Methamphetamine Distribution Conspirators Sentenced


Cesar Arnoldo Menjivar, 30, of Lane County, Oregon, was sentenced on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken to a 96-month prison term for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Following his release from prison, Menjivar will be on supervised release for four years. On June 3, 2015, co-conspirator William Friend, 19, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and on January 20, 2015, co-conspirator Richard Wilson, 37, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.

Menjivar Friend Wilson

A joint investigation by federal and local law enforcement revealed that Menjivar and his associates were distributing methamphetamine. Between December 17, 2013 and January 28, 2014, a confidential source negotiated five separate purchases of methamphetamine with Menjivar, and the drugs were delivered by William Friend, Richard Wilson and another individual.

On January 30, 2014, search warrants were executed at multiple locations. Approximately five ounces of methamphetamine, more than one ounce of heroin, packaging material, scales and a loaded pistol were located at William Friend’s residence, and a digital scale was located at Menjivar’s residence.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the DEA, the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Eugene Police Department Special Investigations Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Sweet and Nathan Lichvarcik prosecuted the case.

Eugene Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

EUGENE, OR—On June 18, 2014, Dean Allen Fleury, 52, of Eugene, Oregon, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken to 15 years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. Upon his release from prison, Fleury will be on supervised release for five years.

On April 8, 2013, officers with the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) caught Fleury with a large, distributable amount of methamphetamine. Fleury admitted he had been selling methamphetamine for the last few decades, and officers thereafter found a 12-gauge shotgun that he possessed and a large quantity of cash. Fleury has a criminal history

Dean Allen Fleury

Dean Allen Fleury

spanning 30 years, with numerous felony convictions for unlawful delivery and possession of methamphetamine. Under federal law, any person who possesses a firearm or ammunition after being previously convicted of three violent felonies or felony drug trafficking crimes is an Armed Career Criminal and faces a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

This case was investigated by INET; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan J. Lichvarcik.

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Parents Arrested for Child Neglect

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Douglas County couple faces child neglect charges after hospital employees say they found drugs in their daughter’s system.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the Mercy Medical Center late Tuesday night regarding a potential child abuse case.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Officer Dwes Hutson says, “The staff there was dealing with a two-year-old female patient. She had been brought in by her parents because she wasn’t acting normally.”

Deputies say the parents are Michelle Burke and James Pohl. Deputies also say after running some blood tests, emergency room staff say they found methamphetamine in their daughter’s system. Deputies then went with the father to search the home on Rolling Hills Road, where they would find all the evidence they needed to put both parents behind bars.

Hutson says, “Deputies found paraphernalia that had methamphetamine residue and they ended up arresting the male at the residence and went back to the hospital and arrested the female.”

Neighbors say the news raises concerns.

“It scares me, especially since we’ve got two kids here and we try to have a good community to make sure we can let our kids go outside without having to worry about that kind of thing,” says neighbor Jordan Guthrie.

And the whole situation was tough for many to wrap their head around.

“I just don’t know what to say about it because it’s just so reckless you know to be doing drugs in the first place, but to have the paraphernalia and what not laying around your house so that a kid can access it. It’s crazy that a parent would do that,” says Hutson.

Guthrie says, “It’s difficult for me to understand, because that’s a pretty high price to pay for something so stupid.”

Both parents were arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and unlawful possession of meth. Their next court date is to still to be determined. The Department of Human Services is now involved to ensure the safety of the child and two other children in the home.

Man accused of burglarizing church late Thanksgiving night

A Corvallis man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a church late on Thanksgiving or early Friday morning.

Benton County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Hardison grew suspicious when he happened upon a man wheeling a cart full of audio-visual equipment down the street at 1:30 Friday morning.

The cart of electronic equipment, valued at at least $10,000, was labeled First Presbyterian Church. The man, Joshua John Leroy Reith, 33, of Corvallis, was a probationer who had been released from jail earlier in the month on theft and drug possession convictions.

Deputy Hardison stopped Reith while he was walking east on Northwest Fifth Street near Tyler Avenue, about a half-mile away from the church, according to the Hardison’s probable-cause affidavit, which was filed in court. During a search, Hardison found Reith allegedly in possession of a snort tube that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Investigators believe that Reith was caught shortly after the alleged burglary and was on his way home or to someone else’s residence with the stolen property, according to Sgt. Randy Hiner of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Reith pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon to charges of first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

The district attorney’s office listed three aggravating factors in the theft charge: Reith has persistent involvement in property crimes, is accused of stealing from a church during the Thanksgiving holiday and is on felony probation.

Report Shows Officers Encountering More Weapons


– Report Shows Officers Encountering More Weapons in First Three Months of 2013

image - Eugene Police Dept.A recent report by Eugene Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit shows an increase in officers encountering firearms on the street in the first three months of 2013. EPD Crime Analysis Unit reports that over the first three months of 2013 there has been a 33 percent increase in Weapons Offenses, with an 89 percent increase in weapons possessed illegally and a 19 percent increase in weapons being carried concealed.

There have been recent incidents that illustrate this: on Friday May 10 through Saturday, May 11, EPD Officers handled at least three incidents involving illegal firearms, where multiple handguns and a semi-automatic rifle were seized, along with methamphetamine and cash.

One case yielded multiple firearms and arrests: at 2:14 p.m. on May 10, Eugene Police assisted Lane County Parole and Probation in the 800 block of Skipper to make an arrest of Jett Levi Faribault, age 27, on warrants. EPD found a stolen handgun and evidence of narcotics delivery. EPD also found Faribault had a large gun safe and after a search warrant was obtained, found an AR-15-style rifle, a shotgun and currency. Faribault was arrested on Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Cocaine, Theft in the First Degree.  Other arrests were made this week.

On May 11, at 2:30 a.m., two EPD officers stopped at vehicle near the 2100 block of Cubit, as the driver seemed intoxicated. The driver was found to be Driving While Suspended and an inventory of the vehicle yielded a concealed and loaded .22 caliber pistol, a set of brass knuckles that have taser prongs on them, and methamphetamine.  Two people were arrested:

Ramon Najar, age 24, of Eugene, was arrested and charges include:
*       Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Meth)
*       Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth)
*       Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
*       Carry Concealed Weapon
*       Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor)

Ramon Gonzales Moreno Hedras, age 24, of Springfield was arrested and charges include:
*       Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Meth)
*       Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth)
*       Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
*       Carry Concealed Weapon
*       Possession of a Weapon by Felon (Restricted)
*       Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (schedule III)
*       Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (schedule III)

The third incident was previously sent out over the weekend as a news release:

Ramon Najar

Jack Edward McDowell (age 30) was arrested at his home at approximately 0322 hours after neighbors reported hearing gunshots from within the home.

Neighbors in the area of 18th and Columbia woke to gunfire early this morning.  Neighbors pinpointed the noise as coming from McDowell’s home at 1804 Columbia prompting four 911 calls.  The Eugene Police Department responded and called McDowell outside where he was taken into custody.  McDowell is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon.  The investigation revealed McDowell was shooting guns into the ceiling of his home.  Later this afternoon, investigators seized several firearms and other evidence from inside the residence.

Investigators discovered at least 39 gunshots fired into the ceiling of McDowell’s home.  He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on 39 counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Disorderly Conduct 2.

March 2 – Morning Headlines


When you drop out State, Regional and National news, you sometimes get to see what a pleasant place we all live in, but maybe not today. Here are the Mornings Local Headlines:

From the National Weather Service
Today: Showers. High near 49. South southwest wind between 14 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Tonight: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Detailed Forecast (9:30am) from Meteorologist Tim Chuey
Look for showers and breezy conditions inland today, still windy at the coast through this afternoon (Updated 9:30 AM)
Customers sound off on sign to thwart student shoplifters
Seems the Students are unhappy that the store only wants as many inside as they can keep an eye on.
4 arrested after search warrant executed at rural West Eugene property
A total of seven people are facing possible criminal charges related to the investigation into unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine.
Strip club gets to keep liquor license
Yes, this is a headline: A downtown Springfield strip club has won the right to continue serving alcohol to customers of their establishment
Police seek help finding missing Eugene man, 22
Eugene police are asking for the public’s help in locating Jeffrey M. Vergara, 22, last seen near Royal Avenue and Terry Street about 8 pm Friday.
Eugene Police Crime Statistics Released
A new report from the Eugene Police Department says property crime is high for the area.