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Incident:                     Pedestrian/Vehicle Accident Update                         Case #: 15-1761

                                    Citation Issued


Location:                    54th and Main St., Springfield


Incident Date/Time: February 22, 2015 @ 4:51 PM





On February22, 2015 at 4:41PM the Springfield Police department responded to a report of a vehicle accident at 54th and Main St.  Four pedestrians were struck by a vehicle traveling east bound, while they were crossing Main street in the crosswalk.  Three children, ages four to eight, were pronounced deceased at the scene.  Their mother was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The pedestrians were identified as the mother Cortney Jean Hudson  26 yrs., Tyler James Hudson  4 yrs., Mckenzie Mae Hudson  5 yrs. And John Alexander Day  8 yrs.  The driver was identified as Larry James La Thorpe 68 yrs.


The investigation into the accident was completed and submitted to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office for review.  ADA Chris Parosa reviewed all the available evidence.  ADA Parosa found there was insufficient evidence of criminal negligence to charge Mr. La Thorpe with a crime as a result of the accident.  In reviewing the investigation, ADA Parosa found no evidence of impaired driving or cell phone use and no evidence of recklessness or criminal negligence on the part of Mr. La Thorpe.  Speeds calculated based upon the reconstruction were consistent with the statements of Mr. La Thorpe and within the posted speed limit.


Other mitigating factors included no evidence of mechanical malfunction or defect with the involved vehicle, no evidence of environmental factors contributing to the crash and no evidence of malfunction in the traffic signals.  The investigation did reveal Mr. La Thorpe disobeyed a red light at the involved intersection.


After conferring with City Prosecutor Matt Cox, the lead investigator, Office Brian Antone, issued Mr. La Thorpe a citation on May 17th for Careless Driving.  There are enhanced penalties for careless driving where a death occurs.  Listed below is the Careless Driving statute with the enhancements highlighted.   


      811.135 Careless driving; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of careless driving if the person drives any vehicle upon a highway or other premises described in this section in a manner that endangers or would be likely to endanger any person or property.

      (2) The offense described in this section, careless driving, applies on any premises open to the public and is a Class B traffic violation unless commission of the offense contributes to an accident. If commission of the offense contributes to an accident, the offense is a Class A traffic violation.

      (3) In addition to any other penalty imposed for an offense committed under this section, if the court determines that the commission of the offense described in this section contributed to the serious physical injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way, the court shall:

      (a) Impose a sentence that requires the person to:

      (A) Complete a traffic safety course; and

      (B) Perform between 100 and 200 hours of community service, notwithstanding ORS 137.129. The community service must include activities related to driver improvement and providing public education on traffic safety;

      (b) Order, but suspend on the condition that the person complete the requirements of paragraph (a) of this subsection:

      (A) A fine of up to $12,500, notwithstanding ORS 153.018; and

      (B) A suspension of driving privileges for one year as provided in ORS 809.280; and

      (c) Set a hearing date up to one year from the date of sentencing.

      (4) At the hearing described in subsection (3)(c) of this section, the court shall:

      (a) If the person has successfully completed the requirements described in subsection (3)(a) of this section, dismiss the penalties ordered under subsection (3)(b) of this section; or

      (b) If the person has not successfully completed the requirements described in subsection (3)(a) of this section:

      (A) Grant the person an extension based on good cause shown; or

      (B) Order the penalties under subsection (3)(b) of this section.

      (5) When a court orders a suspension under subsection (4) of this section, the court shall prepare and send to the Department of Transportation an order of suspension of driving privileges of the person. Upon receipt of an order under this subsection, the department shall take action as directed under ORS 809.280.

      (6) The police officer issuing the citation for an offense under this section shall note on the citation if the cited offense appears to have contributed to the serious physical injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way. [1983 c.338 §570; 1995 c.383 §20; 2007 c.784 §3; 2011 c.355 §11; 2011 c.423 §1]


Completed By:            Sgt. Rich Charboneau 541-726-2326

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Incident:         Narcotics Arrest

Location:        1112 ‘M’ Street, Springfield, Oregon

Case Number: 15-4330        

Date/Time:       May 17, 2015 / 2226 hours

Additional Information: Sgt. Rich Charboneau at 541-726-2326 

Completed By: Sgt. Brian Humphreys




SUSPECTS:  HODGE, KODY ALLEN                DOB 3/4/89





Officers with the Springfield Police Department received information regarding the location of Kody Hodge, a convicted felon suspected to be in possession of a firearm.  Additionally, Hodge had outstanding warrants for his arrest for narcotics delivery and felon in possession of a firearm.  Officers attempted contact with Hodge at the residence at which time he refused to comply.  Several announcements were made for Hodge to exit the residence; however, he would not respond.  A search of the house was conducted with K-9 Flex and after a majority of the house was cleared K-9 Flex alerted on a couch in the living room.  Hodge was found hiding, concealed between the couch and a wall.  Hodge was taken into custody by Officers without further incident.  Two firearms, a large sum of cash, narcotics, and other property was seized from the residence.  This was K9 Flex’s first capture on only his fourth day of active duty.  He is 23 months old and just completed training on Monday, May 11th, 2015.







Incident: Unauthorized Entry Motor Vehicle             

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Case Number: 15-8107 (EPD)           

Date/Time: May 14, 2015 / 1000 hours

Additional Information: Sgt. Rich Charboneau at 541-726-2326 

Completed By: Sgt. Martin




On 05-14-15, between the hours of Midnight and 0615 hours, an off duty Springfield Police Officer’s personal vehicle was broken into and items within were stolen by an unknown person(s).  Among the stolen property is a Springfield Police Officer badge, Two (2) Springfield Police shirts (short sleeve), Intoxilyzer card permit #054099 and a police notebook.


The Eugene Police Department responded and initiated an investigation.  Please refer any information regard this incident to either the Eugene Police Department at 541-682-5111 or the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.


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Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian crash

Location: 6100 Thurston Rd., Springfield

Case Number: #15-4084

Date/Time May 9, 2015  3:33 pm

Completed By: Sergeant Keith Seanor                                            


DRIVER: Esther Munson


NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On May 9, 2015, Springfield Police responded to a vehicle vs. multi-pedestrian crash in the parking lot of the Lively Wave Pool Park, 6100 Thurston Rd. The involved vehicle operated by 67 year old Esther Munson struck a light pole in addition to several pedestrians in the sidewalk and grass park area. Three pedestrians were transported to local hospitals for medical care. A preliminary report would suggest the injuries sustained, though serious in nature, are not life threatening. The Springfield Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) in continuing the investigation into the exact cause of the crash. The driver, Munson was also transported to a local hospital for evaluation.


For Additional Information, contact Sergeant Mike McCarthy (541) 726-3714


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Incident:                            Accident:  Vehicle rollover

Location:                            1300 blk of Mohawk Blvd, Springfield, Oregon 

Case Number:                   15-3889

Date/Time:                        5-3-15 / 1425 hours

More Information:          PIO Sgt. Charboneau  541-726-2326 

Completed By:                Sergeant Richard A. Lewis


Driver:  Maleik Leviticus Brown                 DOB: 1-30-94

City:       Homeless



On 5-03-15 at 1425 the Springfield Police and Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle rollover in the 1300 blk of Mohawk Blvd.


According to witness statements, the white Jeep Cherokee driven by Maleik Leviticus Brown, was driving south bound on Mohawk when it hit the curb, losing control.  The Jeep went off the roadway, struck another vehicle and then started a rollover, during which the Jeep sheared off a telephone pole and came to rest on its side against a tree.


The driver of the other vehicle Maleik hit was transported to a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.  Neither Brown nor his passenger were injured.

Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appear to be factors in the accident.  Brown was issued citations for Careless Driving, Driving While Suspended, and Driving Uninsured.


We ask that anyone who was a witness to the accident who has not been contacted to please call the Springfield Police Department and speak with Officer Matt Bohman 541-726-3714.  For media inquiries please contact Sgt. Charboneau – PIO.


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Incident:         Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Location:         Pioneer Parkway West and ‘F’ Street, Springfield, Oregon

Case Number: 15-3377        

Date/Time:       April 17, 2015 / 2210 hours

Additional Information: Sgt. Rich Charboneau at 541-726-2326 

Completed By: Sgt. Brian Humphreys 



INVOLVED VEHICLE: 2003 Oldsmobile Alero


DRIVER: EBANIZ, Kainoa Akani  Dob: 03/18/1995


PEDESTRIAN: Unknown white male adult, approx. 30 years of age. 





On 041715 at approx. 2210 officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to Pioneer Parkway West and ‘F’ Street to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian accident.  A vehicle traveling south bound on Pioneer Parkway West struck a pedestrian who was crossing Pioneer Parkway from east to west at ‘F’ Street.  The involved pedestrian was transported by paramedics to Sacred Heart Hospital River Bend where he is being treated for head trauma.  


Officers with the departments Major Accident Investigations Team are investigation the accident. 


If anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.



The involved pedestrian has been identified as Benjamin Andrew Ruppert, 31 years old, of Springfield.  He remains in critical condition at Riverbend Hospital.







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.




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







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


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City of Springfield, Police Department, 230 Fourth St., Springfield, OR  97477

Contact:  Tiffany Monroe, Police Department

(541) 726-3721       www.


October 25, 2011

Contact:  Tiffany Monroe

(541) 726-3721


SPD first in Oregon to offer SmartPhone App



The Springfield Police Department is pleased to announce the availability of a new Police iPhone and Android application for the citizens of Springfield.  The app named “My Police Department” or “MyPD” is available now for free in the iTunes & Android marketplace.


This app includes features for checking on the latest news, social media postings, directions, department contacts, submitting feedback, questions, department surveys, crime tips and more.


The app is available to the public free of charge.  The app is also free of any advertisements or pop ups.


All of the forms can be sent anonymously to the department, though we encourage an email address or phone number if you would like a response.  Users also have the ability to upload photos and GPS information with the app forms (for example a parking issue, graffiti complaint, etc).


As is the case with our other emails, tip line and social media sites, this app is not for any type of emergency situation.  SPD will attempt to review all messages in a timely fashion but do not always actively monitor all messages at all times.


The app was developed by Detective Peter Olson of Peabody, Massachusetts who founded the company WiredBlue LLC.  WiredBlue has more features planned for future releases.  Any suggestions can be directed to the department by emailing SPD at or the app developer at


More information can be found on our website at  and the MyPD app website


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