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Two Arrested in Thurston INET Drug Bust

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On Tuesday March 3, 2015, members of Lane County Inter-agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) executed a state search warrant at the 6400 block of Thurston Rd, Springfield, Oregon.

Investigators seized three firearms along with evidence of the unlawful manufacturing and delivery of heroin and marijuana, and unlawful possession of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Investigators found the garage area of the residence had been modified structurally to conceal growing marijuana plants and the residence’s electrical systems had been modified.
The City of Springfield Building Codes Department was consulted and determined the modifications to the electrical system were unsafe and requested the Springfield Utility Board to respond to the location and cut power to the building.

Alexey Nicholas Erhart
Alexey Nicholas Erhart

Alexey Nicholas Erhart, a 27 year old male, was lodged in the Lane County Jail on Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of Heroin within 1000’of a school, Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacturing of Marijuana within 1000’ of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Child Neglect I, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Kelina Justine Duran, a 28 year old female, was taken into custody and lodged on an outstanding Deschutes County arrest warrant.

Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation is continuing.

Kelina Justine Duran
Kelina Justine Duran

The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Parole and Probation Department, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.

 

 

 

 

The Campbell Club rocks on after run-ins with police

If you know anything about the Campbell Club, it probably has to do with either its hippies or its parties — and if you know anything about its parties, it’s that they tend to get broken up. In recent years, the co-op has had two notable run-ins with the police — one in 2008 and another this February. The first resulted in four arrests. The second, prompted by a noise violation, resulted in 23. While the co-op began hosting parties again fairly quickly after the first bust, it is still in the process of recovering from the second.

The Campbell Club is probably the University of Oregon’s foremost venue for live music, organizing open mics on Tuesdays and booking small bands to play parties that end up much larger than those bands’ average draws. But since the raid, the co-op has taken extreme care in organizing its events.

“We weren’t even sure if we wanted to keep having open mics,” said Max Kelner, current resident of the Campbell Club. “But we decided to because we just wanted to keep music accessible to people. I think that’s one of the driving forces behind this place — I mean, how many places can you see live music for five bucks, all ages?”

Not many, at least not this close to campus. That’s why, according to Kelner, bands were still banging on the Campbell Club’s proverbial door long after the raid. He describes one band that came by on their way to California a few weeks prior. “They asked if we could play a show here and we said we couldn’t get it together, but they still got together and played a show for the house,” he said.

Though the co-op’s reputation may be intact among musicians, it has suffered among those less familiar with its environs.

“It was interesting to see what people really thought of us,” said Cruz Castillo, a former Campbell Club resident. “KVAL did a story on us and we’d look at the comments. Some people really supported us, but other people … ”

Comments on the video run the spectrum from, “Our sad little country has turned into a police state,” to, “I’m glad all those people got arrested and I wish that more did.” Some say the KVAL video portrays the co-op in a negative light, splicing the anchors’ commentary with shots of empty bottles and Solo cups lying outside the building.

“I think we became more mythical,” Castillo said. “When people walk by this place they kind of stare at it. I think the raid helped create this mystery, because nobody really knows what happened.”

Resident Taylor Hulburt insists the celebrations will continue, though likely less often. The co-op has even hosted small parties after the raid — low-key affairs featuring acoustic acts. Residents didn’t even make a flyer for the first one. “It was nice that we were confident enough to throw another party and not be too shaken up by the police,” Castillo said.

But will there be more parties like the one police busted in February?

“I hope not,” Castillo said.

October 8 – Morning Headlines

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Mayor Piercy says she is only willing to keep the ordinance in place for up to another year, and only if the list of crimes that trigger exclusions is shortened.
  • Spate of Dumpster fires hits downtown Eugene
    Late Sunday and early Monday a string fires in Dumpsters were reported in several blocks of the western downtown area.
  • Extension of city’s exclusion zone may hinge on mayor’s vote
    Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is willing to keep the city’s downtown exclusion zone for another year — but only if the council changes it. The council this evening could deadlock 4-4 on whether to keep the controversial ordinance in place beyond Nov. 3…
  • County eyes property from raid
    Lane County authorities want to keep $60,637 in cash, a sport utility vehicle and an automated teller machine seized from a medical marijuana club owner whose Eugene dispensary was shut down after a police raid on Aug. 30. Attorneys for the county last…
  • Oregon wineries seeing “best ever” grape harvests with 2012 dry spell
    Lasting fall sunshine and a record dry spell is making for a possible banner year for Oregon wineries as many local winemakers get ready to harvest grapes this week. 
  • Handy, county back in court
    It was a replay of the videotape — but through the looking glass — in Lane County Circuit Court on Friday. Once again, attorneys for Lane County and some members of its board of commissioners were in a courtroom, appearing by video camera before a …
  • Council takes up coal issue tonight
    Union Pacific Railroad won’t have a place at the table during this evening’s Eugene City Council panel discussion on coal trains, but the railroad asserts it can safely ship coal through the city. The City Council is considering a resolution opposi…
  • Oregon State men’s soccer earns first road win since 2010
    Emery Welshman’s seventh goal of the season led Oregon State to a 1-0 victory over San Diego State on Sunday afternoon in Pac-12 men’s soccer. Welshman’s goal and the defense’s shutout moves the Beavers to 6-4-1 and 1-2 in league …

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Even Columbus himself would find it hard to complain about today’s weather. Our rain season for Western Oregon officially began October first and it looks like we have a chance of seeing some rain by the end of the week.

High: 72
Low: 39
Forecast: sunny and mild

A  high pressure ridge (Shaded “Arch” shape with blue arrows) has moved to the east a bit, but still centered over Oregon, (see blue arrows curving from the northeast) and a thermal trough of low pressure (dashed line along the Oregon coast) our weather pattern will remain stable. We’ll have chilly nights followed by pleasant days with sunshine and average temperatures for today, Columbus Day, and beyond. It’s time to think back and remember the destruction caused by the “Great Columbus Day storm of 1962.” Today is the celebrated day for Columbus Day (now a Monday holiday), but the storm in 1962 actually occurred on October 12th the day historically designated as “Columbus Day.” For more on that storm click here.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly sunny and mild today (Columbus Day), clear this evening,  partly cloudy tonight, AM clouds, a mix of clouds and sun Tuesday, clear Tuesday night, partly cloudy in the AM, sunny Wednesday, then partly cloudy Wednesday night highs near 72 lows 39-42. Partly cloudy Thursday and Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Friday, a (30%) chance of rain Friday night and Saturday, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Saturday night, then cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Sunday highs 72-65 warming to near 70 Sunday lows 42-46. (seasonal averages high 68 low 42)

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.

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