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.

Extra Patrol

Results from extra traffic patrols from October 2020
Upcoming Seatbelt and Child Safety Restraint enforcement blitz November 16-29, 2020

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of October 2020.  During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in October 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 7 for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), issued citations or arrested 40 for Driving While Suspended, issued 60 citations for speeding and 69 other citations for various violations.  Deputies responded to 17 traffic crashes with 11 involving injuries, and two fatal traffic crashes. 

Remember to wear your safety belt properly, stay off your cell phone while driving, and drive within the speed limit.  Our deputies can attest from crashes they have investigated, and national studies that those things can help reduce the amount of crashes, and limit the injuries sustained in crashes on our roadways.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be working extra patrols through grant funding in November and December 2020.  Deputies will be specifically targeting seatbelt and child safety seat usage between November 16 – 29, 2020.  Enjoy the upcoming holidays, and please drive safely.

Contact:  Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
   E-mail:  toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Linn Benton Alert

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 Saturday October 31st 2020, at 2pm. The test will cover all of Benton County traditional land phone lines in our 911 database. Residents who have registered other devices with the system, will also receive the test message.

We would like to ask recipients of the alert to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

The Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents for emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events.

If you haven't signed up for Linn-Benton Alerts, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to do so. This will allow you to receive all Benton County emergency related notifications pertinent to your location. You choose how and where to receive alerts, including your cell, home, and/or work phone, by email, text messages, or TTY (hearing impaired devices) and more.

For more information on our emergency notification system, or to sign up, please visit our website at https://www.co.benton.or.us/preparedness/page/emergency-alert

extra Patrol

Results from extra traffic patrols from September 2020.
Upcoming extra traffic patrols targeting DUII’s and Safety Belt Violations in October 2020.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of September 2020.  During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in September 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 4 for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), issued citations or arrested 44 for Driving While Suspended, issued 63 citations for speeding, 26 for driving uninsured (which is more than any month this year so far), and 33 other citations for various violations.  Deputies responded to 21 traffic crashes with 14 involving injuries. 

Remember to wear your safety belt properly, stay off your cell phone while driving, and drive within the speed limit.  Our deputies can attest from crashes they have investigated, and national studies that those things can help reduce the amount of crashes, and limit the injuries sustained in crashes on our roadways.

The sheriff’s office will be participating in extra patrols enforcing speed, safety belt, child seat, distracted driving, and DUII laws through the end of 2020.  Enjoy the upcoming holidays, and please drive safely.

Contact:          Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
E-mail:             toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Drug Bust

Search Warrant Served

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, detectives with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, and Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (LINE) served a search warrant on the 39700 block Lacomb Drive near Lebanon, after the property was secured by the Linn County Regional SWAT Team.

A number of individuals were located and detained, including a male identified as James “Pee Wee” Brown (43), who fled SWAT and was hiding in the woods behind the residence. A stolen Ford pickup (the key to which was recovered from James Brown’s pocket), numerous firearms, small amounts of Methamphetamine, and assorted drug paraphernalia were located and seized. Brown was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; Possession of a Stolen Vehicle; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Felony; and Unlawful Possession of Heroin – Misdemeanor.

Two other subjects, Holly Elizabeth Perez (39) and Jeffrey Crum (52), were both arrested on unrelated warrants.

The original subject of the investigation, Steven Grimm (50), was not present during execution of the search warrant. Grimm was located a few days later with his six-year-old son. Steven Grimm was found to be in possession of more than a half-pound of Methamphetamine, cash, and digital scales. Steven Grimm was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail where he was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine; Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine – Felony; Felon in Possession of a Firearm (X6); Child Neglect I; Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – Drugs; and Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used. His son was taken into protective custody by Oregon’s Department of Human Services.

This investigation received assistance from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Extra Patrol

Results from extra traffic patrols and future traffic patrols targeting DUII’s and Safety Belt Violations in August/September 2020.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of July 2020.  During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in July 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests: two for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), 30 for Driving While Suspended, 103 citations for speeding, and 54 other citations for various violations. 

Deputies responded to 20 traffic crashes with five involving injuries, and one fatal traffic crash; alcohol/drugs were not a factor.

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.  Specifically, there will be extra DUII saturation patrols looking for intoxicated drivers between August 16 and September 3, 2020.  There will also be safety belt and child seat enforcement patrols from August 24 through September 6, 2020.

Contact:          Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
E-mail:             toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Extra Patrol

Results from extra traffic patrols from June 2020.
Upcoming extra traffic patrols in summer 2020.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of June 2020.  During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in June 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 8 for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), issued citations or arrested 35 for Driving While Suspended, issued 82 citations for speeding, and 36 other citations for various violations.  Deputies responded to 17 traffic crashes with 5 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.  Specifically there will be heightened patrols on and surrounding Fourth of July weekend.  Deputies will be out day and night searching for intoxicated drivers, those who chose to speed, not wear safety belts, talk on cell phones while driving, and practice dangerous driving behaviors.

Contact:  Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
E-mail:     toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Llewellyn Rd

South Corvallis Traffic Fatality

On July 6, 2020, at 2:13 pm, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash, south of Corvallis.

Ashley Kropf, 23, of Halsey, Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kropf was delivering mail for the US Postal Service on Llewellyn Rd, one mile west of Highway 99W, when for unknown reasons, left the road and rolled her 1990 Nissan passenger-vehicle.

There is no indication of alcohol or drugs as being a factor in the crash.

Llewellyn Road was closed for approximately five hours while the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Crash Team investigated.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Deputy Horn at 541-766-6858 or email brian.horn@co.benton.or.us.

Nakhai Roberts Photo

 * UPDATE - JUVENILE LOCATED *  AT-RISK JUVENILE RUNAWAY

With assistance from Lane County agencies BCSO Detectives tracked down 12-year-old runaway, Nakhai Roberts, to a home on the 85000 block of Territorial Hwy in Eugene, near Hadleyville.

Lane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies located Nakhai at 3:45 am Friday morning and transported him to the Lane County Juvenile Justice Center in Eugene.

At this time, it is not known how Nahkai reached his destination in Lane County.

BCSO would like to thank Lane County residents, Juvenile Department, Sheriff’s Office, Department of Human Services and Eugene PD for their assistance with the recovery of Nakhai Roberts. He will continue to receive the resources he needs for his future.
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Today, June 16, 2020, The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to assist in locating 12-year-old runaway, Nikhai Roberts.

Roberts was last seen wearing dark blue and purple camo pants with a matching short sleeve shirt. The shirt has a picture of a shark’s mouth. Roberts is 5’3”, 124 lbs, fair-skinned with black hair, has a small faded tattoo on his left hand, and a scar on his upper lip.

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, at about 12:20am, Benton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of a runaway juvenile from a children’s care facility on the 4500 block of NE Highway 20, Corvallis, Oregon.

Staff of the care facility reported Nakhai T. Roberts, 12, and a 16-year-old male, were combative with staff earlier in the day. They later climbed a fence and would not comply with returning to the facility. It was reported the two juveniles were seen headed eastbound, toward Albany, on Hwy 20. Deputies searched the area where the boys were last seen, but were unable to locate them.

On Saturday, June 13, Eugene Police located the 16-year-old and booked him on an Oregon Youth Authority warrant.

Roberts is originally from Eugene; he was traveling with the 16-year-old, so there is reason to believe he may be in Lane County at this time.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 766-6858.

Crash

Highway 20 Multiple-Vehicle Crash

On June 9, 2020, at 12:09 pm, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on, multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 20 at milepost 46, west of Philomath.

Two occupants were ejected from vehicles and eight patients were transported to local area hospitals. Persons involved have not been identified at this time.

There is no indication of alcohol or drugs as being a factor in the crash.

Both lanes of travel on Highway 20 will be closed for at least two hours while the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Crash Team investigates the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact BCSO Sgt. David Iverson at 541-766-6858 or email david.iverson@co.benton.or.us.

Results from extra traffic patrols from May 2020.

Upcoming extra traffic patrols in summer 2020.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office worked extra patrols throughout the month of May 2020.  During regular patrols and extra patrols (funded by grants) in May 2020, the sheriff’s office had the following activity levels measured in citations and arrests.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 6 for DUII (Alcohol, drug, and/or inhalant), issued citations or arrested 28 for Driving While Suspended, issued 145 citations for speeding, and 56 other citations for various violations.  Deputies responded to 12 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.  Specifically there will be heightened patrols on and surrounding Fourth of July weekend.  Deputies will be out day and night searching for intoxicated drivers, those who chose to speed, not wear safety belts, talk on cell phones while driving, and practice dangerous driving behaviors.

Contact:  Lieutenant Toby Bottorff (Phone #: 541-766-6099)
E-mail:    toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us