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Police brace for rising crime during the holidays

Each year, students fall victim to apartment, house and car theft over winter break, and often don’t find out until they return to Eugene in January. This year, Eugene police want to curb the property crime trend, and they’re hoping all it takes is a little more awareness. Last week, …

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Police arrest man for sex abuse, DPS impersonation

Eugene police announced yesterday that Eugene resident Kenneth Hickman, 25, was arrested Nov. 24 on charges of criminal impersonation and third degree sex abuse after reports that he was pretending to be a Department of Public Safety officer at the University. EPD Detective Jeff Roth said two reports, including one …

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Southbound on-ramp to I-5 closes today

The Oregon Department of Transportation will close the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 5 starting today. ODOT is closing the on-ramp to install supports for a new sign bridge spanning the highway. The installations involve removing concrete pavement from the on-ramp. Traffic heading toward the on-ramp will now be directed further …

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Weekend police blotter

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-Up From noon Friday, Nov. 27, to noon Sunday, Nov. 29 24 Theft incidents6 Loud noise incidents8 Disorderly subject incidents12 Burglary incidents4 Assault incidentsIncident: FraudLocation: 2165 W. 27th Ave.When: Friday, Nov. 27Time: 12:48 p.m.What: While getting a credit report, a caller found out someone had been …

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Weekend police blotter

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-Up From noon Friday, Nov. 20 to noon Sunday, Nov. 22 24 Theft incidents17 Loud noise incidents 13 Disorderly subject incidents10 Burglary incidents5 Assault incidents The Weekend Police Blotter Incident: Disorderly SubjectsLocation: 99 E. BroadwayWhen: Friday, Nov. 20Time: 12:20 p.m.What: Eight protesters were seen approaching customers …

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Theft suspect recognized by residents, apprehended

Eugene police arrested a man late Thursday who they say has been knocking on students’ doors in a handful of Eugene neighborhoods. The man, 28-year-old Jacob Steven Lucas, was wanted on four counts of theft, as well as other charges including methamphetamine possession, criminal trespassing and menacing with a knife. …

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Bomb scare proves a hoax, police say

Ivar Vong After a four-hour search Wednesday, Eugene police deduced that suspicious objects thought to be explosive devices left in a yard on East 27th Avenue between Hilyard and Alder Streets were nothing more than a hoax. Police spent Wednesday afternoon inspecting the area after they received a call from …

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Weekend Police Blotter

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-UpFrom noon Friday, Nov. 13 to noon Sunday, Nov. 1535 Theft incidents21 Disorderly subject incidents15 Burglary incidents13 Assault incidents12 Loud noise incidents The Weekend Police Blotter Incident: Suspicious SubjectsLocation: 100 Coburg RoadWhen: Friday, Nov. 13Time: 7:23 p.m.What: Three men reportedly stopped cars in parking lots, asking …

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Police chief rules Taser use on Van Ornum was justified

Eugene police Chief Pete Kerns ruled on Monday that the actions of police at the anti-pesticide rally held downtown, where officers made three arrests and twice stunned former University student Ian Van Ornum with a Taser, were justified. The announcement ended the several month-long internal affairs investigation police conducted, examining …

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Bike theft persists; victims wisen up

Last year, when University student Vincent Winters was a freshman, he woke up to find nothing but a front tire in the space where his $600, brand-new bike should have been. Winters used a Kryptonite U-lock and a cable lock to secure his bike to the rack. It was clear …

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Weekend Crime Blotter

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-UpFrom noon Friday, Nov. 6 to noon Sunday, Nov. 8 23 Theft incidents21 Loud noise incidents8 Assault incidents6 Burglary incidents5 Disorderly subject incidents The Weekend Police BlotterINCIDENT: ABANDONED PROPERTYLocation: Nacho’s Restaurant, 1190 City View St.When: Friday, Nov. 6Time: 9:20 p.m.What: A man left his backpack and …

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Composting calamity

Blair Ryan When Paul Adkins sees a pile of golden leaves gathered by the side of the road, he sees danger. Adkins, president of Greater Eugene Area Riders, is one of the leading founders of Eugene’s newly-established leaf program, which urges homeowners to keep bike lanes and sidewalks leaf-free. “The …

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Community volunteers help make Halloween a little safer

Ivar Vong Correction appended On Halloween night, it’s not rare to see costumed students wandering the streets surrounding college campuses. But the men and women in the white “Community Watch” ponchos decorated with pink hearts and bright smiley faces weren’t wearing costumes. Because of Eugene’s history of Halloween riots, including …

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Ban dries up streets

Blair Ryan It’s another Saturday night at Washington-Jefferson Park, the homeless hub of Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood, but there’s an unusual air of tranquility enveloping the shadowy grounds. Have Eugene homeless shelters fulfilled the impossible task of housing every homeless individual on this cold fall evening? Did the Eugene Police Department …

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Bike-friendly Eugene brings home gold

Ivar Vong Although Eugene has been a leading community in bicycle awareness and cooperation for decades, the city recently received national recognition from the League of American Bicyclists. The league gave Eugene a “Gold” ranking, making it one of the 10 cities in the nation ranked “Gold” as a bicycle-friendly …

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Eugene Police Department weekend wrap-up

44 Loud noise incidents29 Theft incidents 17 Disorderly subject incidents12 Burglary incidents7 Assault incidents The weekend police blotter Incident: DUI Location: 60 Division Ave., Fred Meyer gas stationWhen: Friday, Oct. 30Time: 4:56 p.m.What: An intoxicated man reportedly hit a parked car with his Chevrolet van in the parking lot of …

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Halloween night deemed a success by EPD

The holiday weekend that police feared might bring out the worst in students proved busy but manageable for officers patrolling the campus area. On Halloween night in Eugene 1998, a riot broke out on East 14th Avenue and Ferry Street after partyers filled the streets and proceeded to destroy street …

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Officer involved in Taser case asks to be named

Moments before the Eugene chief of police gave a press conference Tuesday, the officer who tasered a University student last month in an incident now under investigation asked that the chief release his name publicly. Chief Pete Kerns addressed the incident Tuesday afternoon, and at the officer’s request told media …

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DPS seeking more responsibility for citations

The Department of Public Safety and the Eugene Police Department are seeking an amendment to increase the types of citations in municipal court that can be given by University DPS officers for certain misdemeanor offenses that occur on campus. The proposal amends the Eugene city code that has been in …

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Tasering of student under investigation

Just as the Eugene community began to put one Taser use controversy to rest, another one appears to be brewing. In an incident last month, Eugene police officers used a Taser on an international University student at an apartment complex on West 11th Avenue. Eugene police Lt. Doug Mozan said …

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EPD uses Taser on student; action under investigation

Eugene police used a Taser stun gun on at least one University student in an incident last month that did not lead to an arrest. An investigation is underway to determine whether the Taser use was warranted. Eugene resident Carol Berg-Caldwell attended the Tuesday meeting of the Human Rights Commission, …

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Campus lighting re-evaluated

It’s no question that college students often don’t follow the typical 9-to-5 schedule, and walking to and from campus can be a nerve-racking trek during those late-night hours. On Tuesday evening, ASUO President Emma Kallaway met with facility services for a night safety walk to identify areas on campus where …

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Eugene police bust pot-growing operation

The Eugene Police Department broke up a “sizable” marijuana-growing operation 20 miles southwest of Eugene on Thursday. Police began canvassing the four-acre property in Lorane on Friday, cutting down 48 marijuana plants that stood eight to 10 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. While the street value of the …

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Fewer EPD officers to patrol campus

The number of Eugene police on campus will fall, and the number of Department of Public Safety officers will increase this year because of changes to the University’s contract with the Eugene Police Department. DPS officers are seeking additional citation authority to address campus-related issues more directly. Until June 30, …

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EPD initiates task force aimed at downtown

In response to recent crimes that have occurred in the downtown Eugene area, Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns is initiating a task force to develop solutions to the serious issues of problem behavior and crime in the area. The announcement came the day after police reported a homeless man had …

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Fall marks return of party patrol for Eugene

The Eugene Police Department’s party patrol is back and, officers said, being greeted mostly by a positive response from students. On Friday night, EPD officers issued nine citations for prohibited noise and nine citations for allowing minors to consume alcohol. Twelve people were cited for carrying open containers of alcoholic …

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Assailant ignites homeless man

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault incident that occurred early Saturday near campus. Officers said a local homeless man was walking near East Broadway and High Street when he was lit on fire by an unknown attacker early Saturday morning. The victim was …

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Eugene Police Department weekend wrap-up

Eugene Police Department Weekend Wrap-Up From midnight Friday, Oct. 2 to noon Sunday, Oct. 4Assault incidents: 13Burglary incidents: 7Theft incidents: 30Disorderly subject incidents: 18Loud noise incidents: 26 The Weekend Police Blotter Incident: TheftWhen: Friday, Oct. 2, 2:13 p.m.Location: 2015 Devos St.Description: A caller heard a funny noise outside of her …

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Board rules Taser use on Ian Van Ornum adhered to policy

Rena Lev-Bass Eugene’s Civilian Review Board ruled Thursday night that Eugene police officer Judd Warden did not break department policy in tasing former University student Ian Van Ornum last May. The ruling likely means the department will not discipline Warden for the incident.Warden tased then-18-year-old Van Ornum, who was participating …

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Clean streets: A mission

Shawn Hatjes Campus-area locals have probably noticed Eugene police officer Randy Ellis patrolling the streets, but they may have overlooked his quiet acts of kindness that set him apart from his fellow officers. The 40-year Eugene Police Department veteran has worked at the West University Neighborhood Station near campus on …

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