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Suspicious man in white van offered girl a ride to school, authorities say

VENETA — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a suspicious man who asked a female student waiting for the bus if she wanted a ride to school. The incident happened at 8:19 a.m. Monday at Wildwood and Ellmaker Roads in Veneta. The student said she was …

Eugene police decline to release identity of UO student, 21, who died off-campus Friday

Eugene police have declined to identify the 21-year-old University of Oregon student who died at an off-campus address Friday morning. Police spokesman John Hankemeier said Monday that the death was “possibly medical related,” and happened at a private residence, which is the reason for keeping the identity private. The medical …

Oregon woman had 14 worms pulled from her eye after rare infection

NEW YORK — An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday. …

OSU Forest Science Center behind schedule and over budget

CORVALLIS — On a campus dominated by red brick and concrete, Oregon State University’s George W. Peavy Forest Science Center stands out. Now under construction, the centerpiece of the new Oregon Forest Science Complex is being built with massive panels of cross-laminated timber and wooden support beams, all of it …

Eugene man, 25, in mental crisis missing

A 25-year-old Eugene man, experiencing a mental health crisis, is missing and his wife is asking for the public’s help to find him. Nigel James Britt Makela was last seen by his wife Sally Makela on Wednesday. Thursday, he was reportedly seen in Creswell. On Friday, he showed up at …

Woman, 25, dies after Walterville crash

SPRINGFIELD — A 25-year-old Springfield woman has died, days after a crash on Highway 126 near Walterville. Reynee Cicero was driving a 1994 Mazda pickup truck on a small bridge over the Walterville Canal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when the truck drove up onto the curb, according to Oregon State …

Donald Trump Jr.’s wife exposed to non-hazardous white powder, police say

NEW YORK — Police say Donald Trump Jr.’s wife opened an envelope that contained white powder, felt ill and was taken to New York City hospital as a precaution. A police department spokesman says a preliminary test of the powder indicated it wasn’t dangerous. They say Vanessa Trump called 911 …

Umpqua Dairy bottling organic milk for first time

ROSEBURG — For the first time in its 87-year-history, Umpqua Dairy is processing and distributing organic milk. The Roseburg-based dairy had previously purchased organic milk from a Portland processor and sold it under the Umpqua label, said Steve Feldkamp, chief operating officer. Now, Umpqua is buying organic milk from a …

Woman, 34, dies in I-5 accident north of Roseburg

ROSEBURG — A 34-year-old woman died early Sunday when the driver of a 2008 Chrysler minivan drove into the back of a tractor-trailer rig in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about two miles north of Roseburg, Oregon State Police said. Jennifer Cruz, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died …

Everyone wins in ‘unified’ basketball league at UO

Jake Wilson is an athletic veteran — when it comes to the Special Olympics. “Being born with a disability, this gives me a chance to get out and come play basketball, and I love everything about it,” he said. Wilson, 34, has been a Special Olympics athlete for nearly 10 …

UO journalism professor Thomas Wheeler dies over weekend

Longtime University of Oregon journalism professor Thomas Wheeler, who rubbed shoulders with rock ‘n’ roll legends and was an expert on the history of the electric guitar, died Saturday, according to announcements made by the journalism school. He was 70 years old. Juan-Carlos Molleda, dean of the School of Journalism …

Open house slated for Mount Pisgah improvement plan

Lane County’s hugely popular Howard Buford Recreation Area — commonly known as Mount Pisgah — receives more than 400,000 visits a year. The county is hoping at least some of those visitors come to a Thursday event outlining long-term plans for improving the park’s network of trails, removing brush and …

Egan Warming Centers to open Monday night

The Egan Warming Centers will be activated Monday night, given overnight temperatures that are expected to drop into the low 20s. Cloudy skies, with temperatures reaching about 47 degrees, are expected in the Eugene-Springfield area Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Portland said. There’s a 30 percent chance of …

University of Oregon student, 21, dies at off-campus residence

A 21-year-old University of Oregon student died Friday morning following a “medical crisis at an off-campus residence”, according to UO spokesman Tobin Klinger. Fire and emergency medical services call logs indicate that emergency personnel responded to a medical call in the 400 block E. 13th Avenue around 11:40 a.m. Friday. …

Westbound lanes of West 11th Avenue closed following crash

Eugene police are asking motorists to avoid the intersection of West 11th Avenue and Tyinn Street, where a pedestrian was reportedly hit by a vehicle just after 4:30 p.m. Friday. The westbound lanes of West 11th have been blocked off by police while they investigate the crash. The lane will …

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