UPDATE:

EUGENE, Ore. — We now know the name of the 27-year-old man who was found dead in the backyard of a Eugene home Saturday morning.

Tyler Wayne Alexander, of Springfield, was found at a home on the 11-hundred block of Woodside Drive after Eugene police and fire crews responded to calls about a fire and gunshots. Police say Alexander didn’t live in the house and no one else was injured in the incident.

The cause of the death and fire are still being investigated. We reached out to Alexander’s family who asked for privacy while they grieve.

 

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EUGENE, Ore. — Police found the body of a 27-year-old man in the backyard of a house on the 1100 block of Woodside Drive.

Officers say the man didn’t live in the house but they won’t release who he is or what they think happened. All the unknowns combined with this Saturday morning’s hectic scene is leaving neighbors unsettled.

They say they woke up to startling sounds.

“First off this morning, I heard a police siren go off,” said Christian Barrientos, who lives two houses down.

“My husband, when I woke up, said that he heard gun shots this morning,” said Alysha Maib, who also lives nearby.

When they looked outside, they saw a chaotic scene.

It sounded pretty close so when I got up, I looked outside the window. I happened to look outside, and I saw about four or five police cruisers out there with the fire truck,” said Barrientos.

Eugene police cars and fire trucks lined the streets, as officers investigated. Police say they initially responded to reports of a fire and gunshots and when they arrived, they found a body in the backyard of the house. Officers started walking around the neighborhood with guns drawn k-9 units scouring the scene.

“It’s scary. It’s frightening. This feels like a safe neighborhood and we’re all neighbors who really look out for each other around the neighborhood. I don’t know. It feels scary,” said Maib.

“It just seemed kind of weird. There were about four or five cop cars. I’ve never seen that in this neighborhood before at once. It was just kind of an eye opener,” said Barrientos.

As neighbors watched out of their windows, wondering what was happening, police went door to door warning neighbors to stay inside and be on high alert.

“Most of us are young families or kind of retired folks in this neighborhood and it generally feels like a very, very safe neighborhood so it’s just very odd,” said Maib.

“It’s a calm neighborhood. When you see five cop cars, you tend to think the worse,” said Barrientos.

No one else was injured and investigators says there are no outstanding suspects so, residents are no longer being asked to stay inside. The cause of the fire and death are still under investigation.

4-20 gem faireEUGENE, Ore. — As kids were hunting for Easter eggs Sunday, others were hunting for treasure at this weekend’s Gem Faire.

From fossils to gold, people hunting for treasure found what they were looking for Sunday afternoon. The faire comes to Eugene a few times a year because organizers said people in the area have a strong interest in rocks.

But whether a geologist or just someone looking for some new sparkly jewelry organizers said there’s something for everyone at the faire. “Just that kid that’s kind of interested in rocks. They can come out and look at some of the crystals and things here. We have the rock club, the local rock and mineral club out here answering questions and giving demonstrations,” said James Bliss, Gem Faire show manager.

The Gem Faire will be back in town during the Fourth of July weekend.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The sun rose with Easter Sunday morning, creating ideal weather for egg hunters and church go-ers.

At Eugene Christian Fellowship, parents watched as their kids raced around the yard for eggs and candy. During that time, people shared what Easter means to them, everything from something sweet to something spiritual.

The day started off calm with a Sunday service and then it picked up with the egg hunt in the church yard.

“I got a lot of eggs,” said Lorena Albright, one of the kids picking up eggs.

“Seeing the kids come out, it makes me feel really loved by our community,” said Lacy Atomic, director of the children’s ministry.

Parents watched and cheered from the side.

“Obviously as a kid, you love your kids to death and you want to see them do things that make them happy. I’ve got three kids myself. All three of them had their baskets and making a mad dash for the eggs and a big smile on their faces as they picked them up and drop them into their bucket,” said David Fenley, a Eugene resident.

Fenley says Easter is a meaningful day for his family.

“Easter is the Super Bowl when it comes to going to church. It’s a big day, the big dance,” said Fenley.

A big day that has a different meaning for everyone, from satisfying a sweet tooth to family and faith.

“Having dinner with my family. My dad’s a chef so he’s working early today so he can come home early and make our dinner,” said Albright.

“We love Easter because it’s the celebration of Jesus raising from the cross but also to see kids, from their eyes, picking up the eggs and dropping it in their baskets is cool to see,” said Fenley.

“It’s so exciting and it makes me feel really happy because we’ve been planning and just seeing their excited faces running for that candy feels really good,” said Atomic.

“Between the Easter egg candy and getting to dress up and look extra nice for church on Sunday, it’s just turned into a great day for our family,” said Fenley.

Atomic says anyone in the community is welcome to join next year and they plan on having more activities, from bounce houses to more eggs and an Easter bunny.

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CRESWELL, Ore. — Word is quickly spreading around Creswell that the bar at TJ’s is back open after a fire shut down the business for the last four months. In just a few weeks, the restaurant will be serving its popular dishes in the newly remodeled dining room.

From a pile of ashes to a brand new bar, there’ve been a lot of changes at TJ’s Restaurant during the past four months. “When the fire hit us it totally destroyed the entire contents. So we went all the way back to the studs an so everything you see here is brand new,” said  Tom Nelson, TJ’s Restaurant owner.

Investigators originally estimated it would cost around $300,000 to repair the restaurant, but the smoke damaged all of the equipment so badly that everything had to be replaced. “Now we’re in at a little over $800,000 and that will go higher probably closer to $900,000 when it’s all said and done,” said Nelson.

While the bar stools sat empty on this Easter Sunday, they’ve been full of customers old and new during the past few days. “All of our business has come back and in addition to that we’ve picked up some new younger clientele because the bar now is so much for older citizens, but for younger citizens in the community as well,” said Nelson.

With a new color scheme and more TVs, the changes to the bar are apparent. They’ll also be obvious once the restaurant construction is complete. “We have 130 items on the menu, but we wanted to add a few dinner menu items which we’ve done. We’re not changing the menu pricing. We’re not changing the existing items, we’re just adding to it,” said Nelson.

But while the spot pretty much has a whole new look, the owner said people who crave a late night breakfast can still find their favorite dishes on the menu at any time of the day. “So we want our community to know that we’re going to be right back where we were before the fire occurred,” said Nelson.

Nelson said his goal was to be up and running at the beginning of May because just under half of their business comes from people driving through the area during the summer.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

Easter Sunday started off with some fog, but transitioned to mostly sunny skies by lunchtime. High temperatures were in the upper 50s along the coast and upper 60s and low 70s inland.

Clouds will increase Sunday night as a cold front moves inland, but falls apart. Skies will remain cloudy for the first part of Monday, before showers begin. Spotty showers will start around lunchtime, with the heaviest rain holding off until dinnertime. Showers continue with this storm through Tuesday; snowlines will fall to 4,000 feet Tuesday, bring snow across the passes.

Another, stronger storm swings through Wednesday into Thursday. The heaviest rain will be Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50s, near 60 degrees.

More storms move in Friday and this weekend, keeping it wet and mild across the area.

Have a wonderful workweek!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

fletcher'sEUGENE, Ore. — After serving the Eugene community for more than 35 years, Fletcher’s for Children is closing it’s doors. The owners say their lease is ending and since the recession, it’s been difficult to keep their small business profitable.

At Fletcher’s you can find just about anything a baby or child might need, and when the store opened, that was very appealing to shoppers. But now, with more people turning to the Internet, the Fletchers say they just couldn’t compete.

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to share in the families that shop with us,” says Ron Fletcher, who co-owns the store with his wife Judie. “We’ll miss you. We’re sorry that we won’t be here for you. It’s hard.”

Starting Wednesday, April 23, the Fleltchers say their entire stock will be on sale at their store on Valley River Way. Fletcher’s for Children will be fully closed before the end of June 2014.

Oregon track & field head coach Robert Johnson:

Olympic distance runner & former Duck Matthew Centrowitz:

Oregon distance runners Edward Cheserek & Eric Jenkins:

Oregon sprinter Devon Allen:

Oregon Head Coach George Horton:

Oregon Outfielder Austin Grebeck:

Oregon Pitcher Trent Paddon:

Oregon First Baseman A.J. Balta:

Courtesy: Oregon Sports Information

EUGENE, Ore. – Austin Grebeck didn’t start in Oregon’s 2-1 win over Washington State on Sunday at PK Park, but he ended the Cougars best chance to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Ducks.

Grebeck, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the bottom of the seventh inning, threw out Nick Tanielu at second for the final out of the eighth inning after the WSU third baseman took too big a turn on a base hit by Luke Stratman. Shortstop Mark Karaviotis took Grebeck’s throw and tagged out Tanielu before Michael Monda could score from second base on the hit.

“My first thought was home, but I knew I had a safety valve at second,” Grebeck said. “It wasn’t the hardest hit ball so I knew I really had to make a perfect throw at home, then I saw that guy round second pretty hard so that was my best chance to at least end the inning and if I got it there in time to save that run at home.”

Grebeck got the chance to be the hero on defense after a couple of clutch hits by A.J. Balta and Tyler Baumgartner. After WSU took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top half of the inning, Oregon answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Balta tied the game when he ripped a double on the first pitch he saw with two outs into right field scoring Shaun Chase, who led off the inning with a walk, from second base. Baumgartner followed with a RBI single that just eluded shortstop Trace Tam Sing scoring Balta from second.

Freshman Trent Paddon, making his second start of the season, kept Oregon in the game early as the Ducks (31-10, 10-5 Pac-12) struggled against Washington State (17-19, 7-8 Pac-12) starter Jason Monda.

Paddon (1-2) picked up his first career win allowing just one run on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Monda (1-4) took the loss, despite allowing just one hit over the first five innings, after allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Baumgartner helped Paddon on defense as well gunning Tanielu at home to end the fourth inning and keep the game scoreless.

Aaron Payne became the all-time steals leader at Oregon when he stole his 41st career base in the bottom of the eighth. Balta led Oregon with two of the team’s four hits.EUGENE, Ore. – Austin Grebeck didn’t start in Oregon’s 2-1 win over Washington State on Sunday at PK Park, but he ended the Cougars best chance to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Ducks.

Grebeck, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the bottom of the seventh inning, threw out Nick Tanielu at second for the final out of the eighth inning after the WSU third baseman took too big a turn on a base hit by Luke Stratman. Shortstop Mark Karaviotis took Grebeck’s throw and tagged out Tanielu before Michael Monda could score from second base on the hit.

“My first thought was home, but I knew I had a safety valve at second,” Grebeck said. “It wasn’t the hardest hit ball so I knew I really had to make a perfect throw at home, then I saw that guy round second pretty hard so that was my best chance to at least end the inning and if I got it there in time to save that run at home.”

Grebeck got the chance to be the hero on defense after a couple of clutch hits by A.J. Balta and Tyler Baumgartner. After WSU took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top half of the inning, Oregon answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Balta tied the game when he ripped a double on the first pitch he saw with two outs into right field scoring Shaun Chase, who led off the inning with a walk, from second base. Baumgartner followed with a RBI single that just eluded shortstop Trace Tam Sing scoring Balta from second.

Freshman Trent Paddon, making his second start of the season, kept Oregon in the game early as the Ducks (31-10, 10-5 Pac-12) struggled against Washington State (17-19, 7-8 Pac-12) starter Jason Monda.

Paddon (1-2) picked up his first career win allowing just one run on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Monda (1-4) took the loss, despite allowing just one hit over the first five innings, after allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Baumgartner helped Paddon on defense as well gunning Tanielu at home to end the fourth inning and keep the game scoreless.

Aaron Payne became the all-time steals leader at Oregon when he stole his 41st career base in the bottom of the eighth. Balta led Oregon with two of the team’s four hits.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Police found the body of a 27-year-old man in the backyard of a house on the 1100 block of Woodside Drive.

Officers say the man didn’t live in the house but they won’t release who he is or what they think happened. All the unknowns combined with this Saturday morning’s hectic scene is leaving neighbors unsettled.

They say they woke up to startling sounds.

“First off this morning, I heard a police siren go off,” said Christian Barrientos, who lives two houses down.

“My husband, when I woke up, said that he heard gun shots this morning,” said Alysha Maib, who also lives nearby.

When they looked outside, they saw a chaotic scene.

It sounded pretty close so when I got up, I looked outside the window. I happened to look outside, and I saw about four or five police cruisers out there with the fire truck,” said Barrientos.

Eugene police cars and fire trucks lined the streets, as officers investigated. Police say they initially responded to reports of a fire and gunshots and when they arrived, they found a body in the backyard of the house. Officers started walking around the neighborhood with guns drawn k-9 units scouring the scene.

“It’s scary. It’s frightening. This feels like a safe neighborhood and we’re all neighbors who really look out for each other around the neighborhood. I don’t know. It feels scary,” said Maib.

“It just seemed kind of weird. There were about four or five cop cars. I’ve never seen that in this neighborhood before at once. It was just kind of an eye opener,” said Barrientos.

As neighbors watched out of their windows, wondering what was happening, police went door to door warning neighbors to stay inside and be on high alert.

“Most of us are young families or kind of retired folks in this neighborhood and it generally feels like a very, very safe neighborhood so it’s just very odd,” said Maib.

“It’s a calm neighborhood. When you see five cop cars, you tend to think the worse,” said Barrientos.

No one else was injured and investigators says there are no outstanding suspects so, residents are no longer being asked to stay inside. The cause of the fire and death are still under investigation.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

Easter Sunday will start of with fog in the valleys, but transition to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. Sunday will be the warmest day of the week ahead with high temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Monday will be partly sunny before another storm moves in around dinnertime. Showers will continue all the way through Tuesday night. The snowline will fall to 4,000 feet Tuesday, bring snow across the passes.

After a short break Wednesday morning, showers return Wednesday afternoon. Another storm will follow Thursday night, continuing the wet weather. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50s, near 60 degrees.

Have a great Sunday and Happy Easter!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

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