Public safety

Man shoots arrows at people in mobile-home park

CRESWELL – Last week, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a disorderly person armed with a bow and arrows at a mobile home park south of Creswell.

The call further stated that the man had put on an army helmet at one point.

The Sheriff’s Office received additional calls from other residents stating that the male was on the roof of a residence, shooting arrows at people. One caller reported that the male yelled that he was going to shoot the property manager.

Officials say deputies arrived on the scene and observed the subject, 29-year-old Jose Deleon, on the roof appearing to be unarmed. Deleon refused to communicate with deputies. 

At one point he jumped down, onto the ground, and ran from deputies.

According to LCSO he ran for several hundred feet before jumping into a blackberry thicket and eventually gave up.

Authorities took Deleon into custody, at which time deputies discovered that the subject had been wearing ballistic body armor during the incident.

Deputies located arrows scattered throughout the park consistent with having been recently shot from Deleon. At least one arrow was found stuck into the side of another residence.

Deleon was transported to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged on charges including:  Menacing, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Assault in the 4th Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the 1st Degree, Attempted Escape in the 3rd Degree, and Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree. 

SPD open house event 

■ SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Police Department announced the return of its annual open house.

The Springfield Justice Center will host visitors on Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

The event is open to the public who want to learn more about the local police department. Attendees will not only have access to information about SPD, but several community organizations who are partnering with SPD will share information about the work that they do. 

Stop by to see various SPD vehicles up-close, learn about special units and teams within the department, and meet officers and staff. 

In addition, there will be a light lunch available and giveaways for all attendees.

Illegal guides forfeit mules 

 ■ Two Oregon men convicted of illegally guiding hunters in Wallowa County forfeited mules and gear, among other penalties, following a multi-state investigation. The case activated a new Turn In Poachers (TIP) reward program directed by the Oregon Outfitter Guide Association (OOGA), according to law enforcement.

David H Ravia, 69, from Dayton, and Caleb L Richmond, 48, from McMinnville, guided out-of-state hunters in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area for at least the past 10 years, according to OSP Fish and Wildlife Lieutenant Ryan Howell. A complaint led to an investigation and subsequent charges in a case that spanned two years and stretched from Oregon to Ohio and Michigan.

Tipsters who call in illegal guide activity can earn $200 if their tip leads to an arrest or citation.  In 2021, OHA handed out nearly $11,000 in rewards, and ODFW issued 178 hunter preference points for callers whose tips lead to an arrest or citation.