Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners plans to ask voters to renew a public safety levy to fund jail beds. The 5-year levy will be placed on the May 2017 ballot.

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Eugene police say phone scammers are trying to carry out kidnapping hoaxes.  People are told that a loved one has been taken, while a woman screams and pleads in the background.

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While Donald Trump and supporters celebrate his presidency this weekend, anti-Trump factions are staging nationwide protests.

Springfield Police continue to search for a missing 72-year old woman who wandered from an adult foster care facility on New Year’s Day. Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help to find her.

Friends of a missing University of Oregon student and former bartender have now started a GoFundMe.com account.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Law enforcement personnel all over Oregon are participating in “saturation” patrols for intoxicated drivers. The City of Eugene is trying to make it easier for people out drinking downtown to get taxis so they’re not getting behind the wheel.

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Scam artists are calling up Lane County residents, accusing them of unpaid citations, outstanding warrants, or failing to appear for jury duty.  Victims are then told they can fix things by buying gift cards.

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The holidays find people opening both their hearts and wallets to charitable causes.  But Oregon officials say to be wary of scammers who take advantage of yuletide sentiment.

US Coast Guard Seeks Persistent Hoax Caller

Dec 16, 2016
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During the past year, the US Coast Guard has faced a persistent problem in their rescue work in the Pacific Northwest. Someone keeps making fake distress calls, sending Coast Guard personnel out on expensive, illegal, wild goose chases.

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Corvallis’ community service court is nearing its third month.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the city’s municipal judge is pleased with it so far.

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A three judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by two young people against the state over climate change. this is a case related to a federal climate lawsuit that’s also underway.

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Complacency and fear of retaliation are keeping victims from reporting gender discrimination and sexual harassment in wildland fire management.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports that’s the gist of a new report released this week. 

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A former Lane County Commissioner got a favorable ruling from the Oregon Supreme Court last month. Rob Handy sued Lane County in 2012 claiming 3 commissioners violated Oregon’s public meeting laws.

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Many Americans are wondering how the pending Trump administration will eventually address immigration. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on where some Oregon cities stand. 

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A Eugene law firm is suing law enforcement agencies and the North Dakota County where thousands of Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are camped in protest of the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The class action suit claims excessive force by police against peaceful protesters.

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to continue with a trial set for February for the defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

It follows a trial earlier this year where a jury surprised many and found the occupation’s leaders, brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five others, not guilty.

The second trial is set to begin at the federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Feb. 14.

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Eugene police are using “bait bikes” to catch bicycle thieves in the act.  Last week, two men were arrested after they made off with bikes being monitored by officers. 

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Oregon’s Attorney General is urging residents to call in hate crimes to authorities.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this follows a rash of incidents after the election.

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Two days after a man who denies climate science was elected President of the United States, a federal judge in Eugene says she won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 young people. The kids are suing the federal government for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Attorneys for the federal government said Monday that U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown .

Payne, 33, worked closely with Ammon Bundy and others to carry out an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January.

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Eugene Police have stepped up their presence in the downtown, particularly in the Park Blocks area.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Among those reacting to yesterday’s acquittal in the Malheur occupation case is Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.  

The end of the six-week trial for seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon can be summed up in two words: not guilty.

A 12-person jury found occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty Thursday of the government's primary charge: conspiracy to impede federal officers by force, threat or intimidation. Their five co-defendants — Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler — have all been found not guilty as well.

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As Oregon State Police continue looking into the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County, a hunters’ group has added to the reward money being offered.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this is one of the latest in a string of poaching cases. 

Malheur Occupation Trial Goes To Jury

Oct 20, 2016

Closing arguments are finished in the trial of seven people charged in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. The case now heads to the 12-person jury for deliberation.

Attorney Matt Schindler, hybrid counsel for defendant Ken Medenbach, delivered a thunderous argument to the jury in defense not just of his client, but of the occupation as a whole.

“How did any of these people benefit from protesting the death of rural America?” Schindler said.

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A new court launched this week in Lane County.  It’ll divert people with mental illness away from the standard criminal justice system.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports: 

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An initiative to help low-level offenders in Eugene get help instead of jail time is celebrating its first month, and graduate.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Ammon Bundy, one of seven occupiers currently on trial for the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, took the witness stand for the second time Wednesday.

Bundy offered a sprawling testimony that encompassed his Mormon faith, weapons, the U.S. Constitution and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, among other things.

Bundy’s testimony, which lasted most of Wednesday and is expected to continue Thursday, illustrated some of his motivations in the takeover — and how it rubbed off on fellow occupiers.

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The rate of DUI arrests for drugs has shot up considerably in Eugene, according to police.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the rate involving drugs and alcohol is even higher.

In a tearful testimony Tuesday afternoon, Ammon Bundy began to lay out reasons for his involvement in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

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