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On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit concluded an investigation involv...
11/13/2020

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit concluded an investigation involving William Walker Jr, 55, from Corvallis.

Walker, a convicted felon, was arrested and found to be in possession of nearly two ounces of Methamphetamine in total, between his person and residence. Walker also possessed over $1,700 in cash, a digital scale, drug packaging material, multiple restricted knives, and other paraphernalia. Walker was charged with the crimes of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 Feet of a School (x2), Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Felony (x2), and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon (x5).

Walker was processed and subsequently released with a citation from the Law Enforcement Center, as our jail was closed, due to overcrowded holding cells and was unable to accept new custodies.

This investigation received vital assistance from the City of Corvallis Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (LINE) Team.

Last week we became aware of a child who lost his entire law enforcement patch collection in the Almeda Fire, north of A...
11/13/2020

Last week we became aware of a child who lost his entire law enforcement patch collection in the Almeda Fire, north of Ashland, in September. We were happy to send him patches to get his collection going again. Included was a BCSO badge and patches for our wilderness response team, patrol/jail, and mounted posse. Keep it up, Xander, it’s growing fast!

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office honors all the men and women who have served and are serving this amazing country in ...
11/12/2020

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office honors all the men and women who have served and are serving this amazing country in the name of freedom. Join us in saluting a couple members of our BCSO family. Happy Veteran’s Day!

On Monday, November 9, 2020 at around 3:15 pm, Darshan Sreshta, 26, went into a market on the 300 block of NW 53rd St, a...
11/11/2020

On Monday, November 9, 2020 at around 3:15 pm, Darshan Sreshta, 26, went into a market on the 300 block of NW 53rd St, and stole a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of sweet tea worth a total of $65.69.

Darshan Sreshta left in a black, 2019 Ford Festiva. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Hwy 20 near milepost five and recovered the items, along with other stolen goods from stores in Corvallis.

The driver, Megan Evans, 27, was cited and released for Driving While Suspended.

Deputies cited and released Darshan Sreshta for Theft III.

The City of Corvallis Police Department arrived on scene and took both into custody for crimes inside the City of Corvallis.

Deputies returned the cigarettes to the market. Unfortunately in the getaway, the tea was consumed.

11/10/2020

Our records office will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in observance of Veteran's Day. Deputies will continue with patrols during the closure. For emergencies only, please dial 911.

Help us congratulate Corrections Deputy Goodwin-Strom for graduating 2nd in academics at The Department of Public Safety...
11/06/2020

Help us congratulate Corrections Deputy Goodwin-Strom for graduating 2nd in academics at The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy.

Jessica has worked for BCSO as an on-call deputy for three years, she has a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Criminal Justice.

In her off time, Jessica enjoys reading and the outdoors.

Congrats, Deputy Goodwin-Strom!

It's #StressAwarenessDay. Did you know BCSO has a Crisis Response Team of volunteer human service and professionals to a...
11/05/2020
Crisis Response Team (CRT)

It's #StressAwarenessDay. Did you know BCSO has a Crisis Response Team of volunteer human service and professionals to assist in a critical incident?

Learn more about our team and how to contact a member at
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/crisis-response-team-crt

Additionally, the Benton County Mental Health Counselor of the Day is available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm for drop in support at 530 NW 27th Street, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other resources in our county include:
•Benton County Mental Health Crisis Line: 888-232-7192
•Crisis Text Line: Text OREGON to 741741
•Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
•Benton County Victim’s Assistance Program: 541-766-6699
•CARDV, Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence Crisis & Support Hotline: 541-754-0110 or toll free 800-927-0197

The Benton County Sheriff's Office Crisis Response Team was formed to provide timely critical incident stress management services to individuals, groups, and organizations.

Hey Xander! Send us a private message with your address and we'll send you a patch, too.
11/04/2020

Hey Xander! Send us a private message with your address and we'll send you a patch, too.

Meet Xander! We got a letter last month from this kiddo that lost his entire police patch collection in the Almeda Fire in September. His collection was at his grandma's house, and unfortunately she lost her home in the fire. He was hoping to build up his collection again and wanted to know if we could send him an APD patch. Well, Xander, we can do better than that! One Lt. brought his personal patch collection from home to donate and we pitched in to buy him a K-9 stuffie and some goodies as well. We received this picture and a grateful letter from his dad that made our day!

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at approximately 5:00 pm, deputies located and arrested Noah Morland, 27, of Medford, nea...
11/04/2020

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at approximately 5:00 pm, deputies located and arrested Noah Morland, 27, of Medford, near 7th Street and Harrison Boulevard in Corvallis after they learned he had multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Deputies charged Morland with Theft II (x2), Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - Felony, and Possession of Burglary/Theft Tools after they determined he was in possession of a stolen bicycle and bike frame (both taken from OSU Campus), Methamphetamine, and two pair of bolt cutters.

MORLAND was booked and subsequently released from the Benton County Jail.

To view more daily activities, go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/daily-activity-log

This Halloween, drive sober or get pulled over. We are committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers ...
10/31/2020

This Halloween, drive sober or get pulled over. We are committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways, by keeping them off the roadway, and arresting them when they choose to drive.

LINN-BENTON ALERT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM TESTBenton County Sheriff's Office would like to announce a test of the ...
10/30/2020
Emergency Alert

LINN-BENTON ALERT EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM TEST

Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on Saturday October 31, 2020, at 2:00 pm. The test will cover all of Benton County traditional land phone lines in our 911 database. Residents who have registered other devices with the system, will also receive the test message.

We would like to ask recipients of the alert to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

The Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents for emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events.

If you haven't signed up for Linn-Benton Alerts, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to do so. This will allow you to receive all Benton County emergency related notifications pertinent to your location. You choose how and where to receive alerts, including your cell, home, and/or work phone, by email, text messages, or TTY (hearing impaired devices) and more.

For more information on our emergency notification system, or to sign up, please visit our website at https://www.co.benton.or.us/preparedness/page/emergency-alert

Linn-Benton Alert Notification System Sign up for Alerts or Manage Your Profile

10/29/2020
Sneak peek: The Murder of Anna Repkina

Benton County Deputies and Benton County Major Crime Team to be highlighted in episode of 48 Hours this Saturday. The episode will cover the investigation and prosecution of William Hargrove for the murder of Anna Repkina in 2017.

Check out a sneak peek of the show - https://cbsn.ws/3oBOawD

Did a love triangle lead to murder? After his fiancée is found dead, a man researches time travel to "correct a horrible mistake." Correspondent Tracy Smith reports in an all-new "48 Hours" airing Saturday, October 31 at 10/9c on CBS.

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, at approximately 5:45 am, Benton County Deputies were dispatched to a head-on collision o...
10/29/2020

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, at approximately 5:45 am, Benton County Deputies were dispatched to a head-on collision on Highway 20 near mile post 7.

Based on scene evidence and witness statements, a blue 1997 Acura Integra was travelling east bound on Highway 20 when it, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The Acura crashed head-on into a 2020 Ford F350 which was travelling west bound.

The driver of the Ford was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Acura was deceased at the scene.

2020 Ford Driver: Gerald Elroy MacGregor, a 59-year-old white male adult, from Albany, OR.

1997 Acura: Keith Merritt Lee, a 35-year-old white male adult from Independence, OR.

Highway 20 was closed in both directions for 3.5 hours and may be intermittently closed this afternoon as investigators continue to collect evidence at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Sergeant Brian Lundy at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office (541)-766-6858. The Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted with the investigation.

Hwy 20, 3 miles W of Albany, is closed at this time in both directions due to a crash. Please find an alternate route.
10/29/2020

Hwy 20, 3 miles W of Albany, is closed at this time in both directions due to a crash. Please find an alternate route.

10/29/2020

Worried about internet safety for your children? NetSmartz is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be #SafeOnline with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

It is important to discuss internet safety and develop an online safety plan with your children before they engage in online activity. Establish clear guidelines, teach children to spot red flags, and encourage children to have open communication with you.

Supervise young children’s use of the internet, including periodically checking their profiles and posts. Keep electronic devices in open, common areas of the home and consider setting time limits for their use.

Review games, apps, and social media sites before they are downloaded or used by children. Pay particular attention to apps and sites that feature end-to-end encryption, direct messaging, video chats, file uploads, and user anonymity, which are frequently relied upon by online child predators.

Adjust privacy settings and use parental controls for online games, apps, social medial sites, and electronic devices.

Tell children to avoid sharing personal information, photos, and videos online in public forums or with people they do not know in real life. Explain to your children that images posted online will be permanently on the internet.

Teach children about body safety and boundaries, including the importance of saying ‘no’ to inappropriate requests both in the physical world and the virtual world.

Be alert to potential signs of abuse, including changes in children’s use of electronic devices, attempts to conceal online activity, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and depression.

Encourage children to tell a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult if anyone asks them to engage in sexual activity or other inappropriate behavior.

Immediately report suspected online enticement or sexual exploitation of a child by calling 911, contacting the FBI at tips.fbi.gov, or filing a report with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678 or report.cybertip.org.

https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/home

Happy #FirstRespondersDay!! Thank you for putting your lives on the line each day to keep Benton County safe. City of Co...
10/28/2020

Happy #FirstRespondersDay!! Thank you for putting your lives on the line each day to keep Benton County safe. City of Corvallis Police Department Albany Oregon Police Department Philomath Police Department Corvallis Fire Corvallis Rural Fire District Corvallis Professional Firefighters Adair Rural Fire & Rescue Monroe Rural Fire Protection District Philomath Fire & Rescue Oregon State Police Alsea Fire Department

Today is #FinancialCrimeFighterDay so we'd like to share 10 things you can do to avoid fraud.1. Spot imposters2. Do onli...
10/26/2020

Today is #FinancialCrimeFighterDay so we'd like to share 10 things you can do to avoid fraud.

1. Spot imposters
2. Do online searches
3. Don’t believe your caller ID
4. Don’t pay upfront for a promise
5. Consider how you pay
6. Talk to someone
7. Hang up on robocalls
8. Be skeptical about free trial offers
9. Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
10. Sign up for free scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission ftc.gov/scams

For further information on these 10 tips and how to report a scam, go to
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/776a_10_things-you-can-do-to-avoid-fraud.pdf

Help us congratulate Deputy Leah Boone, who graduated today from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Tr...
10/22/2020

Help us congratulate Deputy Leah Boone, who graduated today from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Academy. Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to be there, but were fortunate enough to get a photo.

Becoming a law enforcement officer has been a goal of Deputy Boone's since she was a young girl and we are proud to see her dream come true.

We hear Boone excelled in the classroom and on the range; we are certainly happy to have her as part of our team.

Keep smiling, Leah, your hard work has paid off.

Headed to the OSU Forest? Portions of 600, 630, and 640 roads are closed for approximately 3 weeks. No trails are closed...
10/22/2020
Forest Updates | Research Forests

Headed to the OSU Forest? Portions of 600, 630, and 640 roads are closed for approximately 3 weeks. No trails are closed at this time.

Find details at https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/recreation/forest-updates

Forest UpdatesInformation about forest closures is located at key access points, and closures are clearly marked on-site. Harvest areas are extremely dangerous for visitors and harvest crews, with hazards from falling trees and large equipment. Thank you for your respect of these safety closures! Ha...

The FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation warns the public of the potential threat of individuals posing as minors on po...
10/21/2020
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Child Abductors Potentially Using Social Media or Social Networks to Lure Victims In Lieu of an In-Person Ruse

The FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation warns the public of the potential threat of individuals posing as minors on popular social media or social networks to lure victims in lieu of immediate, in-person ruse with the intent to abduct. Due to COVID-19 related school closures, minors likely will be at greater risk for encountering offenders online as they seek to occupy their free time with increased social media use.

Learn more and how to report at https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2020/PSA201015

The FBI warns the public of the potential threat of individuals posing as minors on popular social media or social networks to lure victims in lieu of immediate, inperson ruse with the intent to abduct. Due to COVID-19 related school closures, minors likely will be at greater risk for encountering o...

On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at approximately 8:35 pm, deputies stopped Donnie Alan Carpenter, 39, of Kaiser, in a 2001...
10/20/2020

On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at approximately 8:35 pm, deputies stopped Donnie Alan Carpenter, 39, of Kaiser, in a 2001 white Ford F250 for a moving violation near NW 9th Street and NW Grant Avenue in Corvallis.

Deputies conducted a probable cause search after a positive alert by a narcotics detection K9. Inside the vehicle deputies located a loaded Glock 22 .40 handgun and a usable amount of Heroin.

Carpenter, a convicted felon on post-prison supervision by the Oregon State Parole Board, was arrested and charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm (C Felony) and Unlawful Possession of Heroin (B Felony).

He was then transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged on the charges and an Oregon State Parole Board Detainer from his Parole Officer.

BCSO continues to seek the public’s help in identifying a suspect for a burglary case on September 26 at 2:04 am, on Mic...
10/15/2020

BCSO continues to seek the public’s help in identifying a suspect for a burglary case on September 26 at 2:04 am, on Michelle Drive in Corvallis.

The male in the photo appears to have a beard, is wearing a yellow jacket, red or orange shoes, and is carrying a small, cross-body bag.

If you have any information that can lead to the identity of this man, please contact our tip line at 541-753-8477, or email [email protected].

Don't feed the turkeys
10/13/2020

Don't feed the turkeys

Corvallis is a beautiful city with many different unique wilderness areas. These areas attract wildlife of all kinds. A particular species of wildlife which can be found in Corvallis is wild turkeys.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, behavioral changes with turkeys frequently begin with alterations to foraging habits. Intentional and unintentional turkey feeding is the catalyst that alters foraging habits, increases flock size, changes roosting behavior, and can turn wild birds into semi-domesticated birds. Wild turkeys can cause damage to property and create traffic issues.

There is a Corvallis Municipal Code which prohibits feeding turkeys. The penalty is a Class A infraction and a $400 fine.

Please do not intentionally or unintentionally feed wild turkeys. If you observe known feeding violations, please report to the CPD Community Service Officers at 541-766-6924 Ext 5132.

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180 NW 5th St
Corvallis, OR
97330

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