Top 9 Stories of 2018

A lot happened in 2018. KEZI 9 News brought you all the late breaking coverage throughout the year from thrilling sports victories to breaking news.

Posted: Dec 24, 2018 5:00 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2018 11:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A lot happened in 2018. KEZI 9 News brought you all the late breaking coverage throughout the year from thrilling sports victories to breaking news.

Here are the Top 9 Stories of 2018.

9. Oregon State wins the College World Series

The Beavers shut out the Razorbacks on their way to winning the College World Series in game three at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, in June. READ MORE.

8. Eugene police seek suspect in shooting that put Monroe Middle School on lockdown

After a shooting near Monroe Middle School Sept. 25, many area schools went on lockdown. A 17-year-old is accused of shooting another 17-year-old on Bailey Lane before running from the scene. Police arrested the teenage suspect near 14th Avenue and High Street. READ MORE

7. Willamette Country Music Festival vendors say they haven’t been paid

Many vendors who took part in this summer’s Willamette Country Music Festival reported that they hadn’t been paid, as the event went through many changes. The parent company now says most of the vendors will be paid in full. READ MORE

6. Heroin crisis sweeps through Lane County

A heroin crisis in Lane County led to more than 30 overdoses in a month, which is seven times the normal amount in the area. Officials said heroin laced with an opioid called fentanyl is largely to blame. However, an overdose-reversing drug called Narcan is now more accessible than ever in Lane County. READ MORE

5. ‘She doesn’t want to live’: Roseburg mom accused in hot car death released from jail

The Douglas County District Attorney dropped criminal charges against a Roseburg mother whose child died in a hot car this summer. Police said Nicole Engler left her 21-month-old daughter, Remington, in her car seat while she was at work in June. READ MORE

4. Lane County closes Butterfly Lot as homeless crisis continues

The homeless crisis took a spotlight in 2018 with a protest camp taking form on the Butterfly Lot in downtown Eugene. The lot was closed in November, and the city of Eugene recently approved a dawn-to-dawn program on Highway 99. Meanwhile, officials say the cost of cleaning up illegal campsites is on the rise. READ MORE

3. ELECTION 2018: Gov. Brown wins re-election
The 2018 midterm election was an important one, with voters choosing a governor and weighing in on hot topics. Voters re-elected Gov. Kate Brown and passed the affordable housing measure. However, voters said “no” to changing abortion funding and Oregon’s sanctuary status, among the rest of the statewide measures. Locally, the Eugene 4J school bond and Springfield road bond passed. READ MORE

2. Oregon on Fire: Wildfires blaze through Lane, Douglas counties and beyond

Lightning strikes that hit Oregon July 15 are believed to have caused many of the fires we saw this summer, but officials suspect arson in the Substation Fire, which killed a man. The Klondike Fire in southern Oregon burned more than 175,000 acres. In our area, the Terwilliger Fire east of Springfield burned more than 11,000 acres. It is currently 80 percent contained. READ MORE

1. Police help put out fire after firefighters ambushed in Springfield

A man set fire to his Springfield home before ambushing firefighters that responded in the early morning hours of Oct. 17. He eventually shot and killed himself. The fire destroyed several homes. The gunman posted about his health and divorce online before the ambush. READ MORE

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