Crime, Law & Justice

Crime, Law & Justice

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Investigators are seeking tips on an arsonist who targeted a Eugene business last month.

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On April 19th, Springfield’s City Council will hear proposed changes to how the city’s police handle use of force. This stems from the officer-involved shooting death of Stacy Kenny in 2019.  

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Corvallis Police shot and killed a 32-year-old Philomath man early Saturday morning at the Days Inn Hotel on NW 9th Street.

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Next month, Springfield Police officers will begin wearing bodycams. Advocates say they help confirm actions by -or against- police, providing transparency and accountability in all encounters.

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The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to advance a bill that would make it a crime to display a noose as an act of intimidation.

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The police shooting of a murder suspect in Reedsport earlier this month has been deemed justified, three weeks after the incident. 

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Springfield Police Chief Rick Lewis has been placed on administrative leave while the city conducts an administrative personnel investigation.

Benton County officials are warning of a scam related to vaccine clinics at Reser Stadium.

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A Lane County jury found a homeless activist who challenged a curfew in Eugene’s Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza guilty of misdemeanor trespass this week. The challenge was based on the first amendment.


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Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would lead to major changes to the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing law known as Measure 11, which was approved by Oregon voters nearly 30 years ago.


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Oregon State Police say they’ve been able to rule out more potential victims in the case of an unidentified girl found dead last December in Lincoln County.


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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered flags at public institutions to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of this week’s mass shootings in Georgia.

The man responsible for the murder of a Springfield caretaker has been identified.  Law officials say it’s the same man shot and killed in a Reedsport standoff Tuesday.

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Springfield Police say their investigation into the death of Richard Marshall led them to Reedsport Tuesday.


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Attorneys in a federal climate lawsuit filed by 21 youth have asked Eugene District judge Ann Aiken to let them amend their complaint. The change could allow them to have their case heard in court.

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The Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Springfield, its police chief, and 28 officers on Monday in regards to a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

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The son of a community garden caretaker found murdered in Springfield last week says the family still wants answers from authorities. 

The following is an extended, online-only interview between KLCC reporter Brian Bull, and Cedar Wilkie Gillette, Oregon's first appointed Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Coordinator, for the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Oregon.  They talked over the phone shortly after the Oregon Dept. of Justice released its first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Report in Feburary, 2021. 

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Justice officials acknowledge that Native Americans have been disproportionately affected by violence. Last month, the District of Oregon U.S. Attorney’s office released its first report on the issue. KLCC’s Brian Bull talked to Cedar Wilkie Gillette, who’s the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons  (MMIP) Coordinator for the agency.  Bull asked her how many cases are in Oregon, currently.

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Community leaders voiced a message of unity against hate Thursday. This after recent acts of vandalism targeting people of color in Eugene.

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Springfield Police have determined that a community garden caretaker’s death is a murder.


Eugene Police are investigating hate graffiti on a large mural at Community Alliance of Lane County, CALC. The incident was reported on Friday by a CALC employee.

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The Eugene Civil Liberties Defense Center filed an amended federal lawsuit against the city of Eugene and its police department this week. The filing names several officers whom they claim violated the rights of individuals during last year’s May 31st protest.

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As the pandemic continues, so do scams. The newest twist involves pandemic puppies (or kittens.)


Eugene Police are seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for more than a dozen recent incidents of tire-slashing.

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The nation’s first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) report issued by a U.S. Attorney’s Office came out last week.  But comprehensive data -including that for Oregon - is still an issue.

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Officials are seeing more scams pop up as coronavirus vaccine distribution continues  in Oregon. The old adage still applies: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 


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A Black resident in Eugene’s River Road area is grateful for the support he’s received after his car was vandalized with a racist slur.

Warning: This story may be disturbing to some listeners.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear a case brought by 21 young people against the government over climate change. The plaintiffs, still hope for a trial in Eugene federal court.


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Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.