The University of Oregon Police Department is searching for a new chief. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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UOPD Search for New Chief Begins

Finding a permanent solution to the leadership vacancy at the University of Oregon Police Department is finally out of the beta stage. According to Andre Le Duc, assistant vice president of UO’s Risk Management, search committee members tasked with screening UO’s newest police chief candidates met for the first time …

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Former professor sues University of Oregon for wrongful termination

Former University of Oregon professor, CHiXapkaid Donald Michael Pavel filed a lawsuit against the university on May 10, for alleged wrongful termination last year. Pavel, a former education professor at UO, was terminated in January 2015 after being linked to a sexual harassment report. In the same lawsuit, Pavel is …

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UO student reports she was sexually assaulted at Sigma Phi Epsilon on May 5

A female student was sexually assaulted late May 5 at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house on Alder Street, according to a University of Oregon campus crime alert. The student said she did not know the man who assaulted her, but told police he had “spiked up” hair and wore a button-up …

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Fake firearm in south campus raises suspicion

At 5:24 p.m. a UOAlert! advised students to stay clear of the 18th Avenue and Onyx Street area on the south edge of campus. A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and what appeared to be a holstered pistol was seen strolling the area. Police arrived on the scene and determined that …

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Soul Hardesty (left) and Bradley Ossenbeck (right) were arrested on APril 24 in Florence. (Lane County Jail mugshots)
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Florence police arrest two suspects in Market of Choice robbery

The man and woman who robbed the Market of Choice on Franklin Boulevard last week have been arrested. Soul Hardesty, 19, and Bradley Ossenbeck, 25, were caught dining and dashing on Sunday in Florence. On April 20, the two stole a number of items from the Market of Choice near campus and fled …

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Police arrest these two suspects who robbed a Market of Choice on April 20. (Courtesy of the Eugene Police Department)
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Police search for suspects in Market of Choice robbery

Two people robbed the Market of Choice on Franklin Boulevard this morning. A man and woman entered the store at 10:30a.m., attempted to shoplift items and escaped the store after an employee attempted to stop them. They made away with the items and were last seen heading south on Orchard Street on mountain …

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On April 16, a man was hospitalized during a fight at E. 16th Alley and Alder Street (Tran Nguyen/Emerald).
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Man admitted to hospital for injuries after trying to stop a fight

Police and paramedics respond to a fight on 16th alley around 8:05 p.m. leaving one man injured. Witnesses Laura Rose and a friend were out smoking when a fight broke out between two white males on 16th alley. Both of them seemed to be under the influence of alcohol, Rose said. A …

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UO student Sean Wood was released from jail on April 1 after UOPD arrested him on a sexual assault charge. (Wikimedia Commons user "Visitor7")
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Student charged with sexual assault no longer enrolled as UO student

This article has been updated to reflect the no contact order placed against Wood and the victims of his alleged crime, his current enrollment status at the University of Oregon and his membership status in Pi Kappa Phi As of April 6, a university official confirmed that UO senior Sean Wood …

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James Cleavenger sits in front of the Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse where he now works. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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UO bringing lawsuit of former UOPD officer to national court of appeals

The University of Oregon filed motions to appeal the verdict of a former UOPD officer’s lawsuit in a national court of appeals on Tuesday. The university lost their first appeal of the case on Feb. 29 in Portland. In 2013, former UOPD officer James Cleavenger sued the university for wrongful termination …

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UO student faces felony sexual assault charge

University of Oregon student Sean Donald Wood was arrested around 8 a.m. this morning by the UOPD for unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, according to his arrest report. Wood was later booked at the Lane County Jail. Wood was arrested without issue following an investigation stemming from an …

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Witnesses said a man wielded a gun outside Taylor's Bar and Grill early Tuesday morning, which led to his arrest (Jack Heffernan/ Emerald).
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Taylor’s gun incident left patrons confused, but calm

Leaving Taylor’s Bar and Grill early Tuesday morning, Marissa Sewart was saying goodbye to friends. It was just past 1 a.m. as she stood near the entrance to the bar’s patio by 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street. But close behind her, near the front door, Forest Laughner engaged in a verbal …

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Witnesses said a man wielded a gun outside Taylor's Bar and Grill early Tuesday morning, which led to his arrest (Jack Heffernan/ Emerald).
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Update: Man who pulled out gun in front of Taylor’s Bar and Grill Tuesday morning arrested by EPD

A man who reportedly pulled out a gun at Taylor’s Bar and Grill early Tuesday morning has been arrested, police officers at the scene said. There were no injuries, according to the Eugene Police Department and Taylor’s General Manager Eric Clarke. UPDATE: That man was Forest Laughner. The incident began when Laughner …

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Mother of Lauren Jones files $2.5 million lawsuit against PeaceHealth

The mother of the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling athlete Lauren Jones ,who passed away due to meningococcemia last year, filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District on Monday, the Register-guard reported. The lawsuit claims medical negligence and wrongful death of Jones. She was one out of six confirmed cases of …

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The chief concern: McDermed’s departure continues a history of instability at UOPD

Chief Carolyn McDermed left quietly and with no warning. On Friday, Feb. 26, at 9:34 p.m. the staff at the University of Oregon Police Department found out its chief of nearly four years had retired via email. By Monday, she had been replaced. McDermed had a full schedule for the …

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Body found near Eugene bike path identified

A woman who was found dead near the Willamette River in Eugene was identified by Eugene police as 24-year-old Rachel Lee Lynch. The body was initially found on February 20th at the west bank of the river, and Eugene police identified her as Jane Doe, the Register-Guard reports. Police learned …

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Man arrested for two campus-area burglaries

A 25-year-old man has been arrested for two burglaries that took place early Sunday morning, the Eugene Police Department announced this morning. According to the release, Kerry Cargill Stabler, Jr. broke into two residences near campus —one on the 1600 block of High Street and the other on the 1700 …

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UOPD searches for man after attempted robbery near campus

A man attempted to rob a University of Oregon student just before midnight on Thursday, according to a UOPD crime alert. Police said the suspect is still at large. The suspect is described as a white male between 21 and 26 years old with a “clean-cut” appearance. He reportedly wore a …

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21-year-old woman wakes to find burglar rubbing her leg

Eugene police is investigating a burglary in which a 21-year-old woman awoke to find a man rubbing her leg in Eugene’s West University Neighborhood early Friday morning, according to Eugene police. The intruder reportedly broke into the woman’s apartment on the 1500 block of Mill Street on Friday at 4:50 …

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Eugene property manager Terry Shockley’s court appearance set for April 6

Terry Shockley, the Eugene property manager who was indicted last week on two charges of wire fraud totaling more than $3 million, is scheduled to have his arraignment at 10:30 a.m. on April 6. Shockley’s lawyer, Mike Arnold, told The Register Guard that Shockley will plead guilty. Shockley’s firm, TS Property …

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UOPD arrests man who damaged property, intimidated students in class

A man was arrested for disrupting classes, damaging property and intimidating students in Deady and Straub Halls on Monday afternoon, according to UOPD. UOPD first received a report of Elias Martinez, 18, of Eugene, disrupting a class on the third floor of Deady Hall just before 4 p.m. Before officers …

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Police still searching for suspect in late-night car chase near campus

A vehicle pursuit that started in Springfield ended near the UO campus last night, and a suspect is still at large, police said. Ryan Bird, 31, fled police in a stolen, silver Subaru Forester at 10:23 p.m. on Saturday, Springfield Police Department Sgt. Michael McCarthy said. SPD initially stopped Bird …

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UO expands Emergency Alert system

The Emergency Management and Continuity office has expanded the UOAlert! system to include parents and partners of UO community members.






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A Eugene woman is suing Washington County after she was raped by a juvenile — accused of murder one week earlier — who attended an Oregon football game. He attended the game through a now-discontinued Washington County program in which troubled youth were provided free Oregon football tickets and could attend under county supervision (Creative Commons).
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Eugene woman sues Washington County following 2014 rape, beating after Oregon football game

A Eugene woman is suing Washington County and a counselor after she was beaten and raped by a 17-year-old male who was brought to to an Oregon football game at Autzen Stadium in September 2014 by the Washington County Juvenile Department, according to The Oregonian. The department, where Jose Andrade works …

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UO student reports attempted robbery near campus

A man attempted to rob a female University of Oregon student yesterday at roughly 8 p.m. on Franklin Boulevard near Walnut Street, University of Oregon police announced shortly after the incident. The UO Campus Crime Alert sent an email to all UO students regarding the incident at around 10 p.m. …

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Crime Wrap-Up 1/17-1/24: Bike Thefts, Drugs in the Dorms, and Hate Crime in the Library

Fourteen crimes were reported to the University of Oregon Police Department from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24. The most common crime was bike theft, with four incidents reported in the last week. UOPD considers bike theft the most common crime perpetrated on campus. The second most popular crime of the …

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UOPD Assistant Chief candidate withdraws application

The only applicant for the Assistant Chief position at the UOPD has withdrawn his application, leaving the position open and without candidates.






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James Cleavenger sits in front of the Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse where he now works. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Cleavenger vs. UO state lawsuit at a standstill

The state lawsuit filed against the University of Oregon by former UOPD officer James Cleavenger has come to a standstill. The lawsuit likely will not progress until the federal case verdict has been finalized. James Cleavenger worked for the UOPD for several years. His employment was terminated in 2012 following …

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Responsible Action Procedure cements UO policy of medical amnesty

If you’re drunk on campus, and you or a friend seek medical help from the university, you will not receive a citation or any disciplinary action. Part of a campaign to increase student safety and trust, the University of Oregon officially enacted a policy this week guaranteeing that students will …

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UO campus crime rate parallels other universities

According to recent FBI crime statistics pulled from more than 600 U.S schools there were tens of thousands of campus crime across the nation in the calendar year of 2013. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth led all schools in violent crimes, with 27 instances among 9,210 on-campus students. Property crime …

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UOPD Assistant Chief Candidate tentatively chosen

Police Captain Chou Her of the University of California Merced Police Department has moved to the background check phase of the application. He says he has been offered the position.






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