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Benton County Investigates Bomb Threat at Santiam Christian High School - 10/09/15
At 2:30 this afternoon, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village to a report of a bomb threat. The call came into the school and the Santiam Christian was immediately evacuated and closed. The school was searched and no suspicious devices were located. At 4:30 pm deputies released the control of the premises back to the Santiam Christian administration. Investigation is continuing. No suspects have been identified at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541.766.6858

Benton County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the School by the Corvallis Police Department and the Adair Rural Fire Department.
Law enforcement in Benton County faced a real challenge the past few days keeping our community safe. - 09/23/15
On Saturday September 19th the Benton County Sheriff's Office jail closed at 3:20am and reopened at 7:10am.
Later on the 19th, the jail closed at 6:16pm and reopened at 7:41pm
Again, on the 19th the jail closed at 9:12 pm and did not reopen until 4:50 am on the 20th.
On Monday the 21st the jail closed at 10:14pm and remained closed until 5:37am on the 22nd.

When the jail is closed it means that the two (2) one (1) person holding cells are full and the jail is unable to accept new arrestees. In Benton County when law enforcement arrests someone they call the jail to see if it is open and if they can accept new offenders. All too often the answer is, "No".

Closures mean multiple officers / deputies are turned away and unable to take new arrestees in for processing. These closures take our very limited law enforcement officers off the roads, unable to respond when we need them the most.

Limited choices exist for law enforcement when the jail is closed. The deputy / officer can sit with the arrested person until the jail opens, which could be many hours, or the jail officials can arrange a neighboring county to lend us a hand and process our arrestee. Either way it is one officer / deputy who cannot respond to emergency calls.

"Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley has been a great partner and his office really helped us out of some tight situations." said Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson.

Jail closures often result in individuals who need to be in jail for the safety of the community, to instead remain in the community. Sheriff Jackson believes the lack of capabilities of the jail limit every law enforcement effort in Benton County. Sheriff Jackson also believes the inadequacies in our jail draw people from outside our area into Benton County seeking criminal opportunities, as they know our criminal justice system is limited.