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Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Crash (Photo) - 11/23/17

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 99W at milepost 93, about six miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a Molalla woman, a Molalla boy and injuries to a Philomath woman and a Molalla girl.
At about 2:34 pm, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Emory Page Coates,21 years old, of Philomath, Oregon, was driving northbound on Highway 99W, just south of milepost 93, in a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. She attempted to pass a northbound recreational vehicle and drove into the southbound lane. She attempted to drive quickly back into her lane and lost control of her vehicle. The Jeep spun back into the southbound lane and collided head on with a southbound 1999 Saturn SL, driven by Tonya Renee Moore, 43 years old,of Molalla, Oregon.
The Jeep came to rest facing east in the southbound lane. Emory Coates self-extricated from the Jeep. No other passengers were in the Jeep.
The Saturn came to rest in a ditch on the west side of Highway 99W, facing east. In the Saturn, a 16 year old Molalla boy was in the driver side rear passenger seat, and a 17 Molalla girl was seated in the passenger side rear seat. Their names are not being released at this time. Medics from the Monroe Fire Department arrived and pronounced Tonya Moore and the 16 year old boy deceased and later extricated them from the vehicle.
The 17 year old girl and Emory Coates were transported by the Corvallis Fire Department to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries.
The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team processed the scene. Initial Investigation did not indicate drugs or alcohol as contributing factors. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The Oregon Department of Transpiration assisted with traffic control. Highway 99W was closed for about four and a half hours.

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Search Warrant Yields Drugs and Cash (Photo) - 11/22/17

CORVALLIS, Ore. - On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, detectives with the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Corvallis Police Department's Street Crimes Units, executed a narcotics search warrant at 2975 NE Lancaster Street in Corvallis.

Approximately 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine and over $2,000 in cash was seized from the residence, in addition to suspected stolen property and other drug paraphernalia, included digital scales.

Jeremy Jennings, 41, and Shelbi Nunn, 23, were both arrested and booked at the Benton County Jail, where they were each charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

In addition, Jennings was also charged with Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor).

This operation received assistance from the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Jennings and Nunn could not be lodged at the Benton County Jail due to overcrowding and were both released with court dates.


Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Identifying Suspect (Photo) - 11/02/17

Corvallis, Ore. - Benton County Sheriff's Office needs your help identifying a person of interest.

On Monday, October 16, 2017 at approximately 4:00 AM, a resident on Old River Road in Monroe, was awakened by an unknown number of individuals entering his vehicles in the driveway.

Upon going outside, the resident reportedly saw a male standing near the rear of one of his vehicles pointing a handgun at him.

The resident fired his own handgun at the male as he ducked back inside his house.

Deputies responded to the location and a K9 track did not yield any suspects.

The suspect(s) attempted to take compound bows and archery equipment from the resident's vehicles, but did not succeed due to being interrupted.

The suspect was described as a white male with very light skin, clean shaven, approximately 6' tall, in his mid-30's, wearing dark clothing and a hooded sweatshirt which covered most of his head. The male's face was small and narrow with a "WEAK" or non-defined chin. The male's body was bulky in comparison to his face and he was possibly wearing many layers of clothing, which could have added bulk.

A sketch artist with the Corvallis Police Department developed a composite sketch of the suspect based on the resident's description.

If you have any information regarding this incident or a possible suspect, please contact Detective Miller with the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6774.

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A Scary DUII update (Photo) - 10/31/17

Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently participating in a DUII Saturation Patrol, which began October 26, and continues through November 1, 2017. Deputies are targeting drivers under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants.

As of this morning, deputies have arrested six people for DUII-Alcohol and four for DUII-Controlled Substances. Eight arrests were made by deputies specifically working the DUII patrol, with the majority attained Friday and Saturday nights. These numbers do not include other agency arrests in the county.

Deputies working the extra patrol have also issued three Driving While Suspended citations, six Minor in Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana citations, wrote 16 citations for various other violations, and warned 98 people for traffic violations.

BCSO will participate in a similar saturation county-wide patrol November 23 through November 26, 2017, to coincide with the Oregon State University vs University of Oregon Civil War football game.

Again, we ask you to plan ahead. Designate a responsible, sober driver. Extra patrol staff will be on duty through tomorrow, to cite unsafe drivers.

This Halloween, drive sober or get pulled over. The Benton County Sheriff's Office is 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. For more info on impaired driving, visit


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Linn-Benton Alert Emergency Notification System Test (Photo) - 10/31/17

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Services Division, would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on November 4, 2017, at 2pm. 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

Attached Media Files: Linn-Benton Alert