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News Releases
Accident at Cottage Grove Reservoir - 07/19/21

Today at approximately 5:25pm deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to Lakeside Park at the Cottage Grove Reservoir regarding an accident on the water.  Deputies learned that 58 year old Albert Johnson of Creswell was jet skiing when he possibly suffered an emergency medical issue. After parking and departing the jet ski, Johnson complained that he could not breathe then suddenly fell underwater.  Johnson was pulled to the shore and given life-saving measures including CPR. Medics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced deceased. 

This case remains under investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.          

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Missing Person (Photo) - 07/19/21

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating missing 36 year old Todd Ian Chappell. Chappell was last seen in the area of Carpenter’s Bypass Rd. milepost 5 near Lorane, Oregon on 07/17/21 at about 3:00 or 4:00am. After running out of gas, Chappell is believed to have left on foot in an unknown direction wearing a pastel colored tie dye shirt and blue jeans.

He is described as a white male adult with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands approximately 5’11” and weighs approximately 190lbs. Chappell has tattoos on his face and neck including a tattoo of a question mark on his right cheek. *Chappell may currently have stubble but he is not believed to have a full beard as depicted.*

Anyone with information regarding Chappell’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.

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Fatal Traffic Crash near Lowell (Photo) - 07/19/21

On 07/18/21 at approximately 2345hrs deputies and fire personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash in the 38000blk of Pengra Rd. near Lowell.  A single vehicle had been traveling eastbound on Pengra Rd. when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The vehicle then caught fire and burned some of the surrounding vegetation before firefighters were able to put the fire out. 

The driver of the involved vehicle, a 2005 Nissan car, died on scene.  Authorities are working to confirm his identity and notify next of kin.  Speed and alcohol are being investigated as factors contributing to the crash.    

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Theft suspects caught and arrested - 07/16/21

On 07/16/21 just after 7:00am the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report that a 2013 Toyota Highlander had been stolen from a citizen.  Some credit cards had been left in the vehicle when it was taken.  The credit cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at area businesses throughout the morning. 

At approximately 11:15am a Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of W. 11th Ave. and Beltline Rd.  The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop however the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.  Deputies lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Clear Lake Rd. and Alvadore Rd.

A short time later the involved vehicle was found unoccupied near a residence on Hwy. 36.  Utilizing tips provided by the public, deputies were able to track down the suspects and contact them in Junction City in the parking lot of an area business.  The suspects, 33 year old Cody Shane Parker and 37 year old Rebecca Sue Weston, were taken into custody without incident.

Parker faces charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, ID Theft, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run, Reckless Endangering x2, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Weston faces charges of ID Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.  She also had an unrelated arrest warrant out of the Linn County Circuit Court.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Springfield Police Department and Eugene Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

Vehicle Fire - Veneta - 07/12/21

This morning just after 4:00am Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel from Lane Fire Authority responded to the report of a vehicle fire in the 25000blk of Cheney Dr. in Veneta.  A pickup with a camper shell caught fire while two people were asleep inside.  The occupants woke up and were able to escape without injury.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 

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Fire near Prarie Rd. and Hwy. 99 - 07/11/21

Authorities are on the scene of an active fire in the area of Prairie Rd. and Meadowview Rd. near Junction City.  Law Enforcement personnel have closed Hwy. 99 between Meadowview Rd. and Hwy. 36 north of Eugene until the fire can be controlled.  Several area side streets are also closed at this time due to the fire.  Fire crews are actively working to put out the fire.  Some area residents have been impacted by the fire and have evacuated.  At this time we have received no reports of injuries or lost structures. 

Authorities ask that you avoid the area as we are still working to get the situation contained and safe.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Oregon State Police and the Junction City Police Department to provide traffic control, make notifications to property owners and assist several local fire departments as they work to control the active fire.

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Barricaded subject on Franklin Blvd. - 07/10/21

*UPDATE*

The suspect in this morning’s incident has been identified as 45 year old Christine Bush.  Deputies responded to contact her as the suspect in an in-progress restraining order violation.  Bush threatened to kill others, armed herself with a handgun, and refused to come out of the residence.  The restraining order was granted by a judge and prohibited her front being in this residence that she had barricaded herself in.  Bush also had access to a 12-gauge shotgun inside of the residence.  Bush came to the window of the residence multiple times armed with the handgun.  Her behavior was menacing and unpredictable.  On at least one occasion she stood in the window of the residence with the firearm held to her own head and demanded that deputies kill her. 

The residences in this park are very close together and deputies were extremely concerned that Bush would follow through with her threats to harm other members of the community.  Additionally Oregon law dictates that violation of court issued domestic violence protection orders, such as the order related to this incident, require a mandatory arrest by law enforcement personnel.    

Deputies remained on scene all through the night negotiating and attempting to de-escalate the situation.  Negotiators from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were eventually able to convince Bush into peacefully surrendering and she was taken into custody at approximately 6:49am.  Bush was transported to the Lane County Jail where she was lodged on charges including Violation of a Restraining Order and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  A warrant was sought and served by deputies regarding Bush’s criminal violation of the restraining order.  Bush also had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Coos County.

The Negotiations Operations Center (aka ‘NOC’) is a specialized vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art communications equipment.  This vehicle was recently acquired by the sheriff’s office with the assistance of funds from the Department of Homeland Security grant along with a Department of Justice grant.  This mobile operations center was utilized by negotiators and played a vital role in the peaceful resolution of this incident.

Many area residents were displaced overnight due to this incident.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the tremendous impact incidents like these have on the community.  We are very thankful for the support and understanding that these residents displayed during this very dangerous and dynamic situation.      

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The suspect in this incident has been safely taken into custody.  There is no on-going threat to the public.  Updates including charges and identity of the suspect will be provided as they become available.

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On 07/09/21 at around 11:30pm, deputies responded to a residence within the Ponderosa mobile home park in the 3000blk of Franklin Blvd. regarding a restraining order that was actively being violated.  When deputies arrived the suspect barricaded within the residence and armed herself with a firearm.  Deputies are on scene negotiating and attempting to de-escalate her.  The protected party of the order was able to leave the residence.  The community is asked to avoid the area if possible until this situation can be resolved. 

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Robbery on Hwy. 58 (Photo) - 07/09/21

*UPDATE*

Toney was taken into custody today in Albany, Oregon.  He and his vehicle are no longer of interest.  

*UPDATE*

The suspect in this robbery has been identified as 33 year-old Houston Toney.  Toney is believed to be driving a 4-door 1990’s model greyish Buick Regal.  Anyone with information regarding Toney’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.  Toney is to be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. 

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*Correction*   The date of this incident was 07/07/21 and opt. 1 is the correct phone directory selection

 

LCSO Case #21-3783

On 07/08/21 at approximately 2019hrs, an employee of Lee’s market in the 34000blk of Hwy. 58 reported that the business had just been robbed.  Deputies responded and learned that a white male adult threatened an employee with pepper spray and demanded cash from the till.  The male then departed with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The suspect is described as a white male adult approximately 30 to 40 years old with a thin build.  The suspect departed the scene westbound towards Interstate 5 in an older sedan.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. #2. 

Death Investigation - 07/04/21

On 07/04/21 at approximately 9:35am the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a person in the Fall Creek area had been shot.  Paramedics arrived on scene and advised that the patient had died.  During the course of the investigation 27 year old Gregory Clement was determined to be responsible for the shot that was fired.  He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail on the charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  The investigation into this incident continues and charges are to be reviewed by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.  There is no ongoing threat to the community.

Missing boater found deceased - 07/02/21

*UPDATE* 07/02/21 1540

The body of 38 year old Kevin Carlile has been recovered at Fern Ridge Reservoir.  Family members assisting in the search located his body in the water at approximately 12:52pm quite a distance south of where he had last been seen.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded and assisted with the recovery.      

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Pedestrian struggles with deputies following crash - 07/02/21

On 07/01/21 at approximately 9:58am Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to what was initially reported as a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in the 400blk of Hunsaker Ln. in Eugene.  The caller reported that a male intentionally dove head first into the hood of her vehicle.  Fire personnel were first to arrive on scene at which time they reported that the pedestrian fled on foot towards River Rd. 

When deputies arrived they located the injured male in the middle of River Rd.  The male had what appeared to be a severe head injury.  When deputies contacted the male in attempt to render aid to him, the male became combative and began fighting with the deputies.  After a physical struggle the male was detained and transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The extent of his injuries remain unknown at this time.  One deputy received minor injuries while trying to subdue the male. 

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Search for missing boater resumes - 06/29/21

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing male from Fern Ridge Reservoir as 38 year old Kevin Carlile of Junction City.  Carlile was boating recreationally with his wife and two children at the time of the incident.  Conditions included high winds and very rough water. 

Family reported that at least one of the children ended up in the water without a life jacket.  Carlile and his wife jumped in the water to assist.  Due to the heavy winds and rough water, the family was having difficulty making it back to the boat.  Carlile’s wife and the children were eventually able to make it to the nearby shore.

Carlile was last seen about 150 yards away from the shore near the dam along the north side of the reservoir.  He is not believed to have been wearing a life jacket at the time.  Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel, which includes the Sheriff’s Dive Team, along with marine patrol deputies are continuing to actively search in what is now presumed to be a recovery operation.

More updates will be provided as they become available. 

Search for missing person - Fern Ridge Reservoir - 06/28/21

Shortly before 1:00pm today the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a missing adult male at Fern Ridge Reservoir.  Deputies and other rescue personnel from the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department and Lane Rural Fire Authority are actively searching for an adult male that was last seen approximately 150 yards offshore in the area of the dam about twenty minutes prior to the call.  He was wearing charcoal colored shorts.  A drone and multiple boats are searching for him.  Updates will be provided as they become available.

 

 

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Wanted Subject / Attempt to Elude - 06/28/21

LCSO #21-3565

On 06/28/21 at approximately 9:58am a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop an unlicensed black Honda on Jasper Rd. near Mahogany Ln.  The driver fled and drove through a nearby Orchard.  The vehicle was found unoccupied moments later.  Deputies, Oregon State Police Troopers and Springfield Police Officers searched the area utilizing a police K9. 

41 year old Bradley Rofinot and a female were located nearby.  Rofinot had an outstanding fugitive warrant out of the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution and faces new charges related to the elude.  He was transported and lodged at the Lane County Jail. 

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