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.
FAQ's Related to the Enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives"
Is this martial law?
No, not even close. There are no curfews and a person’s movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- Oregonian’s movements are generally unrestricted.
Do I need documentation from my employer deeming me essential?
No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible to avoid. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.
Do I need a special placard on my car, when going to work or if I drive for work?
No. There is no special documentation or placards for people going to work or permitted activities.
Will I be pulled over for driving on the highway?
Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings- not restrict the movement of Oregonians. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.
Are the state lines closed and are there roadblocks?
No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions of vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.
If my business is closed, can I still go to work if my employer makes me? Won’t I be arrested?
While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.
Are rest areas open?
Yes, generally. Some rest areas are connected to parks, which are currently closed to comply with the Executive Order.
Are police arresting or ticketing people in public or in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order?
People that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement are united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable and we hope to educate Oregonians if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a person failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.
What about my kids that may congregate in a place without my permission, like a skate park?
Police know our children don’t often take their parent’s advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrest are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.
Can I still go hiking and fishing?
Yes. Oregonians can still recreate outdoors, if their recreational activity involves non-contact with others and they can maintain appropriate social distancing- which is defined as 6 feet or more from others. Oregonians and visitors to our state should be aware most campgrounds and boat ramps are closed, so you should research your plans before recreating.
Should I call 911 if I see people congregating?
No. The level of this violation is not for reporting police, fire or medical emergencies through 911. People may choose to self-educate their fellow Oregonians or if a large gathering is noted, they may call their respective police agency’s non-emergency number.
Benton County COVID-19 Update
This morning, on March 23, Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order closing many businesses and requiring Oregonians to stay at home except for essential travel.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office Service Disruptions
With the changing dynamics on the state and nationwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) is taking proactive steps to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Patrol deputies will continue to actively patrol Benton County and respond to calls for service. Some calls for service willbe handled by phone. Deputies have been instructed to take additional precautions when reasonable to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The BCSO records lobby, located at 180 NW 5thStreet, Corvallis, is closed to the public as of March 18, 2020, for an undetermined amount of time. The public can call the Sheriff’s Office at(541) 766-6858for non-emergency matters.
Other changes to BCSO services include:
- Concealed handgun license appointments are suspended until at the earliest,April 20, 2020. You are encouraged to call (541) 766-6606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org you need to reschedule an appointment.
- We are not offering fingerprint services for the public.Healthcare workers in need of fingerprints for licensing purposes may contact email@example.com call (541) 766-6606 for assistance. A precautionary health screening will be conducted prior to entry to the building.
- Ride-along applications will not be accepted at this time.
- The Benton County Jail has suspended all social in-person visits. We will, however, allow 30-minute calls and offer off-site video visitation. For further jail operation questions please call (541) 766-6866.
- Civil process is restricted to restraining orders and emergency protection orders only. We will not serve other legal papers at this time.
“Our response may change on certain calls, as well as jail operations, but I want you to know you can still call us in your time of need,” said Sheriff Scott Jackson. “This is an unprecedented situation we are all working through together.”
These steps are being taken to keep deputies and the public safe. Some of these guidelines may be modified as more about COVID-19 is learned. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to call (541) 766-6858. For up-to-date services, you are encouraged to go to our website at www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff
Results from extra traffic patrols from Feb. 2020.
Upcoming extra traffic patrols in spring/summer 2020.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of February 2020. During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in January 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 9 for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), issued citations or arrested 36 for Driving While Suspended, issued 82 citations for speeding, and about 61 other citations for various violations. Deputies responded to 20 traffic crashes with 6 involving injuries.
The sheriff’s office will be participating in extra patrols enforcing speed, safety belt, child seat, distracted driving, and DUII laws throughout the grant year which runs through September 30, 2020.
Contact: Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
Passing Of Longtime Volunteeer
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of our long time Amateur Radio & Search & Rescue (SAR) Members, John Stanley. John passed away this morning, March 2, 2020, from a battle with cancer. He had been a valued member of our team since 2001. John was an amateur radio license instructor and active state certified SAR member. John was an integral part of our annual Search & Rescue Academy and instructed numerous amateur radio license classes throughout the years. John was a great asset to Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Mary’s Peak Search & Rescue and Benton County Sheriff’s Office. John’s skills and passion to help and willingness to serve will be missed greatly. Please keep John’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.
Services for John will be this Friday 3/6 at Northwest Community Church on Walnut Blvd. There will be a viewing from 1-2 PM and services at 2 PM with a reception to follow.
Linn-Benton Alert Emergency Notification System Test
Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on March 7, 2020, at 2:00 pm. The test will cover all of Benton County. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices with the system will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.
The Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications for Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.
If you haven not signed up for Linn-Benton Alerts, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to do so, to receive any emergency related notifications pertinent to your location.
If you would like to sign up for the Linn-Benton Alert System, please visit our website at https://co.benton.or.us/preparedness/page/emergency-alert
Washington Man Arrested In Corvallis For Luring A Child Online, Offering To Take Her Home To Vancouver
On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Lee Baldie, 33 years old, of Vancouver, Washington, at the conclusion of a two and a half week undercover chat operation initiated by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
In January, an undercover Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy, posing as a minor child, responded to an online ad which was seeking “younger girls”. During the course of the conversation that followed, Baldie offered to drive to Corvallis to meet with the child, then drive the child back to Vancouver for sex. Baldie was arrested as he arrived in Corvallis on Friday night to pick up the child. Baldie was later lodged in the Benton County Jail for Luring a Minor, Online Sexual Corruption of a Child I, and Attempted Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct.
Following the arrest of Baldie, the Vancouver Police Department (WA), executed a search warrant at Baldie’s residence. During the service of the search warrant, the wife of Daniel Lee Baldie was interviewed as a possible co-conspirator in the crime of Attempt Rape of a Child in the 2nd degree. Several electronic devices were seized for computer forensic examination and the couple’s three children were taken into protective custody.
Vancouver Police Department detectives will work with the Benton County (OR) District Attorney’s Office, the Clark County (WA) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon on the criminal charging of either subject regarding Washington State RCW and federal criminal violations.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to report any suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at http://CyberTipline.org or 1-800-843-5678. NCMEC continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Vancouver Police Department and the FBI who assisted in this investigation.