Crime & Law

Crime & Law
6:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court

Credit 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:

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Crime & Law
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Identity Theft Can Be Prevented

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.

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Crime & Law
5:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Women Exiting Prison Have New Place To Reconnect With Their Children

Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood of Eugene.
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.

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Crime & Law
6:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Sandy Hook School Shooter Apparently Called In To KWVA In 2011

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.

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Crime & Law
4:42 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pantsless Man Attempts To Elude Police On I-5

Credit 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.

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Missing Person
1:42 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Police Ask For Help To Find Missing Camper

Dale Teige

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.

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Crime & Law
5:14 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Oregon Law Makes It A Crime To Smoke In Vehicle With Minors

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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Oregon Parks and Recreation
9:17 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Smoking Could Soon Be Illegal At Oregon Parks

Credit oregonstateparks.gov

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

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Eugene Police
7:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

DA Calls Eugene Officer Heroic in Extraordinary Shooting Case

The shooting took place on Churchill High School grounds. This photo was taken on Bailey Hill Road a few hours later.
Credit 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.

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DUII Patrols
4:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Police Step Up Patrols During Civil War Game Friday

The 117th annual Civil War football game takes place at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Friday.

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.

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