Crime & Law

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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Crime & Law
6:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Underfunded Criminal Justice System Cited In Release Of Accused Murderer

Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County's District Attorney says lack of law enforcement capacity contributed the release of a man accused of killing two people over the last few weeks.  

Eugene Police arrested Ricardo Cheney on drug and firearms charges on March 6th.  The DA's office said it chose not to file charges because the crime involved no violence or threat of violence and fell below the current local threshold for prosecution.

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Justice
6:57 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Reporter Reflects On Murder Trial

Wednesday, a jury convicted Johan Gillette on two counts of aggravated murder and one count of intentional murder in the deaths of his father James Gillette and Anne Dhu McLucas. Next week, they decide on sentencing. Throughout the trial, the Register Guard coverage has been high profile. Their reporter Greg Bolt spoke with KLCC's Tripp Sommer.

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Crime
6:28 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Gang Specialist Translates Graffiti, Details Scope of Problem

Credit Rachael McDonald

Last Friday, police deployed a SWAT team to arrest a member of the Barrio Los Padrinos criminal street gang in downtown Eugene. The suspect was accused of sexual assault and believed to be armed. Earlier that day, KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with EPD Detective Greg Harvey. She asked about gang graffiti and what's going on with gangs in Eugene / Springfield.

Harvey: "So this little walkway goes between 2nd street and the Pioneer Parkway and it’s a heavily trafficked area."

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Oregon Court of Appeals
6:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

A Talk With Oregon Appelate Court Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher this week in the KLCC Studios.  Judge DeVore, a Eugene resident with a U of O law degree and a background in civil litigation, was named to the Court by Governor Kitzhaber five months ago.  He fills one of three new positions on the Court created in 2012. What, he was asked,  is the role of the state’s Court of Appeals?

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Crime & Law
6:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Wants Community Input On New Community Court

Credit Chris Potter

In an effort to reduce costly jail sentences, the city of Eugene is planning to establish a Community Court for certain offenses. City officials are asking residents to help choose which low-level crimes should be routed through the new system. 

Eugene Municipal Court Administrator Cheryl Stone became interested in this court model while doing research on high rates of failure to appear and recidivism. She asked herself this question:

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Crime & Law
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Identity Theft Can Be Prevented

Identity theft is when someone poses as you to commit a crime. According to police, it happens several times *a day in Eugene. Victims may not know of the offense until major damage has already been done.

Stealing another person's identity is a serious crime. And, when caught, perpetrators can expect to see the inside of a jail cell.  This week, (Tuesday 2/18) a 35-year old Eugene man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for breaking into vehicles and rummaging through trash to find personal information.

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Crime & Law
5:52 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Women Exiting Prison Have New Place To Reconnect With Their Children

Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood of Eugene.
Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.

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Crime & Law
6:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Sandy Hook School Shooter Apparently Called In To KWVA In 2011

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut apparently called Eugene radio station KWVA a year before the shooting to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

The caller, believed to be Adam Lanza, used the name Greg when he was on the air with John Zerzan, host of Anarchy Radio. The caller blames civilization for the chimp's attack.

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Crime & Law
4:42 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pantsless Man Attempts To Elude Police On I-5

Credit Oregon State Police

The northbound lanes of 1-5 were temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon north of Creswell after a man attempted to elude state troopers.

The man, whose name has not been released, allegedly purposefully hit a school bus with his passenger car.  The bus and car pulled over to the shoulder, where the man took his pants off and tried to enter the bus.  No students were on board, only a female bus driver.

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