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Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield

Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield »Play Video

A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs

Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs »Play Video

The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.


Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.


The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons'

Simpsons mural unveiled: 'Springfield is home of the Simpsons' »Play Video

The unveiling of the Simpsons mural in at 5th and Main in downtown Springfield came with cheers and a much-needed confirmation for residents.

“You win, yes. Springfield is home of the Simpsons,” said Yeardly Smith, the voice behind Lisa Simpson.

Just like the introduction to one of America’s favorite cartoons, the unveiling was paired with a performance by the Springfield band, school buses, and even some of the beloved characters from the show.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co.

Lawsuit alleges church allowed convicted child molester to work with kids in Lane Co. »Play Video

 A lawsuit filed against the 7th Day Adventist Church alleges church officials knowingly let a convicted child molester work with Lane County children in the 1970's.

The lawsuit alleges the church let Les Bovee lead in both the Junction City and Veneta branches’ youth program “Pathfinder Club”, even though the man was convicted and sentenced for sexually abusing young boys a few years earlier.

The 7th Day Adventist church has not yet responded to phone calls for comment on the lawsuit.

Nobody hurt when Amtrak train collides with truck in Salem

Nobody hurt when Amtrak train collides with truck in Salem

A Marion County sheriff's officer says a 64-year-old truck driver escaped unhurt when the cattle feed truck he was driving was hit by a northbound Amtrak train Monday afternoon at a rail crossing south of Salem.

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

Eugene alternative school burglarized a week before classes start up

The Eugene Sudbury School, a K-12 alternative school, reported that someone had stolen nearly $5,000 worth of art supplies, computer equipment, and other educational equipment from their location in west Eugene.

School director Demian Schwartz noticed the school had been burglarized Sunday morning when she arrived to set up an open house before school starts up next week.

6.0 quake shakes Napa, California

6.0 quake shakes Napa, California

A record 6.0 earthquake shook Napa, California early Sunday morning, injuring nearly 87 people and damaging numerous structures.

The quake struck at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and its epicenter was about six miles from Napa, California. This is the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco area in 25 years. 

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Fire crews doused a small brush fire between Highway 126 W and the rail road track Sunday evening, briefly stopping traffic between Eugene and Veneta to handle the blaze.

Marion Co. Sheriff: Woman fights off attacker, man arrested for sexual assault

Armando Cervantez, 19

SALEM, Ore. -- A woman said she fought off a man that broke into her house early Sunday morning and tried to sexually assault her, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Marion County deputies responded the 4000 block of State St. after a woman called saying a man, later identified as Armando Cervantez, 19, broke into her house while she was sleeping.

The woman said Cervantez entered the home, placed a rag over her mouth and tried to sexually assault her, but the victim was able to escape and run away.

She told deputies he was wearing a pair of gloves and boxer shorts. A short time later deputies determined the suspect lives on the same property, but in a different residence.

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs
A neighborhood watch sign in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. August 24, 2014.
More than $10,000 in heroin was found in the Green Lake neighborhood on Saturday, the Seattle Police Department said.

Deaf man missing from Gresham found safe in Veneta

Deaf man missing from Gresham found safe in Veneta
Scott Allen.

A deaf man with severe short-term memory loss walked away from a Gresham-area care facility Thursday. He was found safe at a gas station in Veneta, Ore. on Sunday, Lane County Sheriff's deputies said.

Eugene Police: Man shot at high school reunion party

Brandon Nielson, 22

Officers arrested a man for shooting someone early Saturday morning during a fight at a party, Eugene Police said.

The male victim is at the hospital with one gunshot wound and is expected to survive, Eugene Police Sergeant Ron Tinseth said.

Officers were called out to a high school reunion party at a house near Roosevelt and Fergus Ave. at 4:45 a.m. Saturday on reports that a man had been shot, police officials said.

Witnesses identified the suspected shooter as Brandon Nielson, 22, of Eugene. He was arrested at his home around 8 a.m. Saturday and charged with assault 1.