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Robbery Suspect Uses Pepper Spray on Store Clerk (Photo) - 10/17/16

On October 15, 2016, at 9:24pm, Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to Ross Dress for Less at 2415 NW Kings Blvd for a reported robbery. A female suspect entered the store, then attempted to steal a bag full of merchandise from the store. When confronted by an employee, the female suspect used pepper spray on the employee and fled the store on foot with the merchandise. The suspect then got into the passenger side of a vehicle and left the area, possibly with a male accomplice who was driving. Officers recovered evidence at the scene and are investigating. The investigating officers request the public's assistance in identifying the suspect(s). If you have any information regarding the case, or the identity of the two people shown in the below photograph, please contact Officer Matt Seney at 541-699-6924.

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Drug Take Back Event - 10/12/16

On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Corvallis Police Department in partnership with City of Corvallis Public Works, OSU Pharmacy Club, Benton County Health Department, Republic Services of Corvallis and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Republic Services at 110 NE Walnut Blvd. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds--about 3,200 tons--of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or the Corvallis Police Dept. webpage at

Corvallis Police Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation - 10/03/16

On October 6th, 2016 the Corvallis Police Department will be conducting Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations.

The Corvallis Police Department is dedicated to enhancing the safety of its citizens through education and enforcement. On Thursday October 6th, the Corvallis Police Department will be conducting targeted crosswalk enforcement operations at the intersection of SW Western Blvd. and SW 5th street, between the hours of 08:00 am and 12:00 pm.

The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of crosswalk safety and pedestrian right of way laws.

The Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation will be announced to the media in advance. On the day of enforcement action, a police officer or volunteer decoy will cross a street at the intersection / crosswalk. Warning signs announcing the upcoming enforcement action will be placed at the pedestrian safety operation zone a day in advance as well as on the day of the operation.

The members of your Corvallis Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both its citizens and guest of the city. As a reminder, safety and courtesy go hand in hand regarding pedestrian crossings. Motorist and pedestrians are cautioned to be alert for the right of way issues that affect each of them.


A crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked. Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block) only if they are marked with white painted lines. Under Oregon laws, a driver has specific duties to a pedestrian in a crosswalk whether marked or unmarked.


All intersections, marked or unmarked, are legal crosswalks, and drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk

1. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks until they have cleared the driver's lane and the adjacent lane.

2. When a vehicle is turning, drivers must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian has cleared the lane into which the driver is turning plus the entire adjacent lane. When turning at a signal, a driver must allow the pedestrian to clear the lane plus six feet of the adjacent lane.

3. Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.

Note: Per ORS 811.028: If a pedestrian is in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the vehicle enters the crosswalk, the driver can be cited for "Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian." The fine for this offense is $260 dollars.

Safety Tips:

Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.

When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.

Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.