Former Officer Takes Department to Court

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The City of Springfield appears ready to take on a former police officer in court as he challenges his termination. John Umenhofer lost his job earlier in the year. He’s claiming the department let him go because of his efforts to bring to light various acts of misconduct by staff. Both the … Continue reading »

Safety Town Kicks Off In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– A great summer program that teaches kindergartners life saving lessons starts Monday at Mount Vernon Elementary School in Springfield. The focus is on pedestrian and bicycle safety. Children will learn how to cross the street safely with the all important mantra, “Stop, look, and listen.” The program also covers poison safety, fire safety, … Continue reading »

National Night Out Seeks Volunteers

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — National Night Out is on August 5, but Saturday volunteers with the Springfield Police Department were working to spread the word early. They set up several booths at the Springfield Summer Fair at Island Park for the National Night Out Kickoff event. Organizers say it’s all about developing relationships with your neighbors … Continue reading »

“No Refusal” DUII Patrols for July 4th

EUGENE, Ore. — If you get pulled over for drinking and driving on the Fourth of July and refuse to take a breathalyzer test, be prepared to give blood. This is a first for Eugene police. If you’re pulled over on the Fourth and appear impaired, you will first take the field sobriety test. If … Continue reading »

One Killed in McKenzie Motel Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police have not yet identified the body of an adult woman found at a structure fire at the McKenzie Motel at 1747 Main Street that happened just before 1 a.m. The fire was contained to just one room, but that room was fully involved. After the fire was put out, a … Continue reading »

Two Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Two men were taken into custody for disorderly conduct after a young woman reported them for harassing her at work. Springfield Police officers took over The Sizzler parking lot on Gateway Friday morning just before 10:30 a.m. They spent more than an hour questioning three men about the incident and going through … Continue reading »

Father Accused of Child Abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield father is in jail after being accused of abusing his six-month-old baby. Springfield police officers say they responded to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center Monday to investigate suspicious injuries to a baby. They say their investigation led them to the child’s own father. Brian Wynn, 20, was formally arraigned Wednesday afternoon at … Continue reading »

Police, Dispatchers Launch New System

EUGENE, Ore. — A new system for local police and dispatchers has officially launched, and project leaders say it’s helping make the public safer. Eugene and Springfield police and fire personnel are breaking ground for the state. They’re the first agencies in Oregon to use the SunGard Records and Dispatch System. “The push is to … Continue reading »

Police Busy on New Year’s Eve

EUGENE, Ore. — With people ringing in the New Year, police officers hit the streets to find drunk drivers. Both in Eugene and Springfield, each and every officer working had their hands full. “When you get to the point where you’re restricting officer response to only the highest priority calls and are reallocating resources that … Continue reading »

New Springfield Police Chief Announced

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The City of Springfield has named Tim Doney as the new Springfield chief of police. Tim Doney was one of four final candidates chosen for the position last month from the original pool of 50 applicants. Doney said the following in a note to the public Wednesday: “I look forward to serving … Continue reading »

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