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Alleged in-home gunfire leads to arrest

A 30-year-old man was arrested at his Eugene home early Saturday morning after allegedly firing at least 39 gunshots into his ceiling.

Jack Edward McDowell was arrested at about 3:22 a.m. at 1804 Columbia St. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots from inside the home, Eugene police said.

Police called McDowell to come outside the house, where he was taken into custody. Mc Dowell, who is a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, was charged with 39 counts of unlawful use of a weapon and second- degree disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Lane County Jail.

Later in the day, investigators seized several firearms and other evidence from inside the residence, police said.

Neighbors are asked to call police at 541-682-5111 if they discover damage to their homes as a result of the incident.


Court-martial ruling may come today

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The court-martial trial for Army Sgt. John Russell has concluded.

Now a military judge will decide whether the 14-year Army veteran was deluded by depression and despair as he shot five fellow service members in Iraq. Or he may decide Russell was taking revenge against psychiatrists who had blocked his hoped-for early exit from the Army.

The trial concluded Saturday and the judge is expected to rule today. Russell already has pleaded guilty to five specifications of murder. The judge will determine whether the acts were premeditated. That's a key factor in whether he will serve life in prison.

Firearms turn-in nets hundreds of items

PORTLAND - Nearly 500 firearms, including assault weapons, were turned in Saturday at Ceasefire Oregon's 19th annual event.

Hundreds of people waited in line for nearly two hours to turn in handguns, rifles, ammunition and magazines.

The number of weapons turned in was the highest since 2001, when 504 guns were handed over, said Penny Okamoto, Ceasefire Oregon's executive director. Nearly 8,290 guns have been turned in since 1994.

People were given grocery store gift certificates for turning in weapons and ammunition.

Annual regatta might be eliminated by plan

NAMPA, Idaho - Members of the Southern Idaho Sailing Association are trying to navigate past a possible federal plan that will end an annual regatta on Lake Lowell at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Idaho.

The May 18 and 19 regatta could be the last for the annual event with a 44-year history at the lake.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft plan eliminates the regatta.

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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 13, 2013
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