Police Nab Convicted Sex Offender

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police Thursday night arrested David Reitz, a convicted sex offender wanted on charges involving a young girl. Police say 66-year-old Reitz packed up essential belongings and quit his job when he learned about new charges against him. He’s facing sex abuse and unlawful sexual penetration charges. Reitz was labeled as a … Continue reading »

Fungus Spreading Through Valley Wheat

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Wheat farmers in Western Oregon may see a loss in yield this season due to a disease that is spreading through the Willamette Valley. Researchers at Oregon State University say “sharp eyespot,” a fungal disease, is infecting wheat fields throughout the entire valley. “About 2-3 weeks ago, everything should have been green if … Continue reading »

Country Fair Impacts Local Businesses

VENETA, Ore. — Businesses in Veneta are gearing up for one of their busiest weekends of the year with thousands of people coming to town for the Oregon Country Fair. Managers at the Ray’s Food Place at the corner of Highway 126 and Territorial Highway have been planning for this weekend for months. Located just … Continue reading »

ODOT Updates Council on Beltline Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — Part of the Beltline in Eugene is labeled as one of the worst roadways in the state, but improvements are still years away. ODOT is looking to improve the area. It’s now six years into a major road facility plan. The two big things to note–drivers won’t see any improvements for another … Continue reading »

Fatal Crash Shuts Down Highway 58

UPDATE (July 9): We now know the name of a driver killed in a crash on Highway 58 Tuesday. Oregon State Police says this happened just after 5 p.m. They say an eastbound pickup truck crossed the center line and smashed into a westbound semi, which burst into flames. The driver of the pickup, 55-year-old … Continue reading »

Austin to Play Again in Kansas?

EUGENE, Ore. — A former Duck could be getting another chance to play college ball, despite being accused of rape. A Kansas community college has recruited Brandon Austin to play for them. The news broke via JucoJunction’s Twitter and was sourced in several other articles Tuesday. KEZI 9 News confirmed those reports with the Hutchinson … Continue reading »

Fiery Crash Kills One on Hwy. 58

NEAR LOWELL, Ore. — A fiery, head-on crash killed one person on Highway 58, about 12 miles east of Pleasant Hill. Troopers say a Dodge pickup driven by a man was eastbound on Highway 58. It crossed the centerline and hit a truck hauling a semi-trailer loaded with computers and tires. OSP says the truck … Continue reading »

Keeping Kids Cool in the Heat

EUGENE, Ore. — The heat is on around Lane County. And while it can mean fun in the sun, warnings are going out to keep kids safe. Doctors want parents to know about the dangers. Coaches, Scout leaders, and parents we talked to say they are taking extra steps and planning ahead to keep kids … Continue reading »

Three Arrested In Seneca Mill Protest

EUGENE, Ore. — Three people are in the Lane County jail Monday, accused of trespassing during a protest earlier at the Seneca Sawmill Company. Eugene police blocked off a stretch East Enid Road off Highway 99 North. The protestors marched outside the Seneca Sawmill Company singing songs, chanting, and making sure their voices were heard … Continue reading »

3 Arrested After Large Sawmill Protest

EUGENE, Ore. — Three people were arrested Monday morning after a large protest at the Seneca Sawmill Company in Eugene. Nearly 100 protestors from the activist groups, Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First!, took part in the demonstration around 10:30 a.m. Organizers say their goal was to draw attention to what they consider to be … Continue reading »

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