The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to Prairie Rd. near Leghorn Rd. shortly after 5:30am this morning. An employee at an area business had advised that a deceased female had been located near some shrubbery.
Upon arrival, deputies were able to identify the involved female. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The involved female has several recent injuries. An active investigation is under way and additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
UPDATE – The previously posted advisory regarding fire-fighting air resources on Fern Ridge Reservoir is being lifted at this time.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise the public that fire-fighting aircraft will be scooping water from Fern Ridge Reservoir starting this afternoon in relation to the Haight Creek Fire near Alma. Those recreating on the reservoir are asked to use extreme caution and consider recreating at a different location until further notice.
LCSO Case #23-3799 — Missing Climber (Photo) – 07/20/23
Utilizing intel gathered from drone footage, Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel have located the body of the missing climber on the North Sister. He has been identified as 21-year-old Joel Tranby of Bend. Tranby died after falling several hundred feet down a loose and rocky slope earlier this week. Search and Rescue personnel were able to observe his body from helicopter this morning; however, extremely loose and steep rocky terrain rendered reaching him on foot impossible.
Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel are consulting expert climbers from a number of various sources to determine if a recovery mission can be safely conducted.
We are saddened by this loss of life and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue received the report of an injured climber near the summit of the North Sister on the afternoon of July 17, 2023 at approximately 12:18pm. The caller reported that her boyfriend had fallen approximately 300-500ft down the slope and was severely injured. The caller was unable to see where the victim had fallen or reach him due to the extremely steep and rocky terrain.
A Lane County Sheriff’s Office SAR Coordinator and a Mountain Rescue volunteer arrived in the area via LifeFlight Network helicopter and immediately began searching. The victim is believed to have fallen into a very steep ravine that is made up of extremely unstable large boulders. Unfortunately he stopped responding verbally before searchers arrived. The search team as well as an Oregon National Guard Blackhawk crew were unable to locate him. This area is extremely dangerous and inaccessible to searchers by foot. Additional teams from Lane County SAR, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue, and an AirLink Helicopter also assisted in the search.
The search was resumed yesterday with the Civil Air Patrol utilizing a high-resolution camera, and a ground team comprised of volunteers with Corvallis Mountain Rescue and Eugene Mountain Rescue. They utilized a small Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) to further search the area where the victim is believed to have fallen. No new clues were located; however, searchers will closely analyze the high-resolution photographs utilizing specialized software to attempt to detect possible clues.
Future plans will be dependent upon the data analysis and resource availability.
LCSO CASE #23-3754 — Fatal Traffic Crash on Row River Rd. (Photo) – 07/18/23
Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a multi-vehicle traffic crash in the 37500blk of Row River Rd. on Saturday shortly after 11:00am. Initial investigation reveals that a white Honda Accord had been traveling westbound on Row River Rd. when it failed to negotiate a right hand curve and struck an oncoming gray Dodge Avenger.
A passenger in the Dodge Avenger was killed in the crash.
Additional details will be released as they become available.
This crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
Deputies located the suspect vehicle from this case in the Cottage Grove area and determined it to be a gray 2009 Honda Civic. Deputies also identified the driver as 24-year-old Modesto Ramos-Lopez.
Deputies contacted Ramos-Lopez yesterday afternoon and took him into custody without incident. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Assault in the 2nd Degree, Hit & Run, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the 4th Degree.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our appreciation to the community for their assistance in this case.
Phone number correction – Anyone with information is asked to call 541-682-4150 opt. 1.
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.
72-year-old Dean Allan Wiskow of Cottage Grove has been identified as the victim in Tuesday’s crash on London Rd. Wiskow was killed when he was involved in a head-on collision near Milepost 11 on London Rd.
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.
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:
Driving While Suspended / No License: 17
No Safety Belt: 26
Cell Phone Usage / Distracted Driving: 14
Vehicle Equipment Violations: 1
Misc. Other: 17
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 #23-3599 – 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.
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.
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.
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