Crime

Grand jury found “legally insufficient evidence” to charge Brandon Austin with sexual assault in Providence

By on Wednesday, Jul. 16 at 2:54 pm.

After a lengthy investigation from a Rhode Island grand jury, former Oregon men’s basketball player Brandon Austin was not charged with sexually assaulting a woman while he attended Providence College. On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General released the Statewide Grand Jury’s report detailing its decision not to indict Austin or his former Providence teammate […]


Brandon Austin not charged for alleged sexual assault in Providence, according to lawyer

By on Wednesday, Jul. 16 at 11:31 am.

Former Oregon men’s basketball player Brandon Austin has not been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in November while he attended Providence College, according to Austin’s lawyer, Laura Fine Moro. Fine Moro said a grand jury declined to indict both Austin and his roommate, Rodney Bullock, who was also allegedly involved in the November assault. “The grand […]


Anti-Semitic vandalism in front of Jewish fraternity

By on Wednesday, Jul. 16 at 2:09 pm.

Vandals painted a cluster of swastikas on the mailboxes in front of Alpha Epsilon Pi, prompting the Jewish fraternity to file reports with Eugene Police on Monday evening. The fraternity also has sent an email alerting the Dean of Students. Eugene Police Department spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin told The Register-Guard that the people who committed the crime could […]


UO Confessions Facebook page sparks debate about best outlets for sexual assault survivors

By on Monday, Jul. 14 at 2:56 am.

WARNING: This story may trigger some readers. Jessica Brown informed her family, friends and the police immediately after she was sexually assaulted. She received incredible support after that horrific night in April 2001, but the incident still ate at her. Whenever she left her suburban home, she’d tell her father, “Watch me walk from the […]


“No Refusal Weekend” results in nine DUI arrests and two blood tests

By on Saturday, Jul. 5 at 3:06 pm.

After the national outcry over the Eugene Police Department’s plan for a “No Refusal Weekend,” only two DUI suspects refused to take a breathalyzer test and were subsequently given blood tests. This week, some news sources spread misinformation about “blood checkpoints” where every passing driver would be “strapped to a gurney” and forced to submit […]


Nine people cited by Eugene Police for illegal firework possession

By on Sunday, Jul. 6 at 8:00 am.

The Eugene Police Department cited nine individuals for possession of illegal fireworks, according to EPD statistics gathered from 8 p.m. on July 4 to 2 a.m. on July 5. The court will decide the punishment for each defendant convicted of this offense. The maximum penalty for this violation is a $2,500 fine and six months in […]


Concerns rage over Eugene Police’s Independence Day DUI crackdown

By on Friday, Jul. 4 at 4:45 pm.

The Eugene Police Department chose a controversial time to roll out its “No Refusal Weekend.” This Independence Day weekend, cops will quickly obtain warrants to take blood from anyone suspected of driving under the influence who refuses a breathalyzer. Around the country, people are posting images and articles on social media to voice outrage that EPD’s “blood checkpoints” will “strap people […]


Attorney for survivor of alleged Oregon men’s basketball sexual assault responds to statement from players’ lawyers

By on Wednesday, Jun. 25 at 12:50 pm.

John Clune, the attorney for the survivor of the alleged sexual assault committed by three Oregon men’s basketball players in March, sent The Emerald a response to the statement released Tuesday night by the three players’ lawyers. Clune’s statement came less than two hours after the statement from the players’ lawyers, who are Shaun McCrea, Laura Fine […]


Attorneys for Dotson, Artis and Austin release joint statement critical of UO’s actions in rape case

By on Thursday, Jun. 26 at 8:41 pm.

The attorneys for the three Oregon men’s basketball players suspended from the university for at least four years, released a joint statement to The Emerald on Tuesday night. Shaun McCrea represents Damyean Dotson, Laura Fine Moro represents Brandon Austin and Greg Veralrud — who released a statement of his own Monday night — represents Dominic Artis. […]


Dotson, Artis, Austin suspended from UO for at least four years

By on Tuesday, Jun. 24 at 10:15 am.

Former Oregon men’s basketball players Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin have been found responsible for sexual misconduct violating the University of Oregon student conduct code and will be suspended from the school for at least four years, attorney John Clune told The Emerald Monday morning. Clune represents the survivor of a sexual assault […]


U.S. Department of Education proposes new rules aimed at addressing sexual violence on college campuses

By on Saturday, Jun. 21 at 9:34 pm.

In efforts to decrease sexual violence on college campuses, the U.S. Department of Education announced new steps that would require institutions of higher education to follow proposed rules related to campus safety and security. These requirements are aimed specifically at minimizing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The proposed rule, published in Friday’s […]


Former Oregon offensive lineman Karrington Armstrong arrested early Monday morning

By on Monday, Jun. 16 at 9:48 pm.

Former Oregon offensive lineman Karrington Armstrong was arrested early Monday morning, according to the Eugene Police Department. Spokesperson John Hankemeier confirmed that Armstong was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants as well as two counts of hit and run and three counts of second-degree criminal mischief.  Armstrong was arrested after a hit and […]


Controversial ordinance could close Kesey Square at night to force out homeless people

By on Tuesday, Jun. 10 at 5:30 pm.

Eugene Police Department proposed an ordinance at the May 27 City Council meeting that would close Kesey Square between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m every day, to reduce vandalism. After another public comment session on June 9th, the council hasn’t made a decision yet. Kesey Square, technically named Broadway Plaza, is located at the corner of Broadway and Willamette […]


School shooting at Reynolds High School leaves one student and suspect dead

By on Tuesday, Jun. 10 at 7:27 pm.

The suspect and one student have been confirmed dead due to a school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale this Tuesday morning, according to the Oregonian. The deceased student has been identified as freshman Emilio Hoffman. Todd Ripsler, a teacher at Reynolds, is reported to be the only teacher who was shot at the scene. […]


Letter from alleged sexual assault survivor calls for increased transparency, praises campus resources

By on Thursday, Jun. 5 at 3:08 pm.

Update: A response from UO’s Senior Director of Communications Julie Brown has been added to the bottom of this post.  The survivor of an alleged March sexual assault involving three men’s basketball players released a statement Thursday morning through John Clune, her attorney. Her statement comes almost three months after Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and […]


EPD Party Patrol sees increase in crime by 48 percent

By on Monday, Jun. 2 at 11:11 pm.

Editors Note: Eugene Police Department released a correction to the information provided regarding the increase in party-related crime this past weekend. There was a 48 percent increase in illegal activity for May 30-June 1, however on Friday, May 30 there were 43 contacts. Out of the 43 contacts, 21 people were arrested, cited-in-lieu of custody, or […]


University of Oregon fulfills sexual assault public records request with 34 redacted pages

By on Wednesday, May. 28 at 9:58 pm.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, The Emerald and several other media outlets received a response to public records requests filed as early as May 7. The request was for any electronic communication between University of Oregon administrators and Athletic Director Rob Mullens or men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman in the days leading up to and […]


Street harassment is everywhere, yet no one talks about it

By on Thursday, May. 29 at 11:19 am.

The term “street harassment” might elicit a blank look from both men and women. Most men think of catcalling as something that doesn’t happen anymore or here. Most women say it hardly ever happens — only once a day. Public sexual harassment includes yelling from cars, groping, gesturing, commenting on certain body parts or suggesting sexual acts. Women and LGBTQ individuals make up […]


Women’s self-defense classes boost confidence as well as safety

By on Friday, May. 23 at 12:25 pm.

Even a woman who is weaker, shorter and lighter than a potential attacker can protect herself, according to local women’s self-defense advocates. Women who learn self-defense not only fend off assaults, but prevent assaults from happening in the first place. Even athletes find that the classes make them more confident in every area of their […]