Linn County Jail Still Hiring

ALBANY, Ore. — It has been five months since voters in Linn County renewed a law enforcement levy, but it is still taking some time before they will see changes. A huge portion of the approximate $100 million levy is going to the jail. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says it will be able to … Continue reading »

Benton County Jail Tours Start Saturday

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  The Benton County Sheriff is hosting an open house at the jail in Corvallis on Saturday for the public to tour the facility. Sheriff Scott Jackson says he hopes to have a bond measure option on November’s ballot, which would pay for a new jail. He says the current Benton County jail was … Continue reading »

Benton County Jail Concerns

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Benton County Jail has been operating since 1976 to house inmates, but it was only supposed to last ten years. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says the building is cramped, falling apart, and it is hoping to get a bond measure on a future ballot to replace the jail. “With a county … Continue reading »

Corvallis Man Arrested Twice in One Day

Corvallis, Ore.  — A Corvallis man found himself back in jail on Saturday for the second time, after he had been released on other charges. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Shane Stearns early Saturday for numerous charges, including Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, and the Attempted Assault of … Continue reading »

Man Sentenced for Threatening Facility

EUGENE, Ore. — A man who made threats toward an adult care facility last year will serve almost three and a half years in jail. Scott Gorman, 47, pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm Friday afternoon in federal court. Prosecutors say when the convicted felon was arrested last January, police found firearms … Continue reading »

Inmate Treatment Costs County

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County will soon pay a hefty price for how it allegedly treated a former inmate. A nearly five-year-old lawsuit came to an end Tuesday. Lane County commissioners voted to approve a $500,000 settlement in the case of Mark Kemp. Kemp was arrested back in 2008. He was mentally ill at the … Continue reading »

Jail Bed Capacity to Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Voters approved it, and now the Lane County Sheriff’s Office is making it a reality. More beds are about to be available at the jail. The jail now has the funding for this expansion since voters approved the public safety levy back in May. On July 1, the jail will open an … Continue reading »

Second Chance After Serving Time

EUGENE, Ore. — Early releases from the Lane County Jail are frustrating residents. Even more upsetting is when a former inmate is re-arrested. But a local organization is working to keep those numbers down. Let go early due to budget cuts, for many released from the Lane County Jail or prison, they have no place … Continue reading »