At approximately 10:30pm last night the Sheriff’s Office received a call about an overdue surfer in the area of Heceta Beach north of Florence. Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue along with United States Coast Guard personnel responded and began searching the area.
Close to noon today, Coast Guard personnel located a deceased subject in the water not far from where the overdue surfer was believed to have been surfing.
The identity of the involved is being withheld at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
22-2832 — Search Warrant Service & Outstanding Suspect (Photo) – 06/06/22
Deputies served a search warrant on Friday at a residence in the 3700blk of East 22nd Ave. in Eugene. Numerous firearms, ammunition, and ballistic vests were recovered from an area accessible to convicted felons. At least one of the firearms was confirmed as stolen while another’s serial number had been removed. The primary suspect in the investigation, 29 year old David Joseph Essary, is also convicted felon and is not allowed to possess these items. Essary remains outstanding and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Suspect – David Joseph Essary DOB: 10/07/1992
Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently serving a search warrant at a residence in the 3700blk of East 22nd Ave. in Eugene. The warrant service is related to an ongoing criminal investigation. The crimes being investigated include: Arson, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Body Armor, Criminal Mischief, Theft, Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Trespass, and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle.
The suspect in this case is 29 year old David J. Essary. Essary stands approximately 5’07” and weighs approximately 200lbs. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and tattoos on his neck and arms.
Essary is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Correction – The remains were located on 05/26/22 and deputies are not currently on scene. The condition of the remains indicate that the victim had likely been deceased for several weeks prior to discovery of the remains. Investigators are working with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to determine the identity of the victim and cause of death.
Deputies are on scene at an area off of W. Boundary Rd. east of Lowell after a caller reported finding what they believed to be human remains. The remains were found in a wooded area just a short distance from the roadway. Deputies and investigators from the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office on scene were able to determine that the remains are human.
An identity of the deceased has not yet been established. The death is being investigated as suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
This morning just prior to 3:30am, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Eugene Police Department responded to Dalton Dr. in the Santa Clara area after receiving multiple reports of gunshots.
Upon arrival, authorities located and detained 32 year old Dylan Holmes. Investigation revealed that Holmes, possibly suffering from mental health issues, fired multiple rounds in the neighborhood. At least one round struck another residence. No injuries were reported.
Multiple firearms belonging to Holmes were taken for safekeeping. Holmes was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Firearm.
On June 1st, 2022, shortly prior to 3:00pm, a passerby called 911 to report that a vehicle had struck a pole in the area of Gimpl Hill Rd. and McMorrot Ln. Deputies and fire personnel arrived and found the driver and sole occupant was deceased. He was identified as 44 year old Donavon Brady Hagerman of Eugene.
Evidence at the scene indicate that the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F150 pickup, had been traveling eastbound when it left the roadway and struck the pole. Hagerman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Deputies responded to a motorcycle vs. trailer crash in the 93000blk of River Rd. last night shortly after 10:30pm. The driver of the involved vehicle, 55 year old Edward Peters of Eugene, was pronounced deceased on scene.
Investigation revealed that a 1999 Honda motorcycle, driven by Peters, was southbound on River Rd. when it struck a travel trailer being backed into a driveway. The driver that was backing the trailer, 51 year old Gary Ries of Eugene, was not injured in the crash.
Peters is believed to have been consuming alcohol prior to the crash.
36 year old Donald Robert Floyd contacted the Lane County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon to turn himself in regarding yesterday’s hit and run crash on Territorial Hwy. Deputies made contact with him and have recovered the involved vehicle. Floyd was issued a citation in lieu of custody for Hit & Run – Injury and lodged at the Lane County Jail on unrelated warrants.
Deputies responded to the area of Territorial Hwy. near Demming Rd. just after 1:00am this morning after receiving reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. Upon arrival they learned that a person assisting someone jumpstart a car was struck by a passing vehicle. The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. After the crash, the vehicle fled the scene southbound towards Veneta.
The suspect vehicle is believed to be a pickup, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado. It is likely to have damage to the front and/or passenger side. Broken pieces of dark green painted plastic were left behind by the suspect vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
On 05/26/2022 Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 3500blk of Valentine Ct. in Springfield regarding an in-progress burglary. Neighbors of the involved residence called 911 to report that three unknown people were stealing property from within the location.
When confronted by a bystander, one of the suspects shoved the bystander to the ground. The bystander struck his head on the pavement and was rendered unconscious. The suspect also placed another bystander in a headlock and threw her to the ground before rummaging through her purse. The suspect, later identified as 28 year old Tanner Glen Mace, fled the location on foot. Mace was located hiding in a nearby yard and taken into custody. The injured bystander was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Two other suspects involved in the burglary had been able to flee the location in a U-Haul pickup. They are described as a white male adult wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and baseball hat and a white female adult with brown hair and a short, thin build.
Mace was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including: Assault in the 2nd Degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, Robbery in the 3rd Degree, Physical Harassment, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. He was also lodged on unrelated outstanding warrants.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
LCSO to provide free boat inspections at local Bi-Mart locations (Photo) – 05/25/22
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Bi-Mart again this year to offer free boat inspections to help you get on the water safely! We can help you make sure you have everything you need.
Bring your boat (any kind) to the below listed Bi-Marts on the scheduled date/time and a Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Deputy will inspect your boat for free!
Saturday 5/28/22 ~10am-1pm
River Road Bi-Mart
2030 River Road
Sunday 5/29/22 ~10am-1pm
Junction City Bi-Mart
110 E 6th Avenue
Saturday 6/4/22 ~10am-1pm
25126 Jeans Road
Sunday 6/5/22 ~10am-1pm
4310 Highway 101
Saturday 6/11/22 ~10am-1pm
1521 Mohawk Boulevard
Sunday 6/12/22 ~ 10am-1pm
Cottage Grove Bi-Mart
100 Gateway Boulevard
LCSO Case #22-2645 — US Forest Service work center in Siltcoos burglarized — side by side ATV stolen (Photo) – 05/19/22
Investigators were able to determine that 26 year old Denver Timothy Bell was the outstanding suspect in this case. Deputies located him at a residence in the Florence area yesterday afternoon and he was taken into custody without incident.
Bell was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, Theft in the 1st Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree.
*UPDATE* Investigators have determined that 48 year old Denver Vollie Bell is NOT a suspect in this case. Other investigative leads are still being followed.
*UPDATE* Stolen Can-Am side-by-side ATV recovered – One suspect in custody.
Thanks to the watchful eye of some citizens the stolen side-by-side has been recovered.
Yesterday LCSO received a call from a citizen indicating that they had observed two males attempting to use a Can-Am side-by-side ATV to get a suspicious truck unstuck from the sand near the Chapman sand road south of Florence. The caller texted a picture of the side-by-side to LCSO dispatch at which time it was believed that it was the stolen side-by-side from earlier in the weekend. Law enforcement personnel converged on the area and located the involved truck and one of the involved males, 29 year old Jessy Anthony Robles. The truck was confirmed to be stolen and this male was taken into custody. Around this time, another citizen called to report that they had seen someone driving the stolen ATV in the area.
The US Coast Guard Sector North Bend, with a helicopter in the area, spotted the stolen ATV in a brushy area nearby. It was abandoned by this time. Law enforcement attempted a K9 track from the ATV but were unable to locate the second suspect.
The second suspect is believed to be 48 year old Denver Vollie Bell. Bell is described as a white male adult with brown hair and green eyes. He stands approximately 5’06” and weighs approximately 150lbs.
Roble was transported to the Lane County Jail and lodged on charges including: 2nd Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Theft, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (x2), and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief. He was also lodged on an unrelated warrant out of Utah.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is particularly thankful for the citizens and responding agencies that aided in this case. In addition to our watchful citizens, success in this case was made possible by the assistance of outside agencies including the Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and US Coast Guard Sector North Bend. Employees with Torex ATV Rentals and Oregon State Parks also assisted with retrieving the recovered ATV off of the sand.
Deputies and Troopers responded to an alarm at the US Forest Service work center in Siltcoos. Upon arrival they discovered someone entered the building and stole a side by side ATV. The stolen side by side is a 2021 Can-Am Maverick 4-seater ATV. It is black and tan in color. This ATV belongs to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and was being stored at the work center at the time of the burglary. The burglary was believed to have occurred just prior to 1:00am.
Funding for this equipment is provided through Oregon Parks and Recreation. The Sheriff’s Office relies on this equipment for dune safety patrols, crash response, and search and rescue operations.
Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
Memorial Service for Tom Turner (Photo) – 05/17/22
A memorial service is planned for Tom Turner on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022. Tom passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at his home with family by his side.
Tom served the citizens of Lane County as a public safety officer for over 40 years. He started his career as a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Florence area in the early 1980’s. He began employment with the Eugene Police Department shortly thereafter, where he continued to serve for over 20 years. In 2006, Tom returned to the Sheriff’s Office where he went on to become the Lane County Sheriff. He retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and accepted the position of Chief of Police at the Florence Police Department until his passing.
Tom served in a multitude of assignments throughout his career. These assignments included police patrol, detectives, and SWAT commander. Tom was an excellent leader and well-known for his cheerful personality. He was rarely observed without a smile on his face.
Tom’s family have asked that in lieu of sending flowers, those wishing to donate consider offering contributions to local charity. Non-profit organizations that meant a lot to Tom include: Siuslaw Outreach Services, The Jazz Station, and National Night Out | City of Florence Oregon.
The service will take place at 1:00PM at First Baptist Church located at 3550 Fox Meadow Rd. Eugene, OR 97408. The service will include various police honors and will be open to the public dependent upon available seating.
At approximately 2:45pm today LCSO deputies and EPD officers responded to Spencer Butte Park on S. Willamette St. regarding the report of an armed subject. A caller had advised that a female was in the park waving a gun around and pointing it at her head.
Upon arrival officers and deputies began searching for the female. She was seen near the parking lot and retreated into the brush when contacted by authorities. As officers and deputies closed in on her, she continued to try and walk away from them. She was taken into custody and a bb-gun was found in her possession.
The female was identified as 39 year old Shelly Ann Reed. Reed had a confirmed warrant for her arrest from an unrelated case. She was lodged at the Lane County Jail on the warrant and a new charge of Disorderly Conduct.
News Release Sent on Behalf of the Florence Police Department (Photo) – 05/13/22
Please see the attached files for a News Release that is being sent on behalf of the Florence Police Department.
On 05/11/22 just after 9:00pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner in the 3500blk of Hayden Bridge Rd. The homeowner stated he was hearing sounds coming from his attic and that he thought someone might be up there. The homeowner said he heard thumping sounds and possibly someone coughing.
Deputies responded and determined that someone unknown to the household was likely in the attic. With the assistance of a Springfield Police Department K9 Officer, 43 year old Nicholas Rollin Tirapelli, was found hiding in the attic. Tirapelli was uncooperative and refused to be taken into custody. Even after being bit by the K9, Tirapelli continued trying to kick and spit on deputies. He was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail after being treated at a local hospital.
There had been a burglary in the same area the night prior. Further conversation with the homeowner revealed that Tirapelli had likely been hiding in the attic since the previous night. Deputies are investigating to determine if Tirapelli had been involved in this burglary as well.
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