norkenzie house fireEUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after the home he was in caught fire Saturday evening.

Neighbors called 911 when they started to smell smoke in the area. Crews responded to the home at the intersection of Linda Ave. and Norkenzie Rd. around 7:30.

A man, who neighbors say is the homeowner, was taken away on a stretcher.  Fire crews say there is significant damage to 50-percent of the home.

Eugene Police were called in to investigate. There is no word on the cause. Neighbors say they wouldn’t be surprised if the fire was suspicious. They say they’ve seen squatters and quite a bit of turnover of people at the home.

 

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EUGENE, Ore. — Lots of action inside Autzen Stadium as well as outside, as fans tailgated in anticipation for kick-off.

In Oregon, the Ducks football season opener is basically a holiday.

“Ducks football to me is like Christmas. It really is,” said AJ Quintero from Vancouver.

Thousands of fans gathered outside of Autzen Stadium, pitched their tents, lit their grills, and prepped themselves for the game hours before the kick-off to a new season.

“A first game is great. The atmosphere is fantastic. The people here are unreal,” said Andrew McCuistion from Portland.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Mariota again this year. Last couple of years, he’s been the man. This year, he really is the man. Nationally, locally—I just can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with the offense,” said Quintero.

Among the thousands of excited fans tailgating, it’s hard to believe there was a family bigger than this one.

“Twenty two members strong of our family came down,” said Sherry McCuistion.

Sherry McCuistion says all 22 of them came with one purpose—to celebrate a 23rd member, her son Kyle Holcomb, who died in February at the age of 31 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

“My son was a huge Oregon Ducks fan. He lived and breathed Oregon Ducks,” said Sherry McCuistion.

“He was one of the biggest Duck fans you’d ever meet. Funniest guy in the world and full of charisma,” said Andrew McCuistion of his older brother.

After Kyle’s death, his cousin, AJ Quintero, made a promise to the family to bring all 22 family members to the home opener. All 22 brought a little bit of Kyle along for the celebration.

“My cousin Kyle and I, since we were kids, came here to games together and this is a huge thing. We have pictures of him here and just growing up, Ducks were huge for both of us,” said Quintero.

“These are his ashes. My mom wanted us to bring a part of him and so everyone here has these. It’s just a way to bring him to the game with us and let him share in the atmosphere and the experience of doing this,” said Andrew McCuistion.

“My wish was that he’ll be shining down on us while we were celebrating him and the Ducks and his love for the Ducks. That’s happening,” said Sherry McCuistion.

The family says they hope to see the Ducks win the national title this year, as do other fans.

Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley:

Oregon State Quarterback Sean Mannion:

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Oregon State Safety Tyrequek Zimmerman:

murder mugEUGENE, Ore. — It was a quiet, rainy day on Ruby Avenue, just outside of Eugene city limits Saturday afternoon. A much different scene after a chaotic evening in the neighborhood.

“We heard the shots. We’re right on the other side of the road on the other side of the property,” said Darenda Brown.

Something neighbors said is unheard of in this part of town. “We overheard, we were like literally right on the other side of the property,” said Rhonda Berridge.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said just after 5:30 p.m. it got a call about a man with multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard of the house. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

LCSO then took the homeowner, Brian Sears, in for questioning and early Saturday morning he was lodged in the Lane County Jail facing murder charges.

Some of Sears’ family members were at his home Saturday afternoon, and while they would not go on camera, his brother describes the shooting as surprising, but says the victim and Sears know each other and says the alleged victim has a child that lives with Sears and his family.

He said when the man came to pick up his child, the two got in an argument and shots were fired. The suspect’s brother said all five kids were home at the time of the shooting, but he’s unsure what the kids saw or heard and the family is still trying to figure out what led up to the fatal shooting.

Police investigated the scene of the shooting late into the night on Friday, Saturday morning the road’s back open and police tape removed from the scene. But, details as to what really happened are still unclear.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Senior quarterback Sean Mannion ran for one touchdown, passed for another and threw for 328 total yards on Saturday to lead Oregon State’s 29-14 victory over Portland State at Reser Stadium.

An opening-day crowd of 40,309 saw the Beavers (1-0) parlay five second-half turnovers into 16 unanswered points to erase a 14-13 halftime deficit. OSU coach Mike Riley improved to 9-5 in season openers on the 10-year anniversary of the transformative east grandstand renovation.

Redshirt freshman placekicker Garrett Owens added five field goals and a two extra points in his debut and became the first player in school history with more than three field goals in his first game. The Beavers (1-0) improved to 4-0 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1983.

“It’s good to win; we’ve all been there when we lost (opening) games,” Riley said. “I was really proud of the way our defense played in the second half. We took the quarterback away,” and did not allow big completions downfield.

Mannion completed 26 of 45 passes to eight different receivers and did not have an interception. He passed the 300-yard mark for the 10th time in his last 14 games, for the 18th time overall, and increased his career total to 10,764 yards.

He moved ahead of Arizona State’s Rudy Carpenter (10,491) and Andrew Walter (10,492), USC’s Matt Leinart (10,693) and UCLA’s Cade McNown (10,708) to assume sixth place on the Pac-12’s career passing yardage list. Next to pass are Stanford’s Steve Stenstrom (10,911) and Washington State’s Alex Brink (10,913).

Senior safety Tyrequek Zimmerman had his first two career interceptions to lead a defense that cracked down in the second half to hold the Vikings (0-1), one of the top offensive teams in FCS in 2013, to no points and 40 total yards over the final 30 minutes.

“We just played sounder football,” Riley said, and stayed disciplined. “In the first half we got out of our lanes and not balanced. In the second half we figured out what was hurting us and took it away.

“When you take their best stuff away and don’t give them the big pass, it’s just a nice job. Our guys executed. That’s a good sign. I think Tyrequek had his best game as a Beaver.”

Senior tailback Storm Woods rushed for 126 yards on 16 carries and added a 23-yard TD reception with 5:07 left in the third quarter that sent the Beavers in front 23-14. It was his fourth career 100-yard game, and his second in a row. He gained 107 against Boise State in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl.

Owens, whose 26-yard field goal with 10:58 in the third quarter put OSU ahead to stay at 16-14, subsequently added 31- and 23-yard field goals for the final margin. His seven attempts were a school record.

“He did a good job, made some kicks and did a good job on kickoffs,” Riley said of Owens.

Tight end Connor Hamlett had five receptions for 88 yards. Victor Bolden added five catches for 55 yards,Richard Mullaney

OSU took a 3-0 lead at 8:04 of the first quarter when Owens drilled a 25-yard field goal in his first collegiate attempt. A 35-yard Mannion-to-Hamlett hookup set up the kick.

Owens hit from 25 yards again at 1:12 of the first quarter for a 6-0 advantage. A career-long 50-yard Storm Woods run on a third-and-20 play from the OSU 12 moved the Beavers into scoring position.

PSU went ahead 7-6 on a 58-yard run by quarterback Paris Penn but the Beavers answered with an 82-yard scoring drive to take a 13-7 lead. Mannion scrambled the last six yards on a third-and-goal for the go-ahead points with 9:36 left in the second quarter.

Penn scored again on an 11-yard run for a 14-13 PSU advantage with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter. The Vikings took that lead into the locker room when Owens missed wide-right on a 50-yard field goal on the half’s final play.

The Beavers head to Hawaii this week for a Sept. 6 game with the Warriors at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PDT; it will be televised by CBSSN.

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Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:

Saturday will be partly sunny with an occasional shower. All showers will be light, but expect them to continue through early tonight. Temperatures will be even cooler with highs remaining in the upper 70s and low 80s inland, mid 60s along the coast.

Sunday through the rest of the week will be sunnier. Temperatures will slowly climb back into the upper 80s, near 90 degrees, by the end of the week. Coastal areas will continue to be in the mid 60s.

Have a wonderful Weekend!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion:  

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Nice to see the cooler air finally arrive in time for the start to the holiday weekend. Highs today only pushed into the low 80s today, 60s and 70s in the mountains and at the coast. Overnight, the clouds are back at the coast for the morning and some spreading inland for the AM hours. Tomorrow, there’s the first chance for some light showers as a trough of low pressure starts to move across the Northwest.

Rain chances won’t be very strong, mainly 20% or less for the inland valleys, probably closer to 30-40% at the coast and in the mountains. Either way, none of the showers will be that strong either. But both the Beaver home opener at 1pm and later that evening at Autzen for the Ducks at 7:30 might see an occasional light sprinkle.

By the weekend, the clouds will get thicker at the coast as well. Coastal locales might be dealing with some patchy drizzle just about each day of the holiday weekend. Heading into the mountains for camping this weekend will be cloudy, cooler with highs in the upper 60s and lows falling into the low 40s. So make sure you’ve got some layers for the chilly overnights.

High pressure moves in again for next week, bumping highs back into the 80s and early peeks later in the week show a dry start to the school year and maybe trying to flirt with 90 again by Friday which would tie us for the hottest summer on record!

Have a great weekend!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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BRIAN IRVING SEARSEUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man following a fatal shooting Friday in Eugene.

Brian Sears has been lodged in the Lane County Jail for murder.

Deputies responded to calls of a gunshot wound just after 5:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Ruby Avenue.

When they arrived, deputies say they found a while male on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies say they took the shooter, Sears, in for questioning and he was later arrested for murder.

The victim has not yet been identified. Deputies are waiting until his next of kin has been notified.

 

 

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COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Cottage Grove High School officials say it could take weeks to fix the vandalism that hit them overnight.

Fortunately, surveillance video obtained Friday could help the school district identify the culprits.

School staff was just hoping to work on some finishing touches with school starting next week, but that all got pushed back to deal with the damage done to two entrances of their buildings.

Now, administration is looking closely at that surveillance video to see if they recognize the suspects and releasing it to see if you can help.

“Metal glass doors were completely blown out, the custodian met me at the door, she had been cleaning up the glass for almost an hour at that point,” said Dr. Krista Parent, South Lane Schools Superintendent. “What’s the sense in that? They didn’t come in and take anything. It was just a malicious act of vandalism.”

Video from the nearby Hidden Valley Golf Course shows two young men trespassing onto the property early Friday morning. A couple minutes later, a golf cart speeds by in the corner of the screen. That same golf cart was found next to the early morning destruction at Cottage Grove High School days before students will kick off fall term.

“Everything looks really good, and then to deal with this now before kids come back on Wednesday. We won’t be able to replace these door for at least a month,” Parent said.

And until then, and about $15,000 to $25,000 later, the openings will be boarded up. It’s not the most visually pleasing way to welcome this year’s class, but the district hopes these visuals that will bring justice back to the halls.

“We don’t have a lot of extra money sitting around in schools these days. Any money we do have we like to target to kids,” Parent said.

The school is offering a $500 reward to anyone who has any information leading to any arrests.

The district says ever since we first aired the story on KEZI 9 News Midday, it has received at least one tip that they are looking into.

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EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon football team takes on the University of South Dakota Saturday.

What many don’t realize is Oregon gets a little boost loaded with love. Come half-time, the team brings out its secret ingredient–Rice Krispies treats.

Since 2009, the Oregon Daisy Ducks booster group has been making homemade treats for the team for all home and away games. For each game, about 40 women sign up to make them.

“This is the secret. If you notice at half time our guys come out more energized, we’ve given them sugar are carbs and lots of love,” said Marci Farthing, Daisy Ducks Football Chair.

The Daisy Ducks make homemade goodies for all sports teams and coaches, but the football team is the only team that gets the Rice Krispies treats.

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