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Inmate dies in custody (Photo) - 04/27/16
On 4/26/16 at 00:48 in the morning, deputies working in the Benton County jail requested medical assistance on an inmate who had collapsed and was unconscious. Two deputies had been present and walking with the inmate when he collapsed. The deputies performed CPR on the inmate until medical personnel arrived and treatment continued. The inmate did not regain conscious and died.
The inmate is identified as Rory Christopher Holmes, 46 years old. He had no known address. Mr. Holmes had been arrested and booked into the BCSO jail on 4/20/2016 for multiple charges to include Criminal Trespass II, Failure to Appear on a previous DUI charge and Interference with a Peace Officer.
The investigation of Mr. Holmes death is continuing. There were no outward signs of trauma or injury to Mr. Holmes and the death is not considered suspicious. The inmate had been treated for minor medical issues and had received treatment while in custody.
Attached Media Files: Holmes Photo
Sheriff Issues Consumer Alert: Travelling Asphalt Paving Scams - 04/18/16
Benton County, Oregon -- April 18, 2016 -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) would like to remind consumers to be extremely cautious when selecting a contractor to pave a driveway or other surface. Recent complaints have been filed regarding an asphalt paving company recently seen operating in Benton County.

Although this company currently holds a valid license through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), its business tactics resemble that of typical traveling pavement scams, such as: selling door-to-door, claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job, pushing you to make a quick decision, not offering any contracts, requesting check payments made out to an individual instead of the name of the business, and substandard work.

We urge consumers to protect themselves by checking with the CCB for a valid license or history of complaints, confirming the business address is valid (and not a shipping center mailbox), obtain bids from multiple companies, obtain a written contract, and write your payment check to the business name you contract with.

According to the CCB website, "Be cautious if you get an unsolicited door-to-door offer. Organized groups known as 'travelers' move from state to state posing as contractors. They often distribute flyers and knock on doors. They may demand cash up front or may take a check and cash it right away, never returning to do the work. If they perform work, it is usually substandard." Source: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/homeowner/Pages/construction-scams.aspx

If you feel you have been victimized by one of these asphalt paving scams, call your local law enforcement agency to file a police report and visit http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/ to file a complaint with the Oregon CCB.
Search For Missing Philomath Man Moves Into New Phase - 04/12/16
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, in support of and in coordination with the Philomath Police Department, is suspending active ground search activity for missing Philomath man, Curt Braun. The search for Braun is transitioning to an information gathering investigation.

Volunteers and employees with Benton County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue have spent over 700 hours searching 4,000 miles of roads as well as 1,000 miles by air using volunteer fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Active searches were also conducted in Lane County, Linn County, and Lincoln County.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office and Philomath Police Department continue to ask for the public's help in reporting any information or potential sightings. Once we receive a confirmed lead that points to a potential location, ground teams may again be deployed to investigate the area.

Braun is 60-years-old and was last seen driving a 2000 red Ford Explorer, Oregon license plate number 251CXK. A missing poster is attached. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office 541-766-6858 or the Philomath Police Department at 541.929-6911.

Many agencies and volunteer groups have been actively searching for Braun and his vehicle. Just a few of those agencies include: Oregon State Police, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Parks, US Forrest Service, Marys Peak Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BCARES), and SkySAR.

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Drug Take Back Day (Photo) - 04/11/16
The public is invited to bring expired and unused prescription medications to a safe disposal event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

This free, one-day event will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Benton County Fairgrounds, It is sponsored by the Benton County Sheriff's Office and allows you to safely dispose of expired prescription medications, medicine from deceased family members, pet medications and unknown tablets and capsules.

"This is a public safety issue," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. "We want to keep unused prescription drugs away from children or from others who may misuse them. We also want to help keep theses drugs out of our water supply."

Some items are not allowed at the event. For safety reasons, these include thermometers, intra-venous solutions, needles, EpiPens(R), or medical waste of any kind. Illegal drugs are also not accepted. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor's offices or veterinary clinics.

"Our Reserve Deputies and Auxiliary Team are spearheading this effort in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back Day," said Jackson. "Without their volunteer effort we would not be able to offer this service to the community."

Also partnering with the Sheriff's Office to offer this event is the Philomath Police Department, the Benton County Fairgrounds, Covanta Energy, and the Benton County Health Department.

For more information, visit the Benton County Sheriff's Office website at www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff and click on the "Other Services" menu.
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Benton County Sheriff's Office in Partnership with the Philomath Police Department continue the search for a local Philomath man. - 04/08/16
Volunteers from Benton County Search and Rescue as of Thursday evening have covered just over 1000 miles of roads, an additional 700 miles covered from the air using volunteer fixed wing and helicopter resources.

Today (Friday) we added search teams from Lane and Lincoln Counties running a similar road and air search in their respective counties.

The search will continue tomorrow, Saturday, in Benton and surrounding counties.

We are asking for the public's help by keeping their eyes open for Curt Braun and the vehicle he was last seen in.

The missing man is Curt Braun, DOB 3/21/1956 and the vehicle is a 2000 Red Ford Explorer, Oregon plate 251CXK. A missing Person poster is attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Benton County Sheriff's Office or Philomath Police Department at 541.766.6858.



We would also like to thank the many agencies that that have been actively searching for this man and vehicle, just a few of those agencies include, Oregon State Police, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Parks, US Forrest Service, Mary's Peak Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BCARES), SkySAR.
Attached Media Files: missing-person-info.pdf
Search for Missing Person Continues - 04/07/16
Benton County Sheriff's Office in Partnership with the Philomath Police Department are continuing to search for a missing Philomath man and is seeking the public's assistance.

Benton County Search and Rescue has been using ground and air resources to search remote areas of Benton County all day today, Thursday April 7th,2016. The search will continue tomorrow with surrounding counties in partnership with Benton County.

The missing man is Curt Braun
DOB 3/21/1956
The vehicle he last seen in is a 2000 Red Ford Explorer, Oregon plate 251CXK. A missing poster is attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Benton County Sheriff's Office or Philomath Police Department at 541.766.6858.
Attached Media Files: Braun Poster