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Portland man sues city, mayor for records on homeless shelter project

PORTLAND — A Portland man is suing the city and Mayor Ted Wheeler, claiming the mayor’s office has improperly kept secret records about a homeless shelter project. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Tyler Bechtel filed a public records request for city and county emails related to the shelter plan. Bechtel claims Wheeler’s …

Florence man accused of causing crash that injured himself, wife while intoxicated

FLORENCE — A Florence man is under investigation for allegedly causing a crash that injured himself and his wife while he was intoxicated. According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court last week, Dennis Lee Witten, 44, had refused to provide a blood sample to Oregon …

PeaceHealth’s top Oregon executive to leave job in April

SPRINGFIELD — Rand O’Leary, the PeaceHealth executive in charge of the largest healthcare company in Lane County, will leave his job next month. A PeaceHealth spokeswoman on Monday declined to say if O’Leary was asked to leave by top executives of Vancouver-based PeaceHealth. In Oregon, the firm only operates in …

Cougar comes into backyard of Leaburg home, eyes house cat

LEABURG — A cougar prowled onto the backyard deck of a Leaburg home Monday morning — coming close enough to peer through the sliding glass doors. Mister Brody, a 2-year-old house cat, was in the home and drew the attention of the mountain lion, said homeowner Dick Tracy. Tracy and …

Man twice deported accused of raping girl in Seaside

ASTORIA — Immigration officials say an Oregon man charged with rape had twice been deported. The Daily Astorian reports Seaside police arrested 24-year-old Anastacio Eugenio Lopez-Fabian in February after investigators determined he had sex several times with a girl younger than 14. In addition to rape, he’s charged with assault …

Scores of neglected horses seized from Oregon property

TERREBONNE, Ore. — Sheriff’s deputies and volunteers seized 83 horses from a property in Central Oregon. Deschutes County officials tell KTVZ that many of the animals had signs of hoof neglect. They were moved from the property in Terrebonne to an animal-rescue ranch in southeast Bend. A requested welfare check …

Hope Abbey Mausoleum, Eugene Masonic Cemetery keep city’s rich history alive

Sights of spring brightened the Hope Abbey Mausoleum on Sunday afternoon as visitors immersed themselves in the vast history of Eugene’s oldest cemetery. The mausoleum, which opened in 1914, is part of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, which was founded in 1859 — the same year that Oregon become a state. …

Marchers in Northwest cities seek tougher gun laws

SEATTLE — High school students on Saturday led thousands of protesters in Seattle and other Northwest cities demanding tighter gun regulations following recent deadly school shootings. Students in Seattle held signs that read “Not One More” and chanted “Right now, right here, we refuse to live in fear.” Teachers protested …

State police charge Eugene man with drunk driving, seek hit-and-run victim

State police arrested a 51-year-old Eugene man and charged him with drunk driving on Friday — not long after he is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident. A state trooper first attempted to stop a speeding Dodge Charger on Highway 126E near milepost 49 around 12:23 p.m. …

Bicyclist killed in west Eugene accident is Springfield woman, 36

The bicyclist killed in an accident with a vehicle on West 11th Avenue Tuesday night has been identified as 36-year-old Rebecca Lynn Noble of Springfield. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, just east of Greenhill Road, after being alerted by the driver in the crash, 63-year-old Charles Kneisler of Springfield. …

Eugene homeowner detains garage trespassers at gunpoint until police arrive

The owner of a home in the 2100 block of Willona Drive in north Eugene held two accused trespassers at gunpoint in his garage until officers arrived to arrest them early Saturday morning, Eugene police said. The home was occupied by a 44-year-old man and three teenagers, police spokeswoman Melinda …

Eugene police seek suspect in pizzeria armed robbery

Eugene police on Saturday were continuing to look for a man who robbed a Little Caesar’s Pizza on Seneca Road just before 9:40 p.m. Friday. The thief robbed a 20-year-old employee of cash at gunpoint, police said. The robbery was the 11th in Eugene since Feb. 23. However, police don’t …

House fire displaces Elmira father, son

ELMIRA — About two dozen firefighters responded to a house fire shortly before midnight in the 89000 block of Knight Road in Elmira, Lane Fire Authority Lt. Tressa Miller said Saturday. A man called the department at 11:41 p.m. to report that flames were shooting out of the roof, Miller …

Opponents urge UO to split its riverfront growth blueprint in two

Opponents of the University of Oregon’s development plans for open land it owns along the Willamette River are urging university officials to reconsider. They want the UO to split its long-term “North Campus” growth blueprint in two. First, they argue, the UO should seek approval from the city of Eugene …

Owner of a Eugene sports bar names it after her son in memoriam

Business and personal reasons led Ronda Perkins to change the name of her sports bar and restaurant from Sam’s on Franklin to Trev’s Sports Bar & Grill. Perkins had a successful career in the elder care field before purchasing Sam’s on Franklin Boulevard a year ago. Changing the name gives …

Psychedelic experience proponents working on ballot initiative

It’s about helping and healing, not about getting high. That’s what the husband-and-wife organizers behind a push in Oregon to legalize and regulate the therapeutic use of psilocybin — a psychoactive compound found in so-called “magic” mushrooms — say about their plan, which they’re hoping to put before voters in …

ODOT opens new bike path segments in north Eugene

New bike-and-pedestrian paths are open for use in north Eugene — but with caution because final touches remain to be done. The paths cover about a half-mile each and link existing routes between Old Coburg Road and Interstate 105. They are some of the final pieces of a $110 million …

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