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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 99W near South Smith Loop (Photo) - 05/22/16
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash involving a coupe and a station wagon, about six miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 22 year old Philomath man and serious injuries to a 45 year old Veneta man.

At about 4:36 am, on Sunday, May 22, 2016, Spencer Bauer, age 22, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Highway 99W, south of South Smith Loop Road, near milepost 92, in a 1984 Honda Civic Coupe. He crossed the center line for unknown reasons and collided head-on with a northbound 2011 Volkswagon Jetta Station Wagon driven by Travis Ewert, age 45, from Veneta, Oregon. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 99W.

The Monroe Fire Department arrived and removed Travis Ewert from the driver's seat of the Volkswagon Jetta. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. Spencer Bauer was pronounced deceased at the scene and was extricated from the Honda Civic.

The Benton County Multi-Ageny Traffic Collisoin Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed do not seem to be factors in the crash. 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 about the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation arrived and re-routed traffic. The highway was closed for approximately four hours.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Benton County Sheriff's Office
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Consumer Alert Update: Peter's Paving LLC Scam -- Arrest Made, CCB License Suspended (Photo) - 05/17/16
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) arrested Peter Joseph Jennings (DOB: 6/15/1990) for Attempted Theft I by Deception in connection to a travelling asphalt paving scam being operated in Benton County earlier in the month. Mr. Jennings was conducting business under the name and license of Peter's Paving LLC (CCB #209739). As of Monday, May 16, 2016, this license has been suspended by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) due in part to the fact that Mr. Jennings was associated with a previously revoked CCB license (PJ's Asphalt LLC -- CCB #199776).

BCSO urges customers of Peter's Paving LLC to immediately file a complaint with the CCB should they be the victim of any breach of contract, negligence or improper work. Instructions for how to file a complaint can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/complaints/Pages/file-complaint.aspx or by calling (503)934-2247.

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Consumer Alert: Travelling Asphalt Paving Scams

Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon -- April 15, 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.

BCSO urges 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.

Contact:
Detective Christopher Dale
541-766-0138
Christopher.Dale@co.benton.or.us
Benton County Sheriff's Office Sponsors Citizens' Academy - 05/13/16
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 6th and meets for ten sessions ending October 25th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.

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 .

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.

The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 23, 2016.

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 further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.

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Nice weather is coming, be prepared on your next outing. - 05/06/16
Benton County Emergency Manager Kevin Higgins would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents to be prepared as they enjoy the outdoors this season. With plenty of sunshine and warm weather in the forecast, there will be an increase in outdoor activities. Following a few simple guidelines can help ensure your next adventure is safe and enjoyable.

Before you hit any trail, no matter how easy, no matter how close to home, make sure your backpack is loaded with the essentials. When in the backcountry you are responsible for your own safety, and any one of these items may help to save your life. Be prepared to use any, even all, of these items on your next outing:

· NAVIGATION-- Map, Compass, GPS (Always carry a detailed, hardcopy map of the area that you are hiking in, even if you have a GPS.)
· COMMUNICATION-- Whistle, Signal Mirror, Cellular Phone (with fully charged battery), Note Pad, and Pen
· LIGHTING-- Flashlight and/or Headlamp, Spare Batteries
· EXTRA CLOTHING-- Base Layer, Middle Layer, Outer Layer, Head Covering, Gloves
· FIRST AID-- First Aid Kit, Medication, Sun Protection, Blister Protection, Insect Repellent
· FIRE-- A couple methods of to start a fire: Matches in a Waterproof Container, Firesteel, and some fire tinder.
· TOOLS-- Knife, Pocket Saw, Multi-Tool
· WATER-- Water Container, Water Purification method
· EXTRA FOOD-- High Energy Food Items (i.e., trail mix)
· SHELTER-- Poncho or Tarp, Emergency Blanket

A few other items to consider:
A wristwatch, duct tape (great for repairing anything), an orange vest (during hunting season), travel in pairs, and call 911 early if someone is missing. In addition to these items, know your limits and be sure you leave an itinerary with friends or relatives.

If you would like additional information on joining one of Benton County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue groups, please visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/volunteer-units
Benton County Graduates New Search and Rescue Volunteers - 05/05/16
Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate the 19 volunteers that graduated from our annual Search & Rescue Academy on Sunday, May 1st 2016.

This academy was approximately 2 months long covering subjects such as Wilderness Navigation, Incident Command, Knots, Shelter and Fire Building, Patient Care, SAR Law, CPR, First Aid, Lost Subject Behavior, Search Techniques, Crime Scene Investigations, Ethics and more.

These individuals will now join existing teams of our Search & Rescue program, these teams include: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Emergency Communications), Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse (Horseback Search Team ), Corvallis Mountain Rescue (Technical Rescue), Mary's Peak Search & Rescue (Wilderness Search Team), Region Three K9 SAR (Search Dog Team) or SkySAR (Air Search Team).

Sheriff Jackson welcomes the newest team members saying "Our volunteer force provides a valuable and irreplaceable service to the Benton County community. These dedicated men and women donate hundreds of hours each year to serve their community."
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Drug Take Back Event Results (Photo) - 05/02/16
In a record-breaking year, the Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 900 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Approximately 337 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. 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.

Twenty-five boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Unit. The Benton County Fairgrounds, Philomath Police Department, and Benton County Health Department were important partners."

This is the seventh year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2013 when 815 pounds were incinerated.

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 may lead to contamination of our drinking water.
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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.
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