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Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call

A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU showed that Oregonians back legalizing recreational marijuana, with 44 percent of likely voters supporting it and 40 percent opposed. But the razor-thin margin and wide disparity of support among demographics means turnout could end up deciding whether it passes.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Washington Co. Juvenile Dept. broke policy allowing accused teen rapist on UO trip

Washington Co. Juvenile Dept. broke policy allowing accused teen rapist on UO trip
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.

A 17-year-old criminal from Washington County is accused of raping a woman while on a juvenile department field trip. But the county juvenile department's own rules say he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Jaime Tinoco was on probation when he attended a University of Oregon football game at Autzen Stadium on Sept.13. He’s accused of beating and raping a woman outside the stadium hours after the game ended when he broke away from the juvenile department's supervised group.

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.

Wanted woman arrested when officers follow up on 'shots fired' call

41-year-old Melinda Hilton

 

A wanted woman is behind bars after police officers were called out on reports of shots being fired inside a Springfield home.

Springfield Police Sergeant Richard Jones they searched a house near 22nd and A streets at around 7:30 a.m. Monday after several people called 9-1-1 reporting some kind of a disturbance.

"There was a dispute going on at a residence that we have a lot of activity at," said Sgt. Jones. "And they heard some shots being fired and some yelling about, 'go ahead and shoot me,' … or words to that effect. So we take that pretty seriously."

Officers couldn't find any evidence of gunshots, a firearm, injuries, or any other crime.

They did, however, find that 41-year-old Melinda Hilton living at the home, who was wanted on a warrant out of Marion County for transporting drugs.

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.