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Benton County SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPONSORS DRUG TAKE-BACK Event Results (Photo) - 06/29/15
June 29, 2015, BENTON COUNTY, OR - Benton Co

Nearly 300 pounds of expired and unwanted medications were collected Saturday by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Approximately 166 vehicles came through the drop site where prescription pills and over-the-counter medications were collected. The collected medications were maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't have offered this event without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Search and Rescue Units and our Auxiliary Team."

This is the sixth year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service. Participation was down somewhat from the past two years most likely due to the record-high temperatures.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged because it can lead to contamination of our drinking water.
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BCSO Marine Deputies Rescue Swimmer on the Willamette River near Corvallis - 06/16/15
NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release
Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis, OR 97330

Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:00 pm, BENTON COUNTY, OR - Benton Co

BCSO Marine Deputies Rescue Swimmer on the Willamette River near Corvallis
On Saturday, June 13, 2015, at about 3:30 pm, Marine Deputies Bill Ellison and Jordan Kirksey were in a patrol boat on the Willamette River near the Crystal Lake Boat Ramp in Corvallis. They saw an individual attempt to swim across the river from the boat ramp. Deputy Ellison is a retired Corvallis Firefighter with many years of experience as a rescue swimmer. He recognized that the individual was going to have difficulties swimming with a strong current. They went over to the male at the same time he began struggling in the cold, swift current and began to yell for help. Deputy Kirksey was able to pull Dominic Garcia, 51, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, onto the boat before he went under the water. He was not wearing a personal floatation device and was transported back to shore without any injuries. Dominic Garcia stated that he did not know that it would be so difficult to swim across the river.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that the rivers are a dangerous place to recreate. The public should always safely plan their trips, including wear personal floatation devices, sound producing devices, letting a third party know the duration and location of their trip, bringing a charged cell phone in a waterproof bag, etc.

Free event will help residents protect kids and the environment

The public is invited to bring expired or unused prescription medications to a safe disposal event on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis, OR.

This drive-through event will take place in front of the Carriage House at the Fairgrounds. Benton County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputies will collect expired or unused prescription medications, pet medications, medicine from deceased family members and other individual medications no longer wanted or needed. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor's offices or veterinary clinics.

For safety reasons, some items are not allowed. These include illegal drugs, thermometers, intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes, needles, EpiPens(R), or medical waste of any kind.

"Our Reserve Deputies, Auxiliary Team members and Search and Rescue volunteers are volunteering their time to make this event possible," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Additionally, we are partnering with the Philomath Police Department, the Benton County Fairgrounds and receiving support from the Benton County Health Department. Without these community partnerships we would not be able to offer this service."

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is offering this one-time event as a public safety service. The goal is to keep these medications away from youth or others who may misuse them. An added advantage is that it keeps these medications out of the water system.

More information about this event is available on the Benton County Sheriff's Office website at:
BCSO Deputies Arrest Albany School Custodian for Sexually Abusing a Student (Photo) - 06/08/15
On Friday, June 5, 2015, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office received information an elementary student that attended Oak Grove Elementary School in North Albany may have been inappropriately touched by a school custodian. Detectives interviewed the 12 year old female victim and determined that a year prior, she had been sexually abused by Justin Mathews Docken, 32, of Albany at Oak Grove Elementary School. Detectives went to his residence and arrested him for three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. The Albany School District was notified of the arrest.
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the incident and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have been a victim or know of anyone who may have been a victim or witnessed any other incidents to please contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820.
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