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Plan to redevelop downtown riverfront property takes shape

A proposal to redevelop an idle downtown Eugene property into an vibrant new neighborhood and realize the city’s long-gestating goal of connecting the area to the Willamette River came into sharper focus Wednesday. Williams/Dame & Associates Inc. and its architect publicly unveiled to the City Council its proposed conceptual development …

Summit Bank of Eugene posts higher yearly profits

After taking a short-term accounting hit from the recently passed federal tax act, Summit Bank of Eugene expects to benefit from the act in 2018. The bank reported Wednesday that it had a net profit of $3.28 million in the year ended Dec. 31, 2017, compared with $2.86 million in …

City of Eugene announces title sponsor for bike rental program

PeaceHealth will be the title sponsor for the Eugene “bike share,” the city of Eugene and its partners in the bicycle rental program announced Wednesday. A fleet of 300 blue bikes will become available for rental this spring at 35 stations in downtown Eugene, the University of Oregon campus and …

Audit: Oregon’s foster care system faces deep and persistent problems

Despite several high-profile scandals and attempts at reform in recent years, Oregon’s foster care system continues to face deep and persistent problems, a new audit from the secretary of state’s office has found. Oregon doesn’t have enough foster parents, its child welfare workers are severely overworked and often burn out, …

Suspect in 1989 murder near Bellingham faces new rape charge

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Whatcom County man accused of killing an 18-year-old woman in 1989 is now facing a first-degree rape charge in the case. The Bellingham Herald reports that the charge was filed Tuesday by Whatcom County prosecuting attorney David McEachran. The statute of limitations for adults for rape …

Jump in electricity bills shocks EPUD customers

The chief executive of Emerald People’s Utility District publicly apologized Tuesday as the utility faced mounting criticism over the tiered rates it enacted last year that — as hundreds of customers have complained — sent their electricity bills soaring this winter. Beginning his letter to customers with “We are sorry” …

Bi-Mart ready to break ground on $14 million warehouse in Eugene

Bi-Mart, Eugene’s homegrown retail chain, is ready to start construction on a $14 million warehouse. The 185,000-square foot warehouse in west Eugene will double Bi-Mart’s warehouse space near its corporate headquarters off Seneca Road, the company said. “This investment cements our commitment to Eugene and supports our planned expansion in …

Chief of surgery for Roseburg VA leaves position

ROSEBURG — The chief of surgery for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has stepped down following allegations of retaliation and bullying last year. Dr. Dinesh Ranjan will be replaced by Chris Curry, the VA’s chief of dental services, who will serve as the acting chief of surgery for the …

Eugene police investigate theft of three vehicles from Kiefer Mazda

Police are investigating the theft of three vehicles from the Kiefer Mazda lot at 383 Goodpasture Island Road in Eugene. Officers learned at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday that someone had taken the vehicles overnight. The vehicles include a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, a 2012 Lexus GC 460 Premium and a …

Ex-director of Eugene care facility sentenced for criminal mistreatment

The former executive director of a Eugene care facility has been sentenced to two months in jail and three years of supervised probation for the mistreatment of a person under the facility’s care. David Scott Meisner, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to the charge of felony first-degree criminal mistreatment in …

Woman, 74, admits killing 93-year-old ex-husband in Florence

A 74-year-old woman told a judge on Tuesday that she “just snapped” and fatally shot her 93-year-old ex-husband in the head last year in Florence. The woman, Carolyn Sue Stickley, was sentenced to a mandatory, 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter, in connection …

7-Eleven clerk shoves cigarette and candy bar thief out front door

A female convenience store clerk on Monday struggled with a man who refused to pay for a pack of cigarettes and was later arrested by Eugene police. Keith Joseph Randel, 28, allegedly entered the 7-Eleven at 590 E. Broadway and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes, Eugene police …

Renaming Eugene park, community center proposed to honor community leaders

A city councilor is proposing to rename a civic building for a former University of Oregon professor, and a park for Eugene’s first Latino city councilor, both community leaders who died four days apart last year. But to move forward with one of the two name changes soon, west Eugene …

Lowell man arrested after chase with Oregon State Police

PLEASANT HILL — Oregon State Police used a “chemical agent” to force a Lowell man out of a travel trailer in Pleasant Hill after a police chase Monday morning on Highway 58, according to an OSP news release. The chase started around 8 a.m., when a state police trooper spotted …

Creswell stabbing suspect Jacob Laskey arraigned on indictment

A Creswell stabbing suspect who previously served prison time for a hate crime at a Eugene synagogue was arraigned Monday on a three-count indictment returned by a Lane County grand jury. Jacob Albert Laskey, 37, is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree criminal trespass, in …

Lawsuit blames Eugene chocolate equipment seller for New Hampshire house fire

A newly filed lawsuit blames a Eugene chocolate equipment seller for a fire that gutted a New Hampshire couple’s home two years ago. The suit asserts Chocolate Alchemy sold Andrew and Samantha Brown a Spectra-brand chocolate refining machine that malfunctioned and caused a fire that burned through their home in …

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