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 »

LCSO Gets Armored Vehicles

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County sheriff’s deputies have been using military vehicles at some crime scenes. Just last week, the LCSO executed three search warrants using the vehicles. The sheriff’s office says it’s had the vehicles for a couple of years now, but people have begun taking notice of them out at crime scenes. The … Continue reading »

Lane County Gains Armored Vehicles

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has gained new military vehicles from a federal program. The sheriff’s office gained five Highly Mobile Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles and one armored personnel vehicle. The vehicles were acquired through a federal program that loans military surplus items to agencies around the country. No money from the county’s … Continue reading »

Nonprofit Helps Dispose Needles

EUGENE, Ore. — A local nonprofit is stepping up to help a family that reached out to KEZI 9 News. The Burchell family talked Wednesday about how they keep finding used drug needles around their neighborhood. The HIV Alliance wanted to reach out to them and anyone else who may have found a used needle … Continue reading »

Neighbors Find Needles in Yard

EUGENE, Ore. — As Lane County struggles with its budget crisis, some Eugene neighbors say they’re struggling to keep drugs off their streets–by themselves. Those neighbors told KEZI 9 News they called the sheriff’s office, but they got little to no help. On Tuesday afternoon, neighbors say they found a needle lying in the grass … Continue reading »

Drew Wattier Back Home in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County deputy nearly killed while on vacation in Mexico is finally back home. Drew Wattier’s family posted a picture of him leaving a Portland hospital for a rehabilitation facility in Eugene Thursday evening. Drew and his wife Michelle were victims of a hit-and-run accident at the end of November. Michelle … 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 »

Sister Margaret Graziano Retires

EUGENE, Ore. — For more than four decades, Sister Margaret Graziano has touched the community. Now she’s retiring. As soon as Sister Margaret Graziano entered the parish hall at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Eugene¬† she was met with opened arms. “She is that person with a heart to give and she does such a … Continue reading »

Commissioners Move Forward with Tax Levy

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to address the sheriff’s office financial crisis. For two days now, Lane County residents pleaded with the county board of commissioners to improve public safety. After hearing those public comments, the board unanimously agreed a tax levy is the only way out … Continue reading »

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