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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

A cold front swings through Saturday bringing rain showers across the area. Showers will mainly be between 9a-2p, with sunshine returning by Saturday evening. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s and low 60s.

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 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 Saturday!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

Cal Young

UPDATE: Two people have been taken into custody, but were not in handcuffs.

EUGENE, Ore. — A body was found in the backyard of a home on Buff Way, near Cal Young Road. Calls came in around 7 a.m. reporting shots fired.

Eugene and Springfield police say the scene is not secured and the suspect(s) is still on the loose.

Officers are going door to door to warn neighbors.

K9 units are searching the area, heading south in the neighborhood. S.W.A.T. are also on scene, prepared to assist if needed.

This is a developing story, we’ll have more information as it becomes available.

4-18 keegan with homelessEUGENE, Ore. — A 10-year-old with terminal cancer takes on the Eugene City Council.

The homeless advocate’s been meeting and feeding area homeless for the past few months. With a loaded backpack, Keegan Keppner strolled through the streets of downtown.

He’s simulating what it might be like to be homeless and living on the streets of Eugene. He will spend the night somewhere in Eugene on Friday night.

Keppner recently met with congressman Peter DeFazio. Now he’s calling out the Eugene City Council.

He wants councilors to spend the night outside, challenging them to stay on the streets for 24 to 48 hours.

“Before you make up your mind about the homeless,” said Keegan. “Go live with them. See how it feels.”

He planned to sleep at a site that had no camping signs posted. If police came by, he says would just move to a different location.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The courtroom was full Friday morning as Lane County Deputy District Attorney David Schwartz began his opening statements.

Schwartz painted a picture of a mother who quickly became concerned about her son when he didn’t come home or call on August 3rd, of 2012.

He said Rose Gutierrez knew her son 22 year-old Celestino Gutierrez Jr. had gone out the night before to a bar, the Brew and G, on Highway 99.

Schwartz says 58 year-old David Ray Taylor and his accomplices,  Mercedes Crabtree and A.J. Nelson set up a trap to lure Gutierrez back to their home, where they murdered him.

Schwartz said Crabtree and Nelson staged an argument in the bar parking lot.

Then Nelson drove off, leaving Crabtree stranded.

Schwartz says Gutierrez offered Crabtree a ride home and Taylor was waiting for him inside.

“The defendant and A.J. Scott Nelson draw firearms on Mr. Gutierrez. They bind him and a belt and while Ms. Crabtree is watching proceed to pound cross-bow bolt into Mr. Gutierrez’ head,” said Lane County Deputy District Attorney, David Schwartz.

Schwartz says the two men then choked Gutierrez to death with a chain and dismembered his body, all so they could use Gutierrez’ car to rob a bank in Mapleton the next day.

The defense attorney didn’t dispute many of the things the prosecution stated.

Though he did say A.J. Nelson was the one who murdered Celestino Gutierrez and that Crabtree didn’t immediately come forward, but then seemed to change her story.

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LEBANON, Ore. – A medical marijuana dispensary in Lebanon is closing its doors at the end of the month after the Linn County Board of Commissioners passed a one-year moratorium.

Going Green Compassion Center, which has more than 1,000 customers, has been operating for over a year as a private cooperative club in Lebanon, and is now operating as a state dispensary.

The City of Lebanon has its own moratorium, but because of the Center’s spot directly outside of city limits, it was safe until Wednesday, when the Board passed a moratorium for dispensaries in unincorporated parts of Linn County.

“It was devastating,” said Sarah Whiteley, Owner and PFR of the Center. “I actually cried. It was so sad. We have so many members who are very, very ill and they’re not going to be able to get to the other places.”

The Board of Commissioners says it has issues with the state dispensary process and that there are still problems that need to be worked out in the system.

“At this point, from a local government perspective, it doesn’t seem like it’s been completely thought out,” said Roger Nyquist, the Board’s Chair. “It doesn’t really take into account the impacts on neighborhoods, law enforcement, and kids for example.”

Going Green Compassion Center has until April 30 to close until the moratorium expires in May 2015.

Customers say they worry they will not be able to travel outside of the area in order to get their marijuana.

“I’m not going to be able to get my medicine,” said customer C.J. Stephenson, who also volunteers at the Center. “I’m going to have to turn to the street and I don’t want that.”

Stephenson has spinal meningitis and says the only medicine that helps with his pain and muscle spasms is cannabis.

“I got it when I was six months old,” he said. “Basically what happened to me was I got paralyzed. My whole right side I have to wear this brace. If this place isn’t here – I live in Sweet Home – so I would have to drive to Eugene or drive to Albany or drive to Corvallis and I can’t do that. I can barely pay rent.”

Whiteley worries that customers, such as Stephenson, will turn to the black market in order to continue using marijuana.

“It’s dangerous because marijuana you buy on the street isn’t tested for things like mold, mildew, or pesticides,” she said.

Cannabis available at the dispensary, however, is tested.

In the meantime, the County says state laws may change within the next year, and it wants to wait before dispensaries can operate in the area.

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

All quiet tonight as we’re in between storms for the rest of our Friday evening forecast. Tonight, some high clouds moving through and lows falling into the low 40s. More rain is on the way for Saturday, but we may still see a nice looking Easter.

Saturday will be a little wet as a cold front moves through mid-morning through the afternoon. Snow lines will stay in or around 6000 feet and most of the heavier showers should have wrapped up by dinnertime. Highs will be a little cooler with many spots in the upper 50s and low 60s.

Aside from some dew and light fog, Easter Sunday should be dry. Highs will climb back into the mid 60s and we’ll see partly sunny skies by the afternoon. However, next week looks fairly wet with a series of storms coming off the ocean with showers chances just about every day.  Travelers heading over the mountains may also see accumulating snow by Tuesday at pass level and likely a wintry mix through most of next week.

Have a great weekend!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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Douglas Von EuenCORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis Police arrested a 23-year-old man on Thursday for multiple charges, including 39 counts of identity theft.

Police say initially, investigators received a warrant to search Douglas Von Euen’s home after they say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

“In the process of executing that search warrant, they discovered 39 driver’s licenses that belonged to other people inside his room,” said Captain Dave Henslee with the Corvallis Police Department. “The Investigations Unit is still investigating the case to determine how he got a hold of the driver’s licenses, and if anything fraudulent occurred with those.”

Von Euen is facing 39 counts of identity theft, assault in the fourth degree, harassment, and theft in the second degree.

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EUGENE, Ore. — A high ranking member of President Obama’s cabinet is joining some Eugene students on a special hike this weekend.

Students at the Network Charter School in Eugene have been taking a national parks class. Their field trip to Crater Lake just got a lot more interesting.

Network Charter School students have spent the year learning about our national parks. They’ve done the book work and now they’re getting to see one for themselves, the breathtakingly blue, Crater Lake.

“If it’s worthy of making a national park, then it is something that I really want to see,” said Network Charter School 9th Grader Rose Kinch.

“It’s really deep and its and it’s really blue and the first people who went there called it deep blue lake.” said Network Charter 7th grader Jade Weaver.

The students are going to snowshoe along the Hemlock Trail. Following right alongside the students will be the U.S Secretary Of The Interior Sally Jewell.

“For me it’s kind of like a dream come true for this to be able to happen,” said Network Charter School teacher Denise Velasco. “I think it’s really exciting and I think it will be a great opportunity for the students to be able to meet someone at this level in the government.”

“My reaction was ‘oh my gosh’. I was so excited about that,” said Kinch.

Secretary Jewell leads an agency of more than 70,000 employees and serves as steward for approximately 20% of the nation’s lands.

She has scaled Mount Rainier and recently climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica.

“The kids are getting an opportunity to ask her questions about the national parks based off of things we have been learning,” said Velasco.

The students say they have their questions ready.

“I heard there were animals fleeing from Yellowstone because of seismic activity in the super volcano. I wanted to ask her about that,” said Network Charter School Sophomore Zane Harwood.

“I would like to ask her how we can make national parks more accessible for everyone,” added Velasco.

The students have been asked to speak at a press conference with Secretary Jewell

“I feel special about it. I know my friends don’t get to go snow shoeing at the lake, let alone go with the Secretary of the Department of Interior,” said Weaver.

It’s likely a hike these students won’t forget as they get the opportunity to see this volcanic wonder with one whose days are spent making sure places like this remain protected.

Maurie Jacobs Park

Eugene Police responded to Maurie Jacobs Park Friday morning after someone reported seeing a cougar.

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene Police responded to Maurie Jacobs Park Friday morning after someone reported seeing a cougar.

The caller told 9-1-1 they saw the cougar and its cub near the play area of nearby Parkside Community Preschool. Police officers were not able to locate or confirm the sighting.

A Game Warden from Oregon State Police was called in to investigate, which is common procedure when someone reports a cougar sighting.

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