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Man killed, wife hurt

in car-truck collision

JUNCTION CITY - An 84-year-old Eugene man was killed and his 83-year-old wife was critically injured in a two-car accident south of here Sunday.

William and Mildred Rogers were leaving Browns Landing and turning south onto River Road about 2:45 p.m. when their minivan collided with a pickup truck headed north on River Road, Lane County sheriff's deputies said.

The couple were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

William Rogers was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Mildred Rogers was listed in critical condition Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

The driver of the truck, Caleb Crumrine, 25, of Junction City, was not injured. The sheriff's office is investigating the crash.

Robbery suspects held

after girl calls 911

CHESHIRE - A quick-thinking girl helped sheriff's deputies capture two men in connection with a home invasion robbery Sunday on Hall Road.

Keith Justin Morrill, 31, of Eugene and Steven Ray Epstein, 25, of Springfield were charged with robbery, kidnapping, assault and burglary, and booked into Lane County Jail.

Shortly before 5 a.m., two men entered the house through an unlocked door and bound the owner with rope and punched and kicked him, investigators said.

The man's daughter, hiding elsewhere in the house, was able to call 911 for help. Responding deputies were able to rescue the man and his daughter and detain the two suspects.

The owner was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and his daughter was unharmed, deputies said.


Couple injured when

trailer comes loose

An elderly couple were injured Sunday when a double-axle utility trailer towed by a vehicle came loose from its hitch, veered into traffic on West 18th Avenue near Jackson Street and struck their car.

Firefighters used an extraction tool to remove the two from their sedan, Eugene police said.

The husband, 80, suffered a concussion and a cut to the head. The wife, 78, suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Police did not release the couple's names or hometown.

The driver of the other vehicle fled and faces possible felony hit-and-run charges, police said.

The accident, which occurred around noon, closed 18th Avenue for two hours.

High-speed chase

ends in crash, arrest

SPRINGFIELD - A 22-year-old Springfield man was arrested Sunday after a high-speed chase that ended in the crash of a stolen car.

Casey Lee Morris was charged with attempting to elude police, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He also was booked on unrelated felony warrants.

At about noon, Springfield police officer Neil Halttunen was on Highway 126 near Mohawk Boulevard when he spotted a white Honda Accord that he recognized as a possible stolen car.

The driver of the Honda moved onto the shoulder around another car and began traveling up to nearly 100 mph while heading east on Highway 126, police said.

The subcompact headed south onto 52nd Street and plowed into a field before heading east on F Street, running off the road and striking a tree.

The driver ran away. Morris was arrested by a Lane County sheriff's canine officer and lodged in Lane County Jail.
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Title Annotation:General News; REGION
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 24, 2003
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