Media Board

Recent media releases from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are listed below. To read past media releases, go to the "Supporting Documents" section of this web page.

Female Inmate Dies in Custody

Today, December 23, 2018, at 12:05 pm, Benton County Deputies discovered a female inmate, in her cell at the Benton County Jail, unresponsive after lunch was served.

Medical Personnel responded and determined the female was deceased.  No immediate manner of death was observed, and the investigation is on-going.  Sheriff  Scott Jackson, in coordination with the Benton County District Attorney, requested Linn County Sheriff's Office to lead the investigation.  

The deceased has been identified as Alyssa M. Sund, DOB 2/15/1977.  She had been booked in the Benton County Jail on 12/19/18 on Theft, Burglary and Criminal Mischief Charges by Albany Police Department.

The Sheriff's Office is focused on a thorough investigation and is referring all further media request to the Benton County District Attorney's Office. 

Sheriff's Star

Sheriff's Office DUII Enforcement Civil War Weekend Results and Upcoming Saturation Patrol

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office participated in an extra DUII saturation patrol, November 23-24, 2018, to coincide wih Oregon State University vs. University of Oregon Civil War Football weekend. 

During those dates, deputies arrested three drivers for DUII (alcohol).  Deputies also issued ten citations for traffic violations involving speeding, using a cell phone while driving, and other various violations.

The Sheriff’s Office will be participating in extra DUII saturation patrol December 13, 2018 through January 1, 2019, to coincide with the holiday season.  Deputies will also add some extra patrols for those who choose to drive and use their cell phones, speed, or not wear their seatbelts.  This is an effort to make our roads better protected to get our loved ones home safely.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes.  Oregon’s DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway, and arresting them when they choose to drive.  For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com

James Crotsley

Benton County Sheriff's Office Community Notification

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 sex offender has been released into the community from the Department of Corrections.

James Crotsley, aged 52, was released from prison on November 7, 2018. He is on Post-Prison Supervision for Sodomy in the First Degree until June 1, 2019.

Crotsley is a white male, 6’1” tall, 200 pounds in weight, has brown hair, and brown eyes.

He will be living at the Benton County Transition Center at 555 NW Monroe Street, Corvallis, OR  97330. He is to have no contact with minors and is not to frequent places where minors congregate such as playgrounds, schools, arcades, library, churches, or community pools.

Special conditions for Crotsley’s release also include: no computer or internet access; no direct or indirect contact with his victims; and no use or possession of alcohol. He must be on a GPS monitor, submit to polygraph examinations, and has an 8:00pm curfew.

In the past Crotsley targeted adult females known and unknown to him and single females who have minor children.

To report any misconduct or violation, please notify Benton County Community Corrections Deputy, Shawna Johnson, at 541-766-6228 or Shawna.johnson@co.benton.or.us. For an emergency, please call 911.

Jacob Robert Smith

Benton County Sheriff's Office Community Notification

The Benton County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 sex offender has been released into the community.

Jacob Robert Smith, aged 26, was released from the Department of Corrections on October 23, 2018. He is on Post-Prison Supervision for Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree until October 22, 2021.

Smith is a white male, 5’8” tall, 150 pounds in weight, has blonde hair, and blue eyes.

He will be living at the Benton County Transition Center at 555 NW Monroe Street, Corvallis, OR  97330. He is to have no contact with minors and is not to frequent places where minors congregate such as playgrounds, schools, arcades, library, churches, or community pools.

Special conditions for Smith’s release also include: no computer or internet access, no direct or indirect contact with his victims, and no use or possession of alcohol. He must be on a GPS monitor, submit to polygraph examinations, and has an 8:00pm curfew.

In the past Smith targeted early to mid-teen females usually known to him. His prior sexual convictions include Rape III.

To report any misconduct or violation, please notify Benton County Sheriff's Office Parole & Probation Deputy, Shawna Johnson, at 541-766-6228 or shawna.johnson@co.benton.or.us. For an emergency, please call 911.