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Uber apologizes for ‘missteps’ in Portland

PORTLAND — Ride-hailing service Uber has apologized to Portland, acknowledging “missteps” since Uber began operating in the city in December 2014. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the company on Monday posted the text of a letter it sent to the Portland City Council. Uber didn’t identify the missteps, but their launch came …

An Oregon trail of public art in works for coastal cities

ASTORIA — The Oregon Coast Visitors Association plans a trail of public art that will serve as a cohesive guide to statues, murals and other works of art from Astoria to Brookings. Pieces such as the Astoria Column and the tufted puffin sculpture in Cannon Beach would be included in …

Searchers find vehicle of missing California family in river

LEGGETT, Calif. — Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the bodies of a man and a girl inside, authorities said Monday. Searchers located the car Sunday in the Eel River …

Oregon dairy told not to interfere with planned herd auction

SALEM — A judge has ordered an Oregon dairy not to interfere with the sale of its cattle to satisfy the demands of a major creditor. The Capital Press reports that Morrow County Judge Jon Lieuallen granted a preliminary injunction requiring the owner of Lost Valley Farm to cooperate with …

Police looking for red SUV in Salem shootings that killed 2

SALEM — Deputies have identified two young men who were killed outside a Salem bar. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Tobias Helms-Reese of Salem and 21-year-old Tyler Longacre, also of Salem, both died from gunshot wounds early Saturday. Detectives are continuing to investigate the shootings that left another …

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fight

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An eruption of bloody violence at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina left seven inmates dead and at least 17 others seriously injured, authorities said Monday. Inmates fought for more than seven hours before authorities regained control early Monday at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, according …

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 …

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