Eugene Police Blotter. Stories from the men and women of the Eugene Police Department. This edition covers several such stories.
EPD on the Beat – August 2015
On August 2 at 12:49 a.m., police were dispatched to W. 6th and Lincoln, where witnesses reported a stabbing with the suspect still on scene and standing in the middle of the road. When they arrived, Jeremy William Leishman, age 30, of Eugene, was in the middle of Lincoln Street holding a knife. He was held at gunpoint and eventually complied after being admonished when told to get to his knees. He was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Jail after declining medical attention for a cut above his eye. The incident was reported to have started when a group of friends was coming back from the Whiteaker Block Party and walking on W. 5th Avenue near Lawrence and Lincoln. As they walked, they came across Leishman and a female, Sophia Natalia Burke, age 29, of Eugene. Leishman and Burke were reported to have become verbally hostile toward the group. Burke is reported to have walked up to one of the group, a 32-year-old Eugene woman and punched her in the face. The group told the pair to leave them alone, then a 35-year-old Eugene male, who was in the group, tried to intervene between Leishman and another male member of the group and reports being stabbed by Leishman. The male was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jeremy William Leishman, age 30, of Eugene, was arrested on charges of Assault in the First Degree, and Harassment. Burke was charged with Harassment.
UPDATE 8/11/15 – On Aug. 10, 2015 Leishman was indicted on the following charges: UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON (felony) and INTIMIDATION IN THE 1ST DEGREE (felony).
On August 2 at about 12:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 590 East Broadway for a subject reported down. While enroute, dispatch told officers it was being reported that there was a Red, 1994 Ford Explorer with his engine running and the male driver, later identified as Ryan Christopher James, age 21, of Junction City, slumped over behind the wheel. Police were unable to wake him and called medics. Medics were able to wake him. He had heroin in his possession inside the vehicle. He was arrested for DUII and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin.
On August 1, at 8:50 a.m., Police were dispatched to 3333 W. 11th Avenue (Fred Meyers) regarding a subject, later identified as Leslie Carroll Powers, age 56, no address, who self-reported trying to rob Bob’s Donuts, 977 Garfield. Bob’s Donuts reported having an attempted robbery at about 7 a.m. in which Powers handed over a note threatening use of a weapon. When the shop’s owner told him ‘no,’ Powers reportedly left and headed westbound on W. 11th Avenue. Powers waited outside Fred Meyers for police to arrive and was taken into custody without incident and charged with Robbery in the Second Degree.