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Assault on Scottdale St. - 05/03/21

On May 3rd, 2021 at about 1 a.m., Deputies responded to a report of an assault at an address on Scottdale Street in Eugene.  Deputies determined Bret Ellis had assaulted the victim, who was known to him, and then fled the area.  The victim was transported by ambulance.  While deputies were in route to Ellis’s address to attempt contact, a 911 call came in from the location regarding Ellis.  Deputies responded to the area and contacted Ellis walking down the road.  He refused orders to stop until an LCSO police canine arrived.  He was then taken into custody without issue.  Further investigation led to Ellis being lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Attempted Rape 1, Assault 2, and Strangulation. 

Lane County Pursuit - 04/30/21

On April 29, 2021 at about 7:44 PM, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a red Toyota Tacoma driving in excess of 100 MPH in the area of Clear Lake Road and Greenhill Road.  The complainant added that the involved vehicle had beer cans flying out of the back, was passing erratically and had driven in and out of the ditch multiple times.  Information was relayed to surrounding agencies and a patrol of the area was without success. 

At about 8:14 PM, a deputy with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office observed a similarly described Toyota Tacoma traveling eastbound on East 7th Avenue in Eugene at about 70 MPH.  The Tacoma was speeding through red traffic lights and swerving all over the road as it drove in and out of traffic for an unknown reason.  The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled and initiated a pursuit that led eastbound on I-105 towards I-5.  The Tacoma continued to drive in a similar manner and reached speeds of 100 MPH.  At one point, the Tacoma crashed into another vehicle, occupied by a mother and baby, then continued westbound on Beltline Highway (The mother and baby were thankfully uninjured)  Numerous attempts were made to spike strip the Tacoma’s tires, but were unsuccessful.     

The pursuit continued to West 11th in Eugene then ended off Royal Avenue shortly after the driver lost control of the Tacoma and hit a traffic sign.  The driver exited  the vehicle then challenged deputies and officers to kill him.  The driver failed to obey police commands and reached at his waist and into his pockets multiple times.  A police K9 was deployed and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as 21 year old Jesse Bravo.  Bravo sustained minimal injury and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.  Bravo was later lodged at the Lane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Failing to Perform the Duties of a Driver (x2) Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering (X4) and Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor.

Shot fired on N. Park Ave. - 04/27/21

On 4/27/20201 at 12:05pm the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1300 block of N. Park Avenue in Eugene for the report that a male, identified as 48 year old Daniel Wayne Wilkinson of Eugene, had killed a family dog during a mental health crisis.  It was reported by family members that Wilkinson was making delusional comments, shot the dog, and then barricaded himself in a bedroom when confronted by family.  Wilkinson was reported to have several firearms inside the bedroom.  Wilkinson was further reported to have a violent history while armed with a firearm. 

Deputies arrived on scene and learned that there was no home phone, Wilkinson did not have a cell phone, and there was no way to contact him without putting themselves in danger. An armor rescue vehicle was called to the scene to utilize the loudspeaker and establish communication with Wilkinson.

Kelly Middle School was one block to the north. Contact was made with the school and surrounding residence advising them of the possible threat.

With the aid of that Rescue vehicle’s loudspeaker deputies were able to convince Wilkinson to surrender peacefully to law enforcement. Several firearms were recovered at the scene.  He was taken into custody at 1:34 pm and lodged at the Lane County Jail for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Animal Abuse-1.

There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time.        

Shot fired on N. Park Ave. - 04/27/21

On 4/27/20201 at 12:05pm the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 1300 block of N. Park Avenue in Eugene for the report that a male, identified as 48 year old Daniel Wayne Wilkinson of Eugene, had killed a family dog during a mental health crisis.  It was reported by family members that Wilkinson was making delusional comments, shot the dog, and then barricaded himself in a bedroom when confronted by family.  Wilkinson was reported to have several firearms inside the bedroom.  Wilkinson was further reported to have a violent history while armed with a firearm. 

Deputies arrived on scene and learned that there was no home phone, Wilkinson did not have a cell phone, and there was no way to contact him without putting themselves in danger. An armor rescue vehicle was called to the scene to utilize the loudspeaker and establish communication with Wilkinson.

Kelly Middle School was one block to the north. Contact was made with the school and surrounding residence advising them of the possible threat.

With the aid of that Rescue vehicle’s loudspeaker deputies were able to convince Wilkinson to surrender peacefully to law enforcement. Several firearms were recovered at the scene.  He was taken into custody at 1:34 pm and lodged at the Lane County Jail for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Animal Abuse-1.

There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time.        

Lane County Pursuit - 04/27/21

On 04/26/21 at about 9:00pm, Deputies received a report of a suspicious male, later identified as 51 year old Terry Albert Conner, attempting to pay for gas with multiple credit cards at the Jasper Store.  The caller reported that Conner then left without paying for the gas and provided a license plate for Conner’s car, which returned as stolen out of Multnomah County. Deputies were in the area and located the vehicle on Jasper Park Road, at which point they attempted a traffic stop.  Conner refused to stop and drove off at high speed, during which time he drove through residential yards and crashed through fencing.

Deputies pursued Conner back onto Parkway Road to Jasper Road. Springfield Police use Spike Strips at Jasper Road and Bob Straub Parkway that safely deflated one of the stolen vehicles tires.  Conner continued to refuse to stop and accelerated towards Main Street in Springfield.  As the pursuit continued, Conner stopped the stolen vehicle near other stopped motorists at two different locations and began to exit the vehicle as though he was going to try and take (car jack) the other motorist’s car.  As deputies saw this they aggressively moved up to Conner, at which point he sped away and continued the pursuit.  Based on this behavior, when Deputies had an opportunity to safely do so, they used their vehicles to push the stolen vehicle Conner was operating off the road and pin him in, effectively stopping the pursuit.  Conner initially refused to exit the now stopped vehicle, however was eventually taken into custody. 

In addition to a Federal Warrant for Counterfeiting, Conner was lodged at the Lane County Jail on new  charges of: Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering x5, Criminal Mischief 1 x4, Criminal Mischief 2, False Information to a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Theft of Services, and Theft 2.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday in downtown Eugene - 04/20/21

Do you have unwanted or expired medications at your home? The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help you safely dispose of prescription drugs while educating the community about the potential for abuse of medications.

 

This is a no-questions-asked prescription drug drop off in effort to prevent the unsafe disposal of prescription medications, and to prevent medications from being stolen or abused. It is a drive-through event this year in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

 

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.5 million people misused prescription pain relievers, stimulants, tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. Most of those misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

 

This is the tenth year that the Sheriff’s Office has participated in the national event. The DEA has collected 13,684,848 pounds of prescription drugs since the fall of 2010.

 

Help us in the fight against prescription drug addiction and check your medicine cabinet for prescription drugs that are expired or that you no longer use.

 

Bring your unwanted, outdated, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the following location for safe disposal:

 

Where: Roll Park Lot (corner of 7th and Pearl in Eugene)

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How: Drive-through event

 

Acceptable items: Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, drug samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, and liquid medicines in glass or leak proof containers.

 

We are unable to accept: Needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medications from businesses, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, and diabetic meters.

 

If you are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Event and you have medications you would like to dispose of, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has a Drug Drop Box located in our Central Reception lobby in the Lane County Courthouse that is available to accept medications (no appointment necessary) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding legal holidays.

 

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Update: Lane County Shooting (Photo and Vehicle Information) (Photo) - 04/19/21

UPDATE: Lane County Sheriff's Office is still attempting to locate shooting suspect Darren Lee Woods, 55.  In addition to the 1998 Dodge 1500 Woods was last seen driving, LCSO has confirmed that Woods is also associated with a white 1985 Pace Arrow motorhome with brown stripes and Oregon license plate MH103752.  Please contact the LCSO at 541-682-4141 if you have information regarding this vehicle.

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at about 10:05pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of gunshots and a gunshot victim from the 29000 block of Kelso Street in Eugene.  The Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Oregon State and Eugene Police, responded to the location. A victim was found with gunshot wounds, transported to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.The victim is a male 56 years old from Eugene.  The suspect fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving. The suspect is identified as 55 year old Darren Lee Woods.  The shooting is believed to be related to an ongoing feud between the involved. 

Woods is a white male, about 5’11” tall and 165 pounds with grey hair and green eyes.  He was last seen driving a white 1998 Dodge 1500 bearing Oregon license plate 125MEA.  The truck has a sticker across the back window with black lettering.  The wheels on the truck were described to be chrome and the truck is lifted and “sporty.”  The involved firearm remains outstanding so Woods should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone sees Woods please call 911.  If anyone knows any other relevant information, please call the sheriff’s office 541-682-4141.

Suspect arrested near McKenzie High School - 04/16/21

On the morning of 04.16.2021 Oregon State Police (OSP) and Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) were dispatched to the McKenzie High School regarding the location of a stolen vehicle.  The involved 2020 GMC Traverse had been reported stolen out of Albany, Oregon.   An OSP Trooper arrived and began investigating.  School staff reviewed security footage and noticed the adult male associated with the stolen vehicle had earlier entered the main hallway of the school.   The current location of the male was unknown as were the male’s reason for entering the school.  Staff placed the school on lockdown and additional OSP Troopers and LCSO Deputies responded to McKenzie High School.  Further reviewing of security footage showed the suspect walking outside on school property.  An OSP Trooper located the suspect about a mile away from the school and took him into custody without incident.  The suspect was identified as 33 year old Joshua Walker-Graham of Portland, Oregon.  He was transported to the Lane County Jail and lodged on the charges listed below.  The school lifted the lockdown once Walker Graham was taken into custody and there is no ongoing threat to the school or area residents.   

 

Charges:

ORS #819.300     Possession of Stolen Vehicle

ORS #164.135     Unlawful Use Motor Vehicle

ORS #164.255     Trespass I

ORS #164.065A  Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property I