LCSO Case #22-4294 – Search Warrant Served on Illegal Marijuana Operation West of Junction City (Photo) – 08/25/22
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office recently received a tip regarding a very large-scale illegal marijuana growing operation west of Junction City. Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies applied for, and were granted a warrant to search the involved property located in the 26000blk of High Pass Rd.
Given the substantial size of the operation, officials from several area law enforcement agencies assisted with the execution of the search warrant. Authorities executed the warrant just after 7:00am yesterday morning and located approximately 32 separate green houses being used to cultivate marijuana plants at various stages of maturity. In total 8,716 illegal marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.
Several migrant workers, believed to be victims of human trafficking, were located on site and found to be living in deplorable and unsanitary conditions in the adjacent forest. The workers were detained, interviewed, and released after being provided with information regarding local support services available to them.
Julian Marin, 27, was located nearby and determined to be in charge of the operation site. Marin was charged with the Illegal Manufacture of Marijuana and found to have an out of county warrant from an unrelated offense. Evidence indicates that this criminal grow operation was being funded and overseen by an organized criminal organization based in Mexico.
The extent of the environmental impact from this illegal operation remains under investigation. Lane County Code Compliance officials were present during the execution of the search warrant. They noted the green houses, along with electrical and irrigation systems, were unpermitted and ontained numerous code violations. Code Compliance will be conducting appropriate follow-up and enforcement. The Oregon State Water Master’s Office also responded to the scene and discovered violations related to the unlawful use of water at the site, for which their office will conduct appropriate follow up.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with the investigation: Springfield Police Department, Eugene Police Department, Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Oregon Department of Forestry.
Scammers impersonating Sheriff’s Office employees (Photo) – 08/19/22
We have received recent reports of a telephone scam in our community.
The scammers commonly identify themselves either verbally, by text or by email as employees of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Often times the scammers identify themselves using the names of real Sheriff’s Office employees and provide a fraudulent number for the victim to call back. When the victim calls the provided number they are directed into a phone tree system that is designed to sound like an official Lane County phone tree. The scammers will then commonly make claims that there are warrants, missed jury duty, or unsettled legal business that involve the victim or someone the victim knows and ask for personal or financial information.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will never ask for money, awards, or compensation of any type over the telephone.
If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Lane County Sheriff’s Office employee and you think you are being scammed, please contact our dispatch center at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
LCSO Case #22-4447 — Search Warrant — Internet Child Sex Crimes Suspect Arrested (Photo) – 08/12/22
Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives received information yesterday from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force indicating that 31 year old Kelsey Meta Boren had been uploading child pornography to the internet.
LCSO detectives applied for and were granted a warrant to search Boren’s residence in the 87000blk of Norman Ave. in Veneta for evidence related to the child sex crimes. The warrant was executed at about 8:00pm. During the execution of the warrant, deputies discovered additional evidence indicating that Boren has utilized the internet on numerous occasions to distribute and exchange pornographic images of children. Additional evidence was discovered indicating that Boren has also engaged in creating child pornography and uploaded it to the internet.
Boren is an employee of the Fern Ridge School District. The Fern Ridge School District is aware of the allegations and is cooperating with investigators. Boren was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail where she faces charges including six counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the 1st Degree, six counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree, and one charge of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. No children known to Boren through her employment have been identified as victims at this point.
Anyone with information about this case or other victims of Boren’s behavior are asked to contact Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
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The victim in this case has been identified as 49 year old Justin Wayne Gardner of Creswell.
This morning at approximately 1:05am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call that someone had been stabbed at a residence in the 84000blk of Cloverdale Rd. The caller advised that her ex-husband had stabbed her boyfriend before departing the location on foot.
Deputies quickly arrived on scene and attempted life-saving measures including CPR. Medics arrived and also attempted to revive him, but the victim did not survive. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
An extensive area search was conducted however the suspect was not immediately located. He was identified as 42 year old Brandon Travis Lamb.
Later in the morning detectives from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Springfield Police Department tracked Lamb to an apartment complex near 1st St. and F St. in Springfield. He was found in a vehicle in the parking lot and taken into custody without incident.
Lamb will be lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Assault in the Second Degree. This case is still under active investigation.
Deputies responded to the area of Territorial Hwy. and Demming Rd. last night at about 11:30pm after receiving the report of a motorcycle vs. passenger vehicle traffic crash. Initial reports indicated that a motorcycle passed a vehicle at a high rate of speed before colliding with a second vehicle that was making a turn. The motorcyclist was found to be unresponsive and not breathing following the impact. Upon arrival, responding paramedics determined the motorcyclist to be deceased.
Investigation revealed that a 1998 Kawasaki motorcycle had been southbound on Territorial Hwy. when it struck the rear passenger quarter-panel of a northbound Honda CRV that was turning westbound onto Demming Rd. The motorcycle did not appear to have a functioning headlight prior to the impact.
Speed, alcohol, and defective lighting are all being investigated as factors contributing to the crash. The driver of the CRV is cooperating with the investigation.
The names of the involved are being withheld at this time.
Correction – Harry McIntire’s age is 75 years old
74 year old Harry McIntire was located deceased at Cottage Grove Lake this morning. Deputies were just arriving at the lake to resume the search for him when he was spotted in the water by a family member. McIntire’s body has been transferred to the custody of the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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.
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.
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