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There are several signs that indicate you might be dealing with a scammer. Remember that if something doesn't seem right...
08/29/2021

There are several signs that indicate you might be dealing with a scammer. Remember that if something doesn't seem right, you can always hang up or walk away. Scammers often want you to make a quick decision without thinking about it. Slow down, do your own research about the offer or consult with someone you trust.

To report a scam you can submit a claim with the Federal Trade Commission at www.reportfraud.ftc.gov.

There are several signs that indicate you might be dealing with a scammer. Remember that if something doesn't seem right, you can always hang up or walk away. Scammers often want you to make a quick decision without thinking about it. Slow down, do your own research about the offer or consult with someone you trust.

To report a scam you can submit a claim with the Federal Trade Commission at www.reportfraud.ftc.gov.

Beat the Heat! As temperatures rise again this weekend, help yourself and others avoid sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhau...
08/27/2021

Beat the Heat! As temperatures rise again this weekend, help yourself and others avoid sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke with these safety tips from the National Weather Service.

Benton County Sheriff's Office wishes everyone a safe weekend!

Beat the Heat! As temperatures rise again this weekend, help yourself and others avoid sunburns, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke with these safety tips from the National Weather Service.

Benton County Sheriff's Office wishes everyone a safe weekend!

Keep Your Home Safe When Away on VacationFor many families, a Labor Day vacation is just around the corner. Take prevent...
08/27/2021

Keep Your Home Safe When Away on Vacation

For many families, a Labor Day vacation is just around the corner. Take preventative measures to safeguard your home before leaving so you can relax and have peace of mind while away.

Keep Your Home Safe When Away on Vacation

For many families, a Labor Day vacation is just around the corner. Take preventative measures to safeguard your home before leaving so you can relax and have peace of mind while away.

Scammers can be very convincing. They call, email, and send us text messages trying to get our money or our sensitive pe...
08/26/2021
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Scammers can be very convincing. They call, email, and send us text messages trying to get our money or our sensitive personal information — like our Social Security number or account numbers. And they're good at what they do.

You can check out what is going on in your state or metro area by visiting ftc.gov/exploredata.

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08/24/2021

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Media Release:Benton County Man Arrested for S*x Abuse; Detectives Believe There May Be More VictimsCORVALLIS, Ore. – De...
08/23/2021

Media Release:

Benton County Man Arrested for S*x Abuse; Detectives Believe There May Be More Victims

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Detectives from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Corvallis Police Department have been working simultaneously on investigations related to 64-year-old Lawrence John Lemaster Sr., of Corvallis.

These investigations began in April 2021, after information surfaced that Lemaster committed sexual abuse to two unrelated minor children. During the course of this investigation, detectives developed probable cause for his arrest.

On August 20, 2021, at about 5:00 pm, deputies located and arrested Lemaster at his home in Corvallis on confirmed Benton County Circuit Court warrants for two counts of So**my I, 16 counts of S*x Abuse I, and two counts of Unlawful S*xual Pe*******on II.

Lemaster was lodged at the Benton County Jail and was released the same day, after posting bail.

The Sheriff's Office believes Lemaster may have other victims that have not made reports to law enforcement. Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about Lemaster, regardless of the length of time it has been. Contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 541-753-TIPS (8477) or email [email protected].
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Media Release:

Benton County Man Arrested for S*x Abuse; Detectives Believe There May Be More Victims

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Detectives from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Corvallis Police Department have been working simultaneously on investigations related to 64-year-old Lawrence John Lemaster Sr., of Corvallis.

These investigations began in April 2021, after information surfaced that Lemaster committed sexual abuse to two unrelated minor children. During the course of this investigation, detectives developed probable cause for his arrest.

On August 20, 2021, at about 5:00 pm, deputies located and arrested Lemaster at his home in Corvallis on confirmed Benton County Circuit Court warrants for two counts of So**my I, 16 counts of S*x Abuse I, and two counts of Unlawful S*xual Pe*******on II.

Lemaster was lodged at the Benton County Jail and was released the same day, after posting bail.

The Sheriff's Office believes Lemaster may have other victims that have not made reports to law enforcement. Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about Lemaster, regardless of the length of time it has been. Contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 541-753-TIPS (8477) or email [email protected].
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If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your vehicle has been stolen, follow these steps:- Contact law e...
08/22/2021

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your vehicle has been stolen, follow these steps:
- Contact law enforcement immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report. You’ll need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company.
-Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen.
-If you find your vehicle before authorities do, contact law enforcement and your insurance company immediately.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your vehicle has been stolen, follow these steps:
- Contact law enforcement immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report. You’ll need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company.
-Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle was stolen.
-If you find your vehicle before authorities do, contact law enforcement and your insurance company immediately.

Please help us welcome our new recruits, Jail Deputy Harris, Jail Deputy Ohlhausen, and Reserve Deputy Carver.We're grat...
08/21/2021

Please help us welcome our new recruits, Jail Deputy Harris, Jail Deputy Ohlhausen, and Reserve Deputy Carver.

We're grateful to have you!

Benton County Deputies recently were honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their heroic actions earlier this yea...
08/20/2021

Benton County Deputies recently were honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their heroic actions earlier this year.

They were dispatched to assist a neighboring agency for an incident with a violent male. The deputies arrived on scene and immediately jumped into action, keeping calm while providing life-saving measures.

This type of incident can run with high emotions. Deputies kept their composure and remained calm, bringing a sense of peace to the scene. Deputies used their training and experience to remain professional and composed.

Congrats, deputies, well deserved!
Sheriff Van Arsdall

Benton County Deputies recently were honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their heroic actions earlier this year.

They were dispatched to assist a neighboring agency for an incident with a violent male. The deputies arrived on scene and immediately jumped into action, keeping calm while providing life-saving measures.

This type of incident can run with high emotions. Deputies kept their composure and remained calm, bringing a sense of peace to the scene. Deputies used their training and experience to remain professional and composed.

Congrats, deputies, well deserved!
Sheriff Van Arsdall

08/18/2021

Media Release:

South County Resident Taken into Custody After Shooting at Deputies

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On August 17, 2021, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to the area of the 26000 block of Foster Road in rural Benton County for a report of a male actively shooting a firearm in the direction of construction workers at a private residence in the area.

Deputies established a perimeter of the area and evacuated the construction crew. The Linn-Benton Alert was utilized to notify immediate residents in the neighborhood of the active threat and to shelter-in-place. Deputies on scene attempted to make contact with the suspect and were met with gunfire from the property. During this time, a total of nine shots were fired in nine minutes from the property.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office Regional SWAT team responded to assist BCSO. Additionally, the Corvallis Fire Department and the Monroe Rural Fire Department were staged in the area as a precaution.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., the decision was made to stand down the SWAT team and hand the scene back over to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office remained in the neighborhood throughout the night.

On the morning of August 18, 2021, personnel from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office returned to the location and served a search warrant on the residence. The lone resident of the home, 58-year-old Daniel Scott Roloff, was taken into custody without incident by Benton County Sheriff’s Office personnel. Roloff was transported to the Benton County Jail where he is being held with charges pending.
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08/18/2021

Update: 8/18 @ 9:30 am
Suspect in custody; scene is safe. More information to come.

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Standing Down
Benton County Sheriff's Office and Linn County SWAT are standing down. The situation has de-escalated.
Benton County Sheriff's Office will remain in the area to ensure the continued safety of the residents.
If anyone in the area sees anyone engaging in criminal activity, please call 911 and do not confront the subject.

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BCSO is responding to a threat at Dawson/Bellfountain in Monroe. Please stay clear of the area. More information to come.

On August 9, 2021 at approximately 9:51 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of HWY 99W and Alpine Rd for a non-inju...
08/18/2021

On August 9, 2021 at approximately 9:51 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of HWY 99W and Alpine Rd for a non-injury crash that was blocking the northbound lane.

The caller reported there were two occupants who both appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants.

Deputies arrived and contacted the driver, Tobias Braun, 24, of Albany.

They learned Braun was driving and missed his turn at Alpine cutoff road and attempted to make an illegal U-turn on a blind corner in a no passing zone and dropped his front wheels over the shoulder of the road, causing the vehicle to become high centered.

Deputies determined both occupants were both heavily intoxicated. Braun was uncooperative and deputies were unable to do field sobriety tests.

During the drive to the hospital to get him evaluated, Braun spit in the inside of the patrol vehicle numerous times. Braun also spit through the prisoner transport cage onto the side of the deputy’s face. Braun also spit on the keyboard of their Mobile Data Terminal.

Braun was issued criminal citations for the following crimes: 1) ORS 813.010 Driving under the influence of intoxicants
2) ORS 811.140 Reckless driving
3) ORS 163.195 Recklessly endangering another person
4) ORS 164.345 Criminal mischief in the third degree (x 7)
5) ORS 166.070 Aggravated harassment

For recent BCSO incidents, visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/daily-activity-log

On August 9, 2021 at approximately 9:51 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of HWY 99W and Alpine Rd for a non-injury crash that was blocking the northbound lane.

The caller reported there were two occupants who both appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants.

Deputies arrived and contacted the driver, Tobias Braun, 24, of Albany.

They learned Braun was driving and missed his turn at Alpine cutoff road and attempted to make an illegal U-turn on a blind corner in a no passing zone and dropped his front wheels over the shoulder of the road, causing the vehicle to become high centered.

Deputies determined both occupants were both heavily intoxicated. Braun was uncooperative and deputies were unable to do field sobriety tests.

During the drive to the hospital to get him evaluated, Braun spit in the inside of the patrol vehicle numerous times. Braun also spit through the prisoner transport cage onto the side of the deputy’s face. Braun also spit on the keyboard of their Mobile Data Terminal.

Braun was issued criminal citations for the following crimes: 1) ORS 813.010 Driving under the influence of intoxicants
2) ORS 811.140 Reckless driving
3) ORS 163.195 Recklessly endangering another person
4) ORS 164.345 Criminal mischief in the third degree (x 7)
5) ORS 166.070 Aggravated harassment

For recent BCSO incidents, visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/daily-activity-log

Public engagement underway for County’s Justice System Improvement ProgramLast month the Benton County Justice System Im...
08/17/2021

Public engagement underway for County’s Justice System Improvement Program

Last month the Benton County Justice System Improvement Program began targeted public engagement for site concepts for future justice system facilities.

Engagement efforts launched with small group discussions with key justice system stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, elected officials, municipalities, behavioral health and social services providers, and Oregon State University.

This month, furthering outreach, the County is engaging with neighborhood associations, the local business community, and faith-based and community-based organizations. The County will draw on the community feedback gained during the summer and refine facilities site concepts based on stakeholder feedback.

“Our community conversations have created a wonderful opportunity for meaningful dialog with many of our key stakeholders,” said Xan Augerot, Benton County Board chair. “I am grateful to serve in a community that cares so deeply about improving our justice system, to provide equity and accountability for at least 40 years into the future.”

Next month, the County will broaden the public engagement opportunities to include all members of the public. On September 8, the County will host a virtual event that will include the refined concepts that were presented to stakeholders earlier in the summer.

Over the last year, Benton County renewed its Public Health and Safety Local Option Levy, critical to Benton County’s justice system. Additionally, Benton County Justice System Improvement Program staff collaborated with a Technical Advisory Committee and Community Advisory Committee to refine an initial list of over 40 possible sites down to the locations and concepts now presented to key stakeholders.

Community members can sign up for email updates to receive engagement opportunities and updates for the Justice System Improvement Program @ https://co.benton.or.us/justice

Public engagement underway for County’s Justice System Improvement Program

Last month the Benton County Justice System Improvement Program began targeted public engagement for site concepts for future justice system facilities.

Engagement efforts launched with small group discussions with key justice system stakeholders including law enforcement agencies, elected officials, municipalities, behavioral health and social services providers, and Oregon State University.

This month, furthering outreach, the County is engaging with neighborhood associations, the local business community, and faith-based and community-based organizations. The County will draw on the community feedback gained during the summer and refine facilities site concepts based on stakeholder feedback.

“Our community conversations have created a wonderful opportunity for meaningful dialog with many of our key stakeholders,” said Xan Augerot, Benton County Board chair. “I am grateful to serve in a community that cares so deeply about improving our justice system, to provide equity and accountability for at least 40 years into the future.”

Next month, the County will broaden the public engagement opportunities to include all members of the public. On September 8, the County will host a virtual event that will include the refined concepts that were presented to stakeholders earlier in the summer.

Over the last year, Benton County renewed its Public Health and Safety Local Option Levy, critical to Benton County’s justice system. Additionally, Benton County Justice System Improvement Program staff collaborated with a Technical Advisory Committee and Community Advisory Committee to refine an initial list of over 40 possible sites down to the locations and concepts now presented to key stakeholders.

Community members can sign up for email updates to receive engagement opportunities and updates for the Justice System Improvement Program @ https://co.benton.or.us/justice

08/15/2021

Media Release:

DEATH INVESTIGATION IN BENTON COUNTY

CORVALLIS, Ore. - On August 14, 2021 at 8:25 pm, an adult in custody at the Benton County Jail suffered a serious medical event and was found unresponsive by deputies at the Benton County jail. Immediate first aid was provided by staff.

Corvallis Fire medics responded and transported the male to Corvallis Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

John Thomas Nelson (38) of Corvallis, later died.

A cause of death is not known at this time.

Per established procedure, an investigation is being conducted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
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