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Local Vietnam War vet asks her community for help getting service dog Vietnam War vet asks her community for help getting service dog (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A Vietnam War veteran in Cottage Grove is asking her community for help in paying for service dog training courses for her new companion.

Marianne Ballance was diagnosed with severe arthritis after she served as a corpsman in the Vietnam War. She also suffers from chronic depression and panic attacks.

Thanks to a Kaiser-Permanente study, the veteran was granted a service dog to help her with her ailments.
Local Teens face charges after vandals ram stolen golf cart into Cottage Grove High School Teens face charges after vandals ram stolen golf cart into Cottage Grove High School (Photo Gallery)
Officers arrested four teenagers suspected of vandalizing Cottage Grove High School just days before classes started back up, Cottage Grove Police said.

Four teenagers arrived at the Happy Valley Golf Course Thursday night to steal a golf cart. Only three went through with the plan, Cottage Grove Police said.

Two of the group face criminal mischief charges, as police say they were the ones to take the stolen cart to the high school and ram it into the athletic department doors early Friday morning.
Local Leasing helmets helps high school teams cut costs without sacrificing safety Leasing helmets helps high school teams cut costs without sacrificing safety (Video)
As football helmets improve in preventing players from getting concussions, high schools must search for the latest models to keep their students safe.

This can prove to be an expensive task, as technology advancements are made each year.

Harrisburg graduate Mark Elmblade spent 13 years selling football helmets as a rep for Ridell. He is using that experience to build his new company Armor Zone, which leases football helmets to high schools and youth programs.
Local Vandals caught on camera before ramming stolen cart into Cottage Grove High Vandals caught on camera before ramming stolen cart into Cottage Grove High (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Security cameras caught two teenage vandals ramming a stolen golf cart into the doors of the Cottage Grove High School athletic complex early Friday morning, just days before students return to class.

The surveillance footage shows the two teens stealing a golf cart from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course early in the morning.

“The golf cart had been rammed through these doors behind me here and was actually stuck in the door,” said Krista Parent, superintendent of the district.
Local Flat fee for student's school supplies: 'Anyone can use them that needs them' Flat fee for student's school supplies: 'Anyone can use them that needs them' (Audio)
The new school year is right around the corner, and families are making the mad dash to the school supply section of retail stores across the nation.

Families at Danebo Elementary will not be among those fighting for the last pack of pink pearl erasers, as the school adopted a universal school supplies fee five years ago.

They charge $20 bucks per student, which covers all the school supplies that student will need for the year.

Several families were reluctant to accept the fee the first year it was implemented - but now almost all the families love it.
Sports 'Win the Day' banners removed from Autzen 'Win the Day' banners removed from Autzen (Video)
The Oregon football team's “Win The Day” slogan was temporarily removed from the walls inside Autzen Stadium, which led to a lot of speculation through various social media outlets.

It all started when University of Oregon Senior associate athletic director Craig Pintens tweeted a picture of the inside Autzen Stadium alluding to the bare walls.
Local Video shows officer punch suspect in face Video shows officer punch suspect in face (Video)
A Eugene Police officer's use of force against a drunk driving suspect resulted in an investigation and could lead to a lawsuit.

An attorney for Shaymond Michelson has notified the City of Eugene he may sue for damages over the September 2013 incident.

Officer Charles Caruso arrested Michelson on September 13, 2013, on suspicion of drunk driving, hit and run and other charges after finding him passed out in his car, according to a police report.

A surveillance video camera at the Lane County Jail captured footage of Officer Caruso walking Michelson from the police cruiser to the jail.
Local 'My dad didn't want to divide the family' 'My dad didn't want to divide the family' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Roberto Garcia brought his 11 family members across the border from Mexico two and three at a time, hoping to give them the opportunities a life in Oregon could provide. However, the family then faced the problem of finding a home that would accept 11 people.

"We kept moving because the places were so small, and my dad didn't want to divide the family,” said Leticia Simmons.

The family managed to stay together after getting a home from the Habitat For Humanity program in 1994. In June, the Garcia's will be the first Lane County family to pay off their home form the non-profit organization.
Local Nearly 300 chickens die in Springfield barn fire: 'It started in the brooder - which is the hottest part of the barn' Nearly 300 chickens die in Springfield barn fire: 'It started in the brooder - which is the hottest part of the barn' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Nearly 300 chickens died in a barn fire Tuesday morning, and now investigators are looking into what caused the blaze at Havurah Farm in Springfield.

“’Bout 3 o'clock in the morning my daughter ran down the stairs and woke us up, and we ran out the door and we saw the flames,” said farm owner Jeremy Sherer, “Within a short period of time the whole thing was just engulfed.”

Sherer said it didn't take long for the fire to burn both the poultry barn and another larger structure.
Local 'We've mapped more landslides in the last five years than we did in the previous 60 years' 'We've mapped more landslides in the last five years than we did in the previous 60 years' (Video)
State scientists have compiled 46,000 known landslides on a computerized database available online to Oregon resident.

"We've mapped more landslides in the last five years than we did in the previous 60 years," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "Land that has slid tends to slide again, so mapping landslide locations is critical."

The information is of potential interest to local governments, which govern land-use planning; and home buyers and property owners.

"It is going to become more of a thought issue because of what happened in Washington," said real estate broker Pam Rogers. "Unfortunately that was a sad situation and there have been some in california too so we are not obsolete from that happening here either."
Prep Athlete Prep Athlete of the Week: Madeleine Edwards Prep Athlete of the Week: Madeleine Edwards (Video)
"I've been playing softball since I could walk, so most of my life."

That's what Madeleine Edwards had to say after being named first team all league in her junior season.

She is looking to cap off her high school career playing the sport she grew up loving.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week
Local PK Park in NCAA's top-5 coolest college ballparks PK Park in NCAA's top-5 coolest college ballparks
The University of Oregon reinstated their baseball program in 2009. Along with it came the brand new PK Park.

After five years, the NCAA ranked the ballpark in the top college parks in the U.S.

The association put together a list of the top five coolest venues in college baseball. The University of Oregon's PK Park came in at number three.
Local Internet security flaw: Take action against 'Heartbleed Bug' Internet security flaw: Take action against 'Heartbleed Bug' (Video)
If you're not already in the habit of frequently changing your online passwords, Tthe Heartbleed Bug should provide extra incentive to do it.

"You never know what kind of flaw out there could cause, sort of open the door for hackers to get in to your private information," said Lindsay Turrentine, editor in chief at CNET.com.

That's just what security experts discovered the Heartbleed Bug was doing.

It's not a computer virus, per se, but instead a major flaw in a widely-used encryption software that usually protects your personal information.

"Because of the magnitude of the mistake, people who are engaging in malicious activities, people whose job it is to try to steal your data, it's made it very easy to do that, without being detected," Turrentine said.
Local Wind, heavy rain expected through the weekend Wind, heavy rain expected through the weekend (Video)
Public works departments say normal maintenance has them ready for the rainstorm that’s sweeping the Northwest, however officials said they are still taking extra precautions to make sure the roadways stay clear.

Crews from both cities were out cleaning catch basins and curb inlets making sure they were free of debris.