Junction City

Mental Hospital Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

JUNCTION CITY, Ore.– State and local leaders came together to celebrate a milestone. They performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Oregon State psychiatric hospital in Junction City.

Michael Schlimmer will enter the facility for treatment next Wednesday. He says today marks a day of hope.

“When I was admitted to the mental health system I was kind of ashamed, but today, with the willingness and acceptance, it takes away from the stigma that we all face,” said Schlimmer.

Inside the walls is a miniature version of society. A staff of more than 300 will provide care that is patient-centered. It’s a fundamentally different approach from 50 years ago.

“Oregon is famous for the book ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, and the whole idea of what used to be mental health treatment which was locking people away. This hospital is about preparing people to move to lower level of care and eventually getting them home,” said Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozeviech.

State Representative Val Hoyle fought tirelessly to make the hospital a reality. She says this journey was very personal.

“I have a brother who has severe mental illness and he cycles in and out of the state hospital and I wanted a place that was built that I would feel comfortable having my family member in,” said Hoyle.

For Schlimmer, he is optimistic about his treatment and is eager to get back into society.

“We look forward to the day when mental illness would be looked at as any other illness. I think this is a continuation for great things to come,” said Schlimmer.

The ceremony also highlighted the hospital’s economic impact. Most of the materials and subcontractors were local, and building the facility created many jobs. The first round of patients move in on March 11.

Two Arrested in Junction City Drug Bust

4th & Kalmia

4th & Kalmia

Junction City, Ore. – Two Junction City residents were arrested during a drug bust at a home on 4th and Kalmia.

Junction City police, with help from the Lane County Special Response Team, served a search warrant early Friday morning. Investigators said inside they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of marijuana.

Neighbors said they woke up to a loud bang and saw multiple police and SWAT vehicles surrounding the house.

“We have an 11-year-old daughter and we really want a safe neighborhood here in Junction, and I like to see the little town get cleaned up,” said one neighbor.

Lorinda Chance and Gary Seiders are both charged with possession of meth and delivery of meth within 1000 feet of a school.



Suspected Drunk Drive Eludes, Crashes

2-17 armando ramon-ramirez mugSPRINGFIELD, Ore. —  Springfield Police say a suspected drunk driver led officers on a short pursuit late Monday night before crashing.

Police say an officer attempted to stop 20-year-old Armando Roman-Ramirez of Junction City at the 2600 block of Marcola Road around 11:30 p.m.

Officers say after the stop was initiated, the vehicle accelerated, ran a red light at 19th St., then lost control, hitting a curb on Q Street before hitting a fence.

Police say Roman-Ramirez’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. He is currently being held in the Lane County Jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving, and felony elude by vehicle.


Junction City Family Receives New Home

new homeJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A Junction City couple is now first time homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

A big welcome home for the Babcock family today. The community and volunteers gathering today for a dedication ceremony.

It took more than 70 volunteers six months to build the house. The Babcocks helped as well, putting in nearly 650 hours of their time. They say they’re ready to move from a one bedroom apartment into a new house.

“This is our first one and our only one. It feels great. It’s really a blessing to have everybody come together and help out,” said Alicia Babcock, the new homeowner.

Habitat for Humanity is planning a new project already, which they hope starts in March. The Babcocks will volunteer to help build that home as well.

Psychiatric Hospital Open House

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore.– Don’t let the gray cement exterior of the new psychiatric hospital in Junction City fool you. Construction of the state’s newest hospital is finally complete and the public will get a chance to take a look inside. The $84 million facility is 220,000 square feet and full of color.

The attention was focused on the interior of the hospital because that’s where 174 patients will call home. Some amenities include a hair salon, spiritual center, library and fitness room. The completion of the hospital is the closure of one chapter, and the beginning of another chapter for residents in Southern Oregon.

“There are many degrees of stigma outside of these walls. The community is able to come in and see that you’ve got a very active community. To replicate and simulate the community so that people are well prepared to leave as soon as they are ready is what we emphasize,” said Deputy Superintendent Bob Gebhardt.

The hospital opens in March and will staff 330 employees. Friday’s tour is from 1-6:30pm.

Junction City Home Invasion Robbery

Junction City OR – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a home invasion robbery on Collins Road in Junction City this morning, 1/23/15, at approximately 2:30 am.

Two occupants of the residence, a 24 year old male and a 23 year old female, were sleeping when they were startled awake by three black males wearing dark clothing.

The male and female were held at gunpoint while the suspects bound their wrists and feet, and covered their mouths. The male was struck in the face with a pistol at one point during the robbery.

Multiple weapons were stolen from the home, as well as marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash. After the suspects fled the home, the male and female were able to pry the restraints loose and contact the homeowner who assisted the couple in calling 911.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has information about this case to contact us at 541-682-4141.

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Junction City Jail Inmate Escapes

12-21 INMATE ESCAPE 1EUGENE, Ore. — Police say on Sunday around 3:30 p.m. an inmate in the custody of Junction City Municipal Jail escaped from custody while being treated for a medical condition at the Eugene Urgent Care clinic at 1800 Coburg Road in Eugene.

The inmate’s name is Katherine May Berg, born October 8, 1981.  She is described as 5’2” tall, weighs approximately 125 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.  She was last seen wearing green and white striped jail clothes with “Junction City Jail” on the back.

Berg left from an exam room and the officer who accompanied her to the clinic was notified approximately 25 minutes after she left by clinic staff that she had left out the west door.

For further information please contact the Junction City Police Department.


City Administrator Resigns

Melissa BowersJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — The city administrator of Junction City informed the city council Tuesday night that she is stepping down.

This is yet another shakeup in leadership in Junction City.

The resignation comes as the city continues its investigation into the police chief who has been on an administrative leave for months now.

City Administrator Melissa Bowers has gone on record with us before, saying Chief Mark Chase is on leave for non-disciplinary reasons. The city is looking into allegations made by police department staff.

While there’s no timeline on when or if Chase is coming back, Bowers assured us her resignation has nothing to do with the police department investigation, but family health concerns.

“I was very open with council starting in August of this year that I had some family issues going on, and they worked with me on a modified schedule, but I still need to make family a priority,” Bowers said.

Bowers’ last day on the job is in February.

The city started the process of looking for her replacement at Tuesday night’s meeting. During the meeting, the mayor says there are no talks of the chief being punished.

Police Chief Still on Paid Leave

JC POLICE CHIEF CHASEJUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Junction City Police Chief Mark Chase is still on paid administrative leave and residents are now asking questions about why it’s been so long.

City Administrator Melissa Bowers says Chase has been on leave since July 18. Although she wouldn’t go on camera. Bowers says it’s non-disciplinary, and they are investigating allegations made by staff within the Junction City Police Department.

Residents say they’re concerned and have questions, but would rather have all allegations investigated the right way.

“I’d rather have it investigated thoroughly and done right and so there’s no mistakes. If he’s found not guilty of whatever he’s doing, then he should be put back to work,” says Junction City resident Dave Walker.

Get a look at how the city is handling the situation on KEZI 9 News at 6 on Wednesday.

Friday Night Blitz – November 14th

On the November 14th, 2014 edition of the Friday Night Blitz, highlights include the second week of playoffs from Oregon City at Sheldon, Wilsonville at Springfield and Marist at Corvallis.

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