Eugene Police

Rollover Crash on Delta Highway

crash 1EUGENE, Ore — Eugene Police and Eugene Springfield Fire crews responded to a rollover accident  involving two vehicles on Delta Highway.

It happened Saturday just after 4:00 a.m. on Delta Highway Southbound near Good Pasture Loop.

A grey truck landed upside down with its cab smashed in.  The driver walked away.  He told KEZI 9 News that he was traveling southbound on Delta Highway when a driver in a white car, merging onto SB Delta from Good Pasture Loop, hit his truck. He says he lost control, struck the freeway median and landed upside.  He also told KEZI 9 News, the other driver involved did not immediately stop.

The other driver was located about a quarter mile away on SB Delta Highway where was questioned by police.

No word on injuries. The collision is still under investigation.crash 3

Teenagers Take Unknown Drug

3-16 teen drugEUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department says it’s concerned after responding to two teenage boys acting erratically after taking an unknown drug.

The Eugene Police Department says it responded to a home in the 2900 block of Summit Terrace Drive early Sunday morning.

Police say two boys, ages 14 and 15 were acting violently and had an abnormal amount of strength.

While police don’t know what drug they took, police say it appears they took hallucinogens.

Police say the teens are not facing any criminal charges because they did not have drugs in their possession at the time of the incident.

“It’s  kind of hard to go after kids for that when it’s drugs and no other crime and no injuries to officers or other people. But, certainly concerning and had they been caught with the drugs themselves they’d be looking at felony drug charges,” said Lt. Scott Fellman.

During the incident one of the boys was running around in his underwear. Another got in a tussle with police officers.

It took multiple officers to restrain the boy.

Eugene Police Investigating Shooting

Police-LightsEugene, Ore. – Eugene police are investigating a shooting in a parking lot on Highway 99 and Roosevelt. It happened shortly after 6 p.m. Friday night.

Officers say an 18-year-old man was shot and the shooter ran off on foot. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated.

If anyone witnessed the shooting they are asked to call the police non emergency line at 541.682.5111.

Officer-Involved Crash Closes Lanes

12-20 eugene police carEUGENE, Ore. — West 11th Avenue was down to one lane in each direction Saturday after a three-vehicle crash at the Bertelsen intersection.

One of the vehicles involved was a Eugene Police car. Police say around 4 p.m. the officer was going east on 11th and was responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens on. That’s when a car travelling north on Bertelson T-boned the police car.

The officer’s vehicle spun out and hit another car. No one was injured.

“All the occupants were okay. Our officer was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, treated and released. The other drivers remained on scene and were cooperative with the investigation,” says Sergeant Ron Tinseth.

Police did skid testing on scene as well as mapping as part of the investigation.

Man Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

12-7 leonardEUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is behind bars accused of trying to hire a man to kill his neighbor. 57 year old Jeffrey Wright Leonard is charged with solicitation for murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Police were tipped of by a Lane County Jail inmate on Thursday. He told investigators Leonard approached him in November and offered to pay him to kill the neighbor. The two shared a jail cell in May.

The inmate told police Leonard wanted the neighbor killed on December 5th. “He was aware Jeffrey Leonard had created an alibi for that specific date so that was the urgency. We felt if we don’t intervene, run with this part of the investigation, who’s to know whether he’s planned out some other backup plan,” said Sgt. Scott McKee.

Leonard’s River Road area neighbors say he’s threatened multiple neighbors in the past and aren’t surprised by his arrest.

Police say multiple neighbors seem to be involved in an ongoing dispute.

Leonard will be in court on Monday.

Animal Hospital Vandalized

8-23 SURVEILLANCEEUGENE, Ore. — Vandals struck an animal clinic Saturday night and it was all caught on surveillance video.

It all happened at the Santa Clara Animal Hospital on the 2500 block of River Road. The video appears to show two young boys heaving a rock through the front window around 1 a.m. Saturday.

The officer manager says no animals were injured during the incident and nothing was stolen. The cost is estimated to be between $3,000-$5,000.

“Oh they know what they’re doing, and yes they should be punished. This is something wrong. They can’t be doing this to other people,” says hospital manager Patti Liljestrom.

Meanwhile nearby, a Fred Meyer gas sign at Division and River Road was also vandalized. It’s unknown whether the incidents are related.

IRS Scam Warning

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is warning others after he took a call from an IRS scam artist.8-20 IRS SCAM PIC

Alex Aanderud says he got a call Wednesday from someone claiming to be from the Department of Legal Affairs with the Internal Revenue Service.

He says they claimed they were going to take legal action against him because his CP503, a tax account was overdue.

He says the caller claimed they’d passed the point of taking money and they’d be issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Aanderud wasn’t convinced.

He pressed the caller further, asking more detailed questions.

He says he was then transferred to a man named Chris Harris.

Through internet searches, he found the name was of an actual IRS agent in Washington.

But Aanderud says they never directly asked for money.

“We’re not able to take money from you, we’re not able to take money from you. We’re just calling to let you know that this is your final chance that you’ve got an arrest warrant coming up. And what they were looking for was an individual to say, which is what I said is ‘what would it take for me not to have this arrest warrant,” said Aanderud.

Aanderud says the caller posing as Chris Harris told him they normally can’t do anything but he could drop off cash at a local Albertons.

He says he just wants to make sure the community is aware of this scam.

Eugene Police say there’s been hundreds of IRS scams during this tax season.

They say to remember the government will never call you over the phone asking for money.

You’ll normally get a formal notice in the mail or someone in person at your door.

Eugene Man Facing Kidnapping Charges

MANUEL VASQUEZ MUGEUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is in jail Monday night, facing a lengthy list of charges including robbery and kidnapping.

Police got the call just after 8:00 p.m. Sunday about a kidnapping in West Eugene. Police said Manuel Vasquez kidnapped a relative, held the person at a home, but the victim eventually escaped.

EPD said took off with identification, purchasing cards, and a car. Police said when they caught up with Vasquez, a few miles from the home, he ran but they were able to catch him.

He’s being held at the Lane County jail facing charges of robbery, kidnapping, theft, coercion, assault, menacing, identity theft, along with a handful of other charges.

Fireworks Calls for Service and Response

Fireworks Calls for Service and Response


Eugene Springfield Fire and Eugene Police and the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit have been taking steps to reduce the volume of unlawful displays, including through public service announcements, education and enforcement. This year, more emphasis was placed on outreach and enforcement. The goal is to raise awareness and reduce illegal fireworks hazards. June 24, 2014, the Eugene City Council approved two City Code changes to address the pervasive use of fireworks, which raises many concerns for the safety and wellbeing of animals, senior citizens, military veterans, refugees, and community members at large. There has also been concern regarding injuries and fires caused by fireworks that can damage property and the environment.
Eugene Police staffed additional officers on Friday July 4, from 8 p.m. to July 5 at 2 a.m., while Fire crews patrolled neighborhoods to note and report illegal fireworks activity.

Additional data regarding crime prevention efforts prior to the 4th will be available next week. For follow up interviews, the first availability should be Sunday July 6.

Fireworks Enforcement Statistics July 4 from 8 p.m. to July 5 at 2 a.m.
PRELIMINARY 2014 JULY 4 TOTAL ILLEGAL FIREWORKS CALLS ENTERED – 165

CONTACTS MADE BY ENFORCEMENT DETAIL – 68

*       POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS CITATIONS   –    9
*       ADVISED REGARDING FIREWORKS USE –    16
*       QUIET ON ARRIVAL OR GONE ON ARRIVAL   –   35
*       RESOLVED OR UNFOUNDED –   8

social host warnings/cites/arrests:
*       NONE

Charged were:
FACKLER, MATTHEW S.03201971     CLC -POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


HOGANSEN, GARY L.08221954               CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


EBA,ABRAHAM B.07211993          CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


GALINDO,NICOLAS.10241990                CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


CACERES,WOLFREDO A.09221982     CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


BENWAY,RAYMOND JR.07151993      CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


HETRICK,MARK VERNON.04171963    CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


SILBERSTEIN,AARON N.10181974    CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS


VALENTINE,CALEB E.01021990              CLC-POSSESSION ILLEGAL FIREWORKS



Previous Years – Illegal Fireworks Calls in Eugene
2013 = 247 calls
2012 = 177
2011 = 214
2010 = 133
2009 = 174


BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The City Code changes include:
1) Within Eugene, fireworks that are legal for retail purchase can be used only between June 23 and July 6 and December 31 and January 1. (City Code 4.934). Violation of the ordinance is punishable by jail and the base fine has been set at $250.
2) The use of illegal fireworks during anytime of the year, or the use of fireworks that are legal for retail purchase other than between June 23 and July 6 andDecember 31 and January 1, has been added to the Social Host ordinance ( 4.670).
The social host, or ordinance on unruly gatherings, holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance. For more information: SOCIAL HOST<http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2373>
Information about fireworks has also being sent out through media/social media, Neighborhood Watch groups, Neighborhood Associations, and fireworks vendors. 

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Witnesses Sought in Attempted Abduction

Reported KidnappingEUGENE, Ore — Police are hoping someone saw an attempted abduction in Eugene Thursday afternoon.

An 18-year-old told police a man tried to grab her as she was walking to her car near 18th and Bertelsen. It happened at about 12:15 p.m.

She told police she broke free when the man first tried to grab her, but when she got to her SUV, he forced the door open and tried to pull her back out. She told police she fought back, kicking and screaming until he finally let go. He then fled and drove away in a 1990′s black Chevy extra cab S-10 pickup.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his 40s, 6 feet tall, with a muscular build. He was balding and had a neatly-trimmed goatee, and was wearing dark sunglasses and white tank top.

The teen saw several people nearby who may have seen the incident, and police would like to talk to any witnesses.

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