LCSO Case #22-4910 — Missing Endangered Person (Photo) – 09/02/22
On 09/01/22 at approximately 8:30pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was advised of an endangered missing person from the Dorena / Cottage Grove area. Deputies learned that 88 year old Nancy Peschel departed her house at around 10:00am and has not yet returned. Peschel has multiple medical issues to include dementia.
Peschel is described as a white female adult with white hair and brown eyes. She is described as being quite frail at approximately 5’00” tall, and weighing about 75lbs. She was last seen wearing a blue dress and glasses. She departed in a tan or silver 2010 Chevrolet Impala bearing OR Plate #421HES.
Peschel’s direction of travel is unknown, however it is possible that she headed in the direction of Myrtle Point, OR. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
On August 25th at approximately 3:51PM, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a single vehicle crash in the 34000blk of Shoreview Dr. southeast of Cottage Grove. While enroute, deputies were advised that a red jeep had crashed into a pole and that a female occupant was not conscious.
Medics arrived and determined that the driver, 40 year old Simona Fredrickson of Cottage Grove, was deceased.
Deputies arrived and determined that Fredrickson had been traveling on Shoreview Dr. near the intersection of Spillway Rd. when she drove off of the roadway for an unknown reason. She struck a utility pole and tree after leaving the roadway.
Investigators believe that speed may have been a factor.
On August 24th just after 7:30pm, deputies from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a single vehicle traffic crash on High Prairie Rd. near Dead Mountain Rd. outside of Oakridge. A female motorcyclist crashed and suffered severe injuries. Medics responded and began performing life-saving measures, however she did not survive.
Investigation of the scene revealed that the 2004 Honda Shadow motorcycle was traveling westbound on High Prairie Rd. when the driver lost control, skidded and then crashed onto the roadway. The driver was identified as 42 year old Melissa Marie Shambley of Oakridge. Shambley had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
*UPDATE* – 08/26/22
Last night deputies located a deceased male inside of the residence. The male had injuries consistent with what appeared to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The female victim remains at an area hospital where her condition is described as critical, but stable.
There is no on-going threat to the public.
At approximately 2:25pm the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a female claiming to have been shot at a residence in the 24000blk of Forest Ct. in Veneta. The female stated that her ex-boyfriend shot her and she believed he was still inside the house.
Upon arrival deputies worked quickly to render emergency aid to the injured female. They located her on the front porch of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies evacuated her from the porch and into the hands of paramedics. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Her condition remains unknown at this time.
Deputies are on scene and are working to make contact with a male who is believed to still be in the residence. Please avoid the area until this situation is resolved.
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.
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