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PRESS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release
The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off is the HOTTEST event of the year! Teams from public safety and community organizations compete for the honor of "Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot'em Up Chili!"
This year's BCSO Chili Cook-Off is on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon. Doors open at High Noon and the event closes at 4:00pm. Entry fee is $5 at the door, 1/2 off with military ID. Kids under 5 are free.
This family-friendly event includes live music, raffle prizes, the REACH Air-Medical Services helicopter (when it's not in service), demonstrations by public safety professionals, Sheriff's Mounted Posse, activities for the kids, and chili tasting! Soda, hotdogs, ice cream, and beer by Block 15 will be available.
A different local non-profit is chosen as a recipient each year. This year's proceeds will benefit Benton County 4-H Programs and the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is extending the deadline for applications to its 2016 Citizens' Academy. The new deadline is August 30th. Although the class is filling up, some space remains for those interested in learning about Benton County Sheriff's Office operations.
The Academy begins September 6th and meets for ten sessions ending October 25th. The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for October 1st and October 22nd.
This free program provides Benton County residents with an opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does. Most of the sessions are taught by sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The program includes presentations, tours, demonstrations, and hands-on simulations. All aspects of the Sheriff's Office responsibilities are covered including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.
Most participants report that their understanding of the Sheriff's Office greatly improved over the course of the program. A recent graduate noted, "Overall, I am very glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of this program. It's very hands-on, enlightening and enjoyable."
Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2016-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Center, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For more information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.
On 8/2/2016, at 4:56 pm, deputies responded to a head on crash at 23222 Highway 20, west of Philomath.
Initial investigation revealed that A 1998 Dodge Pickup, driven by Donna Michele Heavrin, date of birth 5/31/54, of Blodgett, Oregon was eastbound on Highway 20.
For unknown reasons, the Dodge pickup crossed over to the west bound lane and struck a 1986 Toyota pickup.
The Toyota pickup was driven by Riley Andrew Russell, date of birth 11/12/1998, of Alsea, Oregon.
Ms. Heavrin was deceased at the scene. Mr. Russell appeared to have suffered extremely serious trauma. Mr. Russell was transported by Reach Ambulance for medical treatment. Benton County Sheriff's Office does not have a medical condition update as of 8/3/2016 9:00 am.
The investigation of cause and contributing factors to the crash are continuing. Toxicology test results will not be immediately available.
At this time there are no known eyewitnesses to the crash and anyone having information is asked to contact Benton County Sheriff's Office Sgt. David Iverson, 541-766-6858.
Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Benton County Sheriff's Office