Social Media Assists in Police Investigations

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Social media is proving to be a useful tool for investigators.

The Springfield Police Department said they use social media on a regular basis.
Officers said during an on-going investigation, checking in on a site, like Facebook, is one of many tools they use to learn more about a suspect.

Sergeant Keith Seanor said it’s a practice they use for more detailed investigations. He said when they receive a description of a suspect from a witness or victim, a recent photo posted on social media can help them better identify a suspect, rather than a dated DMV photo.

Just days ago, police said they used Facebook to help identify a man accused of stalking a woman while she was on a run. This incident happened on Friday night and the suspect, Jeffrey Sonza, was arrested on multiple charges.

Sergeant Seanor adds that tips from social media are never what holds an investigation together, because investigations are based on criminal conduct. He said it helps reaffirm they’re looking at the right suspects.

Lane County Mugshots – Eugene Daily News Merger

Eugene OR – Lane County Mugshots (LCM) is in the process of a merger with the Eugene Daily News (EDN). Soon all your favorite LCM articles will be published on the EDN website.

LCM will continue to publish news, Police Blotter, FBI Files, Mugshots, Crime/Missing, Accidents, To The Editor, and Warnings/Advisories. These articles and more will soon be found on the Eugene Daily News website. Complete daily mugshots are already served to the reader through the EDN  website.

This merger will benefit you as a reader with a wider variety of articles, and better servers to ensure you never experience a website outage.

Lane County Mugshots is excited to be working with one of the best hyper-local news site that Lane County has to offer.  LCM will eventually be EDN’s Crime page.

The LCM Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LaneCountyMugshots will still keep Facebook users up to date with links to your favorite articles, as will the LCM Uncensored Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaneCountyMugshotsUncensored/.


LCM hope this merger will be seamless for you the readers. If you have question or concerns about this please email LCM at [email protected] We will be happy to answer any of your concerns or questions.

Here are a few helpful links to EDN and the full daily mugshots articles.

Eugene Daily News: http://eugenedailynews.com/

Daily LCM Mugshots Category: http://eugenedailynews.com/c/news/news-mugshots/


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Ice Cream Uber Alles!


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.



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


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.



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.

Photo Essay: Oh Say Can You See


This years Fourth of July, Independence Day celebration at Dexter Lake State Park was a nearly perfect event.  This annual fundraiser for the Dexter Volunteer Firefighters Association is now in it’s 16th year.  This is EDN’s 3rd year as partners with the DVFA. It is estimated that more than 4500 people were in attendance this year.  Not bad for a little state park out past the edge of town.  Of course having a lake, sunshine, 7 bands, fireworks, Bigfoot Distributing and Steel Pail hosting a beer garden, Organic foods courtesy of Creswell Bakery and Furrer Farms, and a score of local vendors on site makes it a pretty sweet place to spend a 4th of July.

The newest member of the EDN team, photographer Billie-Jo Miller, documented this year for us.

First up we had NAUGHTY DIGIT from Salem

Naughty Digit from Salem kicked off the Event.  Vintage music, tight band.
Naughty Digit from Salem kicked off the Event. Vintage music, tight band.

Followed by Eugene’s own THE HIDEAWAYS – a self titled 60’s garage band.

The Hideaways Dave Thomas kicking it.
The Hideaways Dave Thomas kicking it.

Then Locals CODE RED.


Stay tuned for the next 3 acts.

Behind The Scenes: Don’t Be Ashamed of Selfies


I think the negative press surrounding “Selfies” is absurd and we need to fight back. I myself have been called “The King of Selfies” and wear that badge with honor. Not everyone can take a picture of themselves and have it come out looking great.

I don’t know when I figured out the art of “Selfie” photography but perhaps because I videotape myself a lot I’m comfortable pointing and shooting a camera at my own mug. My kids sometimes make fun of me for shooting pictures of me, me and my wife, me and your wife or even politicians I spot shopping for a tie at the Rack (Ron Wyden)


We recently produced a video explaining our position on “Selfies” and I’m asking people like you to send me a “Selfie” so I can put it on the Rick Dancer TV show. I believe “Selfies” are an important cultural issue. I’ve heard parents concerns over the “Selfie” but for goodness sakes there are far greater issues to tackle out there than kids/adults or even people like me who take one-handed pictures of themselves.

I’m supposed to use these “Behind the Scenes” blogs to talk about the Rick Dancer TV show so before the editor of Eugene Daily News tries to fire me (Kelly Asay) I’d better get back to topic.

For the month of June we are digging through our archives finding our favorite stories to re-air on the show. Its fun to go back and look at what you’ve done and think of what you want to do differently in the future. We’ve created some amazingly important content over the past six or so years and I hope you enjoy what we’re dusting off and bringing back.

We are also adding many new things to the show, a new helpful tips piece from Womenspace on how to talk with your kids and A-1 Auto Glass begins a new series of spots about Rock Chip Repair and the importance of getting your windshield replaced by a reputable dealer, like A-1.

One of the greatest things about my job is I learn so much from my clients. I’m excited to share some of these A-1 facts with you over the next few months. Some of them deal with safety and we’re all better off understanding how our cars operate and the importance of the windshield when it comes to safety.

If you stayed with me to this point in this blog you win the big prize. You can now go online and watch the Rick Dancer TV Episode for Sunday June 1st.

If you choose to wait, you can watch it live on KEVU Sunday at 4:30pm.

Aretha is Missing – Reward



It’s not everyday you hear that a life-size plastic cow is stolen, or that there is a reward for it’s return.

So if you haven’t heard Aretha is missing, she is a life-size cow owned by Lochmead Dairy. Here is Rick Dancer with the story. Oh, by the way. The reward is a years worth of ice cream.

Let’s make the people who stole Aretha into mugshots.

Here is a link to the “Finding Aretha” Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/findingaretha 



LCM Missing Areta Plastic Cow Lochmead

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Behind The Scenes: RDTV Brings Back Historic KEZI Stories


What I love most about television is link it gives me to other people and this show, the one that airs on Sunday March 30th, is all about community.

Florence and I have a friendship that goes back many years. When I worked at KEZI we did many “Our Town” Specials from the Oregon Coast City and people there have always treated me as a local. My wife and I are over there quite a bit, so much so rumor has it we have a place there, but we don’t.

We are always finding new ways to build community on the show. That’s not a slogan it really is a goal and this show will give you that feeling.


We have a new feature we call a “Face Plant”. I know it sounds bloody but it’s not. It’s a one-minute interview with a businessperson or a chamber member to talk about the latest happenings. I love it because it’s not a commercial it’s a conversation. Check out the faces in this show!


On this show we’ll introduce you to the Bridgewater Fish House and the Zebra Bar in Florence. We’ll also show you a new park in town and get you ready for a summer of fun in the city on the waterfront.


We’re also introducing a partnership we just put together with the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and Archives Department. The Chambers Family, who own KEZI TV, my former employer, recently gifted all the film and video archives to this department for safekeeping. Our partnership with the U of O and will allow us to air stories from the past and put some historical perspective on issues around Western Oregon. We are really excited about this and on this upcoming show will start off with a fun story I did while working at KEZI back in the 90’s.  (Yes I had brown hair then)

We hope you enjoy this show and get a taste of things to come.

Got something to say? We want to find out more. Contact us at Rick Dancer We’d like nothing better than to plant your face on our show.

Made it this far?  Here’s the show!

Former Delta Sand & Gravel Employees File Class Action Lawsuit

Former Employees File Class Action Lawsuit Against Delta Sand & Gravel Co. and Babb Construction Co.

Four former employees of Eugene based Delta Sand & Gravel Co. have filed a class action lawsuit against their former employer on behalf of themselves and other current and former employees of Delta and Babb Construction Co. alleging violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and violations of Oregon Prevailing Wage and Wage and Hour laws.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Eugene, seeks damages in excess of 3.5 million dollars for alleged repeated and systematic violations of federal and state labor laws. The four-­‐count lawsuit alleges a deliberate pattern by Delta and Babb Construction Co. to underpay their employees. The lawsuit also alleges that Delta Sand & Gravel Co., and the closely related Babb Construction Co., engaged in a pattern of unlawful pay practices that resulted in the chronic underpayment of wages to employees of both companies.

Following a 2012 investigation by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Delta and Babb paid out over $400,000 to current and former employees for previously earned but unpaid wages. According to the lawsuit, that amount falls far short of what is owed to the employees.

In addition, the Complaint alleges that Delta and Babb took an unlawful fringe benefit credit against wages earned by their employees on prevailing wage projects.

April 26 – Morning Headlines


Morning Headlines


As summer approaches, a new batch of River Guides are being trained. Catch part one of Dante Zuniga-West's 3 part series on becoming a Parks & Rec river guide.
As summer approaches, a new batch of River Guides are being trained. Catch part one of Dante Zuniga-West’s 3 part series on becoming a Parks & Rec river guide.
  • One hospitalized after man bites man during Eugene fight
    A Springfield man was hospitalized yesterday after another man allegedly bit him during a fight outside a northwest Eugene home, Lane County sheriff’s officials said. The 40-year-old bite victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-thr
  • Sanipac union workers OK new 4-year contract
    A majority of union-represented workers at Sanipac approved a new four-year contract today, a union representative said. The new contract, retroactive to last July 1, means that the garbage hauling and recycling company and its employees have averted a
  • Bars with patios avoid time restriction
    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has declined to adopt rules regulating how late bars and taverns can allow customers to drink on outdoor patios.
  • Old prescription drugs can be discarded at five Lane County locales on Saturday
    Those who have medicine cabinets filled with expired or unused prescription drugs will have a chance Saturday to clear the clutter and safely dispose of the drugs. Several reserve deputies from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office will be armed with
  • Fourth arrest made in Sweet Home kidnap case
    A fourth suspect is now in custody in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a 20-year-old woman last weekend in Sweet Home. Michell Dawn Slay, 25, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday night, Linn County sheriff’s officials said. Slay
  • Boston marathoner to volunteer at Eugene Marathon
    A Roseburg man who completed the Boston Marathon merely a half hour before the explosions will be volunteering on Sunday for the Eugene Marathon
  • Three Ducks juggle rare role of Oregon sprint star and football player
    When you’re watching the Oregon spring football game on Saturday, pay close attention to three players attempting an extremely difficult juggling act. Besides taking care of their spring football duties, De’Anthony Thomas, Dior Mathis and B 
  • Diamond Ducks set to face Stanford ace Mark Appel on Friday
    On Friday, the Duck nine will line up against a two-time All-American pitcher, who was selected No. 8 in last year’s MLB draft, and who’s projected to go first off the board to the Houston Astros on June 6, as he chose to stay in school rather than sig
  • Dion Jordan Goes No. 3 to the Miami Dolphins
    Former Oregon Ducks defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan did not have to wait long before hearing his name called in the NFL Draft. Jordan went as the No. 3 overall pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins
  • Churchill Routes Marshfield, Back to Winning Ways
    The Churchill Lancers got back to their winning ways on Thursday, overpowering the Marshfield Pirates by a score of 17-4 in a shortened contest that was ended after five innings. Previously dropping five straight, the Lancers now have a 2-3 record in t

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A Conversation With Author Peter Hoffmeister


Peter Hoffmeister is a local author, teacher, and until recently, a contributor to The Huffington Post. He spent much of his upbringing in Eugene, and ultimately decided to settle down and start a family here. His first book, a memoir called The End of Boys, was published by Black Skull Press in 2011, and focuses on Hoffmeister’s personal struggles as a teenager. It tells a story of an isolated, anguish-filled and somewhat self-loathing young man, who, despite some bouts with delinquency, ultimately morphs into a family man and a productive member of society.

Hoffmeister will be giving a reading at Tsunami Books (2585 Willamette St. in Eugene) on April 6, along with four other Oregonian authors, Anthony Robinson, J.T. Bushnell and Jay Stephen Nebel. For more info on that event, go here.

His next two books, Let Them Be Eaten By Bears (an outdoor parenting book) and Graphic the Valley (Hoffmeister’s first novel), are scheduled to be released this year. Recently, Eugene Daily News had a chance to speak with Hoffmeister about growing up in Eugene, the challenges of being an independent author, and more:

Eugene Daily News: In the liner notes of your memoir, you talk about having to drastically cut words after starting with a large first draft. How do you sit there, take a look at your life’s story, and decide what’s most important what isn’t?

Peter Hoffmeister: Specifically, I wrote a 500-page draft first, and it wasn’t very good. I knew not only did I need to revise it, but there was a lot I needed to cut. As far as getting it down to those 200 pages I ended up with, that was 13 drafts later.

To narrow it down, I just asked: What is the important story? Where does this arc start, and where does it end? Most of my childhood and my adult life didn’t really matter, so I focused mostly on my teenage years, and that made things easier.

EDN: You have a lot of private information in your book, many stories about the lowest points in your life, some personal family stories, and you describe the angst you felt as a teen quite vividly. Did you ever feel uncomfortable showing this much of your life to the public?

PH: Yeah, I was definitely apprehensive. My brother Cooper read a lot of drafts to help fact check, since he was there for so many different scenes…

I chose to write the book in present tense, because I wanted to evoke a feeling of being there, and some people misread it, and thought I was describing my current state of mind. I’ve gotten a little bit of hate mail, people writing things like, “How could you be a teacher when you think like this?

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People don’t understand, that stuff was 18 years ago. It’s a part of my history, but it’s not reflective of my life now.

EDN: Do you still carry any of that stuff with you today? What lessons have you learned from your past?

PH: I’m not sure. I know that writing so many drafts of the book and working on it for six years was really cathartic. It was a weird kind of therapy, and I sorta felt at the end that I wasn’t telling my story anymore; that I was just perfecting these images in my mind.

Writing a book definitely helps emotionally, for my personality. So in some ways, no I don’t carry any of it with me anymore, but at the same time, I feel like we’re a collection of our choices. I’ve definitely made a lot of mistakes—I don’t want to make them again, and I’d like to help my students avoid making those kinds of mistakes.

EDN: Your book talks about the loss of innocence in youth, which is a popular topic in American literature. Do you feel that today’s children have to grow up a little bit quicker than they did in your era, or do you feel it’s easier now for kids to be kids?

PH: I think kids in the 90s did grow up quicker than kids in the 50s, for sure. I don’t think there was the same kind of media influence. From what I’ve heard from people who grew up in the 40s and 50s, the average kid back then wasn’t involved in as many bad things as the average kid was into during the 90s.

I don’t know if we grew up quicker than the generation now, though, because now they have so much access to information, both good and bad. I feel like kids lose their innocence, as far as visuals go, very very early. And there’s a lot of drug and alcohol use now with my high school students.

I feel like there might be less violence, even though the media these days is always talking about how there’s so much violence in schools. I see a lot less violence in the high school where I teach than I did in the high schools where I attended.

Lowball LowEDN: What was it like to switch gears to a novel, after writing your memoir?

PH: That was weird. I started with a long short story, but I realized I’d opened up too many things to make it work. I asked another Eugene writer who I respect, Meriam Gershow, to read it, and she said, “This is a great story, but it just tries to do too much in 30 pages.”

So I started developing it more, but I struggled with structure for a long time. With a memoir, you have a set time period: a beginning and an end. But with a novel, structure is really difficult. You have this scope of the infinite; what are you gonna do? Where are you gonna start? Where are you gonna end? What are your characters gonna be? You can do absolutely anything, and that was kinda overwhelming for me. I went through a series of structures that didn’t work before I finally found something I felt good about.

EDN: What about for Let Them Be Eaten By Bears? How did you approach that, and what was the end result?

PH: It has to do with running an outdoor program and parenting the way I parent, and really feeling like we’ve lost our connection to the natural world.

EDN: What was the process like, getting a book published? What advice would you give to other aspiring authors in the area?

PH: It’s really hard to get books published. Books aren’t selling as much as they used to. My first book was rejected by 22 publishers, just on the first round. It takes some time.

If you want to get published with a significant literary press, you absolutely have to have an agent. That’s key, because agents know the market, and they’re not going to take you on unless they know it’s a book that can sell. If you have a manuscript that’s in good shape, you start by querying agents. If you query 20 agents, you’re lucky if you hear back from one.

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