Eugene Police Department

Taking Back Downtown

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Well, it seems at least some of you made those calls to our city government.  I decided to brave downtown to grab a quick bite before heading out on other duties, not something I’d normally do.  To my happy surprise, what did I see?

This:

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Welcome back to Kesey Square.  That’s Valley River’s own Matt Rassmussen in the foreground.

Smack dab in Kesey Square.

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised but, being a little cynical, I expected it was a community information kind of thing.  I walked up and asked a couple of questions about what they were doing.  To my surprise, this is not a one time thing,

“We’ve had a lot of community and business owner feedback about the downtown area and it’s clear that our public spaces are not being utilized the way they were intended.  We’re here to help take these areas back and we’ll be here till the weather turns.”

Now you’re talking.  This is at least a start.  I was curious how far this plan went and it was explained to me’

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“If this location works the way we hope, we’ll begin adding locations to our efforts.”

Bravo Eugene Police Department.  Now lets see if the City has the will to hold the line when the push back comes.  On the way back to my office I passed two young people who often sleep in the park explaining to what appeared to be a seasoned traveller friend that the police were kicking people out of the park, taking their dogs, not even letting them sleep there!

Eugene’s hugely vocal activist minority is bound to weigh in.  My opinion?  Dear City Goverment and all your entities:  Don’t give in.  Don’t flinch, don’t equivocate, don’t be mealy mouthed politicians.  Serve the people who elected you and pay your salaries.  Support the police department, support this effort to reclaim the citie’s public spaces.  The city will be better for it, and so will your approval ratings.

That goes for all of us in the community.  I’m going to ask you again to call the Eugene Police Department, The City Council, The City Manager and the Mayor, but this time, I want you to let them know you support this effort downtown and support it being extended to every location in the city where our public spaces have been overrun.  This is working, don’t stop now.  We won’t.

Madam Mayor, Mr. City Manager, City Council Members – don’t over do it.  Support Occupy Medical and their efforts.  Continue to work to find solutions that work for both our community and the homeless and displaced populations here in Eugene.  It’s far more important than the color of the carpet in the new City Hall.

EPD Warns of Prize Scam

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene woman listened to her intuition and sniffed out a scam artist who was impersonating a Eugene Police lieutenant.3-27 EPD SCAM

That scammer told the woman she won thousands of dollars but had to pay, before she could get the cash.

Eugene Police say the 73-year-old woman did the right thing, verifying the information she was given.

Police say she got the call Monday from someone posing as “Agent Mike Stone from the Publisher’s Clearing House.”

The agent claimed she’d been selected to receive $600,000. But she’d need to validate her prize with police.

She later got a call from a City of Eugene number.

The man on the other end of the phone claimed he was Lt. Doug Mozan and asked her to send money to verify her information.

She knew it was a red flag.

“Law enforcement are not an agent of the Publisher’s Clearing House and we don’t do anything to try to verify the validity of these sorts of things. That’s not a service we provide,” said Lt. Doug Mozan.

Lt. Mozan says he was shocked to find out he was the person scam artists were impersonating.

He found out about the phone call, when it came up in conversation.

If you want tips on avoiding scams, there’s a free event happening at the Hult Center on April 27th, called Scam Jam.

Videotaping Police: EPD Drafts Policy

EUGENE, Ore. — As videotaping of police officers gains national attention, the Eugene Police Commission is addressing its own policy.3-12 POLICE RECORDING POLICY

Thursday night it discussed its draft “Recording Police Activities by the Community.”

Police want to make sure the public knows it’s their right to record police activities.

But, there are reasonable restrictions.

“You can’t trespass on somebody else’s property. You can’t commit a crime. You can’t incite others to not cooperate with the police while trying to capture video,” said Sgt. Matt Lowen, Eugene Police Department.

Lowen says police do have the right to ask people to step back while recording if it’s interfering with police activity.

Three Vehicle Crash at 6th & Chambers

crash pic for websiteEUGENE, Ore — Crews responded to the scene of a three vehicle crash on West 6th & Chambers just before 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

Eugene Police say all three vehicles were heavily damaged, and one person was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of West 6th for more than an hour.

We will update the story as we receive more information.

 

Missing Eugene Toddler Found in Arizona

EUGENE, Ore. — A three-year-old boy from Eugene who went missing nearly a year ago is safe.TRISTAN 3

He was found in Arizona Sunday.

Mother Alicia Lopez says her three-year-old son Tristan Silva went missing last March after his dad took him during a custody dispute.

Lopez says she was worried about the safety of her son because of his father’s lack of parenting skills.

The custody dispute goes back nearly a year when Lopez says she found herself fighting for custody of not one but two sons — both with different fathers.

She says she knew something was wrong when Tristan’s father, Nathan Silva, didn’t show up for court.

It turns out he took Tristan to Arizona where they’d been living.

Cottonwood Police arrested Nathan Sunday in the parking lot of a church.

Tristan and his mom have since been reunited.

Lopez says for nearly a year they didn’t give up searching for her son.

“I just felt extremely lost and torn apart. My life is my children is my life, and I don’t know how to express that amount of grief,” said Lopez.

Lopez says it feels amazing and unreal to be reunited with her son.

There was a warrant out for Nathan Silva’s arrest in Eugene.

He is facing charges of custodial interference in the second degree.

Lopez says they have a lot to do, Tristan is still in diapers and wasn’t getting proper nutrition while with his dad.

Police Warn of Suspicious Man

2-10 22nd and oliveEUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department is warning women to be on the lookout after a man allegedly followed multiple women near 22nd and Olive.

Over the past week, women called police saying a man in a white 2001 or 2002 Jeep followed them and tried to approach them. Police say people in that area should make sure they’re aware of their surroundings.

“Feeling any sort of sense of insecurity or feeling like you’re being followed certainly call 9-1-1. Trust that intuition. I think often times we choose to be polite rather than trusting that little voice saying don’t be polite this is not a safe situation,” said Lt. Jennifer Bills.

The man is described as a white male with facial hair, brown curly hair, and glasses. He was last seen wearing a grey fleece pullover, dirty jeans and dirty shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Eugene Police Department.

Police Car Crashes Into Home

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man is taken into custody, accused of leading officers on a chase that ended with a police officer’s car crashing into a Springfield home.

By early Wednesday afternoon, it’s a much different scene at a home on the corner of 19th and Hayden Bridge Road than just a few hours earlier. The glass is cleared and the window is boarded up, but there are definitely still signs of when a Springfield Police car attempted to enter the house without an invitation.

Officers say they were pursuing a stolen City of Eugene vehicle, driven by suspect Jack Caudy, not too far away on Lawnridge Avenue.

Springfield resident Alena Connolly says, “It’s just unsafe. I’m not surprised he wrecked into that house. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.”

Springfield Police Sgt. Dick Jones says, “Officers are taught to be able to drive their vehicle at different speeds and in different weather conditions and stuff and in this case, it just happened that he ended up off the road and into this house.”

Neighbors say this might be the first time they’ve seen an officer do it, but it’s not the first time they’ve witnessed an unexpected visit.

Neighbor Brad Baker says, “About a month ago, a guy came around that corner, hit the neighbor’s curb here, popped a tire off and tried to get away and ended up in their driveway.”

The homeowners say the damage is bad, but it could be a lot worse and they’re hoping this latest incident will finally drive the city to take some preventative measures.

The amount of time and money it will take to repair the damage to the home and yard is unknown. The homeowners think the entire wall might need to be replaced. They are still waiting to hear from the insurance companies.

Fire Crews Called to EPD

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Springfield Fire Department reported to Eugene Police Department headquarters on the 300 block of Country Club Road  around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Noxious odors were reported, and the building was evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

Grill Stolen From Bar

EUGENE, Ore. — A restaurant bar in Eugene is without a smoker after thieves stole it over the Christmas holiday.12-26 grill stolen

The Paddock owner says he received a text from his bar manager Friday morning saying the grill was gone.

He says he’s floored that someone would do this during the holidays.

“It’s extremely frustrating. Friday nights are prime rib here at The Paddock and we smoke them every Friday so we’re going to have to go to a backup plan at least for now,” said Lamonte Cherrick, The Paddock owner.

Cherrick says the smoker is worth between $1200 and $2000, weighs 300 and 400 pounds and was chained to a post.

If you know anything call police.

Eugene Officers Respond to Shots Fired

West 12th ShootingEUGENE, Ore. — Despite an intense search, Eugene Police say they couldn’t find the source of several reported gun shots in West Eugene Friday night. Multiple units responded to a call on the 3900 block of West 12th. Police say they got a call about a dispute with shots fired just before 6:30 p.m. The SWAT and K9 units also responded.

As officers worked to secure the scene, employees at the nearby America’s Tire store were asked to stay inside.

Employee Bailey Cooper says, “The cops just came in when we were closing the store and they told us to just lock the doors and stay inside and we just waited inside until our manager went out and talked to one of the officers and they said that some shots were fired and the people ran off.”

Despite several witness testimonies, officers were unable locate a shooter or victim. Sam Reynolds road was closed off while officers conducted their search.

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