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Sheriff's Office Seeks Information Related to Shooting (Photo) - 08/09/22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is seeking information related to an investigation regarding a shooting they responded to on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at approximately 1:20 a.m.


Corvallis Regional Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call made by a 44-year-old male resident who said he was bleeding from his shoulder, possibly from a gunshot, but he wasn’t sure what happened because no windows were broken in his residence.


The Corvallis Fire Department responded to the 2100 block of NE Merloy Ave, Corvallis, and learned the male had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and transported him to a local hospital.


A preliminary investigation by Benton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives revealed the victim was standing in his studio apartment when a bullet penetrated an exterior wall and lodged in his left shoulder. A search was conducted in the surrounding area, but a suspect was not located.


Benton County Sheriff’s Office personnel continue to investigate this incident. Any residents in the surrounding neighborhoods with exterior camera recordings or anyone that observed anything unusual that may be of evidentiary value are encouraged to notify BCSO.


Future updates may be provided as they become available. Based on the investigation to date, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office has no information to believe there is a threat to the public.


The Benton County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has additional information please email acting in capacity Captain Chris Duffitt, at Chris.Duffitt@co.benton.or.us or call 541-766-6858. Arrangements can be made for information to be shared privately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may also submit tips to 541-573-8477 (TIPS).
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Benton County Sheriff's Office Rescues Mountain Biker off Mary's Peak (Photo) - 08/08/22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Over the weekend Benton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) rescued a 21-year-old mountain biker off Mary’s Peak.

On August 6, 2022, at around 6:00 p.m., two local mountain bikers were on top of Mary’s Peak, attempting to ride the East Ridge trail to Conner’s Camp parking lot. About a half mile down, one biker got a flat front tire. The other cyclist decided to ride to Conner’s Camp to get a tube and a tire pump. When he returned to fix the flat, he did not locate his friend.  All trails except the North Ridge trail were searched prior to SAR activation.

The reporting party called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) at 8:06 p.m. when he was unable to locate his friend and was about to get dark. 

SAR was called out and multiple members arrived at Conner’s Camp at 11:30 p.m. to start a search for the missing biker, described as a 6’2” male, who was without water, food, phone, or extra clothing.

Two of the SAR members went to the top of the North Ridge trail and rode their bikes down. At 12:40 a.m. they had voice contact with the biker and located him halfway to Woods Creek Road. Shortly after, he was located and assisted to the end of the trail at 1:30 a.m. After a quick medical evaluation, he was determined to be uninjured but dehydrated.

“I’d like to thank our SAR volunteers for their continued dedication to our community,” stated Sheriff Van Arsdall. “24/7, 365, these men and women are here to aid in searches by air, ground, water, and now by bike as well.”

SAR is a non-profit volunteer unit for BCSO. All SAR-certified members not only search for missing or lost people but also assist with evidence searches and disaster response as well. If you are interested in volunteering with one of the six Benton County Search and Rescue units, go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/search-rescue for more information.

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Corvallis Man Arrested for Kidnapping (Photo) - 08/01/22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Saturday, July 30, 2022, at about 6:00 a.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Daniel Lee Adams, 51, of Corvallis, for eluding deputies in a vehicle after kidnapping a female known to him.

Deputies were dispatched to an argument in the 29800 block of Highway 99W, south of Corvallis, early Saturday morning where they spotted the suspect’s red Lincoln sedan traveling east on Bruce Rd. 

Deputies initiated a traffic stop. They could see the male holding the female, preventing her from leaving the car as the Lincoln began to accelerate away from deputies. The vehicle drove north on Highway 99W at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles both in its own lane and in the oncoming lane. 

While the vehicle was continuing north at speeds around 80 mph, the passenger's door opened and deputies could see the female attempting to leave the vehicle, but then being pulled back in multiple times. The driver then pulled into a store on Greenberry Rd where his vehicle was disabled. Deputies immediately took the driver into custody and safely secured the female.

Adams was arrested and transported to the Benton County Jail where he currently remains held on $25,000 bail. He was charged with Menacing, Coercion, Kidnapping 1, Reckless Endangering, Assault IV, Elude-Felony, Reckless Driving, DUII, Driving While Suspended­ Misdemeanor, and Criminal Mischief 2.

“The involved Deputies did an amazing job of bringing this situation to a quick resolution and I couldn’t be prouder,” stated Sheriff Van Arsdall.
 

No additional information is available at this time. An updated press release or social media post will be pushed out if investigators learn more.

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