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Happy 50th birthday, LCC

Happy 50th birthday, LCC »Play Video
Construction 1968. Photo courtesy LCC

Lane Community College celebrates 50 years Wednesday afternoon with a special ceremony.

The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, main campus, 4000 E. 30th Avenue in Eugene.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments in the lobby starting at 3 p.m.

Driver charged with DUII after crash

Driver charged with DUII after crash
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Officers arrested a driver on suspicion of DUII after he ran a stop sign and hit another car, police said.

Police: Man spent 6 months breaking into cars near Spencer Butte

Police: Man spent 6 months breaking into cars near Spencer Butte »Play Video
James Edward Walters

A man suspected of breaking into cars at trailheads for Spencer Butte faces multiple counts of identity theft, police said.

Eugene Police arrested James Edward Walters on Monday after weeks of searching for him.

"We knew it was him about two or three weeks ago," said Det. Mike Rustik. "We've been looking for him because we had the plate of his car."

Walk Zone in downtown Eugene bans wheels from sidewalks

Walk Zone in downtown Eugene bans wheels from sidewalks »Play Video
The downtown Walk Zone

Signs are going up proclaiming a Walk Zone in downtown Eugene.

"In the downtown area where we have a lot of pedestrians, you cannot skateboard or ride your bicycle on the sidewalk," explained Lee Shoemaker with Eugene Public Works.

This "walk your wheels" zone went into effect August 29. It spans Lincoln to Pearl streets and 8th to 13th avenues.

City workers will put up 100 signs in the Walk Zone this week, weather pemiting.

But not everyone is on board.

Wind Advisory issued for Willamette Valley

Wind Advisory issued for Willamette Valley

A wind advisory is in effect for the central Willamette Valley and the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

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Tractor driver killed in rear-end crash

Tractor driver killed in rear-end crash
One person died and another was injured in the crash

A car rear-ended a tractor pulling a trailer Monday, killing the driver of the tractor.

Exchange students: 'None of the countries they come from have any reported Ebola cases'

Exchange students: 'None of the countries they come from have any reported Ebola cases' »Play Video
Grant High School in NE Portland.

Fifteen exchange visiting the U.S. from the Republic of Congo, Niger and the Ivory Coast are visiting Grant High School on Thursday.

So far there's been no reported cases of Ebola in those countries, but the BBC reports more than 2,000 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, a country which shares a direct border with the Ivory Coast.

Hayrides not regulated by state or federal authorities

Hayrides not regulated by state or federal authorities »Play Video
Kids (and adults) enjoy a hayride at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.

How safe are your children on a hayride at a local pumpkin patch? That question is on a lot of people's minds after two horrible accidents in other parts of the country over the weekend.

A teenage girl was killed and more than 20 others hurt in a hayride crash in Maine on Saturday. In Idaho, another teen was hit and killed by a bus in a corn maze on Friday.

Like many states, Oregon has no laws mandating safety regulations for these rides.

Instead, some local fire district takes it upon themselves to work with local farms to make sure their safety is up to par.

Families of former inmates sue Coos County jail

Families of former inmates sue Coos County jail »Play Video
Last November, Donnie Brown was serving a 30-day sentence for assault, harassment and drug charges. After asking to be taken to a hospital, he died a day before he was scheduled for release from jail.

The families of two former inmates are suing the Coos County Jail over what they call a lack of medical care while the inmates were detained.

The family of Donnie Ray Brown announced a lawsuit against Coos County and its medical provider Conmed. Brown's mother spoke for the first time since her son's death, calling for a change in the jail's healthcare system.

'It's important for me to just know that she's really put to rest'

'It's important for me to just know that she's really put to rest' »Play Video
Martha Morrison grew up in Lane County. She vanished in 1974.

Reba Morrison says that before their mother died, she never gave up hope of finding Reba's sister Martha.

"When she was sick and dying she told me, when I find Martha, tell her momma loves her - not if, but when."

Reba is holding out hope that her sister's 1974 disappearance can be solved.

"It's important for me to just know that she's really put to rest," Reba said, "for my own heart."

Family and law enforcement are talking about Martha's disappearance again in hopes of closing the cold case.

Truck driver fined for using covered bridge

Truck driver fined for using covered bridge »Play Video
County officials said the truck exceeded the 11-ton weight limit by 2,700 pounds.

A concerned citizen tipped off county officials to a heavy truck using a historic covered bridge as a shortcut in violation of weight restrictions on the span.


The bridge has been under an 11-ton weight restriction since a 2011 inspection found the structure was in need of repairs.

The truck weighed in at 2,700 pounds over the limit.