Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

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Oregon State Police are taking the lead on a case where a sandstone rock formation was pushed over by tourists.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

  

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The toppling and destruction of a sandstone formation at a state park site in Tillamook County is now being investigated as a possible case of vandalism.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports:

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown says jurors in the refuge occupation trial will hear from federal employees and see a video of a defendant chasing a "squirrel or mini groundhog."

In an extensive ruling issued Thursday, Brown laid out what disputed evidence and testimony would be allowed in the trial of Ammon Bundy and others accused of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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The civil lawsuit brought by former Register-Guard newspaper reporter Serena Markstrom was dismissed in court Wednesday. The dismissal was based on a pre-trial motion finding destruction of evidence. The judgment was rendered just before jury deliberation.

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A jury trial brought by a former Register-Guard reporter against the paper for discrimination and wrongful termination is in its second week.  Jurors heard witnesses for the defense in Lane County Circuit Court.

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On Friday, Lawyers for former Register Guard reporter Serena Markstrom rested their discrimination case in Lane County Circuit Court.  KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert was there.

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Testimony in the discrimination case brought by former reporter Serena Markstrom against The Register-Guard newspaper continued Thursday with Serena Markstrom on the stand for most of the day. Additional witnesses for the prosecution are expected to appear on Friday. 

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Jury selection begins in Eugene Tuesday for the discrimination case brought by Serena Markstrom against The Register-Guard newspaper. Forty-eight prospective jurors will be whittled down to twelve, possibly by the end of the day.

In a pre-trial hearing this morning, Lane County Circuit Judge Josephine Mooney hashed out language for statements and instructions to jurors.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Police are taking a new tack in their approach to public safety downtown. A community outreach team tries to help people.

Eugene Police Department Sees Increase in IRS Scam Calls

Aug 1, 2016
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The Eugene Police Department has received reports of scam calls, primarily targeting college-age and elderly people.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Ryan Bundy filed a series of court motions late Thursday, declaring himself a sovereign citizen who isn't subject to federal laws.

Bundy, who is representing himself in the conspiracy case against the refuge occupiers, declares himself an "idiot of the 'Legal Society'" and not subject to federal law, according to the documents.

Refuge Occupier Ryan Payne Pleads Guilty

Jul 20, 2016

Ryan Payne, one of the leaders of occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs.

“I plead guilty, your honor,” Payne said to U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown on Tuesday.

Prosecutors dismissed a second charge against Payne, possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that Ryan Bundy tore his bed sheets and braided them together into 12–15 feet of rope in an attempt to escape Multnomah County Jail.

Bundy is at the jail awaiting trial for his role in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation earlier this year.

"We have actual evidence that he tried to escape," Assistant U.S. Prosecutor Geoffrey Barrow told the court during a pre-trial detention hearing in Portland.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene police and community leaders say they won’t tolerate hate and will work to improve relations between police and the minority community. They held a press conference Wednesday in response to recent national events.

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Last week's violent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota have provoked strong emotions nationwide. Here, in Eugene, a community reacted.

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This week, the U.S. Supreme court ruled 6 to 2 that a person convicted of misdemeanor reckless domestic assault can be restricted from gun ownership. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the decision will impact every Oregon county.

Sheldon High School Detached Classroom Severely Damaged

Jun 28, 2016
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Eugene fire and police departments are investigating after a mysterious fire started at Sheldon High School last night.

Lance Lighty with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department said the fire caused severe damage to one modular classroom.

“There's two modular buildings connected by a wood deck, about 20 feet apart from each other," said Lighty. "Then they sat behind the gym, about 10 feet off the gym. And again there was no damage to the other modular or the main part of the school.”

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In response to media requests, the Eugene Police Department released how much it cost to provide security for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when he campaigned in the city last month.

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A vigil is planned Tuesday night in Cottage Grove for a young gay man who was beat up Saturday night. The community is also coming together in solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

A gay nightclub in central Florida is now the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy sent shock waves across the nation. Sunday afternoon, patrons of Eugene's only gay bar shared their grief. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the co-founder of The Wayward Lamb.

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Sheldon High School was on lockdown for about 45 minutes Thursday afternoon.

Graffiti Symbol Popping Up All Over Eugene

Jun 8, 2016
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A mysterious graffiti symbol is appearing all over Eugene. The large circle has two lines inside.  The tag first appeared near the University of Oregon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Eugene Police Compare Body Cameras

Apr 8, 2016
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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."

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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.”

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