4-16 joannSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An SUV came crashing through the front doors of Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft, taking out the front doors in the process.

Police say an elderly woman drove a small SUV right through the front doors about 1:45 Wednesday afternoon and into the store.

Officers couldn’t say what caused the wreck, but no one was injured.

The fire department also responded to make sure the building is still structurally sound.

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

Same story as last night, most of the rain that will try to fall will do so north of Western Oregon as a warm front approaches the Washington coastline. There’s a slight chance to see isolated showers after midnight, however, the main event for rain will be on Thursday. Overnight lows will also fall only into the upper 40s under cloudy skies.

Thursday is shaping up to be the first real wet day we’ve seen all month, considering we’ve only received .14″ of rain so far. A strong cold front will move through mainly in the afternoon and evening, dropping some heavy showers and steady rain at times. Cloudy as well with highs holding near 60, the rain will taper off late night with some occasional showers extending into Friday morning.  Conditions start to dry out and we should be back to mostly sunny skies for Friday afternoon.

For the weekend, highs will be back into the mid 60s. Saturday afternoon/evening may also see some light showers, however, things appear to be wrapped up later on that evening. Aside from some dew and light fog, Easter Sunday should be dry. Highs will climb back into the mid 60s but a few sun breaks may be about it as the winds will be coming in off the ocean along with plenty of cloud cover from the jet stream. That might be the only day, as more rain showers are back for much of early next week.

Have a great Tuesday night!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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EUGENE, Ore.– If you thought Johnathan Loyd was done wearing a Duck uniform–think again. Oregon’s all-time winningest basketball player is practicing with the Duck football team this Spring, trying to earn a spot as a wide receiver and/or punt returner.

Loyd met with the media for the first time on Wednesday to discuss his transition. Loyd also responds to Oregon State defensive lineman Jalen Grimble, Loyd’s high school teammate who took some good-natured shots at the Ducks’ newest wideout.

Loyd sat down with KEZI 9 News sports reporter Erik Elken for an extended interview that will air Sunday, April 17 at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday Sports Extra.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The annual list of best and worst jobs of 2014 was just released. The website CareerCast.com comes out with a list every year, ranking 200 professions based on a number of factors including stress, income, and potential growth.

This year’s best job? Being a mathematician. According to the website, the worst job for this year is being a lumberjack.

KEZI 9 News Reporter Cyd Dutcher spoke to a local mathematician and a local urban lumberjack, to get their reactions to the website’s findings. Both people say they love their jobs, and say the most important thing to do when choosing a career should be focusing on what you enjoy.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University’s Women’s Lacrosse team is advancing to the national championship round for the first time since the program was created, and it is looking to the community for support.

The team, a club organization through Dixon Recreation Center, has existed since the mid-1990s, and has never advanced the regional round before this past weekend.

“I started crying when the whistle went off,” said Shelbi Tooley, the team’s president. “It’s not a feeling I can describe. Everyone was crying and excited and jumping up and down and going crazy on the field.”

In three weeks, the team leaves for Virginia, where it will compete against 15 other teams for a national title.

“Lacrosse is an up and coming sport right now in the Northwest, and it’s so exciting for girls to be able to play a sport like this and be able to get into a new sport that’s dominantly on the East Coast,” Tooley said. “We knew last year when we lost in regionals that we wanted to win this year. So we’ve been working for a year. Every day at practice and at every game to get closer to this goal.”

The trip will cost the team $20,000 – something players will have to come up with themselves.

“Since we’re not a Division-1 team, we have to raise all the money ourselves,” Tooley said. “We’re expecting to make half so we only have to pay out-of-pocket half.”

The team is sending out letters asking for donations, collecting cans, and selling Yankee Candles online. Forty percent of Yankee Candle proceeds will go to the fundraiser when shoppers use the code 990064004 for OSU Women’s Lacrosse by clicking here.

“Anything that can help us get to our goal,” Tooley said. “Every little penny helps for us.”

Donors can also write checks to the OSU Women’s Lacrosse Team and deliver or mail them to Dixon Recreation Center at 425 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331.

More information is available on the team’s Facebook page.

cycle logical picSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new bike shop is now open in downtown Springfield, just in time for the warm weather.

Cycle Logical has been open since April 1 but the owner is still as thrilled about it as he was on opening day and he’s not the only one excited about being in business on Main Street.

The push to revitalize downtown Springfield continues and the shop is helping the city pedal towards that goal.

“Realizing that there’s so much of a change down here so, to be a part of it is actually a really good feeling,” said Toby Aarnes, owner of Cycle Logical.

He has the shop logo tattoed on his arm and he’s hoping Cycle Logical’s stay is permanent.

“I feel like this is going to be a great location and you know, be a successful business. It’ll be here for years as a part of this community,” said Aarnes.

When he first opened up shop, he didn’t think the city would be so supportive of the new business.

“I didn’t really expect much at all and it wasn’t something I thought about before but having interacted with all the people have been a good experience,” he said.

“It’s just incredible to have it down here. There are a lot of bikers in downtown Springfield so I think it’s a great fit,” said Niel Laudati, spokesman for the city of Springfield.

Springfield says this shop adds variety to the types of stores downtown, which shows the revamp is heading in the right direction.

“We continue to see business owners take a risk and put something downtown that maybe we’ve never had before and we’ve seen a lot of success with different types of restaurants and then this bike shop,” said Laudati.

Aarnes thinks his little bike shop is adding to the big picture of Springfield.

“I think it’s going to be a huge benefit to the community,” said Aarnes.

The city says downtown has a lot of bikers so it thinks the shop is an excellent fit for its growth.

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting for the store on May 15 at 10 a.m.

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EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been discussed for more than a year, and now the city of Eugene is one step closer to making a decision for the future of South Willamette Street.

Willamette Street between 24th and 32nd avenues will see some changes within the next few years.

On Wednesday, the consultant team that’s been working with the city of Eugene offered its recommendation for the future of the street. Those consultants say they want the street to feature one lane of traffic in each direction, bike lanes, a stop light in front of the Market of Choice and a center turn lane.

Other possibilities include keeping two lanes of traffic in each direction, while another would have one lane in each direction, a center turn lane and wider sidewalks.

They also talked about re-striping the roadway to see what drivers think of the idea.

“It’s primarily for the benefit of people driving cars to experience what three lanes are like, and we could measure the effects on the transportation system, the effects on the economy, public opinion to help inform a decision by the council likely two years from now,” said Chris Henry, City of Eugene Transportation Engineer.

City councilors say they have mixed opinions about which option they’d prefer.

If you have input on what changes you’d like to see on South Willamette Street, the city council will be taking public comment at its meeting on May 19 in Harris Hall at 7:30 p.m.

pianistEUGENE, Ore. — Local music lovers and university students got a world-class opportunity a year in the making.

The Eugene Symphony brought in guest conductor Grant Llewellyn and pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi to participate in master classes this week at the Hult Center.

At a class Wednesday, he gave University of Oregon students tips on performance and practice techniques.

“To bring in this level of artist, we’re really privileged to be able to attract them and bring them, and in addition just bring so many educational opportunities to the city,” said Jennifer Diaz, Eugene Symphony Education Director.

The public can watch a special performance with the pair and the Eugene Symphony Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Hult Center in Eugene.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County could be in need of a new sheriff soon if Sheriff Tom Turner lands the Florence police chief job.

Sheriff Turner is in Florence going before a panel as part of the interview process. He didn’t want to talk on camera as to not jeopardize the process, so we talked with Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr to get some insight into his choice to interview for the chief position.

Turner has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in Oregon. In 2011, he was appointed Lane County sheriff, and in 2013 he was elected sheriff.

“Tom has been tremendous. We passed the jail levy, the first public safety levy we have been able to pass in many years. A lot of that was the leadership of Turner. He gathered the troops around him so to speak,” Farr said.

But now he’s looking to head to the coast. He is one of six finalists for the Florence police chief job. He’s up against, Peter Scheets from San Antonio. He’s the former Hutto, Texas police chief. Ron Clark is currently the interim chief of police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dana Maxfield overseas the field services section of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho. Jeffery Isham overseas the patrol and criminal division of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. Lastly, there is Jim Peterson, the deputy chief for the Pocatello, Idaho Police Department.

“I encouraged him, I think. Tom Turner is a great sheriff, and he is putting everything into it. He’s done a very good job as the sheriff, and I wish him well in being considered for the Florence police job,” Farr said.

So why leave behind the sheriff’s job? Commissioner Chair Farr gave us a little insight.

“One thing is that Tom at heart is a policeman. I worked with him when he was at EPD and spent 10 years in city council watching him progress through the ranks there, and he loves policing. I think administration is something he is very good at, but given a choice he likes policing,” Farr said.

The public will have a chance to meet all of the candidates Thursday, April 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. Then it will be up to the city manager to choose its next top cop.

Commissioner Farr says if Turner lands the job, he’s confident there is a great command staff in place moving forward at the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. He says the way you really judge how good a leader is is how well does the organization continue when they are gone.

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