Yesterday afternoon at about 3:55pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a swimmer at Fern Ridge Reservoir had gone underwater and not resurfaced. The swimmer was last seen about 30 feet off of the bank at the Richardson Park day-use swimming area. Deputies were on scene within about 15 minutes.
Divers from the Lane County Sheriff volunteer dive team also responded and began searching the area in the water where the victim had last been seen. The victim was located deceased under the surface of the water just prior to 7:00pm. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The identity of the victim, a 17 year old male, is being withheld at this time.
Last night just prior to 9:00pm, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to McGowan Creek Rd. after learning that someone had been shot while driving in the area. The victim of the shooting, a 29 year old male, advised that he and his vehicle were shot multiple times by birdshot from a shotgun while driving on McGowan Creek Rd. Despite numerous injuries from being shot, including to his face, the victim was able to flee and drive himself to responding paramedics. He was transported to an area hospital and he is expected to survive.
Deputies searching the area where the shooting occurred located a male walking along McGowan Creek Rd. near milepost 7.5. The male had been carrying a gas can and claimed that his vehicle ran out of gas. He was identified as 31 year old Cody Michael Hays. Hays denied involvement in the shooting or having possession of a shotgun. Deputies located Hays’ vehicle a short distance away. There was a shotgun in plain sight inside the vehicle. Hays provided little further statement.
Deputies applied for and were granted a search warrants for Hays’ vehicle. Upon service of the warrant, they recovered the shotgun and discovered that it was confirmed as stolen. Birdshot shells similar to those used in the shooting were also recovered.
Hays was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail. As of this writing he remains in custody on charges including Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. Please reference case LCSO Case #22-4250.
LCSO Case #22-4136 — Elementary School Burglary (Photo) – 08/01/22
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On July 28 just prior to 3:00am, security video captured two unknown suspects burglarizing Creslane Elementary School in Creswell. The suspects both appear to be white juvenile males.
The first suspect is seen wearing a dark color hooded sweatshirt with dark color pants and dark colored tennis shoes. He is also wearing what appears to be a camo backpack.
The second suspect is seen wearing a dark color hooded sweatshirt with light color pants. The second suspect is wearing black flip flops with white a white striped pattern over the toes.
While in the school, the suspects stole ice cream and found paint supplies in a classroom. They poured paint all over the floor, walls, and other classroom items. Cost to repair/replace the damaged items is likely to exceed $1,500.
The suspects appear to have gotten paint on their clothing and shoes while committing the vandalism.
Anyone with information regarding the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt 1. Please reference Case #22-4136.
National Night Out – 2022 – Lane County Sheriff’s Office (Photo) – 08/01/22
Please join us tomorrow night for National Night Out 2022! The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is excited to participate in this event that celebrates the partnership between Law Enforcement and the communities that they serve. National Night Out takes place on the 1st Tuesday of every August.
Events are being hosted in both Veneta and Creswell. Between the two locations, planned activities to explore include dunk tanks, K9 teams, Patrol Vehicles, Marine Patrol equipment, Dune Patrol equipment, Firefighters and equipment. Free hotdogs will also be served at both events!
Veneta City Park – 25192 E. Broadway Ave. – Veneta 6-8PM
Holt Park – 5th St. & A St. – Creswell 5-8PM
LCSO Case #22-4150 — Search Warrant — Internet Child Sex Crimes Suspect Arrested (Photo) – 07/28/22
The proper spelling of the suspect’s last name should be ‘Lavoie’.
The correct case number is 22-4105
Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives recently received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that 29 year old Ryan Scott Lovoie had been uploading child pornography to the internet. LCSO detectives applied for and were granted a warrant to search Lovoie’s residence in the 3500blk of Archwood St. in Eugene and his vehicle for evidence related to the child sex crimes.
Shortly after 6:30am yesterday, Lovoie was observed leaving his residence in a vehicle. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and he was detained without incident. The search warrant was executed and additional evidence of internet child sex crimes was discovered. It was discovered that Lovoie had been messaging online with multiple underage girls as recent as last night. Lovoie was discovered to have been using a messaging application named ‘Kik’ for some of these activities.
Lovoie was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail where he faces charges including seven counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the 1st Degree and seven counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree.
LCSO Case #22-4019, 22-4044, 22-4046 — Suspect in string of burglaries identified and apprehended (Photo) – 07/26/22
On 07/21/2022, Deputies were dispatched to a residence near Coburg Road in Eugene for a burglary. The victim had returned home, after placing her mother on hospice, and discovered her front door shattered and her home burglarized. The victim had substantial jewelry stolen to include family heirlooms and jewelry from her travels around the world. The majority of the burglary was recorded on the victim’s Ring Camera. A Springfield Police Dispatcher spent a considerable amount of time and was able to identify the male suspect, via security camera footage, as Jason Matthew Bowen of Eugene.
Deputies located Bowen and performed a traffic stop on his vehicle. Shortly after he was taken into custody, deputies learned of two more residential burglaries that were reported in the Lorane Highway area of Eugene. Some of these victims included visitors in town for the World Games. Bowen was identified as the suspect in both of these Burglaries as well.
A search warrant was conducted at a residence in Eugene where Bowen stays. This resulted in significant jewelry being recovered along with personal property from all three residential burglaries. Bowen was lodged at the Lane County Jail on a list of crimes to include three counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Identity Theft and Possession of Burglary Tools. Bowen remains in custody as of this writing.
Last night just before 5:30pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a person at Cottage Grove Lake had gone underwater and not resurfaced. The involved, 74 year old Harry McIntire of Cottage Grove, had been reportedly boating with his wife near Primitive Campground prior to the incident.
Deputies along with Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and searched into the night, however McIntire has not yet been located. The search has resumed this morning.
Additional details will be released as they become available.
Last night at approximately 7:51pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call that someone was missing and had possibly drowned in Waldo Lake. Deputies along with Search and Rescue personnel were enroute when they learned that the male had been found unconscious in the water by bystanders on scene.
Bystanders administered CPR until medics arrived. Upon their arrival, medics additionally administered CPR but the male did not survive.
Deputies learned that the victim, a 24 year old male, had been sailing when he decided to go for a swim. His sailboat drifted away from him and he eventually slipped beneath the surface.
The victim’s name is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office conducted overtime patrols in the Veneta area around the Oregon Country Fair beginning Wednesday, July 6th and continued through Monday, July 11th. With grant monies provided through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Sheriff’s Office was able to staff 88 hours of overtime patrol and enforcement during the event. Deputies focused on DUII, seatbelt, speeding and prohibited cell phone use. Deputies also assisted Lane Fire Authority with numerous calls for service in the surrounding area.
Activity from Sheriff’s Deputies during the event are as follows:
8 Driving while suspended/ No license
23 Misc. moving violations (fail to obey stop sign, fail unsafe turn, illegal u-turn, etc)
4 Misc. equipment violations
OTHER CALLS FOR SERVICE:
1 Warrant Arrest
3 Trespass Complaints
3 Traffic Hazard Complaints
2 Theft Reports
1 Reckless Driving
2 Missing Person Complaints
3 Illegal Camping Complaints
1 Deceased Subject Report
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement patrols in the Veneta area during the Oregon Country Fair, held on July 8th, 9th and 10th, 2022. Deputies and Troopers will be focusing on DUII enforcement, as well as speeding, seat belt and cell phone use violations. Patrols begin Thursday (July 7th) and will continue through Monday (July 11th) as attendees remain in the area at campgrounds. The funding for these patrols is provided to LCSO through two Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Safety grants administered by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, aimed at reducing the number of vehicle crashes and related injuries. The grants are federally funded grant programs to provide overtime funding to participating Sheriff’s Offices for DUII and traffic enforcement.
Annually, the Oregon Country Fair brings extremely high volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area. Due to the resulting congestion in the area surrounding the Oregon Country Fair, speed limits have been reduced and posted as such. Restrictions are also posted for no parking and no U-turns along Hwy 126 and Suttle Rd. in the area.
Drivers attending the event or traveling through the area should anticipate heavy traffic congestion. Flaggers will be present on Hwy 126 (near milepost 45) at the Fair’s main entrance during peak times to control traffic flows through the area.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers to slow down, wear your seat belt and drive sober without distraction.
This afternoon at approximately 5:48pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Clearlake Rd. near Kirk Rd. northwest of Eugene.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a Mazda sedan was driving eastbound on Clearlake Rd. when it struck a pedestrian on the shoulder and overturned. The pedestrian and a passenger of the Mazda were transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Both of their conditions are now considered stable.
Speed and impairment do not appear to be a factor at this time.
Statements on scene indicate that a westbound vehicle had possibly drifted into the eastbound lane in front of the Mazda before it crashed. Anyone who witnessed the crash that has not already spoken to investigators is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt.1.
07/15/2022 — Water Obstruction: McKenzie River one mile downstream from Armitage Park (Photo) – 07/15/22
07/15/2022 – Water Obstruction: McKenzie River one mile downstream from Armitage Park
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise the public of a water obstruction on the McKenzie River approximately one mile downstream from the Armitage Park boat launch. A large gravel bar has formed that obstructs nearly the entire river width. There is currently NO navigable channel for power boats. Those in drifting watercraft will likely have to exit their vessel and carry it over or around the gravel bar in order to pass. Caution is advised if you choose to navigate this portion of the river.
For the most current information on water obstructions and safety tips, please follow the information provided by the Oregon State Marine Board at www.oregon.gov/osmb
We can now confirm that the victim in this incident is 22 year old Spencer Webb.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the rock slides just a short distance west of Triangle Lake at approximately 2:30pm after receiving the report of an injured person. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 22 year old male recreating in the area fell and struck his head. Bystanders and responding paramedics were unable to revive him. Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel responded to assist with bringing him back to the roadway as he was approximately 100 yards down a steep trail.
There is no evidence of foul play and his death appears to be accidental. The victim’s name is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification.
Yesterday afternoon deputies received information that 29 year old David Joseph Essary was spotted at a campsite in the area of Forest Service Rd. #19 outside of Westfir. The camp had been located by an Oregon State Police Trooper and the US Marshall’s Service were able to confirm Essary’s presence. Essary is believed to have burgarlized a Eugene area tactical supply store in May, stealing over $30,000 in body armor and firearm parts.
In the days following the burglary, investigators located the vehicle that was used in the commission of the burglary and impounded it. Essary is believed to have intentionally set fire to it early one morning as the vehicle was stored in a tow yard.
Investigators learned that Essary had made statements that he would do anything to avoid being arrested.
Yesterday shortly before 5:30pm, members from the LCSO Special Response Team, Springfield SWAT Team and investigators from the US Marshalls Service converged on Essary’s camp. Essary briefly attempted to flee by jumping into a nearby river, however he was quickly detained. Essary’s girlfriend, 22 year old Brenda Ann Crow, was also taken into custody.
Located in Essary’s campsite was a loaded handgun and stolen cargo trailer. The cargo trailer had been stolen from a Springfield area construction contractor. Investigators are currently working to return the trailer and remaining personal property to its rightful owners.
Essary was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including: Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Body Armor, Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree, Arson in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Burglary Tools.
Crow was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including: Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree, Arson in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Burglary Tools.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our gratitude to the Oregon State Police, Springfield Police Department, and US Marshall’s Service for their assistance in this case.
LCSO CASE #22-3712 — Homicide — (Photo) – 07/11/22
71 year old Gary Stuart Coulter has been identified as the victim in this case.
On Friday, July 8th, shortly after 10:00pm, deputies received a call from a neighbor that they had witnessed a dispute involving two males at a residence in the 44000blk of McKenzie Hwy. Deputies responded and found Coulter on the ground outside with severe injuries. He was transported by paramedics but died a short time later.
37 year old Nickolas Trevor Jessee was identified as a suspect in the assault. Jessee had been staying at the victim’s house on McKenzie Hwy. recently.
Jessee fled the scene in a vehicle but returned a short time later before leaving again on foot. On Saturday at about 10:30am a deputy located him a short distance off of the highway approximately a quarter of a mile to the west of the residence. Jessee was taken into custody without incident and ultimately lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Murder in the 2nd Degree.
Investigators are at a residence in the 44000blk of McKenzie Hwy. near Leaburg. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 10:00pm Friday night that a male had been assaulted. The victim, a male resident in his 70’s, died following the assault. His identity along with specific details about the assault are being withheld at this time.
Investigators have identified 37 year old Nickolas Trevor Jessee as a person of interest. Jessee fled the scene prior to investigators arriving, however it is believed that he may still be in the area. Jessee is described as a white male adult standing approximately 5’09” and weighing approximately 170lbs.
Law Enforcement resources are continuing to search the area for him. We ask that the public refrain from picking up hitchhikers and immediately report any suspicious activity in the area. If Jessee is spotted, please dial 911. It is not known if Jessee is armed at this time.
22-3521 — Search Warrant Service (Photo) *UPDATE* – 07/06/22
Related to the search warrant served on Thursday in the 3600blk of Ambleside Dr., a second warrant was served at a storage unit on Pierce Parkway belonging to Andrew Rogers on Friday. Numerous additional firearms and firearm parts were seized during the execution of the warrant. Rogers, a convicted felon, is believed to have been running a large-scale firearm and firearm-suppressor manufacturing operation.
Rogers was taken into custody on Thursday following the execution of the search warrant at his residence. He was released pre-trial on his own recognizance by the state court system shortly thereafter in accordance with recently enacted Senate Bill 48.
Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies received information of the illegal manufacture of numerous firearms and firearm parts at a residence in the 3600blk of Ambleside Dr. in Springfield. Upon service of the warrant, deputies seized over 60 fully assembled firearms, dozens of homemade firearm suppressors, and enough various parts to assemble as many as a hundred more firearms. Only five of the firearms seized had serial numbers and two of those firearms were reported as stolen. Firearms that are assembled without serial numbered components are often referred to as “ghost guns”. Several different illicit drugs were located at the residence including cocaine, methamphetamine, and pills suspected to be fentanyl. The quantities of suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine are considered “commercial amounts”, not just personal consumption quantities. Additionally found at the location was equipment used to create the firearm parts including milling machines, 3D-printers and a large laser engraving machine.
38 year old Andrew William Rogers was taken into custody. Rogers is a convicted felon. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Criminal trespass 2, Criminal Mischief 2, and Theft II. The case remains under consideration by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.
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