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FlashAlert utilizes the free service Twitter to distribute emergency text messages. While you are welcome to register your cell phone text message address directly into the FlashAlert system, we recommend that you simply "follow" the FlashAlert account for Benton Co. Sheriff's Office by clicking on the link below and logging in to (or creating) your free Twitter account. Twitter sends messages out exceptionally fast thanks to arrangements they have made with the cell phone companies.
Benton County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Services Division, would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on November 5, 2016 at 2PM. The test will cover all of Benton County. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option 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 of 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 to receive any emergency related notifications pertinent to your location.
If you would like to sign up for the Linn-Benton Alert System, please visit our website at
In September 2016, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office received information that a female minor was having a sexual relationship with an adult male within Benton County. Detectives were able to identify the adult male as Donald Robert Grey, age 61, from Oregon City, Oregon.
On Thursday, October 6, 2016, BCSO Detectives, assisted by the INTERCEPT Task Force, Oregon City Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff's Office, arrested Donald Grey at his residence in Oregon City. He was arrested and lodged in the Benton County Jail for the following crimes: Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I (x1), Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II (x1), Sexual Abuse III (x12), and Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor (x12).
Detectives from several agencies are continuing to investigate the incident and evidence seized indicates that there are likely to be additional victims. Evidence also indicates that Donald Grey may have travel led to locations other than Benton County to meet with juvenile victims. Detectives are asking anyone who may have been a victim or know of anyone who may have been a victim or has any information regarding Donald Grey, to please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line by calling 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp