Police: 5 homeless arrested for camps polluting Springfield rivers

Police: 5 homeless arrested for camps polluting Springfield rivers

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police arrested five homeless campers for trespassing Saturday, and officials it was in-part a response to the litter the group made along a Springfield river.

Officers responded to several camps along waterways around the city to break up the camps. Officials said the property owners cleaned the areas numerous times.

The camps created a lot of trash and the unsanitary conditions have damaged nearby waterways, Sergeant Rick Lewis said.


The Springfield Police will continue to make regular checks of the camps and will arrest violators in an attempt to stop the continued damage to the property and waterway, and to protect against those criminally trespassing.


If anyone has additional information or witnessed the incident they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department.

Officers arrested the following homeless people during their crack down on the camps:

  • Ronald Criswell, 53, charged with criminal trespassing, littering within 100 yards of a waterway and placement of an offensive substance (excrement) within waterways.
  • Leonard Sytsma, 58, charged with criminal trespassing.
  • Justin Offill,34, charged with criminal trespassing and littering within 100 yards of a waterway.
  • Marie Menchaca, 48, booked at Lane County jail on criminal trespassing charges.
  • Nels Pyrutz, 52, charged with criminal trespass. Police said Pyritz had an outstanding warrant for an assault charge.