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OSP Traffic Stop Turns Into Pursuit – Shots Fired

Marion County OR – On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at approximately 12:23 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper on Interstate 5 stopped a white, 2006 Honda Civic, for a speeding violation. The driver, identified as 21 year-old TRACY A. BETANCOURT-GARCIA, of Gresham, pulled over near milepost 242, at the Linn/Marion County line. As the trooper was in the process of writing Bentancourt-Garcia a citation, she and the male passenger switched places and the Honda left the scene and a pursuit ensued.

So far the investigation has shown that, the pursuit moved off the freeway and then back on again in the south Marion County area. At some point the new driver, identified as GUSTAVO FLORES-VEGA, 22, of Boring, left the freeway once more and went through Turner and out Mill Creek Road toward Aumsville before the vehicle turned onto 75th Place.

Troopers utilized a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) or similar technique to stop the car. After the vehicle was disabled Flores-Vega ran on foot and Troopers gave chase. After a short foot chase Flores-Vega was taken into custody by Troopers without further incident or injury.
The Sheriff’s Office can confirm that during the pursuit of Flores-Vega shots were fired by Troopers. Detective Sergeant Craig Cunningham stated, “This is an active investigation, and it will take time to put all of the pieces together.”

No one was injured during this incident and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is assisting OSP by leading the investigation. Flores-Vega is currently at the Salem Hospital, under guard, where he is being treated for an illness not related to last night’s incident. Mr. Flores-Vega’s is under arrest for attempting to elude the police and once he has been cleared by the hospital he will be taken to the Marion County Jail. Once the investigation is completed it will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

According to Oregon State Police spokesperson Lt. Josh Brooks, both Troopers involved in last night’s pursuit have been placed on paid administrative leave. Lt. Brooks stated, “This is standard procedure in these types of use of force cases.” The Troopers names are not being released at this time.

Investigators are looking for motorists who may have witnessed the incident. If you were in the area last night and saw the pursuit of Mr. Flores-Vega please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 38 Near Elkton

Elkton OR – Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Coos Bay are continuing the investigation into yesterday’s fatal head-on crash on Highway 38 at Paradise Road, near Elkton.

Preliminary information from the scene indicates that at approximately 3:45 p.m., a black, 2012 Honda CR-V, operated by HEATHER R. FRIEDRICH, age 44, of North Bend, was eastbound when it crossed the centerline into the westbound lanes and hit a tan, 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by KATHLEEN D. HANDCOCK, 57 of Coos Bay, which was westbound. The front passenger in the Camry, VIRGINIA L. WHALEN-JENNINGS, 59, of Coquille, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FRIEDRICH was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. HANDCOCK and her rear passenger were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was blocked for several hours as troopers investigated and reconstructed the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist and a traffic detour was established.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Elkton Rural Fire Protection District. No citations have been issued at this time however, investigative findings will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney for review.

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Mugshots Mini – Jan. 30 – 31, 2015

Every day this week it looks like the long arm of Law Enforcement has been keeping busy. Here are six out of the many  bookings/mugshots from the 30th, and 31st of January.





Charges: strangulation -2, and assault in the 4th degree

Name: Jeffrey Thomas Dau
Booking: 01-30-15 – 00:36
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department





Charges: unlawful possession of heroin -1

Name: Jessie Truth Banks
Booking: 01-30-15 – 18:09
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department





Charges: attempted assault in the 4th degree

Name: Carolyn Marie Campbell
Booking: 01-31-15 – 00:43
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department





Charges: DUII -1, reckless driving, unlawful possession of cocaine, and criminal mischief in the 2nd degree

Name: Joshua Thomas Adams
Booking: 01-31-15 – 02:16
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department





Charges: theft in the 3rd degree

Name: Charles Warner Embleton
Booking: 01-31-15 – 0:08
Facility: Springfield Municipal Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department





Charges: DUII, and DUII

Name: Justin Robbie Harrison
Booking: 01-31-15 – 0:40
Facility: Springfield Municipal Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department




As always, all the people presented here in their booking photos are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Lane County Mugshots is in no way liable for the accuracy of the charges or information here as it was gleaned from the websites of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and/or the Springfield Municipal Jail. Plus we are just human. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office if there is a question concerning the accuracy thereof.

Don’t drink and drive people……

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on Prairie Road

Eugene OR – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Meadowview and Prairie Road this morning involving a blue, 1995 Dodge Caravan and a white, 2005 GMC commercial truck. The white van was travelling southbound on Prairie Road and the blue van was turning from Meadowview onto Prairie Road when they collided.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Lane Fire Authority responded. Motorists travelling on Prairie Road were rerouted for several hours while first responders worked in the area.

The single occupant of the blue Dodge Caravan, identified as 62 year old Eugene Wong from Eugene, was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the white van suffered non-life threatening injuries. No citations were issued in connection with the accident.

This accident was the second of the morning. The first was a double fatal on HWY 99. Meadowview was the detour route for the first accident.

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Man Arrested After Drive-By Shooting and SWAT Stand-Off

La Pine OR – Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.

Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.

At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.

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Eugene Police Blotter – Jan. 03 – 22, 2015

Eugene, OR – Eugene Police Blotter. Stories from the men and women of the Eugene Police Department. This edition covers several such stories.


EPD on the Beat January 2015

January 22 – December 8, 2014, at approximately 11:56 p.m., police responded to an apartment at 90 Commons Drive, regarding a possible robbery in-progress. The suspect left before officers arrived, but information for a possible suspect was found and officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence of the suspect, Aaron David Lee Marshall, age 19, who had a listed address for a neighboring apartment at the same 90 Commons Drive address. The suspect, Marshall, was arrested in Douglas County on warrants yesterday, and was transported to the Lane County Jail after midnight this morning, on charges of Menacing –Intimidate/Threaten, Burglary in the First Degree – Residence, Robbery in the First Degree – Residence, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon – Possession Illegal. Marshall also received charges on an unrelated warrant related to a dispute at 90 Commons Drive, which EPD responded to on November 24, 2014, for Coercion – Intimidate/Threaten, Assault in the Fourth Degree – Simple Assault, and Strangulation – Misdemeanor.

January 21 – Willamette High School notified a school resource officer that a suspicious male subject was in their parking lot. A police officer responded and observed that the subject had left the school and was near Abby’s Pizza at Barger and Beltline. When the officer attempted to contact the subject, he walked onto the Beltline off ramp. The subject was then observed running into traffic and then back towards Abby’s Pizza when he jumped into a drainage ditch. Officers detained the subject, and medics arrived to transport him to the hospital.

At 3:59 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 9-1-1 received 64 calls from two girls, age 10 and 13, who also called the calltakers profane names. They were warned several times to stop calling, but continued to report false emergencies to 9-1-1, while being abusive to the calltakers. Police officers arrived at the home in the River Road area from which the girls made the calls. They were cited for Improper Use of 9-1-1 and were released to their parents.

At 5:36 p.m. on January 16, police received a report of a man who entered McKenzie River Music, 455 W. 11th Avenue, and left at a brisk pace with a pricey guitar he failed to pay for. Store employees provided a good physical description of the thief and his vehicle. An officer recognized the description to match that of Jason Nicholas Turre, age 36, no address. She located his vehicle on Willamette Street a short time later and when the dust settled police recovered the guitar from his car. Along with the guitar, drugs and burglar tools were seized. Case number 15-00883
January 13 – The evening that followed the National Championship game was calmer than anticipated. Police responded to approximately six small furniture fires in the West University District and the Eugene Springfield Fire Department responded to approximately ten fires. No further behavior problems were reported in relation to the National Championship game.

1500289 – Tuesday, January 6, at approximately 7:19 a.m., police responded to the area of Donald and Mill regarding a possibly stolen vehicle. Officers received information that the vehicle was traveling west on W. 38th. The vehicle was later found unoccupied on the 3700 block of Watkins Lane and returned to its owner. No suspects were found.

1500192 – Hit-and-run – Sunday, January 4, at approximately 11:45 a.m., police officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run that happened around 4 a.m. that day on the 200 block of Sunset Drive. Police received information that two unknown suspects, male and female in their early 30s, robbed a 40-year-old male victim of money, debit cards, electronics, and his 2006 Dodge Ram. When the suspects left with the truck, they drove into a fence in the neighbor’s front yard. Before the incident happened, the victim had reportedly been out with the two suspects at a bar, and the suspects drove the victim back to his house. When the victim awoke in the morning, he had a black eye, and observed that the previously mentioned items had been stolen.

DUII arrest leads to further charges – Sunday, January 4, at approximately 12:21 a.m., a police officer assigned to DUII patrol, observed a white Ford Explorer failing to maintain its lane of travel and failed to properly use his turn signal. An officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, Nicholas Turre Jason, age 36, in the parking lot of a motel on the 1500 block of West 6th Avenue. When officers attempted to arrest the suspect for DUII, he continued to resist and a taser was deployed. During the arrest, officers found the suspect in possession of heroin, methamphetamines, guns and masks. During the investigation, officers also found information about stolen property connected to the suspect. He was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail for Delivery of Heroin, DUII, Resisting Arrest – Disorderly Conduct, and a Warrant for Arrest. Further charges are pending.

Arson– A woman was arrested on January 3 at 7 a.m., for Arson in the First Degree and multiple counts of Reckless Endangering. On Wednesday at approximately 7:18 a.m., an officer was dispatched to an apartment on the 1700 block of Ferry Street to investigate a fire that Eugene Fire Department had responded to and maintained control of. Emergency Personnel at the scene encountered a disorderly Jennifer Anne Snuggerud, age 39, on E. 18th Ave near Mill St. and High St. The suspect, who was yelling and incoherent, was transported to the hospital, and then the Lane County Jail after probable cause was established to arrest her for Arson in the First Degree and Reckless Endangering.

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Fatal Vehicle Accident near Row River Road


Dorena OR – On 1/22/15, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle that was located 30-40 feet down a ravine off Row River Road between milepost 18 and 19. The vehicle was situated far enough down the ravine that it is unlikely that it would have been visible from a passenger vehicle; however, the community member reporting the wreckage was driving a commercial truck that sat far enough off the ground to provide visibility.

When the vehicle was spotted, the community member called for help. It is unknown at this time when the accident occurred or why the vehicle veered off the road.

The driver, 75 year old Robert Peck of Dorena, was found deceased in the vehicle. Mr. Peck was reported as a missing person on January 20, 2015 by his caregiver.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a death investigation in conjunction with the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Junction City Home Invasion Robbery

Junction City OR – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a home invasion robbery on Collins Road in Junction City this morning, 1/23/15, at approximately 2:30 am.

Two occupants of the residence, a 24 year old male and a 23 year old female, were sleeping when they were startled awake by three black males wearing dark clothing.

The male and female were held at gunpoint while the suspects bound their wrists and feet, and covered their mouths. The male was struck in the face with a pistol at one point during the robbery.

Multiple weapons were stolen from the home, as well as marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash. After the suspects fled the home, the male and female were able to pry the restraints loose and contact the homeowner who assisted the couple in calling 911.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has information about this case to contact us at 541-682-4141.

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Youth Pastor Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

Brooks OR – Today at about 10:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Peter Bass, age 36, of Brooks. After his arrest, Mr. Bass was taken to the Marion County Jail and he is awaiting arraignment on fifteen counts of Sodomy I and fifteen counts of Sex Abuse II.
As a result of the investigation Mr. Bass has been terminated from his position as a youth pastor at the Brooks Assembly of God. Currently the Sheriff’s Office has not identified any victims associated to Mr. Bass’s position at the church.

The Sheriff’s Office is however seeking any information regarding Mr. Bass or any information regarding additional victims. If you have information regarding this investigation please call Detective Nancy Hubbard with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-316-6635.

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FBI Offers up to $5,000 Reward for Information in Apartment Arson

Portland OR – The FBI is offering this reward in conjunction with the August 8, 2013, arson at the “Monroe Apartments” – a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Callers to 9-1-1 reported the blaze to the Portland Fire & Rescue at 4:14 am on this date. Several nearby homes and vehicles also suffered significant damage. Investigators put the damage estimate at $6,070,000.

The FBI is offering the reward at this time in an effort to generate new leads in this investigation. The FBI has been working with investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Police Bureau, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since the time of the fire to determine whether those with ties to domestic terrorism groups are responsible for the damage.

Tips that lead to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for a five-alarm fire that consumed a Portland apartment complex could result in a reward of up to $5,000.

Anyone who wants to report tips about the arson should call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or Detective Joseph Luiz at (503) 823-3408.

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