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February 25, 2014 10:40 AM

Phone calls aren't always from who the caller says they are — keep that in mind if you get calls from EPD or the IRS and they seem fishy. According to EPD:

Eugene Police recently received a call from a man and his twin in another state who have received two calls from someone claiming to be from the Eugene Police Department advising that they have warrants for both their arrest and that they need to return the call immediately to ‘get this taken care of.’ This is not a practice EPD would use for a warrant.

There was another reported scam from a UO student within the last week, who sent $1,000 to “the IRS” using a pre-paid money card. He was told his bank account would be frozen and he would be arrested if he didn’t pay.

The police remind you not to feel weird about refusing to speak with a caller until calling back at an established number, like EPD's non-emergency number, 682-5111. They add a few recommendations:

  • Don’t give out personal or financial information to someone who calls you.  If you are unsure, hang up and independently find the phone number of the alleged represented agency and call yourself.  A law enforcement agency will not ask you for this type of information or request that money be sent by way of money order for any reason.

  • Beware of high pressure techniques, such as the need to give information or make a decision on the spot.

  • If it sounds quirky or weird, it probably is.

Yep, watch out for those quirky ones.

February 24, 2014 05:22 PM

February 24, 2014 05:38 PM

February 20, 2014 03:10 PM

Below is a statement from Oregon's AG on why Oregon won't defend it's gay marriage ban (yay!)

My favorite part is this quote "The law in this area is developing and it is now clear that there is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples. Marriage is the way that loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families, and there is no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon, or from having their marriages recognized here.

Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before federal Judge McShane to defend the state’s prohibition against marriages between two men or two women."

 

STATEMENT OF OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM ON THE SUBJECT OF PENDING LITIGATION CHALLENGING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

Good morning. As many Oregonians are aware, four couples have brought suit against the state, asking a federal court to find that Oregon’s ban on marriage by couples of the same sex violates the right of equality enshrined in the United States Constitution. I am named as a defendant in the lawsuits, along with the Governor, and it falls on my office to appear on behalf of the state before the court and answer the couples’ claims.

Usually — though not always — my office defends the state in litigation. As Attorney General, I have sworn an oath to uphold our state’s constitution. The lawyers in my office have sworn the same oath. The oath we took also requires us to uphold the Constitution of the United States – which is the supreme law of our land. Of course, we all take these oaths very seriously.

So it is after much careful study and consideration that I stand before you today to announce that the Oregon Department of Justice will not defend the prohibition in our state's constitution against marriages between people of the same sex. A document called an “answer” filed with the court earlier this morning informed Judge McShane of our decision. Copies are available for you.

Because our office also represents the people of Oregon, a brief explanation is in order.

The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to be treated equally by their government, unless there is a good reason for unequal treatment. That is, any time the government establishes different sets of rules or laws for different sets of people, there must at least be what the law calls a “rational basis” for those differences.

The law in this area is developing and it is now clear that there is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples. Marriage is the way that loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families, and there is no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon, or from having their marriages recognized here.

Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before federal Judge McShane to defend the state’s prohibition against marriages between two men or two women.

We will be explaining our legal reasoning to Judge McShane as this case proceeds. Those of you who are interested will be more than welcome to review our pleadings as they are filed. Legal papers that are due by April will fully address our analysis and that of the other parties in the two cases that are now consolidated.

Thank you.

 

Oregon Department of Justice

February 18, 2014 10:15 AM

Next time you're out and about, keep in mind that EPD is watching for common causes of accidents: speeding, misuse of cell phones, misuse of seat belts, following too closely, lane violations and failure to obey traffic control devices. Of course, EW readers always drive wisely.

Here's where they plan to be:

 

·         February 26 - Valley River Way & Valley River Drive
·         March 18 - I-105 & West 7th
·         April 29 - West 18th & Chambers 
·         May 19 & 23 - MLK & Coburg Road  
·         June 17 - West 11th & Bertelsen 
February 17, 2014 06:22 PM

Occupy Eugene and the SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) campaign bring you an informational video on how to stay warm in the winter. Think of threes: "Those three things will keep you warm warm, so I can be out here functioning, no problem," Griml says in the video. SLEEPS has been occupying the old Federal Building for the last four months fighting the camping ban.

 

February 12, 2014 02:04 PM

February 12, 2014 05:36 PM

February 10, 2014 02:50 PM

Former Eugene resident making great music in Nashville.

February 6, 2014 04:13 PM

February 5, 2014 12:19 PM

Photos contributed by Jeremy Mabe

 

February 3, 2014 04:40 PM

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