The SimpsonsSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A former Duck will be taking the lead on a Simpsons mural coming to Springfield.

The mural will be painted on the side of the Emerald Art Center at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.

Coordinators chose the spot because of Springfield’s close ties to The Simpsons.

They say they reviewed proposals from all over the country before selecting Old City Artists for the job. It’s owned by Erik Nicolaisen, a Portland native and University of Oregon grad. He played at Autzen Stadium as an Oregon Duck from 1998-2000. The company is known for work with Nike, Disney and more.

The mural is expected to be completed in September.

7-79 CAMERON WILLIAMSCRESWELL, Ore. — A man barricaded himself in a room and threatened guests at a Creswell motel Monday night, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said.

William Cameron was arrested by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at Super 8 Motel in Creswell.

He had barricaded himself in a hotel room after destroying hotel property and threatening he had explosives.

The motel was evacuated for guests’ safety.

Cameron surrendered and was found to be under the influenced of methamphetamine, which officials also found in his room.

He is lodged at the Lane County Jail. He faces multiple charges including disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

WORKSOURCE OREGONEUGENE, Ore. — WorkSource Lane is holding a job fair for the 250 workers who were displaced from the massive mill fire in Springfield in July.

Swanson’s COO says they’re working to transfer about 65 employees to its plants in Glendale and Roseburg as part of an expansion.

More employees could be transferred later if the expansion meets its goals.

For Swanson employees looking for a job, the county is holding a job fair Wednesday.

WorkSource Lane plans to have about 20 employers on hand.

It’s happening Wednesday, July 30 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at WorkSource Lane at at 2510 Oakmont Way in Eugene.

KILCULLENEUGENE, Ore. — The final tally is in for this weekend’s fundraisers in honor of fallen Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen. They brought in $20,000.

Organizers took a chance by adding a classic car cruise on Saturday.

Because the scholarship is fully funded, this money will go to four nonprofits that hold special meaning to the Kilcullens.

Organizers say they’ll split the donations. One piece of the pie will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, specifically the NICU at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

“That is something that was particularly important to me and Chris because it involves kids. Four of my seven kids were all brought up for a short period of time in their lives in the NICU, and without them they wouldn’t be here today,” said Officer Brian Antone, Springfield Police Department.

Organizers say they’re in utter amazement to see that many people coming out for a great cause. They hope to have both events next year.

healthEUGENE, Ore. — The first case of rabies in Lane County has been confirmed.

Lane County Public Health says a fox found near a residence in Junction City tested positive for rabies. It’s the first animal to test positive for rabies in Oregon this year.

Rabies is endemic in the bat population but only rarely seen in foxes especially in our county.

This is the first report of a rabid fox in Lane County since the 1960s.

Rabies symptoms in wildlife, particularly foxes and raccoons, include lethargy, walking in circles, convulsions, aggressiveness, excessive drooling of saliva, and showing no fear of humans.

Health officials say all pet owners should make certain their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies.

doctorJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Oregon State Hospital is looking to recruit additional employees as it gets ready to open the new state hospital in Junction City.

Those hired will begin training and working at the Salem campus before transferring to the Junction City campus once it’s completed in 2015.

The hospital is looking for fill 193 positions this year.

You can get more information at the Junction City recruitment workshop on Wednesday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Junction City located on West 18th.

You can also apply online by clicking here.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Penny Lane, our KEZI 9 News Pet of the Week, is looking for a fun, active home.

She is a 1-year-old Terrier, Pit Bull, American Bulldog mix. She has a lot of energy to burn and would do well with a family that is active and has experience with dogs. She should start in a home with kids 8 years old and older.

If you’re interested in adopting Penny Lane or any other pet at Greenhill Humane Society, call 541-689-1503 or click here.

Click on the video to learn more about Penny Lane.

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EUGENE, Ore. — Do you have questions about senior living? What about finances or health concerns?

Perhaps your parents are aging and you’re interested in home care.

You can get your questions answered at SPIN’s 7th annual Boomer and Senior Resource Fair. Fifty vendors will be at the fair.

The free fair happens Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campbell Community Center located at 155 High Street in Eugene.

Barbara Passarelli with Eldercare Eugene met with us on KEZI 9 News Midday to talk about the event.

drought-resistant-lawnsASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions.

Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark mulch, rocks and some shrubs. As conditions continue to stay hot and dry, officials think more people are becoming interested in conserving water. The city is continuing to accept applications.

“We thought that we’d have a lot of interest, and I think that because of our drought situation that we were facing this year in Ashland, I think the interest has increased,” said Julie Smitherman, Conservation Specialist for the city of Ashland.

Ashland resident Don Hunsaker, who signed up for the program and replaced his lawn earlier this year, said his water bill has been cut by a third.

“Water bill dropped significantly compared to last year at the same time,” he said. “And in spite of the fact that it’s been much hotter this July.”

For more information on how to sign up for the lawn replacement program, click here.

Rebecca StoltzDELAND, Fla. (CNN) — Most parents shop with their kids and leave with their kids.

But apparently not 26-year-old Rebecca Stoltz, who went from petty shoplifting to sitting in jail for serious charges like child abuse.

Police say Stoltz went shopping at Walmart with her 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old stepdaughter.

But when she tried stealing $44 of clothes, she got caught by security. But in the panic of getting caught shoplifting, police say Stoltz ran from the store and left her kids behind.

Police say security found the girls and they were both “clearly distressed and very emotional and both were crying.”

With police hunting her down, it’s clear mom knew what she did because she told a friend to go pick them up.

The friend who came to get the kids gave police a number to call the mother. When she finally came back to the Walmart, she turned herself over to police.

Source: WKMG

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