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Update: Human Remains Located Near Interstate 5 – Marion County

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Marion County, Ore. – There is an active forensic investigation underway and efforts are being made to identify this person.

Ancestry has not been determined, nor has the length of time that elapsed prior to the discovery. Analysis and examination is ongoing, including possible genetic testing.

Human remains will never be released to a museum or historical society. Once the investigation is concluded, and based on those conclusions, this individual’s remains will be respectfully returned to the appropriate party (ies).


On Monday, November 21, 2022 at approximately 9:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a suspicious object found by Oregon Department of Corrections cleanup crew on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 260.

OSP Troopers with the Salem Area Command took possession of a small backpack that contained a human skull.

The skull was transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office who will continue to investigate the identity of the skull. The skull had no identifiable features, but was most likely that of a female in her late 30’s to 40’s.

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2022 4:57 PM

Detectives Seeking Additional Victims of Eugene Tax Service Inc. Embezzlement

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Eugene, Ore. – A Eugene Police Financial Investigations Unit detective is seeking any potential leads and victims in the case of a bookkeeper who stopped making tax payments for customers, leaving them liable for state and federal tax payments and penalties.

Shirley Jean Stout, age 64, operates Eugene Tax Service Inc. and failed to make tax payments for two separate business customers since 2019, but she was still collecting their tax money. She is reported to have taken money out of the business customers’ paychecks and directly deposited the funds to her own personal account, failing to upload funds to the state and federal websites, then spending the money.

 Stout does payroll for a number of local businesses. She also handles payroll taxes for those companies. The investigation revealed Stout was comingling her customers’ money with her personal account, and she was using their tax money for her personal expenses. The investigation also revealed she was using incoming funds from clients to pay old tax bills for other clients, so some of her victims are unaware she was stealing from them. There are five known, local businesses that are victims, but the detective suspects there are more. 

 Yesterday the Eugene Police Financial Investigations Unit served a search warrant at Stout’s registered business address, and recovered evidence supporting multiple charges of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree. They were assisted by agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. 

 EPD Financial Investigations Unit is asking any local businesses that think they could potentially be victims of Stout to email Detective Chris White at cwhite@eugene-or.gov 


Case 22-08394

(Information from EPD)

Noti Homicide Investigation – Update

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Noti, Ore. – Lane County Sheriff’s Office investigators have confirmed the deceased male found in the woods near Wacker Point Rd. on 11/20/22 died as the result of homicide. He has been identified as 37-year-old Sean Lee Wilkins of Swisshome.


Investigators are asking that anyone who was in the area of Wacker Point Rd. off of Hwy. 126 (Also known as the BLM 17-7-22 Rd.) on or between Friday 11/18/22 and Sunday 11/20/22 contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives can be reached at 541-682-4150 opt. 1 or by calling the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 541-682-4167.

LCSO Case #22-6507

To read the original story, click here.

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2022 10:52 AM

Officer Awareness & K9 Work Lead to Arrest of Robbery Suspect

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Springfield, Ore. – On 12/05/22 at 12:27pm Officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in the 800 block of West Centennial.

A male suspect had approached a coffee shop employee, reported that he had a firearm, and demanded her vehicle keys or he would shoot her. The victim surrendered her keys and the suspect departed in the victim’s vehicle.

On 120722 at 01:02am an alert SPD Officer observed the victim’s stolen vehicle parked near the intersection of South 41st Street and Camellia Street. A male matching the suspect description and an unrelated female were standing at the vehicle when the officer attempted to contact them. The male fled on foot to the south-east through several residential yards.

Assisting officers arrived in the area and K9 Kirby went to work trying to locate the robbery suspect. K9 Kirby tracked through several residential yards and located the suspect, KODY MATHEW KAULANI JONES, who had concealed himself underneath a covered barbeque on a Springfield resident’s back porch.

The suspect was not compliant, and K9 Kirby quickly apprehended the suspect. It was soon confirmed he was not only in possession of the stolen vehicle, but that the suspect was in fact the individual who had stolen the vehicle two days prior.

The male was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and was lodged at the Lane County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene to be returned to its rightful owner.

Robbery II, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Elude by Foot, Resisting Arrest.

(Information from SPD)

Saginaw Road Fatal Crash

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Cottage Grove, Ore. – This morning at approximately 5:43am, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Cottage Grove Police Department responded to the report of a rollover crash in the 33000blk of E. Saginaw Rd.

Responders arrived to find that the driver and sole occupant of the involved vehicle was deceased.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a blue Nissan Sentra had been driving westbound on E. Saginaw Rd. when it left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle then struck a driveway embankment and rolled onto its top.

The driver’s identity is being withheld at this time, pending next of kin notification.

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2022 8:29 AM

Armed Suspect Arrested After Threatening Bystanders


Springfield, Ore. – On Dec. 7th, 2022, at 04:21pm the Springfield Police Department dispatched officers to the Guest House Inn and Suites, 3350 Gateway, regarding an armed disorderly individual. The suspect was later identified as VAEA JOHN LEATA.

The involved suspect was reportedly threatening people with a firearm and bear mace as he was walking the halls of the hotel trying to enter occupied hotel rooms.

At one point the suspect male made inappropriate comments toward an 8-year-old female and when confronted by her parents, he pointed the firearm (described as a black handgun with a laser) at the parents making the comment “head shot, head shot.”

When officers arrived on scene the male was confronted in the parking lot of the Guest House Inn & Suites. The suspect was non-compliant and refused commands while holding a large canister of bear mace. The suspect angled his stance away from officers and would not show his hands. An officer attempted to utilize a taser to subdue the suspect, which was ineffective. The suspect ran from the location while being pursued by officers.

The suspect continued to reach in his pockets and waistband. Officers were able to take the suspect to the ground in the center lane of Gateway Street. The suspect continued to resist arrest while reaching towards his waistband. The suspect and one of the officers were exposed to a chemical variant similar to pepper spray.

Once the suspect was handcuffed, he was removed from the roadway and medical personnel were immediately summoned to render aid.

Disorderly Conduct, Menacing (x4), Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest

Not the first time Leata has been in the news. Click here for more.

(Information from SPD)

Missing Coos County Woman Found Near Fatal Crash Site

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Coos County, Ore. – On Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at approximately 10:59 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on HWY 540, near mile post 12.9, in Coos County.

The preliminary investigation indicated, on an unknown date and time, a single vehicle crash occurred when an eastbound Honda Civic, operated by Wendy Haumea Smith (45), crossed the westbound lane of travel onto the earthen shoulder and plummeted down a cliff of more than 100ft before coming to an uncontrolled rest against a tree near milepost 12.9 on Hwy 540 (Cape Arago Highway)(Cape Arago State Park). The operator, Wendy Haumea Smith, was located a short distance from the vehicle deceased.

Smith was reported missing to the Coos County Sheriffs’ Office on Nov 6th 2022.

Scene evidence indicates Smith survived the crash, extricated herself from the vehicle, collected some belongings and moved a short distance from the vehicle. It is currently undetermined if Smith died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash or other causes.

State Parks closed access to the last section of park during the investigation and recovery efforts were underway.

OSP was assisted by the Coos County Sheriffs’ Office, Charleston Fire, North Bend Fire, and Oregon State Parks.

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 7th, 2022 5:00 PM

Springfield Woman Charged with Attempted Murder in Stabbing

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UPDATE: Court records only show the assault in the first degree charge. It appears the DA did not file on the attempted murder charge.

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***Original story***

Springfield, Ore.- On Nov. 9th, 2022, at 1:23am, Springfield police officers responded to a call of a male stabbing victim.


The victim was transported to an area hospital and made a full recovery. The suspect was positively identified as PRISCILLA JASMIN LUNA, who had been in a relationship with the victim.

Luna was apprehended on Dec. 6th, 2022 by Springfield police. Luna is currently lodged at the Lane County Jail for Assault I, Attempted Murder, & Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

(Information from SPD)

Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter/DUII in Deadly Sept 2021 Crash Near Noti

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UPDATE: Dec. 7th, 2022 – SHANE TYLER MCVAY was convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
McVay was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree, DUII, and two counts of reckless endangering.
McVay will have to spend each and every day of his sentence in prison, minus the time spent in county jail.
Manslaughter is a measure 11 crime, as such McVay is not eligible for early release, or good time credits.


UPDATE: Dec. 3rd, 2022 – We are hearing that SHANE TYLER MCVAY was found guilty of manslaughter 1, DUII, and reckless endangering x 2, in the crash that caused the death of EMT, and aspiring student, Sarah Susman (25).

“She (Susman) was a part time medic with Western Lane Ambulance District, MidValley Ambulance, and was a volunteer resident for Lowell fire district,”  ~Western Lane Ambulance Paramedics/EMTs Local 851

She had recently been applying to medical schools locally before the crash.

We are also being told that sentencing is Wednesday. We will make a complete update then.



Eugene, Ore. – A man responsible for a deadly crash on September 20, 2021, has been arrested today, December 22, 2021. McVay is currently being held in the Lane County Jail on the following charges:



1. #163.118 MANSLAUGHTER 1ST DEG (Felony)
2. #813.010 DRIVE UNDER INFLUENCE INTOX – 1 (Misdemeanor)
3. #163.195 RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING (Misdemeanor)




Noti, Ore. – On Monday, September 20, 2021 at approximately 7:14 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash on Hwy 126W near milepost 37.


Preliminary investigation revealed a Kenworth log truck, operated by Shane McVay (64) of Eugene, was eastbound when the loaded trailer tipped over. The trailer struck a westbound Toyota Prius, operated by Sarah Susman (25) of Springfield and a Dodge Ram towing a boat, operated by Randall Tokich (70) of Eugene. The Dodge Ram then struck an eastbound Ford Mustang, operated by Jordyn Tippett (20) of Coquille.


Susman sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. McVay and Tippett were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend with injuries. Tokich had minor injuries.
(information directly from OSP, and the Lane County Jail)

Kidnapping Suspect Taken into Custody After Fleeing Deputies

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Jasper, Ore. – This morning shortly after 1:00am, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies received information from the Vancouver, Washington Police Department that a kidnapping suspect was believed to be in Lane County along with his three victims.

The suspect had managed to elude police earlier in Washington State. The victims were an adult female and her two young children.

Deputies located the suspect, 53-year-old BART ALLEN STEPHANIE, driving on Jasper Rd. near Pengra Rd. about 30 minutes later. Stephanie attempted to elude deputies and eventually drove through a privately owned yard in the area of Place Rd. and Church Rd, then continued on through a fence and into a pasture. Deputies were able to use their patrol vehicles to pin Stephanie’s rented pickup and forced him to come to a stop.

All three of Stephanie’s victims were found in the vehicle. The adult female had an injury to her head from Stephanie assaulting her, and the children were unharmed. Deputies transported the victims to an area hotel where they were provided temporary housing using a community assistance fund donated by the University Fellowship Church of Eugene.

Stephanie was lodged at the Lane County Jail after being treated for minor injuries at an area hospital. His local charges include: Three counts of Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree, Elude by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree.

LCSO Case #22-6761

News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 6th, 2022 11:06 AM