Lane County Sheriff Live on KEZI 9 News

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, who was recently sworn in for another term, stopped by the KEZI 9 studios on Thursday morning for live interview to discuss challenges that lay ahead. Sheriff Turner answered questions about the crippling budget cuts that could seriously impact public safety in Lane County, the potential of … Continue reading »

Man Arrested in Springfield Hit and Run

SPRINGFIELD, Ore– A man is in jail after a Tuesday night hit and run crash that sent a woman to the hospital. The accident occurred at the intersection of Mill Street and Centennial Boulevard in Springfield. According to police, 30 year-old Jesse Bridges was traveling northbound on Mill when he ran a red light and … Continue reading »

Springfield Robbery Attempt Thwarted

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield man is in jail after police say he attempted to rob a deli with a hatchet. Officers responded Sunday night to a 911 call of employees holding down a man with a hatchet at the Ashley’s Deli on Main Street, according to the Springfield Police Department. Units arrived and placed … Continue reading »

Articles Fuel Fiscal Cliff Misconception

EUGENE, Ore. — The “Fiscal Cliff Could Force Lane County, Oregon to Release Inmates”–that was the headline that ran on a couple news agencies websites Friday, but Lane County staff say it’s not true. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and county administrators say a story about our recent jail cuts spiraled into a misleading headline … Continue reading »

Inmate Plot Exposed

EUGENE, Ore. — We just received word from Lane County Sheriff’s Office that they’re dealing with a potential plot to kill a Lane County prosecutor and witnesses to a crime. That plot, according to the sheriff’s office, is being formulated by a current inmate being held on charges. Not much is being told to us … Continue reading »

Two Released Inmates Return to Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County released 32 inmates Thursday due to a lack of beds. Within 24 hours, two are accused of re-offending. Officers re-arrested one within just an hour of his release, and the other was arrested less than a day after getting out. One of the men, Christopher Weaver, who allegedly robbed a … Continue reading »

35 Jail Beds Cut

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of happiness was coming from the inmates. Some saw their sentences reduced drastically. Meanwhile, those working in the jail are growing more frustrated by the day. The jail doors opened Thursday morning and out walked a large group of inmates. All beaming because their time behind bars was cut short. … Continue reading »

Released Inmate Arrested for Robbery

EUGENE, Ore. — Less than an hour after the Lane County Jail released more than two dozen inmates, one of them landed back in the jail. Investigators say Christopher Weaver got out at 11 a.m. Fifty-five minutes later he’s accused walking into the Pacific Continental Bank on High Street, giving a teller a note and … Continue reading »

More Inmates to Be Released

EUGENE, Ore. — More Lane County inmates will walk out the jail Thursday morning because of budget cuts. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is closing 35 more beds. The U.S. Marshals Office stopped renting as many beds, which resulted in a loss of revenue and is the reason for these new cuts. But we won’t … Continue reading »

Jail Lets Out Nearly 100 Inmates

EUGENE, Ore. — Budget cuts forced Lane County sheriff’s deputies to release nearly 100 people from the jail last week, all because of the dwindling number of jail beds. The sheriff’s office says 24 sentenced offenders got out early between Nov. 5 through Nov. 11. Sixty-six pretrial defendants were also released early, and the jail’s … Continue reading »

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