Willamette Valley News, Friday 4/28 – Eugene Police Department is Currently Hiring Entry Level and Lateral Police Officers, 2023 Special Election Ballots in the Mail

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Eugene Police Department is Currently Hiring Entry Level and Lateral Police Officers

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Have you ever thought about being a Police Officer?

We are looking for motivated team members who have what it takes to serve our community with Integrity, Compassion and Courage.

If you are interested in learning more about this profession or to apply, go to EugenePolice.com

Come serve with us!

Motorcycle Crash in Ferry Street Bridge area

At 6:03 p.m. on April 27, a Eugene Police Traffic Safety Unit officer initiated a traffic stop of a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist fled southbound on Ferry Street Bridge. The officer did not pursue.

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The motorcyclist subsequently was involved in a crash on Ferry Street Bridge (10002-block of Coburg Road) and was reported to be under a vehicle. Eugene Springfield Fire responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. Both northbound and southbound lanes on Ferry Street Bridge were closed until just before 11 p.m., April 27.EPD’s Major Collision Investigation team is investigating the crash. Case 23-06073

Target toy aisle intentionally set on fire while suspect steals merchandise and leaves out the back of the store

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fire which was intentionally set in the toy aisle of the Target store at 3790 Center St NE, Salem.  Deputies learned this was done as a diversion by a suspect who stole merchandise and then fled out the back of the store.  

Deputy Tribby is the assigned investigator and is asking for the public to help in this investigation.  This is what we have learned thus far.  The suspect entered the store at 1:25 PM, the fire was started at approximately 1:33 PM, and the suspect fled out the back door at approximately 1:39 PM.  

Deputy Tribby received information there were several people videoing at the time of the fire and is asking for you to contact him if you have any additional footage of the suspect and incident.  Also, if anyone recognizes the suspect in the attached pictures please reach out to Deputy Tribby at 503-798-7384.  

2023 Special Election Ballots in the Mail

The Lane County Elections office has placed ballots in the USPS mail stream for the 2023 Special Election. 

Information regarding ballot content is included in the Lane County Voters’ Pamphlet; voters who have not received a voters’ pamphlet in the mail may view it online by visiting www.LaneCountyOR.gov/elections

Additionally, Lane County’s 21 ballot drop boxes will remain open until 8:00 pm on Election Day, May 16, 2023.  Drop boxes are open 24/7. A list of drop box locations is included with every ballot.

“With ballots mailed out, voters now have the opportunity to make their voices heard and play a role in shaping their community,” said Lane County Clerk Dena Dawson. “My office is committed to assisting voters and providing a positive voter experience.”

Voters can track the status of their mail ballot by visiting www.oregonvotes.gov/MyVote

Voters may return their voted vote-by-mail ballots in one of the following ways:

  • Regular mail. Ballots must be postmarked no later than May 16, 2023 and received no later than May 23, 2023 to be counted.
  • A 24/7 ballot drop box.
  • Lane County Elections. Ballots can be turned in directly to the Lane County Elections Office during business hours.

Ballot drop box locations can be found online at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/elections.  

Voters with questions can email elections@lanecountyor.gov or call 541-682-4234.

About the Lane County Elections Office:

The Elections Office, located at 275 W. 10th Avenue in Eugene, is responsible for conducting elections in Lane County.  The elections office manages voter registration, the processing of mail ballots, recruitment and training of election workers, and certification of elections.

Smokey’s hat is focus of new awareness campaign kicking off Wildfire Awareness Month


SALEM, Ore. – May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies and organizations, celebrates May as the ideal month to create defensible space around homes before fire season and prevent the start of careless, unwanted wildfires this summer.

Protect what you love

Each year, more than 70% of Oregon’s wildfires are started by people. Many are a result of escaped fires from debris burn piles or gas-powered equipment casting sparks or catching fire.

During the 2022 season, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported that people were directly responsible for sparking 616 wildfires that burned 1,255 acres. Any spark can gain traction in dry fuels, spread quickly and impact lives, personal property, and Oregon’s scenic landscapes.

Before heading outdoors this summer, contact the agency or landowner who manages the lands at your destination for an update on current fire restrictions or bans. Any visitor to Oregon’s natural areas should be familiar with these restrictions before building campfires, burning debris, or using equipment that could start a fire. 

Put Your Smokey Hat On

This year, Keep Oregon Green is launching a new wildfire prevention campaign and releasing five new public service announcements to help raise awareness of the risks. The ads feature Emmy-award winning television, movie and voice actor Ty Burrell. The ads will encourage Oregonians and tourists to keep wildfire safety in mind while enjoying the outdoors. Burrell was born in Grants Pass, grew up in Applegate and Ashland, and graduated from Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass. He understands the risk of wildfire and smoke that threatens our health and beautiful landscapes each year. 

Smokey’s hat is the driving force behind Keep Oregon Green’s 2023 campaign. “Put Your Smokey Hat On” is a call to action, encouraging people to predict the outcome of their actions and do everything they can to protect our state’s scenic areas. New campaign artwork, PSAs, and additional wildfire safety tips can be found at keeporegongreen.org or its various social media platforms.

Coming soon: More Wildfire Awareness Month tips 

During May, a new wildfire prevention topic will be shared each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to prevent their outdoor activities from sparking the next wildfire. For more information, visit the websites for Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org, the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov/odf, and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal at www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Wildfire-Awareness-Month.aspx. 

Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and @OSFM

Employer’s Paid Leave Oregon Contributions Due May 1

Employers – Don’t forget to include Paid Leave Oregon in your combined payroll report

SALEM – More than 150,000 Oregon employers are filing their quarterly combined payroll reports due May 1.  This is the first time employers will include Paid Leave Oregon contributions. 

Almost all employers and employees in Oregon are covered by and must contribute to the Paid Leave Oregon trust fund. The only exceptions are Tribal governments and federal employees. Small employers do not contribute the employer portion, but must still collect and submit employee contributions. 

If employers are reporting subject wages for Unemployment Insurance, then they need to report for Paid Leave Oregon as well. Even reimbursing employers who do not pay taxes for Unemployment Insurance are responsible for paying paid leave contributions.

We want employers, both large and small, to know we are here to help if they have last minute questions or concerns.

  • We are offering an open house at noon Thursday, April 27, when employers can drop in and ask questions. Experts from the Oregon Employment Department will provide answers in real time about how to use Frances Online to file combined payroll for both Paid Leave Oregon and the Unemployment Insurance Program. 
    Registration is online.
  • Employers can call 503-947-1488 with contributions questions.
  • Resources for filing using Frances Online, including video demonstrations, FAQS, 
    and guides are found online. A video showing how to file in Frances Online, Oregon Employment Department’s online portal, is also online.

Paid Leave Oregon allows employees to take paid time off for some of life’s most important moments. It covers leave for the birth or adoption of a child, for serious illness or injury, for taking care of a seriously ill family member, and for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or harassment. Contributions to the program by large employers and all employees, regardless of employer size, started January 1. Benefits will be available to employees in September 2023.

### The Oregon Employment Department (OED) is an equal opportunity agency. OED provides free help so you can use our services. Some examples are sign language and spoken-language interpreters, written materials in other languages, large print, audio, and other formats. To get help, please call 503-947-1444. TTY users call 711. You can also send an email to communications@employ.oregon.gov.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Adau Duop.

PORTLAND, OREGON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Portland Field Office and the Portland Police Bureau are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individual(s) responsible for the shooting death of 25-year-old Adau Duop.

On Sunday, February 20, 2022, around 10:35 p.m., a family of four was shot in their car while driving home from a grocery store near SE 128th Avenue and SE Foster Road in Portland, Oregon. When police arrived, they identified the family, to include two children, all of which were injured by gunfire. The mother, Adau Duop, died at the scene as a result of a gunshot wound. 

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder of Adau Duop.

“Most people can never imagine the horror of having another car pull up alongside yours and unleash a hail of gunfire on you.  Adau Duop’s family lived that nightmare.  It’s now been more than a year since Adau was murdered, while her family has been left to heal from their own gunshot wounds without her.  She missed her younger son’s second birthday, she missed her six-year-old’s first day of school, she missed holidays and milestones, and her kids are growing up without their mother.  This family deserves justice and the remorseless killers who did this deserve to be behind bars,” said Kieran L. Ramsey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Portland Field Office. “The FBI joins the Portland Police Bureau’s unwavering commitment to find out who did this and hold them accountable. We hope the $25,000 reward will encourage someone to come forward with information that we need to help this family heal.”

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI Portland Field Office at (503) 224-4181, your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.


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