Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Refuge Occupier Ryan Payne Pleads Guilty

Jul 20, 2016

Ryan Payne, one of the leaders of occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs.

“I plead guilty, your honor,” Payne said to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown on Tuesday.

Prosecutors dismissed a second charge against Payne, possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that Ryan Bundy tore his bed sheets and braided them together into 12–15 feet of rope in an attempt to escape Multnomah County Jail.

Bundy is at the jail awaiting trial for his role in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation earlier this year.

"We have actual evidence that he tried to escape," Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Geoffrey Barrow told the court during a pre-trial detention hearing in Portland.

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Eugene police and community leaders say they won’t tolerate hate and will work to improve relations between police and the minority community. They held a press conference Wednesday in response to recent national events.

Diane Dietz

Last week's violent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota have provoked strong emotions nationwide. Here, in Eugene, a community reacted.

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This week, the U.S. Supreme court ruled 6 to 2 that a person convicted of misdemeanor reckless domestic assault can be restricted from gun ownership. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the decision will impact every Oregon county.

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Eugene fire and police departments are investigating after a mysterious fire started at Sheldon High School last night.

Lance Lighty with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department said the fire caused severe damage to one modular classroom.

“There's two modular buildings connected by a wood deck, about 20 feet apart from each other," said Lighty. "Then they sat behind the gym, about 10 feet off the gym. And again there was no damage to the other modular or the main part of the school.”

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In response to media requests, the Eugene Police Department released how much it cost to provide security for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when he campaigned in the city last month.

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A vigil is planned Tuesday night in Cottage Grove for a young gay man who was beat up Saturday night. The community is also coming together in solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

A gay nightclub in central Florida is now the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy sent shock waves across the nation. Sunday afternoon, patrons of Eugene's only gay bar shared their grief. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the co-founder of The Wayward Lamb.

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Sheldon High School was on lockdown for about 45 minutes Thursday afternoon.

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