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Benton County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Weekend Traffic Results

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Over Memorial weekend, from May 24 through May 27, 2024, Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies performed a total of 133 traffic stops. Among these stops, five arrests were made for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and 53 traffic citations were issued. Additionally, 34 speed citations were given to drivers reaching speeds as high as 93, 94, 96, and 114 near Blodgett on Highway 20.

“I want to take this opportunity again to thank the Benton County community for their continued assistance and ongoing partnership as it relates to this topic,” stated Sheriff Van Arsdall. “You are the eyes and ears in the community and a vital asset to the continued education and enforcement of these laws. I also want to thank the Benton County Deputy Sheriffs who make community safety a priority every day.”

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is marked by an increase in drunk driving, and too many lives are lost on roadways every year because of it. Drunk driving is a choice that no one should make, and the crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are the result of these actions are one hundred percent preventable. BCSO encourages drivers to continue reporting erratic behavior such as passing in no-passing zones, following too closely, excessive speeds, or if a vehicle is failing to maintain its lane, have your passenger call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are traveling alone, first find a safe place to pull over before calling. Report the location, direction of travel, license plate, and description of the vehicle. Calling 9-1-1 is time sensitive; please do not wait to report unsafe driving. Your prompt action can help prevent a crash and keep our roads safe.

Benton County Emergency Management Programs Collaborate on Wildfire Evacuation Drill

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The City of Corvallis and Benton County Emergency Management (BCEM) programs are pleased to announce their collaboration on a wildfire evacuation drill for Benton County on Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The County’s Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) is the Kalapuya Building on SW Research Way, Corvallis. The City’s TEP will be the Northwest Hills Community Church on Walnut in Corvallis. The drills will involve Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to ensure a coordinated and effective response.

The drill will serve as a valuable opportunity for residents and emergency responders to practice wildfire evacuation procedures and test communication systems. It is part of ongoing efforts to enhance emergency preparedness in Benton County. “We are excited to partner with the City of Corvallis on this important drill,” said BCEM Manager Bryan Lee. “By working together, we can better prepare our community for emergencies and ensure that everyone is safe and informed.”

Residents can sign up for emergency evacuation route notifications with the Linn-Benton ALERT system at https://sheriff.bentoncountyor.gov/linn-benton-alert/. After signing up for the alerts you will receive all emergency-related notifications related to your location.

Participating households have been provided detailed information about the exercise. Community members may notice additional traffic in the area as the evacuation drill gets underway. Unless there is an emergency, neighbors are advised to not call 9-1-1.

Please contact the Benton County Call Center at 541-766-6200 with questions about the drill. For more information about the wildfire evacuation drill and how you can participate, please contact Benton County Emergency Management at emergencymanagement@bentoncountyor.gov or call 541-766-6864.

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Double Fatality Crash on Highway 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Saturday, May 11, 2024, at approximately 11:02 a.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to a two-vehicle double fatality crash on Highway 20, approximately four miles west of Blodgett, Oregon.

Investigators determined 46-year-old Jessmyn Rae Allen, of Umatilla, was westbound on Highway 20 in a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek when she crossed the center line and collided with 52-year-old Elizabeth Lillian O’Neill, of Tidewater, traveling eastbound in a 2020 Ford Fusion. 

O’Neill was pronounced deceased at the scene as well as a passenger of the Subaru, 23-year-old Isaiah Aguilar, of Umatilla.

Allen was transported by helicopter to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with life-threatening injuries. Four other patients were transported by ambulance to the same hospital.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately four hours while investigators processed the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the BCSO Crash Team. If you have any additional information or witnessed the crash, please contact Deputy Ball at 541-766-6858, or by email at daniel.ball@bentoncountyor.gov. 

BCSO would like to thank the Philomath Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Philomath Fire Department, Blodgett Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, and the Corvallis Police Department for their assistance with this incident.
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Arrest Made in Fatal Hit and Run

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On April 26, 2024, at about 1:45 pm, detectives from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) made contact with the suspect of a recent hit and run on Highway 20 near Hyak Park that killed pedestrian Deborah Rosemary Haikkila, of Albany.

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Sheriff’s Office Hosts Drug Take Back Event 

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This event allows the public to safely dispose of expired or unused medications.

This is a one-day, drive-thru event at 4500 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Those interested in dropping off at this location are asked to enter the parking lot off Research Way and follow the signs and directions of the volunteers.

Some items are not allowed at the event. For safety reasons, these include thermometers, intra-venous solutions, needles, EpiPens®, or medical waste of any kind. Illegal drugs are also not accepted. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or veterinary clinics. A complete list of restricted items is posted on the Sheriff’s Office website at 2024 Drug Take Back Event – Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon (bentoncountyor.gov)

This event is offered as a public safety service to help keep prescription drugs out of the hands of kids or others who might abuse them. Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, especially with teens and young adults.

Additionally, improperly disposing of medications, by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can lead to contamination of our drinking water. While most drugs can be treated at wastewater treatment plants, some cannot.

Community partners Covanta and Oregon State University are helping support this event, sanctioned by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of its National Take-Back Initiative. The Sheriff’s Office is able to offer this service due to the volunteer support of their Reserve Deputies, Auxiliary Team, CERT, and Search and Rescue volunteers. For more information, visit 2024 Drug Take Back Event – Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon (bentoncountyor.gov).

Scheduled Test of the Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on Saturday, March 9th, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.

The test will cover all of Benton County. All traditional land phone lines in the 9-1-1 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices with Linn-Benton ALERT will also receive the test 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 of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. 

There will be no reason to call the Sheriff’s Office once you receive the message; please do not dial 9-1-1.

Residents can sign up for the Linn-Benton ALERT system as well as learn about emergency preparedness at https://sheriff.bentoncountyor.gov/linn-benton-alert/. As a reminder, each person in the household hoping to receive alerts will need their own profile/account. After signing up for the alerts you will receive all emergency-related notifications related to your location. 

For questions on the mass notification system, email emergencymanagement@bentoncountyor.gov or call 541-766-6864.

Fatal Crash at 53rd St in Corvallis Results in Temporary Road Closure

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Monday, March 4, 2024, a tragic single-vehicle crash resulted in the death of Brandon Nicolas Meyer, 21, of Corvallis. Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to the scene on 53rd Street at the railroad trestle where Meyer’s vehicle caught fire after striking the trestle. Meyer was pronounced deceased at the scene.


In light of the significant damage to the railroad trestle caused by the crash, the area will remain closed until engineers with the railroad can survey the scene on Wednesday, March 6. A specific time for the reopening of the area will be announced by BCSO following the survey. In the meantime, residents are advised to use West Hills or Reservoir as alternate routes.
The Benton County Crash Team received assistance from the Corvallis Fire Department and Corvallis Police Department at the scene.


Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Brandon Meyer during this difficult time. Any further updates on the situation will be provided by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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