Crime & Law

Crime & Law
12:02 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Burglars Target Unoccupied Homes in Eugene

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Eugene Police are warning people whose homes are unoccupied to take measures to prevent theft. Two suspects are facing burglary charges following a multi-week crime spree targeting homes that were listed for sale or in foreclosure.

The two men were recently arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of appliances and furniture from numerous empty homes. Debbie Janecek is with EPD's Crime Prevention Unit:

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Deschutes County Jail
9:45 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Deschutes County Sheriff's Department Pleased With Progress Of Jail Expansion

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is pleased with the progress of its new jail expansion.

The expansion will add 22,000 square foot to the existing jail. It includes six additional housing units, and an improved mental health facility. Sheriff Larry Blanton says the project is being funded by a revenue bond and $2.6 million the county set aside.

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Crime Reports
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Police Want Your Reports Online

You don’t need a police officer any more to file a police report. The Eugene Police Department now allows citizens to file them online.  

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Students
12:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Eugene Police Partner With UO Students On Crime Prevention

For several years, the Eugene Police Department has focused on educating college students about crime prevention. Now there is a new partnership, led by student interns.

Sergeant Lisa Barong is with the EPD crime prevention unit:
Barong: "Our local college students are victims of property crime at a much higher rate than most of the citizens in our community."
Last school year, the police worked with a public relations class at the U of O. They brainstormed ways to educate students on how to protect their property from break-in and theft.

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Crime & Law
2:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oregon Releases Study on Financial Exploitation of Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly

Credit Jes Burns

Oregon has released the first-ever study on the financial exploitation of adults with disabilities and the elderly.
 

It may be a crime that happens over a long period or a one time event. And it may take years for the victim to discover it, if they ever do. The study found the majority of financial abuse is perpetrated by family, friends and non-relative caregivers. Researcher Rebecca Fetters says they’re not only stealing money.

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Social Host Ordinance
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Security Guards At Private Parties Might Not Be Worth It

U of O students, fraternities and sororities throw parties in the West and South University neighborhoods.
Credit Jes Burns

The Social Host Ordinance (or Unruly Gathering Ordinance) has been on the books in Eugene for almost six months. It allows police to give extra penalties to out-of-control party hosts. But, some partiers have come up with a new strategy to keep the cops away.

Eugene police.

“As an adult, if I had a party at my house, I wouldn’t let one stranger into my door.”

And young party-goers.

“We have a huge basement. We love having a DJ down there, we love having a ton of people”

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Public Safety
11:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Curry County Asks Voters To Help Fund Sheriff's Patrols

Curry County Courthouse.
Credit Curry County

Voters in Curry County are considering a Public Safety Levy on the November 5th ballot which would help pay for rural sheriff patrols and the jail. There hasn't been much public effort to get out the vote.
 

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Crime & Law
11:38 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Eugene Police Preventing Stolen Cars

The Eugene Police are working to decrease auto thefts with a new prevention program.

It’s called the Combat Auto Theft program, or CAT. Residents who normally don’t drive between 1 and 5 AM can volunteer to receive a sticker to place in their rear window. The sticker allows police to pull the car over during those hours to confirm that the driver is the owner. Program Manager Debbie Janecek says cars are often stolen at night, and the owners don’t realize it till the morning.

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Crime & Law
12:32 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Oregon State Police Volunteers Patrol Lincoln County School Neighborhoods

Two OSP Volunteers from Lincoln City – Sheridan Jones and Cindy Dorrell – pose with Oregon State Police from the North Area Command, Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit, back left, Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch and Lt. Justin McGladrey, back right.

Oregon State Police volunteers are patrolling the neighborhoods around public schools in Lincoln County.

The OSP volunteers have been active in Lincoln County for more than 25 years. This is the first time they’ve specifically worked on school safety. They approached the school district after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Sue Graves is the Safety Coordinator for Lincoln County Schools. She says the volunteers go through background checks and training with OSP. They are not police officers and are unarmed.

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