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As you can tell by the title of this article I am not an electrician. I know how dangerous electric wiring can be in the hands of someone like me so I always find a professional licensed electrician to do the work so I don’t electrocute myself or start a fire. Contractors Electric, LLC in Eugene is prepared to do the kind of work I might need around the house all the way to Commercial and Industrial jobs.

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Contractors Electric – Jeff Brown (L) And Steven Leuck (R)

It all started in May of 2010 when Steven Leuck and Jeff Brown, who had been working together for six years at a different company, decided that they could better serve their clients with lower cost, better efficiency, and customer satisfaction. So they put their combined 62 years of electrical construction experience to work for their own company. As stated on their website “Contractors Electric, LLC is a full service electrical construction company specializing in economical solutions for your complete electrical construction and repair needs.” They have about 10 employees working for and with them.

Steven Leuck was raised in Santa Barbara, California, though he was born in the Northwest, and spent two years doing missionary work in northwest Argentina back in the 1970s. He is still fluent in the Argentine brand of Spanish called Castellano. Steven next moved to New York City working there for ten years then returned to the Eugene area in 1989 so he could be closer to his family. While in New York he worked on dozens of skyscrapers, Wall Street projects, and the Statue of Liberty renovation project among many others.

Back in Eugene Leuck worked as the Chief Estimator, project manager and design/built team member for Phillips Electric for 16 years. The company was bought out by Christenson Electric. For six years he worked for Builders Electric helping them modernize their design and estimating programs,designed many of their larger commercial projects, project managed and estimated.

It’s always good to take a look at the background of someone you are trusting to provide quality electrical construction for you or your business. Here are some of the projects and positions Steven held over his 38 years in the electrical trades. Early on he worked for his father, who was a foreman electrician, as a parts and tool runner; He was involved in designing, bidding, and managing small to very large commercial, residential, and industrial electrical projects; Field experience as an apprentice electrician and later as an estimator/manager in New York City; Nearly 500-million dollars in electrical construction for which he was the designer, the estimator, or the project manager; Bid and managed single electrical projects for as large as 25-million dollars; Extensive experience in project cost containment, management, scheduling, and projections; Well versed and experienced in the use of Microsoft Office products including custom Excel spreadsheets for projections and management purposes; 28-years experience with the electrical industry leading job costing and management software for the electrical industry.

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Statue Of Liberty Renovation 1984 | Photo blogs.denverpost.com

Here’s a look at some of the projects Steve worked on from his stint in New York City through his work in the Eugene-Springfield area up until he formed Contractors Electric. Steven has bid, designed, or managed a multitude of projects including the following starting with New York City: The Statue of Liberty renovation in 1984,Trump Plaza, Goldman Sachs Trading Floor, Bear Stearns Computer Networks, City Spire (73 stories) mixed use skyscraper, Museum of Modern Art Residential Tower, 100 UN Plaza.

Here are some local projects Steven bid, designed, or managed. The list may be long, but it’s very interesting to see the vast scope and diversity of his projects including: Monaco Coach Company, Marathon Coach, King Estate Winery, Western Beverage Distribution Center, TJ Max, Williams Bakery (US/Franz Bakeries), Lillis School of Business at the University of Oregon, St. Vincent DePaul Apartments at The “Royal,” The Lamb,” and The “Aster” locations, Oregon Medical Group Clinics at Westmoreland, Crescent, Gateway, and Barger locations, Sacred Heart Hospital fire alarm system replacement, Eugene Spine and Brain ASC and Clinic, the Ten Coburg Road, ASC and Clinic, Williamette Valley Cancer Linear Accelerator, Williamette Valley Cancer Riverbend Clinic, Hawes Financial Services Office Building, Kendall Toyota, Shorewood Packaging, Lumber Products, Inc, Pacific Clear Vision Clinic and ASC, and Cascade Manor Retirement Center.

With his expertise is Spanish Steven posted the following on the company’s website: Se Habla Español” Si Habla Español solamente, por favor de pedir hablar con Steven.

Steven has been married to his wife Pam for over 16 years. They have four children and 6 grandchildren.

His business partner Jeff Brown has been married to Ricia Brown for 17 years and they have two children, a son and a daughter. In his early years Jeff was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He remains active in scouting with his son. Having been in Oregon for over 34 years and attended Churchill High School and Lane Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in applied science. Jeff has studied electrical installations and National Electrical code extensively and has even taught for the Mid Oregon Independent Contractors Association’s apprenticeship program for two years. He developed and managed electrical training classes for local home improvement stores in order to increase the knowledge base of their electrical sales personnel. Over the past six years he has been working as a project manager, managed direct sales to clients, and supervised the workloads of electrical crews on multiple projects at the same time. He’s been a foreman on many large projects and is an experienced cost control manager with computer experience with emphasis on Microsoft Office and Accubid electrical estimating products.

US Bank Building Downtown Eugene | Photo by US Bank
US Bank Building Downtown Eugene | Photo by US Bank

Here is a sample of the many projects Jeff has played a major role in over the just the last few years. Datalogic’s manufacturing facility, US Bank’s 8-story downtown Eugene office building, Jerry’s Home Improvement Centers in Eugene and Springfield, Grain Miller’s industrial plant, Western Beverage Distribution Center, Abby’s Pizza, Symantec Software’s downtown Eugene facility, Spectrum Software, Willamette Graystone, and several medical buildings for PeaceHealth and the Oregon Medical Group.

Contractors Electric has four main service areas including Design/Build, Commercial/Industrial, Homeowners, and Contractors. In brief: Design/Build – They have the tools, skills, and software to completely design the electrical work for your projects; Commercial/Industrial – Today’s businesses are heavily dependent on computers, printers, servers and other sensitive electronic equipment, so having a good electrical system in place is key. Contractors Electric’s professional electricians work diligently and quietly so you won’t even they are there; Homeowners – Their electricians are highly skilled and trained for all residential wiring, electrical repair, and troubleshooting; Then Contractors – When choosing an electrical sub-contractor, Eugene’s premier general contractors depend on Contractors Electric to complete their projects right and on time. For more detailed information see the Services of their website.

Bags Of Love
Bags Of Love Eugene | Photo by businessfinder.oregonlive.com

Now that you have see the kinds of projects Steve and Jeff have completed it’s time to hear from their recent customers for their take on the service Contractors Electric provided for them. Let’s start with Rindy Hoag, Operations Director, Bags of Love, Inc.– “Contractors Electric did an excellent job installing cable and jacks, thereby connecting all Bags of Love computers to the 21st century! Your prompt service and generous gift of time and materials is very much appreciated by Bags of Love and the children in crisis whom we serve.”

A recent client “Heidi” had these words: ” Very great service. Nathan (one of the company’s electricians) is courteous and works diligently and does a great job. Highly recommend this company.” Another client “Jenevie W.” said “Thank you so much for the prompt response in coming out to my home for the great service!” I’ll give you just one more. “Alexandra” said ” Highly professional and prompt arrival with excellent service. Jeff did a great job explaining the electrical problem to me in simple language that I could understand. Job was done at at a reasonable price and in an efficient manner. I would definitely use you again.”

The details in this article came from an interview with Steven Leuck and from the Contractors Electric website.

If you would like a free estimate on an electrical job just go to their contact page, fill out the form and hit enter. To sum it all up, if you have an electrical problem or need, Contractors Electric should be your number one choice.

Speaking of choice. Contractors Electric is a finalist for the best electrical contractor in the Register-Guard’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Steve and Jeff and the whole staff would appreciate your vote and, of course, your business.

You can comment below or email me at: [email protected]


Fire displaces seven in early evening fire


Eugene-Springfield Metro Firefighters responded to a house fire in East Springfield, early Tuesday night which sent an Orange glow from the fire scene witnesses and Fire Officials said.

Firefighters battle a house fire in East Springfield, early Tues evening. Photo Credit KEZI 9 News.
Firefighters battle a house fire in East Springfield, early Tues evening. Photo Credit KEZI 9 News.

Firefighters were called to a single story residence at 1192 39th St., in northeast Springfield and found the residence heavily involved with smoke and fire upon their arrival, shortly after 8:20 p.m. Tuesday night, dispatch logs said.

Initial fire crews were unable to provide an initial fire attack to contain the blaze once they arrived on scene, due to the danger of arcing power lines crossing the fire scene, officials said. Springfield Utility crews from the Springfield Utility Board (SUB) were dispatched to the scene to help turn off the power so firefighters could contain the blaze.

Several residents reportedly said they heard several explosions before fire crews arrived on scene to fight the fire. No one was reportedly injured in the blaze or seriously hurt or transported to a local hospital.

Fire Officials say, the residence was a total loss and seven people were displaced from the fire. The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined and is still under investigation at press time. The response to the fire netted 19 firefighters with 8 pieces of equipment consisting of 2 Battalion Chiefs, 4 Engines, 1 Truck, 3 Medic Units.

Oregon Firepage contributed to this report.

PeaceHealth Urgent Care New Location

urgent careSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Changes on the way for PeaceHealth at RiverBend, as its urgent care gets ready to move to a new location.

The new space will be at the Gateway Marketplace, just down the road for its current location.

The plan has been in the works for more than a year. The hospital believes the move will benefit patients because of the extra parking, and will prevent confusion with the hospital’s emergency department.

“I think it’s a good idea because it separates it from the hospital and there’s so much confusion about urgent care and where you go. Do you go to the emergency room or urgent care? I think this is a nice idea. I really do,” said Springfield resident, Kristen SanRomani.

The RiverBend location will close Wednesday, March 4 in the evening, and reopen at its new location Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 a.m.

Firefighters Meet Cancer Survivors

IMG_0361EUGENE, Ore. — The annual “Firefighters Stair Climb” is just around the corner, and firefighters from Eugene and Springfield are busy training.

On Sunday, February 22, they got some help from a few honorary fireighters.

The stair climb, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, draws in 1,800 firefighters to Seattle to climb the 69-story Columbia Center in full fire gear.

Families impacted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society met some of those firefighters today at station one, and got their own special tour.

“They welcomed us wonderfully. The kids have climbed around stuff. They climbed in stuff. They got to do the hose. It was just wonderful,” said Angela Lambert, mother of a survivor.

“This brings it more on a personal level so we get to see where the money we raise goes, and we get to connect on a personal level,” said firefighter, Garret Caster.

The firefighters hosted a “Pints for A Cause” night with Ninkasi Thursday.

The climb is on March 8.

SUV Crashes Into Walgreens

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A close call at a Springfield Walgreens when a car came crashing through its front doors Tuesday night.2-17 walgreens crash

The front doors were mashed and mangled and one of them was several feet inside the store at the intersection of Mohawk Boulevard and Centennial Boulevard.

Police say the driver, 52-year-old Mark Hiatt said he was turning in the parking lot when his foot slipped and hit the gas.

No one was hurt, but the impact left many, including the passenger in the car shaken.

“I really thought the store was moving. I did for a split second I thought the store was coming at us. And I’m very thankful, thank God there was nobody standing there that could’ve been really hurt,” said Shari Hiatt, passenger.

There were several people standing just inside the doors, but again, no one was hurt.

Police say Hiatt was driving on a suspended license.

The store was closed Tuesday night for repairs.

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.


Drone Hits Woman’s House

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield woman is speaking out just days after a drone with a camera attached crashed into her house.

Judith Salyer says the incident happened last Thursday when she was outside doing yard work. She says the drone was hovering over her yard, and pointing the camera at her.

Salyer says recent break-ins around her neighborhood on the 900 block of 46th Street have her on high alert, and the drones make her suspicious.

She says she waived repeatedly at the camera, telling it to go away, but it didn’t.

“Instead of leaving, it came down at me and I went, ‘Oh my gosh’ and it scared me and I ran in my house and I called the police,” says Salyer.

Springfield Police say there are no laws in Oregon that make it a crime to fly a drone. But they say, the operator of a drone may be civilly liable under certain circumstances for flying over a person’s property at less than 400 feet.

Police still have the drone. So far, no one has claimed it.

Springfield Police Blotter – Feb. 02 – 04, 2015


Springfield Police Blotter. Stories from the men and women of the Springfield Police Department. This edition covers Feb. 02 – 04, 2015




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INCIDENT: Robbery 1 Arrest                             CASE # 15-1176


LOCATION:  35th Street Market

1279 35th Street, Springfield


DATE/ TIME:  February 4, 2015/1250 hrs.


ARRESTED: Smallwood, Joseph Louis 19 yrs. of Eugene.




NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On the above listed date and time officers responded to the 35th Street Market, located at 1279 35th Street, to a reported armed robbery that just occurred.  When officers arrived in the area, an alert citizen flagged them down and provided them with cellphone footage she had taken of the possible suspect.  That footage included the license plate of the suspect vehicle.  That information was broadcast to all officers.


A short time later the vehicle was located going westbound on Main Street in the 1900 block. The vehicle was stopped in the 1300 block of Main, where Joseph Smallwood was taken into custody without incident.  A handgun and cash from the robbery were located at the vehicle stop.


In the subsequent investigation, police obtained sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Smallwood with another armed robbery that was committed on February 2, 2015 at Rommy’s Market, located at 701 West M Street in Springfield.  A handgun was also displayed in that robbery and cash was taken.


Joseph Louis Smallwood was lodged at the Lane County Jail on two counts of Robbery 1 and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.


The investigation is continuing.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721 or 729-2310


NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721



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INCIDENT:        UUV Arrest & Patrol Car Crash


DATE/ TIME:           February 4, 2015


LOCATION:       19th & Hayden Bridge in Springfield


ARRESTED:       Caudy, Jack Dwayne

DOB: 071790 / Age 24



CHARGES:    Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUV)

Elude by Foot

Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (UEMV)

Interfering with a Peace Officer



On February 4, 2015 at 0229 hours SPD K-9 Officer Hargis spotted a stolen Toyota Prius in the area of 17th and S Street in Springfield.  A vehicle stop was initiated and the suspect (Jack Caudy) exited the stolen vehicle and attempted to elude capture.  He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by Officer Hargis and his K-9 partner.


A back-up Officer responding to the area of the foot pursuit failed to negotiate the corner at 19th and Hayden Bridge and crashed his patrol car into a nearby residence.  There were no injuries to the occupants of the house or the officer.  As per policy an outside agency is asked to investigate the crash.  The Eugene Police Department is conducting that investigation.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. Richard Charboneau 726-2326 or Captain Richard Lewis 726-3721




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Incident:  Armed Dispute Arrest

Location:  900 block G St.

Case Number:  15-1101

Date/Time:   1422 hrs.

More Information:   Sergeant Rich Charboneau  541-726-2326

Completed By: Sergeant Richard Jones


SUSPECT:   Montez, Izais A.  15 years of age


NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:  On 2/2/15 at about 1422 hrs. Springfield Police received a call from Springfield High School employees about a dispute at a home near the school between a student and an adult.  Witnesses reported the student had armed himself with a machete knife and was swinging it at the adult.


Officers arriving in the area located the adult and quickly identified the 15 year old student who was involved.  A short time later he was pointed out by school employees near the Two River’s- Dos Rios School at 1084 G St.  The student was taken into custody without incident.  Springfield High School and the Two Rivers- Dos Rios School went into lock down for a short time during the incident.


The suspect was transported to Serbu Youth Campus where he was lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.   


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INCIDENT: Robbery 1                                                  CASE # 15-1102


LOCATION: Rommy’s Market at 701 West M Street, Springfield


DATE/ TIME:                           February 2, 2015/1524 hrs.


SUSPECT: White male 20-30, thin build and medium height. Last seen wearing a gray

hoodie and sweatpants.  Suspect was also carrying a small backpack.  Suspect was armed with a silver colored handgun.


NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: On the above listed date and time officers responded to Rommy’s Market after the store owner reported being robbed a gunpoint.  The lone gunman entered the business and removed cash from the till, after pointing a handgun at the proprietor. He was last seen running east from the store, on West M Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Police were in the area quickly, but the suspect was not located.


Nobody was injured in the incident and the Springfield Police Department urges anyone with information about this crime to contact them.


The investigation is continuing.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721 or 729-2310


NEWS RELEASE COMPLETED BY: Sgt. David Lewis 726-3721

Inmate Death Investigation Underway at Lane County Jail

Eugene OR – Oregon State Police  are investigating the unexpected death of an inmate in the Lane County Jail at the request of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

Preliminary information indicates that on Friday, February 06, at approximately 12:11 p.m., Deputies and medical personnel at the Lane County Jail were performing routine duties when they checked the cell of 46 year-old, TROY L. BAILEY, of Eugene, in the intake/housing area.

Deputies discovered BAILEY, who was alone and secured in his own cell, unconscious and not breathing. Deputies and medical staff immediately initiated CPR and continued for approximately 30 minutes until BAILEY was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:44 p.m. Initial inmate death investigation suggest BAILEY died of an apparent suicide.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Oregon State Police lead the investigation into this incident and will take any media inquiries also. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time. No photos are available for release at this time.

Bailey is the second Lane County inmate to die of an apparent suicide this year.

In January,  ADAM SIX was found dead of an apparent suicide at the Springfield Municipal Jail.

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DUII Saturation in Eugene/Springfield Durring KLCC Microbrew Festival

The Oregon State Police (OSP), in partnership with the Eugene Police Department (EPD) and Springfield Police Department (SPD), have organized DUII saturation efforts around the KLCC Microbrew Festival, February 6th and 7th at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Additional troopers and officers will be assigned to the high visibility enforcement (HVE) event each night, targeting drug and alcohol-impaired drivers. Funding for these coordinated efforts are provided by grants through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This HVE effort is undertaken in conjunction with ODOT Transportation Safety Division’s message, “Drive Sober – The Way to Go,” and NHTSA’s safety message, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Across the United States, more than 10,000 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2012. Here in Oregon in 2013, over 40% of all fatal crashes involved a driver who had been drinking.

Attendees are encouraged to designate a driver or use alternative transportation. KLCC and the Lane Transit District (LTD) are offering free bus passes for those attending the festival. Visit KLCC’s website for more information. www.klcc.org

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