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Eugene man sentenced to two years in prison for N.Y. marijuana grow

A Eugene man will serve prison time in a federal marijuana case prosecuted in Connecticut. John G. Koukouras, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to two years behind bars during a hearing in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., authorities said. Koukouras and a Connecticut man used a home in Lagrangeville, …

Man to spend six years in prison for sex abuse, attempted rape

A man will serve a mandatory, six-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a woman at a Springfield home in January 2016. Melvin Monjaras-Guevara, 27, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Lane County Circuit Court. A jury heard evidence in Monjaras-Guevara’s case last week, and returned a verdict that found him guilty …

Eugene drug dealer who sold heroin to overdose victim sentenced to prison

A Eugene man who sold heroin to an acquaintance who died a short time later of a drug overdose was sentenced Tuesday to federal prison. Clint Cheyenne Ochodnicky, 40, received a 21-month sentence during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Eugene. He previously pleaded guilty to distributing heroin, in …

Mandatory mental health counseling for Oregon law enforcement officers is proposed

SALEM –Some state legislators want to require every law enforcement officer in Oregon to meet with a mental health professional at least once every two years. Backers present Senate Bill 1531 as a common-sense way to help police officers to cope with the stress of their jobs and the sometimes-subconscious …

Eugene man, 28, arrested at jail nearly two weeks after police chase

After nearly two weeks on the run, a Eugene man was captured by police Monday for an alleged kidnapping and other serious crimes. Eugene police have been seeking Christopher Riley Nelson, 28, every since an incident at 10:45 p.m. Jan. 24, when an officer spotted Nelson, whom he knew had …

Lane County introducing debit and credit card-only kiosk at Mt. Pisgah

Anyone planning a trip to Mt. Pisgah should make sure to carry some plastic. Lane County is replacing its day pass kiosk at the popular nature and recreation area with a debit and credit card reading machine starting Feb. 14. At the same time, the county will stop accepting cash …

Oregon attorney general and ten others sue Trump administration over water rule

NEW YORK — Eleven Democratic state attorneys general have sued President Donald Trump’s administration for holding off a government rule aimed at reducing pollution in the nation’s waterways. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says last week’s suspension of the 2015 Clean Water Rule by the Republican administration is an …

Oregon coast now open for crabbing

SALEM, Ore. — State officials have announced that recreational crabbing is now open along the entire Oregon coast. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that recreational crabbing is open from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border. The …

Popular south Eugene cookware store to close

After 22 years in business, Cook’s, Pots and Tabletops owners Kathy Campbell and Keith Ellis are about to serve their final course as store owners. The couple announced last week they will close the south Eugene cookware shop in the weeks ahead, after they sell the store’s inventory. The store …

Brewery near Lorane donates old cafe building for “burn to learn” program

LORANE — An old abandoned cafe on the property of a Lane County brewery was burned down intentionally Saturday as part of the Lorane Rural Fire Protection District and South Lane County Fire and Rescue “burn to learn” program. The structure — formerly the Lorane Cafe — on the property …

Bend woman sues over newborn’s death following 2-day birth

BEND, Ore. — A Bend woman has filed a $9 million wrongful death lawsuit against the St. Charles Health System after her daughter died following a difficult childbirth. The Bulletin reported Monday that Grace Louise Marchant-Hubbs was born unconscious after a 2-day delivery and never regained consciousness. She was removed …

Eugene’s new police dog credited with first arrest

Eugene police are crediting their new police dog, Cwyk, with his first arrest, for helping officers to find a teen who’d reportedly fled from police. Cwyk and his handler, officer Rob Griesel, found Fenton hiding in blackberry bushes soon after Cwyk caught Fenton’s scent, Melinda McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the …

Heat lamp for baby chicks cause of Saturday Springfield house fire

A heat lamp used to keep baby chicks warm caused a house fire Saturday evening in Springfield, the Eugene Springfield Fire Department reported. The resident of the house on the 500 block of 53rd Place returned home after being gone all day to find the house full of smoke. The …

Water damage causes Eugene Christian School to cancel classes Monday

Eugene Christian School will be closed Monday due to water damage, the school announced Saturday. The private institution at 2895 Chad Drive offers classes ranging from preschool through middle school. Clean up crews were at the school Saturday evening. One Love Church, which meets at the school, will go on …

Douglas County deputies ask for information about Glendale man who was found dead

GLENDALE — Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a Glendale man and are asking the public for help. Bobby Wayne Davis, 43, was found dead Friday afternoon at a home north east of Glendale, a small Douglas County town south of Roseburg, deputies said. Investigators are trying …

Cyclist hurt after Portland’s Naked Bike Ride sues for $566K

PORTLAND, Ore. — A bicyclist is suing the city of Portland for $566,000 after he hit a pair of concrete islands on his way home from the World Naked Bike Ride, causing him to crash and break his nose, arm and two fingers. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday that, according to …

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