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Pantsless Eugene man arrested with collection of doll magazines in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — A 51-year-old Eugene man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of public indecency after Springfield police officers found the man, with his pants down around his ankles, in his vehicle with a collection of American Girl doll catalogs in a business parking lot, according to Springfield police. Walter …

Inmate died Friday at Lane County Jail

The Lane County sheriff and medical examiner are investigating how a 53-year-old woman died in her cell at the Lane County Jail on Friday morning. Jacqueline Suzette Cowans was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of unlawful delivery of methadone, first-degree burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, and was housed …

Eugene man, 47, scammed for $9,800 over four hours in fake IRS call

SPRINGFIELD — A man lost almost $10,000 in four hours Thursday to a scammer who claimed to work for the Internal Revenue Service, police said Friday According to Springfield police, the victim, a 47-year-old from Eugene, received a call from a woman who said her name was Teresa and that …

Oregon’s warm winter raises fear of summer drought

SALEM — If winter weather doesn’t arrive soon, Oregon could be facing a summer drought. The Statesman Journal reports this has been one of the warmest winters on record in Salem. That has meant rain instead of snow in the Cascade Range, where snowpack is 35 to 40 percent of …

Eugene police looking for man who left care facility Wednesday

Eugene police are asking for the public’s help to find a 62-year-old man who left a senior care facility earlier this week near Coburg Road. According to Eugene police, David Duane Harmon left Grace Manor Living Center on foot or on bicycle Wednesday morning and has not been seen since. …

Records show woman died days before she was found near Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Court records indicate the Aloha woman who was found dead in a vehicle last month was killed five days before her body was located west of Portland. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that authorities found 28-year-old Sara Zghoul dismembered inside two suitcases in the trunk of a BMW on …

Man, 63, struck, killed, while pushing wheelchair across Main Street in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — A man pushing an unoccupied wheelchair and wearing dark clothing was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night. Springfield police Lt. Scott McKee said in a news release that the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m., when a 63-year-old Springfield man, who has no fixed address, attempted …

Kruse announces that he will resign from Legislature

SALEM — Sen. Jeff Kruse, a Roseburg Republican, announced his resignation on Thursday, following an independent investigation that found he sexually harassed and inappropriately touched a number of women in the state Capitol. Kruse, who refused to resign after the allegations surfaced last year or when the investigation was first …

Eugene police now carry the drug Narcan to quickly counteract opioid overdoses

In the first eight days of February, Eugene police have been called to 21 overdoses in the city — three on Wednesday alone. But rather than wait for medics to arrive, police officers now have a tool that could save someone’s life. Eugene police officers now are equipped with Naloxone …

Portland homeless shelter evacuated because of leaking roof

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s largest shelter for homeless families has been evacuated because of safety concerns after a leaky roof caused a partial ceiling collapse, Multnomah County officials said Thursday. The building, the former site of a restaurant and strip club, has experienced problems with water and gas leaks for …

Seattle clears pot convictions, following San Francisco lead

SEATTLE — More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday they’re moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession — a step similarly announced by San Francisco last week. “For thousands of people in Washington state, a misdemeanor marijuana conviction had huge implications: …

Springfield High student credits CTE classes for solid job with rock-crushing company

Brooklyn Reed works half-time at Johnson Crushers International, a rock-crushing equipment manufacturer headquartered at Franklin Boulevard and Seavey Loop Road in south Eugene. He cleans, welds and buffs metals in preparation for welding onto larger pieces of machinery. A valued employee, Reed is a 16-year-old student at Springfield High School. …

Eugene police dog nabs burglary suspect

Eugene’s new police dog has made another capture — this time of a burglary suspect accused of entering a foster care facility Wednesday morning in the Bethel area and taking several personal items. John Hankemeier, a spokesman for the Eugene Police Department, said Wednesday that officers were called to the …

Couple arrested after altercation at Springfield strip club

SPRINGFIELD — A Eugene couple has been arrested after a stabbing at the Brick House Strip Club in Springfield early Tuesday morning that left a club bouncer with a wound to his arm. The incident happened just after midnight, when three men and two women became unruly at the strip …

OHSU drops immigration-status policy, adds woman to liver transplant waiting list

PORTLAND — An Oregon hospital that denied a liver transplant for a woman because of her immigration status has changed its decision and will put her on the waiting list. Oregon Health & Science University informed 46-year-old Silvia Lesama-Santos on Monday that she was ineligible for a transplant because she …

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