Wildlife-Involved Collision – Interstate 5 South of Creswell

Creswell OR – Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or n ear our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September – November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons – try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at:

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Driver Arrested After Collision With Parked Police Car

A 25-year old Ontario man was arrested Thursday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) for DUII and other charges after he collided with a parked Ontario police car that was blocking an intersection where firefighters were handling a fire-related call. 

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 10:48 p.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched to investigate a non-injury traffic crash involving an Ontario Police Department (OPD) patrol vehicle at the intersection of SE 7th Avenue and SE 3rd Street. The OPD vehicle was parked with emergency lights activated blocking an intersection when it was struck by 2014 Chevrolet Impala four-door traveling westbound on SE 7th Street. 

When the trooper arrived on scene he found the Chevrolet’s driver, JAIME MORENO JR, age 25, from Ontario, visibly intoxicated, belligerent and aggressive toward those present at the scene. Subsequent investigation indicated MORENO had taken the car without the owner’s permission. MORENO was arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges: 

* Reckless Driving 
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (11 counts) 
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 

The eleven recklessly endangering counts are for the alleged endangerment of 2 police officers, 2 firefighters, 2 passengers in the car, and 5 citizen bystanders who were present when the collision occurred. 

He was also cited for No Operators License and Refusing a Breath Test. 

The damage to the police car did not require towing from the scene. 

No photographs provided for release. 

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few. 

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe: 

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. 
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes. 
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting or calling 5-1-1. Don’t use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving. 
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert. 
* Share the road. Don’t tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. 
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads. 
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly ( for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips). 
* Don’t drink and drive; don’t be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations. 
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated. 

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person – bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike – that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK(800-243-7865). 

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January 3 – Morning Headlines

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Tim Chuey Weather:

We’ll hardly feel the passage of the current frontal system and Tuesday and Tuesday night will be dry. Then more fronts approach the Pacific Northwest.

High: 52
Low: 37
Rain: 30%

frontal system will move into Oregon tonight bringing a little wet weather with it. A weak upper level high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on yellow line) will form holding off the next storm for about a day.  Another frontal system will be pushed in Wednesday by an upper level low (“U” shape on yellow line), so the first week of the New Year with see even more rain. Mt. Ashland is closed now until they get more snow. Hoodoo is officially open this week (closed Wednesday). Still not enough snow yet for Willamette Pass to open for skiing. Please check their web sites for the latest details and updates.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers this evening (under 0.10 in. of rain possible), mostly cloudy tonight and Tuesday, cloudy Tuesday night, cloudy with a  slight (20%) chance of rain Wednesday AM, a good (50%) chance of rain Wednesday afternoon, rain Wednesday night, cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain Thursday (0.20 in. of rain possible), then a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday night lows 42-37 highs 49-52 cooling to near 45 Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of showers Friday and Friday night, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday and Saturday night, mostly cloudy Sunday and Sunday night, then mostly cloudy with a (30%) chance of rain Monday highs 46-48 lows 36-39. (seasonal averages high 46 low 34)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather:

June 6 – Evening Update


June 6 – Evening Update

Tim Chuey Weather: Mostly cloudy and cooler today and tonight, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Tuesday AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday night.

Police seek missing Teen – This morning at 10:16, Eugene Police received notification that a 14-year-old male had left on foot from his school located at 200 North Monroe Street. The juvenile has a functional mental age of around 7- or 8-years-old, and has a history of walking away. He is described as approximately 5’6″ tall, with a thin build, dark complexion and long dark hair. The juvenile was last seen wearing a brown jacket, brown t-shirt, and black pants; he was seen walking east towards the Owen Rose Gardens. The teen has a history of similar behavior and has a tendency towards seeking crowds. He also has a medical condition that requires medication that he does not have on him. Anyone who may have contact with the teen is asked to contact the non-emergency dispatch number at 541.682.5111.  UPDATE: Police are still searching for missing student, community assistance is requested.

From heroin in Eugene to Oregon medical school grad – Her trajectory began in Eugene where she first snorted black-tar heroin in the spring of eighth grade. Now she is among the 59 women and 45 men who will earned the degree of doctor of medicine.

Collision temporarily closes portion of Main St. in Springfield – A near head-on crash sent one woman to the hospital in critical condition and left a semi-truck driver with bruises.

Oregon foreclosure filings up 236 percent in April – Oregon is bucking a declining national trend in new foreclosure filings with a big increase in April.

Oregon Senate votes to boost power of tribal police – The Oregon Senate has voted to temporarily give tribal police officers the same authority as non-tribal officers outside of reservations.

Study: Oregon Hispanics higher risk for pork tapeworm – A new study shows that Hispanics in Oregon may be at a higher risk for infection from a certain kind of tapeworm known as the pork tapeworm.

Studies show ethnic susceptibility to the Pork Tapeworm

May 10 – Evening Update


A mercifully sunny day. Here are the headlines:

Tim Chuey: A mixture of sun, clouds, and rain for the rest of the week. That combination is bound to produce some striking rainbows.

DA Backs Anonymity of EmX Sign Complainer
The controversy surrounding the banned anti-EmX signs continues. Now the Lane County District Attorney’s office is getting involved. District Attorney Alex Gardner released a statement, backing the city’s decision to keep the identity of the person who complained about four EmX signs under wraps. The city says the person who reported the signs is exempt from being revealed under the state’s Confidential Submissions Exemption.

Bus collides with car on I-5
A Lane Transit District bus collided with a Honda Civic on Interstate 5 on Tuesday morning, sending the car’s driver to the hospital. – glad Joe drove today. –ed.

Springfield School Staff Make Compensation Concessions
Springfield School staff took $3.1 million in concessions to help the district meet its budget goals. As part of the agreement, the district will add back two instructional school days to the 2011-2012 school year.

Five Guys Opened in Springfield
Its opening has been anticipated by burger lovers for months, and Tuesday those fast-food fanatics got their first taste of the beef they’ve been waiting for. — and it was good. –ed.

Canada Geese on Eugene Roads
It’s that time of year again when experts say hundreds of goslings are hatching in one of Eugene’s urban wetlands.

Eugene Man Sentenced for Abuse, Medicaid Fraud
Michael Mornhinweg, 51, was sentenced to prison for abusing two disabled women and stealing from the state Medicaid program.

...and it was good...