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Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event hosted by Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse - 09/15/16

Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 am, registration opens at 9:30am

The Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting their 7th annual horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings. It will be held at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The children are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between 3 and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves. The arena is not heated and long pants/closed-toed shoes are required.

There will also be a coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature ponies. Photographs will be taken in front of a green screen and printed on site to give to the child. They will also be available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event registration table.

Please RSVP by September 28th, so we can plan appropriately. You may either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name, contact information and the number of children who will be riding.

Phone: 541-766-6045
Facebook -- Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse

DUII Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 near Conifer Blvd near Corvallis (Photo) - 09/12/16

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred less than a mile east of Corvallis last Saturday night. The crash resulted in serious injuries to one person and minor injuries to another person. Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
At about 9:17 pm, on Saturday, September 10, 2016, Carmine Silva, 34, from Albany, Oregon, was driving eastbound on Highway 20, just east of the intersection of Conifer Blvd., in a 2012 Honda Civic. The vehicle struck the sidewalk near Pilkington Avenue, traveled across the intersection of Pilkington Avenue, struck a telephone pole, shearing it in half, struck a culvert, a large tree, and two more culverts before landing on its roof in the eastbound lane of Highway 20. The vehicle traveled over 600 feet in the ditch. Christina Pecora, 35, address unknown, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the eastbound lane of Highway 20.
They were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene. Carmine Silva was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief II.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene and the roadway was closed for about four hours.
Photographs of the Collision Scene
Benton County Jail Booking Photograph of Carmine Silva