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02/28/24 - LCSO Case #23-3027 - Lane County Man Convicted of Attempted Murder (Photo) - 03/01/24

In June 2023, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives followed an anonymous tip to the 23000 block of Green Creek Road, Elmira. The tip indicated Jason Scott Page was at a residence in the area. Page was wanted by LCSO for several crimes including Attempted Murder. A sergeant observed Page leaving in a vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Page fled the stop on foot before shooting at deputies. After a brief exchange of gunfire, Page was taken into custody unharmed.

On February 28th, 2024, Page pled guilty to Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Reckless Driving.  Page was sentenced to 10 years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

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02/26/24 - LCSO Case #24-0990 - Lane County Sheriff's Office requests Public's Help Identifying Suspect - 02/29/24

On Monday at about 10:30 p.m., Deputies responded with Florence Police to the area of the Goose Pasture Staging Area on South Jetty Road for a report of a male who was shot.  The victim had been struck by gunfire while inside his trailer, causing significant injury.  He was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.  Detectives have conducted extensive follow up on the case, but have been unable to locate the suspect.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or has information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Hudson with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 option 1 and reference LCSO Case #24-0990.

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02/23/24 - LCSO Case #24-0931 - Deputies Assist Lane County Animal Services with Animal Rescue, Cite Owner (Photo) - 02/28/24

On Friday, Deputies responded with Lane County Animal Services to an address in the 34400 block of Highway 58.  LCAS had received complaints of malnourished animals from area residents.  The owner of the animals, Raina McKenzie Ott, was known to be on probation from a 2020 conviction for 11 counts of Animal Neglect in the Second Degree in which she was sentenced to 60 months of probation.  While LCAS typically does initial contact on animal neglect cases, LCSO assisted due to the likely probation violation and criminal neglect of the animals.  

Deputies contacted Ott at the residence and discovered several malnourished cows and emaciated companion animals living in deplorable conditions.  Several decomposing cow carcasses were also found.  LCAS rehoused the companion animals and is working with Ott to remove the remaining cows from the property.  Possession of the cows and companion animals was in violation of her probation as well.  

Ott was cited in lieu of custody for Animal Neglect in the First Degree, Animal Neglect in the Second Degree, and Contempt of Court. 

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02/26/24 - LCSO Case #17-8456 - Lane County Investigation Leads to 20-Year Sentence for Idaho Man - 02/27/24

 CORRECTION - The number of counts for each crime has been updated below.  

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In late 2017, a ranger with the Bureau of Land Management contacted a teenage juvenile at an illegal camp near Sharps Creek, Cottage Grove. The juvenile told the ranger she had been living there with an adult male for months.  The camp was in disarray. Concerned for her well-being, the ranger contacted the Department of Human Services. DHS had an open case involving the juvenile. She was taken into DHS custody and placed with her mother. Due to the condition of the campsite, the adult male, Lucas Anthony Lloyd, was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail for Littering within 100 Yards of a Waterway.  

Detectives with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office began investigating. The juvenile was interviewed by the Kids FIRST Children’s Advocacy Center. Although she appeared uncomfortable and tested positive for methamphetamine, she did not disclose any abuse. Two years later, in 2019, she opened up to a counselor and disclosed that Lloyd had sexually abused her repetitively.  Lloyd was then in custody with the Idaho Department of Corrections for taking the juvenile from another state to Oregon, violating his custody agreement.  

LCSO detectives interviewed Lloyd with assistance from the Idaho Department of Corrections.  During the interview, Lloyd admitted to having sex with the juvenile.  The case could not be prosecuted, however, as the juvenile had not provided a statement to law enforcement.  Detectives continued following up on the case while Lloyd was still in prison.  

In 2022, the juvenile advised she was ready to talk.  She gave detectives a detailed account of how Lloyd sexually abused her and regularly provided her with methamphetamine in the Cottage Grove area.  The case was presented to a Grand Jury and Lloyd was indicted.  

Lloyd finished his 60-month Idaho prison sentence and was immediately transported to the Lane County Jail.  On February 26, 2024, Lloyd pled guilty to one count of Rape in the First Degree, one count of Sodomy in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and one count of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.  Lloyd was sentenced to 20 years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to the thank the many law enforcement officers and partner agencies that assisted with this case, all of whom came together to find justice for the victim.   

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The Lane County Sheriff's Office will never ask for money or compensation of any kind by telephone, text, or email. (Photo) - 02/22/24

The Lane County Sheriff's Office will never ask for money or compensation of any kind by telephone, text, or email.

Our community continues to be targeted by scammers identifying themselves over the phone as employees of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Scammers have in the past also used text and email. The scammers claim there are warrants, missed jury duty, or unsettled legal issues. The scammers then ask for payment or personal information, often to avoid arrest. In some instances, the scammers appear to call from official phone numbers or provide fraudulent callback numbers with official-sounding voicemail inboxes.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Lane County Sheriff's Office employee and you think you are being scammed, please hang up and contact our dispatch center at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.

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02/11/24 - LCSO Case #24-0714 -- Lane County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Recovers Remains using High Angle Rope Techniques (Photo) - 02/21/24

*UPDATE* - 02/21/24

The remains have been identified as Dustin Jay Steyding of Yachats.  

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On Sunday, two Benton County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue volunteers were hiking near Cummins Peak southeast of Yachats.  The volunteers had previously been involved in search efforts in the area for Dustin Steyding.  During their hike, they located human remains.

Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers and deputies responded to investigate and recover the remains, which were near the bottom of an extremely steep coastal drainage with thick vegetation.  Operations took over ten hours and involved a steep angle rope system.  SAR volunteers and deputies used the rope system to raise the remains and recovery team 800 feet up the drainage to safe ground.  

The Lane County Medical Examiner's Office retained jurisdiction.  Additional information is being withheld pending positive identification of the remains.  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office could not handle these types of calls and many others without the selfless service of our Search & Rescue volunteers.  Nearly every week, they assist with rescues in all types of environments and weather.  Learn more about our Search & Rescue program at https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/sheriff_s_office/volunteers/search_and_rescue

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02/19/24 - LCSO Case #24-0851 - Death Investigation on Sweet Creek Falls Trail - 02/21/24

On Monday, February 19th around 11:30 a.m., a hiker in the Sweet Creek Falls area located a person down on the trail who was unresponsive. Fire personnel responded and determined the male was deceased.  Investigating deputies identified the male as Adan Miranda-Gonzalez, 29, of Eugene. They were later able to notify next of kin. Due to the hazardous trail, Lane County Sheriff Search & Rescue volunteers were called out to assist with transporting Miranda-Gonzalez back to the trailhead.  The death does not appear suspicious at this time.  

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

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DUII Traffic Stops Lead to Additional Charges (Photo) - 02/16/24

Several recent cases highlight the proactive work our deputies accomplish in between calls for service to keep our roads safe.  This month deputies have already investigated 11 DUIIs total and assisted partner agencies with additional DUII arrests.  Please designate a driver or use a rideshare if you choose to drink. If you see a driver you think is impaired, please call 9-1-1!

  

02/15/24 - LCSO Case #24-0806 - DUII Apprehended by K9 Bruno

On Thursday night, a deputy attempted a traffic stop in the 4500 block of Franklin Boulevard.  The vehicle drove into an RV park and the driver fled on foot.  Eugene Police and Springfield Police responded with deputies and set a perimeter.  K9 Bruno was deployed, and less than 10 minutes later he located the suspect, Cody Wallace Hanstad of Springfield.  Hanstad showed signs of impairment and was arrested without further incident.  He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (by foot), and Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor.   

 

02/10/24-0693 - LCSO Case #24-0693 - DUII Stop Leads to Felon in Possession of Firearm Charge

A deputy initiated a traffic stop in downtown Eugene.  The driver stopped near 2nd Avenue and Lincoln Street, and showed signs of impairment.  After initially providing a false name, he was identified as Brandon Allen Hopkins of Eugene, who had a Coburg municipal warrant for his arrest and was a felon.  The vehicle was impounded.  During a search of the vehicle, deputies located a firearm and methamphetamine.  Hopkins complained of medical issues and was transported to the hospital.  Prior to Hopkins being cleared by the hospital for lodging at the jail, a shooting victim and witnesses came into the hospital, requiring the deputy’s attention.  Hopkins was cited in lieu of custody for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - Misdemeanor, and Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor.

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LCSO Adds Drug Detection Dog to Canine Unit (Photo) - 02/13/24

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the addition of a new Drug Detection Dog to our canine unit!  Bear is a 2-year-old German Shepherd certified to detect dangerous drugs, including Fentanyl.  Bear and his handler, Detective McQuillan, will be utilized in patrol investigations as well as proactive work with shipping companies and the Eugene Airport.  They are partnering with local schools in the county to help maintain safe campuses.  They will also assist the Lane County Jail to prevent drugs from entering the facility.  

Bear started working less than a month ago and has already assisted with the seizure of a half-pound of cocaine, a half-pound of Fentanyl, and five and a half pounds of meth.  Good boy Bear!

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is funded by community donations.  All donations go directly to the K9 program to supply food, veterinary care, and equipment.  Donations to keep their good work going can be made at https://client.pointandpay.net/web/lanecountysheriffdonations

Learn more about all our canines at https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/sheriff_s_office/about_us_-_now_and_then/police_services_division/k9_unit

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23-0678 -- Train vs. Pedestrian Crash near Junction City - 02/13/24

UPDATE - 02/13/24

The deceased pedestrian was identified as Sara Faith Sanner, 35, of Eugene.  

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Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a train vs. pedestrian crash just north of Junction City this morning shortly after 11:30am.  Upon arrival, deputies learned that a train had been traveling southbound along Union Pacific rail lines when it struck an adult female that had been walking along the tracks. 

Initial investigation revealed that the female had been facing away from the train as it approached. Train operators saw the female and attempted to warn her by horn, however she did not respond.  Train operators were not able to stop the train in time and the female was struck.  She was pronounced deceased on scene.  Railroad employees remained on scene and are cooperating with investigators.

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

02/12/24 -- LCSO Case #24-0726 -- Armed Menacing Suspect Arrested after Crisis Negotiation Deescalates - 02/12/24

On Monday, February 12th at about 4:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of menacing that occurred in the 37000 block of Parsons Creek Rd., Marcola. The suspect, Shane Leroy Doyle, 51, had arrived at the location and pointed a firearm at several victims during a dispute. He then left in a vehicle. While deputies were driving to the call, they spotted Doyle’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Doyle pulled over, started driving again, then stopped in the area of Marcola Road and Hayden Bridge Road. Doyle refused to comply with instructions to exit the vehicle. 

Deputies were able to observe the interior of the vehicle from a distance with a an LCSO drone. Doyle was armed with a pistol, rifle, and shotgun in the vehicle. He often was holding the handgun or had it in the seat next to him.  

Deputies with the LCSO Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were able to contact the suspect by phone. They deescalated Doyle from his suicidal statements and threatening behavior. Finally, they convinced him to comply with instructions to surrender.  After more than an hour of negotiation, Doyle was safely taken into custody.  He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on four counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and four counts of Menacing.  

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police and Springfield Police for their quick response to assist with bringing this call to a safe conclusion for all involved.  

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02/10/2024 -- LCSO Case #24-0699 -- Assault Suspect Arrested after Shooting in Glenwood (Photo) - 02/10/24

02/10/2024 – LCSO Case #24-0699 – Assault Suspect Arrested after Shooting in Glenwood

On Saturday around 12 p.m., Deputies were at McKenzie Willamette Hospital on an unrelated case when a nurse advised there was a victim with a gunshot wound that was being transported to the ER.  The victim had sustained life-threatening injuries from a high-powered air rifle.  Several witnesses arrived with the victim and cooperated with the investigation. 

The incident had occurred in a gravel area east of Henderson Avenue and E. 24th Avenue, Eugene.  Deputies responded along with Oregon State Police, Springfield Police with a K9, and Eugene Police.  They were able to locate the suspect and monitor his movements with a Sheriff’s Office drone.  Deputies, troopers, and officers moved in and safely arrested the suspect without further incident.  He was later identified as Robert Lyle Piper, 66, of Eugene.  He was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Assault in the First Degree.  Additional charges may be filed as the investigation is ongoing.  The victim is in stable but critical condition.  Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150, option 1. 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Springfield Police Department, and Eugene Police Department for their quick response to assist our deputies. 

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02/07/24 - LCSO Case #23-4685, 24-0629 -- Man arrested for Assault, Bias Crime (Photo) - 02/09/24

02/07/24 - LCSO Case #23-4685, 24-0629 – Man arrested for Assault, Bias Crime

On February 7th, deputies responded to a report of harassment in the 4100 block of Franklin Boulevard.  The victim reported he was threatened by a male who had previously assaulted him in September.  A responding deputy quickly located the involved male, John Robert Barrett III.  The deputy reviewed the prior report from last year, in which the suspect’s identity was unknown.  The victim identified Barrett as the male that threatened him and also assaulted him last year.  The victim had sustained significant injuries from the assault.  The recent threats made were violent in nature and appeared to have been related to the victim’s race.  Barrett was arrested for Assault in the Third Degree on the case from last year, and Bias Crime in the First Degree for Wednesday's incident.  

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02/03/24 - LCSO Case #24-0566 - LCSO K9 Bruno Assists Arrest (Photo) - 02/06/24

02/03/24 - LCSO Case #24-0566 - LCSO K9 Bruno Assists Arrest

On Saturday evening, deputies responded to a report of a kidnapping in the 80100 block of Highway 99 near Saginaw.  A deputy located the involved vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  He recognized the suspect, Jason Searles, in the back seat.  Deputies were aware of Searles from past calls for service, including an arrest that required the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team.  

Searles refused to comply with deputies’ instructions to exit the vehicle, and began moving around in the back seat as though looking for something.  Concerned for the safety of the occupants of the vehicle and by Searles refusal to cooperate, Deputy Thomas deployed LCSO canine Bruno to the vehicle.  Bruno was able to apprehend Searles and assist with removing him from the vehicle.  Searles then complied with being detained before struggling again.  

Deputies were unable to confirm a kidnapping occurred.  However, Searles was arrested for Harassment, Failure to Report as a Sex Offender, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, and a Parole Violation. 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is funded by community donations.  All donations go directly to the K9 program to supply food, veterinary care, and equipment.  Learn more at https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/sheriff_s_office/about_us_-_now_and_then/police_services_division/k9_unit

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