County delays land purchase decision
The Lane County commissioners decided Wednesday to again postpone a decision on whether to buy Bethel area land from Eugene for a new fairgrounds or other use.
The county board said it will accept the city's offer to extend until March 2011 the deadline for a decision on whether to buy about 100 acres near Golden Gardens Park, which the city re developed for safety last year after two boys drowned in 2005.
The possible land deal was announced in 2007 and the county board had until June of last year to decide whether to buy land at $10,000 per acre from the city. The board remains undecided on fairgrounds relocation but voted last year to accept a city offer to extend the option to buy until March of this year.
The county pays nothing to retain its right to buy the land, and a purchase would not come from funds used for basic county services, the county has said.
Man, 20, accused of six break-ins
SUTHERLIN - Police have arrested a Sutherlin man on charges of breaking into six homes and stealing more than $13,000 in property.
Steven Michael Day, 20, faces six felony counts of first-degree burglary, one count of aggravated first-degree theft and two counts of first-degree theft in connection with the break-ins, which occurred between Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 in the Oakland and Sutherlin areas, Douglas County sheriff's officials said.
Electronic equipment, guns and cash were stolen in the burglaries, officials said.
Some of the stolen property has been recovered.