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Glide man dies after pickup crash on Highway 138 east of Roseburg

A 27-year-old Douglas County man died after crashing his pickup late Friday on Highway 138, according to the Oregon State Police. Dakota Richard Miller of Glide had been headed west on Highway 138 in a white 1992 Toyota Tacoma, according to state police. Miller was thrown from the pickup when …

Weekend weather: Cloudy, but warm in Eugene and Springfield

Clouds are expected to linger over Eugene and Springfield throughout the weekend, but daily highs will likely continue to rise nearly to 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Patchy fog is expected to burn off Saturday by afternoon in Eugene and the high will be near 57, the …

Springfield shooting suspect captured; victim released from hospital

SPRINGFIELD — The shooting suspect sought by Springfield police for more than a week has been captured. Adam Kohl Summerlyn, 33, was arrested Thursday night on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and felon in possession of a firearm. A police officer was driving near 42nd and Main Street around …

Taxi driver cut on throat by customer at strip club, Eugene police say

A taxi cab driver picked up a man in downtown Eugene early Friday morning, and took the man to his destination — a strip club on West 10th Place. But when they arrived, the driver got more than he bargained for, according to Eugene police, when the man in the …

Portland political conservative makes late entry into Oregon gubernatorial race

Portland resident Greg Wooldridge, a former U.S. Navy pilot and a social conservative, is entering the race for Oregon governor, potentially shaking up the Republican primary election this May. In an interview on Friday, Wooldridge said that, after months of deliberation, he has decided to run because the state needs …

Man arrested after two attempted armed robberies in Eugene

A 21-year-old man was arrested by Eugene police Friday after allegedly attempting two armed early morning robberies. Benjamin William Ehmer, 21, was booked into the Lane County Jail on two counts of first-degree attempted robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and a parole violation. Police were called to Willamette High …

Springfield to celebrate opening of Thurston Hills Natural Area Saturday

SPRINGFIELD — The Willamalane Park and Recreation District is preparing to unveil the largest of its projects funded by the district’s 2012 voter bond. District officials are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday to formally open the initial phase of the Thurston Hills Natural Area, Willamalane said in a statement. Construction …

Widespread outbreaks of scabies skin parasite contributed to three patients deaths at Eugene elderly care facility, caused prolonged misery to other patients and to staff, state investigation found

Pat Lancaster moved into SouthTowne Memory Care in south Eugene in 2015, after she had been diagnosed with dementia. The 83-year-old from Toledo was becoming a little forgetful, but still had times of lucidity and was otherwise in good health, her children recalled. But less than seven months later, Lancaster …

Clackamas man in wedding feud reported father, brother as terrorists

PORTLAND — A Clackamas man has pleaded guilty to placing calls to airports in Nevada and Texas, reporting his father and brother as terrorists because they got an invitation to a family wedding and he didn’t. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 38-year-old Sonny Donnie Smith admitted to placing anonymous phone calls to …

Overflow crowd celebrates opening of Youth House

Thirteen teen girls who recently were homeless now have a place to call home in south Eugene. Their new digs are the St. Vincent­ de Paul Youth House, which was remodeled during the past six months at the former Cascade Presbyterian Church site at 33rd Avenue and Willamette Street. Hundreds …

Franz bakery plans $20 million expansion at Glenwood facility that would add 45 jobs

GLENWOOD — Franz Family Bakery is lobbying Lane County and Springfield officials for a property tax waiver on its proposed $20 million expansion in Glenwood. The expansion would add 45 jobs at the factory, which currently has just over 200 employees. The Portland-based company, also known as United States Bakery, …

Farmers market begins again Saturday at Eugene’s Park Blocks

The Lane County Farmers Market returns Saturday to downtown Eugene. About 25 local farmers and producers will offer vegetables, fruits, eggs and other food, Lane County Farmers Market Director Angela Norman said Thursday. The winter market is in the Park Blocks at 8th Avenue and Oak Street. The non-profit organization …

Director of VA health care system in Roseburg to step down

Doug Paxton will step down Friday as director of the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Roseburg. The shake-up follows a VA investigation into alleged mismanagement and a toxic work culture at the Roseburg-based system, which also oversees the VA clinic in northeast Eugene. Paxton will be reassigned as associate …

Klamath County officials consider emergency drought declaration

KLAMATH FALLS — County officials say the current dry and warm winter could lead to severe drought conditions, which would cause an economic blow to farmers and ranchers in southern Oregon. The Herald and News reports Klamath County commissioners on Wednesday discussed the option of declaring a drought emergency to …

Stayton mother and boyfriend charged with child abuse

STAYTON — A couple in Stayton has been arrested and charged after reports of abuse involving a 6-month-old baby. The Statesman Journal reports 21-year-old Amy Chambers, the child’s mother, has been charged with six counts of criminal mistreatment. Her boyfriend, 37-year-old Kevin Sergeant, has been charged with three counts of …

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