Man Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is behind bars accused of trying to hire a man to kill his neighbor. 57 year old Jeffrey Wright Leonard is charged with solicitation for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Police were tipped of by a Lane County Jail inmate on Thursday. He told investigators Leonard approached him … Continue reading »

Early Inmate Releases Down Dramatically

EUGENE, Ore. — Early releases from Lane County Jail are down dramatically, thanks to the voter approved jail levy in 2013, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. Following the passage of the public safety levy, the sheriff’s office opened 131 additional beds. Since then, capacity-based releases have dropped nearly 75 percent. Between July of … Continue reading »

Man Facing Murder Charges

EUGENE, Ore. — It was a quiet, rainy day on Ruby Avenue, just outside of Eugene city limits Saturday afternoon. A much different scene after a chaotic evening in the neighborhood. “We heard the shots. We’re right on the other side of the road on the other side of the property,” said Darenda Brown. Something … Continue reading »

Education Program Returns to Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — After two years, the education program is back at the Lane County Jail. The program closed in June of 2012 because of budget cuts. But thanks to dollars from House Bill 3194, that passed just last summer, offenders have another chance at the world outside a cell. Charles Bukowski is a famous … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for Assaulting Young Girl

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is in the Lane County jail facing attempted rape and kidnapping charges. Police said the victim was under the age of 16. Police said 24 year-old Hansy Feuntes is facing five felony charges, accused of assaulting a young girl. Police arrested Fuentes Monday night. He’s facing several charges including … Continue reading »

Man Arrested for Springfield Stabbing

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man is in the Lane County Jail after he allegedly stabbed someone in the parking lot of a Walgreens. Police arrived at the Main Street store just after 8:30 on Wednesday night to respond to a call about a dispute. They say that James Jordan had asked a 70-year-old woman for … Continue reading »

Lane County Jail Doubles its Beds

EUGENE, Ore. — There were fewer criminals on the streets of Lane County Tuesday because the number of available jail beds in the county doubled. The Lane County Jail reopened 96 more beds on the heels of reopening 35 a week ago. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says the extra beds are already filling up. … Continue reading »

Lane County Jail Adds More Beds

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Jail is finally seeing the results of the public safety levy that passed in May. It added 35 new jail beds Monday, which is just a portion of the total amount it plans to add by next week. The jail plans to add another 96 beds by the end … Continue reading »

Jail Receives Levy Funds

EUGENE, Ore. — Public safety levy funds will soon start flowing to the Lane County Sheriff’s jail. On Monday, 35 extra beds will be in the jail, and a week later there will be another 96. Currently, there are 125 jail beds available. Sgt. Steve French of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says that extra space … Continue reading »

Stabbing Victim Upset With Jail Release

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Just six days after a local man was booked in the Lane County Jail for stabbing someone, he was released. Capacity based releases are a pretty common occurrence at the Lane County Jail, but until now Jacob Hartman never felt impacted by these releases. That was before a man who stabbed him … Continue reading »

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