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Arson in Veneta10/26/23

LCSO Case #23-5619 On October 24th, 2023, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Lane Fire Authority responded to the Veneta Chamber of Commerce for the report of a possible Arson. During the investigation, Deputies learned that a male walked into the location, interacted with employees, and then intentionally set the location on fire before fleeing. Deputies contacted the suspect, identified as David Houston, attempting to start another fire nearby. Houston was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail. He is being held on the charges of Arson 1 and two counts of Reckless Endangering.

LCSO Case #23-5419 — Man arrested for menacing with a firearm over personal property10/16/23

On 10/12/2023 shortly after 2:15pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a menacing incident that occurred in the area of Salmon Creek Rd. outside of Oakridge.  The victim reported that a  male suspect accused him of stealing and was actively hunting him with a firearm. LCSO deputies responded as well as Oregon State Police Troopers and Oakridge Police Officers. 

Upon arrival, the victim reported that he found a backpack and car keys on the ground near a vehicle that he believed to be abandoned.  The victim took the property and put it in his van, claiming that he was planning on reporting the found property to police. As the victim was laying down in his van, a male later identified as 37-year-old Nicholas Ronald Hansen, used a gun to fire a round into the victim’s van.  Hansen then opened the door of the van, pointed the gun at the victim and demanded the backpack and keys.  The victim said Hansen tried to strike him with the firearm and told him that he would kill him if he ever saw him again.

Investigators made contact with Hansen and took him into custody for charges including Menacing, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail without incident.



LCSO Case #23-5280 — Death Investigation (Photo)10/10/23

*UPDATE* 10/10/2023

48-year-old Christopher Brown has been identified as a suspect in the death of a 52-year-old man that occurred at a residence on October 5, 2023, in the 2000blk of Harbor Dr. The victim had injuries consistent with an assault by a sharp object such as a knife. 

Lane County Sheriff’s detectives located Brown this morning shortly after 10:00am at a property in Chemult, Oregon. He was taken into custody without incident.     

Brown was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including Assault in the First Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

This victim has been identified as Rowdy Eugene Schmit. 


The death occurred yesterday, Thursday 10/05/23

At approximately 11:30am today, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a deceased person at a residence in the 2000blk of Harbor Dr. south of Springfield. Upon arrival, responders located the body of a deceased adult.  The victim had injuries consistent with recently being assaulted by an edged weapon. 

LCSO detectives responded to the scene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. During the investigation they identified 48-year-old Christopher Paul Brown as a person of interest.

Brown is described as a white male adult with graying brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5’08” and weighs about 155lbs. He is believed to be in the company of a white Pitbull type of dog (depicted). 

Brown should not be approached as he is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

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

(The attached photos depict Christopher Paul Brown)



LCSO Case #23-5134 — Armed Suspects Steal Victim’s Car in the River Road Area (Photo)10/02/23

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of an armed robbery on the morning of 09/28/2023. An adult victim reported that they were driving on River Rd. at about 3:45am when they were flagged down by two men that had been standing in the middle of the road.  The men asked for a ride to which the victim agreed. 

As they were near Lone Pine Dr. one of the suspects produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim. The suspects then stole the victim’s cell phone and car.  The victim was allowed to exit the vehicle at which time he went to a nearby house to call 911.  The vehicle was abandoned later in the morning in Cowlitz County, Washington.

The suspects in this case are both described as black males in their twenties.  One suspect had curly black hair, while the other had short black hair. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 



LCSO Case #23-5109 — Suspect from McKenzie River Vehicle Theft Identified (Photo)09/27/23

UPDATE – Flick has been located by authorities.  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is looking to contact 29-year-old Schylar Dominicq Flick. Flick is suspected of stealing a vehicle from the Ben and Kay Dorris boat ramp on September 26th. Following the vehicle theft, Flick allegedly traveled to an area business and used the victim’s credit cards to make purchases. 

Flick is described as a white male adult standing approximately 5’10” and weighing around 190lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.  He has previous ties to the Oakridge and Eugene areas. 

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



Every 15 Minutes – Impaired Driving Education for High Schoolers – Creswell HS (Photo)09/27/23

Next week the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and South Lane Fire & Rescue will be hosting the Every 15 Minutes program at Creswell High School. 

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day underage impaired driving prevention program.  The program challenges teens to think before drinking or using drugs and operating any type of motor vehicle or riding in one after the operator has been drinking or using drugs.  The program also focuses on the impacts those decisions have on family, friends, and the people left behind when someone is killed as a result of an alcohol, drug or distracted driving crash.

Scheduled activities include student education and awareness, a mock crash scene, and school-wide assembly including a guest speaker. 

Videographer Michael Sherman of @SpringFedMedia created the attached video during the 2019 Every 15 Minutes program hosted at Elmira High School. 

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