Joshua Crossley mugshotWINSTON, Ore. — A stolen car was recovered by its owner, along with the help of Roseburg Police.

Police received a 911 call Wednesday morning from a man saying he was following his car, which had been reported stolen two days before.

A Winston police officer stopped the vehicle near Willis Creek Road and Brockway Road with 22-year-old Joshua Crossley inside. But Crossley ran off, jumped into the South Umpqua River, and crossed to the other side.

Crossely was taken into custody a short time later with help from a K-9 unit. He’s now facing severals charges, including unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, interfering with a police officer, attempt to elude on foot and parole violation.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Are you ever frustrated when speeders ignore posted speed limits, especially in a school zone?

You can help the Eugene Police Department track problem areas.

Debbie Janecek from EPD shared more about the program on KEZI 9 News Midday.

To sign up for the program, call Harlow Meno with Eugene Police Crime Prevention at 541-682-8332.

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EUGENE, Ore. — If you have a lot of shade in your garden, you might have found it hard to find some good plants for it.

In this episode of In the Garden, we show you some beautiful, colorful plants that are great for the shade.

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Get started on planning your weekend by checking out these fun events happening in western Oregon.

Out & About Links:

Family Fit Night

Doggone Easter Egg Hunt

Oregon State University Luau

University of Oregon Repertory Dance Spring Concert

ACT-SO Talent Competition

For more information on these and other great events, or to submit your own, click here.

jailGRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return.

Last August, the days of cite and release ended in Grants Pass to the surprise of some criminals.

“When they went to put somebody in handcuffs and put them in the police car, the common statement was ‘when did you guys start doing this?’” said Interim Police Chief Bill Landis.

Landis said ever since the city began renting jail beds, the number of property crimes and burglaries have significantly decreased.

“When you can take some of those folks off who are stealing a lot of your cars or breaking in to a lot of your cars and put them in a jail bed, you reduce a lot of your crime,” Landis said.

The city made the move to rent up to 30 beds in an effort to do something about crime in the city.  The contract came at a cost of around $1 million. About half a million was funded through the contingency fund, the rest was fund by cuts to city projects.

“Reduced approximately 12 different projects that we had in the budget, and we either tabled those or reduced those in order to get the additional funding for the jail beds,” said Grants Pass City Manager Aaron Cubic.

Cubic said because of funding, the contract was always intended to be just for one year.

“It’s meant to serve as a stop gap measure to provide additional time for the community to develop a new measure for the May election,” said Cubic.

Interim Chief Landis said since August, the jail has typically had near capacity of the 30 beds every month. He said patrols are only as good as the consequences behind them.

“You can put a police officer on every corner, but if  you don’t have the ability to take somebody to jail  and have them serve consequences for committing  crimes, you’re not going to make an impact or put a dent in that,” Landis said.

The city’s agreement with the Josephine County Jail will come to an end on June 30.

PLASTIC BAGASHLAND, Ore. –  The Ashland City Council expects a plastic bag ban to become a reality in a matter of months.

Tuesday night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law.

This ban would impact all stores and businesses in the city of Ashland. While plastic bags would no longer be an option, paper bags would be available to shoppers at a cost of $0.10 per bag.

City Councilwoman Pam Marsh says there will be a six-month grace period, so businesses will have time to transition. Several businesses have already moved away from plastic bags on their own.

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Monday Forecast Discussion:

The rain is back! Up until today Eugene had only picked up 0.14″ of rain this month. As of 9 a.m. we’ve already seen almost a tenth of an inch in Eugene. Rain showers will stick with us through this evening as a cold front makes its way across western Oregon. Highs will stay in the upper 50s and low 60s.

We’ll dry out quickly Friday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 60s. Saturday afternoon another front will roll through western Oregon, although not as big of a rain maker as what we’re seeing today and it will be further north. Nonetheless we’ll likely see afternoon rain showers across most of western Oregon.

Easter Sunday is still looking dry and mild with highs in the mid 60s.

Back to back fronts will move in Monday and Tuesday bringing in another round of rain showers to kick off the second to last week in April.

Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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EUGENE, Ore.– When it comes to our health, some topics are hard to talk about. So Lane County Public Health and Human Services is hitting the radio airwaves on a show called “Health Matters”, where answers to your questions are just a call or click away.

The hosts are Jason Davis, Public Information Officer for Lane County Public Health and Human Services, and Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane County’s Senior Public Health Officer. Together they will deliver no nonsense advice, infused with some laughs to break up what can be serious topics. Some topics include sexually transmitted diseases, body image, drug use, healthy relationships, mental health and infectious diseases beyond STDs.

It’s a creative approach to tackle some of Lane County’s biggest health challenges and inform the community.

“There are a lot of competing sources or resources for information these days. Some of them are true, some of them are not true and some of them are partially true… we want to share facts and data that will help people be healthier,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke.

The radio show is more than just a call-in advice show. It’s a community conversation.

“We want to hear from people, what they’re concerned about and give them some actual, practical medical advice in the process and benefit them,” said Jason Davis.

The show airs every Monday at 7pm on KWVA 88.1 FM. You can call or email your questions any day of the week. You are advised to be as specific as possible when asking questions, so you can get the best answers.

Health Matters Hotline: (541) 346-7966
Health Matters Email: healthmatters@gmail.com

 

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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