Sweet Home Police Department

  • Agency: Sweet Home Police Department
  • Address: 1950 Main St, Sweet Home, 97386 OR
  • Chief: Robert H Burford (Chief of Police)
Phone: (541) 367-5181
Fax: (541) 367-5235

Sweet Home Police Department is located at 1950 Main St, Sweet Home, 97386 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert H Burford. The Sweet Home Police Department phone number is (541) 367-5181.

Sweet Home Police Department News

PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLES! We have had several reports of car being gone through in town in the past few weeks. The incidents reported have involved vehicles where the doors were unlocked and/or valuables were left inside the vehicle overnight. This is just a reminder to remove valuables from your car, park your car in your garage if available and lock the doors.

Safety Tips: Get Home Safe During Winter Weather Avoid travel, delay your trip in bad weather Winter weather in the Willamette Valley region can change quickly and without warning, making travel unpredictable. The intensity of a single snow and ice storm can vary significantly throughout the region because of the area's unique weather patterns and geography. The time of day the snow strikes also will influence winter travel. The Willamette Valley averages at least one significant snowfall annually. The next time it happens, be ready! Every resident and business should be prepared for the worst possible conditions to provide for your safety. Essential equipment includes snow chains, snow shovel, and sand or de-icing granules. Delay your trip until conditions improve The best advice for traveling in bad winter weather is not to travel at all, if you can avoid it. Wait until conditions improve before venturing out in winter weather. Allow the snow plows, sanding trucks, and other emergency vehicles to get out ahead of you to treat conditions. Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Safety tips for walking and biking People who walk • Always cross at a crosswalk or at the corner. Look for oncoming vehicles before stepping down from the sidewalk and crossing the street. If possible, establish eye contact with drivers and continue looking left-right-left while crossing. Remember that oncoming vehicles may approach more quickly than anticipated and may have difficulty stopping at an intersection in icy conditions. Make sure you are seen: wear contrasting clothing (dark top and light bottom, or light top and dark bottom) and use retro-reflective materials when it’s dark outside. Dress warmly. Wear devices you can put on your shoes that act much like tire chains for your shoes. People who bike • Stay warm and dry. For more visibility at night, wear bright clothing, an orange vest, or use reflective tape. Use front and rear bicycle lights. Lights are required by law when riding after dark - a white light visible at least 500 feet to the front, and a red light or reflector visible at least 600 feet to the rear. Brake early and often. Avoid some painted and steel road surfaces. Steel plates, sewer covers, grates and other metal can be very slick in the rain. Stay out of puddles and off of black ice. Slow down, give yourself longer stopping distances, and keep a firmer grip on your handlebars. Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind. • Remember, people riding bicycles have the right to take a full lane and/or use sidwalks, whcih may be used if bike lanes are blocked by snow from snow plows. Watch for street hazards • Traffic signals can be twisted to face the wrong direction or lose power during a storm. Treat all intersections with malfunctioning signals as all-way stops and use extreme caution. Fallen trees, mud from landslides, or other debris can block streets and sidewalks. Report a street hazard at 503-823-1700. Safety tips for people driving Chains - your link to safety! • Buy chains, practice fitting them, carry them in your vehicle, and use them. When ODOT issues a requirement to use chains on all State roads, Be ready! Carry an emergency weather kit • Have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle to keep you safe and more comfortable during long waits. Your kit should include chains, shovel, bag of sand, battery jumper cables, first aid kit, basic tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife), blanket, extra clothing (hats, socks, boots, mittens), flashlight, and a cell phone. Look out for people walking or biking • Be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Share the Road safely and responsibly. Watch for black ice • Black ice is defined as ice that remains on roadways that are not subjected to direct sunlight. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Black ice is almost invisible to the naked eye. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach. You are responsible for your vehicle If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded. If you are driving and visibility and conditions are getting worse rapidly, do not stop in a travel lane. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to towing. Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve. If you cannot reach your home, move your vehicle off a major street or plow route onto a side street so that plows can completely open up major streets. If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. While you wait for help to arrive, open a window slightly for ventilation, run your motor sparingly, and use your emergency flashers.� Drive safely on wet and icy roads Travel gently - drive, turn, and brake slowly. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Do not drive through standing water or around barricades on flooded streets. Turn around safely. The wake from your vehicle can cause public and private property damage and flood houses and businesses. Disobeying a barricade that has a street closure or other message sign on it is a Class B violation according to Oregon Vehicle Code and may result in a $360 fine. Drive slowly and cautiously over wet leaves; they can create a slick driving surface. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If you do find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. This procedure, known as "steering into the skid," will bring the back end of your car in line with the front. Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car's weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes your car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tires and the road. At this point, your car can be completely out of contact with the road, and you are in danger of skidding or drifting out of your lane, or even off the road. To avoid hydroplaning, keep your tires properly inflated, maintain good tread on your tires and replace them when necessary, slow down when roads are wet, and stay away from puddles. Try to drive in the tire tracks left by the cars in front of you. If you find yourself hydroplaning, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. Ease your foot off the gas until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping actions. If your car has anti-lock brakes, then brake normally; the car's computer will mimic a pumping action, when necessary. Driving in snow If you get stuck in snow, do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel, or de-icing granules in the path of the wheels to help get traction. Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other travelers. Keep your lights and windshield clean. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads. Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind. Make sure your cell phone is charged before hitting the road!

IS THERE SNOW IN OUR FUTURE?? Portland Briefing February 20, 2018 10:30 am NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Low Elevation Snow Chances this Week Tuesday P.M. •Light to moderate snow through the morning, with accumulation 1 to 3 inches, mainly north of a line from Tillamook to Portland •Temperatures near freezing through the day •Heavier snow begins: •Early-mid afternoon north •Late afternoon-early evening south •Total snow accumulation: •1 to 4 inches Coast •3 to 7 inches Portland metro & inland valleys •3 to 8 inches Coast Range, Gorge & Cascades Latest forecast at weather.gov/portland & mobile.weather.gov Snow Potential Wednesday night and Thursday morning •Another disturbance possible late Wed night and Thu morning •Rain/Snow at the coast •Rain transitioning to snow Wed night for inland areas •Snow potential: –Coast: 1–2 in, mainly above 500 ft –Willamette Valley: 1-2 in, locally higher –Cascades: 2-4 in Key Messages / Take Away •Low elevation snow today and tonight –Light snow accumulations expected through early this afternoon –Heavier snow accumulations expected later this afternoon through tonight –High impacts for the afternoon and evening commute •Primarily along the Lower Columbia/I-5 Corridor in SW Washington and the Willamette Valley north of Salem •Cold temperatures stick around through the week •Low elevation snow possible Wednesday night and Thursday morning –A mix of rain and snow along the coast –Rain transitioning to snow Wednesday night for inland areas –Impacts for the morning commute on Thursday, mainly south of Salem –Possible impacts for schools Use Flash Alert for School Notifications

A "HUGE" Thank You to all of our locals that helped sponsor Team SHPD SuperHeros!!! We raised just shy of $7000.000 for Special Olympics!!! If you see any of these Super Heroes - please tell them THANK YOU!!


A "HUGE" Thank You to everyone that supported Team SHPD SUPER HEROS at the 2018 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!!! We raised $7000.00!!!More photos and videos coming...

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. DONALD J. TRUMP

Getting Ready for the Big Plunge!!!~

The Sweet Home Police Department has been a part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run / Polar Plunge for the past 8 years. Local Law Enforcement officers have the privilege of carrying the torch into Reeser Stadium in July to get the Summer games started. To raise funds for athletes to participate, officers do some crazy things... like jump in a river!! This weekend SHPD will do just that!!! We have “HUGE” team this year (see list below) and are doing our part to raise funds for athletes. We are proud to say we have a local Linn County Athlete, Taran Tyler, and one of the Linn County Special Olympics Coaches, Vic Holcomb, plunging with us. Each year we traverse over to the Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis to PLUNGE into the icy Willamette River…all for Special Olympics. Those taking the plunge, donate a minimum $50 to do so… Eugene & Bend did their plunges over the past weekend… SHPD is currently on the lead for most dollars donated and we plan on defending our titles of LARGEST TEAM and MOST $$ DONATED!!! We want to thank UNIFIED - Joel Keesecker Insurance, for sponsoring us once again for our team T Shirts and Gateway Imprints for doing an awesome job of printing our shirts!! Below is a list of TEAM SHPD members and how much they have collected so far for our local Linn County Athletes!! There are a few PLUNGERS that could use a donation to get them to their $50 goal… :) Use the link below to donate to your favorite Officer or friend! AND – wish us luck this coming weekend!! CSO Gina RILEY $ 1,065.00 Rebecca Baxter $ 65.00 Shelli Baxter $ 50.00 Freddie Braaton $ 50.00 Darrin Breshears $ - Karla Burcham $ 50.00 Meisha Casto $ 100.00 Lisa Chambers $ - Logan Cockrell $ 50.00 Gloria Gibbons $ 50.00 SRO Geoff Hamlin $ 340.00 Courtney Hankins $ 135.00 Vic Holcomb $ - Ric Kopf $ 154.00 Molly Laycock $ 75.00 Melissa Cross-Hall$ 10.00 Colby Montigue $ 50.00 Crystal Montigue $ 50.00 Mark Montigue $ 50.00 Mason Montigue $ 50.00 Ashley Morrelli $ 75.00 Lauren Morrelli $ 25.00 Sarah Morrelli $ 75.00 Ofcr Jerred Nelson $ 50.00 Eli Olson $ 73.00 Eric Olson $ 75.00 Julia Olson $ 175.00 Kael Olson $ 50.00 Konner Olson $ 101.00 Ric Olson $ 225.00 Sara Olson $ 50.00 Det Cyndi Pichardo $ 375.00 Shantel Pitts $ 50.00 Cassie Richey $ 50.00 Ofc Gerrit Southard $ 20.00 Taran Tyler $ 50.00 Travis Uriarte $ 50.00 Cody Walvante $ 53.00 Debbie Walvante $ 103.00 Edie Wilcox $ 45.00 Ofcr Chris Wingo $ 25.00

SHPD Had an "AWESOME" time yesterday with the students at Oak Heights Elementary School!! Student Group Photos #2 We were invited to their Crazy Hat day to help raise funds for Special Olympics and our Polar Plunge team... The SO Polar Bear, McGruff, SRO Hamlin and Reserve Officer Olson joined them at lunch time... The students raised almost $200 for Special Olympics!!! WAY TO GO!!

SHPD Had an "AWESOME" time yesterday with the students at Oak Heights Elementary School!! Student Group Photos #1 We were invited to their Crazy Hat day to help raise funds for Special Olympics and our Polar Plunge team... The SO Polar Bear, McGruff, SRO Hamlin and Reserve Officer Olson joined them at lunch time... The students raised almost $200 for Special Olympics!!! WAY TO GO!!

PRESS RELEASE On 02-01-18 at approximately 10:50 PM, the Sweet Home Police Department received a 911 call requesting officers to respond to the Stonebrook Apartments located at 300 W. Holley Road for a report of a domestic disturbance in which a male had fired a gun out of an apartment window. Upon arrival, officers located a male running away from the area. This person matched the description of the male reported to have shot the firearm. The male was detained without incident. During the investigation, officers learned from the victim and witnesses that nobody was injured but that the suspect had fired the weapon two times off of a balcony at the apartment complex. The male was identified as Sean Michael Finkelstein (33 YOA) and was later taken into custody for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was also charged with an additional count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm that stemmed from an investigation at the end of 2017. He was booked and later transported to the Linn County Sheriff Jail. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Officer Keenan Martin at the Sweet Home Police Department 541-367-5181. JMO 02-02-18 2018-00712

Do you need to call the Oregon State Police for a non-emergency? It looks like they made it that much easier.

>>> OAK HEIGHTS PARENTS <<< The Special Olympics Polar Bear and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog will be visiting your children's school today with a few of your local law enforcement officers as the students support Oregon Special Olympics Polar Plunge SHPD Team ... CRAZY HAT DAY!!! PLEASE ....DO NOT be alarmed if you see several police vehicles at the school around lunch time... It's a "FUN" reason we will be there... STUDENT PHOTOS to follow!!

Is your identity safe?? ORS 165.800 Identity Theft > A person commits the crime of identity theft if the person, with the intent to deceive or to defraud, obtains possesses, transfers, creates, utters or converts to the person’s own use, the personal identification of another person. > Identity Theft is a class C Felony > For the purpose of this definition, Another Person means a real person whether living or deceased, or an imaginary person. Common Ways ID Theft Happens > Dumpster Diving. They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it. > Changing your address. They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a change of address form. > Skimming. They steal credit/debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card. > Phishing. They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information. > “Old Fashioned” Stealing. They steal wallets and purses; mail, pre-screened credit card offers, and new checks. They steal personal records from their employers, or bribe employees who have access. Are You at Risk? Time for a test!! Give yourself 20 points for every TRUE answer… be honest :) ** I receive several offers of pre-approved credit every week. ** I do not shred them before I throw them away. ** I carry my Social Security card in my wallet. ** I do not have a PO Box or a locked, secured mailbox. ** I use an unlocked, open box at work or at my home to drop off my outgoing mail. ** I carry my military ID in my wallet at all times. ** I do not shred my banking information before I throw them away. ** I have not ordered a copy of my credit report in the last two years. ** I do not believe people will actually root around in my trash looking for financial information. ** I have my Driver’s License number printed on my checks. -- 0-50 points-Congratulations. You have a high “IQ.” Keep up the good work and don’t let your guard down. -- 50-100 points-Your odds of being victimized are about AVERAGE. Higher if you have good credit. -- 100 points-Recent surveys indicate that 7-10 million people were the victims of ID theft last year. YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK. We recommend you purchase a paper shredder, become more aware of secure document handling and start to question people who want your personal data. DETER >> SHRED financial documents and paperwork before you discard them. >> PROTECT your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security number in your wallet or ever write it on a check. Give it only if absolutely necessary. >> DON’T GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with. >> NEVER CLICK on links sent in unsolicited emails. Instead, type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer. >> DON’T USE an obvious password like a birth dates, child's name, pets name, mother’s maiden name, etc. >> KEEP your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having casual company. >> DON’T KEEP personal identifying paperwork in your vehicle. DETECT  BE ALERT TO SIGNS THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  Bills that do not arrive on time  Unexpected credit cards or account statements  Denials of credit for no apparent reason  Calls or letters about purchases you did not make  INSPECT  Your Credit report. Credit reports contain information about you and log each credit card inquiry.  The law requires the major nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you a free copy of your credit report each year.  Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your free credit report now. DEFEND  Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports as soon as you suspect you’ve been a victim. The alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures before they open new accounts in your name or make changes in existing accounts.  Close Accounts – any that have been tampered with or established fraudulently.  Call the security or fraud department of each company and follow up in writing.  Use the ID Theft Affidavit at ftc.gov/idtheft to support your written statement.  Ask for verification that the disputed account has been closed and fraudulent debts discharged.  Keep copies of documents for your records.  File a Police Report right away so that LE can help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime.  REPORT THE THEFT TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. www.ftc.gov FBI FRAUD ALERT $$ Are you about to cash a check from an item you sold on the Internet, such as a car, boat, jewelry, etc? $$ Is it the result of communicating with someone by email? $$ Did it arrive via an overnight delivery service? $$ Is it from a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product? $$ Is the amount for more than the items selling price? $$ Are you sending money overseas? $$ Report Online Crime at www.IC3.gov If you feel your identity has been compromised or your identification stolen, contact SHPD at 541-367-5181 to see if they are able to help you or to at least create a theft report... you may need it later!

PRESS RELEASE On 01-25-18 at approximately 11:32 am, Sweet Home Police Department received a 911 call requesting officers respond to the Jim Riggs Community Center for a report of a male at the location who was threatening to take his life. Officers responded to the location and locked down the Senior Center and moved the persons inside to a safe place within the building. A male was located at the South end of the parking lot near the buses with a firearm. The male was detained without incident, the firearm secured and the male was taken into custody. The Senior Center was searched and taken off lockdown at 12:11 pm. The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the Sweet Home Police Department 541-367-5181. GLR 01-26-18 2018-00554

PRESS RELEASE On 01-25-18 at approximately 8:18 am, Sweet Home Police Department with assistance from members of the Linn County Interagency Narcotics Team served an Identity Theft related search warrant at 1551 12th Avenue, #5, Sweet Home, Linn County, Oregon. When law enforcement arrived, they encountered 2 adults on the property. During the investigation, detectives seized electronic instruments, counterfeiting equipment, items belonging to the victim, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms. Trudy Lynn Meier-Keller (55 YOA) was taken into custody and charged with Identity Theft X13, Forgery I X5, Mail Theft, Computer Crime, Theft II and PCS-Methamphetamine. She was booked and transported to the Linn County Sheriff Jail. Brian Kirk Meier (49) was taken into custody for PCS-Methamphetamine. He was booked, cited and released A Burglary and Identity Theft investigation was opened by the Sweet Home Police Department due to a report of fraudulent charges on the victim’s checking account. During the investigation, Sweet Home Police Officer Hickcox learned that several other accounts had been opened in the victim’s name. The victim had been a neighbor of the suspects until he became ill and needed to be hospitalized. The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call Officer David Hickcox or Detective Cyndi Pichardo at the Sweet Home Police Department 541-367-5181. JWL 01-26-18 2017-06181

Keep up the good work SHPD!!!

THANK YOU Hawthorne School for supporting your SweetHome Sro Geoff Hamlin in the upcoming Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!!! http://soor.convio.net/site/TR/Plunge/General?px=1002042&pg=personal&fr_id=1101

SWEET HOME RESIDENTS Over the weekend there were two reported vehicle prowls in the area of town; one in the area of 12th Avenue and the other in the area of Oak Terrace. The incidents reported have involved vehicles where the doors were unlocked and/or valuables were left inside the vehicle overnight. Of the incidents reported so far, it would appear the suspect(s) are spending only a few moments inside the vehicle to take whatever is readily available. On the morning of 01/21/18 a male subject was arrested for the Attempted Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle (Car Prowl) in the downtown area. The male was identified as Zachariah Lee Davis, 28 YOA, from the Sweet Home area. We would like to urge residents to secure their vehicles and property as well as immediately report suspicious activity or person in the area. Please call the Sweet Home Police Department immediately.

THIS IS HOW WE ROLL!! Thanks to all our "locals" for your support!!!

KEZI NEWS, Channel 9 Eugene will feature our very own SRO Geoff Hamlin tonight at 4 pm. 5pm & 6 pm.. He will be talking about our upcoming Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!!!!

2015 - SHPD staff from our POLAR PLUNGE team!! Support our plunge - support our Special Olympic Athletes!!

The Sweet Home Police Department will once again be taking the icy plunge for Special Olympics on February 17th!!! If you can, please support your local police department and our local Linn County Special Olympics Athletes!!! Every dollar counts! ;) Just click on the photo to donate. THANK YOU!!!

OH!!!! And let's not forget Santa Blue!!! Please help us tag parents of these kiddos so they can enjoy these photos ;) THANKS!