Exclusive: Sr. Health Officer On SLEEPS

EUGENE, Ore. — On Wednesday, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to close down the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza and the nearby “Butterfly” parking lot in response to growing concerns about public health and safety. The board of commissioners asked Lane County’s Senior Public Health Officer, Dr. Patrick Luedtke, for … Continue reading »

New Deputy Starting in Creswell

CRESWELL, Ore. — Creswell has just hired a new deputy to address the town’s recent rash of criminal activity. This new addition comes just two-and-a-half weeks after the city council voted to beef up security. The area has been plagued by a number of burglaries and break-ins and a recent shooting. Long deputy response times … Continue reading »

City Council Removes OSU from Ballot

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis City Council voted Tuesday night to remove Oregon State University from its tax levy proposal, making it so the University would feel no obligation to fund a city police officer. On July 15, the city council voted on city services to be levied, if voters were to pass the ballot … Continue reading »

Council to Discuss OSU Levy Involvement

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Corvallis City Council is meeting Tuesday night to discuss whether to keep Oregon State University in its current tax levy plan. Last month the council voted on proposed services that voters will see on the November ballot. One proposal adds four extra police officers if OSU pays for one officer’s salary. … Continue reading »

Council Votes to Add Deputy

CRESWELL, Ore — The Creswell City Council took two major steps Monday night towards improving public safety in its area. The council voted unanimously to fund and request a third Lane County Sheriff’s deputy. A number of people spoke at the meeting expressing their concerns surrounding public safety. “Response time here in town. I mean … Continue reading »

Creswell to Discuss Public Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — Public safety is a hot topic at the Creswell City Council meeting Monday night. After a recent shooting and a string of break-ins and burglaries, Creswell residents, even counselors have been calling for a change in how the city is protected. There are two things likely to happen at the meeting. The … Continue reading »

Corvallis Levy Controversy

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Corvallis City Council voted Monday night to add more services to this year’s levy for November’s ballot, including a controversial option to add more police officers to the community with Oregon State University’s help. The tax levy would be a renewal of what voters passed in 2011 to keep Osborn Aquatic … Continue reading »

Public Safety Forum

EUGENE, Ore. — Just a couple more days until the Lane County public safety levy money kicks in and the jail can start holding more criminals. In the meantime, law enforcement is trying to keep its pulse on the state of public safety in Lane County. The Police Commission hosted a forum Thursday night. Lane … Continue reading »

County Discusses 10-Year Safety Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County commissioners know that even if a public safety levy passes in May, they have a lot of work to do to shape up the county’s future. As May elections approach, discussions have increased about the county public safety levy or measure 20-213 and its impact to the jail. The county’s … 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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