December 31Today at 4:24 a.m., officers responded to 2100 block of N. Danebo regarding a possible menacing. Upon arrival, Officers contacted Bill Joe Newman, age 73, standing in the middle of the street. Newman was holding a flashlight in his left hand and his right hand was inside his right jacket pocket. Officers gave several commands for Newman to expose his right hand and Newman looked at the officers and did not comply with their commands. Newman was taken to the ground and tensed up his arms when officers went to place him in hand-cuffs. One officer grabbed Newman’s right hand from his jacket pocket and found he had a pistol gripped in his hand. The pistol was quickly controlled and Newman was placed under arrest on charges of menacing. Medics responded to the scene and transported Newman to a local hosptial for other medical issues not related to this incident.
December 29At 12:03 a.m. Sunday, a Mazda sedan, driven by Deanna Gonzalez-Clem, age 20, collided with a Mitsubishi Galant, driven by Patrick Strautman. The crash occurred on the Hwy. 99 overpass in the southbound lane; Gonzales was traveling northbound in the southbound lane. Intoxication is being investigated potentially related to the driver of both vehicles. Six people were taken to the hospital, some with serious injuries.
December 29Just before midnight Sunday, a Chevy Astrovan failed to yield to an officer for a traffic violation. The vehicle fled from the officer but the officer was able to keep track of the vehicle and provide periodic updates on its location. The Astrovan continued to drive west on Wilkes Drive and then north on River Road, where it was reported to have been driving erratically two miles north. Police located the Astrovan and searched for the driver after it was abandoned in a field. Several agencies, JCPD, OSP, LCSO, EPD, SPD, and a K9 unit, responded and searched the area.
December 27A woman house-sitting was awoken by the dog, which was making strange noises downstairs. The woman went down to investigate and heard voices, and retreated to a closet where she was able to hide and call 9-1-1. A female suspect opened the closet and saw the house-sitter and immediately fled the house. Police Responded and a Springfield K-9 assisted with the search but was unable to locate the suspect. Leads were developed, and the investigation is ongoing.
December 27An officer at the downtown library received information that two males were in the bathroom conducting a marijuana deal. One of the officers entered the bathroom to find Gerry Don McFarland, age 43, handling marijuana, while Eric James Small, age 34, stood next to him. The officer requested cover when McFarland refused to comply with the officer and became visibly hostile. Another officer showed up within seconds and helped the other officer take McFarland into custody on charges of Delivery Of Marijuana Within 1000’ of a School, Possession Of Marijuana - Felony, and Small was cited in lieu of custody for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule 2– Hashish, and Possession of Less Than One Ounce of Marijuana.
December 26Shortly after 9 p.m., Cesar Arnoldo Menjivar, age 29, of Eugene, crashed into multiple items including vehicles, a tree, a chain link fence and some yards, until he was finally stopped by the light pole at Roosevelt and Bertelsen. Officers responded to the location and found Menjivar, intoxicated and injured from the crash. He was transported to a local hospital due to his injuries. He was cited in lieu of custody for DUII and Criminal Mischief II, Hit and Run, Driving While Suspended, and Reckless Driving.
December 25Everyone was hoping for a slow night, but it was not to be. The night was filled with a mix of DUIIs, domestic assaults, crazy retail shopping thefts and a general touch of this and that to fill in the gaps.
At 6:19 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of E. 19th Avenue to investigate a reported residential burglary with the suspect still inside the premises of a vacated duplex. When officers got there, they saw a 40-year-old man walking around inside. He had been evicted from the duplex on December 23. The man barricaded himself inside and Crisis Negotiation was used to try and talk him out, to no avail. Officers entered the home when he retreated to a bedroom. After several minutes of negotiation, he came out and was taken into custody peacefully. He was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree.
Around 10:17 p.m. a man went to in his car outside an apartment complex to make a run to the market. He saw another man in his 20s with a semi-automatic rifle standing at his window. He got out of his car and confronted the suspect, who punched him in the face. Subsequently after words were exchanged about that the suspect hit the victim in the back of the head with the rifle and then left in a taxi, possibly with a female. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’9” tall, with a slim build and wearing dark colored clothing, including a hoody and baggy black jeans. The female was described as stocky.
A passer-by on I-105 observed what looked like a human body in the Willamette River near the Skinner Butte Park area, in the shallow rapids. The passer-by went to the park and using binoculars determined it was indeed a body and called police. Eugene Springfield Fire Water Rescue was called out to recover the body, which turned out to be a male. Police are still trying to identify the remains. At this time it does not appear to be a case of foul play. The Medical Examiner was called to scene and will work to identify the man.
At 1:37 a.m., and officer found a nude subject at Oak Aly. & E 13th Avenue. He was bleeding from the face. Medics were declined and a report was taken.
December 24At around 9:18 a.m., while investigating a vehicle break-in in the 1100 block of W. 11th, the officer contacted another victim of a break-in from the 1100 block of Van Buren. The victim’s vehicle had been parked in his driveway and had cameras, electronics equipment, household appliances and luggage taken. The suspect, Wayne David Bell, Jr., age 25, of Eugene, already happened to be in the patrol vehicle. So, this was added to his list of charges.
Officers responded to the Black Forrest, 50 E. 11th Avenue, regarding a fight with a knife. As officers arrived, two subjects held the suspect, William Tesse Lauener, age 19, down until he could be placed into custody. Once the dust settled, it was reported Lauener and another male subject had approached two people and asked for a cigarette. The subjects refused and a verbal altercation escalated into a fight. Both subjects ended up getting struck with a knife by Lauener, and had minor injuries. Neither victim wished to press charges so Lauener was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
December 22At 3 p.m. a security guard found a burglar inside the new Ninkasi Brewing building that is under construction at 135 Blair Blvd. The security guard saw a white male running up a set of stairs and told him to stop. The suspect picked up a pipe and threw it at the security guard like a javelin. It just missed the guard and stuck solidly into a bag of concrete behind where the security guard was standing. This pipe would have seriously injured the guard if he hadn’t moved. The suspect ran to a get-away car and drove away with a second suspect. The suspect is described as: a white male adult in his late 20s, with a scraggly beard, and curly, dirty blonde hair. He was wearing a black baseball cap with white writing on it, a green hoody, dirty blue jeans, dirty white and black sneakers and blue "mechanics" gloves. The vehicle was a white, mid to late 90s Ford regular cab pick-up with Washington plates.
December 20, 2013Thursday evening, patrol officers responded to the 3400 block of Royal Avenue after the resident reported two masked suspects forced entry into the home. The resident was able to flee to an adjacent residence while the Burglary suspects, Charles John Lapraim Jr., age 21, and Frederic Zeph Reeves, age 22, remained inside his home. The first officer to arrive in the area approached the residence and noticed a suspicious vehicle indling on the street nearby. The officer then saw a masked suspect run from the involved residence and enter the passenger side of the getaway car. The officer conducted a hasty traffic stop and both suspects were taken into custody without incident. Both Lapraim and Reeves were charged with Burglary I, and Reeves was also charged with DUII. The resident of the home, James Allen Dupre, was later charged with Delivery of Meth within 1,000-feet of a school.
December 19, 2013On Wednesday, two officers investigated an Assault II that occurred on 6th Alley near Madison. They were unable to locate the suspect, Scott Allen Varner, age 53. Police found that Varner was in his home at 698 West 6th Avenue. Phone contact was made but Varner initially refused to come out. It took approximately an hour for three Crisis Negotiation Team members to convince him to come outside, where he was taken into custody without incident. Varner was charged with Assault II.
Officers responded to Walmart at 4550 W. 11th Avenue regarding the location of a stolen vehicle, with the suspect still on scene in the vehicle. The victim’s friend spotted the stolen vehicle and recognized Kyle Neal Beat, age 23, inside. She contacted him and told him to clean his stuff out of the vehicle and leave it there. She went inside Walmart and called police. Beat was taken into custody without inciden and lodged on the listed charges associated with and ATL previously issued: Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Assault Abuse Prevention Act (APA), Menacing APA, Strangulation APA, Coercion.
Officers were called to 450 Hwy. 99N service station, regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival, an officer found a 50-year-old male victim, standing next to the light pole in front of the service station bleeding from a stab wound. He was not cooperative with responding officers and refused to give a suspect description and name, although he knew who it was. Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5’7” tall, 190 pounds with a shaved head. He was reported to have run southbound on Hwy. 99N and was last seen near Sponsors. The victim was treated by medics and transported to a hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
December 18An EPD Downtown team officer had been investigating tagging in the downtown area. More specifically focusing on one prolific tag. Through a collaborative effort with private security, the Downtown Team, and downtown businesses, the tag was identified with Nathon Hanson, age 19. The officer appeared at his home in the Hwy. 99 area, served a search warrant them arrested him and took him to Jail.
December 17Three juveniles were spotted by a Mall Guide huddled over a backpack. One pulled out marijuana and the guide was able to identify the substance. Two juveniles ran from the scene and one stayed. An officer investigated and a 15-year-old was taken to Serbu for Delivery of Marijuana.
Two officers were dispatched at 1:16 a.m. to the Wild Duck located at 1419 Villard St., regarding a trespasser. The Wild Duck management advised that Kurt Lhandler Hammerstrom, age 40, of Eugene, was refusing to leave the premises. Officers verbally told Hammerstrom to leave the location several times and he refused. When the officers attempted to place him under arrest, he resisted arrest. Both officers managed to place him in handcuffs and escorted him outside. Hammerstrom was verbally abusive to officers on scene. He was charged with Resisting Arrest, Harassment, and Criminal Trespass II.
December 16At 5:47 p.m., many officers were dispatched to the area of 6th Avenue and Monroe for reports of shots fired. Suspect descriptions were conflicting. An unknown suspect fired multiple rounds from a handgun into the air. EPD is investigating.
Patrol was dispatched to a residence on Scandia Street at 10:30 p.m. after complaint was received for loud music. This was the 15th call to the location since August. Brent Allen Teem, age 48, initially did not answer the door. An officer obtained a search warrant. While knocking to serve the warrant, Teem answered the door. Teem was taken into custody for Prohibited Noise- Fail to Cease, and equipment was seized.
December 15An officer spotted an occupied stolen vehicle in the River Rd area. It slipped away and numerous officers searched the area. A lieutenant saw the vehicle southbound on Delta Highway. After the vehicle detoured near Goodpasture Island Road, it got back onto Delta Hwy. and drove recklessly, passing several cars on the one lane curve of Delta Hwy onto I-105. The lieutenant activated his emergency equipment and the stolen vehicle continued on its way. The pursuit headed south on I-5 then onto Hwy. 58. Both LCSO and OSP joined the pursuit as it left the city. The vehicle turned north on Edenvale Road and crashed into a pair of mailboxes. Jason Alan Chase, age 33,was taken into custody by the lieutenant on charges of Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Elude by Vehicle.
December 14At 2:47 a.m., a man shoplifted at the W. 11th Walmart and security had a good description and direction of travel. An officer followed up and found Austin Henry Johnson, age 34, at the 7-Eleven. Although Johnson reported he had never been the the Walmart, and that he was being illegally detained, the video surveillance said otherwise. Johnson provided a false name and stonewalled. He was going to jail, but in protest Johnson launched his head against a towel dispenser, breaking it and causing a superficial cut on his head. He immediately accused the officers present of assaulting him. He was checked by medics and lodged at the jail on Theft in the Second Degree, Providing False Information, and Criminal Mischief.
December 13It was a cold night out, but the people came out to party. The bars were busy for the first time in a couple of weeks. The roads began to ice over again around 11 p.m.
Two officers were in the west Park Blocks. One observed Aaron James Drake, age 21, hand a 17-year-old male an object, and the youth began to smoke from it. The youth is a transient and asked Drake for a bowl of marijuana. The 17-year-old was cited in lieu of custody for Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana and issued a park restriction. Drake was in possession of just more than two ounces of marijuana. He was arrested for Delivery for No Consideration and Issued a park restrict.
Patrol was dispatched to Whoville, 889 E. Broadway at 8:19 p.m, for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival the suspect, Robert Eugene Wright, age 34, was being detained by one of the campers.. Robert Wright, age 34, was just at the camp visiting friends. Some of the stories say the campers became offended by Wright’s swastika tattoo next to his right eye and they attempted to trespass him from the camp. Wright took exception and the fight was on. During the fight, Wright retrieved a screwdriver and began making stabbing motions with it. He knicked another man in the hand. The same man was also kicked in the chest area by Wright during the fight. The first arriving officer found Wright uncooperative, hiding his hands and disobeying orders. He was charged with Interfering with Police and Disorderly Conduct.
An officer was in the area of Broadway and Olive at 10:40 p.m., when he saw a Toyota Prius driven by Melissa Arnone Turner, age 42, with its lights off dirving south on OliveThe officer contacted seen with its lights off. She was contacted and another an EPD DUII specialist officer showed up and conducted an investigation. She was cited in lieu of custody for DUII.
December 11A Downtown officer observed Jerry Don McFarland, age 43, make a hand to hand transaction with Zachary David Eads, age 335, and conducted an investigation. McFarland was found to be in possession of 2.75 ounces of marijuana and had sold a quarter ounce to Eads. The hand-to-hand transaction took place in the northeast parking lot at the intersection of Oak Street and E. 13th Avenue. McFarland was charged with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 Feet of Achool and Eads was cited for Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana.
December 10A Lane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was working in the Community Corrections Center and heard a sound outside. He went to investigate and found Jimmie Don Janke, age 43, in a crashed Ford Explorer. The SUV had crashed into a pole and Janke was quickly walking away. The deputy was able to stop Janke before he got too far. An EPD officer swooped in and took over the investigation. Janke appeared highly intoxicated and was less than cooperative. He was charged with DUII, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving.
A 22-year-old man reported he met another male online and they began emailing back and forth. There was an agreement to meet at the 22-year-old’s apartment to play a game involving being tied up. Once the 22-year-old realized the game was getting out of hand, it was too late. The suspect loaded up anything of value and left. It took some time, but the victim was able to free himself.
December 9An officer took a stolen vehicle report from the 3rd/Blair area. The ink on the UUV Report form was barely dry when an ever-observant sergeant spotted the vehicle going the opposite direction on Barger Drive. The sergeant turned to follow and the driver of the reported stolen vehicle, Chartles John LaPraim, age 31, pulled into a driveway hoping to avoid detection. The sergeant was assisted by other officers to arrest LaPraim, who was lodged in the Lane County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
December 9It was slick out and driver Todd Westling, age 37, was going westbound on 6th Ave when he lost control of his vehicle. He went up on a curb, struck a tree and a large planter in front of Eugene Dive Shop. An officer arrested Westling for DUII, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Reckless Endangering.
A Fred Meyer West 11th loss prevention officer observed two men take property from the back of a truck in the parking lot. They concealed the property and drove away. An EPD officer spotted the getaway car and conducted a traffic stop. Inside the car were Frank James Emery, age 34, and John Patrick Heffelfinger, age 34. A recruit officer reviewed video and found this matched the guys taking property in the parking lot. They earned a trip to the jail on charges of Theft in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Entry to a Motor Vehicle.
December 8 A young toddler died during the night. Detectives are investigating along with Medical Examiner.
December 7It was a painfully cold night. Rumor has it it’s the coldest night in Eugene since 1972, and everyone working tonight believes the hype. At last check, the temperature is -6°F. Traffic seemed to pick up a little from last night and officers kept relatively busy, including several DUII arrests.
December 4DUII Crash at 6th and Blair - James Edward Sepkovic, age 66, crashed his crashed his car into a tree at 6th and Blair, suffering minor injuries. Intoxication was a possibility. He proceeded to become belligerent and told officers he had a semi-automatic rifle in his car. He refused to get out and struggled to remain inside when officers attempted to remove him. However, he was extracted and taken into custody, where he continued to fight, at one point kicking officers at Headquarters and he violently resisted getting put back into handcuffs at the hospital where he had been taken for evaluation prior to being lodged. He was lodged at the Jail and charged with He was charged with Attempted Assault on a Police Officer, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Resisting Arrest, Interfering with Police
December 3Burglary 2 – 500 Block of S. Bertelsen Drive. A witness drove by and saw broken glass and two people taking items out of a large broken window. The person called police but did not see which way the suspects fled. K-9s were called in but there were not located. Once again, criminals causing extensive damage for a theft.
December 2Robbery at Knife-point at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette. A white male suspect in his 20’s and about 5’10” tall, wearing a brown hoodie took a folding knife and property from an unlocked car near Tsunami Books then walked into the store and demanded cash while displaying the knife. The clerk behind the counter called out for the owner and that caused the suspect to leave the store. He didn’t get any cash and was last seen walking north towards 24th.