Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

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If you plan to celebrate the New Year, remember to enjoy the holiday safely. The Eugene Police Department advises people to plan ahead by always having a designated driver.

Lieutenant Scott Fellman says people shouldn’t take any chances by driving under the influence on New Year’s.

Fellman: “New Year’s Eve we’ll definitely have extra officers out doing enforcement because that’s always a holiday we watch out for that type of behavior with a little bit of extra attention and we want to encourage people to plan ahead.”

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The combination of Thanksgiving travel and the Civil War football Game has Oregon police and sheriffs on alert for impaired drivers through the weekend.

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers face off in the 118th Civil War game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis Saturday.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler is with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. He says police will be on DUII Saturation patrol looking for impaired drivers who are traveling to and from the Civil War Game. He says more folks will be on the road for Thanksgiving festivities as well.

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Newport's search and rescue Coast Guard air facility is scheduled to cease operations December 15th. Tuesday morning, four groups filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Eugene to try to stop the closure.

In the lawsuit, the Newport Fishermen's Wives, along with the City of Newport, Lincoln County, and the Port of Newport allege the Coast Guard failed to follow the legal process required to decommission a facility. They claim the Coast Guard has not adequately assessed impacts to public and environmental safety. Ginny Goblirsch is with the Newport Fishermen's Wives.

KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke Tuesday with Eric Richardson.  He asked the Lane County NAACP president his reaction to the decision not to indict the white policeman who fatally shot an African-American youth in Ferguson, Missouri.  What did Richardson think we should take away from the Grand Jury's position?

Tiff / KLCC

Mark Gissiner has been Eugene's police auditor the past five years.  He's seen changes in police practices during that time.

Rachael McDonald

Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are targeting the Eugene area.

Phone recording: "The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you."

This is the call being reported to Eugene Police. The computer-generated voice instructs people to call a phone number. Detective Steve Williams says scammers try multiple tactics to get people to send money.

Recorded on: November 14, 2014

Air date: November 17, 2014

Achieving Equity in Law Enforcement

Guest Speakers: Pete Kerns, Chief, Eugene Police Department; Tim Doney, Chief, Springfield Police Department; Carolyn McDermed, Chief, University of Oregon Police Department; Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff; and Lang Hinkle, Master Sergeant, Oregon State Police

Recorded on: Friday, November 7, 2014

Air Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

Experiencing Inequity in Law Enforcement

An orderly civil society requires a law enforcement focus on an effective and efficient balance between prevention and intervention. In healthy communities, everyone depends on the professional judgment of sworn officers to ensure safety. When public funds are scarce, it is especially important to make every police action count.

City of Eugene

This week the City of Eugene is installing signs on the sidewalks to indicate the designated zone for where bicyclists and skaters need to dismount and walk. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the Eugene City Council in July approved new laws prohibiting people from riding skateboards or bikes on sidewalks in the downtown area. The laws went into effect August 29. Since then, police have been issuing warnings and citations. The maximum fine is $50.

Deborah Wang / KUOW

The site of last Friday's school shooting will remain closed this week. Marysville-Pilchuck High School has suspended classes, out of respect for the victims of the tragedy.  On Sunday, they allowed students and family members back into the school for the first time to meet with grief counselors. The chain link fence at the front gate of Marysville Pilchuk High school has become an unofficial gathering spot for those in grief.

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