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Two fires Thursday at property state calls illegal tire dump

Two fires Thursday at property state calls illegal tire dump »Play Video

Fire crews responded twice Thursday to a north Eugene property where the State of Oregon says thousands of used tires are being illegally stored.

New Eugene 4J superintendent to start work July 1

New Eugene 4J superintendent to start work July 1 »Play Video
The sign outside the Eugene 4J Superintendent's Office

The next superintendent of the Eugene 4J School District earned his doctorate at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Gustavo Balderas agreed to a 3-year contract with a start date of July 1.

Balderas, currently superintendent of Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, Calif., is the choice of the 4J board after reviewing 31 applicants.

Balderas, originally from Washington state, attended Western Oregon State College, Portland State and the University of Oregon.

He spent 17 years with the Hillsboro School District.

Vigil honors car crash victims, survivor

Vigil honors car crash victims, survivor »Play Video

The friends and family gathered Wednesday at Sheldon High School for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of 32-year-old Lujuan Renrick and 25-year-old Kelsy Lee Becker.

Police: Suspect in shower sex assault dropped cell phone at scene

Police: Suspect in shower sex assault dropped cell phone at scene »Play Video
Ronald Wesley Vaughan, 22, faces charges of Attempted Rape in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, 3 counts of Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Corvallis Police said. Oregon State Police charged Vaughan with 3 counts of Burglary in the First Degree and 1 count of Burglary in the Second degree from incidents on the Oregon State University campus.

A man sexually assaulted a woman in the shower after breaking into her house and disrobing Wednesday, Corvallis Police said.

The suspect dropped his cell phone at the scene, police said.

He also matched the suspect description in three other break-ins in Corvallis and a string of burglaries at an Oregon State residence hall, police said.

Teen skateboarder hit by car suffers serious injuries

Teen skateboarder hit by car suffers serious injuries »Play Video
Photo of Codylee Nute from a website maintained by his sister

A car collided with 2 teens on skateboards Tuesday night, seriously injuring one of the youths, Springfield Police said.

Seventeen-year-old Codylee Nute suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital, police said.

On a website set up by Nute's sister, she reports he required brain surgery and may have suffered a torn main artery in his stomach.

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6th case confirmed: 'We need parents to help us get the word out to students'

6th case confirmed: 'We need parents to help us get the word out to students' »Play Video
Dr. Paul Cieslak from the Oregon Health Authority and Dr. Patrick Luedtke from Lane County Public Health meet the press on March 19, 2015

State health officials appealed to the parents of University of Oregon students to get their children vaccinated against meningitis B.

The bacterial infection has sickened 6 students since January, killing one of them.

Dozens more students - upwards of 100 - have been taken to the hospital and evaluated for the infection.

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One dead, explosion on Highway 26 near Welches

One dead, explosion on Highway 26 near Welches »Play Video
Law enforcement blocks off Highway 26 near Rhododendron Thursday, March 19, 2015 as it investigates an explosion. One person is dead, but it's not known whether the death is related to the explosion.

The FBI confirmed one person has died near an explosion Thursday along Highway 26, which was closed for most of the day while authorities investigated.

'It's alarming': Booming hash oil business an explosive issue

'It's alarming': Booming hash oil business an explosive issue »Play Video
Photo shows the aftermath of a deadly November 2013 fire in Bellevue that was sparked by a hash oil operation. (Photo courtesy U.S. District Court Of Western Washington)

A booming side-business to marijuana production comes with an explosive danger, the Lane County sheriff warned commissioners Wednesday.

Company seeks 250 employees for new Eugene facility

Firstsource Solutions plans to hire 250 people for its new center on Chad Drive, where the international business process management company eventually may employ as many as 450 people, the company said Wednesday.