Residents React To Hate Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — “You know the flag doesn’t have much of a significance here in the west,” said a Springfield resident. The Confederate flag can take on different meanings, but a judge in the Matthew Booster case decided it played a role in a hate crime and thus ordered it to be destroyed. It is … Continue reading »

Harassment Sentence Raises Eyebrows

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The mother of a teen who was the victim in a race crime is speaking out about the punishment handed down to the man convicted of it. A judge sentenced Matthew Booster to three years of probation and made him give up his Confederate flag. As part of his punishment, Booster is … Continue reading »

Man Sentenced to Probation for Hate Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Matthew Booster, the man who harassed a black teen and tried to run him over with his truck, bearing a Confederate flag, will face probation for the crime. It’s part of a plea agreement with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. He’ll serve three years probation, must take a cultural awareness class … Continue reading »

KEZI Exclusive: Hate Crime Suspect’s Grandfather Speaks Out

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The family of a teen who allegedly helped chase down a black teen in Springfield is speaking out about the incident. David’s grandson is one of the three teenage suspects in the case. We’re not using his last name to protect his grandson’s identity, as he’s a minor. David doesn’t know Matt … Continue reading »

Springfield Rallies Against Hate Crimes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — In light of hate crime allegations in Springfield, the community is fighting back against hate and racism by hosting a rally. The Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) teamed up with the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect and Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity to counter possible hate activity in … Continue reading »

Fifth Person Arrested for Springfield Hate Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield police arrested a fifth suspect in the Memorial Day hate crime investigation. A Eugene man and three teens allegedly used a pickup truck to chase a black teen in downtown Springfield. Police arrested 19-year-old Brandon Ricker, a friend of prime suspect Matthew Booster, for allegedly hindering the prosecution and tampering with … Continue reading »

Hate Crime Suspect’s Friend Speaks Out

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County filed a felony hate crime charge against a 22-year-old Eugene man after he and three Springfield teenagers allegedly chased a bi-racial teen around Springfield on Memorial Day. This charge is on top of the six original charges against the four. And there could be more county charges in the works. … Continue reading »

Four Charged for Racial Menacing Incident

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man and three teens are charged with menacing a black teen to the point he feared for his life. Three teens and a 22-year-old are charged with intimidation and disorderly conduct. Police say a 15-year-old black teen was chased down by four people as they drove after him in a pickup … Continue reading »