Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

Eugene Police Dept.

Eugene Police are seeking tips on further possible victims of a man sentenced on sexual abuse charges.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC News


The University of Oregon’s changes to the campus police department are not sitting well with some students.

Oregon State University

Voters in nearly half of Oregon’s counties approved sweeping changes to the state’s drug laws during this month’s election.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News



As COVID-19 cases increase, Lane County Jail has housed 26 positive cases over the past month. As of Nov. 2, the jail has performed more than 3,436 COVID-19 tests, and 39 people have tested positive.

Springfield Police Department


The Springfield City Council approved the purchase of four police patrol vehicles for fiscal year 2021, which the city’s Police Department said are at the end of their lifespan. They also authorized the City Manager to sign a contract for police body-worn and in-car cameras from Upstate Wholesale Supply Company, doing business as Brite Computer.

Lane County Sheriff's Office on Facebook

More sheriff’s deputies will be on patrol in rural Lane County. This week, the Board of Commissioners approved a proposal to use Secure Rural Schools funds for additional patrols. 

Brian Bull / KLCC News

The City of Eugene settled a federal civil rights case on Thursday regarding a May protest where police officers threw an explosive gas canister at a Eugene Weekly journalist, and later shot pepper balls at him.

The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday dealt a blow to a state climate lawsuit filed in 2011 by two young people in Eugene.


Elia Newton Pendergrass pled guilty Wednesday morning in Lane County Circuit Court to arson in the first degree for setting a complex of fires near Mapleton in August. 

Brian Bull / KLCC News

The City of Eugene released its eighth annual hate and bias report Wednesday, which recorded 15 fewer incidents than in 2018. But the actual number could be higher.

Bend Police Officers


Community members in the City of Bend are invited to participate in a virtual listening session about policing policies.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the Lane County Jail is not immune to the increase. Five new cases have been reported at the jail since last week.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News



The Ad Hoc Committee on Police Policy was created by the Eugene City Council earlier this year in response to Black Lives Matter protesters who advocated for police reform. The group will review current police policies and make recommendations to the City Council for changes and improvements.

The City of Springfield


Monday night, Springfield City Council members unanimously approved the authorization of a contract amendment with Correctional Health Partners, LLC. Health care services will continue to be provided for arrestees in the Springfield Municipal Jail.

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The Linn County Sheriff’s office is investigating a series of small fires that started around 2:30 Monday morning in the Sweet Home and Brownsville area.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens of American cities have reached out to a Eugene-based alternative policing program in the past few months.  With renewed attention on how policing is carried out following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, CAHOOTS is often referred to as an efficient alternative.

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A finance industry analyst says COVID-19 fraud has cost Americans more than $124 million this year, which includes over $2 million gleaned from Oregonians.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


As of Sunday, some detainees at the Lane County Jail have been on a hunger strike for a total of 11 weeks. Now, some jail workers may also strike.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Several families of people killed by police officers in Oregon gathered yesterday in Eugene for a vigil. The event was hosted at Alton Baker Park by Pacific Northwest Family Circle and Stephanie Babb.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News



At least 300 people joined a march in Eugene in solidarity with the 2020 March on Washington on Friday. The event joined similar marches across the country, all of which were held to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington.

Springfield Police

UPDATE:  The SPD says Shafer has been located and safely returned to his family.

Springfield Police are seeking a missing 9-year-old boy. He was last seen at 2 pm Monday at 10th and C streets in Springfield. Marshall Shafer is 4’ 5”, 85 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Marshall was last seen wearing brown hiking boots, gray sweatpants, a black costume style cape with a hood, and a bright blue backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Springfield Police


Oregon State Police / OSP

A Roseburg man employed by UPS has been arrested for shooting a female motorist on I-5 Wednesday night. 

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A woman driving north on I-5 was shot Wednesday night (August 19).  Authorities believe it’s connected to previous shootings of vehicles reported along a three-county stretch of the interstate which began in late May.

Lane County Sheriff's Office

Springfield Police arrested the son of the city’s former mayor this morning  on suspicion of ten charges of encouraging child sex abuse.

Brian Bull; Skarlatos Facebook page; EPD

While riots in Portland and Eugene have subsided in recent weeks, they remain a talking point in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District race between Republican challenger Alek Skarlatos, and incumbent Democrat Peter DeFazio.

Jeff Blonde, EPD

Eugene is a bike friendly city and thieves know it. To keep bicycle thieves at bay, law enforcement relies on bike owners to practice theft prevention tactics.

Brian Bull / KLCC

While a grand jury last week declined to press charges against a Eugene man accused of a deliberate hit-and-run, he is facing several citations.  

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Bullet holes have appeared in vehicles traveling on Interstate 5 in a three-county area.  Oregon State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible.

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Eugene Police

Eugene police made several arrests Wednesday in connection with a protest that turned violent on May 29th near downtown.