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Investigation Leads To Arrest Following a DUII Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on March 3 - 03/27/17

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on March 3 on Bellfountain Road, about ?3/4 of a mile south of the intersection of Chapel Drive, about one mile south of Philomath.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Deputies arrested Alexis Marie Weis, 30, from Albany, Oregon, following her recovery from the injuries she received in the collision. She was lodged at the Benton County Jail on the following charges: Manslaughter II, Assault II, Assault III, Animal Abuse I, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (alcohol and controlled substances), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering (x3).

CRASH INFORMATION REPORTED EARLIER:
At about 5:43 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017, Alexis Marie Weis, 30, from Albany, Oregon, was traveling south on Bellfountain Road in a 1997 green Honda Civic. She crossed the center lane for unknown reasons and collided head on with a northbound white 1999 Honda Accord driven by Frederick Riggs, 34, Eugene, Oregon. Both vehicles came to rest on Bellfountain Road and were heavily damaged.

Cynthia Harrod Riggs, 52, from Eugene, Oregon was a passenger in the Honda Accord. Dustin Ware, 35, from Waldport, Oregon, was a passenger in the Honda Civic. All four people involved were extricated from the vehicles by the Philomath Fire Department and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the Corvallis Fire Department. Dustin Ware was pronounced deceased at Good Samaritan Hospital. A dog in the Honda Accord was deceased in the vehicle as a result from injuries from the crash.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team was activated and investigated the scene. Firefighters and EMT's from the Corvallis & Philomath Fire Departments assisted on scene. The roadway was closed for about four hours.

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information or knew of the whereabouts of Alexis Weis or Dustin Ware on March 3, 2017, to please contact Deputy Aaron Gevatosky at 541-766-6858.

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Saturation Patrol Results for Saint Patrick's Day (Photo) - 03/23/17

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants patrol March 16-19, 2017, for Saint Patrick's Day.

During saturation patrol dates, deputies stopped drivers for 122 traffic violations, while working regular patrol and extra patrol.

Deputies arrested two persons for DUII alcohol and one for DUII drugs, two arrests for reckless driving, three arrests for the possession of controlled substances (methamphetamine or other illegal drugs), one arrest for failing to carry and present a drivers license, and there were 13 arrest warrants served (three felony, 10 misdemeanor).

A total of 43 traffic citations were issued for violations including some of the following: speeding, no insurance, and driving while suspended/revoked.

One traffic crash was reported, which involved injuries and occurred at night.

BCSO's next DUII patrol is scheduled for April 20, 2017, to coincide with the Marijuana User's Holiday.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx or https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf

Attached Media Files: Mar_23_PR.pdf , st_patricks.jpg
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Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse Arrest (Photo) - 03/21/17

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, along with the assistance of the Corvallis Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 700 block of SW 7th Street in Corvallis. The search warrant was part of a multi-agency investigation into the illegal distribution of child pornography over the Internet. Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized.

Following the service of the search warrant, Pin-Han Tsai, 23, of Corvallis, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. Any persons with information related to this investigation are asked to contact Detective Christopher Dale at 541-766-6858.

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Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair (Photo) - 03/17/17

NEWS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017
Contact: Sergeant Toby Bottorff, Benton County Sheriff's Office
541-766-6099, toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants patrol March 10-12, 2017, for the Hemp and Cannabis Fair, held at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

During saturation patrol dates, deputies stopped drivers for 104 traffic violations, while working regular and extra patrol.

Deputies arrested one person for DUII alcohol and none for DUII drugs. There were 11 arrest warrants served (six felony, five misdemeanor), as well as one arrest for reckless driving, and three for failing to carry and present a drivers license.

A total of 32 traffic citations were issued for violations including the following: speeding, no insurance, driving while suspended/revoked. No crashes were reported to BCSO during those dates.

BCSO's next DUII patrol is scheduled for March 16-19, 2017, to coincide with Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx or https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf

Attached Media Files: Mar_17_PR.pdf , st_patricks.jpg
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Sheriff's Office Results for Recent Events (Photo) - 03/03/17

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office recently participated in Seat Belt Saturation Patrol as well as Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants Patrol to coincide with the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival.

During the seat belt event from February 6-19, 2017, deputies worked regular and extra patrol, issuing 112 traffic citations. Deputies issued 11 citations for driving while suspended, 59 for speeding, and 10 were arrested for DUII.

The office participated next in an extra DUII enforcement during the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, from February 23-26, 2017. Patrol statistics are taken from all stops by Benton County deputies across the county.

There were a total of 21 traffic citations issued for violations including the following: speeding, no insurance, driving with suspended/revoked license. Deputies investigated four non-injury traffic crashes, and one injury crash.

Deputies worked regular patrol and extra patrol, stopping 103 drivers for traffic violations over the four days.

In total, there were four drivers arrested for DUII (three alcohol, one drugs), one for reckless driving, two for failing to carry and present a driver's license, one for possessing controlled substances (methamphetamine etc.), and there were 13 arrest warrants served (six felony, seven misdemeanor).

The next Benton County Sheriff's Office DUII patrol is scheduled for March 10-12, 2017, which will coincide with the Hemp and Cannabis Fair (Marijuana) being held at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf or http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx

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Linn-Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Test - 03/03/17

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Services Division, would like to announce a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system on March 11th 2017 at 2PM. 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 to 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't 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://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/emergency-alert