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Owner of marijuana shops in Eugene, Springfield faces federal tax evasion charges

One of the owners of mari­juana shops in Eugene and Springfield is accused of dodging more than $250,000 in federal taxes. Matthew Price, 32, of Portland allegedly didn’t file federal income tax returns for four years and didn’t pay $262,776 in taxes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He earned …

Trump: U.S., allies launch attacks on Syria to stop chemical weapons

WASHINGTON — The United States, France and Britain together launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump …

Man taken to hospital after north Eugene house fire

A man was taken to a hospital Friday morning after a house fire in the Santa Clara area of north Eugene, officials said. Firefighters went to a home in the 4600 block of Symphony Drive shortly after 8 a.m., after learning that flames and smoke had been seen coming from …

Eugene woman sentenced to probation for stealing, gambling employer’s money

A 69-year-old Eugene woman was sentenced to two years of probation after admitting to taking money from her employer to feed a gambling addiction. Connie Jo Ross pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree theft. She had initially been charged with eight counts of first-degree theft and ten counts …

Lawsuits filed over 2016 park shooting in River Road area of Eugene

The River Road Park and Recreation District is being sued over a 2016 shooting that left one man dead and another injured in a Eugene park. The two lawsuits filed this week in Lane County Circuit Court assert that park district officials’ negligence led to the shooting in Emerald Park …

UO professor who wore blackface costume at 2016 Halloween party returns to law school

Nancy Shurtz, the University of Oregon Law School professor who ignited a campus-wide controversy after being photographed in blackface at a Halloween party in 2016, has returned to the university. UO spokesman Tobin Klinger confirmed Shurtz has resumed working at the law school following a brief leave and a year-long …

New sex abuse charges filed against Lane County deputy accused of rape

A Lane County sheriff’s deputy arrested last month on first-degree rape charges now stands accused of sexually abusing a second victim, and a prosecutor said Friday that additional women have spoken with investigators about the deputy’s behavior. Matthew Allison Hitson, 40, was charged this week with first-degree sexual abuse and …

Man rescued from the bottom of elevator shaft in downtown Eugene

A man rescued from the bottom of an elevator shaft Thursday is lucky to be alive, Eugene police said Friday. Unlucky, however, is where he went to next. Todd Allen McGuire, 54, was arrested after he was pulled from the elevator shaft just after noon. He faces a charge of …

Small fire located at Papa’s Pizza Friday morning

Employees at the Coburg Road Papa’s Pizza restaurant Friday morning arrived to work to find a haze of smoke throughout the building, according to Eugene-Springfield fire officials. One of two managers on scene called 911 at 7:48 a.m. to report the smoke. According to Battalion Chief Ben Meigs, the fire …

Report: Wolves continue comeback in Oregon after eradication

PORTLAND — Biologists in Oregon counted 124 wolves in their annual tally, an 11 percent increase over last year’s numbers, and hailed the results Thursday as evidence that wolves are regaining their foothold in the state after being wiped out by bounty hunters more than 70 years ago. Wolf advocates, …

Trial date set in climate case pitting youths against U.S. government

A group of youths are scheduled to go to trial against the federal government this fall in Eugene, a magistrate judge announced Thursday. Over the objections of government attorneys, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin said a trial in the potential landmark climate case would begin Oct. 29. Attorneys in the …

Rare brown booby found on Oregon Coast

NEWPORT — Windstorms last weekend may have blown a tropical bird more than 1,000 miles to the Oregon Coast, where it was found near Newport. The weakened brown booby is being cared for at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which plans to take the bird to a rescue group in southern …

Springfield police arrest 3, recover 13 pounds of methamphetamine

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police interrupted a drug deal Tuesday night and recovered 13 pounds of methamphetamine. Richard Villa Gomez, 34, of Springfield, Gerardo Carlos, 32, of California, and Brandy Celeste Castle, 41, of California, were arrested by police while parked in a Jeep Commander in a parking lot of 58th …

Springfield man, 20, facing rape charge after incident Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man is facing a Measure 11 charge of first-degree rape after an incident at an apartment complex on Gateway Street. Ryan Thomas Hammans, 20, was arrested Wednesday morning after police officers responded to an initial report of a domestic dispute at 5:42 a.m. Hammans also faces …

Creswell man, 66, dies in Coos River

A 66-year-old Creswell man died Wednesday after his truck drove into the Coos River east of Coos Bay. According to Oregon State Police, Kenneth Glen Nailon was driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck on Highway 241 at 10:35 a.m., when the truck left the road for an unknown reason. Police …

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