Crime & Law

Crime & Law
7:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Man Charged With Murder And Arson In Deaths of Two Men In Creswell House Fire

42-year-old Eugene Whitehall has been booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of murder and arson in the deaths of 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

Murder charges have been filed against 42-year-old Eugene Whitehall, a transient, in the deaths of two men in Creswell.

Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office says the charges come a day after two bodies were found in the rubble from a July 16 house fire in Creswell. The 2-story home was located on a pig farm. The victims were 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland. Both men lived on the property.

Whitehall was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and arson. 

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Crime & Law
12:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Swastika Vandalism Found Near Jewish Fraternity

Swastikas were drawn on mailboxes near the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity by the University of Oregon.
Credit Amanda Butt

Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were tagged near a Jewish fraternity.

Bryan Kalbrosky is a student and member of the University of Oregon’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. On his way to class on Monday, he noticed a dozen swastikas drawn on a cluster mailbox near the fraternity house.  

Kalbrosky: “In the Eugene community, this is a rare thing to see. I’ve never seen swastikas in Eugene before and I know that it’s definitely a fairly progressive place when it comes to that type of thinking. So that’s what really caught me off guard.”

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Science & Technology
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Multi-State Price Fixing Settlement Includes Oregonians, Includes Refund.

A DRAM Computer Chip
Credit www.digitaltrends.com

Oregonians have until August 1st to file claims as part of a 310 million dollar multi-state settlement. If you purchased an electronic device between 1998 and 2002, you are eligible to submit a claim, and you don't even need a receipt.

Major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips or DRAM were accused of fixing prices. Oregon and 35 other states are involved in the lawsuit. Most devices qualify for at least a 10$ refund. Oregon Department of Justice Spokesperson Kristina Edmunson says the 4 step process to apply is simple.

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Crime & Law
2:51 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Animal Services Says Keep Pets Out Of Hot Vehicles

Within a half hour Eugene police officers responded to three phone calls of pets left in hot cars Tuesday evening. Police and animal services receive these phone calls almost daily in the summer but yesterday’s spike was unusual. Kelly Darnell, Eugene’s interim animal services manager reminds owners that vehicles can be dangerous places for pets this time of year.

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Law Enforcement
10:20 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Two Warrants Issued During "No Refusal Weekend" In Eugene.

Credit www.eugene-or.gov

Two "blood draw warrants" were sought during the July 4th "No Refusal Weekend" in Eugene. Extra officers were on patrol looking for intoxicated drivers during a six hour block, Friday. 9 drivers were cited for impaired driving, 7 of those voluntarily agreed to a breath sample. The Eugene Police Department says during "No Refusal Weekend" not a single crash was reported, there were no fatalities, or property damage as a result of impaired driving. EPD was joined by Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police as part of the state-wide effort to obtain blood samples.

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Eugene / Springfield
9:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Fireworks Enforcement In Eugene / Springfield

Credit Epic Fireworks - Flickr

The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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Crime & Law
12:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon State Police Enforce "No Refusal Weekend"

Credit Steven Damron

This Fourth of July, Oregon Law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the streets for intoxicated drivers. They have a new strategy to test for blood alcohol concentration.

“No Refusal Weekend” allows officers to test suspected impaired drivers,  even if they refuse breath testing.  This ensures everyone arrested receives a recorded BAC test.

Ryan Stone is a traffic and DUI enforcement police officer:

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Lane County
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Law Enforcement To Focus On Boating Under The Influence

Credit lanecounty.org

This weekend, the Lane County Sheriff’s Department is focusing on waterways to prevent boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide effort from law enforcement agencies to catch and prevent BUI’s. 

The leading factors in boater deaths are directly related to alcohol and drug use. Lane County Sheriffs' Spokeswoman Carrie Carver says drinking a beer or two on a boat isn’t the same as having one at the house.

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Crime & Law
4:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eugene Police Department and Fire Marshal's Office Hold Fireworks Turn-in Event

Credit Epic Fireworks - Flickr

The Eugene Police Department is getting a jump on stopping illegal fireworks before they’re lit. They’re holding a fireworks turn-in event. It’s an opportunity for community members to surrender their illegal fireworks without being cited or arrested.

Last year, Eugene Police received more than 200 calls complaining about fireworks. This year, a team of dedicated officers will patrol the streets and issue citations to those using fireworks that shoot higher than a foot into the air, or further than six feet across the ground.  

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