Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

Brandon Nelson Hubbard

A male shooter went on a rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg this morning.

Mass Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Roseburg

Oct 1, 2015
www.komonews.com

1:57 pm UPDATE: Shooter exchanged gunfire with first responders. Press conference happening how.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that Deputy Todd Olson was shot and wounded Friday near Cottage Grove. The incident happened when four Deputies were responding to a shots fired call.

U.S. Department of Justice

Eugene Police have secured a $249 thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase body cameras for officers. The 2 year matching grant is one of 73 awarded nationwide.

Oregon State Police is investigating a forensic analyst for tampering with drug evidence. The analyst has been placed on leave from her job at the agency's lab in Bend.

Who Is Oregon's Annie Doe?

Sep 18, 2015
Jes Burns / OPB

In 1971, a man found the scattered remains of a young woman in the woods near Cave Junction in Southern Oregon. She was wearing a pink coat. Today, that woman is one of more than 100 unidentified bodies in the state.

Unidentified: The Cold Cases Of Washington

Sep 17, 2015
Paul Sakuma / AP

About 100 unidentified dead people arrive at morgues around Washington state every year. Most of the John and Jane Does get identified in a matter of days or weeks. But about 10 percent aren’t.

Amber Alert Cancelled, Child Found Safe.

Sep 6, 2015
http://www.missingkids.com/AMBER

UPDATE: Child's mother contacted police after seeing Amber Alert on her own cell phone.

The 4-year-old's mother, Dana Morgan, contacted police after her cell phone notified her about the Amber Alert for her son Sunday morning. Eugene Police made contact with Morgan and returned the child, Lucien Triplett, to his father.

John Stapleton

Two of the four boys charged with setting the fire that destroyed Eugene's Civic Stadium in June are suspected in at least one other arson involving a dumpster.

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A Sisters woman has been fined $140,000 and faces additional charges for misleading at least a dozen people to invest $700,000 in her business. Rebecca Castle, also known as Rebecca Groins allegedly spent investor's money on jewelry, spa services, and made purchases for her children and boyfriend. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services claims the business she was representing either did not exist or was financially unsuccessful. Jake Sunderland is a spokesman for the OCBS.

Will Kanellos/ETHOS Magazine

A bus driver who worked for Lane Transit District since 2003 was arrested Thursday for calling in a bomb threat. Traffic was shut down traffic for more than an hour near the University of Oregon.

lanecounty.org

Lane County Youth Services is launching a new program focused on improving results for youth dually involved in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

Tim Lewis / Eugene Weekly

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the 2009 resisting-arrest conviction of a man who was tased by police at an anti-pesticide rally in Eugene. 

Rachael McDonald

When Eugene's Civic Stadium burned down in late June, it seemed like the whole community felt the blow. It turned out a group of local boys had started the blaze when they were playing with a lighter in the press box at the shuttered wooden ball park. It's uncertain what will happen to these 4 boys, age 10 to 12.

Corinne Boyer

For a number of years, yoga classes have been offered in prisons. The Lincoln County Jail is now offering classes for its short stay inmates. When the jail psychologist was challenged with recent budget cuts, he started the volunteer run program addressing stress, anxiety and trauma. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has this story from the jail.

Rachael McDonald

The family of a veteran who was shot and killed by Eugene Police during a mental health crisis is proposing legislation to change how law enforcement deals with similar situations.

Brian Babb was killed in March. When police arrived at his house he was on the phone with his therapist. She says she was talking him down from a panic attack.

https://act.everytown.org

Oregon’s new gun background check law took effect yesterday [Sunday]. The legislation requires all gun sales, including private exchanges, to be vetted through a federally licensed dealer.

With the new law, Oregon becomes the 12th state to require universal background checks. Legislators hope criminal and mental health checks for private and online sales will reduce gun violence in the state. Amy Ruiz is with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund:

Lane County Settles Green Suicide Lawsuit

Aug 6, 2015
kval.com

Lane County reached a four hundred thousand dollar settlement with the family of Kelly Green who died in 2013 after a suicide attempt in the lane county jail.  

That four hundred thousand dollars looks like a deal considering Green’s family filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit.  The settlement also avoids a breach of contract battle with Corizon Health, the contractor which supplied medical services for Lane County Jail at the time of Green’s suicide attempt.  County Commissioner Faye Stewart says it was the potential costs of that suit informing his vote for the deal. 

NAACP

The Executive Director of the NAACP in Lane County says Eugene Police used excessive force on his sister after she tried to stop an officer from deploying a stun gun on her 19-year-old son. EPD is conducting an internal investigation.

 

Ayisha Brown called police early on the morning of July 16th saying her 19-year old son was having a psychotic break.  Police provided audio from a patrol car camera.

UO Settles Civil Lawsuit With Alleged Rape Victim

Aug 4, 2015
Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has settled the civil lawsuit filed by a student who alleges she was raped by three basketball players in March, 2014.

The plaintiff, who is referred to as Jane Doe, will receive $800,000 in compensation, and be provided with four years of housing, tuition and fees.

Over the past two years, the number of households reporting domestic violence has more than doubled in Lane County. That’s according to Womenspace, a crisis center that serves victims of Intimate Partner Abuse. The agency also reports that more than half of those households include children. Advocates say violence has long-lasting, often devastating impact on kids.

Eugene Police responded to three incidents of infants or young children left alone in vehicles Wednesday, when the high in Eugene was 100.

Eugene Police Officer Faces Assault Charge

Jul 29, 2015
Rachael McDonald

A Eugene police officer is facing charges for assaulting an inmate  at the Lane County Jail. 

Rachael McDonald

Benton County leaders are considering asking voters to fund a new jail. They say the existing jail is inadequate for public safety needs.

The Benton County Jail was built in 1976. It has enough room for up to 40 inmates. The county is renting beds at other jails making it possible for the county to hold up to 80 offenders. Sheriff's Captain Diana Rabago says the jail has a virtual revolving door with people getting released early due to overcrowding. She says the jail uses a matrix to determine who is next on the list to be force released.

istock

A number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but it remains illegal in the eyes – and the laws – of the federal government. Senators from Oregon and Colorado say it's nearly impossible for marijuana businesses to access banks, which follow federal regulations. New legislation aims to ease the banking restrictions.

Lane County

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner announced last week he's resigning from his position. In August, he'll become the Director of the Forensic Services Division of the Oregon State Police. Gardner spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. She asked him why he's making the change.

Greg Gaffney-Bills/EPD

Eugene Police say four young boys will be charged with crimes related to Monday's destructive fire of Civic Stadium.

City of Eugene

Citing severe drought conditions, the Eugene City Council has banned fireworks in the south hills. 

Facing a forecast in the 90’s through the holiday weekend, councilors held an emergency meeting Wednesday.  The result was a unanimous vote to ban all fireworks within City limits south of 18th Avenue and all areas east of Agate Street.

Chris Pryor: “But I don’t want to support anything that doesn’t have teeth behind it.”

Jon Rosman / OPB

Marijuana becomes legal to use in Oregon July 1st. Eugene police say they'll treat the drug much like they do alcohol.

Measure 91 was approved by voters last year. It legalizes recreational marijuana. As of July 1st it will be legal for people over 21 to possess up to one ounce of weed. People can consume it in private but they cannot yet legally buy or sell pot.

Bills: "There is a gap there that we all recognize including the state legislature and OLCC and I know there's been discussions in Salem about how to bridge that gap."

The police chief of Junction City is suing the municipality and the former City Administrator. Junction City Police Chief Mark Chase says his First Amendments rights were violated. In his complaint, he asserts he was denied due process when then-City Administrator, Melissa Bowers, discriminated against him based on his Christian faith.

Portland attorney Sean Riddell represents the Police Chief.

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