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Lucky swimmers have whale of a time

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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.

Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU showed that Oregonians back legalizing recreational marijuana, with 44 percent of likely voters supporting it and 40 percent opposed. But the razor-thin margin and wide disparity of support among demographics means turnout could end up deciding whether it passes.