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Local UO hired sex offender to talk sexual assault awareness to athletes UO hired sex offender to talk sexual assault awareness to athletes (Video)
A convicted sex offender was hired by the University of Oregon to talk to athletes about sexual assault, according to a contract that was sent anonymously to our affiliate station in Portland.

The contract states Adam Ritz, who was convicted of sexual battery 10 years ago, was paid $4,000 to give the football team alcohol and sexual assault awareness training.

Ritz lost his job as a radio DJ in Indiana but went on to give talks about how to stay out of trouble at universities throughout the country.

UO Professor Carol Stabile was outraged when she recently learned the school hired Ritz in May of last year.

Over 50 busted for parties or alcohol violations near UO campus in Eugene PD's weekend patrols

Over 50 busted for parties or alcohol violations near UO campus in Eugene PD's weekend patrols
File photo shows Eugene Police talking with students in the West University neighborhoods.

School is back in session, and so is the Eugene Police presence in the campus neighborhoods Friday and Saturday night as officers work to keep partiers in check.

Eugene Police is working with the UO Police Department and neighbors in the University of Oregon campus area to make sure Duck students celebrate the 2014-15 school year within the law.

Lucky swimmers have whale of a time

Lucky swimmers have whale of a time »Play Video
Two Gold Coast adventurers in Australia have had a rare close encounter with humpback whales off South Stradbroke Island. Seven Network Australia with the story.

Corvallis Police: Man charged with robbing pizza place at gunpoint

Corvallis Police: Man charged with robbing pizza place at gunpoint
Kenneth Starr, 35, was charged with robbing a Corvallis pizza store at gunpoint Tuesday, Sept. 23

Officers arrested a Corvallis man Friday they say is connected with an armed robbery at a pizza place earlier in the week.

Driver flees after hitting and killing man with vehicle near Dorena Lake, State Police said

A driver fled after striking and killing a pedestrian with a car Saturday night near Dorena Lake east of Cottage Grove, and now State Police is asking for your help in finding the suspect.

Troopers responded to reports that a man, later identified as Reuben Orr, 39, of Eugene, was found deceased on Shoreview Drive at around 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

Medical examiners determined Orr was lying in the road near the centerline, and was not standing when he was fatally struck by a vehicle. The driver fled the area, Sgt. Alan Gilbert said.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call State Police at (800) 452-7888.

Firefighters use oxygen on hamsters rescued from blaze

Firefighters use oxygen on hamsters rescued from blaze
Photos courtesy of the Lacey Fire Department.
Firefighters were forced to dig through their "pet emergency pocket guides" on Friday when they rescued a family of hamsters from a burning mobile home in Lacey.

Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe'

Police increase patrols on U of O students' first week back: 'It’s about being safe'

As students start heading back to the University of Oregon campus, law enforcement officers are increasing their alcohol patrols both on the roads and in the neighborhoods around campus.

The patrols are aimed at making sure students stay responsible while having fun this school year, the University of Oregon and Eugene Police Departments said.

UOPD spokesperson Kelly McIver said the buddy system is the best way to stay safe in party situations.

“Don't try to guess and make that judgment on their own or leave someone alone if they're not capable of enough to speak well or walk well,” said Mciver.

LCC drug take back event: 'So it's disposed of properly'

Having unused medications in the home can lead to a number of problems, like having them accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.

According to the National Survey on Drug and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency said 20,000 people died in 2011 from prescription medication overdoses.

Lane Community College partnered with the DEA to help lower these statistics by participating in the national drug take back event.