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Springfield Police: Intoxicated woman steals SUV with teen, toddler asleep inside

Springfield Police: Intoxicated woman steals SUV with teen, toddler asleep inside
Tamela Mae Trine, 23

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A teenager and toddler were sleeping in an SUV when an intoxicated woman stole the vehicle from a Safeway parking lot Saturday afternoon, Springfield Police said.

The incident started at around 3:50 p.m. Saturday when a woman, later identified as Tamela Trice, 23, of Springfield, stole an SUV with a 17-year-old and a 2-year-old sleeping in the car, Springfield Police Sergeant Kirkpatrick said.

Trice crashed into a fence in the Coin Laundry parking lot, got out of the car and tried to wipe her fingerprints from the steering wheel, Sgt. Kirkpatrick said, leaving the teenager and the 2-year-old unharmed in the car.

Thanks to a couple of observant witnesses at Safeway, police found Trice's address by tracing the plates of the van she drove to the store.

Trice was booked at the Lane County Jail on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, DUII, resisting arrest and two counts of reckless endangering.

Suspect in custody after rape near Autzen, Eugene Police say

Suspect in custody after rape near Autzen, Eugene Police say

A teenage suspect is in custody after a he allegedly raped a woman who was walking along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. near Autzen Stadium last night, the Eugene Police Department said.

Officers said the victim was taken to the hospital with facial wounds after she reported she was raped Saturday night on the south side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Leo Harris Parkway.

A K-9 unit led officers to a 17-year-old suspect hiding in the brush near the pathway to the Autzen footbridge, Eugene Police Sgt. Ryan Molony said.

Photos: No. 2 Oregon downs Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14

Photos: No. 2 Oregon downs Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14
Oregon Ducks quarterback and Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota (#8) rushes into the end zone for a score in the first half. Although Wyoming scored first in the game, at half the score stood at Oregon 27, Wyoming 7. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

The No. 2 ranked Ducks defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14, as Oregon played their third game this season at home in Autzen Stadium.

Watch a full wrap-up of the game in a special NewsSurce 16 broadcast #liveonKMTR after Notre Dame vs. Purdue (around 8 p.m.)

Cell tower fire near Thurston High sends up smoky plume

Cell tower fire near Thurston High sends up smoky plume

A cell phone tower caught fire near Thurston High School Saturday afternoon, sending a plume of smoke high above the Colts' sports fields.

Eugene Police: 12-year-old reports man tried to get her into his van near Monroe MS

A 12-year-old girl said a man tried to lure her into his van Thursday afternoon while she was walking along Coburg Road near Monroe Middle School, Eugene Police said.

The girl told a school resource officer that a man was standing outside his van with the sliding side door open near the shopping center at Coburg and Willakenzie Roads, asking several times to give her a ride. She denied the man's repeated requests, left the area, and walked home safely. 

The student described the man as possibly white, in his mid-to-late 30s, about 6-feet tall with a thin build. He had short hair, balding on top with facial stubble.

Anyone with information is asked to call 541-682-5111.

Northern Lights could make appearance this weekend

Northern Lights could make appearance this weekend
Northern Lights shine over Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy Eddie Murdock Photography

Not one, but two coronal mass ejections (CMEs -- fancy word for solar flares) have erupted and are speeding toward Earth, which will give us a chance to spot the Northern Lights on Friday and Saturday.

Officials said it's a near slam dunk for the higher latitudes, but Oregon has a chance to get a peek if the stars align.

Suspect in 2011 sexual abuse case from Springfield found in Texas

Jeffrey Randall Woods

The man at the center of a 2011 sex abuse investigation is in the Lane County Jail after he was found in Texas, Springfield Police detectives said.

Jeffrey Randall Woods is accused of sexually abusing two young girls in the Springfield area, Springfield PD Detective Lewis said.

Officials said Woods was booked into the Lane County Jail Thursday night where he faces four counts of first-degree sex abuse and seven counts of first-degree sodomy; both are felony crimes.

This is a developing story, watch your local TV News broadcast for more information.

UO researchers: Wildfire employment helps build local economy

Wildfires can leave behind a charred landscape, however University of Oregon researchers find it also provides a building opportunity for local communities.


Cassandra Moseley, a spokesperson for the U of O’s Ecosystem Workforce Program, said research shows wildfires provide positive impacts to the local labor market.


“That can be people that run big pieces of equipment or fire crews who are supporting them providing food and lodging and other technical support for large fires,” said Moseley.

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'

NFL player's video sparks conversation about domestic abuse: 'They can share their stories'
Many abuse victims have taken to social media this week in conversations using #whyIstayed and #whyIleft.

The criticism following a video of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious opened up a conversation on why people stayed in abusive relationships and their decision to leave the abuser.

Peggy Whalen said many of the shared stories are familiar. Abusers often say they will change, and victims will often want to believe that from the person they love. In some cases, she said, victims stay because the abuser threatens them or their children's lives. 

Some are calling the trending conversations behind #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft powerful, courageous, and a "hashtag of hope".

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

Police: 81-year-old shoots boat when men use his private dock

An 81-year-old man fired his shotgun at an aluminum boat Monday afternoon when two boaters used the man's private dock along the Siuslaw River to load their disabled boat onto a trailer, Oregon State Police said.

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire

$10,000 grant aims to help unemployed mill workers find jobs after fire
Mill workers wait for a chance to talk to prospective employers at a job fair nearly two weeks after their jobs went up in smoke in the Swanson Mill fire July 17.

Workers displaced by the Swanson Lumber mill fire may soon get a shot at a new job after the Lane Workforce Partnership received a $10,000 grant to help them through job training programs.