Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

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This week, police officers from around Lane County are training to more effectively resolve encounters with people who have mental illness.

Eugene Police have had annual crisis intervention training since 2008. This year, for the first time, the 40-hour class has expanded to include law enforcement personnel from around the region.

Lieutenant Jennifer Bills developed the program. She says its goal is to give officers the tools they need to better deal with people with intellectual disabilities.

Curry County

This week, Curry County voters rejected a property tax levy to fund their jail. KLCC checked in with the soon-to-be-new sheriff to find out what's next for the troubled southwest Oregon County.

Occupy Eugene

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Occupy Eugene activists who were evicted from a downtown plaza two years ago during a months-long protest.

Judge Michael McShane ruled Wednesday that General Services Administration officials wrongly restricted protesters' First Amendment rights when they limited what had been an around-the-clock protest outside the Federal Building. Attorney Lauren Regan represents Occupy protesters. She says the judge told the GSA it can't restrict political action during certain hours.

In June, the University of Oregon suspended three student athletes for violating sexual misconduct policies. Soon after, a panel of specialists convened to review those policies. Now, the panel is seeking input from the community.

If people have anything to say about sexual assault on the UO campus, this is their opportunity.

KEZI

In the wake of a police officer killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the militarization of local jurisdictions is under criticism. The federal government has financed and donated everything from Humvees and tactical equipment to night vision scopes. The Oregonian reports the Springfield Police Department received 238 surplus items between October 2012 and March of this year. Springfield Police Captain Rick Lewis was quoted saying:

The Takeaway has created this timeline combining all the salient events that have unfolded since the incident took place with some of the program’s recent coverage.

A national hospital chain says suspected Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Community Health Systems is the parent company of McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

Oregon State Police

An inmate escaped Saturday afternoon from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem. Oregon State Police are investigating. The woman who drove the inmate away from the facility is Lacy Kay Evans. She is Caucasian, 6' tall, blond hair.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jerry Teixeira missing at approximately 2:40 p.m., Saturday. Teixeira is a 34-year-old Caucasian male, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and attire with the word Inmate on his clothing.

Tiffany Eckert

The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

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With beef prices at historic highs, cattle theft crimes are up. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning ranchers to be extra attentive to their herds this summer.

Farmers are encouraged to frequently update their records for their herd numbers. ODF spokesman Rodger Hoffman manages the Animal Identification Program. He's worried high beef prices will be seen as an attraction to criminals.

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