More Jail Beds Cut

EUGENE, Ore. — More problems for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office as it announced it will cut 35 more jail beds. So with all the problems, why was there no measure brought to voters to help fund the jail? The sheriff’s office says the track record for voters passing issues in Lane County hasn’t been … Continue reading »

Lane County Plans to Cut More Jail Beds

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County’s Sheriff says he plans to cut more jail beds. Sheriff Tom Turner made the announcement this Wednesday morning. He says U.S. marshals are renting fewer beds in the Lane County Jail, which means a revenue loss of about $750,000 a year. The cuts would drop jail capacity down to 135 … Continue reading »

Teen Arrested for Stealing Car, Eluding

SPRINGFIELD, Ore–  Springfield Police have arrested a teen they say stole a car, and then ran from them. On Thursday night, an officer attempted to pull over 18-year old Ricky Meyer for a traffic violation.  He attempted to drive off, and after a short pursuit, police say Meyer crashed into a utility pole, and then ran away … Continue reading »

Suspect Arrested After Car Chase

SPRINGFIELD, Ore– A man is in jail after leading Springfield police on a car chase in a stolen car. It happened around 9:30 on Monday night.  Police pulled over a vehicle that had been reported as stolen earlier in the day. As officers approached the car, the suspect took off, leading police on a chase … Continue reading »

Juvenile Justice Center Cuts Coming

EUGENE, Ore. — In less than a week, the Juvenile Justice Center will cut its number of beds in half. The center is a $44 million investment that has never reached its full potential. Now the good it’s been able to do is about to take another hit. “Budget cuts are affecting us across the … Continue reading »

A Third of Released Inmates Return

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Nearly a third of the inmates who were released from the Lane County Jail a month ago have already made their way back in. Sergeant Carrie Carver says the numbers are surprising. She says the sheriff’s office anticipated inmates coming back but not at such a high rate. Seventeen inmates returned … Continue reading »

How Lane County Determines Who Stays in Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — After three days of inmate releases due to budget cuts, only 150 inmates remain in the Lane County Jail. This week we showed you inmates–many facing violent charges–being released back on to the streets. So who is left inside the jail? People have asked us why the jail is holding inmates on … Continue reading »

County Officials Discuss Use of Federal Funds

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County leaders are watching Congress closely, hoping lawmakers approve a transportation bill that includes federal timber payments. The county just passed its budget earlier this week, but it received news Wednesday that it could be coming into about $10 million in federal funds. And while it’s not set in stone, there … Continue reading »

Family and Friends React to Inmates’ Release

EUGENE, Ore. — Family and friends of both Alan Platt and Bryson Krissie are speaking out about the release of inmates accused of killing their loved ones. Platt was killed at South Creek Lake this past May, and investigators believe Aaron Curry did it. “I’m feeling very outraged. Murders, rapists and child molesters should be … Continue reading »

96 Inmates Released from Lane County Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — For the third and final day, the Lane County Jail released inmates en masse. Thirty-two got out Thursday. This brings the total to 96 inmates released within the past three days. Three of the 32 inmates released Thursday are awaiting trial for lethal crimes. Jason Manske was being held for a hit-and-run … Continue reading »

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