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Bedroom intruder claims ‘Wrong room’ before dashing out


A 21-year-old woman woke up early Thursday morning to find a stranger standing in the bedroom of her residence on the 200 block of Northwest 14th Street, according Capt. Dave Henslee of the Corvallis Police Department.
She reported that the man said, “Wrong room,” and then left, according to Henslee. Nothing appeared missing from the residence.
The intruder likely entered through an unlocked door, Henslee said. Reading from the investigating officer’s incomplete report, Henslee didn’t know for sure whether the victim lived in a house, apartment or communal dwelling.
Officers were dispatched to the residence at 5:47 a.m. They didn’t locate anyone suspicious in the area, but time had lapsed because the woman called her mother before calling 911, Henslee said.
In the dim room, the woman was only able to describe the intruder as a man in a dark coat.
Cases in Corvallis of people entering the wrong residence are common, Henslee said, although not usually that late in the morning.
“We see situations like this but mostly it’s around alcohol use — someone’s had too much to drink…,” he said. “At 5 in the morning, almost 6 in the morning, that’s a little more uncommon.“
Henslee said there is nothing to indicate that the trespasser is the same man responsible for three similar intrusions last December, which occurred about a half-mile away. In that case, police believe one man was responsible for entering three residences on the 2200 and 2300 block of Northwest Harrison Boulevard starting around 2 a.m. on Dec. 5. Each victim was a woman in her early 20s.
“We don’t have any information to draw a connection between these two cases,” he said.

Neighbors, preservationists save 1912 Corvallis schoolhouse


At a relatively quiet public meeting in August to discuss the city’s policy on demolition permits a Corvallis resident stood up and presented a real-life example.
Julie Hansen displayed a picture of an early 20th century schoolhouse that she and her husband Dennis, who live around the corner from the property, found in a book at the Benton County Historical Museum.
The grainy black and white photo showed the tiny building, complete with bell tower, sitting in a pasture, with a teacher and a group of students standing in front.
The year was 1912, and Sunnyside School was open for business on what is now Northwest Ninth Street.
The building is still there, although it was converted into a single-family house in 1929.
Hansen was at the meeting because she wanted to find a way to prevent it from being demolished. The building, which sits on 1.34 acres of land, was of little value to the property owners, Brett and Ronita Slayden of Lebanon, who purchased it in May for $325,000.
“Can you speed up the process,” Hansen asked, referring to the demolition permits change. “Otherwise, this place will be mowed over.”
And thus began a long odyssey as Hansen and the supporters she picked up along the way rolled up their sleeves and turned Sunnyside into The Little Schoolhouse That Could.
Monday night, in the culmination of a months-long effort the Corvallis City Council approved a complicated plan that will save the schoolhouse, which was slated for demolition in January.
Supporters will pay the costs of moving the structure, and it will be donated to the Parks and Recreation Department, which will turn it into a visitors center at the Knotts-Owens Farm.
The farm is just a short buggy ride north of the schoolhouse site. The Knotts family moved onto what was then a 640-acre parcel north of town in 1849. Three Knotts family members attended Sunnyside School and a fourth taught there.
There was an air of euphoria at the council meeting as the plan was approved.
“I get emotional thinking about this,” said Ward 6 Councilor Joel Hirsch. “This is so generous, so wonderful.”
And it took a lot of work. Hansen received assistance from B.A. Beierle of Preservation Works, Mary Gallagher of the Benton County Historical Society and Friends of Corvallis Parks and Recreation.
A trip to the Historic Resources Commission did not produce a solution because the schoolhouse does not have historic status, but Hansen picked up another ally, Corvallis architect and commission member Lori Stephens, who ultimately donated architectural services to the project.
“I had some very interested parties, but Parks and Rec was the most serious,” Hansen said. “Once the connection with Knotts-Owens was made the dominos began to fall for the little school.”
Hansen also credited the Slaydens for their willingness to work with the neighbors.
“The new owner was unaware of what he had,” Hansen said . “Once he and his wife understood the significance, they agreed to donate the structure and delay their project.”
The building was inhabited as recently as August, but with the bell tower gone it no longer looked like a schoolhouse.
“In the historical field we all knew it was there,” Gallagher said, “but there was no threat to it. All of a sudden we were losing something.”
The preservation effort was aided by the fact that the neighbors had financial support and the city had the perfect piece of land close by.
“Everything came together beautifully,” Gallagher said. “It would be nice if everything worked this well all the time.”

Prep volleyball: Corvallis High’s Hoffman on 5A all-state team


Corvallis High senior Lillie Hoffman was named to the 5A volleyball all-state second team.
The all-state teams were voted on by the state’s coaches and announced Wednesday by The Oregonian.
Hoffman, an outside hitter, helped the Spartans take sixth at the state tournament.
West Albany junior Payton Rund was selected player of the year after leading the Bulldogs to a second straight state title. West’s Kelli Backer is coach of the year.
5A All-State Volleyball
Player of the year: Payton Rund, West Albany
Coach of the year: Kelli Backer, West Albany
First team
Payton Rund, West Albany, jr.; Kendra Bodine, Churchill, sr.; Gabby Susee, St. Helens, sr.; Alycia Wodke, Willamette, jr.; Marandah Boeder, West Albany, sr.; Taylor Ristvedt, Cleveland, jr.; Amanda Short, Lebanon, sr.; Cassidy Wheeler, Bend, jr.
Second team
Haley Wells, West Albany, sr.; Noa Ena, Hermiston, jr.; Callie Kruska, Bend, jr.; Taylor Albertson, St. Helens, jr.; Whitney Webster, West Albany, sr.; Hailey Gruetzmacher, Parkrose, sr.; Dani Taylor, Summit, sr.; Lillie Hoffman, Corvallis, sr.; Perry Williams, Cleveland, jr.; Livia Strandberg, Roosevelt, jr.

Motorist accused of mowing down pedestrian, leaving scene


A motorist accused of mowing down a stranger with his car in the Riva’s parking lot and driving off was arrested early Saturday morning when he was found at the same restaurant less than an hour later.
Corvallis police officers booked and released 20-year-old Adrian Ernesto Guardado of Ashland on a felony hit-and-run charge. He has not yet been arraigned in court and was unable to be contacted for this story.
Guardado’s alleged victim, 23-year-old Anthony Pope of Winchester, said he was walking in the parking lot with a friend when a motorist in a blue Subaru pulled into the lot and honked at them. The vehicle then brushed past him, Pope said, so Pope responded with an expletive.
The driver, he said, “sped off to the end of the parking lot, pulled the emergency brake and then came full speed and plowed into me,” Pope recalled.
The car hit Pope’s legs and sent him over the hood of the car and onto nearby benches, according to Pope’s statement to police.
“We couldn’t believe that that just happened,” Pope recalled.
Officers and medics responded to Riva’s, 360 N.W. Fifth St., at 1:32 a.m. Pope was limping and in pain but refused an ambulance because he didn’t have insurance.
After emergency personnel left, Pope and his friend went inside the Mexican restaurant to eat with two other friends. Shortly thereafter, a blue Subaru pulled into the parking lot, Pope said. Guardado and a woman — Pope assumes his girlfriend — walked in and sat near them.
“The guy is holding a knife and shaking,” Pope recalled. “…at that point, I’m like, ‘I’m not going to get in a fight.’ We all went outside and called the police.”
Officers responded around 2:20 a.m. and questioned Guardado, who was sitting at a table with a small pocket knife in his hand, according to the police report.
Guardado told officers, according to the report, that he was afraid he was going to be “jumped” by Pope and his friends because the two sides had gotten into an altercation earlier. Police then arrested Guardado.
Pope, who was in town visiting friends, eventually saw a doctor at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. The emergency room physician said he didn’t break his leg, but that he needed follow-up care.
“My leg’s all messed up,” Pope said Wednesday. “I had already broken the leg previously. It’s got pins and stuff in it. I can’t walk right now.”

OSU baseball: Beavers sign five from Oregon high schools


Oregon State has signed five players from Oregon to play baseball for the Beavers next season.
Among them is West Albany High senior Jackson Soto, who signed his letter of intent on Tuesday.
“Obviously I’ve been committed for a while, so it wasn’t something that was super new or anything for me,” said Soto, who verballed to OSU in the summer of 2012. “But it definitely takes a little weight off my shoulders now that I have made it 100 percent official.”
Also signing from the state were Cooper Brunner (Tualatin), Elliott Cary (Clackamas), Trace Loehr (Milwaukie) and Sam Tweedt (Salem).
All five are ranked in the top seven prospects in the state by Baseball Northwest. Loehr is No. 1, followed by Cary at No. 3. Tweedt is fourth followed by Soto at No. 5 and Brunner at No. 7.
Loehr is rated the top high school player in the Northwest. Cary ranks fifth, Tweedt is 13th, Soto is 14th and Brunner is 26th.
Brunner, Loehr, Soto and Tweedt all played for the Royals team at the prestigious Area Code Games in August.
“We are always looking for the best players we can get,” coach Pat Casey said in a release. “Finding these guys in our home state is outstanding. Each and every one of them has their own qualities. I’m impressed with their athleticism and what they can bring to the program. I’m just really impressed with their baseball abilities and am excited that they’re going to be a part of Oregon State baseball and continue the great tradition we have here.”
The five comprise part of Oregon State’s signing class, which will be released in full next week.
As a junior at West Albany, the 6-foot-1 Soto batted .438, collecting two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 19 RBIs while striking out just three times in 64 at bats. He hit .500 as a sophomore, posting 13 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 33 RBI.
Soto picked OSU over Pac-12 Conference rivals Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Washington State and perennial Big West power Cal State Fullerton.
He said the OSU coaching staff was the biggest factor in his decision.
“I just fell in love with the way the coaches do things,” Soto said. “Coach Casey, he is a really hardcore dude. Like he is an awesome guy off the field, but he is a hardcore dude on it, and that is something I love. For me, it was so cool to experience the way he talked about baseball and the College World Series, and they definitely made me fall in love with it.”
Brunner, a left-handed hitter standing at 6-1, stole 16 bases as a junior at Tualatin, a year after recording a school-record 21.
The 6-3 Cary will play at Clackamas for his senior season after three seasons at Niceville High in Florida. The left-handed hitter batted .438 as a junior, collecting three home runs and 12 stolen bases as he was named the Florida 6A hitter of the year.
Loehr is coming off a gold-medal winning summer with the USA Baseball 18U national team. From Putnam High, the 5-10 fielder was the Northwest Conference’s player of the year after his junior campaign. He batted .574 last season and .521 as a freshman.
Tweedt, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher from South Salem, was a 2013 first-team all-league performer after going 4-5 with a 1.65 earned run average. He was second-team all-league after his sophomore year.
Bob Lundeberg of the Albany Democrat-Herald contributed to this report.

Police Log (Nov. 20)


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
EXTORTION: 3:51 p.m., Fred Meyer, 777 N.W. Kings Blvd. A woman reported that her husband’s iPhone 4 was stolen from their vehicle and that someone contacted her about returning it for a fee. Police showed up to the rendezvous and arrested suspects 27-year-old Martin Antonio Vidrio of Corvallis and 18-year-old Lyann Marie Holdorf of Philomath. Both were booked on charges of second-degree theft and theft of lost or mislaid property. Vidrio additionally earned a charge of methamphetamine possession.
DUII: 2:43 a.m., 125 S.W. Second St. An officer pulled over Hussam M. Al-Ghamdi, 21, of Corvallis, on a traffic infraction and then arrested him on a DUII charge. His blood alcohol content measured 0.14 percent.
DUII: 1:01 a.m., 125 S.W. Second St. An officer patrolling near the Peacock Tavern observed a vehicle back into another vehicle on Second Street. According to a police report, the vehicle’s driver, Heather Marie Broughton, 28, of Albany, could barely stand up and refused all tests, including a breath test. The officer arrested her for charges of DUII, criminal mischief, illegal backing, driving uninsured and refusing a breath test. The officer obtained a search warrant and collected blood samples from Broughton.
UNAUTHORIZED DRILLING ATTEMPT?: 11:24 a.m., Avery Park, 1500 S.W. Avery Park Lane. A woman jumped into the driver’s side seat of a drilling truck that was parked at Avery Park. She tried to start the engine and assaulted the truck’s operator when he tried to stop her. Police officers used a Taser and pepper spray before they could physically remove her from the vehicle. Police identified the woman as 26-year-old Anna Nicole Putnam of Happy Valley. She was arrested on charges of attempted unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree criminal trespassing and physical harassment. She also was placed under “peace officer custody,” a term that officers use when detaining a person who appears to have a mental illness and poses a danger to themselves or others.
STRANGULATION: 3:08 p.m., 1900 block on Northwest 14th Street. An employee at the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence called Corvallis police after a woman reported that she had been punched and strangled by her boyfriend. An officer arrested the woman’s boyfriend, Anton Thomas Maxwell, 28, of Corvallis, on charges of strangulation and menacing.
VEHICLE VS. BIKE: 3:07 p.m., Northwest 25th Street and Coolidge Way. According to a police report, a bicyclist failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a car. Police identified the bicyclist as Fox Sparky Peterson, 28, of Albany. She was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries to her head and face. She then was cited for disobeying a stop sign. The driver was not cited.
Benton County Sheriff's Office
ASSAULT: 11:03 p.m., 650 N.W. Mountain Laurel Circle. Michael Lee Steele, 33, of Corvallis, was arrested on a fourth-degree assault charge for allegedly hurting his wife. The charge is a Class C felony because the alleged incident took place in front of their children, ages 1 and 3.
VEHICLE VS. TREE: 1:38 p.m., Highway 99W and West Ingram Island Road, one mile south of Monroe. A 23-year-old Corvallis woman reported that as she pulled into the northbound lane of Highway 99W to pass a vehicle while driving south, she saw a vehicle coming toward her. In a panic, she swerved to the left and crashed her 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV into a tree. Neither the motorist, Kaitlyn Nord, nor her passenger were injured. Nord was not issued a citation.
DUII: 3:38 a.m., Northwest Fifth Street and Van Buren Avenue. A deputy pulled over a vehicle on Van Buren Avenue after it started to drive onto the railroad tracks at Sixth Street and Jackson Avenue. The deputy arrested the driver, identified as 25-year-old Grant Michael Christian Huber of Albany, on charges of DUII and resisting arrest. His blood alcohol content reportedly measured 0.12 percent.
PASTRY THEFT: 12:36 p.m., Valley Catering, 6097 N.E. Ebony Lane, Adair Village. A baker reported that sometime between Friday evening, Nov. 8, and Monday morning, Nov. 11, someone broke into a locked freezer outside behind Valley Catering and took about $500 in baked goods and baking pans. The thief additionally stole about $100 in gas from a nearby vehicle.
DUII: 2:37 a.m., McDonald’s, 300 N.W. Third St. A deputy arrested 24-year-old Lionel J. Wilson Jr. on a DUII charge after initially pulling him over on a lighting violation. Wilson failed field-sobriety tests, and his blood alcohol content measured 0.05 percent.

Dierdorf to retire from broadcasting after season


Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf is retiring from broadcasting after 43 straight years involved with the NFL.
CBS announced Wednesday that he will leave the booth after this season. The 64-year-old Dierdorf has called NFL games for three decades, the longest current tenure by a TV analyst.
He played offensive line for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971-83, earning All-Pro honors six times. Dierdorf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 2008, he was recognized with the Hall's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Frank Gifford, John Madden and Len Dawson are the only others to receive both honors.
Dierdorf spent 12 years on ABC's "Monday Night Football" before rejoining CBS in 1999. He currently calls games with Greg Gumbel.
He says travel had become a challenge, adding: "This has been a wonderful ride as I really have lived the dream."

Police to begin electronic citations after tablets arrive


The Corvallis Police Department is closing in on the launch of its electronic citation program.
The city received more than $140,000 in grant money from the state to help make hand-written tickets a thing of the past.
Originally, the department planned to buy hand-held devices to link with Zebra printers that would be inside police vehicles.
But according to Capt. Dave Henslee, who has been leading the project, compatibility issues arose and the department shifted gears from hand-held hardware to tablets.
The department has been working with Getac, which is about to introduce its F110 tablet.
“They are not even making it yet,” Henslee said. “We have a demo that they have loaned us, but the company still is testing it down in Florida.”
The department already has purchased the software plus 20 of the printers.
There are 15 vehicles and two motorcycles in the department’s fleet. Three vehicles will be added for use by the officers whose hiring was funded through passage of the city’s property tax levy on Nov. 5.
Henslee said the department is shooting for implementation by the end of December or January, but he admitted that timetable was “extremely aggressive,” and that March might be more realistic.
The department currently hand writes parking citations, traffic citations and state crash reports. The information is then hand-entered into up to four departmental databases.
When the new system goes online, officers still will issue paper citations for criminal offenses and municipal code violations, but they will be published by the Zebra printer rather than ripped from the classic citation notebooks.
Also, the software will retain an electronic copy of the information that can be shared with other agencies without the need for copying the data.

Corvallis city manager gets 2.8% raise


Corvallis City Manager Jim Patterson has received a 2.8 percent raise, bumping his annual salary to $143,920.
The Corvallis City Council, which is responsible for evaluating and establishing the compensation for the position, approved the raise on a unanimous vote at its Monday meeting.
“The council was very pleased with his performance,” said Ward 3 Councilor Richard Hervey, who in his role as council president led the evaluation process and salary negotiation.
Mayor Julie Manning also complimented Patterson on his performance.
“Thank you for your leadership and service,” Manning said at the council meeting. “We appreciate it so much.”
Patterson, who is starting his third year in the city’s top administrative position, did not receive a raise last year and also voluntarily chose to give up a monthly auto allowance.
The new contract also gives him the option of moving up to $5,000 of his annual salary, which currently is received as deferred compensation, into regular compensation.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as city manager in Corvallis and appreciate the support I have received from citizens, community partners, city staff and the City Council,” Patterson said.

Philomath man sentenced to nearly four years for thefts


A 35-year-old Philomath man was sentenced Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court to nearly four years in prison related to thefts in Benton and Klamath counties.
Shiloh Michael McConnell received a 44-month sentence for felony charges of vehicle theft and identity theft. Additional related theft charges and a charge of attempting to elude police were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
McConnell was arrested in January after he was located in the vicinity of a stolen truck and trailer with keys to the truck in his possession, according to Benton County Deputy District Attorney Mike Flinn. The truck had false plates, but its vehicle identification number revealed that it was stolen out of Klamath County.
While searching McConnell’s residence, Benton County sheriff deputies seized property stolen in a separate burglary in Klamath County.
McConnell racked up the identity theft charge after he tried to get someone to cash a check for him that had been stolen in a May 30 burglary in Kings Valley, Flinn said.

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