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.

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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

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

4-19 megga huntSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A little rain didn’t stop more than 1,000 kids from hunting for Easter eggs filled with prizes during Willamalane’s annual Megga Hunt.

Around 1500 kids took part in the hunt Saturday morning. Willamalane divided the kids into different age categories and every few minutes a different group of kids started looking for eggs.

Willamalane said this year, despite the weather, they had a better turnout than in the past.  ”Even though it’s raining right now it was beautiful and sunny earlier. Just a great time to come out with the family. Hunt for some eggs, listen to some awesome music, eat a cookie, and just enjoy a Saturday in Oregon,” said Kim Lyddane, Willamalane Event Coordinator.

After the hunt, families stuck around to listen to some music and create some craft projects.

4-19 recylcing eventEUGENE, Ore. — Students and teachers collected tons of recyclables at the annual Bethel recycling round-up Saturday.

People brought anything from electronics to mattresses and even vacuum cleaners to Willamette High School.

The electronics will go to Next Step Electronics, and a whole truck full of household items will be headed to St. Vincent De Paul.

The school does this every year to help community members get rid of unwanted items without having to drive across town to donate them.

“We’re helping prevent tons of material from going into the landfill. Last year at this event we recycle 9.5 tons of just electronic items alone,” said David Novak, Willamette High School teacher.

Willamette High School has been labeled a green school and sustainable school because of service projects like this recycling round-up.

4-19 off the waffle robberyEUGENE, Ore. — Police responded to a robbery at Off The Waffle just before 8:00 p.m. Friday night. Police said a man walked up to the counter with a note and demanded money. He also said he had a gun.

A worker handed the man money out of the cash register. He then took off on foot and headed southbound on Willamette Street.

Police said they’re still looking for the suspect, but are confident he’ll get caught. “This is a high risk type of a crime for somebody with pretty low yield. So eventually people usually do get caught,” said Melinda McLaughlin, Eugene Police Department spokesperson.

The man is described as a white man in his thirties who’s around 180 pounds with brown facial hair. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve black shirt and sweatpants. He was also wearing a Portland Trailblazers hat.

Anyone who knows the suspect or saw anything Friday night is asked to call the Eugene Police Department.

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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

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