Community, Public Safety & Health

In Brief: Week of May 23

Credit union coming to Grove 

Oregon Community Credit Union is coming to Cottage Grove in June at 150 N. Gateway Blvd. Cottage Grove will be OCCU’s 15th branch.

Summer construction on HWY 126

There are several projects along Highway 126E and throughout Oregon, so be prepared for delays. The Blue River and Fish Hole Bridges project is located near mile- post 40. The Linn County line to Old Highway 126 paving project involves 12-hour closures of this section of highway. The Rumble Strips project involves sections of highway throughout Oregon.

LTD votes ‘no’ on River Rd. EmX service 

Lane Transit District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to not add EmX service on River Road due to escalating project costs. The proposed addition of EmX service on River Road was part Moving Ahead, a collaboration between LTD and the City of Eugene to increase service and safety in 5 high growth areas: River Road, Coburg Road, 30th Ave. to Lane Community College, HWY 99, & Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Slingshot aimed at clerks, suspect arrested

GLENWOOD — Springfield Police on May 15 around 7 a.m. responded to a report of a burglary and assault in progress in the 1400 block of South Brooklyn Street. 

Police attempted to detain the suspect, Jason Michael Grimm, 40, when he ran into a nearby convenience store. Deputies chased him inside, where Grimm used a slingshot to shoot rocks at deputies and store clerks. Grimm threw items from the shelves — some hard enough to break exterior windows — before being detained. 

Grimm was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing x2, Recklessly Endangering x5, Criminal Mischief 1, and Disorderly Conduct 2. 

Another ice storm robber nabbed

Branden Paul Sherrill, 41, is facing multiple criminal charges from cases spanning across Lane County.  During the 2024 ice storm, Sherrill took advantage of the power outage to break into the Shotgun Park maintenance headquarters near Marcola. 

Sherrill stole a dump trailer, various tools, and power equipment. He then returned for a second burglary, stealing more tools from a storage shed and yard, according to police. 

On April 17, three wooden utility poles had been discovered cut down and a half-mile of telecommunications line stolen. On April 24, a deputy patrolling the area observed a vehicle with tow straps tied to the hitch and conducted a traffic stop. One of the tow straps matched the segment of strap found on scene. Sherrill was identified as the suspect.  

During that stop, evidence regarding the theft of two yellow BLM gates and one white Weyerhaeuser gate was also discovered. These gates had been cut up and stolen April 21 and scrapped at a local metal recycler on April 22.

Sherrill was located near Whittaker Creek Campground on May 11. He was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail on a warrant for a probation violation. He has been charged with Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree x2, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree x3, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle.  



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