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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 October 1st brings the start of pumpkin patch season for many farms (New) October 1st brings the start of pumpkin patch season for many farms (Photo Gallery)
Now that Halloween is officially a month away, farms across the nation are firing up the tractors to take people to their pumpkin patches.

Lone Pine Farms set up all its fall attractions on Wednesday to gear up for the pumpkin picking season.

Farm owner Dan Murray said this year he’s adding more Halloween fun to the haunted corn maze by including more scary characters.
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.

Council makes 6-2 vote for fresh start with Eugene City Hall

The Eugene City Council voted six to two on Wednesday in favor of building a new city hall, rather than renovating the current structure at 8th and Pearl Street.

The decision came after a work session on Tuesday to hear the pros and cons of each proposal.

Estimates show that phase one of the project will cost the city around $8 million less to build new than it would to renovate the half-century old city hall structure.

First fall downpour causes crashes across Lane County

First fall downpour causes crashes across Lane County

There have been nearly a dozen car crashes in Lane County since the rain began Tuesday night, Springfield Police said.

Wednesday was the wettest day in Oregon since February. The rain drops mixed with months of oil and dirt that had built up on the roadways, and police said that contributed to the high crash volume.

Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau said drivers not watching their their speed and surroundings also make for dangerous rainy day driving.

Lost dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania

Lost dog found in Oregon heading back to Pennsylvania »Play Video

A lost dog is finally on her way back home. Gidget was missing for a year from her Pennsylvania home and she somehow ended up in Washington County.

While the shelter has no idea how the pup made it across the country, but now they are sending the Jack Russell terrier back home.

“Yeah it's been exciting and fun for us all and one of the things we're excited about, it’s been really brought up the importance of microchipping your pet,” one shelter worker said.

As the rain returns, flooding risk increases near areas scarred by wildfires

As the rain returns, flooding risk increases near areas scarred by wildfires »Play Video

The return of fall weather has forestry officials warning Oregonians about the possibility of flooding, especially near areas hit by wildfires over the summer.

“Our fire threat really starts diminishing with our rainfall, but with that said it brings over a host of concerns,” said Oregon Department of Forestry representative Link Smith, “Fires burn off all that vegetated material, organic material on the forest floor that helps absorb and break up that moisture that comes down. So there’s some erosion potential that wasn't there before the burn.”

U.S. and supporting nations launch air strikes on ISIS in Syria

U.S. and supporting nations launch air strikes on ISIS in Syria »Play Video

In a dramatic escalation of the war on ISIS, forces from the U.S. and supporting nations launched hundreds of airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria overnight Tuesday.

A group of Arab nations in a coalition put together by President Obama also put planes in the air.

The precision-guided warheads targeted an ISIS command building and nearly 2 dozen other targets, reportedly killing 120 Syrian terrorists.

Teen accused of rape near Autzen Stadium pleads not guilty

Teen accused of rape near Autzen Stadium pleads not guilty »Play Video

The teen accused of assaulting and raping a woman near Autzen Stadium on Sept. 13 pleaded not guilty in his arraignment on Monday.

Jaime Tinoco, 17, snuck away from a supervised Washington County Juvenile Department group visiting Eugene for a Ducks game, and later that evening allegedly grabbed, beat and raped a woman in the bushes near Autzen Stadium.

He’s being held at the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center, with his next hearing scheduled for October 22.

After halting demolition, councilors meet again on Eugene City Hall

After halting demolition, councilors meet again on Eugene City Hall »Play Video
File photo from when the deconstruction process started in early September.

The old Eugene City Hall building is yet again the center of a city council meeting on Monday night, with councilors discussing the plans the plot of land where the half-century old building sits.

Earlier this month, crews were told to halt the demolition process after a 6 to 2 council vote asking for more time to review the plans for a new city hall.

Monday’s meeting is an opportunity to discuss final concept designs for the project, and hold a question-and-answer analysis of the current site.

Power goes out for around 2,500 homes in North Eugene

Nearly 2,500 people lost power in the Cal Young area of North Eugene Thursday morning, the Eugene Water and Electric Board said.

Repair crews had the power back online by about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies identify victim in fatal crash into creek near Cottage Grove

Deputies identify victim in fatal crash into creek near Cottage Grove

Search and rescue divers found a deceased person in Wilson Creek Thursday morning after a passerby reported that a car had crashed into the river along London Road, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.