Crime & Law

Eugene / Springfield
9:30 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Fireworks Enforcement In Eugene / Springfield

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The Eugene - Springfield Fire and Eugene Police Departments took additional steps to reduce the number of fireworks violations last (Friday) night. Additional officers were on patrol from 8 pm to 2 am. According to a preliminary report, more than 160 people called in complaints about fireworks. That's down from 2013 which had more than 200. In June, the Eugene City Council approved two city code changes regarding fireworks. Legally purchased fireworks can now only be used between June 23rd and July 6th and December 31st and January 1st.

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Crime & Law
12:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon State Police Enforce "No Refusal Weekend"

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This Fourth of July, Oregon Law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the streets for intoxicated drivers. They have a new strategy to test for blood alcohol concentration.

“No Refusal Weekend” allows officers to test suspected impaired drivers,  even if they refuse breath testing.  This ensures everyone arrested receives a recorded BAC test.

Ryan Stone is a traffic and DUI enforcement police officer:

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Lane County
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Law Enforcement To Focus On Boating Under The Influence

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This weekend, the Lane County Sheriff’s Department is focusing on waterways to prevent boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide effort from law enforcement agencies to catch and prevent BUI’s. 

The leading factors in boater deaths are directly related to alcohol and drug use. Lane County Sheriffs' Spokeswoman Carrie Carver says drinking a beer or two on a boat isn’t the same as having one at the house.

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Crime & Law
4:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eugene Police Department and Fire Marshal's Office Hold Fireworks Turn-in Event

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The Eugene Police Department is getting a jump on stopping illegal fireworks before they’re lit. They’re holding a fireworks turn-in event. It’s an opportunity for community members to surrender their illegal fireworks without being cited or arrested.

Last year, Eugene Police received more than 200 calls complaining about fireworks. This year, a team of dedicated officers will patrol the streets and issue citations to those using fireworks that shoot higher than a foot into the air, or further than six feet across the ground.  

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Sexual Assault
12:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

UO Bans Basketball Players Accused of Sexual Assault

Credit Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has found three former basketball players responsible for sexual misconduct and banned them from campus for 4 to 10 years.

Attorney John Clune represents the young woman, a U of O student who accused Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin of sexually assaulting her repeatedly at parties following a basketball game in March.  Clune says his client is relieved to hear the players won't be coming back to the U of O while she's there.

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Illegal Fireworks
8:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Eugene Limits Fireworks

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The Eugene City Council Monday approved restrictions on fireworks.

The council voted to limit the days when fireworks can be set off. They can be used only between June 23rd and July 6 and on December 31st and January 1st.

Another ordinance would make the use of illegal fireworks enforceable under the city's social host ordinance so that residents or home owners are held responsible when they're ignited.

The council has been hoping to crack down on illegal fireworks because of the noise, fire danger and injuries. Councilor Mike Clark:

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Bend
9:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Bend Officially Appoints New Police Chief

Police Chief Jim Porter
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Bend has a new Police Chief, and it's a familiar face. Jim Porter has been serving as the interim Police Chief since January. Now, after 23 years on the force, Porter officially accepted the job as Bends Police Chief, Friday. City Manager Eric King felt it was best for the department to continue the momentum Porter built during his 6 months on the job.

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Lane County Sheriff
12:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Sheriff Patrol Hours Reduced this Summer In Lane County

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Deputies are not patrolling Lane County 24-7 this summer-- that's because of several retirements. The Sheriff says it's hard to respond to emergencies throughout the vast county… even with full-time patrols.

That's because at any given time there might only be a few deputies on the roads. Sergeant Carrie Carver is Public Information Officer with the Lane County Sheriff.

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School Shooting
12:19 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Authorities Say Gunman Was Reynolds HS Student

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson speaks at a press conference.
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The gunman who shot and killed a student and wounded a teacher at Reynolds High School was identified by authorities as 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett. He was a student at Reynolds, but no link has been established between him and the victim, 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman.

In a briefing Wednesday morning Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said Padgett arrived at the school heavily armed.

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Redwood Trees
6:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Arrests Highlight Threat to Ancient Redwoods

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Two men have been charged with damaging old growth trees in northern California’s Redwood National and State Forest. The arrests are the first in response to a recent increase in illegal poaching of redwood burl.

You’ve probably seen countertops or furniture made from redwood burl. The richly colored, swirling grain is prized for its beauty and can fetch a hefty price. A coffee table or bar top can sell for thousands. That kind of money – combined with a largely unregulated market for the wood – has proved irresistible to poachers in the northern California forests.

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