Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

A Sisters woman has been fined $140,000 and faces additional charges for misleading at least a dozen people to invest $700,000 in her business. Rebecca Castle, also known as Rebecca Groins allegedly spent investor's money on jewelry, spa services, and made purchases for her children and boyfriend. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services claims the business she was representing either did not exist or was financially unsuccessful. Jake Sunderland is a spokesman for the OCBS.

Will Kanellos/ETHOS Magazine

A bus driver who worked for Lane Transit District since 2003 was arrested Thursday for calling in a bomb threat. Traffic was shut down traffic for more than an hour near the University of Oregon.

Lane County Youth Services is launching a new program focused on improving results for youth dually involved in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

Eugene Weekly

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the 2009 resisting-arrest conviction of a man who was tased by police at an anti-pesticide rally in Eugene. 

Rachael McDonald

When Eugene's Civic Stadium burned down in late June, it seemed like the whole community felt the blow. It turned out a group of local boys had started the blaze when they were playing with a lighter in the press box at the shuttered wooden ball park. It's uncertain what will happen to these 4 boys, age 10 to 12.

Corinne Boyer

For a number of years, yoga classes have been offered in prisons. The Lincoln County Jail is now offering classes for its short stay inmates. When the jail psychologist was challenged with recent budget cuts, he started the volunteer run program addressing stress, anxiety and trauma. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has this story from the jail.

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.