Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

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A Portland couple charged in the murder of Lane Community College student, Alex Oyombe Gradin, pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Gradin was fatally wounded in a shooting last May behind Taylor’s Bar and Grill in Eugene.

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An 80-year-old Portland man’s online romance was not only fake, it gave him a broken bank account as well as a broken heart.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, authorities warn against Valentine’s Day scammers.

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An Oregon lawmaker made her pitch Monday for a bill that would double the penalties for people convicted of rioting if they are wearing a mask at the time of the riot.

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White supremacy has made recent local news, between Jeremy Christian’s murder trial in Portland, and the presence of white nationalist groups in rallies across the state.  A special edition of the Oregon Historical Quarterly is out now, that reminds residents that the problem is actually rooted deep in state history.

KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to the journal’s editor, Eliza Canty-Jones. Bull asked how ingrained white supremacy is in Oregon’s settlement.

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A small group of homeless advocates staged a protest at a Eugene restaurant on Saturday night, using a megaphone to claim the owner is anti-homeless. The group of activists entered Elk Horn Brewery, unfurled a banner over the banister that read “Housekeys not Handcuffs,” and handed out posters.

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The owner of a Creswell horse training facility, where 61 horses were seized last year, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 11 counts of Animal Neglect.

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Animals used for testing now have a chance at a happier, less invasive life thanks to a new Oregon law.

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Oregon’s journalists will soon have more legal muscle in accessing public records.

More than China, more than Russia, the United States of America not incarcerates more of its citizens than any country, but at a higher rate as well. And although that rate has trended down since 2008’s high mark of 1,000 inmates per 100,000 adults, the current rate of incarceration is still nearly three times higher than it was in 1980.

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Women’s Marches are happening Saturday, January 18th throughout the world, including several in Oregon.

In Eugene, an informally organized march begins at 10:00 this morning with speakers at the University of Oregon EMU Fishbowl, followed by an 11:00am planned march to the Federal Courthouse building.

In Corvallis a “Still We Rise” march is planned at 10:30 at Central Park.

Roseburg’s Women’s March is planned for noon, meeting in front of Fred Meyer at Garden Valley Blvd.

The Yachats march starts at noon at the Yachats Commons.

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In a split decision, a 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says a youth led lawsuit over climate change should not go to trial. 

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A Springfield woman was briefly kidnapped from a Eugene parking lot Monday. 21-year-old Treasure Javan Marler-Liggins was later found, safe.

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Oregon State Police say during the week of Christmas, a deer was shot and left to waste east of Bend. The agency offers rewards for anyone who can help stop such poaching. 

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Oregon’s Good Samaritan Law includes an aspect which has to do with drug overdose.  It provides immunity from drug charges and arrest when someone acts in good faith to save a life. To understand how the law impacts a community struggling with the opioid crisis, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert walked the downtown beat with a Eugene cop.

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Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow Friday announced an officer involved shooting that occurred late last month was justified.  It resulted in the death of a 40 year old man.

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This Saturday marks the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In Eugene, community members will hold a remembrance vigil and peace rally for issues impacting youth.

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The chairs of the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry are holding a press conference to unveil the articles of impeachment against President Trump. Watch their remarks live. (Refresh this page if the video player doesn't appear.)

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Update: 12/10/19. Authorities say Mildred Grace Sweaney has been found safe in Idaho. 

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In a city that is 86% white, racial bias by police officers is a concern. But the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission found that the Eugene Police Department does not conduct more traffic or pedestrian stops for people of color.

The House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, focused on constitutional grounds for impeachment. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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Several Oregon legal rights groups, advocates, and law professors filed amicus briefs in support of a Eugene resident, Thursday. This comes after a Lane County Circuit Court Judge denied their petition to identify as nonbinary.

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This story has been updated.

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon State Police and the Eugene Police responded to a shooting in the River Road area at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday. Three adults were wounded and the shooter is confirmed to have killed himself with a gun.

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A group of at least five horse owners is looking to pursue legal action against Lane County. Their horses are part of the 61 horses that were seized from a Creswell property last week. 

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Of the 61 severely neglected horses removed from a Creswell property this week, 60 are en route to Portland. The group taking them in said this is the largest case they’ve handled, and the most expensive.

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Confusion and frustration surrounds an alleged hazing incident at Cottage Grove High School. 


A predatory animal advocacy group is denouncing the death of a bobcat found inside Eugene’s Oakhill School last week.

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The regional NAACP conference and the Corvallis-Albany NAACP chapter want prosecutors to drop all charges against Genesis Hansen in addition to 3 other demands. Hansen, a 21-year-old Oregon State University student, was charged with resisting arrest after riding her bicycle on the wrong side of the street.

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A hazing incident at Cottage Grove High School is stirring up anger and controversy.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a junior varsity football player says he was sexually assaulted with a broomstick in the presence of up to ten students.

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About 40 people gathered Monday evening to hold a vigil to oppose an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Eugene. Participants held signs expressing concern for children who’ve been detained at the U.S. - Mexico border.  

Kathy Filip is with the Refugee Sanctuary Project of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She said community members should help asylum seekers feel comfortable in the community.

“Also, that the people are not breaking the law—these asylum seekers," said Filip. "They are not breaking the law and we need to help them any way we can.” 


The arrest of an Oregon State University student by Oregon State Police on Oct. 13 has stirred controversy over the alleged use of force and racial profiling. OSU President Ed Ray released a statement to the campus, Friday, calling the incident "troubling," and stated he may reconsider the partnership between OSU and state police.