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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incident:                       Springfield Police participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back     

Location:                      230 4th Street – Springfield Justice Center

Case Number:              xx         

Date/Time:                   April 29, 2017

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee (541) 726-3691 

Completed By:             Tiffany Monroe

 

 

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On April 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Springfield Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to any of five area collections sites: Springfield Justice Center, LCC Downtown, Creswell Bi-Mart, LCC Campus building 19, or Coburg City Hall.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—more than 3,200 tons—of pills. 

 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website

 


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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                         CHETT Funds reunite pedestrian crash victim with mother

Location:                        Beltline Hwy and Gateway St.                          

Case Number:              17-03591

Date/Time:                     April 24th, 2017 / 0545 Hours

More Information:       Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee at (541) 726-3691

 

 

PEDESTRIAN:            Seekings, Christopher Michael:   26 years of age of Springfield

 

MOTHER:                     Shavalier, Lori

                                          Jamestown, NY

 

 

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

A Springfield police officer’s suggestion combined with CHETT Program funds and area business support to help reunite a New York state mother with her son who was critically injured in a pedestrian vehicle crash that closed traffic on Beltline Road east of Gateway Street for 2 hours Monday morning.   

                             

Christopher Seekings remains in critical condition at Riverbend Hospital, where he is being treated for a head injury.  His mother, who lives in Jamestown, New York, learned of the accident when she called her son’s phone and Officer Joe Burke, still at the scene, answered and told Lori Shavalier the news about her son.  Shavalier wanted desperately to be at her son’s side, but told Officer Burke she could not afford the airfare.  It was at this point Officer Burke consulted command staff at SPD and asked to use the CHETT (Community Help Easing Troubled Times) Program to help reunite the two.

 

Later in the day travel arrangements were made with use of the CHETT Funds and this afternoon, Officer Burke met Ms. Shavalier at the Eugene Airport, drove her to the hospital and escorted her to her son’s room in the ICU.  Ms. Shavalier told Officer Burke she was grateful to the police and the caring citizens of Springfield for their donations making this otherwise impossible trip a reality. 

 

Springfield police also partnered with Motel 6 staff on Gateway Street to arrange for overnight accommodations during her stay.  Christopher Seekings had been walking to work at the Arco AM/PM at 3521Gateway when he was injured and Motel 6 staff wanted to do what they could to help the local employee and Springfield citizen. 

 

Donations to the CHETT Program can be made in person at the Springfield Justice Center.

 

Police are still seeking to identify several motorists who were in the area of the crash Monday morning at 5:45 a.m and ask that anyone with information call Sergeant Mike McCarthy with the Springfield Police Department MAIT (Major Accident Investigation Team) at 541.726.3714.          

 

Lori Shavalier of Jamestown, New York greets Springfield police officer, Joe Burke at the Eugene Airport following a cross country flight to see her son who remains in critical condition at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. 

 


 

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                            Assault 1                                                          

Location:                            1914 5th Street, Springfield           

Case Number:                   17-3653                                            

Date/Time:                        April 25, 2017 at 1941 hours                       

More Information:          Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721 or 729-2310

Completed By:                Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

 

 

ARRESTED:                        Sigui, Jose Antonio 29 years old

                             

CHARGES:                          Assault 1

Unlawful Use of a Weapon

                                            

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:

 

On the above listed date and time Springfield Police were called to the apartment complex located at 1914 5th Street for a domestic dispute and possible stabbing.  When Officers arrived they discovered the victim, Chantel Nichols, 26 years old, with a single stab wound.  Her injuries were not life threatening.  They also located the suspect, Jose Sigui, at the same location.

 

In the subsequent investigation Mr. Sigui was arrested for Assault 1 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon and taken to the Springfield Police Department.  He was later transported to the Lane County Jail, where he was lodged on those charges.

 

The victim in this case was treated at McKenzie Willamette Hospital and released.

 

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department.

 

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:                         Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian   Crash

Location:                        Beltline Hwy and Gateway St.                          

Case Number:              17-03591

Date/Time:                     April 24th, 2017 / 0545 Hours

More Information:       Sergeant Mike McCarthy

Completed By:             Lieutenant Scott McKee at (541) 726-3714

 

 

PEDESTRIAN:            Seekings, Christopher Michael:   26 years of age of Springfield

 

DRIVER:                       Palmen, Julie Kristine ;  58 years of age of Eugene

 

VEHICLE:                     2013 Hyundai Santa Fe:  mid-size SUV

 

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:  

On April 24th at 5:45 am Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded to the Beltline Hwy intersection with Gateway St. regarding a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash.  The vehicle had been traveling east on Beltline Hwy when it struck the pedestrian.  The driver of the vehicle stopped to render aid after the collision.  The pedestrian was transported to River Bend Hospital in critical condition. 

 

Eastbound Beltline Road east of Gateway Street was closed for two hours following the crash while investigators collected evidence and processed the scene of the crash.   Police are reminding pedestrians to practice hyper vigilant safety measures when crossing roadways especially under low light conditions and to wear bright clothing, pedestrian safety lights or reflective materials.  Police also say obey pedestrian traffic control devices and to unplug from personal electronic devices and pay attention to traffic even when in the pedestrian right of way. 

 

Police are seeking to identify several motorists who were in the area of the crash this morning at 5:45 a.m and ask that anyone with information call Sergeant Mike McCarthy with the Springfield Police Department MAIT (Major Accident Investigation Team) at 541.726.3714.             

 


 

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:  Phone Scam                                  

Location: Springfield Oregon                     

Case Number:                                  

Date/Time: 4-24-17 / 1400hrs                                    

More Information: On Duty Watch Commander 541-726-3714   

Completed By: Sergeant Kirkpatrick         

                                               

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: Springfield Police want to alert citizens of a phone scam involving the Springfield Police Department.  Several citizens have notified SPD that they received a phone call from “Sgt Jason Cook” who claims to be a member of the police department.  In one instance he said he was from the Warrants Division, and signaled immediate payment was required.  This is not how our Department collects outstanding court fees.   Although this type of scam is not new, citizens should be aware. 

 

If anyone receives a call similar to this and has questions as to its validity, they can call the non-emergency number and speak to an employee.  541-726-3714.


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:  Pedestrian Safety Education Operation            

Location: Springfield / Eugene

Case Number: N / A

Date/Time April 18th, 2017

Completed By: Officer Tom Speldrich – Springfield PD                                            

 

The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Education Operation on Tuesday April 18th, 2017.  The safety operation will occur near the 700blk of Centennial Blvd. with possible backup locations of 19th and Otto St. and the 5100blk of Main St.  The hours will be from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

 

In 2016, 72 pedestrians lost their lives to fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roadways.  5 of these deaths occurred in Lane County.   

 

The focus of this week’s operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness and to educate the public of pedestrian safety laws.  With the use of a decoy pedestrian, the department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians alike through education.  The focus will be education and not enforcement, therefore officers will be handing out educational material rather than citations for pedestrian safety and crosswalk violations. 

                                                                     

Warning signs will be posted conspicuously warning drivers and pedestrians that they are entering the safety education zones.

 

Funding for pedestrian safety education operations is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.  For more information contact the Springfield Police Department Traffic Team at 541-726-3714.  Lt. Scott McKee will be available for media inquiries during the event, please attempt to make arrangements beforehand if possible.

 


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                                       Theft by Deception – telephone scam targeting the elderly                

Location:                                      Springfield various

Case Number:                            17-02985          

Date/Time:                                   04/05/2017 @ 4:00 PM

More Information:                     Lieutenant Scott McKee

Completed By:                           Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

Springfield police received a series of calls and in-person inquiries yesterday afternoon and evening concerning a telephone scam wherein the caller claims to represent Publisher’s Clearing House with a significant prize award giveaway.  To claim the prize, the “winners” are asked to send a money gram to cover shipping and prize handling.  Police warn this is a scam and so far, those targeted have been elderly citizens. 

 

Aided by employees, Springfield police were able to thwart two money gram transactions before payment totaling $1,000 at Walmart and Albertsons stores in one case, but fear others have not been so lucky. 

 

Telephone scams like this typically prey upon the elderly and the lure of a prize from a recognizable prize distributor.  Any caller asking for cash funds in exchange for prize winnings should be treated with suspicion. 

 

Families are encouraged to discuss these scenarios with elderly family members and friends in order to safeguard against loss or injury. 

 

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

 


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:                         Samaritan helps police detain distraught man hanging over bridge                              

Location:                        5200 Block Old-Franklin Blvd.

Case Number:                                         

Date/Time:                     04/04/17 @ 1:40 pm    

More Information:        Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:              Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

Springfield citizens collaborated to help a distraught man who had climbed over a bridge abutment 90 feet over a railway line in Springfield. 

 

Two Springfield motorcycle officers were eating lunch at the Snack Shack at 4690 Frankling Blvd., Springfield today when a citizen saw their police motorcycles and ran into the restaurant telling them there was a man threatening to jump from the bridge railroad overpass nearby. 

 

The officers responded to the bridge at the 5200 block of Old-Franklin Blvd., where they found good Samaritan, Brandon Rapolla pleading with the distraught man, who was over the bridge rail and hanging by his toes and fingers over a 90 foot drop to the railway below. 

 

Officer Mike Massey said, “Brandon helped distract him so we could move in and grab him.”  The officers were able to sneak up on the distraught man and pull him back over the rail to safety with the help of Rapolla, who had stopped when he saw the man, and began engaging him in conversation. 

 

The distraught man was secured and transported to University District Hospital on a non-criminal hold for mental health evaluation. 

 

Police say the quick actions of the citizens in this case likely saved the man’s life. 

 

 

 

Officers Mike Massey and Matt Bohman leave the scene of today’s rescue on Old-Franklin Blvd. 

 


 

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MEDIA RELEASE

SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Incident:                         Assault II, DUII, Reckless Driving                                 

Location:                        35th Street and Industrial Street

Case Number:              17-2887                          

Date/Time:                     04/02/17 @ 8:30 pm    

More Information:        Lieutenant Scott McKee        

Completed By:              Lieutenant Scott McKee

 

A Springfield police officer narrowly escaped serious injury when his patrol vehicle was struck from the rear by an alleged DUII driver on 35th Street between Industrial and Olympic Streets Sunday evening.  The accident occurred at about 8:30 pm Sunday when the officer was driving on 35th Street and saw a vehicle approaching him to the rear at a high rate of speed.  The officer turned in an evasive attempt to avoid the impending collision but the vehicle nonetheless struck the patrol car sending it spinning into the intersection with enough force to deploy all of the air bags within the police car. 

 

Police detained Timothy Robert Scott, age 39 of Springfield at the scene.  Officers later learned Scott had been involved in a dispute moments earlier and that his mother had phoned police to report Timothy Scott allegedly had tried to run over his brother and left the nearby scene on 32nd Street at an estimated speed of 100 MPH.  A witness to the accident estimated Scott’s speed to be approximately 80 MPH when his vehicle struck and totaled the police car. 

 

Oregon State Police conducted the investigation, ultimately charging Scott with DUII, Assault II and Reckless driving in connection with the crash.  Scott was lodged at the Lane County Jail.    

 

Officer Brian Bragg, a 5 year veteran of the Springfield police department was treated for head and back injuries and released from McKenzie Willamette Hospital.   Scott was not injured. 

 

There were no criminal charges resulting from the alleged family dispute on 32nd Street. 

 

 


 

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SPRINGFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

Incident:  Criminal Mischief Arrest                                          

Location: 5th St and Q St Springfield Oregon                        

Case Number: 17-2797                                 

Date/Time: 3-31-17 / 0028hrs                                    

More Information: On Duty Watch Commander 541-726-3714   

Completed By: Sergeant Kirkpatrick       

 

 

ARRESTED:          Lundberg, Benjamin Daniel 36 year old White male of Springfield             

                               

CHARGES:           Criminal Mischief II    (27 Counts)             

                                               

NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On March 31st just after midnight Officers of the Springfield Police Department responded to a report of a tire slashing in the 1000blk of 10th St.  Responding Officers learned that a citizen observed the suspect slashing his tire and followed him to 5th St and Q St.  When Officers arrived they found the suspect sitting on the ground with two citizens guarding him.  He was taken into custody without incident.  Officers spent the next hour and a half searching for additional victim vehicles.  In total they found 27 different vehicles with knife punctures to their tires.  Lundberg was transported to the Springfield Municipal Jail where he was lodged.  A Detective with the Springfield Police Department has been assigned to the case to investigate a connection with at least 12 slashed tires in the area of 1st St on March 24th

 

If there are additional victims who have not been contacted by SPD, they are encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department 541-726-3714.

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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