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Emergency crews were called out to the Life Technologies building in West Eugene Wednesday morning on reports of a chemical explosion at the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corp. Complex.

Emergency crews were called out to the Life Technologies building in West Eugene at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a chemical explosion at the Thermo Fisher Scientific Corp. complex.

Fire officials at the scene said one person was taken to the hospital.
Local Court documents shed new light on George Court documents shed new light on George (Photo Gallery)
Police documents released Tuesday are shedding light on the crime spree that started in Eugene, leaving three people dead as the suspect continued to Northern California.

The Eugene Police Department released a 93-page police report Tuesday of compiled documents from the George Wasson murder case.

In those reports, detectives say Ricardo Chaney met with his best friend on March 18, 2014, just hours before George Wasson was found shot to death in his burning home on Elk Avenue.

Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us'

Oregon's Problem Gamblers Awareness Day: 'Gambling took that from us' »Play Video

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ronda Hatefi lost her older brother to his gambling addiction. 

Shortly after her brother Bobby’s death, she started the organization Oregonians For Gambling Awareness, and petitioned Oregon's governor to proclaim September 29 as Problem Gamblers Awareness Day.

The state has honored the day for the last 19 years, and Hatefi said she’s found a way to celebrate her brother's life.

Prep Athlete Of The Week: Olivia Powell

Prep Athlete Of The Week: Olivia Powell »Play Video

Olivia Powell has been dominating the prep-level competition in the TrackTown U.S.A. during her time at Creswell High School. This season she’s looking to make her mark at the 5A level.


Powell has won six state championships – three in cross country and three in track and field. She won her first one when she was just 14 years old and a freshman at Creswell High.


"Going into it I knew that I would be up there. I had been working hard and putting in the miles and stuff and my goal was to win but after it happened I had a hard time believing it,” said Powell.

Duo faces robbery charges for two crimes reported within an hour

Duo faces robbery charges for two crimes reported within an hour
Dion Hague and Jasmine Moreno - Lane County Jail photos

Two people are facing robbery charges after they reportedly threatened a 16-year-old with a glass bottle Saturday night before accosting two men leaving the DS Mart on Bailey Hill Road less than an hour later, Eugene Police said.

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.