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Prep Athlete Prep Athlete of the Week: Madalyn Ardueser 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.

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.”

Suspect in 2011 sexual abuse case from Springfield found in Texas

Jeffrey Randall Woods

The man at the center of a 2011 sex abuse investigation is in the Lane County Jail after he was found in Texas, Springfield Police detectives said.

Jeffrey Randall Woods is accused of sexually abusing two young girls in the Springfield area, Springfield PD Detective Lewis said.

Officials said Woods was booked into the Lane County Jail Thursday night where he faces four counts of first-degree sex abuse and seven counts of first-degree sodomy; both are felony crimes.

This is a developing story, watch your local TV News broadcast for more information.

Baby alligator thief caught on camera

Baby alligator thief caught on camera »Play Video
Caught on camera: an alligator thief! Not alligator-skin boots or purses, this accused crook was seen allegedly stealing "live" baby gators. Jasmine Huda has the story, and the video that shows the alleged crime.

Stolen Seahawk gnome comes home

Stolen Seahawk gnome comes home »Play Video
Who would steal a garden gnome and return it six months later? The die-hard Seahawks fans who lost their gnome are completely mystified by where it spent all that time. Mark Miller explains.

Obama orders response to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Sunni terrorist group ISIS

Obama orders response to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Sunni terrorist group ISIS

President Obama delivered a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday, outlining a strategy for taking on the Sunni militant group known as ISIS - or the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.


The President said he aims to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, authorizing airstrikes in Syria and expanding strikes in Iraq.


In the address, Obama issued an order dispatching nearly 500 U.S. troops to Iraq to help the country’s security forces defend against the growing ISIS militant presence.

UO researchers: Wildfire employment helps build local economy

Wildfires can leave behind a charred landscape, however University of Oregon researchers find it also provides a building opportunity for local communities.


Cassandra Moseley, a spokesperson for the U of O’s Ecosystem Workforce Program, said research shows wildfires provide positive impacts to the local labor market.


“That can be people that run big pieces of equipment or fire crews who are supporting them providing food and lodging and other technical support for large fires,” said Moseley.

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

An 81-year-old man fired his shotgun at an aluminum boat Monday afternoon when two boaters used the man's private dock along the Siuslaw River to load their disabled boat onto a trailer, Oregon State Police said.

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'
Many abuse victims have taken to social media this week in conversations using #whyIstayed and #whyIleft.

The criticism following a video of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious opened up a conversation on why people stayed in abusive relationships and their decision to leave the abuser.

Peggy Whalen said many of the shared stories are familiar. Abusers often say they will change, and victims will often want to believe that from the person they love. In some cases, she said, victims stay because the abuser threatens them or their children's lives. 

Some are calling the trending conversations behind #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft powerful, courageous, and a "hashtag of hope".