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Shutter Creek inmates do time and fight fires

Shutter Creek inmates do time and fight fires »Play Video

After extremely dry weather led to an earlier fire season than usual the Department of Forestry got some help from inmates around the state, including some from the south coast.

Car goes from stolen to recovered in a few days flat

Car goes from stolen to recovered in a few days flat »Play Video
Police say Dakota Dale Stover (inset) sped away from officers on the Beltline before ditching the stolen car in a parking lot.

Police kept their eyes open and tracked down a stolen car this week, even after the suspect sped away from officers and ditched the car in a parking lot.

Judge: Woman charged in deadly hit-and-run to remain in jail for now

Judge: Woman charged in deadly hit-and-run to remain in jail for now »Play Video
Isabel McDaniel

A judge declined to allow a woman charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash out of jail at this time.

Isabel McDaniel appeared in court Friday to request her release while awaiting trial.

She is accused of hitting and mortally wounding Daniel Ortiz Reynaga, 67, last week as the visitor from Mexico crossed Main Street in Springfield.

Police said McDaniel drove with Reynaga stuck in the roof rack of her car for 1 1/2 miles before pulling him off her car and leaving him on the side of the road.

Flood Watch issued with heavy rain in weekend forecast

Flood Watch issued with heavy rain in weekend forecast
Northwest River Forecast Center map on Friday, December 19, 2014. The rivers marked in red are forecast to hit flood stage in the next few days.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch. State geologists warned of increased potential for landslides. And Lane County officials urged residents along the Mohawk and Siuslaw rivers to stay on high alert for flooding.

County tows van down by the river

County tows van down by the river »Play Video
A Lane County spokesperson said they are working to remedy the situation

A van where a man had been living off and on for two years has been removed from the shore of the Willamette River.

Ceremony honors memory of Major Thomas Egan

Ceremony honors memory of Major Thomas Egan »Play Video

Thomas Egan earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

He retired from the Oregon National Guard in 1991 with the rank of major after two decades of service.

And he froze to death on the streets of Eugene on a December night where the mercury had plunged to 15 F.

Pacific fire hose aimed at Northwest

Pacific fire hose aimed at Northwest

Here comes the rain again.

And again. And again.

The National Weather Service in Portland says the threat of flooding will increase Saturday night through Monday as the "atmospheric river" brings warm, moist air to the Pacific Northwest.

Should LTD safety officers be able to enforce state and local laws?

Should LTD safety officers be able to enforce state and local laws? »Play Video
From December 2012 through 2013, LTD public safety officers handed out 230 exclusions preventing people from riding the bus for breaking rules. In the past 12 months, they have issued 437.

Lane Transit District may transform its public safety officers into peace officers, able to enforce state and local laws.

"This gives us the opportunity, if the board chooses to give the general manager the authority to designate them as peace officers, and ability to step up the level of enforcement in terms of citations that can be written," said Andy Vobora with LTD.