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Package Thief Hits Santa Clara Area

santa clara truckEUGENE, Ore. — Some people in the Santa Clara area ordering gifts online aren’t receiving them. Someone is driving around neighborhoods taking them off their porches. Police say a person in a light colored pick-up truck is canvassing the neighborhood and stealing multiple packages off of people’s front porches when they’re not home.

One neighbor says he saw the truck driving up and down the street multiple times and then the driver stopped, ran onto his neighbor’s front steps and took four packages with him.

Neighbors are using facebook pages to spread the word about this theft, so others don’t fall victim to the crime.

“We in our neighborhood actually use social media as kind of an electronic neighborhood watch. If we see something going on we’ll posts on Irving area, Santa Clara area facebook pages and other people will say oh I saw that too,” said Stewart Gilbert.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips to avoid this type of crime. LCSO recommends getting the package delivered to the store you’re ordering it from, an office, or friend’s house where you know someone will be home during the day.

It also recommends tracking your packages, so you can bring them inside as soon as they’re dropped off.

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Darren Rabie is working his tail feathers off in a sea of green and yellow. He stands hunched over a stack of boxes tossing t-shirts quicker than he can look down to grab them. The owner of HungryDucks.com is pressing more flesh than a politician in Ohio. With the quickest and easiest online delivery in town, Rabie and the rest of his HungryDucks crew are out in force at the University of Oregon’s annual Flock Party, spreading three little words to the uninitiated:

ORDER, EAT, REPEAT.

“Sorry to have you down here in the middle of all this…” Rabie smiles, “But as you can tell, we’re pretty big with students.”

Long rows of folding tables run up one side of University Street and down the other, and the party is just starting to hit stride as Darren gives me a firm handshake. Almost every incoming Freshman has shuffled past his booth in the last two and a half hours since the event began. He makes sure that each and every one of them leaves with at least a free t-shirt and a seed planted.

“The college kids absolutely love it, it makes my job very exciting. HungryDucks provides such a seamless and stress-free ordering experience, that once our customers start using it, they are hooked.”

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Darren knows that when classes get out and these students head back to their dorms, shared houses, and studio apartments, each and every one of them is going to get hungry. That’s where Darren and the crew of HungryDucks.com steps in.

HungryDucks.com, as Darren describes it, is basically an online food court, that delivers. You walk in by going to the website. There you see the different cuisines, different menus, different specials, and make your choices based on the options available. No guess work, just good food in a hurry.

“Our average delivery time, because everything is so tech-based, is 35 minutes from the time the customer checks out. It’s very quick, very efficient, with a lower delivery price than many other local services, as well as longer hours. We run from 8am-12am right now, but a month from now we’ll be open til 2am on the weekends. Which is especially important here (on campus).”

Powered by OrderUp, the up and coming industry leader in online food check-out, getting even your late-night hunger satiated has never been easier… Which is handy when you’re not exactly sticking to a 3-meals-a-day schedule, like most students. In fact, it’s tailor-made for anyone staring down the double barrel of an empty stomach and a long walk (or drive) to the nearest restaurant. Broken down by categories of food and a list of featured restaurants, HungryDucks.com has been flying meals around Eugene since 2012.

“When we first started we were only working with restaurants that did their own delivery, as well as a third party service. After we had some issues, we decided to move everything in-house and do delivery on our own. Since then…” Darren stops a pair of girls wandering around the edge of the crowd, hands them a flyer and pushes the site’s Facebook page. “Since then we’ve just been crushing it… we’ve definitely hit that next-level. We started out with mainly on-campus Restaurants such as Caspian, Sy’s Pizza, and Qdoba… We added about 20 very popular restaurants over the summer, bringing us close to 40 total.”

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HungryDucks.com is not just for students, either. With different delivery areas depending on location, their drivers will buzz food as far North and West as Beltline, and plan on expanding those areas out and into Springfield in the next few months.

“It just depends on where you live, relative to the restaurant. If you live out past Beltline, and the restaurant is South Eugene, we can’t get it to you in time to make it worth it right now. But if the place is downtown, we’ll go to Beltline and even a little further.”

If there’s a quick-food option in Eugene, chances are good you’ll find it on HungryDucks.com. While most of their options hail from the campus area, the addition of many downtown and West Eugene restaurants is helping to make the online food court as diverse as possible. Even breakfast delivery as early as 8 am can get your day started on the right foot.

Rabie initially thought of the idea while touring campuses after graduating from the University of Colorado. Between his experience in Colorado with a friends’ similar business, and Darren’s love-at-first-sight relationship with Eugene, things just clicked when he first arrived at the U of O. Immediately he saw a hole that he knew how to fill, and almost three years later, the rest is history.

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As the crowd at the Flock Party finally begins to thin out and the sun beats its slow, orange retreat to the horizon, everywhere the remnants of free cups, free magnets, even free lighters are swept up by the shrinking waves of underclassmen. Marketing is key for HungryDucks right now, and Darren tells me that on top of the t-shirts he expertly flings through the crowd and the flyers and Facebook “likes”, they try and push the brand on campus as much as possible whenever possible.

HungryDucks.com uses a tiered delivery charge ranging from $3.99 to $5.99 depending on how far away from the restaurant you live. It’s perfect for anyone with an internet connection, an empty stomach, and a few bucks. They work with local and chain restaurants to get exclusive deals that aren’t available anywhere else, in order to bring Eugene a convenient service like no other.

“We’re up to almost 15 drivers and 33 restaurants we’re delivering for, and still have about eight that do their own from the website… Our most popular restaurants are Caspian, Maple Garden, Qdoba, Sy’s Pizza, and Sweet Basil Express.  Our most popular special is the 2 Chicken Burritos from Qdoba for $9.99.”

So whether you’re studying late at the Knight, caught in a marathon Grand Theft Auto V session, or just looking to put something a little different on the table tonight, HungryDucks.com wants to be your go-to delivery option. Just remember: ORDER EAT REPEAT.

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Ice Cream Uber Alles!

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Ok, maybe not Ice Cream above all else, but, how about Ice Cream delivered directly into your hand, wherever you happen to be at the click of a button?  That would be an “uber” (“over”, “above” or “across”) experience!  Well tomorrow, July 18th, you can find out what it feels like.

On demand transportation industry disrupter UBER is bringing their ridesharing experience to Eugene in the form of the ultimate Ice Cream Truck.  Make that trucks.  Unlike their rideshare service, you will need to head to one of several locations you can find HERE. You will also want to bring a friend as they will be delivering bundles of frozen treats.

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This Friday, July 18, open the app and you’ll have the chance to request ice cream on-demand – it’s as simple as dropping an pin on the map, clicking a button, and having delicious treats on the way to your location in minutes.Last year Uber Ice Cream was available to people in 34 cities, and this year we’re excited to include Eugene among the 130 cities participating globally.

Here’s the Inside Scoop:
– Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android
– Request the “Ice Cream” option via your app
If a truck is available, you and your friends will be enjoying sweet treats and Uber swag within minutes
– Ice cream trucks will be on the road from 11 AM to 5 PM on Friday, July 18th
– Demand for ice cream trucks will be very high and availability very limited. It may take multiple tries to find an available truck. Please be patient! We’ll be working all day to deliver as much ice cream as possible.
– No cash required! Ice cream served around the world is charged to the user’s Uber account. (But in Eugene and Salem, ice cream will be FREE!)

Each city is partnering with local ice cream trucks to offer bundles of five or six treats for you to share with friends, co-workers, or family.

The blog will be live here tomorrow, and it has an interactive map with all the places Ice Cream is being delivered: http://blog.uber.com/icecream2014

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Having used UBER during a recent trip to San Francisco, it’s hard to think of a better introduction to a service or product unless it was my test drive of the amazing Tesla S. Those two experiences have made it clear what kind of car I’d like to drive, and what service I’ll use when I’m not going to be driving.

While UBER service isn’t currently available in our area, you’ll want to download the app to get the ice cream, then on your world travels, you’ll want to see if UBER is where you are.  If they are, try them and drop us a photo of your UBER transport experience.

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So, if you’re out for the UBER Ice Cream experience tomorrow, and you happen to see one of the intrepid EDN photographers or staff, snap a selfie with us and tag us in it.  You’ll want to hit the like button on the EDN page too.  We’ve got a Coburg Pizza gift card to go with that ice cream for 3 randomly selected #selftographers.

Midnight Mugshots – June 25, 2014

Information from the arrests/bookings of the following people is selected from the websites of Lane County Jail (LCJ) and Springfield Municipal Jail (SMJ). Pictures – Mugshots used in this article were taken from those websites and are public record. All those arrested/booked are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

A list of criminal charges against persons and definitions of each one can be found here.

A list of criminal charges pertaining to property and definitions of each one can be found here.

A list of criminal charges involving fraud or deception and definitions of each one can be found here.

A list of criminal charges against public order, firearms or other weapons, racketeering and definitions of each one can be found here.

A list of criminal charges against public health, decency and animals and definitions of each one can be found here.

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Name: Sherman Christian Brekke
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 00:30
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department
Charges: unlawful possession of meth -1

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Cronin.Arielle.Elizabeth

Name: Arielle Elizabeth Cronin
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 05:35
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Springfield Police Department
Charges: unlawful possession of heroin, and unlawful possession of meth -1

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Daly.Mark.Douglas

Name: Mark Douglas Daly 
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 00:08
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Lane County Sheriff’s Office
Charges: unlawful possession of meth -1, and unlawful delivery of meth

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Dodds.Jeremy.Leroy

Name: Jeremy Leroy Dodds
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 01:34
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Springfield Police Department
Charges: unlawful possession of marijuana -1, and unlawful delivery of marijuana

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Gomez.Gumersindo.Oscar

Name: Gumersindo Oscar Gomez
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 01:55
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Springfield Police Department
Charges: fugitive from another state – Delaware

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Harvick.Derek.Preston

Name: Derek Preston Harvick
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 00:01
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Eugene Police Department
Charges: criminal mischief 2, and criminal trespass 2

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Name: Marella Darlene Reil
Booking: June 25, 2014 – 03:15
Facility: Lane County Jail
Arresting Agency: Information Not Listed
Charges: Information Not Listed

Released: June 25, 2014 – 03:34

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Falling Sky Delicatessen Will Now Offer Bicycle Delivery

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That pastrami sandwich you’ve been craving can now be delivered to your door by an eco-friendly bike courier.

Falling Sky Delicatessen, has partnered with the Cascadian Courier Collective to deliver food every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. according to a release.

“I think it expands our customer base,” Falling Sky Owner Rob Cohen said, “because a lot of people can’t get out or don’t want to go out.

Cohen said the entire food menu will be available for delivery, but the law prohibits beer deliveries.

Lucas Strain, founder and co-owner of the Cascadian Courier Collective, said Falling Sky delivery will cost $2 for customers in the Whitaker neighborhood, downtown Eugene, and the University of Oregon Campus. Strain said the prices will increase as the deliveries get further from the $2 zone.

“It might cost a little more,” Strain said, “but we’ll go anywhere in town.”

Falling Sky Delicatessen is a second location of Falling Sky Brewing. The delicatessen makes, bakes, cures, pickles, brines and smokes everything from scratch.

Strain said there are three regular couriers delivering Falling Sky Delicatessen.

Falling Sky Delicatessen is located at 790 Blair Boulevard. To place an order call: 541-653-9167