Serenity Lane ConstructionCOBURG, Ore. — A Eugene treatment center hopes to help even more people recover from alcohol and drug abuse. Work is underway on a $30 million expansion at Serenity Lane.

The sale of a piece of property off Industrial Road in Coburg went through in 2008, but the heavy equipment just rolled in, last week.

The city of Coburg says the non-profit has been the perfect example of how an organization should work its way into a community. Mayor Jae Pudewell says Serenity Lane did extensive research and community outreach and then used the information to redesign their site plan several times over.

The 15-acre property will double the available number of beds to 130, but project organizers say it’s about much more than that.

“It’s not about bricks and mortar. It’s about saving people’s lives and putting families back together. That’s what we’ve always been about. This facility is just a physical asset that will allow us to do that. It’s really the lives that this will impact that I want people to know about,” said Mike Dyer, Serenity Lane CEO.

The facility is set to open in the spring of 2016. It will replace the current space at 16th Avenue and Patterson Street, and the administration building off Centennial Plaza.

Crews have already started working on the facility, but the official groundbreaking ceremony will take place next Wednesday. The public is welcome to attend.

Dog Attack PicSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — We’re learning more today about a dog attack on a 2-year-old girl in Springfield Sunday, leaving her in critical condition.

Springfield Police say two dogs were seized from the home after the attack, a pit bull and a lab-collie mix. Both were put down Tuesday, a request from the owner.

Despite social media responses saying it wasn’t the pit bull who attacked the child, investigators say evidence and an eyewitness account proves otherwise.

SPD responded to a home on the 1,100 block of Olympic Street to calls of a dog attack.

“The father of a 2-year-old hears some screaming, goes to another part of the house and sees that one of the family dogs has his daughter by the head,” said Sgt. Rich Charboneau, Springfield Police Department.

Investigators say when they arrived at the home, the father and girl were already rushing to the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The girl was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland by Life Flight.

According to police, there were two dogs at the home, but it was a white, male pit bull that attacked the girl and then bit the father’s face when he fought to save the child. They say the lab-collie mix was acting aggressively, but did not actually harm the child or father.

“The dog that was the main aggressor was the pit bull,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

But a family member who contacted KEZI 9 News, along with many who responded on social media, says it wasn’t the pit bull that attacked the child, it was the other dog.

Police say based on evidence they found on the dog and an eyewitness account, they believe it was in fact the pit bull.

“For one thing, we have the eyewitness of the girl’s father who said he pried the dog off of the girl. The pit bull was covered, its face was covered in blood and so we have an eyewitness, we have the blood and so in our minds, it’s no question,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

The owner then turned the dogs over to authorities.

“After the little girl was bit, she wanted us to take the dogs and asked that they be euthanized,” Sgt. Charboneau said.

Police say the child is in stable condition after surgery in Portland. Her father received some stitches on his face due to the bite and is also doing well.

9-2 bike pic for miss certifiedEUGENE, Ore. — It may be Tracktown USA, but people in Eugene love to bike, and it shows.

The city comes in at number 15 on a list of America’s Best Bike Cities by Bicycling Magazine. Staff considered things like the number of miles of protected bike lanes clearly marked, roadways, and feedback from everyday riders.

“It’s not surprising to me, it’s something that I would expect,” said bicycle commuter Paul Harvey.

“I think it’s really important that youth are recognizing that you don’t need a car to be able to have fun and to get around and to move things, like everything can be done by bike,” said bike enthusiast Matthew Hawks.

Helping Eugene climb to the top was the effort to remove car lanes with bike lanes on South Willamette Street, making a cycling route to downtown safer.

For the full list, click here.

40302P00-WQFMPEUGENE, Ore. — After the success of the Frozen movie and soundtrack, ABC will take a closer look inside the making of the movie.

ABC’s The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic airs on KEZI 9 News at 8 p.m. Tuesday. You’ll go behind the scenes and learn about the more than 600 people who worked on the movie for more than 2 and a half years.

“It’s surprising to people, I think the story, it gives them kind of what they expected but at the same time we turn things on its head with the movie,” said producer Peter Del Vecho.

The show is promising that even the most avid Frozen fanatic will learn something new, like Elsa originally had spiky hair.

OSU parking passCORVALLIS, Ore. — Parking permits are now for sale at Oregon State University, but the setup this year is a little different. The campus is turning to a zonal parking system.

Monday staff and faculty can buy their new permits, only if they’ve had a permit for the past three years. Each zone has a limited number of parking permits for sale, making it easier for drivers to find a spot.

“In the old system, you would have your parking permit and a lot of people would have to find a way to get to campus early enough to kind of beat everyone else to the space that they wanted and didn’t dare take a lunch break for fear that they’d lose their space,” said Meredith Williams, OSU Transportation Services Associate Director.

Throughout the next few weeks the rest of faculty and staff will be able to buy permits, then it’ll be the students’ turn.

CORVALLIS, Ore.–Mark Banker, Michael Doctor, Sean Harlow and Gavin Andrews all reflect on their performances against Portland State, specifically the defense’s turn around in the second half and the offensive line’s struggle with penalties. Plus, they look ahead to their first road game of the season–in Hawaii– this weekend.

Oregon State Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker:

Oregon State Linebacker Michael Doctor:

Oregon State Offensive Lineman Sean Harlow:

Oregon State Offensive Lineman Gavin Andrews:

Forest RiverHARRISBURG, Ore. — The Forest River Facility is looking to hire dozens of new employees over the next few months.

The company moved into the old Monaco Plant on Diamond Hill Drive in August and they’re not wasting any time getting the factory back up and running.

Former Monaco management and a few other staff members were onsite soon after the sale was finalized. Their first units are expected to be rolled out later this month.

The company is planning on hiring 60 people by Christmas.

Those interested in applying can do so onsite.

Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Photo Courtesy of YouTube

A software glitch with the EA Sports Madden 2015 is getting some laughs Monday night.

The glitch causes Tennessee Titan linebacker Christian Kirksey, to be miniature. In real life, Kirksey is 6’2” tall and 235 pounds, but he shows up on the field as a tiny little Titan.

EA Sports says it’s going to fix the glitch in its next software update.

Home DepotEUGENE, Ore. — Home Depot is investigating a possible data security breach.

The company announced Monday that it’s partnering with banks and law enforcement to investigate “some unusual activity” related to customers.

The company promises to alert customers if, in fact, their system was hacked.

Coats For Kids Logo 2011Do you have gently-used coats hanging in the closet that are never worn? Kids in Lane County need those coats to keep them warm during the coming cold and wet weather.

 

KEZI 9 News has teamed up with Eugene’s Active 20-30 Club for the 2014 Coats for Kids Campaign.  All sizes are needed in warm Winter coats, from infant to adult.  The collected coats are dry cleaned, and then sorted and distributed to local organizations that help support the needs of underprivileged children. Last year, over 2,500 coats were distributed in Lane County to kids in need!

 

Join KEZI 9 News Anchors and Reporters on September 30 at Bi-Mart on River Road and on October 21 at Bi-Mart on Willakenzie Road for our on-air call for used or new coats.

 

Can’t make it to the on-air coat drive locations?  You can donate all month-long in one of the designated bins at the following drop-off locations.

KEZI 9 News:
-2975 Chad Drive, Eugene

Bi-Mart:
-1680 W. 18th, Eugene
-2030 River Road, Eugene
-4780 Royal Avenue, Eugene
-2510 Willakenzie Road, Eugene
-1521 Mohawk Boulevard, Springfield
-5744 Main Street, Springfield

Selco Community Credit Unions:
-299 East 11th Avenue, Eugene
-3630 West 11th Avenue, Eugene
-221 Division Avenue, Eugene
-925 Harlow Road, Springfield
-5531 Main Street, Springfield

Umpqua Banks:
-497 Oakway Road, Eugene
-675 Oak Street, Eugene
-1175 Valley River Drive, Eugene
-3738 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-4011 Donald Street, Eugene
-2790 Gateway Street, Springfield
-1377 Mohawk Blvd., Springfield
-5251 Main Street, Springfield
-625 East Gibbs, Cottage Grove

Kendall Auto Groups:
-344 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-373 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-846 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene
-20 Coburg Road, Eugene

Oregon Community Credit Unions:
-2525 Coburg Road, Eugene
-488 East 11th Avenue, Eugene
-3065 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-45 Division Avenue, Eugene
-2980 Willamette Street, Eugene
-1981 Mohawk Boulevard, Springfield

Lane Apex:
-2399 Hwy 99 North, Eugene

Western Title & Escrow:
-497 Oakway Road, Suite 340, Eugene

Skopil’s Dry Cleaners:
-2605 Willamette Street, South Eugene
-418 Coburg Road, Eugene

Hi-tech Dry Cleaners:
-100 E 18th Avenue, Eugene

Springfield Dry Cleaners:
-206 Main Street, Springfield

The Cleanery Dry Cleaners:
-3333 W 11th Avenue, Eugene
-4770 Village Plaza Loop, Eugene

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