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Vietnam War vet asks her community for help getting service dog

Vietnam War vet asks her community for help getting service dog

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.

Man shot at Gateway Village Apartments parking lot in Springfield

A 27-year-old Springfield man was shot multiple times in the Gateway Village Apartments early Sunday morning, the Springfield Police Department said.

Officers were called out to the hospital at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday after the man arrived at Riverbend for treatment. They talked with the man and learned the shooting took place in an apartment building parking lot at 3255 Gateway Boulevard.

Police investigate reports of an officer-involved shooting

Police investigate reports of an officer-involved shooting

 An investigation team is looking into an officer-involved shooting in Cottage Grove Saturday night, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Agencies form across the county closed down the area around Highway 99 and Quincy Avenue at around 8:20 p.m. after getting reports that shots were fired near the train tracks near Quincy Ave and South 6th  Street.

Covered Bridge festival in Cottage Grove

Covered Bridge festival in Cottage Grove

Lane County has the largest collection of covered bridges west of the Mississippi. To celebrate the cultural claim to fame, Cottage Grove hosts an annual festival dedicated to the covered bridge.

Broken pipe closes Amazon Pool for the last weekend of summer

Broken pipe closes Amazon Pool for the last weekend of summer

One of Eugene's favorite spash spots is closed for the last weekend of summer as crews work to fix a broken water pipe. Amazon Pool staff announced they were closed for repairs Saturday, and managers expect the job to take a couple days.

300 acre fire near Henry Hagg Lake about 20 percent contained

300 acre fire near Henry Hagg Lake about 20 percent contained
An air tanker drops water onto a burst of flames from the Scoggins Creek Fire near Henry Hagg Lake on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. (Chopper 2/KATU)

Fire officials have ordered evacuations for residents on Stepien Road as a fast-moving fire burned near Henry Hagg Lake Friday evening.

Police: DUII driver crashes Camaro into porch, caught by K9 unit

Gustabo Moreno, 10-6-1981

A car chase through Springfield ended Thursday night with an intoxicated driver crashing his Camaro into a cement porch and running from officers on foot, Springfield Police said.

Law enforcement surrounded the neighborhood around S 34th Street and a K-9 unit captured the suspect, later identified by police as 32-year-old Gustabo Moreno a short time later.

The officer reports that the chase ended when Moreno jumped from the moving car just before crashing into a cement porch on S. 34th Street.

One officer kept driving after the suspect while another got out of the patrol car to chase Moreno. The driving officer accidentally ran over the other officer's foot, Springfield Police Sergeant Charboneau said.

Sgt. Charboneau said Moreno was cited for DUII, reckless driving and hit & run before being taken to the hospital for bites he received in the K9 capture.

 

Oregon Schools hit by fake school supply company scam

School across the nation have been getting requests from a fake company that has been linked to fraudulent billings, the Oregon School Boards Association said.

The company called Scholastic School Supply has been sending requests for purchasing data to school districts in Oregon. Those requests have later been linked to a string of fraudulent billings. 

Eugene Police sting sexual predators through social media: 'Our children are vulnerable'

Eugene Police sting sexual predators through social media: 'Our children are vulnerable'
Eugene Police have arrested eight people since starting their sexual predator sting in July. The arrests include Jorge Guzman Tapia who was arrested in a sting Friday, Sept. 19. He was not booked into the Lane County Jail when this story was published.

Eugene Police said they’ve started an undercover social media sting operation to catch sexual predators, and their results are eye-opening.

Detectives posted on a social media site as an underage teen on Friday morning. Within 3 hours they received 85 texts from different numbers, all from people hoping to meet up with who they thought was a young female.

“If they're responding to these ads, they've done it before. That's the worry. That there's children being victimized and we're just scratching the surface,” said Sgt. McKee.

2 patients at Seattle Children's confirmed to have Enterovirus

2 patients at Seattle Children's confirmed to have Enterovirus

Seattle Children's Hospital announced Friday that two children have tested positive for the uncommon Enterovirus D-68 strain.

The hospital says the two children had preexisting conditions that exacerbated their condition but were stable enough to be discharged from the hospital earlier this week.

"Confirmation of these cases indicates that EV-D68 is likely in our communities and that we can expect to see additional cases over the coming weeks," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health - Seattle & King County. "But we can’t predict at this time how severe or how long an EV-D68 outbreak might be locally."

UO professor launches study to find rate of campus sex assaults

UO professor launches study to find rate of campus sex assaults »Play Video
University of Oregon psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd launched a one-of-a-kind survey to provide scientific data on the rates of sexual assault and harassment at UO.

University of Oregon psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd, who consults the White House on sexual violence, has been studying the topic for more than 20 years. She also knows college sports, serving on UO’s intercollegiate athletics committee.

Rescue divers called to car in creek, find body near Cottage Grove

Rescue divers called to car in creek, find body 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.

Group with teen accused of rape met Autzen supervision requirements

Group with teen accused of rape met Autzen supervision requirements »Play Video
Eugene Police cordon off a section of the sidewalk along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to investigate a rape reported Saturday, Sept. 13 2014. Photo by Tristan Fortsch.

Reports state the teenager accused of raping a woman near Autzen Stadium on Saturday night was visiting Eugene to watch an Oregon Ducks football game through the Washington County Juvenile Department.

The trip was part of a program that helps youth develop life skills and positive goals through pro-social activities, Department Director Lynne Schroeder said.

The University of Oregon Athletic Department couldn't confirm if they were aware that the supervised group of 12 troubled teens was visiting the Ducks game. Senior Associate Athletic Director Craig Pintens said there are a number of different people the group could have called to notify the university.