Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

The Lane County district attorney announced Tuesday a Springfield police officer was justified in the use of deadly force when he shot and killed Stacy William Kenny on March 31st, 2019.

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A traveling exhibit that’s at Lane Community College this week features single-sided earrings.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the unusual collection represents more than 1100 murdered or missing indigenous women.


People who use drones that interfere with conventional aircraft could be charged with a crime under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners has selected Chief Deputy Cliff Harrold as the next Lane County Sheriff.

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The U.S. Department of Justice will grant close to $100 million to tribal governments across the country to support Native American crime victims. The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Klamath Tribes obtained a combined total of over $1 million. 

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People who call the police as a way to harass law-abiding people could be sued under a measure being considered by Oregon lawmakers.

Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, was knocking on doors last summer in her suburban Portland district when someone called the police. They complained that the African American lawmaker was acting suspiciously.

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Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp announced Friday that he’ll retire as of April 16th. Trapp has served in the department for 31 years and held the position of sheriff since 2015.

Oregon would no longer limit the amount of money that juries can award for noneconomic damages under a bill approved in the Oregon House Monday.

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In the wake of terrorist attacks in New Zealand, where at least 1 gunman targeted 2 mosques and killed at least 49 people, over a hundred Eugenians joined the local Muslim community in offering condolences and support to victims.

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Among other things, the Eugene area is known for bike theft, especially downtown.  The police department is working to keep this from happening.

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Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the Homestead Child Detention Center in Florida this week. He’s calling for an end to the policy of placing asylum-seeking children in prison camps. 


The Eugene Police Department has launched a new Street Crimes Unit, that’ll target routine problem offenders in neighborhoods.

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Eugene police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at around 4 A.M. Wednesday near the intersection of East 15th Avenue and Pearl Street.

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Last week's unusual snowfall closed roads, schools, and caused several event cancellations including 2 talks by Walidah Imarisha. The award-winnning author and historian was supposed to discuss black history in the state and prison reform. 

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You probably didn’t know it, but it’s against the law in Oregon to haul around more than 20 bales of hay unless you have paperwork that proves you own it. Break that law and you could be charged with a misdemeanor and spend up to 30 days in jail.

More than a thousand criminal justice experts are gathering in Salem this week to compare strategies on reducing crime in their communities. The event is called the Justice Reinvestment Summit.

The idea of “justice reinvestment” is to apply public safety dollars to programs such as addiction and mental health treatment as a way of reducing the number of people behind bars. The resulting savings are reinvested back in the community.

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Several immigrant rights groups testified to Lane County’s Board of County Commissioners, on Tuesday.  They expressed concerns about allegations the Lane County Sheriff is unlawfully assisting in Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests.

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The Eugene Police Department is carrying out an internal review of a deadly force incident outside of Cascade Middle School last month. 

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Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, today. They demanded that the sheriff address allegations that officers used state resources to aid arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

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People who fly their drones too close to airplanes would face stiffer penalties under a measure up for a possible vote in the Oregon Senate's Judiciary Committee on Monday.

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The Lane County Sheriff’s Office denies allegations made by several immigrant rights groups, suggesting his department unlawfully aided Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Sheriff Byron Trapp says at no time was anyone instructed to violate any policy, referring to Oregon’s sanctuary laws.

Besides possibly saving your life, there is another reason for motorists to properly wear seatbelts: it’s the law. Over the next two weeks, area police departments will intensify enforcement campaigns. Federal funding will cover extra shifts and overtime so officers can conduct more intensive safety belt enforcement.

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The Lane County Sheriff’s department is accused of working with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or I.C.E. Over a dozen organizations, including immigrant law groups, say this violates Oregon’s 32-year-old sanctuary law.

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Not even a full week into its new ‘text to 911’ service, Douglas County authorities have arrested a Roseburg woman for using it to make false reports.

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A district official says students at Cascade Middle School in Eugene are still coping with the deadly force incident that happened outside its entrance two weeks ago. 

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Two Eugene police officers were justified in using deadly force against a parent outside Cascade Middle School two weeks ago, according to the Lane County District Attorney.

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In 2018 there were close to 15,000 people serving time in prisons across the state, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. As of last month over 500 people were released into Lane County.

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Oregon State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week starts Saturday in Corvallis. As part of their longest running event, organizers chose Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, as this year’s keynote speaker.

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Sunday evening, several community members held signs in a demonstration of mourning for a person shot and killed by Eugene Police at Cascade Middle School last Friday.  Another group of people stood in solidarity for the actions of the EPD.

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The person shot and killed by Eugene Police outside Cascade Middle School Friday morning has been identified.