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.
Retirement celebration for Stacy Mellem & Diana Rabago
On August 1, 2019, we celebrated the retirements of two Benton County Sheriff’s employees, Stacy Mellem and Diana Rabago. At the gathering, they were recognized by Undersheriff Rider and presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Board of Commissioners.
Stacy spent 12 years as our Policy/Accreditation Specialist. Stacy quickly achieved accreditation status for BCSO by re-writing and updating all policies and procedures. She then found herself coordinating and facilitating the annual Citizens’ Academy and Drug Take-Back Event, creating comprehensive community outreach materials, and maintaining the BCSO website. On her own time, Stacy was, and continues to be, active in our community by volunteering with Leadership Corvallis, the Sheriff’s Foundation, BCSO Chili Cook-Off, Oregon Special Olympics, CARDV, Imagine Corvallis 2040 Steering Committee, and her neighborhood association.
Our Jail Commander, Diana, retired after 25 years of service. Diana held the positions of Deputy, Program Coordinator, Field Training Deputy, Corporal, Sergeant, Transport Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Diana created and implemented an evaluation system for On-Call Jail Deputies, was a certified Jail Inspector for 6 years, was the Vice President of the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Council position in 2013, received an award for Employee of the Year in 2008, and received a Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
We wish the women a relaxing retirement filled with happiness. Thank you for your service to Benton County!
Safety on the Water
Do you know what equipment you are required to carry on your boat, canoe, or paddle board? To be safe and comply with Oregon law, you need the right safety equipment. Check out the Oregon State Marine Board website for specifics.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is notifying the public that a Level 3 sex offender has been released into the community.
Micah Delbozque, age 29, was released from the Department of Corrections on July 2, 2019. He is on Post-Prison Supervision until 2024 for Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Rape in the Third Degree (x4), and Attempted Rape in the Second Degree.
Delbozque is a white male, 6’2” tall, 270 pounds in weight, has brown hair and blue eyes.
He will be living at 3910 SW Neer Avenue in Corvallis. He is to have no contact with minors and is not to frequent places where minors congregate such as playgrounds, schools, arcades, libraries, churches, or community pools.
Special conditions for Delbozque’s release also include: no access to a computer or computer-related devices or to the internet and no direct or indirect contact with his victim.
To report any misconduct or violation, please notify Benton County Sheriff’s Office Parole & Probation Deputy, Shawna Johnson at 541-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For an emergency, please call 911.
Multi-Agency Active Threat Training Successful
On June 22, 2019, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office held an active threat response training exercise at the Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Sheriff’s Office goals of the training were to successfully simulate saving the lives of students and faculty members, protecting their own lives, and stopping the threat.
With approximately 200 participants, the training drill was a successful collaboration among law enforcement, fire and the Corvallis School District.
Positive outcomes from the exercise include familiarity with the layout of the school, and coordination with multiple agency response.
A significant lesson learned was radio coverage was not sufficient for the rural area of the school. The exercise began with four channels available for use, and ended the drill with two, due to transmission problems.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Philomath Police Department, Philomath Fire Department, Corvallis Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office volunteer groups, and Public Information Officers in the county, for their assistance to make this training exercise a success.