Crime & Law

Crime & Law
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Panel Requests Input

In June, the University of Oregon suspended three student athletes for violating sexual misconduct policies. Soon after, a panel of specialists convened to review those policies. Now, the panel is seeking input from the community.

If people have anything to say about sexual assault on the UO campus, this is their opportunity.

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Law Enforcement
10:15 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Federal Program Supplies Oregon Police Departments With Military Equipment

A Lane County Sheriff's Department armored vehicle.
Credit KEZI

In the wake of a police officer killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the militarization of local jurisdictions is under criticism. The federal government has financed and donated everything from Humvees and tactical equipment to night vision scopes. The Oregonian reports the Springfield Police Department received 238 surplus items between October 2012 and March of this year. Springfield Police Captain Rick Lewis was quoted saying:

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The Takeaway discussion
12:38 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Interactive Timeline on the Ferguson MO Incident

Michael Brown

The Takeaway has created this timeline combining all the salient events that have unfolded since the incident took place with some of the program’s recent coverage.

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Computer Hack
6:15 am
Wed August 20, 2014

McKenzie-Willamette In Springfield Is Among Victims Of Computer Hack

Springfield's McKenzie Willamette is among five hospitals In Washington and Oregon among victims of computer hack

A national hospital chain says suspected Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Community Health Systems is the parent company of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

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Salem
9:17 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Inmate Escapes From Salem Correctional Facility

Escaped Inmate Jerry Teixeira
Credit Oregon State Police

An inmate escaped Saturday afternoon from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem. Oregon State Police are investigating. The woman who drove the inmate away from the facility is Lacy Kay Evans. She is Caucasian, 6' tall, blond hair.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jerry Teixeira missing at approximately 2:40 p.m., Saturday. Teixeira is a 34-year-old Caucasian male, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and attire with the word Inmate on his clothing.

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Crime & Law
4:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Police Auditor Finds Misconduct On The Rise In EPD

Mark Gissiner is Police Auditor for the City of Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

High Beef Prices Could Increase Cattle Theft

Cattle grazing in Marion County
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

With beef prices at historic highs, cattle theft crimes are up. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning ranchers to be extra attentive to their herds this summer.

Farmers are encouraged to frequently update their records for their herd numbers. ODF spokesman Rodger Hoffman manages the Animal Identification Program. He's worried high beef prices will be seen as an attraction to criminals.

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Crime & Law
7:35 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Registered Sex Offender Arrested In Eugene On New Charges Of Sex Abuse

55-year-old Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr. has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes including First Degree Sex Abuse.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

A registered sex offender from Eugene has been arrested on allegations he sexually abused a teenage girl and gave her alcohol and marijuana.

Oregon State Police received information this week from the 15-year-old victim that she had been sexually abused and provided with booze and pot. She told detectives that 55-year-old Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr. of Eugene gave her the intoxicants on more than one occasion. One of those times was at a party in the Crow area in June.

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Crime & Law
7:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Lincoln County Sweep For Sex Offenders And Wanted Persons

Credit Lincoln County

Last week the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office took part in a two day sweep to make sure sex offenders were in compliance with registering their address. Police were also looking for people with warrants.

The U.S. Marshalls Office requested the Lincoln County sweep, known as "Operation Tidal Wave." A number of law enforcement agencies worked together in teams of 4 or 5 officers who were assigned to cover a certain area. Detective David Boys is with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Justice
11:45 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Attorney Says Pete Seda Has Been Vindicated

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. This is a file photo from 2010.
Credit Rachael McDonald

This week the US Attorney for Oregon announced a plea agreement with the former Ashland-based Islamic charity Al Haramain and its former head Pete Seda. Seda pleaded guilty to tax fraud. In return the government dropped all criminal charges against him. Seda had been convicted in 2010 on charges of funneling 150 thousand dollars to Chechen rebels. A federal appeals court last summer overturned that conviction. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Seda's attorney, Steven Wax who is with the Public Defender's office in Portland.

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