Crime & Law

Underage Party
11:10 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

The Marion County Sheriff's Department tapped into social media to extinguish a party before it started. Early Friday, the sheriff's office says it began receiving tips from community partners about a large party set to take place somewhere in Marion County. Police say the party was organized via Twitter using the trend #Project NAT. The Sheriff's office tried to prevent the party from happening by broadcasting information and contacting the organizer. Around 9:30 PM, police located the party near Packsaddle Park with a stage, bonfire, and alcoholic beverages.

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Crime & Law
1:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OR Prisoners Will Soon Have A Way To Fight Wrongful Convictions

Credit Oregon Innocence Project

Until now, Oregon was the only state in the country without a program dedicated to investigating claims of wrongful conviction. The “Oregon Innocence Project” aims to provide a way to help.

Before the late 1990’s, the idea someone could serve time for a crime they didn’t commit was unusual. As DNA evidence became admissible, challenges to wrongful convictions grew.

Aliza Kaplan is a co-founder of the Oregon Innocence Project.

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Eugene Police
12:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Eugene Police Analyses Bias

The Eugene Police and Police Commission are taking a look at whether bias or profiling plays a role in how cops approach their work. There's a public forum Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns.

The Police Commission is drafting a policy on bias-based policing policy. At the same time EPD is developing new methods for collecting data on contact between police and the public. Carter Hawley is a Management Analyst for the Eugene Police Department. She says there's a perception that bias based on race, gender, age or other factors plays a role in police activity.

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Crime & Law
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gillette Sentenced To Life In Prison, No Parole

Johan Gillette at his sentencing hearing Tuesday in Lane County Court.
Credit Paul Carter, Register Guard

Johan Gillette was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Gilllette was convicted in a jury trial of aggravated murder in the deaths of his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas. A court settlement took the sentencing out of the jury's hands.

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Crime & Law
6:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Underfunded Criminal Justice System Cited In Release Of Accused Murderer

Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County's District Attorney says lack of law enforcement capacity contributed the release of a man accused of killing two people over the last few weeks.  

Eugene Police arrested Ricardo Cheney on drug and firearms charges on March 6th.  The DA's office said it chose not to file charges because the crime involved no violence or threat of violence and fell below the current local threshold for prosecution.

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Justice
6:57 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Reporter Reflects On Murder Trial

Wednesday, a jury convicted Johan Gillette on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of intentional murder in the deaths of his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas. Next week, they decide on sentencing. Throughout the trial, the Register Guard coverage has been high profile. Their reporter Greg Bolt spoke with KLCC's Tripp Sommer.

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Crime
6:28 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Gang Specialist Translates Graffiti, Details Scope of Problem

Credit Rachael McDonald

Last Friday, police deployed a SWAT team to arrest a member of the Barrio Los Padrinos criminal street gang in downtown Eugene. The suspect was accused of sexual assault and believed to be armed. Earlier that day, KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with EPD Detective Greg Harvey. She asked about gang graffiti and what's going on with gangs in Eugene / Springfield.

Harvey: "So this little walkway goes between 2nd street and the Pioneer Parkway and it’s a heavily trafficked area."

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Oregon Court of Appeals
6:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

A Talk With Oregon Appelate Court Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher this week in the KLCC Studios.  Judge DeVore, a Eugene resident with a U of O law degree and a background in civil litigation, was named to the Court by Governor Kitzhaber five months ago.  He fills one of three new positions on the Court created in 2012. What, he was asked,  is the role of the state’s Court of Appeals?

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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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