Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

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An ex-Springfield Police employee says she feels vindicated by a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

It states that the City of Springfield’s attempt to have Thelma Barone sign away her right to criticize the city, departments, or employees was unconstitutional.

Tiffany Eckert

A person caught drinking and driving can face jail time and the loss of license. But what about cannabis? Since Oregon legalized recreational pot in 2015, police have had to figure out how to determine impairment by the drug. In Eugene, it comes down to a cop’s trained perception.

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The man serving 112 years for the 1998 Thurston High School shooting has petitioned the nation’s highest court to review his sentence. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Recorded On: September 7, 2018

Air Date: September 10, 2018

Do you feel safe to walk downtown at night? Have you stopped going to dinner or a movie out of fear? Are you concerned about going to your car after work? Does the perception match the reality of the statistics? How have the business owners been impacted? Has the economic vitality and growth of Eugene been affected?

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Eugene’s Police Chief says residents and business owners need to find the courage to reclaim the downtown.

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Eugene police say they’re ahead of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that came out this week, that says cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have no other option.

Eugene Police Department

On Labor Day just shy of 1:00 am, a man reported that his Chevy Tahoe had been ransacked in the 2800 block of Dry Creek Road. At least five other incidents have happened in the same neighborhood, according to Eugene Police.

City of Eugene

After signs of success the Corvallis Police Department is expanding its bait bike program.

Eugene Police Department

Investigators with the Eugene Police Department are looking for help identifying three suspects in the shattering of a window at Eugene Toy & Hobby. 

Eugene-Springfield Firefighters / Instagram

UPDATE, POSTED 6:34pm 8/14/2018: Dawn Barth, Emergency and Risk Management Coordinator for Lane Community College, says 30th Avenue is now open and that responders will continue to monitor the area where a grass fire burned around 4pm today.

Posted 5:31pm, 8/14/2018:  A grass fire burning near East 30th Avenue and Spring Boulevard in South Eugene is under control.  However, drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible.  East 30th is expected to stay closed in both directions until 6:00pm Tuesday night.

SHUTTERSTOCK

Calls from Publisher’s Clearing House, the IRS or family members in trouble are among the latest wave of scams hitting residents of Eugene and Springfield.

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Eleven years after a rape in Lane County, a suspect is in custody, thanks to DNA lab work.

Officials say 37-year-old Jesse Clark of Junction City was arrested last week, after a match for his DNA was found in an unrelated case, recently.

(Eugene Police Department)

As part of a summer initiatve to understand public safety concerns, the City of Eugene has unveiled an online survey for residents. An increasing population has led to changes in the police and fire department’s ability to address safety.

Junction City Police

Junction City police are asking for leads on who sprayed racist graffiti on a local residence.

Alec Cowan / KLCC

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a Trump Administration attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by 21 young people over climate change. This clears the way for a trial to begin in Eugene this fall.

Rachael McDonald

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial. 

Animal Legal Defence Fund

With temperatures in the mid-90s this weekend, Eugene police are urging people not to leave their pets in vehicles. As of Thursday afternoon, they were out on their 5th call about a dog that was left in a hot car. 

Public sector unions can no longer require non-union workers to pay dues or fees. KLCC got a local perspective on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Better Business Bureau is warning Eugene-area residents to watch for a scam loan operation. KLCC’s Brian Bull talks to a local man who was nearly bilked by the perpetrators.

SHUTTERSTOCK

Springfield Police are warning local residents to be aware of a new telephone scam targeting customers of the Eugene Water & Electric Board and the Springfield Utility Board.

Chris Lehman

Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal men’s prison in Sheridan on Monday night to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. 

City of Eugene

A new City of Eugene ordinance would require dog-owners to have proof of their dog’s license when they’re downtown. The requirement took effect on May 31st.

Eugene Police

UPDATE: As of 10:05am today (6/6) Eugene Police report the bike was recovered thanks to local cyclists who tracked it down.

Someone stole a bike from a cyclist on a cross country bike race who stopped in Eugene Monday.

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A bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana is gaining supporters in the U.S. Senate, including two lawmakers from Oregon.

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A Loyola University psychology professor who’s worked with juvenile offenders is in Eugene today. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, James Garbarino argues there needs to be more leniency in how the justice system handles youths.

AP

On May 21, 1998, one of the earliest modern-day school shootings erupted in the rural, working-class community of Springfield, Oregon.  At Thurston High School, freshman Kipland Kinkel opened fire on his classmates, inside a crowded cafeteria. The incident preceded the more infamous Columbine shooting by nearly a year. 

KLCC's Brian Bull created a series of reports, revisiting the tragic events that left four people dead, two dozen wounded, and the community shocked and reeling in the aftermath.  Here are those reports.

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This week, the Springfield community marked the 20th anniversary of the Thurston School Shooting.  The tragedy preceded many technological developments, including smart phones and social media.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Several survivors of the 1998 Thurston High School Shooting gathered with current students today at the Memorial site just off campus.

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On this day 20 years ago, one of the earliest modern-day school shootings erupted in the rural, working-class community of Springfield, Oregon.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Thurston High School Shooting in Springfield. On May 21, 1998, freshman Kip Kinkel fatally shot two classmates, and wounded two dozen more. After Kinkel was taken into custody, police also discovered the bodies of Bill and Faith Kinkel in their rural home. Both had been shot by their son.

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