Crime & Law

Crime & Law
7:35 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Registered Sex Offender Arrested In Eugene On New Charges Of Sex Abuse

55-year-old Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr. has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes including First Degree Sex Abuse.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

A registered sex offender from Eugene has been arrested on allegations he sexually abused a teenage girl and gave her alcohol and marijuana.

Oregon State Police received information this week from the 15-year-old victim that she had been sexually abused and provided with booze and pot. She told detectives that 55-year-old Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr. of Eugene gave her the intoxicants on more than one occasion. One of those times was at a party in the Crow area in June.

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Crime & Law
7:08 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Lincoln County Sweep For Sex Offenders And Wanted Persons

Credit Lincoln County

Last week the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office took part in a two day sweep to make sure sex offenders were in compliance with registering their address. Police were also looking for people with warrants.

The U.S. Marshalls Office requested the Lincoln County sweep, known as "Operation Tidal Wave." A number of law enforcement agencies worked together in teams of 4 or 5 officers who were assigned to cover a certain area. Detective David Boys is with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Justice
11:45 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Attorney Says Pete Seda Has Been Vindicated

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. This is a file photo from 2010.
Credit Rachael McDonald

This week the US Attorney for Oregon announced a plea agreement with the former Ashland-based Islamic charity Al Haramain and its former head Pete Seda. Seda pleaded guilty to tax fraud. In return the government dropped all criminal charges against him. Seda had been convicted in 2010 on charges of funneling 150 thousand dollars to Chechen rebels. A federal appeals court last summer overturned that conviction. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Seda's attorney, Steven Wax who is with the Public Defender's office in Portland.

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Crime & Law
12:42 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tax Fraud Plea Agreement Closes Case Involving Islamic Charity

Pete Seda is former head of the Ashland-based Al Haramain charity.
Credit AP

The saga involving an Ashland-based Islamic Charity and its former head has finally come to a close. The US Attorney for Oregon has dismissed criminal charges against Pete Seda  in return for a guilty plea to tax fraud.

 

Seda served 33 months in prison after being convicted in 2010 on charges of smuggling money to Chechen rebels. Last summer, a Federal Appeals Court overturned the conviction and remanded it for retrial. Assistant U-S Attorney Chris Cardani prosecuted the original case.  He says the plea agreement avoids a return to court.

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Missing Persons
5:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Missing Ethopian Athletes Located

Credit oregon14.com

Three of the four Ethiopian athletes reported missing from the IAAF  World Junior Championships last weekend, have been located Monday afternoon in Beaverton. Beaverton Police located and positively identified Atibeha, Amanuel Abebe Atibeha, Dureti Edao, and Meaza Kebede . The three were safe, unharmed, and staying with acquaintances.   

A missing persons case is still active for Zeyituna Mohammed.

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Search and Rescue
9:21 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Marion County Sheriff's Office Searching For Lost Hikers

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE at 10:20 AM: All three hikers were located at approximately 10:00 AM, Sunday. All three were unharmed and have been returned to their families.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is searching for three teenagers who are overdue from a hiking trip in the Opal Creek Wilderness. Bodie Teeple, age 17, Alex Ruiz, age 16 and Allen Carrillo-Mejia, age 17 went hiking Saturday around noon and have yet to return from their trip.

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Crime & Law
7:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Man Charged With Murder And Arson In Deaths of Two Men In Creswell House Fire

42-year-old Eugene Whitehall has been booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of murder and arson in the deaths of 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland.
Credit Lane County Sheriff's Office

Murder charges have been filed against 42-year-old Eugene Whitehall, a transient, in the deaths of two men in Creswell.

Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office says the charges come a day after two bodies were found in the rubble from a July 16 house fire in Creswell. The 2-story home was located on a pig farm. The victims were 65-year-old Dennis Kelley and 69-year-old Carl McFarland. Both men lived on the property.

Whitehall was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and arson. 

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Crime & Law
12:52 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Swastika Vandalism Found Near Jewish Fraternity

Swastikas were drawn on mailboxes near the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity by the University of Oregon.
Credit Amanda Butt

Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were tagged near a Jewish fraternity.

Bryan Kalbrosky is a student and member of the University of Oregon’s Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. On his way to class on Monday, he noticed a dozen swastikas drawn on a cluster mailbox near the fraternity house.  

Kalbrosky: “In the Eugene community, this is a rare thing to see. I’ve never seen swastikas in Eugene before and I know that it’s definitely a fairly progressive place when it comes to that type of thinking. So that’s what really caught me off guard.”

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Science & Technology
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Multi-State Price Fixing Settlement Includes Oregonians, Includes Refund.

A DRAM Computer Chip
Credit www.digitaltrends.com

Oregonians have until August 1st to file claims as part of a 310 million dollar multi-state settlement. If you purchased an electronic device between 1998 and 2002, you are eligible to submit a claim, and you don't even need a receipt.

Major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips or DRAM were accused of fixing prices. Oregon and 35 other states are involved in the lawsuit. Most devices qualify for at least a 10$ refund. Oregon Department of Justice Spokesperson Kristina Edmunson says the 4 step process to apply is simple.

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