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Local Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage now in judge's hands Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage now in judge's hands(Video)
The fate of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage now rests with a federal judge who heard arguments Wednesday at a hearing in Eugene.

Lisa Chickadonz is a plaintiff in the case.

She's been engaged to her partner for 29 years waiting for equal rights.

"It seems like time to finally be able to get married," she said. "I didn't go someplace else to do it because I love Oregon and I want to get married in my own state, in my own city, in my own neighborhood."

Injured driver spends night in woods next to crashed car

Injured driver spends night in woods next to crashed car
The car crashed around 4 p.m. Sunday. The injured driver lay next to the wreckage until he was found shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

An Oakridge man lay seriously injured next to his car overnight before a passerby found him on a remote Forest Service road near Hills Creek Reservoir, more than 20 hours after the crash.

Police: Report of lewd nude man sparks chase

http://media.kmtr.com/images/Littrell-mug.jpgA nude man masturbating along a public bike trail Monday evening got the attention of police, who chased and tracked the man for two hours before finding him hiding inside a car in a garage of a home, the Springfield Police Department said.

Officers arrested John Eugene Littrell, 43, on a long list of charges, including Indecent Exposure, Interfering with Police and Burglary 1. Littrell was also jailed on 8 outstanding warrants.

The case started Monday evening with a report of a naked man masturbating near women on the W. D St. bike path along the Willamette River, police said.

The suspect had put on clothes and started to leave the area when officers arrived, police said.

The suspect fled down along the river bank, disappearing into dense brush. 

Open house April 8 on new Howard Elementary building

Open house April 8 on new Howard Elementary building
Design for new Howard Elementary

Opening in the fall of 2015, Howard Elementary School will be the first of four replaced or remodeled Eugene 4J School District buildings paid for by a voter-approved bond measure.

Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J said the district expects the $32 million construction project to start at Howard Elementary this summer.

Is homelessness causing crime in downtown Corvallis?

Is homelessness causing crime in downtown Corvallis? »Play Video

Residents and business owners in downtown Corvallis say they've seen an increase in crime in the area.

Downtown business owner Jacob Schneider said he's worried by the behavior of some homeless people in the area, and is worried that a permanent shelter could perpetuate same patterns of behavior.

Homeless advocate Aleita Hass-Holcombe says she believes more should be invested in addressing the root causes of problematic behavior, including substance abuse and mental health.

Landslide closes hiking trail at Yosemite

Landslide closes hiking trail at Yosemite
NBC News photo

Officials at Yosemite National Park say a massive amount of rock has fallen from a cliff, closing a hiking trail. 

The National Park Service said Monday that nobody was hurt when the 16,000 tons of rock fell 500 feet from a cliff near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on March 31. 

Junction City man describes life with meth: 'Time goes by so fast you don't realize it'

Junction City man describes life with meth: 'Time goes by so fast you don't realize it' »Play Video
John Johnson

John Johnson recalled the day his Juniper Street home was raided.

"I was holding my dog, and I was outside," he said. "I just stood and watched the light show appear, and I knew it was coming for us."

Police arrested six people, including Johnson. He has a 4-page rap sheet dating back decades.

Johnson said that 30 year ago, before he started getting high on meth, he was different.


Fire crews find deceased man inside burning South Eugene home

Fire crews find deceased man inside burning South Eugene home

Fire crews found a man dead Monday night while fighting a house fire off of Spring Blvd. in South Eugene, fire officials said. Crews initially responded to the home on a medical call.

"It caught everybody off guard. It's like - 'Oh, this is a real fire'," said Mike Arnold, Eugene-Springfield Fire's Paramedic Unit Captain.

Grand jury clears officer who shot and killed Kelly Swoboda

Grand jury clears officer who shot and killed Kelly Swoboda
The U.S. Marshals Service believes Kelly Swoboda, a man wanted in a Milwaukie kidnapping (pictured at center), is the same suspect caught on camera robbing a Eugene bank.

A Multnomah County grand jury has found that a Portland police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man who was wanted in a Milwaukie kidnapping and assault case, as well as a string of bank robberies that included a Eugene bank.