Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Rachael McDonald

The family of a veteran who was shot and killed by Eugene Police during a mental health crisis is proposing legislation to change how law enforcement deals with similar situations.

Brian Babb was killed in March. When police arrived at his house he was on the phone with his therapist. She says she was talking him down from a panic attack.

Oregon’s new gun background check law took effect yesterday [Sunday]. The legislation requires all gun sales, including private exchanges, to be vetted through a federally licensed dealer.

With the new law, Oregon becomes the 12th state to require universal background checks. Legislators hope criminal and mental health checks for private and online sales will reduce gun violence in the state. Amy Ruiz is with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund:

Lane County Settles Green Suicide Lawsuit

Aug 6, 2015

Lane County reached a four hundred thousand dollar settlement with the family of Kelly Green who died in 2013 after a suicide attempt in the lane county jail.  

That four hundred thousand dollars looks like a deal considering Green’s family filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit.  The settlement also avoids a breach of contract battle with Corizon Health, the contractor which supplied medical services for Lane County Jail at the time of Green’s suicide attempt.  County Commissioner Faye Stewart says it was the potential costs of that suit informing his vote for the deal. 


The Executive Director of the NAACP in Lane County says Eugene Police used excessive force on his sister after she tried to stop an officer from deploying a stun gun on her 19-year-old son. EPD is conducting an internal investigation.


Ayisha Brown called police early on the morning of July 16th saying her 19-year old son was having a psychotic break.  Police provided audio from a patrol car camera.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has settled the civil lawsuit filed by a student who alleges she was raped by three basketball players in March, 2014.

The plaintiff, who is referred to as Jane Doe, will receive $800,000 in compensation, and be provided with four years of housing, tuition and fees.

Over the past two years, the number of households reporting domestic violence has more than doubled in Lane County. That’s according to Womenspace, a crisis center that serves victims of Intimate Partner Abuse. The agency also reports that more than half of those households include children. Advocates say violence has long-lasting, often devastating impact on kids.

Eugene Police responded to three incidents of infants or young children left alone in vehicles Wednesday, when the high in Eugene was 100.

Eugene Police Officer Faces Assault Charge

Jul 29, 2015
Rachael McDonald

A Eugene police officer is facing charges for assaulting an inmate  at the Lane County Jail. 

Rachael McDonald

Benton County leaders are considering asking voters to fund a new jail. They say the existing jail is inadequate for public safety needs.

The Benton County Jail was built in 1976. It has enough room for up to 40 inmates. The county is renting beds at other jails making it possible for the county to hold up to 80 offenders. Sheriff's Captain Diana Rabago says the jail has a virtual revolving door with people getting released early due to overcrowding. She says the jail uses a matrix to determine who is next on the list to be force released.


A number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but it remains illegal in the eyes – and the laws – of the federal government. Senators from Oregon and Colorado say it's nearly impossible for marijuana businesses to access banks, which follow federal regulations. New legislation aims to ease the banking restrictions.