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Crash on Coburg Road causes diesel spill

A vehicle crash Wednesday morning at the Coburg Road off-ramp of Randy Papè Beltline Highway caused a traffic backup and a diesel spill that had to be handled by a professional hazardous materials crew. The crash was reported at 8:09 a.m., when a Toyota Highlander was exiting the highway and …

Oregon State student sparks outrage after white nationalist views surface

A member of Oregon State University’s student government has sparked outrage on campus following a student newspaper article that outlined his white nationalist views. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 27-year-old Andrew Oswalt was arrested Monday — the same day the newspaper’s interview with him was published. Corvallis police arrested Oswalt on a …

Two Eugene men accused of stealing truck right in front of police

A pair of Eugene men are accused of stealing a pickup truck right in front of Eugene police officers just after midnight Wednesday. The police officers were in a parking lot near River Road and Silver Lane, monitoring an unrelated “chronic offender” who had been spotted in the area. While …

Transgender inmate allowed to transfer to women’s prison

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections has granted a transgender inmate’s request to transfer to the state’s women’s prison. Michalle Wright was transferred from the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem to the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in Wilsonville on Monday. She is in prison for attempted robbery. …

Voters pass Measure 101 by wide margin to fund Oregon Health Plan through mid-2019

Oregon voters were easily passing Measure 101 Tuesday night, preserving taxes on health insurers and hospitals to fund the state’s Medicaid program. The statewide referendum on the insurer and hospital taxes was leading with 61 percent in favor and 39 percent opposed in partial returns late Tuesday. The ballot measure’s …

Lane County makes new proposal to Eugene officials over downtown land swap

Lane County officials are proposing to sue the descendants of the founder of the city of Eugene in a bid to finally resolve the legal uncertainty around the proposed downtown land swap that would accommodate a new city hall and county courthouse. Two city councilors expressed concerns with that approach …

Wild turkeys strut through downtown Eugene

Turkeys are becoming the talk of downtown Eugene. The big birds have been spotted in the city’s urban core over the past couple of months, away from their typical haunts in south Eugene and on the Lane Community College campus. Passersby did a double take and stopped for a better …

Springfield man, 35, killed in logging accident

MAPLETON — A Springfield man was killed Tuesday morning in a logging accident near Mapleton, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Arturo Toral-Pacheco, 35, was found dead 200 yards down a steep embankment by search and rescue crews approximately 20 miles east of the Highway 126 West and Highway …

Washington state considers bill to allow planning for nuke attack

SPOKANE, Wash. — A bill introduced in the state Legislature would allow emergency management personnel in the state to once again make plans to evacuate cities ahead of a possible nuclear attack. Critics argue that lifting the ban would only help bolster an illusion that nuclear war is winnable. The …

Lane County’s annual job growth outpaces the state of Oregon

Lane County added jobs last year at a faster pace than Oregon as a whole, the state Employment Department reported on Tuesday. The county’s nonfarm jobs grew by 5,600 from December 2016 to last month, according to the department’s monthly employment report. The annual job growth of 3.5 percent in …

Bicyclist, 42, found pinned under vehicle in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — A bicyclist is listed in serious condition at a hospital after being pinned underneath a vehicle Monday night in Springfield. Jerediah Lockhart, 43, of Eugene, was driving a 2003 Nissan Crossover east on South F Street around 9:09 p.m. after his work shift at a nearby business, according …

Eugene tech firm SheerID raises $18 million from investors to fuel growth

Eugene-based tech firm SheerID recently raised $18 million from investors, the firm announced Tuesday. SheerID plans to nearly double its 58-person workforce by the end of the year and to expand its offices in Eugene and Portland, co-founder and chief executive Jake Weatherly said. This is a “huge win” for …

Tsunami warning cancelled for Oregon coast after early-morning quake near Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Tsunami Center has canceled a tsunami warning that was triggered by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Alaska. Mickey Varnadao, a computer specialist with the warning center in Palmer, Alaska, said early Tuesday that an advisory remains in effect for parts of Alaska, from …

Eugene close to placing tax package on May ballot for parks, recreation

City councilors are ready to ask voters in May to approve a pair of tax measures to improve Eugene’s parks and recreation system. Their only remaining task is deciding the measures’ final price tag. With a unanimous vote Monday, city councilors directed City Manager Jon Ruiz to prepare two funding …

Judge declines to send man to prison for using gun against Eugene police officer

A judge on Monday declined to send a military veteran to prison for illegally raising a .50-caliber handgun toward a Eugene police officer who shot him in 2016. Lane County Circuit Judge Clara Rigmaiden sentenced Edgar Rodriguez to five years’ probation and banned him from possessing firearms during that entire …

Bend college safety officer pleads guilty to killing woman

BEND, Ore. — A man accused of killing a woman during his shift as a campus safety officer at a Bend community college pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated murder. Edwin Lara accepted a plea deal that spared him a possible death sentence but will keep him in prison for life. …

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