Lane County Sheriff's Office

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County District Attorney has found sheriff's deputies were justified in their use of deadly force in an incident last month that resulted in a suspect and deputy being shot and wounded.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that Deputy Todd Olson was shot and wounded Friday near Cottage Grove. The incident happened when four Deputies were responding to a shots fired call.

Tiffany Eckert

A contingency of first responders spent the afternoon (Wednesday) in downtown cottage grove running through scenarios for dealing with a natural gas pipeline emergency.

Williams Pipeline operates close to 4,000 miles of transmission pipeline through the Pacific Northwest. From the Columbia Gorge, pipes follow along Interstate-5, carrying compressed natural gas. They run through communities. Sometimes, lines cross railroad tracks.

Recorded on: November 14, 2014

Air date: November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Guest Speakers: Pete Kerns, Chief, Eugene Police Department; Tim Doney, Chief, Springfield Police Department; Carolyn McDermed, Chief, University of Oregon Police Department; Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff; and Lang Hinkle, Master Sergeant, Oregon State Police

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Murder charges have been filed against 42-year-old Eugene Whitehall, a transient, in the deaths of two men in Creswell.

Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office says the charges come a day after two bodies were found in the rubble from a July 16 house fire in Creswell. The 2-story home was located on a pig farm. The victims were 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland. Both men lived on the property.

Whitehall was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and arson. 

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

This weekend, the Lane County Sheriff’s Department is focusing on waterways to prevent boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide effort from law enforcement agencies to catch and prevent BUI’s. 

The leading factors in boater deaths are directly related to alcohol and drug use. Lane County Sheriffs' Spokeswoman Carrie Carver says drinking a beer or two on a boat isn’t the same as having one at the house.

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After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.  

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R.A.C. Giddens

A bomb threat prompted evacuation of Fern Ridge Middle School this (Wednesday) morning. Homeland Security brought in a bomb-sniffing K-9 to search. No explosives were recovered but the district’s emergency protocols were put to the test.

Fern Ridge Middle School administrators were the first to find the threat spray painted on two walls. Superintendent Dennis Fredrick arrived soon after.