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Life lessons from the sheriff’s log

Written September 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you want to be reminded of simple rules for staying out of trouble, just take a casual glance at the summarized activity log of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Wise up and avoid trouble

Written January 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It does not take much to stay out of the summary of service calls by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The main thing is to break no laws, especially against impaired driving, and keep your sheep fenced in and your cars locked against thieves. That much is obvious. But beyond that, how about wising up, or at least […]

Thefts in Adair: Better lock up

Written August 2nd, 2013 by

If they aren’t already doing so, people living in Adair Village will want to start locking their doors, especially their car doors. On Aug. 1 the Benton County sheriff got reports of what, in terms of the quiet little village of about 900 residents west of Albany in northern Benton County, amounted to a veritable […]

Report: Cougar follows Benton hikers

Written July 29th, 2013 by

If you meet a cougar in the woods, don’t run. “Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack,” the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife warns. Instead, look at the animal, raise your arms and tell it to go away in a firm voice. Easier said than done, probably, when […]

It’s legal, but is it smart?

Written May 3rd, 2013 by

Now and then the activity log of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office contains an item that makes you wonder what your fellow citizens are thinking. I ran across an item like that when I reviewed the log for the last week or two. The incident happened on April 27, a Saturday, just before 3 in […]

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