Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Law enforcement agencies across Oregon will be on the road looking for drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday. Benton County, Deschutes County Sheriff's, and the Eugene Police Department are among the agencies participating in DUII saturation patrols.

Also, EPD spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says if your party gets out of control, don't be afraid to call the police.

The long-lasting claim linking domestic violence and Super Bowl Sunday doesn't hold true for Lane County.

Peggy Whalen from Womenspace in Eugene says in her 25 years of work in the field, she has never once seen rates spike because of the game.

"There definitely isn't a correlation between Super Bowl Sunday and domestic violence. I do, however, think that this is a really important thing to be discussing, especially this year."


Two unnamed University of Oregon employees have been put on leave after 22,000 pages of electronic records were released from the president's office. Interim President Scott Coltrane claims the release was unlawful.

The information was requested by an unidentified professor and released without being inspected to meet state and federal privacy laws.  

The documents include confidential information and correspondence between the university's last four presidents and parents, students and faculty.

Tobin Klinger is a UO spokesman:

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Since last summer, national attention has shifted away from the plight of Central American youth coming to the United States to escape violence. The U-S Government says the situation at the border has improved. But the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has not abated. Some kids from Central America have ended up in the northwest, including Lane County.


A University of Oregon student who alleges she was raped by three basketball players last March has filed a lawsuit against the University and basketball coach Dana Altman. The civil complaint was filed in Eugene Thursday.

In the lawsuit the victim is labeled as Jane Doe. She is still a student at the UO. The suit claims that Coach Altman knew player Brandon Austin had been accused of sexual misconduct at his former college, and could be a risk to female students at the UO. Interim President Scott Coltrane denies that.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J School District is suing the Register-Guard newspaper to avoid releasing emails about the superintendent.

If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with fireworks, remember Eugene has new restrictions on their use. Now, there are two windows for legal fireworks to be set off: December 31st through January 1st and around the 4th of July.

Fireworks are no longer legal year round in Eugene. The city approved the changes due to frequent use and a concern for fires and the wellbeing of community members.

Scott Fellman a lieutenant with the Eugene Police department says he wants to remind people that they are only allowed to buy fireworks at licensed stands.


If you plan to celebrate the New Year, remember to enjoy the holiday safely. The Eugene Police Department advises people to plan ahead by always having a designated driver.

Lieutenant Scott Fellman says people shouldn’t take any chances by driving under the influence on New Year’s.

Fellman: “New Year’s Eve we’ll definitely have extra officers out doing enforcement because that’s always a holiday we watch out for that type of behavior with a little bit of extra attention and we want to encourage people to plan ahead.”

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The combination of Thanksgiving travel and the Civil War football Game has Oregon police and sheriffs on alert for impaired drivers through the weekend.

The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers face off in the 118th Civil War game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis Saturday.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler is with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. He says police will be on DUII Saturation patrol looking for impaired drivers who are traveling to and from the Civil War Game. He says more folks will be on the road for Thanksgiving festivities as well.

Newport's search and rescue Coast Guard air facility is scheduled to cease operations December 15th. Tuesday morning, four groups filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Eugene to try to stop the closure.

In the lawsuit, the Newport Fishermen's Wives, along with the City of Newport, Lincoln County, and the Port of Newport allege the Coast Guard failed to follow the legal process required to decommission a facility. They claim the Coast Guard has not adequately assessed impacts to public and environmental safety. Ginny Goblirsch is with the Newport Fishermen's Wives.