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Prep Athlete Prep Athlete of the Week: Madalyn Ardueser (New) Prep Athlete of the Week: Madalyn Ardueser (Video)
Local golfer Madalyn Ardueser, a two-time 5A Girl's District Champion, was recently chosen to play in the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Ardueser was chosen for the official champions tour event by national panel of judges who evaluated golfers on playing ability and a comprehension of life skills.

“It's one of the best courses in the world, you know, and I've heard so many great things about it, like the scenery. I've also heard it's really tough. So it will be a great challenge i can't wait,” said Ardueser.
Local Teen charged with rape near Autzen Stadium on probation, visiting Eugene in supervised group Teen charged with rape near Autzen Stadium on probation, visiting Eugene in supervised group (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The teenager being charged with raping a woman near Autzen Stadium Saturday night will be tried as an adult, the Lane County District Attorney's Office said.

Jamie Alfredo Tinoco, 17, was arraigned Monday after he allegedly raped a woman who was walking along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. near Autzen Stadium Saturday night, the Eugene Police Department said. Tinoco faces multiple charges including first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

Tinoco was in Eugene with a group of 12 juveniles and four supervising adults from Washington County.

Springfield Police: Intoxicated woman steals SUV with teen, toddler asleep inside

Springfield Police: Intoxicated woman steals SUV with teen, toddler asleep inside
Tamela Mae Trine, 23

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A teenager and toddler were sleeping in an SUV when an intoxicated woman stole the vehicle from a Safeway parking lot Saturday afternoon, Springfield Police said.

The incident started at around 3:50 p.m. Saturday when a woman, later identified as Tamela Trice, 23, of Springfield, stole an SUV with a 17-year-old and a 2-year-old sleeping in the car, Springfield Police Sergeant Kirkpatrick said.

Trice crashed into a fence in the Coin Laundry parking lot, got out of the car and tried to wipe her fingerprints from the steering wheel, Sgt. Kirkpatrick said, leaving the teenager and the 2-year-old unharmed in the car.

Thanks to a couple of observant witnesses at Safeway, police found Trice's address by tracing the plates of the van she drove to the store.

Trice was booked at the Lane County Jail on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, DUII, resisting arrest and two counts of reckless endangering.

Toxic blue-green algae found in Tenmile Lakes

Toxic blue-green algae found in Tenmile Lakes
File photo of Tenmile lake, located about 8 miles south of Reedsport off Highway 101.

A health advisory is in effect for the Tenmile Lakes south of Reedsport after the Oregon Health Authority reported high levels of toxic blue-green algae in the water.

Cell tower fire near Thurston High sends up smoky plume

Cell tower fire near Thurston High sends up smoky plume

A cell phone tower caught fire near Thurston High School Saturday afternoon, sending a plume of smoke high above the Colts' sports fields.

Oregon still in 'critical fire danger', red flag warning extended

Oregon still in 'critical fire danger', red flag warning extended
Willamette National Forest photo of a firefighter working the Deception Creek Complex.

Forecasters extended a red flag warning through Tuesday morning as a lingering system creates critically dry fuels and extreme fire danger in Western Oregon.

Forest Service: Target practice sparks 1,000 acre fire near Mt. Hood

Forest Service: Target practice sparks 1,000 acre fire near Mt. Hood »Play Video
A photo shows smoke from the burning fire near Highway 224 where the 36 Pit Fire has grown to over 1,000 acres since starting Sept. 13 in the Mt. Hood National Forest. (David Proctor)

The fast-growing 36 Pit Fire is burning an estimated 1,000 acres of grass and timber in the Mt. Hood National Forest, about 10 miles southeast of Estacada, U.S. Forest Service said on Sunday.

Photos: No. 2 Oregon downs Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14

Photos: No. 2 Oregon downs Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14
Oregon Ducks quarterback and Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota (#8) rushes into the end zone for a score in the first half. Although Wyoming scored first in the game, at half the score stood at Oregon 27, Wyoming 7. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

The No. 2 ranked Ducks defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14, as Oregon played their third game this season at home in Autzen Stadium.

Watch a full wrap-up of the game in a special NewsSurce 16 broadcast #liveonKMTR after Notre Dame vs. Purdue (around 8 p.m.)

Eugene Police: 12-year-old reports man tried to get her into his van near Monroe MS

A 12-year-old girl said a man tried to lure her into his van Thursday afternoon while she was walking along Coburg Road near Monroe Middle School, Eugene Police said.

The girl told a school resource officer that a man was standing outside his van with the sliding side door open near the shopping center at Coburg and Willakenzie Roads, asking several times to give her a ride. She denied the man's repeated requests, left the area, and walked home safely. 

The student described the man as possibly white, in his mid-to-late 30s, about 6-feet tall with a thin build. He had short hair, balding on top with facial stubble.

Anyone with information is asked to call 541-682-5111.

Northern Lights could make appearance this weekend

Northern Lights could make appearance this weekend
Northern Lights shine over Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy Eddie Murdock Photography

Not one, but two coronal mass ejections (CMEs -- fancy word for solar flares) have erupted and are speeding toward Earth, which will give us a chance to spot the Northern Lights on Friday and Saturday.

Officials said it's a near slam dunk for the higher latitudes, but Oregon has a chance to get a peek if the stars align.