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Inmate arrested after walking away from work crew

PORTLAND — Authorities say an inmate was arrested after walking away from a Multnomah County work crew in downtown Portland. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Sean Purdue was arrested Sunday morning without incident and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on a probation violation. Additional charges may …

Lawsuit by Northwest Christian University instructor alleges racial discrimination

Northwest Christian University in Eugene is being sued for $750,000 by an African-­American instructor who asserts that the university long has been unfriendly to minorities and wrongly fired him in December while he was on medical leave because of work-related stress. The plaintiff, Johnny Lake, alleges in the lawsuit that …

City of Eugene launches new budget information website

A new website offers insight into how the city of Eugene spends money. Visitors to eugene-or.gov/openbudget will find financial information available to view as charts and graphs. Proposed city budgets often have more than 200 pages and adopted budgets typically have about 400 pages, said Eugene Budget Manager Jaime Garner. …

Rain showers likely to continue through weekend and into early next week in Eugene

Rain, rain just won’t go away — at least until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Periodic rain showers will fall on Eugene and Springfield Saturday, Sunday and early next week, the Weather Service reports. Forecasters predict the weather will turn Wednesday, which will likely be sunny and have …

Jury finds Eugene woman guilty of Alton Baker Park murder

A Lane County jury on Friday convicted a woman of murder in the January 2017 shooting death of Joshua Ty Turnage in Alton Baker Park. Lacy Lyons, 35, of Eugene, will return to Lane County Circuit Court for sentencing on Tuesday. Jurors heard evidence in her trial over the past …

Graffiti containing hate symbols, messages discovered in west Eugene

Hate-filled graffiti was discovered in the west Eugene area Wednesday morning, and police say they are actively investigating the case. The graffiti stretched from the west side of the Boys and Girls Club on West 22nd Avenue to the bike path by the disc golf course, and continued to the …

Police: Wanted felon captured after cutting off ankle monitor

SPRINGFIELD — A convicted felon, who allegedly cut off his ankle monitor sometime last weekend and stashed it in the bushes outside of the Springfield Justice Center, has been captured. Kevin Trego Triplett, 34, of Springfield, was given supervised released from the Lane County Jail April 18 with an ankle …

Two Cottage Grove residents arrested in Newport

Two Cottage Grove residents were arrested in Newport early Wednesday morning, found to have drugs and weapons in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff. Destiny Rose Honer, 21, and Marcus Anthony West, 23, were pulled over by two sheriff’s deputies in the Walmart …

GOP-led House panel officially clears Trump in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House intelligence committee on Friday officially declared the end of its Russia probe, saying in its final report that it found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. The report’s conclusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who say …

Take Back the Night turns anger over sexual and domestic violence into action

Paint on her face and emotions on her sleeve, Clara Martinez wasn’t afraid anymore to speak out about sexual assault. The 21-year-old University of Oregon senior was one of about a half-dozen speakers Thursday night at the 40th annual Take Back the Night rally. Martinez and some of the other …

Eugene picks new principal for South Eugene High School

The Eugene School District selected a new principal to lead South Eugene High School. Carey Killen, the current principal at Prairie Mountain School in the Bethel School District, will start in her new role in Eugene beginning July 1. Killen has served in her role as principal at the K-8 …

OSU student who set fire, jumped out window stable

CORVALLIS — Officials say a 25-year-old Oregon State University student who set a fire in his dormitory room before jumping from the fifth floor window Tuesday was in stable condition at a local hospital. The Gazette-Times reports the student is from Idaho and is in his first term at the …

May 15 election ballots mailed to Lane County voters

Ballots for the May 15 primary election are in the mail. The Lane County Clerk’s Office mailed ballots to registered county voters Thursday. Voters should receive the ballots through Tuesday, elections officials said. Voters can return ballots to one of 20 drop boxes in Eugene and across Lane County until …

University of Oregon Ducks football player arrested

A University of Oregon Ducks football player is in the Lane County Jail, facing charges of theft, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Details were not immediately known about the arrest of Fotu Tuli Leiato, 21, an outside linebacker for the Ducks who played in the Spring game last weekend. Leiato …

Community leaders consider suicide prevention program for area schools

Lane County mental health and community leaders gathered Tuesday evening to discuss the possible implementation of a program to help prevent teen suicides. Representatives from mental health professionals, legislators, county and city leaders, nonprofits organization representatives, physicians, school district leaders and others banded together at the Valley River Inn for …

Springfield police find stolen motorcycle with ‘XFELON’ license plate

Springfield police arrested a wanted felon riding a stolen motorcycle pretty easily Wednesday afternoon. The personalized license plate was a dead giveaway — “XFELON.” Brock Antonie Williams, 35, was arrested on charges including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine. He was also booked in …

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