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Suspected DUII Crash Results in Fatality

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UMPQUA, Ore. – A 60-year-old Roseburg man died in Umpqua Saturday evening after he had crashed and then was run over by his vehicle.

On Saturday, February 5, 2023, at 5:40 p.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received information of an injury crash in the 12000-block of Hubbard Creek Road. Deputies arrived on scene and determined 60-year-old Roseburg resident Russ Lee Vanderhoof, had been traveling in the 12000-block of Hubbard Creek Road in his 1997 Ford F350 pickup when he failed to negotiate a corner. The vehicle had been stopped from traveling down an embankment when it struck a tree just off of the roadway. Upon further investigation, deputies believe Vanderhoof exited his vehicle following the crash when the vehicle shifted resulting in Vanderhoof being struck by his vehicle. Vanderhoof was declared deceased at the scene by fire and EMS personnel.

Deputies have determined that alcohol and speed appear to be contributing factors in the crash which remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 440-4471 referencing case #23-0458.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, REACH Air Medical Services, Marshall’s Towing and the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

News Release from Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 5th, 2023 5:14 PM

Salem Man Arrested After Attempting to Gain Control of Deputy’s Firearm

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SUTHERLIN, Ore. – A Salem man was arrested and charged with attempted assault on a public safety officer Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, shortly before 5:00 p.m., dispatchers received multiple calls of a male who had stripped his clothing and was wondering around nude on the side of the road in the 4000-block of Nonpareil Road. Deputies, along with officers from the Sutherlin Police Department, responded to the area and located the man.

The male was identified as 36-year-old Keith Daniel Donald of Salem, Oregon. Deputies attempted to communicate with Donald without success. While the deputy was attempting to assist by determining if there was someone they could call for Donald, he lunged at the deputy and attempted to gain control of the firearm on their duty belt. Donald then turned his attention to another officer on scene and attempted to gain control of that officer’s firearm. Donald was subdued by law enforcement officers and taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Donald was lodged at the Douglas County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

Attempted Assault on Public Safety Officer x2
Disorderly Conduct II

News Release from Douglas Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 5th, 2023 2:29 PM

Four Dead, and Infant Injured After High-Speed Crash – Linn County

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Linn County, Ore. – On Monday, January 30, 2023, at approximately 7:26 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 226, near Fish Hatchery Dr., in Linn County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a silver Hyundai Elantra, operated by Travis O. Longo (20) of Albany, was traveling westbound on Hwy 226, near MP 4. While negotiating a curve at a high rate of speed, the Hyundai crossed into the eastbound traffic lane and struck a white Kia Sorrento, operated by Jessica M. Petrime (29) of Scio, head-on. The collision caused the Elantra to roll and come to a rest on its roof.

As a result of the collision, Jessica M. Petrime was pronounced deceased at the scene. An 8 month old female passenger, of the Sorrento, was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.

Travis O. Longo was also pronounced deceased at the scene, as well as both of his passengers: Chloe L. Richmond (18) of Lebanon and Skye R. Huskey (18) of Lebanon.

Excessive speed is considered to be the greatest contributing factor to this crash. The Elantra was observed, just prior to the crash, traveling eastbound on Hwy 226, in reported speeds in excess of 100mph.

The highway was closed for approximately 6 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.

OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriffs’ Office, Scio Fire, and ODOT.

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 1st, 2023 11:40 AM

Man Arrested for Assault with a Frying Pan

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Mapleton, Ore. – On 01/30/2023 at approximately 7:33pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls about a dispute in the 11700blk of Maple Ave. in Mapleton. One caller mentioned they overheard what sounded like gunshots during the dispute.

Deputies arrived and contacted 23-year-old STEEN JOSEPH HARDT. Hardt stated he had been in a dispute with his father and struck him in the head with a frying pan and replica firearm. Deputies found a man inside the residence with a laceration on his head consistent with being struck by an object.

Deputies located evidence of the assault including a broken cast-iron frying pan and broken replica firearm. There was no evidence of a firearm being discharged during the dispute.

The victim was transported to an area hospital. Hardt was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2023 11:53 AM

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Crash Near Albany

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Albany, Ore. – Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports today at 09:22 a.m., Linn County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a crash on Scravel Hill Road near the intersection of Grenz Lane, outside of Albany.

The caller reported a single vehicle struck a power pole and power lines were down throughout the area.

Deputies responded and found the only occupant and driver, Bradley Freeman, 34, from Lebanon, was deceased. The investigation revealed Freeman was traveling north on Scravel Hill Road, when he crossed the oncoming lane into a ditch and impacting a driveway entrance. His vehicle continued a short distance and struck a nearby power pole, shearing it off at the base and causing downed power lines in the area.

Freeman was traveling to work in a 2019 Ford pickup. At this time, it is unknown what caused Freeman to leave the roadway. The investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the crash.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Fire Department, Linn County Medical Examiner and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

News Release from Linn County Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2023 3:10 PM

Lakeside Man Wanted in Rape Investigation


On January 30th 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Sigmund R. Caswell III was arrested in Lakeside by Coos County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Lakeside, Ore. – On January 27, 2023 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Deputy Hannah Francis from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Presbyterian Church located at 100 N 8th St Lakeside Oregon, to take a report of a sexual assault which had just occurred.

During this investigation it was discovered the victim had been forcibly raped and held against her will at 600 Airport Way, Lakeside, Oregon.


During the course of an investigation the suspect was identified as Sigmund “Ray” Caswell 33 years of age of Lakeside. It was leaned the suspect fled from the area on his bicycle. After an extensive search of the Lakeside area Mr. Caswell was not located. Probable Cause for Mr. Caswell’s arrest has been issued.

Mr. Caswell is believed to be in the lakeside area. Mr. Caswell is described as 5’11’ / 250 lbs. with short brown hair, and tattoos on his neck.

If you have seen Mr. Caswell or know his whereabouts please do not attempt to contact him. Please immediately contact the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at 541-396-2106.

(Information from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office)

LCSO Seek Suspect’s Identity in Saginaw Business Robbery

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Saginaw, Ore. – On 01/28/2023 at 11:29am, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a robbery that occurred at a business in the 79000blk of Hwy. 99 in Saginaw.

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The female suspect departed southbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and blue cash drop bag. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, and a white facemask with a printed pattern on it. The female was described as being in her twenties or thirties with a thin build and standing approximately 5’3”.

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

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2023 1:43 PM

OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest and Drug Seizure – Klamath Falls


Klamath Falls, Ore. – On January 18, 2023, around 11:26 a.m., an Oregon State Police Senior Trooper stopped an SUV for a lane usage violation on Highway 97, milepost 276, near Klamath Falls.

During the traffic stop, the Sr. Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search of the vehicle, the Sr. Trooper located approximately 10 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 3 pounds of suspected heroin, and 1.4 pounds of suspected counterfeit pills containing fentanyl- all concealed within the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Sergio Luis Salazar-Mercado (30) of Wapato, Washington. Salazar-Mercado was taken into custody and lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

OSP Troopers were assisted during the investigation by Detectives from the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (BINET) and Detectives from the OSP-Criminal Investigations Division-Drug Enforcement Section (Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative).

The Oregon State Police-Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including the OSP-DHE Initiative.

Third Arrest Made in Double W.18th Murder

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Eugene, Ore. – MRIDUL RAGHAV (first name Mridul), age 21, of Eugene, was arrested today in Eugene. He is being charged with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree and a count of Robbery in the First Degree.

Eugene, Ore. – UPDATE – DEJAUN DEBRAIL STEVENS, age 24, of Eugene, was arrested today at around 11:30 a.m. at Broadway and Ferry with the assistance of EPD SWAT. Charges he will be lodged on include two counts of Murder in the First Degree and one count of Robbery in the First Degree.

DEJAUN DEBRAIL STEVENS was arrested in October of 2022 on Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Read that story here.


Eugene, Ore. – UPDATE – VAUGHN PIERRE DERRY Jr., age 24, of Eugene, has been arrested on two counts of Murder in the First Degree and one count of Robbery in the First Degree.

The deceased victims are identified as Breanna Don Dapron, age 20, and Dylan Wayne George, age 31.

There is a GoFundMe for Breanna Don Dapron’s funeral, and medical expenses. Click here to view.


Eugene, Ore. – At 11:14 p.m. on January 19, Eugene Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 2810 W. 18th Avenue. Arriving units found one person deceased inside the residence, and a second person suffering from life-threatening injuries.

A possible suspect vehicle, described as a possible grey or silver sedan, was seen leaving the scene. It was last known to be northbound on Wilson Street from W. 18th Avenue.

EPD asks area residents to check for available surveillance footage that may have captured the incident or the fleeing vehicle. We also ask that anyone with information about this case to contact the tip line at (541) 682-5162.

EPD believes this was a targeted incident and that investigation is ongoing.

(Information from EPD)

Click It or Ticket – Lane County Sheriff’s Office – Winter 2023

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Lane County, Ore. – Of the 23,824 passenger vehicle occupants killed in the United States in 2020, 51% were not wearing seat belts.

For drivers and front-seat passengers, using a lap and shoulder belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent in an SUV, van or pickup and by 45 percent in a car according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office, along with other agencies across Oregon will be utilizing federal grant funding to staff additional traffic safety patrols from January 30th through February 12th. Deputies will be on the lookout for improper seatbelt use and all other dangerous driving behaviors.

Please take the time to confirm that you and your children are properly restrained before setting out. Drive sober and text-free! Your lives are worth it!

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 27th, 2023 9:54 AM