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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident: Robbery
Location: Ashley’s Deli – 4027 Main St.
Case Number: 18-3450
Date/Time: 4/20/18/2203 hrs.
More Information: Lt. Scott McKee
Completed By: Sgt. George Crolly

SUSPECT:
Believed to be a white female adult with dark hair and glasses. The suspect was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt over a white shirt; a red & white hat; gray pants, and brown boots.
NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:
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On April 20 , 2018, at approximately 10:03 PM, Springfield Police responded to
Ashley’s Deli at 4027 Main St. in regards to a reported Robbery that just occurred. Employees reported that a subject entered the business, presented a note demanding money from business and displayed a knife. The suspect made verbal threats to the employee to comply with her demands. Upon receiving the money, the suspect fled out the main door and departed in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money.
Responding officers quickly arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the business, utilizing a police K-9 to assist with the search for the suspect but officers were unsuccessful in locating the suspect. Officers processed the scene and spoke with witnesses as part of their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

 

Incident:                                   Police & School District Officials Issue Warnings to Parents Following Edible-Marijuana Candy Incident at Middle School

Location:                                  Thurston Middle School

Case Number:                            18-3304

Date/Time:                                   4/19/2018

More Information:                   Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:                         Lieutenant Scott McKee

                                                       

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

A 7th Grade 12 year-old Thurston Middle School Student has been charged with three counts of Delivery of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School for knowingly providing edible marijuana candy to three 8th Grade students during lunch break in the cafeteria. 

 

School officials first learned of the incident Monday when one of the 8th Grade girls reported to the office after lunch complaining of nausea and light-headedness.  On further inquiry, the girl described the cafeteria incident and identified the students involved in sharing the edible marijuana infused candy, described as a pineapple flavored chewable rope similar in appearance and texture to licorice.  The chewable rope center was described as being covered in brightly colored hard candy; similar to popular candy commercially produced and labeled “Nerds Rope.” 

 

The School Resource Officer assigned to the school learned through the course of his investigation that a 7th Grade girl brought the edible marijuana candy to school Monday and shared it with the other students after obtaining it from an unknown high school aged boy in Thurston Park during the preceding weekend. 

 

It is not clear that all of the three 8th graders knew the candy was edible marijuana, but some did and more than one of the students reported feeling ill following lunch. 

 

One of the children was taken to an area emergency room by her parents where analysis verified THC levels consistent with the consumption of the marijuana candy. 

 

Police and school officials are urging parents to be aware of the potential hazards of this look-alike candy to children and that the topic become a safety discussion for families, and that sharing of any food or candy item where the source is questionable or unknown should always be discouraged.   

 

Responsible adult marijuana users should keep marijuana based candies and products out of the reach of children.  Marijuana edibles could dangerously interact with pre-existing medical conditions in children who take medications.  Criminal charges could result even from accidental ingestion of edibles left within reach of children if carelessness contributes to the circumstances of the harmful exposure.   

 

Children exposed to edible marijuana candy should be taken to the nearest emergency medical facility for immediate medical assessment and treatment. 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:                                       Police seeking leads in Tuesday bank robbery

Location:                                      Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union, 1190 Mohawk Blvd.

Case Number:                            18-3334            

Date/Time:                                   04/19/18

More Information:                   Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:                         Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

Suspect:                                    Believed to be a white male in his late 40’s to early 50’s, he is described as clean shaven with feminine facial features.  The suspect wore black plastic square-framed glasses and appeared to have long blonde hair.  Police have not ruled out the possibility the robber may be a female.

 

LSW: Blue denim jeans, a black t-shirt and oversized hooded royal blue rain-jacket.  The suspect wore a camouflage boonie-style cap.

 

ARMED                                   The suspect displayed a handgun worn on the waist in a holster.   

                           

                                                       

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

 

Springfield police are seeking leads as they continue their search for a bank robbery suspect who has been described as having feminine facial features who robbed the Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union on Mohawk Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect entered Credit Union at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, presented a gun worn in a holster under a coat and demanded cash.

Officers arrived and quickly and established a perimeter around the credit union and used a police K-9 during a search that took place during a down-pouring rain storm, but were unable to find the robber.

Investigators believe the suspect may have used a getaway car and have not ruled out the possibility that the suspect may have been a woman.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.  Detective James Wilson is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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Boonie-cap similar to that worn during bank robbery.

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:           Motor Vehicle Accident

Location:          18th St & Centennial Blvd, Springfield, Oregon

Case Number: 18-3197        

Date/Time:       April 12, 2018 / 2215 hours

Additional Information: Lt. Scott McKee 

Completed By: Sgt. Mike McCarthy

 

 

DRIVER:          Hodson, Dylan Jon 18 years of Springfield

 

VEHICLE:        1998 Mercury Mystique

 

OTHER VEHICLES:  2012 Dodge Caravan

 

                                       2017 Dodge Journey

 

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

 

            On April 12, 2018 at 10:15 pm Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded to the intersection of 18th & Centennial Blvd for a motor vehicle accident where one of the vehicles had veered off into a house.  The intersection was completely blocked and shut down for next 4 hours.

 

            The investigation revealed that Hodson was involved in a separate accident at 10th & Q St. where he had rear-ended a Dodge Caravan.  Hodson sped off east bound on Q St with the other vehicle following.  Hodson lost control in the curves of the 1700 block going over the curb flattening a tire.  They continued to south bound 18th St where Hodson ran the red light at Centennial Blvd hitting the Dodge Journey.  Hudson’s vehicle veered off and ended up in the garage of a residence on the southwest corner of the intersection.    

 

            Hodson was transported by ambulance to Riverbend Hospital where he is being treated for life threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.  The driver and 3 passengers of the Dodge Journey were also transported to the Hospital.  The 3 passengers were treated and released whereas driver remained for additional treatment for minor injuries.

 

            There were no injuries in the first accident at 10th & Q St.

 

The crash is being investigated by the Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team.  Alcohol is not a factor however marijuana and speed are being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.

 

The investigation is ongoing.  If additional persons witnessed the accident or have any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

 

 

18-3197

 

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                       Police, Fire and EMS personnel rescue man in high angle incident over Hwy 126 during morning commute        

Location:                        Hwy 126/ Mohawk Boulevard Overpass

Case Number:              18-2936                          

Date/Time:                     04/05/18 @ 12:00 noon           

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

ARRESTED:                  Cameron Michael Stoker, age 25 of Springfield

                           

CHARGES:                   Disorderly Conduct II, Police Officer (Mental Health) Hold

                                         

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

Timing is everything.  And this morning that timing brought a Springfield Police Department Crisis Negotiator to the right place at just the right time.  As Detective Matt Neiwert drove to work during the early morning commute, he exited onto Mohawk Boulevard and saw what other motorists were observing and reporting to police as well, a man clinging to the outside of the protective cyclone fencing overhanging the median of busy Hwy. 126 nearly 30 feet below.

 

For the next 45 minutes Detective Neiwert negotiated with the man who spoke very little and appeared to be in mental health crisis.  Cameron Michael Stoker, age 25 appears to have deliberately climbed over and clung to the outer protective fence as he moved laterally via a narrow ledge out to the center of the roadway over speeding traffic below.  Neiwert was able to encourage the man, who had kicked his shoes off and stood barefoot on the narrow wet concrete ledge to move toward safety.  But it was clear the elements were impacting the now shivering Stoker’s ability to move and hang onto the fence as officers and Oregon Department of Transportation technicians shut down the busy freeway. 

 

Neiwert and several other officers negotiated their way close enough to Stoker they were able to pull his hooded sweatshirt, backpack straps and belt through the cyclone fence from various locations about his upper torso and pull him against the fence to relative security as Eugene Springfield Fire personnel worked with police to cut access points through the fencing in order to pass ropes around Stoker, who wavered between being cooperative with rescue and attempts to escape and jump.  Using the ropes to secure him in place and zip-ties to anchor his hands to the fence, a dozen police and firefighters grappled with securing the man, and eventually administering a sedative as crews maneuvered Fire apparatus below and raised a bucket to the opposite side of the fence to accomplish the eventual rescue.

 

Stoker was wearing a hospital wrist bracelet and it was later determined that he had visited  McKenzie Willamette Hospital earlier in the morning before walking away and refusing to speak with mental health crisis personnel. 

 

Stoker was taken on a police officer mental health evaluation hold and may be charged with Second Degree Disorderly Conduct for the nearly two hour disruption which created delays throughout Eugene and Springfield.

 

Police are complimenting Springfield High School staff and Physical Education students who gather together to load a pole-vault pit onto a flatbed tow-truck as a backup safety plan as emergency responders awaited high-angle rescue equipment.  “As it turned out, we didn’t need it, but it was great to hear these Springfield kids did all that trying to help,” Lieutenant Scott McKee said. 

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                       Two men arrested in connection with robbery at Springfield video lottery deli

Location:                        4215 Main Street – Lucky Lou’s

Case Number:              18-2192                          

Date/Time:                     3/19/18             

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

 

ARRESTED:                  Waquas Ali “Vick” Bhatti, Age 32 of Eugene

                                          James Thomas Tkacs, Age 40 of Eugene

                           

CHARGES:                   Robbery in the Second Degree, x5

                                         

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

 

Acting on a tip from an alert clerk at a business in the 5600 block of Main Street in Springfield, police have now charged two men in connection with the armed robbery of Lucky Lou’s video lottery Deli.

 

The two men are charged in connection with a robbery caught on video within Lucky Lou’s Deli at 4215 Main Street on March 12.  The robbery occurred just before 1 o’clock a.m. while customers were present inside the video lottery gaming area. 

 

The armed man ordered each of the men and women to hand over their belongings during the minutes long robbery, striking one woman in the head with the gun when she was slow to respond to his demands.  Police say the man fled on foot following the robbery.  He was tracked by a Springfield police K-9 to a parking lot at the 200 block of South 42nd Street where witnesses reported seeing a dark colored SUV leaving the area. 

 

The tipster Friday morning observed two men associated with a dark colored SUV at 7:30 a.m.  The tipster, a clerk at an area business, was aware of the Lucky Lou’s robbery earlier in the week as well as the series of robberies plaguing Eugene and payed close attention when the two men began acting peculiar outside the business complex, which is host to other small businesses. 

Springfield police dispatched undercover officers to the area, where they too monitored the suspicious men, who soon thereafter departed driving erratically.  Police stopped the SUV and later discovered evidence they believe link the men to the robbery at Lucky Lou’s; including a gun and clothing believed to have been worn by one of the men during the robbery. 

 

Detectives worked through the weekend to analyze evidence, including surveillance video to link the men to the robbery.  Springfield police have consulted with detectives from the Eugene police department in an effort to determine if the Lucky Lou’s robbery suspects may be linked to robberies in Eugene. 

 

Detectives are asking that anyone with information concerning this arrest and any linkage to the Eugene robberies to call the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.


 

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                         CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund to help Springfield pets in need                               

Location:                        230 4th Street, Springfield

Case Number:                                         

Date/Time:                     06/23/17 @ 1230         

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee         

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

Springfield police are going public today with their CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund for the emergency veterinary treatment of injured domestic pets in Springfield.  City of Springfield employees have contributed to a donation box for weeks to build an initial start-up donation to kick off the fund and now the fund has been established and the police department is ready to accept donations.

 

Last week at the Springfield police sponsored regional K-9 Competition, the McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers group of Springfield made a surprise donation to the fund after learning of the developing program and wanting to be among the first to donate.  The group presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Springfield police department CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund. 

 

Funds from the CHETT Pet Emergency Vet fund will be used by the Springfield police department to help meet the emergency veterinary treatment needs and costs of treatment for companion animal pets that are lost, found, abandoned or feral at the time of their injury in Springfield.

 

The fund will help enable police and Springfield Emergency veterinary staff to create humane treatment decisions for pets injured within the City of Springfield.   

 

The CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund was conceived in memory of the late Chester Martin, the namesake behind the CHETT (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) Program.  Chester Martin was a pet lover and had his own companion animal – Lucky, who was at his side when he died in 2016. 

 

Under the program, employees who identify a companion animal pet in need of emergency or critical veterinary treatment, they will notify the on-duty police watch commander, who will assess the proposed or contemplated treatment of the pet and consult with veterinary staff.   On agreement the watch commander will use their City of Springfield purchasing card to address the immediate expense.  Additional consideration will be given to any ongoing treatment costs as well as the amount of funds available within the fund at the time the request is made.   

 

Consideration will also be given to the likelihood of favorable outcomes.  These considerations may include the age of the pet, the expected quality of life for the pet, and the temperament of the pet with respect to suitability for adoption once medically stable.     

 

The Watch Commander will then complete an invoice for the services rendered and reconcile the purchase to the CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund.  Generally, individual applications of funds will not exceed $400 per incident.  But supervisors may exceed this limit if circumstances indicate the exception. 

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 28, 2015

Contact:  Tiffany Monroe

(541) 726-3721

 

SPD to use CrimeReports.com

 

The Springfield Police Department is pleased to announce a way for you to view crime incidents in Springfield through CrimeReports.com, a crime mapping service.

 

The map is updated daily to show the block location of incidents that have been reported to our agency.  It does not include the exact address, sensitive crimes, traffic stops, information calls, welfare checks, outside agency assists, etc.

 

Citizens can search the site by address, date or type of crime they want to know about.  Data can be searched for up to 6 months prior.  Victim identification is removed as part of the data publishing process but incident descriptions and case numbers are available should a citizen want to request a copy of a report.  Additionally, integrated mapping also allows users to view sex offender information. (This information is from the State of Oregon Sex Offender Inquiry System – only Level 3 offenders or sexually violent dangerous offenders are listed – for more info see http://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/ )

 

The site is free to the public and user may keep up with reported crime in their area by signing up for email crime alerts.

 

Other local jurisdictions reporting through this service include Eugene, Junction City, Cottage Grove, Lebanon, Albany, Corvallis, and Salem.

 

CrimeReports.com is a web-based service and is not part of the City of Springfield or the Springfield Police Department.

 

We hope you find this service useful.


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident:              New Community Assistance Program      

 

Date/Time:         December 16, 2015

 

Completed By: Lieutenant Scott McKee   726-3691

 

 

Springfield police, acting on the suggestion of a Springfield citizen and retired veteran of the United States Coast Guard have established a fund for citizens to contribute money to help ease troubled times for those in temporary need of assistance. 

The CHETT Program (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) is a funding stream consisting of monies donated by the community intended to provide resources to meet the short-term emergency needs of the most vulnerable in Springfield.  Funds from the account are to be used for victims of crime, those displaced by crime or critical incident (including innocent family members of perpetrators), or people in the community with little hope or few options.   Examples of uses could include, but are not limited to; meals, lodging, transportation, crime scene damage repair, and/or other immediate short term emergency assistance. 

The CHETT program is the result of a citizen inquiry from Chester (Chet, wife Carolyn) Martin, a retired U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Springfield resident, who contacted the Springfield police wanting to contribute funds to the Springfield Police Department to be used by officers to help VETS and others in need of temporary assistance in circumstances of crisis or critical need. 

Chet and Carolyn Martin made their initial $700 donation today at the Springfield Justice Center and encourage others to give what they can so police can provide short term assistance at times of critical need to those who may have little hope or few options.  

Officers are now encouraged to consider these funds as a benevolent resource to be used to assist those in critical or emergent temporary need. 

Officers/employees who identify a person in need of short-term emergency or critical assistance will notify the watch commander, who will assess the proposed or contemplated usage of funds and on approval will use their City of Springfield purchasing card to address the immediate expense.  The expense will then be reconciled to the CHETT program fund.  

 

For further information contact Lieutenant Scott McKee at 541-726-3691

 


  

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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INCIDENT: Missing Person                                          

 

CASE # 13-4430

 

LOCATION: Springfield

 

DATE/ TIME: May 21, 2013

 

MISSING PERSON: Redmon, Rocky Evan 25 year old white male of Springfield

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NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:  The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Rocky Evan Redmon.  Mr. Redmon is described as a white male 5’ 8” and approximately 140 pounds.  He has brown hair and blue eyes.  Mr. Redmon was reported missing on May 3rd, 2013 and has not been heard from since.  He has no motor vehicle, but his bicycle is unaccounted for.  Anyone with information in this case is urged to notify the Springfield Police Department.

 

The investigation is continuing.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

 

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

 

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INCIDENT: Missing Person                                                                  CASE:  13-4207

 

LOCATION: South 35th Street, Springfield

 

DATE/ TIME:  April 26, 2013. 2300 hrs.

 

Missing Person: Smith, Carl Lynn.  76 year old White Male.

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NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On the above listed date and time Carl Smith was reported missing from his residence on South 35th Street in Springfield.  He was reported missing by his wife, who told police that Mr. Smith is suffering from the onset of dementia.  Mr. Smith insisted on going for a walk and has not been seen since.  He does not have access to a vehicle and has no other relatives in the area.

 

Carl Lynn Smith is described as being a 76 year old white male, 5’10” 177 pounds with collar length gray hair and hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black coat, blue jeans, blue and gray tennis shoes and a camouflage baseball hat.  According to his wife, Mr. Smith has a heart condition and takes regular medication for a thyroid issue.

 

Anyone who has information on the possible whereabouts for Mr. Smith is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department.   

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721 or 729-2310

 

 

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

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City of Springfield, Oregon