Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

Chris Potter

In an effort to reduce costly jail sentences, the city of Eugene is planning to establish a Community Court for certain offenses. City officials are asking residents to help choose which low-level crimes should be routed through the new system. 

Eugene Municipal Court Administrator Cheryl Stone became interested in this court model while doing research on high rates of failure to appear and recidivism. She asked herself this question:

Identity Theft Can Be Prevented

Feb 21, 2014

Identity theft is when someone poses as you to commit a crime. According to police, it happens several times *a day in Eugene. Victims may not know of the offense until major damage has already been done.

Stealing another person's identity is a serious crime. And, when caught, perpetrators can expect to see the inside of a jail cell.  This week, (Tuesday 2/18) a 35-year old Eugene man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for breaking into vehicles and rummaging through trash to find personal information.

Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut apparently called Eugene radio station KWVA a year before the shooting to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

The caller, believed to be Adam Lanza, used the name Greg when he was on the air with John Zerzan, host of Anarchy Radio. The caller blames civilization for the chimp's attack.

Pantsless Man Attempts To Elude Police On I-5

Jan 14, 2014
Oregon State Police

The northbound lanes of 1-5 were temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon north of Creswell after a man attempted to elude state troopers.

The man, whose name has not been released, allegedly purposefully hit a school bus with his passenger car.  The bus and car pulled over to the shoulder, where the man took his pants off and tried to enter the bus.  No students were on board, only a female bus driver.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find a missing man.

On December 28th, 52-year-old Dale Teige told a friend he was going camping east of Cottage Grove. When he didn’t return as expected, the friend reported him missing. Since then, search and rescue crews have been scouring the area.

Teige was last seen driving a red 1992 Ford Ranger with a white canopy and license plates reading DAUZ.

Anyone with information should contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center: 541-682-4141.

A new Oregon law went into effect January 1st making it a crime to smoke cigarettes in a vehicle with minors. It is a secondary offense to smoke in the car with minors. This means law enforcement has to stop a driver for a separate violation first. Then police can write a ticket with a fine of $250 for smoking in the vehicle with children. The second time it happens, the fine is $500. Jason Davis with Lane County Health and Human Services says rolling down the window does not provide adequate ventilation.

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It could soon be illegal to smoke cigarettes outdoors in Oregon's Parks. The state is considering a rule change in the New Year.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says a Eugene Police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a suspect on the campus of Churchill High School last month.

Police will be on patrol when the Ducks and Beavers face off in the annual Civil War football game in Eugene Friday. The cops are trying to prevent people from drinking and driving.

Eugene Police Officer Ryan Stone says EPD is working with Springfield PD and Oregon State Police to saturate the roadways around Autzen. Stone says with the Thanksgiving holiday more people will be out.

Many Poaching Cases Go Unreported

Nov 25, 2013
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife

A recently killed deer in South Eugene is a reminder many poaching crimes go unreported, and police rely on the public's help to catch illegal animal killings.

In the early hours on the morning of November 15th, residents awoke to shots being fired and some observed a vehicle driving away from a fallen black-tailed buck. Oregon State's Fish and Wildlife Trooper Ed Imholt is glad residents called in the crime, but he says many times instances like this go unreported.

Rachael McDonald

A man is dead after an officer involved shooting Wednesday afternoon in West Eugene.  The incident prompted lockdowns at Churchill High and Kennedy Middle Schools. 

Adeniji: “All I heard was three pops.  And they sounded like a gun, but that’s the furthest thing from your mind.”

Shola Adeniji owns a dry cleaning business on Bailey Hill Road.  It was hot inside, so he had his front door open.  There was only one police car on the road when the shots were fired, but then…

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Eugene Police are warning people whose homes are unoccupied to take measures to prevent theft. Two suspects are facing burglary charges following a multi-week crime spree targeting homes that were listed for sale or in foreclosure.

The two men were recently arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furniture from numerous empty homes. Debbie Janecek is with EPD's Crime Prevention Unit:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is pleased with the progress of its new jail expansion.

The expansion will add 22,000 square foot to the existing jail. It includes six additional housing units, and an improved mental health facility. Sheriff Larry Blanton says the project is being funded by a revenue bond and $2.6 million the county set aside.

Police Want Your Reports Online

Nov 11, 2013

You don’t need a police officer any more to file a police report. The Eugene Police Department now allows citizens to file them online.  

For several years, the Eugene Police Department has focused on educating college students about crime prevention. Now there is a new partnership, led by student interns.

Sergeant Lisa Barong is with the EPD crime prevention unit:
Barong: "Our local college students are victims of property crime at a much higher rate than most of the citizens in our community."
Last school year, the police worked with a public relations class at the U of O. They brainstormed ways to educate students on how to protect their property from break-in and theft.

Jes Burns

Oregon has released the first-ever study on the financial exploitation of adults with disabilities and the elderly.
 

It may be a crime that happens over a long period or a one time event. And it may take years for the victim to discover it, if they ever do. The study found the majority of financial abuse is perpetrated by family, friends and non-relative caregivers. Researcher Rebecca Fetters says they’re not only stealing money.

Jes Burns

The Social Host Ordinance (or Unruly Gathering Ordinance) has been on the books in Eugene for almost six months. It allows police to give extra penalties to out-of-control party hosts. But, some partiers have come up with a new strategy to keep the cops away.

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“As an adult, if I had a party at my house, I wouldn’t let one stranger into my door.”

And young party-goers.

“We have a huge basement. We love having a DJ down there, we love having a ton of people”

Curry County

Voters in Curry County are considering a Public Safety Levy on the November 5th ballot which would help pay for rural sheriff patrols and the jail. There hasn't been much public effort to get out the vote.
 

Eugene Police Preventing Stolen Cars

Oct 28, 2013

The Eugene Police are working to decrease auto thefts with a new prevention program.

It’s called the Combat Auto Theft program, or CAT. Residents who normally don’t drive between 1 and 5 AM can volunteer to receive a sticker to place in their rear window. The sticker allows police to pull the car over during those hours to confirm that the driver is the owner. Program Manager Debbie Janecek says cars are often stolen at night, and the owners don’t realize it till the morning.

Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

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