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LCSO Case #23-5833 — Lost Mushroom Picker Rescued by Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (Photo)11/07/23

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a missing mushroom picker Monday afternoon at about 2:30pm.  A man who had been lost in the woods in the area of Herman Peak Rd. northeast of Florence managed to hike his way out of the woods to a house in the Mercer Lake area. 

The man reported to authorities that he had become separated from his girlfriend a couple of days prior and that she was believed to still be lost somewhere in the woods.  Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel responded to the area and began searching for her. 

The female was located by SAR personnel late in the evening.  She had fallen into an area in the woods that was very difficult to access.  She was hypothermic, very disoriented and difficult to move.  The US Coast Guard provided a helicopter but were unable to hoist her out due to heavy fog that had set in the area.  Rescuers made the decision to stabilize and remain with her through the night until they could attempt to hike out in the morning.

This morning at about 5:30am rescuers were able to get the female up to the nearest roadway and into an ambulance.  She was transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

“I am so proud of our Search and Rescue team.” said Lane County Sheriff Cliff Harrold.  “Their care and compassion for others is so apparent.  Our community is a better place because of these brave men and women and their dedication to saving the lives of others.”     



LCSO Case #23-5818 — Suspect taken into custody after attempting to elude deputies (Photo)11/06/23

A deputy patrolling the area of Bushnell Ln. and Smithoak St. in Eugene observed a person operating a motorcycle recklessly on Sunday shortly before 3:00pm.  The motorcycle was seen rapidly accelerating to 65mph in a 25mph residential zone. 

The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to pull the motorcycle over.  Rather than stopping, the motorcycle’s operator sped away and began running stop signs.  The deputy terminated his pursuit of the motorcycle for safety reasons. 

About a minute later, the deputy observed the motorcycle driving in his direction at the intersection of Rossmore St. and N. Park Ave.  The motorcycle operator lost control of the motorcycle and began sliding on the ground.  The motorcycle slid and struck the deputy’s patrol car, however the operator slid to a stop without hitting the patrol car.

The male was taken into custody and identified as 41-year-old Brandon Linn Wilson.  Wilson was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He was transported to the Lane County Jail and lodged on charges including Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. 



LCSO Case #23-5715 — Accused Child Sex Abuser Taken into Custody near Elmira (Photo)11/03/23

Lane County Sheriff’s Office detectives recently began an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving a suspect from the Veneta area.  LCSO detectives obtained information indicating that 42-year-old Jeffery Allen Adams had been sexually abusing a minor child known to him.  Detectives worked the case and determined yesterday afternoon that there was probable cause to arrest Adams for the related crimes.  

Just moments after determining probable cause to arrest Adams was established, detectives learned that Adams was actively on his way to meet with the victim at her new residence.  

Detectives and deputies flooded the area and located Adams less than a mile away from the victim’s new residence, driving in her direction.  A traffic stop was initiated and Adams was taken into custody without incident.

Adams was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on the charges of Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Rape in the Second Degree, Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration.  



Arson in Veneta (Photo)10/26/23

With Pictures

LCSO Case #23-5619 On October 24th, 2023, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Lane Fire Authority responded to the Veneta Chamber of Commerce for the report of a possible Arson. During the investigation, Deputies learned that a male walked into the location, interacted with employees, and then intentionally set the location on fire before fleeing. Deputies contacted the suspect, identified as David Houston, attempting to start another fire nearby. Houston was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail. He is being held on the charges of Arson 1 and two counts of Reckless Endangering.

LCSO Case #23-5419 — Man arrested for menacing with a firearm over personal property10/16/23

On 10/12/2023 shortly after 2:15pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a menacing incident that occurred in the area of Salmon Creek Rd. outside of Oakridge.  The victim reported that a  male suspect accused him of stealing and was actively hunting him with a firearm. LCSO deputies responded as well as Oregon State Police Troopers and Oakridge Police Officers. 

Upon arrival, the victim reported that he found a backpack and car keys on the ground near a vehicle that he believed to be abandoned.  The victim took the property and put it in his van, claiming that he was planning on reporting the found property to police. As the victim was laying down in his van, a male later identified as 37-year-old Nicholas Ronald Hansen, used a gun to fire a round into the victim’s van.  Hansen then opened the door of the van, pointed the gun at the victim and demanded the backpack and keys.  The victim said Hansen tried to strike him with the firearm and told him that he would kill him if he ever saw him again.

Investigators made contact with Hansen and took him into custody for charges including Menacing, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail without incident.



LCSO Case #23-5280 — Death Investigation (Photo)10/10/23

*UPDATE* 10/10/2023

48-year-old Christopher Brown has been identified as a suspect in the death of a 52-year-old man that occurred at a residence on October 5, 2023, in the 2000blk of Harbor Dr. The victim had injuries consistent with an assault by a sharp object such as a knife. 

Lane County Sheriff’s detectives located Brown this morning shortly after 10:00am at a property in Chemult, Oregon. He was taken into custody without incident.     

Brown was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including Assault in the First Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

This victim has been identified as Rowdy Eugene Schmit. 


The death occurred yesterday, Thursday 10/05/23

At approximately 11:30am today, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a deceased person at a residence in the 2000blk of Harbor Dr. south of Springfield. Upon arrival, responders located the body of a deceased adult.  The victim had injuries consistent with recently being assaulted by an edged weapon. 

LCSO detectives responded to the scene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. During the investigation they identified 48-year-old Christopher Paul Brown as a person of interest.

Brown is described as a white male adult with graying brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5’08” and weighs about 155lbs. He is believed to be in the company of a white Pitbull type of dog (depicted). 

Brown should not be approached as he is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld at this time.   

(The attached photos depict Christopher Paul Brown)

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