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July 6, 2012 03:53 PM

And we've got another one. Exclusion case summary requests that EPD released before this are here and here.



The evening of June 14 a visitor from Washington State was walking through the Park Blocks with his two daughters when he witnessed an unprovoked assault and reported it to police.  The defendant, a 29 year old man who is 6’8” tall and who weighs 270 pounds, was sitting on a park bench while another adult man walked into the area of the park.  The defendant yelled and cursed at the second man who did not respond but continued walking.  The visitor watched as the defendant stood and attacked the second subject.  The defendant knocked the victim to the ground, punching and kicking him as he fell.  The victim fled and could not be located by responding officers.

Officers spoke with witnesses and identified the defendant who officers learned was in the park in violation of a park exclusion.

The defendant has previous arrests for Criminal Trespass, Theft, Menacing and Violation of Park Rules.

The subject has been arrested a number of times in Eugene.  He is a white male, age 29, no residential address.

June 29, 2012 11:49 AM

We just solved a mystery.

It's summer, and semen is in the air — or at least it smells that way, and probably not for the first time at the southwest corner of downtown Eugene. This time (luckily), it's just a tree. 

According to The Frisky, that scent of semen has a lot of people wondering WHAT that smell is,  and the author conducted a survey of the literature (Google!).

It’s sort of amusing how most of the formal web entries on the tree don’t mention the stank, although it’s earned its own definition in the urban dictionary: “semen tree.” If you’re still befuddled, here’s how one urban dictionary user suggests you can use it in a sentence: “Oh, great. The google parking lot is encircled with semen trees.”

Watch out for this guy:

Edit: I forgot mention that it's the callery pear tree. Details, details.

June 18, 2012 03:17 PM

With all the pushing of the Olympic trials as an economic booster, it was funny to find a press release from the EPD reminding us that every silver lining has a cloud:

During the 2008 Olympic Trials held in Eugene, crime went up around the entire city. Between 06/24/2008 and 07/09/2008 EPD recorded 83 burglaries, 119 thefts and 59 stolen vehicles.

That said, it's not funny if your stuff gets damaged or stolen in this "target-rich environment," so keep an eye out for yourself and your neighbor.

May 30, 2012 04:15 PM

Oh hello, Coos County Courthouse, what a delicious aroma you have. The World, a paper out of Coos Bay, reports that "An overabundance of confiscated marijuana, combined with poor ventilation, has left the county courthouse smelling a little wacky this spring." The Beaver Hill incinerator isn't burning anymore, so lockers are actually overflowing with weed. And Coos Bay just is a short 2-hour drive from Eugene...

Read more at The World.

May 21, 2012 10:50 AM

Volunteers: The City of Eugene's Transportation Planning department needs some folks who excel in counting to help them out:

Friends! We need volunteers for our annual bicycle counts. The bike count period is Tuesday May 22-Thursday May 24 and Tuesday May 29-Thursday May 31. If you can help out, contact Lee Shoemaker at (541)682-5471 or lee.shoemaker@ci.eugene.or.us

May 18, 2012 12:08 PM

Sometimes we get info about cool events a little late for publication, but everybody loves Food For Lane County, and everybody loves a bowl sale:



FFLC’s 21st Annual EMPTY BOWLS Sale


Nearly 1,000 bowls made and donated by local artists will be available for purchase.  Bowl prices start at $10. Each bowl also comes with a gift certificate for free soup or salad from one of several local restaurants. NEW THIS YEAR --- “Meet the Artist” featuring the exquisite work of woodturner Brian Nordlof, clay demonstrations and tastings of FFLC’s new Lentil & Barley soup.


This Saturday!                                                                      May 19, 2011                                                                             11am – 3pm


Clay Space Pottery Studio                                                        222 Polk Street    (Eugene)


Because the need is greater than ever for hungry families!

We also heard a carnival to help Relay for Life, which celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer:


Children in the City of Eugene's Youth and Family Services KidCity program will hold a Family Fun Carnival to support Relay for Life 2012 on Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd.

Youth in KidCity's school-age programs selected Relay for Life 2012 as their community project and worked all year to support the organization that that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and encourages students to eat healthy and get active.

Games at the Family Fun Carnival are just 10 cents per play. Dinner for the first 350 guests is free. Swimming at Sheldon Pool is free, too!

For more information call 541-682-5312.

May 3, 2012 05:39 PM


The EPD is beginning to release information about exclusion requests, starting with an incident we can all agree to boo and hiss at. Not all exclusions are for stabbings — we've been told that just damaging vegetation by playing in the park has been cause for an exclusion request. We thought it would be fun to keep track of their exclusion request press releases, so here's the first:


On April 17, at about three in the afternoon downtown officers were dispatched to the methadone clinic at W. 7th and Lincoln where a 24-year-old man had threatened to stab others with a knife.  Officers detained the suspect, and learned what happened from the two victims and witnesses.  According to those involved, the suspect had accompanied his adult domestic partner, a 25-year-old woman, to the methadone clinic where she is a client.  The two became involved in a heated argument and she tried to walk away from him.  Two men who were in town on business approached the woman to protect her.  One of the men shielded her from the suspect who, holding a knife in his hand, threatened to cut them.  Following a verbal exchange the suspect ran from the area.  The suspect was arrested for two counts of Menacing with a knife and one count of Disorderly Conduct.


The suspect has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for misdemeanor and felony property crimes and one charge of domestic violence.


The arresting officer requested a 90-day exclusion and a one year exclusion upon conviction for menacing and disorderly conduct.


The Suspect:



Listed home address

Extensive local record for misdemeanor and felony property crimes.

April 5, 2012 01:36 PM

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February 17, 2012 02:47 PM

Tuesday Feb. 21’s City Council meeting has a series of public hearings on the agenda.

The topics include:

The extension of the DPSZ — or the exclusion zone, as it’s often called — to be decided at the Feb. 27 meeting, an ordinance allowing camping in tents where camping in vehicles is allowed, the Amazon Meadows Metro Plan Amend. & Zone Change, and an ordinance adopting hazardous substance user fees.

To comment, arrive early for the 7:30 pm meeting, fill out a “Request to Speak” form at the back table and turn in your form before the meeting starts — otherwise you won’t be allowed one of the three-minute time slots.

February 2, 2012 03:56 PM

In Eugene, it's always a big week for food: Eugene Handbuilt, Blue Dog Mead and Indie Pop Soda are teaming up tonight talk about the importance of local food. As a bonus, Eugene Handbuilt is introducing Cookie Bites, a new product infused with lavendar, rose and rosemary. Blue Dog will have its debut honey wine, "The Original Liquid Sin," and Indie Pop's sodas will be available for sampling. This is happening TONIGHT, Feb. 2, 6-8pm at The Davis, 94 W. Broadway. And it's free. Check out our story on Indie Pop from our summer 2011 Chow here Also coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 7, is the Civil Liberties Defense Center's Brewer's Dinner, which features local brews from Ninkasi Brewing paired with cuisine by local chef and farmer Ashley Hawkins from Horton Road Organics. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Read about their recent successful work against excessive force here and get the full menu and information here

April 7, 2011 10:59 AM

If you read our Spring 2011 Chow and want to share recipes or tips for finding ingredients for local baking, add them in the comments.

Here are a few recipes we tried out, adapted for local ingredients:


English-ish Muffins
makes 10 big muffins

¼ cup butter
1 tbsp honey
1 cup sourdough starter
8 ounces milk
3 cups flour
1 egg
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder dissolved in 1 tbsp water (if you want an English muffin-type texture)
cornmeal for dusting griddle (optional, not pictured)

Mix butter, honey, milk, starter and egg. Set aside. Mix flour & salt, add milk/sourdough mixture, mix until combined. Let rise for 1.5 hours, covered with a wet dishrag.

Stir in dissolved baking powder. Heat griddle to medium. Put about ¼ cup onto griddle at a time. Flip halfway through. They’re done about a minute after the sides look like English muffins.


Whatever Bread
makes a little loaf

1 cup sourdough starter
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
½ tbsp salt
1 egg
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour (have extra on hand)
¾ cup bread flour
6 tbsp butter, plus extra to grease pan and brush top
¼ cup milk (or buttermilk)

Mix starter, milk, egg, butter, honey, baking powder, salt and bread flour. Slowly add one cup whole wheat flour, blending in more until just tough enough to start kneading. The total amount of flour depends on the consistency of your starter. Grease bread pan, put dough in pan and allow to rise in warm place at least an hour, covered with a wet dishrag. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Brush crust with butter.


Rosemary Sea Salt Shortbread
makes one 8x8 pan

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup honey
1 cup flour (we used whole wheat)
1 tsp coarse sea salt, plus a pinch to sprinkle on top
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, plus a pinch to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Blend butter, honey and salt, then stir in rosemary. Slowly add flour, blending until smooth. Press into a 8x8 pan and sprinkle top with extra sea salt and rosemary. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden. Remove, cut immediately, wait five minutes (less and it crumbles severely, more and it sticks to the pan) and remove from the pan.

February 24, 2011 02:56 PM


Hundreds of Eugeneans gathered Feb. 23 the protest the Republican-led House vote to de-fund Title X, the federal government’s grant program devoted to family planning and health services. The loss of Title X funds could force the 23,783 women who received Title-X funded health care through Planned Parenthood to do without STI screening, annual exams and contraception.


Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke at the rally. Piercy, who served on the board of Planned Parenthood, urged the protesters to find ways to support the program in the wake of legislative attacks. “Planned Parenthood serves us all but they also serve those who have the least access to services,” Piercy said.


DeFazio criticized cuts to health services while agricultural subsidies and tax credits to large corporations continued untouched. “It isn’t just an attack on the health of women, it’s an attack on the health of America,” DeFazio said. “I do not believe that the majority of the American people support the attack on women’s rights and women’s health.”