 66 points in the paint.
On Thursday against Loyola Marymount, the guards wanted their turn.
And boy did they ever produce.
Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese, Ali Gibson and Alyssa Martin combined to hit 15 of the Beavers’ school record 17 3-pointers in a 92-54 nonconference women’s basketball win over the Lions before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 923.
The Beavers are 4-0 for the second time in three years and will next head to the Bahamas for the Junkaroo Jam. OSU will open against No. 14 Penn State at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 29.
Weisner and Wiese both hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts, while Gibson was 3 for 7 and Martin 2 for 7. Khadidja Toure and Gabby Hanson had the other two triples as the Beavers were 17 for 32.
“We’ve got some really special shooters on this team and highly talented kids,” coach Scott Rueck said. “I thought we did a great job moving the ball tonight.”
The Beavers finished with 27 assists on 36 made baskets.
The guards combined for 68 of the 92 points.
“We just take what the teams give us and they sagged down on the posts and we were open around the 3-point arc so we just had to hit our threes,” Weisner said.
Weisner led all scorers with 17 points. Wiese finished with 15 and Martin and Gibson both added 14.
Gibson and Martin set the tone in the first half.
Gibson scored the first five points and Martin went on a personal 9-0 run midway through the first half that turned an eight-point lead into a 17-point advantage in 90 seconds.
“I thought Ali set the tone for us, starting the game out and then Alyssa came in,” Rueck said. “And certainly Jamie and Syd do their thing all the time.”
It was the first time this season Weisner scored more than seven points in a game as she has struggled to stay out of foul trouble.
That wasn’t the case on Thursday.
“It was good for my confidence,” she said. “I’ve been getting in foul trouble lately so this week in practice I’ve just been focusing on moving my feet and trying to stay in good defensive position and limit my fouls.”
Speaking of defense, the Beavers weren’t too shabby there either.
OSU held the Lions to just 20 points in the first half, the fewest they have allowed in a half this season. The previous low had been 22 in the second half against Corban in the season opener.
The big key was slowing down lightning quick point guard Hazel Ramirez, who finished with just 13 points and had five turnovers.
“We worked all week on keeping her in front of us,” Rueck said. “I thought our post defenders helped really well on the screens.”
Oregon State 92, Loyola Marymount 54
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (1-3) — Emily Ben-Jumbo 3-9 2-3 8, Mackenzie Kerins 0-1 0-0 0, Hazel Ramirez 5-13 3-5 13, Deanna Johnson 1-10 1-2 3, Taylor Anderson 3-4 0-0 6, Chelsea Barnes 6-8 4-5 16, Alyson Lock 0-2 0-0 0, Melinda Gomez 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Olivia Lucero 1-6 2-2 4, Leslie Lopez-Wood 1-6 2-2 4, Alexis Love 1-4 0-0 2, Brianna Kennedy 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 21-63 12-17 54.
OREGON STATE (4-0) — Deven Hunter 4-4 1-2 0, Ruth Hamblin 2-5 1-1 5, Ali Gibson 5-9 1-2 14, Jamie Weisner 6-11 0-0 17, Sydney Wiese 5-8 0-0 15, Khadidja Toure 2-5 0-0 5, Breanna Brown 1-3 0-2 2, Samantha Siegner 2-5 0-0 4, Gabriella Hanson 1-3 0-0 3, Kolbie Orum 2-2 0-1 4, Alyssa Martin 6-11 0-0 14. Totals 36-66 3-8 92.
Halftime — Oregon State 47, Loyola Marymount 20. 3-Point Goals — LMU 0-4 (Johnson 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Lucero 0-1, Lopez-Wood 0-1), OSU 17-32 (Gibson 3-7, Weisner 5-7, Wiese 5-7, Toure 1-1, Hanson 1-3, Martin 2-7). Rebounds — LMU 32 (Ben-Jumbo 4, Anderson 4), OSU 45 (Hunter 9). Assists — LMU 8 (Ramirez 3), OSU 27 (Weisner 6). Total fouls — LMU 14, OSU 17. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None. Att. — 923.

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