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Traffic Safety Patrols – Veneta07/13/23


2023 OCF Traffic Patrol Post-Event Statistics

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office conducted overtime patrols in the Veneta area around the Oregon Country Fair beginning Friday, July 7th and continued through Monday, July 10th. With grant monies provided through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation, deputies focused on dangerous driving behaviors including speeding, cell phone usage, safety belt usage, and impaired driving.

     Activity from Sheriff’s Deputies during the event includes:

     CITATIONS (75): 

                Driving While Suspended / No License: 17

                No Safety Belt: 26

                Cell Phone Usage / Distracted Driving: 14

                Vehicle Equipment Violations: 1              

                Misc. Other: 17

                Warnings: 95

Correction – 

The funding for these patrols is provided through the Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Safety grants, administered by Oregon Impact.

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 7th, 8th and 9th, 2023. 

Deputies and Troopers will be focusing on unsafe driving behaviors including impaired driving, speeding, and cell phone use. Extra patrols will continue through Monday, July 10th, as attendees remain in the area. 

The funding for these patrols is provided through the Oregon Department of Transportation Traffic Safety grants, administered by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.  The federally funded grants provide overtime funding to participating Sheriff’s Offices for DUII and traffic enforcement. 

The patrols aim to reduce the number of vehicle crashes and related injuries. 

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 flow 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.

LCSO CASE #23-3708 — Hit and Run Crash Involving Serious Injury07/12/23

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a motorcycle vs. car crash this evening at approximately 6:30pm in the 77000blk of London Rd.  Responding units learned that the involved car, believed possibly to be a dark colored sedan or coupe, fled the scene southbound on London Rd. following the collision.

The motorcycle’s operator was transported to an area hospital via helicopter with life threatening injuries.  The motorcycle’s passenger was also transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. 

Anyone with information about this crash or the vehicle that departed the scene is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4179 opt. 1.   

LCSO CASE #23-3684 — Fatal Traffic Crash on London Rd.07/11/23

This morning shortly after 3:00am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on London Rd. near milepost 11. 

Preliminary investigation reveals that a white Ford pickup had been driving southbound on London Rd. when it failed to negotiate a curve.  The pickup crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a northbound Dodge pickup head-on.

The driver of the Dodge pickup died at the scene. 

The driver of the Ford pickup was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. 

This crash is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4179 opt. 1.   



LCSO Case #23-3599 – Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assault Suspect (Photo)07/10/23

On July 6th Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of an assault in a wooded area near the 5300blk of Franklin Blvd.  53-year-old Matthew Lawrence Kubal reportedly struck two different people in the head with rocks before fleeing the scene on a bicycle. Both victims were transported to an area hospital and treated for head injuries. 

Kubal is described as a white male adult with brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5’07” and weighs approximately 180lbs. Kubal’s whereabouts are currently unknown and he is believed to be transient.

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

Deputies recover partial human remains06/27/23

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office recovered partial human remains. The remains have been identified as belonging to Shane Sprenger from Blue River. This is still an active investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with any information to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150.

LCSO 23-3358 Homicide in Mapleton06/24/23

Today the Lane County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible homicide in the 9400 block of Hwy 126W. The caller, Marsha Quesnell advised she had killed her mother Mona Tittle. When deputies arrived Marsha cooperated and was taken into custody without incident. Mona was located by deputies deceased inside the residence.

Marsha was lodged at Lane County Adult Corrections this afternoon on the charge of murder.

This is an ongoing investigation at this time but there is no ongoing danger to the community.



Warrant Service (Photo)06/23/23

On June 20th, 2023, The Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) with assistance from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) executed a search warrant in the 7400 block of Maple Creek in Westlake, Oregon.  During the service of the search warrant deputies located and detained Chanh Nguyen on the property.  A search of the property was conducted and over 2300 growing marijuana plants were located inside building on the property.  There were several other growing rooms that had been recently harvested.  Deputies believe that Nguyen typically grew approximately 5000 marijuana plants at a time.  Deputies also located and seized more than $20,000 in US Currency and a 2023 Dodge TRX truck valued at more than $80,000 that were believed to be proceeds of Nguyens illegal drug trade.  Evidence on the property indicates the operation has been in progress for at least two years.  Nguyen had been previously arrested in the state of Washington for similar crimes.  This property was not licensed through OLCC or OMMP to grow marijuana.  It is believed that all the marijuana was shipped out of state and the investigation is ongoing.  This operation used approximately 70,000 KWH hours of electricity per month.  To put that in perspective the average home only uses approximately 1500-3000KWH per month.  

LCSO was assisted on scene by Lane County Code Enforcement who found numerous violations to include: 

  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work without permits or inspections.  
  • Interior structural changes to existing agricultural buildings and single family dwelling without permits or inspections. 
  • Replacement of agricultural building without permits. 
  • Use of agricultural buildings for an unlawful purpose. 
  • Unsafe storage of hazardous materials, including CO2 tanks. 
  • Commercial marijuana growing in the Impacted Forestlands Zone without land use approval. 

The State Watermaster also responded and found illegal water use occurring on the property and issued a notice of violation.

Nguyen was cited and released on marijuana related charges, money laundering charges are also being considered.

LCSO would like to thank the Florence Police Department, Lane County Public Works and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency for their assistance.  

This operation was funded by a grant from the State of Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to mitigate large scale illegal marijuana operations.



LCSO CASE #23-3059 — Deputies Seeking Theft Suspects (Photo)06/23/23

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to identify three people believed to be associated with wire theft in the Veneta area earlier this month.  The depicted suspects are believed to be responsible for breaking into a commercial business in the 88000blk of Central Rd.  The suspects then cut and stole a large quantity of wire over the course of several days, causing upwards of several hundred thousands of dollars in damage.

Anyone with information regarding the identities of these suspects are asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.



Jail Levy Audit Presented to Lane County Sheriff and Board of County Commissioners (Photo)06/15/23

The results of an official audit of the Lane County Jail Levy funds during last fiscal year was presented to the Lane County Sheriff and the Board of County Commissioners, during their public meeting on Tuesday.  As part of the original levy promise, an annual audit by an independent firm was conducted to ensure that the levy funds are being utilized as promised.  Moss Adams LLP has asserted that:

  • The levy funds are held in a separate fund; not comingled with any other county funds
  • The County has continued to appropriate General Funds to fund jail services
  • The Sheriff’s Office operated a minimum of 255 local adult jail beds during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022

The public safety levy, which was renewed last May by 79% of voters, continues the requirement of an annual audit by a third party, so voters will continue to receive this validation for the lifetime of the renewed levy. 

Lane County Sheriff Cliff Harrold said, “We are very thankful that the community continues to trust us in providing this vital public safety service.  This levy allows us to hold violent offenders accountable, as well as continue to maintain the increased mental health services provided to those in our custody.  We will continue to spend these tax dollars as promised and strive to make Lane County a safer place for everyone who lives or visits here.” 

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