Editor's Note

The Law Enforcement report is based on information submitted by the Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office. All calls for service may not be included. The status of incidents might change after further investigation. Locations are approximate. Individuals are identified in log only if arrested on felony charges. Juveniles are not identified. People arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven otherwise.


• PPD: Criminal mischief, 12:05 p.m., 2800 block of Newton Place; police took a report of a vehicle that had been scratched.

• BCSO: Suspicious vehicle, 6:59 p.m., 500 block of South 13th Street; deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and determined that no crime had been committed. 

Other PPD calls

Traffic stops 0, disabled vehicle 1, miscellaneous 1.


• BCSO: Theft by deception/computer crime, 7:49 p.m., rural Philomath address; deputies took a report of a 21-year-old woman who was blackmailed into sending $500 to an unknown person.

PPD calls

Traffic stops 3, citizen contact 1, lost property 1, assist other agency 1, welfare check, miscellaneous 1.

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PPD calls

Traffic stops 9, non-911 issue 1, assist other agency 1, emergency message 1, miscellaneous 2.


• PPD: Assault, 3:03 p.m., South 19th Street; police arrested a 66-year-old Philomath man on a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault.

• PPD: Crash, 3:14 p.m., Main Street and South 11th Street; no injuries reported.

Other PPD calls

Traffic stops 6, parking complaint 1, person assist 1, miscellaneous 1.


• PPD: Criminal mischief, 9:39 a.m., 400 block of South 13th Street; police took a report and assigned a case number but no other information was available in the media log.

• PPD: Crash, 1:18 p.m., 1500 block of Main Street; no injuries reported.

• BCSO: Assault, 7 p.m., Blodgett area; deputies arrested Rik Matthew Gassner, 48, of Blodgett, on felony charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment, strangulation and fourth-degree assault, and misdemeanor charges of attempting to commit a felony, resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault.

Other PPD calls

Traffic stops 3, traffic hazard 1, domestic disturbance/argument 1, miscellaneous 1.


• PPD: Illegal camping, 6:15 p.m., 1100 block of Pioneer Street.

Other PPD calls

Traffic stops 4, neighborhood dispute 1, domestic disturbance 1, miscellaneous 1.


• BCSO: Hit and run, 8:33 p.m., 23700 block of Highway 20; deputies took a report of a hit-and-run with the victim reporting deep tire tracks in the yard and into a fence, which was damaged.

• BCSO: Crash, 11 p.m., 2700 block of West Hills Road; deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch; the driver had left the scene; Philomath Police assisted.

Other PPD calls

Traffic stops 4.