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LCSO Case #22-5455 -- Death Investigation - 09/29/22

*UPDATE* 09/29/22

36 year old David Roy Keefaver of Junction City has been identified as the victim in this case. While the exact series of events leading up to Keefaver’s death are still not entirely clear, investigators have not uncovered any evidence to indicate that his death was the result of a criminal act.  Investigators do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the public.   

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This morning at approximately 4:32am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call of suspicious circumstances at a residence in the 30300blk of Lassen Ln. north of Eugene. An area resident called 911 to report that an adult male was throwing himself against the caller’s door.  As deputies responded the caller advised that the male had laid down on the porch and lost consciousness.

Deputies arrived on scene to find the male to be injured and not breathing.  The deputies attempted to perform life-saving measures including CPR.  Medics additionally responded to assist but the male did not survive.  His identity is being withheld at this time.  He is believed to be a resident of another location on Lassen Ln.

Detectives are actively working to determine the circumstances surrounding the male’s death.  His death is being investigated as suspicious at this time.

Additional details will be released as they become available.     

LCSO Case #22-5379 - Fatal Traffic Crash - 09/26/22

On September 24, 2022 at approximately 1:27pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Camp Creek Rd. near milepost 2.  Milepost 2 is in the general area of the Easy Ln. intersection. 

Deputies responded and learned that a black Toyota Tacoma driven by 26 year old Austin McKee of Springfield had been driving westbound on Camp Creek Rd. when it crossed over into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason and struck an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup head-on. McKee was transported by paramedics to an area hospital in critical condition. 

The driver of the Silverado, 70 year old Larry Sidwell of Springfield, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The reason that McKee crossed in the oncoming lane remains under investigation.  Evidence of drug use was located at the scene. 

McKee died at the hospital over the weekend as a result of his injuries. 

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Deputies serve search warrant on large illegal marijuana manufacturing operation near Junction City (Photo) - 09/20/22

LCSO Case #22-4888 - Search Warrant Served on Illegal Marijuana Operation south of Junction City

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office recently received a tip regarding a large-scale illegal marijuana grow operation south of Junction City.  Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies were granted a warrant to search the involved property in the 30000blk of Maple Ln. 

Authorities executed the warrant on 09/15/22 and seized approximately 8,000 illegal marijuana plants, 4,822 pounds of dried marijuana, processed concentrated marijuana products known as ‘BHO’ or ‘Butane Honey Oil’, nearly $50,000 in cash and $32,000 in silver.  Authorities also seized a luxury vehicle that was believed to have been purchased using funds from the illegal operation.   

This illegal operation was located directly adjacent to the Willamette River. Included in the operation were numerous unpermitted structures, a swimming pool, and two separate unpermitted wells, all within the flood plain,  which can have negative impacts on the environment when water levels rise. 

A typical marijuana plant uses approximately 1.5 gallons of water per day. A marijuana grow of this size could  be illegally consuming approximately 12,000 gallons of water each day or 1,080,000 gallons over a 90-day period.    

The extent of the environmental impact from this illegal operation remains under investigation by Lane County Code Compliance officials and the Oregon State Watermaster’s Office, who were present during the execution of the search warrant. 

50 year old Kevin John O’Donnell was issued citations in lieu of custody for Unlawful Manufacturing of Cannabinoid / Marijuana Items, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

This investigation was conducted by personnel funded through a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.  In 2018 and again in 2022, the Oregon State Legislature made funds available to local law enforcement agencies for the specific purpose of investigating these large-scale illegal marijuana manufacturing operations, including the health and safety impacts on the community.  These include unsafe, unregulated working conditions, water stolen from the community, trash dumped on public lands, and dangerous chemicals used improperly. Butane Hash Oil (BHO) labs use volatile chemicals that create a significant explosion and fire hazard to anyone in the vicinity. Dangerous wiring and overloaded electrical systems also pose a significant fire risk..

Without this funding, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office would not have the resources needed to investigate and stop these operations, including the resulting serious impact on our environment and communities. 

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Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Changes: 09/15/22 (Photo) - 09/15/22

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with the fire teams.  At this time we are able to reduce the following areas to Level 1 (BE READY):

  1. High Prairie area, including all of High Prairie Road, Brock Road, Bar BL Ranch Road, Nubian Way, Mountain View Road, and Huckleberry Lane 
  2. Westfir-Oakridge Road from Westfir city limits to Roberts Road
  3. McFarland Road
  4. Oakridge north of Laurel Butte Road

This means that all zones in and around the Cities of Westfir, Oakridge, and High Prairie have been reduced to Level 1 (Be Ready).  Many forest and road closures are still in effect. 

Authorities would like to remind the public that fire crews are still operating heavily in the area.  Please steer clear of fire traffic and other heavy equipment that may be in the area. Residents are asked to drive safely, and obey all road closures and traffic safety laws. 

An updated map of the evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

Residents should be reminded that although evacuation levels are able to be reduced again today, it is possible that conditions could change at a moment’s notice.  Please stay informed of the latest information available.   

Level 1 (Be Ready) means that you should be aware of danger in your area.  Monitor emergency services websites and local news for information.  This is the time for preparation and the precautionary movement of people with special needs, mobile property and pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact via an emergency notification system. 

Please refer to www.tripcheck.com for the latest information on highway closures.   

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged.  Residents should also make sure that they have adequate fuel to evacuate should conditions change.

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

 

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22-5172 -- Armed subject shoots arrows at people and property in mobile-home park (Photo) - 09/14/22

On 09/13/22 at approximately 11:28pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a disorderly person armed with a bow and arrows at a mobile home park in the 82000blk of Davisson Rd. south of Creswell.  The caller further stated that the male had put on an army helmet at one point. 

The Sheriff’s Office received additional calls from other residents stating that the male was on the roof of a residence, shooting arrows at people.  One caller reported that the male yelled that he was going to shoot the property manager. The involved male was identified as 29 year old Jose Deleon.   

Deputies arrived on scene and observed Deleon on the roof, now appearing to be unarmed.  He refused to communicate with deputies.  At one point, he jumped down onto the ground and ran from deputies.  He ran for several hundred feet before jumping into a blackberry thicket and eventually giving up.  Deleon was taken into custody at which time deputies discovered that he had also been wearing ballistic body armor during the incident.

Deputies located arrows scattered throughout the park consistent with having been recently shot from Deleon.  At least one arrow was found stuck into the side of another residence. 

Deleon was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including:  Menacing, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Assault in the 4th Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the 1st Degree, Attempted Escape in the 3rd Degree, and Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree. 

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Westfir and west Oakridge downgraded to Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation notice; some Level 2 (Be Set) remains - 09/13/22

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with the fire teams. At this time we are able to reduce the following areas to Level 1 (Be Ready):

  1. The City of Westfir
  2. Oakridge between Laurel Butte and the Middle Fork Willamette River west of Fish Hatchery Road

 

Other areas that were reduced to Level 2 (Be Set) yesterday, remain at Level 2 (Be Set), including High Prairie, the Hills Creek Reservoir area and east Oakridge. Many forest and road closures are still in effect.

 

Fire crews are still operating heavily in the area. Residents are asked to be aware of increased fire related traffic, drive safely, and obey all road closures and traffic safety laws. 

 

An updated map of the evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

While every effort is being made to protect the communities of Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie, it is possible that conditions may require moving back to a Level 2 (Be Set) or a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice in some or all of these areas and that can happen at any time. 

 

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LCSO Case #22-5153 -- Armed Barricaded Subject / Death Investigation - 09/13/22

On 09/12/22 at 3:52pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a male assaulting a female at a residence on S. Ash St. near S. 2nd St. just south of Springfield.  The 911 caller stated that his step-father was assaulting his mother at the residence. 

Deputies arrived on scene and entered the residence.  They evacuated 7 children, ages ranging from 1 – 11 years old, from within residence. A daycare business is operated at the residence. 

Deputies quickly learned that the involved male had barricaded himself with an adult female hostage in the basement. 

At 4:19pm, deputies heard the male state that he had a firearm and that he was going to kill her. 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene.  The Crisis Negotiation Team consists of trained crisis negotiators from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department, and Junction City Police Department.  The Springfield Police Department SWAT team additionally responded, as did negotiators from the Oregon State Police. 

Tactical teams positioned themselves to contain the scene and crisis negotiators were able to make contact with the suspect both by telephone and verbally.  Negotiations continued for several hours.

At 9:31pm, deputies announced via the radio that shots had been fired and that the involved male was down.  Deputies began administering first aid to the male and rushed the female out of the residence and into the hands of awaiting paramedics.  Paramedics from Eugene/Springfield Fire had been staged a short distance away since early in the incident.  Medics quickly transported the female to a nearby hospital. Preliminary reports are that the female had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her abdomen.

Deputies attempted to administer life-saving measures to the involved male, however he did not survive and the male was pronounced deceased. 

Two Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies advised that they had fired shots from their department issued firearms during the incident. No deputies were physically injured during the incident.  The deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol in deadly force incidents.  

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) responded and is investigating the incident.  This team is comprised of investigators from numerous outside agencies including the Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police.  The IDFIT investigation is overseen by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. As per IDFIT protocols, any additional information regarding this investigation will be released by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. 

Investigators are expected to be on scene for the next several hours.  There is no on-going threat to the public at this time.

LCSO Case #22-5112 -- Death Investigation - 09/12/22

On September 11, 2022 at approximately 8:18am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received information that a raft had overturned in the McKenzie River near Paradise Campground.  Paradise campground is located just upriver from McKenzie Bridge. 

While enroute, deputies learned that one of the three involved rafters was unconscious and CPR had been performed by bystanders and paramedics.  Paramedics advised at 9:14am that the male had died. 

Deputies arrived on scene and began investigating the circumstances of the death.  Initial investigation revealed that the men’s raft capsized and the involved male had gone underwater for some period of time before being pulled to shore by bystanders. All three men had lifejackets in the boat, however none were wearing them at the time of the emergency. 

The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time.  

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Changes:  09/12/22 - 09/12/22

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with the fire teams.  At this time we are able to reduce the following areas to Level 2 (BE SET):

  1. High Prairie area, including all of High Prairie Road, Brock Road, Bar BL Ranch Road, Nubian Way, Mountain View Road, and Huckleberry Lane 
  2. Westfir-Oakridge Road from Westfir city limits to Roberts Road
  3. McFarland Road
  4. Oakridge north of Laurel Butte Road

The City of Westfir, and areas of the City of Oakridge that were reduced to Level 2 (Be Set) yesterday, remain at Level 2 (Be Set).  Many forest and road closures are still in effect.

 

Fire crews are still operating heavily in the area.  Residents are asked to be aware of increased fire related traffic, drive safely, and obey all road closures and traffic safety laws. 

 

An updated map of the evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

While every effort is being made to protect the communities of Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie, it is possible that conditions may require moving back to a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice in some or all of these areas and that can happen at any time. 

We would like to remind the public that Level 2 (BE SET) means that people should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. People who have mobility limitations, specials needs or who are medically fragile are encouraged not to return the Level 2 (Be Set) area. People who lack access to reliable transportation and those with large animals or pets that can be time consuming or difficult to move are also encouraged not to return to the Level 2 (Be Set) area. 

 

Highway 58 currently continues to be closed from milepost 37 on the east side of town to milepost 70 at Crescent Lake as of the time of this writing.  Please refer to www.tripcheck.com for the latest information on highway closures.   

 

Lane County Animal Services will continue to operate the large animal evacuation shelter at the Lane Events Center to provide a safe place to house animals from properties in Level 2 (Be Set) and Level 3 (GO NOW) areas. 

Some areas near Cedar Creek Fire downgraded to a Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation notice; others remain at Level 3 (GO NOW) - 09/11/22

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with the fire teams, is able to reduce the follow areas to Level 2 (Be Set):

  • Oakridge west of Salmon Creek, south of Laurel Butte Road, and north of the Middle Fork Willamette River 
  • The City of Westfir 

 

The following areas remain at a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notification and re-entry is not allowed at this time:

  • High Prairie area, including all of High Prairie Road, Brock Road, Bar BL Ranch Road, Nubian Way, Mountain View Road, and Huckleberry Lane 
  • Westfir-Oakridge Road from Westfir city limits to Roberts Road
  • McFarland Road
  • Oakridge north of Laurel Butte Road, and Oakridge east of Salmon Creek
  • Hills Creek Reservoir area south of Highway 58 and Greenwaters Park

 

An updated map of the evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

While every effort is being made to protect the communities of Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie, it is possible that conditions may require moving back to a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice in some or all of these areas and that can happen at any time. 

 

People who have mobility limitations, specials needs or who are medically fragile are encouraged not to return the Level 2 (Be Set) area. People who lack access to reliable transportation and those with large animals or pets that can be time consuming or difficult to move are also encouraged not to return to the Level 2 (Be Set) area. 

 

Highway 58 will remain closed from milepost 37 on the east side of town to milepost 70 at Crescent Lake. 

 

Lane County Animal Services will continue to operate the large animal evacuation shelter at the Lane Events Center to provide a safe place to house animals from properties in Level 2 (Be Set) and Level 3 (GO NOW) areas. 

 

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Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice to remain in effect - Oakridge/Westfir/High Prairie - 09/10/22

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) means that there is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. DO NOT delay leaving your property to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. Drive carefully, turn on your headlights, and follow any directions from public safety personnel. 

*If you choose to ignore this notice, public safety personnel may not be available to assist you further. Residents who are evacuating should go to the Temporary Evacuation Point at Lane Community College (4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene). The Temporary Evacuation Point is located in Building 16. 

**All evacuees are being asked to fill out a contact form so that Lane County officials are able to better understand the needs of evacuees. The form is available at https://www.cognitoforms.com/LaneCo.../incidentcontactintake

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with the Cedar Creek Fire Incident Management Team and other partners to make safety recommendations as this event continues to unfold.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police will be continuing increased law enforcement patrols in and around the evacuated areas.

A non-emergency call center can be reached at 541-682-3977.

A map of current evacuation levels along with information regarding large and companion animal sheltering is available at: www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - Greater Oakridge / Westfir areas moved to LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) - 09/09/22

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) EVACUATION NOTICE FOR OAKRIDGE, WESTFIR AND HIGH PRAIRIE

 

The Cedar Creek Fire is prompting Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notifications in the Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie areas, both within city limits and in the surrounding unincorporated areas. 

A map of evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek

Level 3 means leave immediately! Do NOT take time to gather things. GO NOW!

 

There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately.  DO NOT delay leaving your property to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.  Drive carefully, turn on your headlights, and follow any directions from public safety personnel.  

Residents are advised to travel west.

If you choose to ignore this notice, public safety personnel may not be available to assist you further.

Those evacuating are encouraged to go to the Temporary Evacuation Point at Lane Community College (4000 E. 30th Avenue, Eugene). The Temporary Evacuation Point is located in Building 16. 

Lane Transit District is providing buses to help people who do not have transportation to evacuate. The buses will be staged at: 

  • Oakridge High School (47997 W 1st St.)
  • First Baptist Church (47606 School St.)

Information about large and companion animal sheltering is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek.

 

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.  The non-emergency Lane County Cedar Creek Fire Information Line is 541-682-3977.

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - Greater Oakridge / Westfir areas moved to LEVEL 2 (BE SET) - 09/09/22

Extremely hazardous fire weather conditions and increased fire activity have prompted another increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

 

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

 

  1. The greater Oakridge, Westfir and High Prairie areas are now at Level 2 (Be Set), both incorporated and rural areas. 

 

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive to evacuate as needed.

 

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged.  Residents should also make sure that they have adequate fuel to evacuate.

 

A map of evacuation areas is available at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek

 

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - 09/09/22

Extremely hazardous fire weather conditions and increased fire activity have prompted another increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • High Prairie area – This is includes all of High Prairie Rd., Brock Rd., Bar BL Ranch Rd., Nubian Way, Mountain View Rd., and Huckleberry Ln. 

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive to evacuate as needed.

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged.  Residents should also make sure that they have adequate fuel to evacuate.

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - 09/09/22

Extremely hazardous fire weather conditions and increased fire activity have prompted another increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • High Prairie area – This is includes all of High Prairie Rd., Brock Rd., Bar BL Ranch Rd., Nubian Way, Mountain View Rd., and Huckleberry Ln. 

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive to evacuate as needed.

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged.  Residents should also make sure that they have adequate fuel to evacuate.

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - 09/08/22

Increased fire activity has prompted another increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect which can be found at www.lanecounty.org, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

LEVEL 1 (BE READY) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Greater Oakridge and Westfir areas.  This includes High Prairie and other rural outlying areas surrounding Oakridge and Westfir.

Level 1 means: Be aware of the danger that exists in the area, monitor emergency services websites and local media for information. This is the time for preparation and the precautionary movement of people with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.  Make sure that you have adequate fuel to evacuate as needed.

Officials are asking residents to keep cell phones and any other devices used to receive emergency alerts charged. 

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

 

LCSO Case #22-4985 -- Death Investigation - 09/08/22

*UPDATE* 09/08/22

76 year old Walter Albert Biddle has been identified as the missing hiker that was found deceased in the area of FS Rd. #19 near milepost 5 yesterday.  Evidence suggests that Biddle drove off of the roadway for an unknown reason and crashed into the North Fork of the Willamette River near Westfir.     

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On September 6, 2022 at approximately 7:15pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of an overdue subject from the Eugene area.  A caller reported that their 75 year old family member had left to run errands and go for a short hike.  The caller believed that he had possibly gone for a hike somewhere east of Cottage Grove. 

Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel including multiple volunteers responded and searched into the night. 

At approximately 8:05am this morning, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Cedar Creek Fire Incident Management Team that a crew had located a vehicle in the water off of FS RD #19 (Aufderheide Hwy.) near milepost 5.  A deceased male was located in the water a short distance from the vehicle.

Deputies arrived and confirmed that the vehicle and deceased person were those from the missing hiker call.  The identity of the involved is not being released at this time pending notifications.

Initial investigation reveals no evidence of foul play.

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LCSO CASE #22-4971 - Missing Adult and Juvenile (Photo) - 09/08/22

*UPDATE* 09/08/22

Kristin and Skye Williams have been located and are now in contact with family.

We would like to thank the Eugene Police Department, Eugene FBI office, and community members that called in tips for their assistance in this case.

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The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the community’s assistance in regards to a missing person from the Florence area. 34 year old Kristin Williams is believed to have left her residence on South Slough Rd on September 3rd or 4th with her 1 ½ year old daughter Skye Williams and has not been seen or heard from since. 

Kristin is described as a white female, 5’5”, heavy build with blonde hair and blue eyes. Skye is described as a black female, 2’9”, 32 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. 

If you have any information regarding Kristin or her daughter, please contact LCSO at 541-682-4150.

Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Level Increases - 09/06/22

Increased fire activity has prompted an increase in evacuation levels for areas around the Cedar Creek Fire. In addition to all previously issued evacuation notices remaining in effect, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation level increases:

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

  • McFarland lakes & Elk Creek Trail areas

Level 3 means leave immediately! Do NOT take time to gather things. GO NOW! There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. 

 

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Mink Lake Basin

Level 2 means: You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice, and this may be the only notice that you receive.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has announced the following evacuation levels and corresponding areas:

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

Previous Level 2 evacuation areas including Johnny Lake, Clover Meadow, Lemish Lake, Many Lakes area, north to the line between Township 19 and 20 (approximately milepost 40.5 on Cascade Lakes Hwy). 

All areas west of the Cascade Lakes Hwy north of FS 4290 (Charlton Lake Road) north to Deschutes Bridge Area. This includes Cultus Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Corral Swamp, and the areas around Lemish and Ketchketch Buttes.

 

LEVEL 2 (BE SET) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Areas west of Cascade Lakes Hwy and south of FS 4290 (Charlton Lake Road) south to the line between Township 21 and 22 (approximately milepost 54 on Cascade Lakes Hwy). 

Areas between the Metolius – Windigo Trail / Six Lakes Trail and the County Line including Winopee Lake, Snowshoe Lakes and Leech lake. 

LEVEL 1 (READY) EVACUATION NOTICES HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Areas around the west side of Crane Prairie from Deschutes Bridge south to FS 42 (South Century Drive including Browns Mountain, Cow Meadow, Quinn Meadow, and Rock Creek Campgrounds.   

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Public safety personnel cannot guarantee they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Continue to closely monitor your phone, local media and www.LaneCountyOR.gov/CedarCreek for information.

 

LCSO Case #22-4962 Fatal Traffic Crash - 09/06/22

On September 6, 2022 at approximately 12:56pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a single vehicle crash in the in the area of S. Willamette St. and Fox Hollow Rd. south of Eugene.  While enroute, deputies were advised that a family member of the involved driver had located the crash site after being unable to reach them by phone.

Medics arrived and determined that the driver and sole occupant of the involved vehicle had died.

Initial investigation revealed that a red Volvo SUV was southbound on S. Willamette St. when it left the roadway for an unknown reason and crashed. 

The driver was confirmed as a 17 year old female from the Eugene area.  Her identity is being withheld at this time.

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LCSO Case #22-4910 -- Missing Endangered Person (Photo) - 09/02/22

UPDATE - Nancy Peschel has been located and is safe.

 

On 09/01/22 at approximately 8:30pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was advised of an endangered missing person from the Dorena / Cottage Grove area.  Deputies learned that 88 year old Nancy Peschel departed her house at around 10:00am and has not yet returned.  Peschel has multiple medical issues to include dementia.

Peschel is described as a white female adult with white hair and brown eyes.  She is described as being quite frail at approximately 5’00” tall, and weighing about 75lbs.  She was last seen wearing a blue dress and glasses.  She departed in a tan or silver 2010 Chevrolet Impala bearing OR Plate #421HES.

Peschel’s direction of travel is unknown, however it is possible that she headed in the direction of Myrtle Point, OR.  Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.