Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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