Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

The Oregon District Attorney's Association announced Tuesday it's backing away from a campaign to change the state's Constitution and require unanimous juries.

Less than three weeks ago, the organization that represents the state's 36 elected prosecutors said it wanted to play a leadership role in doing away with a system many see as rooted in racism and discrimination.

"At this time, we do not have plans to pursue a ballot measure for 2018 or 2020," Tim Colahan, executive director of ODAA, told OPB via email late Tuesday.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon State University student was arrested Monday for slapping racist bumper stickers on the cars of social activists. The incident has upset many in the Corvallis community. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Jacob Laskey, who served more than 11 years in federal prison for a racially motivated attack on Eugene's largest synagogue, was arrested on Saturday in connection with a stabbing at a mobile home park in Creswell.

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Eugene Police say they now have a composite rendering of an at-large suspect in three cold case murders. As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, authorities – and grieving relatives – hope the breakthrough leads to an arrest.

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Activists against human trafficking in the Eugene-Springfield area are holding a series of events this month to spread awareness of the problem. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Scammers are targeting local utility customers, according to Eugene Water and Electric Board.

The Bundys Go Free In Nevada — And Their Dismissal Reverberates Across Oregon

Jan 8, 2018

A federal judge in Nevada Monday dismissed the criminal indictment against the Bundy family and one of their key supporters, dealing federal prosecutors and federal land management agencies an embarrassing rebuke.

In Oregon, the dismissal prompted both celebration and deep dismay.

The case stemmed from a 2014 standoff between members of the Bundy family, fellow ranchers, armed milita and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Beginning January 1st, drivers are allowed to black out addresses on their registration card and proof of insurance.

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The holiday season brings gift cards, cash, packages, and other valuables to people’s mailboxes. Unfortunately that also brings mail thieves.

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Vandals on joyrides have done damage to a parking area at a popular Lane county park and officials are at their wits end.

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Now-former Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns was officially honored today in a public ceremony.  As KLCC’s Bull reports, Kerns wraps up 34 years of service. 

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A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday in a case brought by 21 youths against the federal government over climate change. The Trump Administration is seeking to quash the case before it goes to trial.

Rachael McDonald

A group of young people suing President Trump will present their case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Monday. The 21 youth are suing the federal government over climate change.

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A former club captain for Rotary Club of Eugene Airport is accused of stealing $5,000 in raffle ticket proceeds last year.

Rachael McDonald

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments next month (December 11th) in the Trump Administration’s attempt to halt a climate lawsuit brought by a group of young people.

Eugene Police

The Eugene Police Auditor has wrapped up an investigation of sexual harassment claims against a police captain.

At nearly $3 million, Lincoln County has settled a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of Bradley Thomas, who died while being held in the county jail two years ago. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Oregon taxpayers have been receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be with the IRS or Internal Revenue Service. KLCC’s Briana Friden has the story.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene’s ban on dogs in the downtown core expires Wednesday (November 1st). 

City of Springfield

Springfield voters are considering whether to renew a public safety levy in the November 7th special election. The levy was originally approved by voters in 2006 and it funds the city’s jail.

Springfield Police Department

Police have arrested a Springfield man connected to a fake bomb scare earlier this month.  

The Hood River County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday against the teenage suspect in the Eagle Creek Fire investigation. The 15-year-old boy from Vancouver, Washington, faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly starting the blaze.

The teenager allegedly lobbed a firecracker down a canyon, igniting the fire that torched more than 48,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Fire forced hundreds of area residents to evacuate and caused school delays and businesses to shut down.

The Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon was awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will be used to expand services throughout Lane County.

Rio Davidson / Lincoln County Community Rights

Today, a Lincoln County Circuit Court judge listened to opposing sides in a lawsuit over a voter-approved ban on aerial pesticide spraying. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Springfield Police Department

Police responded to reports of a suspicious device left near a gas line this  afternoon, on International Way in Springfield’s Gateway area.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, authorities have given the all-clear. 

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A federal jury has ruled in favor of Eugene Police in an excessive force civil lawsuit against the department. The case was brought by a woman and her son who were arrested after calling for help because the young man was in mental health crisis.

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Law enforcement tries to be on the scene as soon as possible, when live shooter incidents happen like the Sunday night in Las Vegas.  But police say people caught in such scenarios often need to act quickly to help ensure their survival.

Recorded On: September 29, 2017

Air Date: October 2, 2017

This City Club program addresses the increased incidences of hate crimes and how it is impacting citizens of color and others in the local community. Nazi swastikas and other symbols of hate have appeared recently on schools. Houses of worship have been targeted and damaged. Adults have shouted “go back where you came from” at children of color walking home from school.

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Friday afternoon, a Lane County jury awarded the mother of Lauren Jones $1.5 million in a malpractice case against PeaceHealth Medical Center.

Lane County jurors heard closing arguments Thursday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of University of Oregon student athlete Lauren Jones. The jury is now in deliberations.

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