Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Deschutes County Jail

A self-proclaimed reporter with links to the Malheur Refuge occupation was arrested Friday by the FBI on weapons charges. Michael Ray Emry made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Eugene today (Monday).

Michael Emry entered the courtroom in shackles. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo asked if he wished to accept a court appointed public defender. Emry nodded and then mumbled ‘yes.’

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Police will have extra officers on patrol when Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump comes to Eugene Friday.

Eugene Police are investigating what they call a bias crime against a 15-year old African-American boy. Police say the boy was chased by two white men who he felt were trying to assault him.

Eugene Police Department

Eugene Police have recovered an exotic monkey from an out-of-town prostitute. A local pet store owner allegedly gave the Galago primate named Gooey to her as a tip.

Hank Stern

Senator Ron Wyden met Saturday with Eugene AARP volunteers helping elderly people file their taxes, which are due today (Monday). Reports many times tax season means an increase in scams.

Democratic Senator Wyden called for a crackdown on tax scams in March. During a hearing with the Senate Finance Committee, he said the growth of sophisticated technology is costing taxpayers billions of dollars every tax season. Wyden wants the Committee to adopt some of Oregon's standards for tax preparers.

Wikipedia

Eugene will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to create a community court. 

Kyra Buckley/KLCC

Body cameras will soon be part of the Eugene Police Department's uniform. But which brand will be used? Friday 8 different vendors displayed their products to officers. Captain Sherri Meisel says they look at durability and storage.

Meisel: "Some people would think; 'Oh, we just taker video with our phone.' There's a lot of data that has to be collected and stored. Well, if you start multiplying that by a number of officers over many hours during a day, there's a lot more at stake than just having the actual camera itself."

Bradley W. Parks/OPB

Law enforcement and state officials continue to receive death threats from people angered over the shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.

“Kill cops because they are cops, if for no other reason,” one man believed to be from Oregon wrote on social media. “Just walk up asking for directions and shoot them in the [expletive] face.”

Malheur Refuge Restoration On Track, Despite Costs

Mar 24, 2016

Media were allowed into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings Wednesday for the first time since the occupation ended last month.

The refuge, which was blanketed in snow during the 41-day occupation, shows signs of spring’s arrival: birds twitter and chirp and cattle graze in the distance. On the surface, life seems to be moving on. However, there are numerous costs in returning the refuge back to normal.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County now has sheriff’s deputies on patrol for 24 hours, 7 days a week. It’s been more than 5 years since that’s been a consistent practice.

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