23-0227 – Explosion and Structure Fire Related to Illegal Butane Hash Oil Operation (Photo) – 01/12/23
On 01/12/2023 the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of multiple explosions at a property in the 38000 blk of Place Rd. near Lowell. Upon arrival it was discovered that a shop on the back of the property was engulfed in flames. Responding firefighters were able to extinguish the fire prior to it spreading to neighboring properties and surrounding forest land.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the shop was being used as a Butane Hash Oil processing site. Investigators from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the property this afternoon. Substantial quantities of marijuana and equipment used to manufacture Butane Hash Oil were located at the property.
The property owner, 51-year-old Danny Billows Jr. is facing charges including Unlawful Manufacture Marijuana and Reckless Endangering.
Clandestine labs such as these pose an extreme hazard to the communities in which they operate. Misuse of hazardous chemicals not only carry the risk of explosion but poison the environment when not properly maintained and disposed. Had an explosion of this magnitude occurred during dry weather, the spread of fire would likely cause catastrophic impacts to the community.
Investigators from the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office and Lane County Land Management Division are additionally investigating this case.
23-0194 — Missing Endangered Juvenile (Photo) – 01/10/23
Turner has been located and is now safe. We would like to thank the community for your support and the tips that were reported to us.
Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue crews are searching for 14-year-old Corbin William Turner of Elmira. Deputies learned at approximately 7:00pm last night that Turner left his residence in the 89000blk of Demming Rd. and had not returned. Turner has indications of mental illness and may be disoriented or confused.
Turner is described as a white male juvenile standing nearly 6’00” tall. He is approximately 140lbs and has brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be wearing camouflaged cargo pants, ‘Caterpillar’ work boots, and black baseball hat with an orange ‘Realtree’ logo on it.
Anyone with information regarding Turner’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
LCSO Detectives receive donation for software to assist with sex crime investigations (Photo) – 01/09/23
Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives will soon have access to new software that will aid them in processing digital evidence.
Operation Underground Railroad, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to protect children from sex trafficking and exploitation, has donated $3,000 to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. This donation will be used to purchase Griffeye, a software that analyzes digital evidence, including photos and videos, and can be programmed to detect illegal images such as child pornography.
Detectives currently have to manually analyze every single piece of digital evidence, an inefficient and mentally taxing process. The donation will fund the software purchase for two years and should result in more efficient detection and analysis of digital evidence.
23-0151 — Missing Endangered Person (Photo) – 01/08/23
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 83-year-old Clarence Taylor of Mapleton. He goes by the name of ‘Chuck’. Taylor has dementia and is believed to have wandered away from his residence in the 88000blk of Chestnut St. in Mapleton sometime late last night.
Taylor is described as a white male adult standing approximately 5’09” and weighing approximately 165lbs. He has brown eyes, gray hair and a gray beard. He was last seen wearing a green puffy jacket and blue jeans. He is also hard of hearing.
A male similar to Taylor’s description was sighted in the Whitaker Creek area earlier today. It is not confirmed if the male sighted was actually Taylor.
Anyone with information regarding Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150.
Adverse weather conditions including freezing rain have made the roadways in Lane County very unsafe this evening. These dangerous conditions are expected to persist at least through the night. Multiple crashes have already been reported across the county.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking that unless absolutely necessary, drivers consider staying home until conditions improve.
Last night at approximately 7:30pm the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a single vehicle traffic crash in the 88000blk of Tiki Ln off of Deerhorn Rd. Deputies discovered that a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee had left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and sole occupant was pronounced deceased by responding paramedics. It appears the driver may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash. No other persons or vehicles appeared to be involved.
The driver’s name is being withheld at this time.
On 12/10/2022 at about 7:00pm, Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies received a request from the Oakridge Police Department for assistance investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that occurred during a parade inside that city. Deputies investigated and learned that a 9-year-old child, while handing out candy during the parade, was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of S. Diamond St. and W. 1st St. in Oakridge.
Witnesses explained that the driver of the involved vehicle, while attempting to drive around the parade at a fast speed, disregarded both police and fire emergency lights before striking the child with his vehicle. The child was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The driver was identified as 69-year-old Michael Edward Boardrow of Oakridge. Boardrow was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the 2nd Degree.
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