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 »

Jail Bed Capacity to Increase

EUGENE, Ore. — Voters approved it, and now the Lane County Sheriff’s Office is making it a reality. More beds are about to be available at the jail. The jail now has the funding for this expansion since voters approved the public safety levy back in May. On July 1, the jail will open an … Continue reading »

Jail Beds to Re-open

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County public safety leaders wasted no time making plans with new funds that will come from the successful levy, passed Tuesday night. Early numbers showed 56 percent of voters were on board with the tax that will support jail beds and youth services. John Aarons at the John Serbu Juvenile Detention … Continue reading »

Lane County to Deliver Budget Message

EUGENE, Ore. — More details about the proposed Lane County budget will be revealed Thursday evening. The total budget is $466 million–down $34 million from the current year. Lane County Administrator Liane Richardson will present her budget message to the budget committee. It’s titled “A Brighter Future.” Richardson will outline the changes and steps being … Continue reading »

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield police arrested the man they believe robbed the Key Bank on the 700 Block of A Street earlier this week. Officers discovered 53-year-old Raymond Whitney Downing at the home of an acquaintance on Thursday evening. He was taken into custody without incident. He currently being held at the Lane County Jail … Continue reading »

Accused Sex Offender Released

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An accused sex offender is being released from the Lane County Jail, a decision that has neighbors upset. The jail will release Albert Golden, who police say sexually abused three children. His release is meant to save the taxpayers’ money. “It’s a shame is what it is,” said a previous neighbor of … Continue reading »

Yes on 20-213 Campaign Kicks Off

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure everyone makes an informed decision by Election Day. Ballots are set to be mailed out the first week of May, and levy committees aren’t wasting time pushing their measures. Despite the rain, supporters of the Measure 20-213 levy were out in full force Friday … Continue reading »

Second Chance After Serving Time

EUGENE, Ore. — Early releases from the Lane County Jail are frustrating residents. Even more upsetting is when a former inmate is re-arrested. But a local organization is working to keep those numbers down. Let go early due to budget cuts, for many released from the Lane County Jail or prison, they have no place … Continue reading »

Public Safety Levy Ballot Vote Delayed

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Commissioners inched closer to putting a public safety tax levy on the May ballot. Commissioners once again listened to comments Tuesday night from the public on why they would or would not vote for more taxes. Last week commissioners asked staff to come up with ballot language for the levy. … Continue reading »

Commissioners Draft Tax Levy Description

EUGENE, Ore. — A public safety tax levy is the hot topic at Tuesday night’s Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting. At 5:30 p.m., commissioners will hold a public hearing on whether to put a five-year property tax levy on the May ballot. Last week commissioners asked staff to draft ballot language, and here’s what … Continue reading »

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