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.
Murder Indictment for William Hargrove
On July 10, 2018, a Benton County Grand Jury indicted William Hargrove, 28, of Corvallis, on Murder, Identity Theft, and two counts of Theft II.
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hargrove on April 19, 2017, just two days into investigating a murder that occurred in a remote location outside the community of Alsea, Oregon on April 17, 2017.
The deceased victim, Anna Repkina, was born on September 24, 1989, in Russia, and had no known relatives in the United States. She was admitted through the Los Angeles International Airport, with a valid passport issued by the government of Russia. Anna arrived in Corvallis just one month prior to her death.
Hargrove remains lodged in the Benton County Jail; his trial is expected to take place next year.
This investigation has required a coordinated effort from a multitude of criminal justice agencies, to include Benton County District Attorney's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Philomath Police Department, Oregon State Police, Albany Police Department, FBI and the Oregon Department of Justice.
Critical Injury Traffic Crash on Highway 99 Near Monroe
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about one mile south of Monroe. The crash resulted in critical injuries to a Monroe man and serious injuries to an adult female.
At about 4:48 pm, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, an adult female was driving southbound on Highway 99W, less than a mile south of West Ingram Island Road, in a 2008 Toyota Prius. According to witnesses, she attempted to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with a northbound 2001 Oldsmobile Minivan, driven by Eugene Francis Bilson,a 78-year-old male from Monroe, Oregon. He was incorrectly identified as Jack Lee Carnahan in an earlier press release by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. BCSO apologizes for the error.
The Prius came to rest facing north in the southbound lane. The minivan came to rest partly in the ditch facing west in the northbound lane.
Medics from the Monroe Fire Department extricated both drivers. The female was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. Eugene Bilson was transported to GSH by REACH Air Ambulance with critical injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team processed the crash scene.
The female driver has been identified as Lis Adriana Sorrell, a 55-year-old female from Eugene, Oregon. She was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The highway was closed for about three and a half hours.
Arrest Made Following Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Laurie Ramsey, 41, of Philomath, in connection with a fatal single vehicle collision that occurred on June 24, 2018. Ramsey was booked into the Benton County Jail and released on bail.
The crash took place on Mary’s River Estates Road near Philomath, which resulted in serious injuries to Laurie Ramsey and her eight-year-old daughter. Her five-year-old daughter was killed in the crash.
This case remains under investigation. Please contact Detective Eric Glass at 541-766-6858 if you have information related to the incident.
Laurie Ramsey was charged with the following crimes:
- Manslaughter in the First Degree
- Manslaughter in the Second Degree
- Assault in the Second Degree
- Assault in the Third Degree
- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants