Crime & Law

Teen Crime
7:53 am
Sat April 26, 2014

19-Year-Old Accused Of Soliciting Minors For Sexual Photos And Videos

Last week, Eugene Police arrested a 19-year-old Sheldon High School student accused of soliciting minors for sexual photos and videos. Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan says Elliot Thomas Cumer is charged with two counts of "Use of a Child in A Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct."

Mozan: "And to put that in lay terms, what that means is: 'Compelling a person or facilitating a person who is under that age of 18 to take sexually explicit photographs.'"

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Crime & Law
12:57 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lane County Will No Longer Hold Inmates For Federal Immigration Officials

Credit Lane County

After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.
 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.  

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Free Speech
1:34 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Free Speech Protest Rights Championed In Two Eugene Lawsuits

Homeless advocates camped at Free Speech Plaza in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A Eugene law firm has filed two lawsuits regarding free speech protest rights. One is against the federal government. The other will be tried in Municipal Court.
Attorney Lauren Regan with the Civil Liberties Defense Center says government is quietly chipping away at first amendment rights to protest in Eugene.

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Law Enforcement
9:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

City of Florence Interviewing Six Finalists for Chief of Police

The City of Florence is looking for a new chief of police. One of the finalists is Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner.

The Interim Chief of Police in Florence is Lynn Lamm who was appointed after Ray Gutierrez retired. The chief oversees 22 employees, including 9 officers.

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Crime & Law
6:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Pair Of Teens Suspected In Creswell Cinder Block Attack

Car hit Sunday by cinder block on I-5 in Creswell
Credit Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police have identified two teenagers they believe are responsible for throwing a cinder block of an I-5 overpass in the Creswell area early Sunday morning.  

The cinder block hit the windshield of a car traveling on the interstate and injured a passenger.  It hit 30-year-old Tiffany Becker in the face.  She was taken to the hospital, and subsequently released.    

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Crime & Law
8:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Arsons Reported At Two Eugene Middle Schools

Credit 4J School District

Emergency crews in Eugene responded to two arsons at schools in the past 48-hours.  Eugene police say the fires were started by teenagers and did not cause any injuries.  

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Underage Party
11:10 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

The Marion County Sheriff's Department tapped into social media to extinguish a party before it started. Early Friday, the sheriff's office says it began receiving tips from community partners about a large party set to take place somewhere in Marion County. Police say the party was organized via Twitter using the trend #Project NAT. The Sheriff's office tried to prevent the party from happening by broadcasting information and contacting the organizer. Around 9:30 PM, police located the party near Packsaddle Park with a stage, bonfire, and alcoholic beverages.

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Crime & Law
1:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OR Prisoners Will Soon Have A Way To Fight Wrongful Convictions

Credit Oregon Innocence Project

Until now, Oregon was the only state in the country without a program dedicated to investigating claims of wrongful conviction. The “Oregon Innocence Project” aims to provide a way to help.

Before the late 1990’s, the idea someone could serve time for a crime they didn’t commit was unusual. As DNA evidence became admissible, challenges to wrongful convictions grew.

Aliza Kaplan is a co-founder of the Oregon Innocence Project.

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Eugene Police
12:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Eugene Police Analyses Bias

The Eugene Police and Police Commission are taking a look at whether bias or profiling plays a role in how cops approach their work. There's a public forum Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns.

The Police Commission is drafting a policy on bias-based policing policy. At the same time EPD is developing new methods for collecting data on contact between police and the public. Carter Hawley is a Management Analyst for the Eugene Police Department. She says there's a perception that bias based on race, gender, age or other factors plays a role in police activity.

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Crime & Law
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gillette Sentenced To Life In Prison, No Parole

Johan Gillette at his sentencing hearing Tuesday in Lane County Court.
Credit Paul Carter, Register Guard

Johan Gillette was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Gilllette was convicted in a jury trial of aggravated murder in the deaths of his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas. A court settlement took the sentencing out of the jury's hands.

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