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Local Eugene Police sting sexual predators through social media: 'Our children are vulnerable' Eugene Police sting sexual predators through social media: 'Our children are vulnerable'
Eugene Police said they’ve started an undercover social media sting operation to catch sexual predators, and their results are eye-opening.

Detectives posted on a social media site as an underage teen on Friday morning. Within 3 hours they received 85 texts from different numbers, all from people hoping to meet up with who they thought was a young female.

“If they're responding to these ads, they've done it before. That's the worry. That there's children being victimized and we're just scratching the surface,” said Sgt. McKee.
Local 2 patients at Seattle Children's confirmed to have Enterovirus 2 patients at Seattle Children's confirmed to have Enterovirus
Seattle Children's Hospital announced Friday that two children have tested positive for the uncommon Enterovirus D-68 strain.

The hospital says the two children had preexisting conditions that exacerbated their condition but were stable enough to be discharged from the hospital earlier this week.

"Confirmation of these cases indicates that EV-D68 is likely in our communities and that we can expect to see additional cases over the coming weeks," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health - Seattle & King County. "But we can’t predict at this time how severe or how long an EV-D68 outbreak might be locally."

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.

Prep Athlete of the Week: Alycia Wodke

Prep Athlete of the Week: Alycia Wodke »Play Video

Alycia Wodke’s competitive talent came at a young age. When she was in the sixth grade she was already competing with on the eighth grade team. Now a senior in high school, Wodke is trying to lead her team to successful season.

Last season, the Willamette Wolverines Girl’s Volleyball team made it all the way to the 5A state title game, an unforgettable experience for Wodke.

"We finally made it to that spot, I mean first time ever at Willamette so I was super proud that we did that as a team together,” the Prep Athlete of the Week said. 

“The biggest thing I've tried to grow at is a leader. I think my freshman year I struggled trying to get people to play with me and you know I'm still working at that every day so I can make my team work together as a group so we can win together.”