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School bus crash06/24/22

This morning at 08:43 hours, Lane County 911 dispatch received a report of a school bus crash on Marcola Road near milepost 4.  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Mohawk Fire and Rescue, and Eugene Springfield Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, two occupants were located: an adult male driver and a single juvenile passenger. The adult male was transported to the hospital in serious condition. The juvenile was treated and released at the scene.

The investigation continues, but initial indications point to the driver suffering a medical emergency, immediately preceding the crash.  

Emergency responders had Marcola Road closed for a little more than an hour, to accommodate emergency vehicles and personnel.  At this time the roadway has been completely reopened and normal traffic has resumed.



22-3329 – Assault with metal knuckles (Photo)06/21/22

Yesterday just prior to 10:00am, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 400 block of S. 2nd St. in Creswell regarding an assault that had just occurred.  Upon arrival, deputies learned that 25 year old Dakota Ray Stone of Springfield, entered the location and assaulted two people including his ex-girlfriend from over five years ago. 

Stone arrived unannounced at his ex-girlfriend’s place of employment and punched a male at the location with metal knuckles, causing various facial injuries.  The male victim and Stone are not known to each other.  Stone then punched the female victim in the face, causing facial injuries to include a possible broken nose.  This attack was completely unprovoked and it has been approximately five years that Stone and the female have even seen each other.  Stone fled the location prior to deputies arriving. 

Deputies were able to track him to a residence in the 3300blk of E. Game Farm Rd. in Springfield where he was taken into custody without incident.  The involved metal knuckles were located and seized as evidence. 

Stone was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Assault in the 2nd Degree, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon. 

LCSO Case #22-3225 — Fatal Traffic Crash06/21/22

*UPDATE* 06/21/22

The person killed in last week’s crash on Jasper-Lowell Rd. has been identified as 91 year old Thomas William Tonkin of Westfir. 

Tonkin was the passenger of a white 1999 Cadillac Deville driven by 67 year old Mindey Koch, also of Westfir.  They had been driving eastbound on Jasper Lowell Rd. when, for an unknown reason, they crossed into the westbound lane and crashed head-on with a gray 2020 Toyota Prius driven by 56 year old Valerie Shepler of Lowell. 

Koch and Shepler were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Tonkin died on scene. 

Deputies are investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the 37000blk of Jasper Lowell Rd. shortly after 6:30pm this evening. 

Initial investigation reveals that a white Cadillac was driving eastbound on Jasper Lowell Rd. when it crossed into the oncoming lane for an unknown reason.  The Cadillac then struck a westbound Toyota Prius head-on. 

The drivers of the Cadillac and Prius were transported to an area hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries.  A passenger in the Cadillac died on scene. 

The names of the involved are being withheld at this time, pending next of kin notification. 



LCSO Case #22-3182 — Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)06/13/22

On June 12, 2022, just after 12:30pm, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies along with fire personnel responded to E. 30th Ave. near Eldon Schafer Dr. regarding a multi-vehicle crash. On scene deputies were able to determine that a 2000 Toyota Camry rear ended a 2000 Dodge Van.  This caused the van to rear end a 2020 Toyota RAV-4.  Five patients were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Impairment and road-rage are being investigated as factors contributing to the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office is unable to release additional details at this point in the investigation.



Tom Turner Memorial Service – Tomorrow 1:00pm (Photo)06/13/22

The memorial service for Florence Police Chief and Former Lane County Sheriff, Tom Turner, will be tomorrow at First Baptist Church in Eugene at 1:00pm.  With his service to the Eugene Police Department, Florence Police Department, and Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Tom served the citizens of Lane County as a public safety officer for over 40 years. 

Tom’s family has asked that in lieu of sending flowers, those wishing to donate consider offering contributions to local charity. Non-profit organizations that meant a lot to Tom include: Siuslaw Outreach Services, The Jazz Station, and National Night Out | City of Florence Oregon

Tomorrow’s service will include various police honors and will be open to the public dependent upon available seating. 

LCSO Case #22-3112 — Death Investigation06/10/22

*UPDATE* 06/10/22

The identity of the deceased person located in the ocean north of Florence yesterday has been confirmed as 31 year old Stefen Ray Nutter of Florence.  Nutter was reported missing Wednesday after not returning from a surfing trip in the area. At this time there is no evidence of foul play or criminal activity contributing to his death.

At approximately 10:30pm last night the Sheriff’s Office received a call about an overdue surfer in the area of Heceta Beach north of Florence. Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue along with United States Coast Guard personnel responded and began searching the area.

Close to noon today, Coast Guard personnel located a deceased subject in the water not far from where the overdue surfer was believed to have been surfing.

The identity of the involved is being withheld at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

LCSO Case #22-2856 — Death Investigation06/10/22

*UPDATE* 06/09/22 – LCSO Case #22-2856

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the human remains located recently near W. Boundary Rd. in Lowell.  The victim has been identified as an adult female likely between 30 and 50 years of age. She is believed to have had dark hair and to stand between 5’00” and 5’08” in height.  Located with her was a white ‘Huf’ shirt with green stripes (sleeves had been removed) and a light colored shirt with an elephant print on it. 

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the involved is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.

(See Attached Flyer)

Correction – The remains were located on 05/26/22 and deputies are not currently on scene.  The condition of the remains indicate that the victim had likely been deceased for several weeks prior to discovery of the remains. Investigators are working with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to determine the identity of the victim and cause of death.   

Deputies are on scene at an area off of W. Boundary Rd. east of Lowell after a caller reported finding what they believed to be human remains.  The remains were found in a wooded area just a short distance from the roadway.  Deputies and investigators from the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office on scene were able to determine that the remains are human.

An identity of the deceased has not yet been established.  The death is being investigated as suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 



22-2832 — Search Warrant Service & Outstanding Suspect (Photo)06/06/22


Deputies served a search warrant on Friday at a residence in the 3700blk of East 22nd Ave. in Eugene.  Numerous firearms, ammunition, and ballistic vests were recovered from an area accessible to convicted felons.  At least one of the firearms was confirmed as stolen while another’s serial number had been removed.  The primary suspect in the investigation, 29 year old David Joseph Essary, is also convicted felon and is not allowed to possess these items.  Essary remains outstanding and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Suspect – David Joseph Essary DOB: 10/07/1992

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently serving a search warrant at a residence in the 3700blk of East 22nd Ave. in Eugene. The warrant service is related to an ongoing criminal investigation. The crimes being investigated include: Arson, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Body Armor, Criminal Mischief, Theft, Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Trespass, and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle.

The suspect in this case is 29 year old David J. Essary. Essary stands approximately 5’07” and weighs approximately 200lbs. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and tattoos on his neck and arms.

Essary is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

LCSO Case #22-3048 — Reckless Endangering06/06/22

This morning just prior to 3:30am, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Eugene Police Department responded to Dalton Dr. in the Santa Clara area after receiving multiple reports of gunshots.

Upon arrival, authorities located and detained 32 year old Dylan Holmes.  Investigation revealed that Holmes, possibly suffering from mental health issues, fired multiple rounds in the neighborhood.  At least one round struck another residence.  No injuries were reported.

Multiple firearms belonging to Holmes were taken for safekeeping.  Holmes was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Firearm.   

LCSO Case #22-2954 — Fatal Traffic Crash06/03/22

On June 1st, 2022, shortly prior to 3:00pm, a passerby called 911 to report that a vehicle had struck a pole in the area of Gimpl Hill Rd. and McMorrot Ln. Deputies and fire personnel arrived and found the driver and sole occupant was deceased. He was identified as 44 year old Donavon Brady Hagerman of Eugene.

Evidence at the scene indicate that the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F150 pickup, had been traveling eastbound when it left the roadway and struck the pole. Hagerman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

LCSO Case #22-3305 — Fatal Traffic Crash06/03/22

Deputies responded to a motorcycle vs. trailer crash in the 93000blk of River Rd. last night shortly after 10:30pm. The driver of the involved vehicle, 55 year old Edward Peters of Eugene, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Investigation revealed that a 1999 Honda motorcycle, driven by Peters, was southbound on River Rd. when it struck a travel trailer being backed into a driveway. The driver that was backing the trailer, 51 year old Gary Ries of Eugene, was not injured in the crash.

Peters is believed to have been consuming alcohol prior to the crash.

LCSO Case #22-2966 — Hit and Run Crash06/03/22


36 year old Donald Robert Floyd contacted the Lane County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon to turn himself in regarding yesterday’s hit and run crash on Territorial Hwy.  Deputies made contact with him and have recovered the involved vehicle.  Floyd was issued a citation in lieu of custody for Hit & Run – Injury and lodged at the Lane County Jail on unrelated warrants. 

Deputies responded to the area of Territorial Hwy. near Demming Rd. just after 1:00am this morning after receiving reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.  Upon arrival they learned that a person assisting someone jumpstart a car was struck by a passing vehicle.  The victim was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive.  After the crash, the vehicle fled the scene southbound towards Veneta. 

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a pickup, possibly a Chevrolet Silverado.  It is likely to have damage to the front and/or passenger side.  Broken pieces of dark green painted plastic were left behind by the suspect vehicle.   

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. 


LCSO Case # 22-2834 — Burglary suspect assaults neighbor and attempts to flee the scene05/27/22

On 05/26/2022 Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 3500blk of Valentine Ct. in Springfield regarding an in-progress burglary.  Neighbors of the involved residence called 911 to report that three unknown people were stealing property from within the location. 

When confronted by a bystander, one of the suspects shoved the bystander to the ground.  The bystander struck his head on the pavement and was rendered unconscious. The suspect also placed another bystander in a headlock and threw her to the ground before rummaging through her purse. The suspect, later identified as 28 year old Tanner Glen Mace, fled the location on foot.  Mace was located hiding in a nearby yard and taken into custody. The injured bystander was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Two other suspects involved in the burglary had been able to flee the location in a U-Haul pickup.  They are described as a white male adult wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and baseball hat and a white female adult with brown hair and a short, thin build. 

Mace was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including:  Assault in the 2nd Degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, Robbery in the 3rd Degree, Physical Harassment, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.  He was also lodged on unrelated outstanding warrants.

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

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