Public Information and News

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Sheriff's Office BadgeThe Public Information Office uses traditional and social media to provide information to the community members and visitors of Lane County as well as members of the media.  News releases are put out periodically for events that garner significant media attention or when there is information that the public would benefit from knowing, for example, a road closure notice.  You can view our news releases below or check out the Sheriff's Office FaceBook and Twitter pages.

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Deputy in the Spotlight

Lane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dunnavant was featured in the Spring 2020 Oregon Sheriff Magazine for his volunteer work in the community.  Read the whole article by clicking the magazine below!

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2019 News Releases

December 31, 2019  Barricaded Man Found Deceased in Home
December 18, 2019  Slow Down:  Traffic Safety for Winter Weather
December 17, 2019  Sheriff's Deputies Participate in Nationwide DUII Saturation Patrols
December 2, 2019  Home Invasion Robbery reported on Carol Avenue
November 14, 2019  Search and Rescue Gives Helpful Tips for Hikers to Stay Safe
October 25, 2019  Sheriff's Office Alerts Community Members of Incident at Veneta Skate Park
October 25, 2019  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance locating Persons of Interest in Stabbing
October 24, 2019  Human Remains Found Near Separation Lake
October 21, 2019  Sheriff's Office Hosts Every 15 Minutes Underage Drinking Prevention Pgrm.
October 15, 2019  Search and Rescue Holds Annual Open House to Recruit Volunteers
October 14, 2019  Stabbing Suspect Arrested
October 14, 2019  Deceased Located at Dispute Identified
October 13, 2019  Deputies Respond to a Report of a Dispute and Locate One Deceased
September 18, 2019  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Missing Hunter
September 11, 2019  Labor Day Saturation Patrol Event Results
September 10, 2019  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Suspect Franklin Lefever
September 9, 2019  Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Coburg Rd.
September 6, 2019  Multi-agency Effort Leads to Arrest of Shooting Suspect Gene Joseph
September 4, 2019   Missing Man Jeremy Golden Located Deceased
August 28, 2019  Fatal Plane Crash
August 24, 2019  Armed Suspect Shot by Deputies
August 20, 2019  Grants Fund Traffic Patrols Leading up to Labor Day Weekend
August 16, 2019  Deputies Respond to Report of Dispute and Locate One Deceased
August 13, 2019   Fatal Crash on London Road
August 13, 2019   Sheriff's Office Responds to Three Heroin Related Shootings in 23 Days
August 8, 2019   Overdue Canoeist Located Deceased in Willamette River
August 8, 2019  Deputy Jumps into River to Rescue Woman
August 6, 2019  Sheriff's Office Still Looking for Suspect in 7/29/19 Florence Shooting
July 31, 2019  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Florence Shooting Suspect
July 19, 2019  Shooting Reported at 3998 Franklin Blvd.
July 19, 2019  Oregon Country Fair Saturation Patrol Results
July 17, 2019  K9 Hektor Locates Suspect Hiding Under Root Wad
July 16, 2019  Recognizing Scam Calls and What To Do When You Get One
July 10, 2019  Saturation Patrols and Traffic Information for Oregon County Fair
July 2, 2019  Sheriff's Office to Participate in Operation Dry Water
June 17, 2019  4th of July Safety Tips
June 25, 2019  Inmate Apprehended In Front of Jail After Escape
June 20, 2019  Have You Seen Ella Leschorn?
June 13, 2019  Sheriff's Office Investigates Water Fatality Involving 15 y/o Creswell Boy
June 12, 2019  Deputies Warn Boaters of Large Obstruction on McKenzie River
June 5, 2019  Rhododendron Festival Saturation Patrol Results
June 4, 2019  Sheriff's Office Working to ID Theft Suspects
May 24, 2019  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance in Stabbing Case
May 23, 2019  Interagency Deadly Force Investigations Team Investigates Incident Involving Pursuit
May 23, 2019  Sheriff's Office Partners with Bi-Mart to Offer Free Boat Inspections
May 17, 2019  Sheriff's Deputies to Participate in Click It or Ticket Campaign - Buckle Up! 
May 15, 2019  Traffic Saturation Patrols for Hwy 126 W Scheduled for Rhododendron Festival 
May 13, 2019  Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiner's Office Investigate Inmate Death
May 6, 2019  Investigation Leads to the Arrest of a Murder Suspect
May 1, 2019  Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Warns Boater of Obstruction on McKenzie River
April 23, 2019  Drug Take Back Event to be Held in Florence
April 17, 2019  Have You Seen Missing Female Gemany Eidman?
April 9, 2019  Flood Safety for Lane County Residents and Visitors
March 22, 2019  Employee Resigns During Investigation
March 6, 2019  Sheriff's Office Recognized by MADD for Every 15 Minutes Program Participation
February 6, 2019  Report of a Robbery on Papenfus Rd. - Pleasant Hill
February 3, 2019  February Saturation Patrols - Seat Belt Enforcement Blitz
January 8, 2019  Sheriff's Office Investigated Unexplained Death in Creswell
January 7, 2019  Deputies on Grant Funded Overtime Make 5 DUII Arrests Over Holidays
January 7, 2019  Sheriff's Office to host Every 15 Minutes Program in Marcola
January 1, 2019  Saturation Patrols Continue - Drive Safely!

2018 News Releases

December 31, 2018  Deceased Male Found in Mercer Lake Identified as Patrick Stapps
December 18, 2018  Scammers Claiming to be the Sheriff's Office are at it Again
December 18, 2018  Deputies Participate in Grant Funded Patrols to Decrease Crashes 
December 4, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Assault Suspect
December 4, 2018  Have You Seen Missing Man Patrick Stapp?
November 21, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Witnesses to N. Hideaway Hills Rd. Crash
November 21, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Identifying Driver in Hit and Run
October 29. 2018  Suspect Arrested After Assaulting Railway Employee
October 23, 2018  Drug Take Back Event to be Held in Veneta October 27, 2018
October 17, 2018  Have you Seen Colleen and Dennis Weaver?
October 17, 2018  Search and Rescue is Holding an Open House to Recruit Volunteers!
October 15, 2018  Sheriff's Office Investigates Report of Rape near Sprague Road
October 5, 2018  The Search Continues for Missing Female Kathryn Green 
October 1, 2018  Multiagency Effort Leads to Arrest of Attempted Murder Suspect
September 20, 2018  Grant Funded Patrols Result in Over 100 Citations
September 11, 2018  Missing Endangered Man Last Seen in the River Rd. Area
September 10, 2018  Reports of Car Vandalism in Veneta
September 10, 2018  Have you Seen Kathryn Green?
September 7, 2018  Barricaded Suspect Arrested at Saginaw Apartment Complex
September 4, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Identifying Robbery Suspect
August 30, 2018  Sheriff's Office Uses Grants to Reduce Traffic Crashes and Fatalities
August 22, 2018  OHV Safety Event
August 14, 2018  Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Dillard Road
August 14, 2018  Saturation Patrol Announcement for August 17-September 3, 2018
August 8, 2018  DNA Leads to Arrest in 2007 Rape Case
August 2, 2018  Suspect in Wedding Gift Thefts Arrested
July 25, 2018  Results of Oregon Country Fair Patrols 
July 20, 2018  3rd Suspect in Northill Ranch Rd. Home Invasion Robbery Arrested
July 18, 2018  Oregon State Seasonal Park Ranger Assistant Arrested
July 17, 2018  Mounted Posse Will be at the Lane County Fair this Year!
July 12, 2018  Armed Subject in Dispute Shot After Engaging Deputies w/ a Firearm
July 11, 2018  Grants Fund Increased Patrols during Oregon Country Fair
June 29, 2018  Boater Advisory:  Obstruction in the McKenzie River
June 29, 2018  Jail Capacity Based Releases Decrease after Fifty Jail Beds Added
June 28, 2018  Second Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Arrested - Looking for Third Suspect
June 21, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help Locating Home Invasion Robbery  Suspect
June 21, 2018  New information Emerges about Suspect Vehicle in Recent Shooting
June 19, 2018  Search for Vehicle Involved in Oregon State Police Shooting  Continues
June 18, 2018   Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Identifying Vehicle in Shooting
June 18, 2018  Sheriff's Office Introduces new K9!
June 11, 2018  Body found in the Willamette River Identified
June 4, 2018  Grant Funded Patrols Result in Citations
June 3, 2018   Creswell AM/PM Robbery Suspect in Custody
May 25, 2018   8th Annual Life Jacket Exchange at Cabela's
May 25, 2018  Missing Man Found Deceased in Vehicle in McKenzie River
May 22, 2018  Armed Robbery in Creswell
May 12, 2018  Unknown Man Gives Asks Juvenile Female into His Vehicle
May 11, 2018  Grant Funded Traffic Enforcement for Rhododendron Festival
May 9, 2018  Sheriff's Office Offers Free Boat Inspections
May 3, 2018  Deceased Female Identified
May 2, 2018  Deceased Female Located on the Banks of the McKenzie River
April 25, 2018  National Drug Take Back Event in Springfield
April 23, 2018  Search and Rescue Explorer Post for Youth Recruiting New Volunteers
April 20, 2018  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Missing Man and Caregiver
April 12, 2018  Sheriff's Office Terminates Deputy Facing Criminal Charges
April 13, 2018  Search and Rescue Certification Training Mission for New Volunteers
March 23, 2018  Deputy on Unpaid Leave Following Arrest
March 23, 2018  Sheriff's Office Arrests 30 y/o Female on Sex Charges Involving a Juvenile
March 12, 2018  Sheriff's Office to Host Every 15 Minutes Program in Creswell 
February 21, 2018  Results from Grant Funded Patrols
February 21, 2018  Sheriff's Adult Works Crew Clean Up Before and After Pictures
February 16, 2018  Are You Missing an Evelo Electric Bike?
February 12, 2018  Man Attempts to Lure Female Student into Van
February 9, 2018  Detectives Investigate In Custody Death
February 2, 2018  Lane County Jail Adds 50 Beds for Local Offenders
February 1, 2018  Grant Funded Saturation Patrols for February
February 1, 2018  Parking Safety
January 30, 2018  Independent Audit Shows County Used Levy Funds as Approved by Voters
January 25, 2018  Scammers are Posing as Companies You Do Business With
January 23, 2018  Fatal Logging Accident in West Lane County
January 22, 2018  Jacob Laskey Arrested in Connection with Stabbing in Creswell
January 16, 2018  Deceased Suspect in Clairmont Drive Shooting Identified
January 15, 2018  Suspect Shot After Deputies Respond to a Report of a Stolen Vehicle
January 11, 2018  Deputy Sheriff Recruiting Open House
January 3, 2018  Grant Funded Patrols Yield 15 DUII Arrests
January 2, 2018  Randy's Riverview Market Employee Robbed at Gunpoint

2017 News Releases

December 28, 2017  Multi-agency Search for Suspect in the Veneta Area
December 28, 2017  Sheriff's Office Career Night for Potential Dispatchers and Records Officers
December 27, 2017  Grant Funded Overtime Patrols are out in Lane County Keeping You Safe
December 18, 2017  Sheriff's Office Continues Search for Missing Man Danny Oberg
December 12, 2107  Saturation Patrol Event Focusing on Intoxicated and Impaired Drivers
December 7, 2017  Sheriff's Office Asks For Help Locating Missing Man
December 7, 2017  Traffic Advisory for Fern Ridge Light Parade
December 7, 2017  Two Sheriff's Office Employees Honored at NAMI Dinner
December 5, 2017  Phone Scammers Claiming to be the Sheriff's Office
November 30, 2017  Have You seen Missing Man Jacob Edris?
November 16, 2017  Adam Smith Sentenced to 330 months in Connection to Three Armed Robberies
November 6, 2017  Suspect in Custody in Connection with Hilltop Market Robbery
October 26, 2017  Sheriff's Office Hosts National Drug Take Back Event in Florence
October 25, 2017  Three Juveniles Lodged at Lane County Juvenile Justice Center - Creswell Mill Fire
October 9, 2017  Sheriff's Office Seeks Person of Interest in Hilltop Market Robbery
September 21, 2017  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Locating Missing Female Katie Goodright
September 20, 2017  Lane County Sheriff's Office Investigates Theft of Marion County Sheriff's Office Uniforms
September 19, 2017  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Assistance Identifying Market Robbery Suspect
September 18, 2017  Grant Funded Labor Day Weekend Patrols Result in Arrests
September 18, 2017  Upper McKenzie River Area Evacuation Advisories Lifted
September 13, 2017   Suspect in Shooting of Oregon State Troop Identified
September 8, 2017   Evacuation Levels for McKenzie River Area Downgraded
September 7, 2017   Sheriff's Office Investigates Threat to Pleasant Hill School Students
September 6, 2017   Update on Evacuation Advisories for McKenzie River Area
September 5, 2017  McKenzie River Area Evacuation Advisories Upgraded
September 2, 2017  Level 1 (BE READY) Evacuation notice to Areas of Upper McKenzie River
September 1, 2017  Lane County Emergency Mgmt Issues Level 1 Evacuation to Hwy 242 Area
September 1, 2017   DUII and Seatbelt Saturation Patrol Mid Event Release
August 21, 2017   Have you Seen Donald Penrod?
August 18, 2017   Arrest Made in Connection with Alvadore Market Robbery
August 16, 2017   DUII Saturation and Seatbelt Enforcement Blitz
August 15, 2017  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help Identifying Robbery Suspect
August 11, 2017  Man Found Deceased in McKenzie River Identified
August 8, 2017  Deceased Male Located in Junction City Field Identified
August 3, 2017   Sheriff's Office Asks for Public's Assistance in Shooting Investigation
August 2, 2017   Unidentified Deceased Male Found in Field Near Junction City
August 1, 2017   Texas Man Found Deceased in Cleawox Lake
July 31, 2017   Deceased Identified in Donegal Street Shooting
July 30, 2017   Arrest Made in Donegal Street Shooting
July 30, 2017   One Deceased After a Dispute Reported on Donegal Street in Eugene
July 18, 2017  Sheriff's Office Warns of Water Obstruction on the Willamette River
July 3, 2017   4th of July Safety
July 3, 2017  One Deceased After Shot Fired at Campground in Blue River
June 26, 2017  Suspect Deceased After Firing at Law Enforcement
June 20, 2017   Lane County Jail Scores 100% on Inspection
June 13, 2017  Robert Connelly Arraigned on Murder Charge
June 9, 2017   Sheriff's Office Newsletter
June 6, 2017   2017 Life Jacket Exchange
June 5, 2017   Deceased Female Identified as Missing Person Kendall Smith
May 26, 2017   Missing Couple Last Seen in Vida
May 24, 2017  Results of Grant Funded DUII Patrols at Rhododendron Days
May 17, 2017  Grant Funded DUII Patrols at Rhododendron Days in Florence
May 11, 2017   Sheriff's Office Offers Free Boat Inspections
May 9, 2017  Firearm Safety:  Know Your Backdrop
May 3, 2017   Assault Suspect Flees Scene
April 28, 2017   Have You Seen Daniel Oberg?
April 26, 2017   National Drug Take Back Event this Weekend!
April 6, 2017  Awards Ceremony Recognizes Life Saving Efforts of Deputies and Members of   the Community
April 4, 2017  Deceased Person Located Near Mapleton
March 13, 2017   INET Makes Two Arrests, Seizes 16 Pounds of Methamphetamine 
March 9, 2017  Sheriff's Office Asks for the Public's Assistance Locating Missing Man
March 8, 2017  Prepare for Potential Flooding along Siuslaw and Mohawk Rivers
March 6, 2017  Two Skiers Rescued Near Warner Mountain Lookout by SAR Volunteers
February 16, 2017   Two Arrests Made in Kidnapping / Robbery Case
February 13, 2017  Sheriff Responds to Accusation of Bias Based Profiling
February 7, 2017   Extensive Investigation into Forgery and Theft Leads to Arrest
February 3, 2017   Nationwide Seatbelt Enforcement Blitz 
January 18, 2017   Sheriff's Office Asks for Public's Help Locating 84 year Old Missing  Man
January 17, 2017  Deceased in Hall Drive Fire Identified
January 11, 2017  Residence Fire on Hall Drive
January 9, 2017  Gun Shot Wound Call and Shots Fired
January 6, 2017   FEMA to Evaluate Ice Storm Damages

2016 News Releases

 December 27, 2016  Phone Scam
 December 27, 2016  DUII Saturation Patrol Mid-Event Update
 December 19, 2016  Stolen Dump Truck Recovered
 December 14, 2016  DUII Saturation Patrols
 December 5, 2016  Armed Robbery at Creswell Bi-Mart
 November 30, 2016  Male Suspect Arrested on Multiple Sex Charges
 November 23, 2016  Aggravated Theft Sentencing Complete
 November 22, 2016  Boating Fatality
 September 29, 2016  Missing Person: 13 Year Old Female Jessica Coon
 September 29, 2016  Deceased in Fatal Crash on London Road Identified 
 September 29, 2016  Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on London Road
 September 16, 2016  Missing Sublimity HS Student Found Deceased
 September 15, 2016  Search and Rescue Looking for Missing HS Student
 September 13, 2016  Sheriff's Office Arrests Aggravated Theft Suspect
 September 13, 2016  Report of Sex Abuse Yields No Evidence
 September 1, 2016  Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Identifying Gravestone
 August 15, 2016  Prison Escapee Taken Back Into Custody
 August 17, 2016  Barricaded Subject Found Deceased
 August 11, 2016   Partnership with University Fellowship Church
 August 9, 2016           Deceased Male Recovered from the Willamette River
 August 3, 2016  Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help Locating Suspect 
 July 27, 2016  Water Obstruction Near Clearwater  
 July 26, 2106  Shots Fired / Dispute 
 July 24, 2016  Multi-agency Response to Shots Fired Call 
 July 11, 2016  Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Row River Road 
 July 5, 2016  Weekend Water Rescues Prompt Safety Reminder 
 July 1, 2016  4th of July Safety Tips 
 June 22, 2016  K-9 unit Papa's Pizza Fundraiser 
 June 17, 2016  6th Annual Life Jacket Exchange
 June 14, 2016  Open House for Deputy and Reserve Applicants 
 June 1, 2016  Mounted Posse Celebrates 75th Anniversary 
 May 18, 2016  Local Students Donate Blankets for Kids
 May 13, 2016  Sheriff's Office Offers Free Boat Inspections 
 May 4, 2016  Owner of Stranded Van Located 
 May 3, 2016  Help Wanted Locating Owner of Stranded Van 
 April 29, 2016  National Drug Take Back Event in Veneta 

Media Inquiries

The Lane County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer prepares news releases and works with traditional and social media to provide information to the public on Sheriff's Office activities and activities that generate media interest.  The Sheriff's Office strives to be responsive to media needs but does not have a Public Information Officer on duty 24 hours a day.   Attempts will be made to provide public information outside of business hours during significant media events.

Public Information Office

Telephone:      541-682-4179
Email:             [email protected]
Address:          Lane County Sheriff's Office
                        Public Information Officer
                        125 East 8th Avenue
                        Eugene, Oregon 97401

Members of the media or public requesting police reports must fill out a records request by clicking the link below. 

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