Jared Tilbor

Reporter

Jared Tilbor
Jared Tilbor
Reporter
Jared Tilbor comes to KMTR from the East coast, following a career in teaching. After living in New York City for almost a decade, he is enjoying getting to know the people and places of the Pacific Northwest.

Jared received his Master’s degree in education, and taught third through fifth grade in the South Bronx. He remains in contact with some of the amazing students he had.

He loves talking and learning from the people around him, as well as traveling. His interest in different cultures was fueled while an undergraduate at Union College, in upstate New York. He studied East Asian politics, and spent an unforgettable period in Vietnam.

In his free time, you can find Jared hiking, beaching, and enjoying snow sports in Oregon.

If you have a story idea or suggestion, don’t hesitate to email Jared! He looks forward to becoming a part of the Willamette Valley community.

Recent stories by Jared Tilbor

Local Dental student assisting at White Bird Clinic robbed Dental student assisting at White Bird Clinic robbed(Video)
Julia Allen is a dental student at Arizona University of Oral Medicine.

She has been volunteering at the White Bird Dental Clinic in Eugene as she prepares to take her medical exams.

Allen, along with a handful of other fourth-year students from across the country, assist doctors in serving underprivileged patients of Lane County.

In return for their service, the future doctors are provided with an apartment downtown.

But after returning to Eugene on Saturday, Allen discovered her home had been robbed.
Local 'We think as teenagers we're invincible, but we're not. It can easily happen to us' 'We think as teenagers we're invincible, but we're not. It can easily happen to us'
Teenagers at a Eugene high school got a firsthand look at the dangers of drinking and driving through a two-day seminar put on by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday, hundreds of students at Churchill High listened as a father described losing his young daughter in a drunk driving crash.
Local Is homelessness causing crime in downtown Corvallis? Is homelessness causing crime in downtown Corvallis?(Video)
Residents and business owners in downtown Corvallis say they've seen an increase in crime in the area.

Downtown business owner Jacob Schneider said he's worried by the behavior of some homeless people in the area, and is worried that a permanent shelter could perpetuate same patterns of behavior.

Homeless advocate Aleita Hass-Holcombe says she believes more should be invested in addressing the root causes of problematic behavior, including substance abuse and mental health.
Entertainment 'I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story' 'I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Residents of Eugene are optimistic that the new WJ Skatepark and URban Plaza will change a part of town long blighted by drugs and violence.

"My very first experience when I lived here bringing my son out to that neighborhood, we actually saw needles," said Sara Puar. "So there were years that went by that I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story."
Local 'There's been an outpouring from the community' 'There's been an outpouring from the community'(Video)
South Albany High School teacher Jason Henkel was diagnosed with stomach cancer in January.

Tuesday night, hundreds of students, staff and residents came out to show support and raise money for the PE instructor and his young family by participating in a donkey basketball tournament.
Local Eugene Police send 14 to California deputy's funeral Eugene Police send 14 to California deputy's funeral(Video)
Fourteen members of the Eugene Police Department attended Wednesday's funeral for Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino, the Mendocino County, Calif., deputy shot and killed by Ricardo Chaney of Eugene this month.

The delegation from Eugene includes the chief and eight members of the honor guard.
Local 2 life sentences for man convicted of murdering dad, dad's girlfriend 2 life sentences for man convicted of murdering dad, dad's girlfriend(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Convicted double murderer Johan Gillette will serve two consecutive life sentences in prison under an agreement negotiated by prosecutors and the defense.

Gillette could have faced the death penalty for slaying his father and father's girlfriend.

The families of the victims opposed the death penalty, and Gillette's brother - having already lost his father - urged his older sibling to sign the sentencing agreement to avoid the death penalty.

By signing the agreement, Gillette waived some of his appeal rights.
Local County looks for ways to pay for park repairs County looks for ways to pay for park repairs(Video)
Lane County Parks have a $15.7 million dollar problem: maintenance projects that have been deferred over the last few years.

Last week, the parks department presented several ideas to County Commissioners on ways to increase revenue.

One idea would cost taxpayers $4 million and add more campsites or cabins to a handful of parks, boosting camping revenue.

Other ideas: Giving the parks department a larger portion of the county’s car rental tax income, or raising the fee to register recreational vehicles.
Local 'Most folks with developmental disabilities want to have some sort of gainful employment' 'Most folks with developmental disabilities want to have some sort of gainful employment'(Video)
There are over 400 developmentally disabled people with jobs in Lane County.

Officials with the county’s Developmental Disabilities Services program said those jobs give capable people a chance to learn new skills, make friends and financially support themselves.

"We work with service providers, businesses and other agencies that assist us with finding folks positions in the community,” said Andrea Muzikant of Developmental Disabilities Services.
Local Fate of son accused of killing father, father's girlfriend now rests with jury Fate of son accused of killing father, father's girlfriend now rests with jury(Video)
The fate of Johan Gillette, accused in the double slaying of his father and his father's girlfriend, is now in the hands of jurors.

Tuesday afternoon the court heard closing arguments from both sides in the murders of James Gillette and his partner Anne McLucas.

Johan Gillette has not denied killing them but said he acted in self-defense when his father reached for a gun. He acted with violence after a lifetime of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, as described by friends and family.

If convicted, Johan Gillette could face the death penalty.
Local Occupy Medical: 'We’re seeing more working class families' Occupy Medical: 'We’re seeing more working class families'(Video)
Occupy Medical has been on the streets since 2011, helping those in need with free health care services.

Historically, just under half of their patients have been homeless. Clinic Manager Sue Sierralupe says that's something the passage of the Affordable Care Act has changed.

“Now we’re seeing more working class families. People that have insurance but can’t get access to their doctor because of extremely long waiting lists,” Sierralupe explains.
Local Kids compete in culinary competition: 'I try to eat more vegetables to keep my body healthy' Kids compete in culinary competition: 'I try to eat more vegetables to keep my body healthy'(Video)
About 30 elementary students showed off their culinary talents Saturday, preparing a creative dish for the Eugene School District’s cooking competition at Sheldon High School.

The students representing the 17 schools throughout the district learned some valuable skills while cooking up a little fun.

The fourth and fifth grade finalists worked with area cooks to create their sandwich or wrap recipes.
Local Police: Woman reports being abducted, raped Police: Woman reports being abducted, raped(Video)
A 29-year-old woman is reporting she was abducted and raped in Lane County on Tuesday.

Eugene police are investigating claims a woman was dragged into a car on South Garden Way, near the roundabout.

According to her, she was then driven to an unknown location in Springfield where she was raped.
Local City pulling plug on parking meters that accept credit cards City pulling plug on parking meters that accept credit cards(Video)
An experiment born from last summer's Eugene Parking Conference is not the answer.

Around 75 credit card parking meters were installed in the park blocks area.

But the pilot program is ending this month

"The pilot's expiring, so we need to pull out the meter heads and return them back to the manufacturers," said Jeff Petry with the City of Eugene. "We're putting our original coin meter-only meters back in there."

Each advanced meter costs around $500. Add in credit car transaction fees, and the program isn't financially sustainable for the city.

Residents and business owners told NewsSource 16 that the credit card meters make downtown more accessible - and said the city should reconsider removing the machines.
Local Prosecutors call rebuttal witness in double murder trial Prosecutors call rebuttal witness in double murder trial(Video)
Before moving to closing arguments, the double murder trial of Johan Gillette shifted to a rebuttal of the defense case by prosecutors Wednesdays.

Prosecutor Stephen Morgan started by calling forensic scientist Traci Rose back to the stand.

She testified there was no blood on the surface of the bed in the area Johan told jurors he had repeatedly struck his father, James Gillette.

Nick Wedmore, a search manager for Lane County, also discussed efforts to locate a weapon used in the alleged crime.

Despite extensively searching the area, nothing was found, he said.
Local Defense rests in double murder trial Defense rests in double murder trial(Video)
The defense rested its case after another day of testimony from people who described one of the victims of a double homicide as a violent and explosive person, a characterization key to the accused's claim of self-defense.

Former coworkers described the late James Gillette as violent and explosive as defense attorneys for Gillette's son Johan continued to make the case that the son killed his father and his father's girlfriend in self-defense.
Local 'Springfield is changing. This is a very good thing' 'Springfield is changing. This is a very good thing'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The city of Springfield bought 1,000 used streetlights from San Diego.

Even after the cost of retrofitting the lights with modern electronics, Brian Barnett with the City of Springfield estimates the cost to the city will be less than half the price of new lights.

“We’re going to put LED kits to improve the light output and the energy efficiency of these fixtures,” he said.

Five hundred of the lamps will illuminate downtown Springfield as the city continues trying to rejuvenate the area.

The remaining lights will be used in the Glenwood redevelopment project and in other areas where older lighting will need to be replaced.
Local Accused takes the stand in double murder trial Accused takes the stand in double murder trial(Video)
Johan Gillette took the stand Friday, describing his relationship with his father.

Gillette is on trial, accused of murdering his father James and his father's partner Anne McLucas.

Johan testified that he went to his father's home to get water on the morning of September 7, 2012.
He believed his father to be gone, and McLucas to be visiting family in Boston.

However, after being beckoned into his dad's bedroom by James Gillette, a heated discussion took place.

Johan claimed James threatened to kick him and Asia Seaton off the property.

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Local Defense witness call accused 'gentle,' dead father 'violent' Defense witness call accused 'gentle,' dead father 'violent'(Video)
Johan Gillette, the man accused of killing his father and his father's partner, is a gentle, loving person, the first witnesses for the defense said Thursday.

James Gilette described his close bond with older brother Johan

"We played tag. We hunted for snakes and lizards in the outdoors," he told the court. "Later on I tagged along with all his friends. They let me be full time quarterback a lot of the times and things like that. So they were really nice to me and let me play with them all the time."

Defense attorneys repeatedly asked witnesses to classify Johan Gillette as peaceful or not peaceful. The defense contends he killed his father in self-defense.

"Johan has always been incredibly gentle," friend Misty Declark said. "He's always avoided conflict."
Local Prosecution rests case in double murder trial Prosecution rests case in double murder trial(Video)
Deputy state medical examiner Dr. Dan Davis, testimony concluded the prosecution's case Wednesday in the trial of Johan Gillette, accused of killing his father and his father's partner.

The witness described the extensive injuries sustained by both James Gillette and Anne McLucas the night of September 7, 2012.
Local Witness: Victims in double slaying beaten while on ground Witness: Victims in double slaying beaten while on ground(Video)
Blood evidence suggests their killer bludgeoned Anne McLucas and James Gillette after the two were down on the ground, a forensic scientist said under questioning by prosecutors Tuesday.

Attorneys for Johan Gillette claim he killed his father and his father's domestic partner in self-defense. Prosecutors appeared to seek to discredit that theory Tuesday as the double-murder trial entered another week.