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Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash

Incident: Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash
Location: 28th & ‘R’ Street, Springfield, Oregon
Case Number: 19-1416
Date/Time: 02/19/19 1546hrs
Additional Information: Sgt. Humphreys
Completed By: Sgt. Mike Massey

DRIVER: Bergeson, Nicole Marie Eugene
VEHICLE: 2014 Chrysler Van

PEDESTRIAN: 14 year old male Springfield

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

02/19/19 around 1546hrs, Springfield Police and Fire responded to the area of 28th and ‘R’ Street for a crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the juvenile entered the roadway not in a marked crosswalk area and was struck by a vehicle. Witnesses advised the involved vehicle could not have avoided the crash. The driver of the vehicle is cooperative and drugs/alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The juvenile pedestrian is being treated at the local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and is with family.

The crash is being investigated by the Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team. 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.

2019 Click It or Ticket Blitz

Incident:  Click it or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz  

Location: Springfield / Eugene

Case Number: N / A

Date/Time Multiple Dates

Completed By: Tiffany Monroe                                           

Local Law Enforcement agencies will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during statewide traffic enforcement ‘blitzes’ during these dates:

2/4/19-2/17/19

5/13/19-6/2/19

8/19/19-9/1/19

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that in 2016 alone, 28 occupants of passenger vehicles were killed in crashes in Lane County.  With the assistance of funding from the USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Springfield Police Department will have additional officers on duty in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities related to improperly restrained and unrestrained drivers.  Authorities would like to remind you to please drive safe and sober.  Contact the Springfield Police Department Traffic Team at 541-726-3714.

2019 Citizens Police Academy

For immediate release:

Springfield Police Department Seeks Citizen Academy Applicants

Deadline for applications is Friday, March 8

Springfield, OR – Want to take a peek behind the scenes at the daily jobs of police officers and all the folks who work side-by-side with them?  The Springfield Police Department will hold its 2019 Citizen Police Academy from April 3 through June 5, 2019.

The no-cost, 30-hour training program, which consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction, is open to anyone age 18 or older.  Preference will be given to Springfield residents and people doing business in Springfield.  Deadline to submit an application is March 8.

The Academy is designed to provide citizens with a better understanding of the nature of police work, and to give them an opportunity to interact with Springfield Police Department staff in a non-emergency setting.  It’s also an opportunity to provide input on police policy, practice and procedure. The course is designed for citizens from all backgrounds and occupations. 

The classes cover officer selection and training, the job of the uniformed patrol officer, investigation skills, tactical operation, the canine unit, use of firearms, narcotics, communications, and crime scene evidence.  Students tour police facilities, use police equipment and fire police department-issued weapons.

Classes are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the exception of a couple of the classes.  To graduate, each student must attend at least eight of the ten classes.

Anyone interested in completing an application can obtain one from the Springfield Police Department at 230 Fourth Street or at the police department’s web-site at http://www.springfield-or.gov/city/police-department. The application must be returned prior to March 8.  All applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance to the academy by March 25.

For more information, contact the Springfield Police Department, Christopher Solares at 541-726-3731 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Armed Subject/SWAT Activation Case # 19-225

Incident:                         Armed Subject/SWAT Activation

Location:                        1725 5th St.

Case Number:              19-225

Date/Time:                     1/08/19 @ 2133 hrs.

Subject:                          Lovejoy, Adam Ray, 35, Springfield

Charges:                         Menacing (APA), Menacing (x6), Coercion


 

On January 8th, 2019 at 9:33 pm, Springfield Police were dispatched to and apartment at 1725 5th St. regarding an armed dispute.  The caller advised her ex-boyfriend, Adam Lovejoy, was intoxicated and inside the apartment with a knife.  She reported to the call taker that Adam had a knife and a bottle of rum.  She told the call taker that she could not leave the apartment and that Lovejoy was threatening to cut himself with the knife.  The female then reported Lovejoy was in the living room and he had started cutting his wrists.  The female was unable to remain in her apartment due to Lovejoy’s threatening behavior to harm and/or kill himself.  Lovejoy maintained control of the knife while making the female talk with him.  Additionally, she reported that while holding the knife in front of her face he made a comment that if he could not have her then no one could.

Upon SPD arrival, and with the assistance of officers, the woman was able to exit the apartment safely.  At that time, Lovejoy was in the living room holding a large hunting-style knife.  Lovejoy turned to the officers and became irate while screaming and cursing.  Lovejoy took a couple steps toward the officers while holding the large knife to his throat while officers ordered him multiple times to drop the knife.  Lovejoy failed to comply with anything officers said and repeatedly yelled for police to shoot and kill him while alternating from holding the knife to his neck and holding it out in a threatening manner.  Lovejoy was ordered continuously to drop the knife but he would not comply.  Lovejoy was subsequently hit with multiple less lethal beanbag rounds and even Tased but he still would not drop the knife.

Lovejoy became even more irate and continued yelling for police to kill him.  After being hit by the impact rounds, Lovejoy had retreated to a position of cover from behind a wall in the kitchen area.  Officers maintained a position in the entryway with lethal cover while assisting officers stood prepared with less lethal beanbag shotguns.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to provide additional less lethal options.

While in the kitchen area, Lovejoy made threats multiple times to rush all the officers and stab and kill them.  Lovejoy also threatened to cut his wrists and his neck.  At one point Lovejoy did begin to cut one wrist which began to bleed but it did not appear to be a life threatening laceration at the time.  Lovejoy then armed himself with a second knife which he displayed to officers, from around the corner intermittently.  Officers continued to engage Lovejoy and deployed less lethal beanbag rounds on Lovejoy, striking him numerous times, but they had no effect.

Nearby apartments were evacuated and SPD SWAT was activated to respond to the scene.  SWAT negotiators also reported to the scene and engaged Lovejoy in conversation.  At 11:37 pm, SWAT negotiators were successful in getting Lovejoy to disarm and come out to the living room.  At that time, SWAT entered and took Lovejoy into custody.  Lovejoy was transported to McKenzie Willamette Hospital and treated for his injuries.  He was then transported to the Lane County Jail and lodged on the listed charges.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergeant George Crolly or Lt. Russ Boring at (541) 726-3714.

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sergeant George Crolly

Vehicle Pursuit Case # 19-00196

Incident:                         Vehicle Pursuit

Location:                        66th St. & Main St.

Case Number:              19-00196

Date/Time:                     January 8th, 2019 @ 02:49 am


 

On January 8th, 2019, at 02:49 am Springfield Police attempted to stop a reckless driver near 66th St. and Main St. The suspect vehicle was driving an estimated 90 mph without the headlights activated.  The driver, later identified as Kenneth Beck Lancaster (33 years of age), failed to yield while slowly navigating the side streets between 66th St. and 69th St.  Lancaster accelerated and reactivated the headlights as he reached Main St.

Additional Springfield Police units soon joined the pursuit, which continued east of the city on Highway 126.  Lancaster reached speeds over 70 mph before slowing to 35-45 mph for the remainder of the chase.  A Springfield police officer was able to get out in front of Lancaster and deploy spike strips as the pursuit reached Leaburg (mile post 20).

The spike strip deployment was successful and deflated one of Lancaster’s tires, causing Lancaster’s speeds to decrease significantly. The deflated tire eventually shredded and broke free from the wheel.  Lancaster continued driving on the exposed rim for several miles until attempting a U-turn near mile post 36.

Additional law enforcement from the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) had joined the pursuit by then, and Lancaster’s escape route was largely blocked by police vehicles and several logging trucks that were traveling eastbound on Highway 126.

Lancaster rammed the front of a Springfield Police vehicle before surrendering moments later.  He will be charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, and Attempt to Elude a Police Officer.

Springfield Police Department (Non-emergency):  541-726-3714.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Lt. Russ Boring 726-3714.

NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Grice

CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund to help Springfield pets in need

Incident CHETT Pet Emergency Vet Fund to help Springfield pets in need
Location 230 4th Street, Springfield
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.

SPD to use CrimeReports.com

December 28, 2015

Contact:  Tiffany Monroe

(541) 726-3721


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.

New Community Assistance Program

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

Missing Person Case # 13-4430

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

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

Redmon, Rocky Evan

Missing Person Case # 13-4207

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.

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

Smith, Carl Lynn

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