Council President Wants One More Deputy

CRESWELL, Ore. — Another pair of eyes could soon be patrolling the streets of Creswell. City Council President Jacob Daniels will propose hiring one more deputy to the city council next week. That would make three total, which means 24-hour coverage for neighborhoods. “That would be really helpful in having a constant presence on the … Continue reading »

LCSO Chopper Back to FAA Standards

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is seeing to it that its only helicopter is well taken care of, even if it isn’t in use. The chopper has gone on many missions and operations, but budget cuts in 2012 put a stop to them. After that, the chopper was stored in a hangar, … Continue reading »

More Jail Beds Reopening Soon

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office levy was passed and work is now being done to hire staff and prepare for more jail beds. The Sheriff’s Office says the staffing and increase in jail beds will come in two phases, ending with the reopening of 131 more jail beds by July 8. To … Continue reading »

Levy May be Blueprint for Other Counties

EUGENE, Ore. — The recently approved public safety levy may prove as a blueprint for other Oregon counties struggling with funding. Lane County was the only county to approve a public safety levy last week. A commissioner says extensive polling helped the commission craft a levy that earned enough support to pass. Voters in two … Continue reading »

Lane County Public Safety Levy Passes

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Public Safety Levy was one of the most visual campaigns over the last few weeks. Those in favor of the measure held a watch party Tuesday night at the River Ridge Golf Course. Earlier in the evening, only smiling faces could be found as Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner … Continue reading »

Springfield City Club Talks Levy

EUGENE, Ore. — With just more than a month to go before ballots are due, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office is working to garner public support. Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken joined Sheriff Tom Turner at the Springfield City Club meeting Thursday. There they talked to the crowd about Measure 20-213, what we know as … Continue reading »

Man Identified in Traffic Stop Death

VENETA, Ore. — Police identified the man who fatally shot himself during a traffic stop west of Veneta last weekend. On Sunday afternoon, an Oregon State Police sergeant pulled over a Corvette that was going 75 miles per hour on Highway 126W in a 55 mile per hour zone. A male hitch-hiker in the passenger’s … Continue reading »

Tip Leads to Wanted Woman’s Arrest

EUGENE, Ore. — A tip led Lane County sheriff’s deputies to a woman who already got away from them once. Someone called in and told investigators where Tasha Gustina was. When deputies got there, she tried to run, but a K-9 unit and a deputy caught up to her. A couple weeks ago Gustina allegedly … Continue reading »

Death Investigation West of Veneta

VENETA, Ore. — ¬†Authorities have begun an investigation into the death of a man who fatally shot himself after being pulled over by Oregon State Police just west of Veneta. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, a state police sergeant stopped a car on Highway 36, about five miles west of Veneta. As the sergeant … Continue reading »

Sheriff’s Office’s Grant Runs Out

Residents in rural Lane County will be forced to say good-bye to their local deputies. A federal grant that funds the Lane County’s Sheriff’s Office’s resident deputies in those areas is running out. Over the last ten years the sheriff’s office has seen a 61-percent reduction in its patrol department, and the cuts aren’t over. … Continue reading »

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