Byline: The Register-Guard
Man with club steals night deposit at bank
JUNCTION CITY - Police say a man with a billy club robbed a business employee who was making a bank deposit Tuesday night. But with the help of some citizens and a Lane County sheriff's K-9, the man was arrested not far from the scene, Junction City police said.
The incident occurred at Citizens Bank in the 900 block of Ivy Street just before 9:30 p.m.
A nearby business employee was making a nightly money drop outside of the bank, police said. That's when a man with a club approached the victim from behind and allegedly stole a deposit bag containing a large sum of cash, according to authorities.
The robber ran from the scene, but the victim chased him and confronted him several blocks away, where a group of citizens helped the victim hold the man until police arrived. The victim was struck with the billy club during the altercation but did not suffer any serious injury, police said.
Daniel Johnson Jr. of Eugene was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery, first-degree theft, harassment and menacing. He was booked into the Lane County Jail.
Bicyclist struck by car on Highway 58
PLEASANT HILL - A bicyclist was struck by a car on Highway 58 east of Pleasant Hill Wednesday morning but escaped with minor injuries - and a warning for making an unsafe turn - state police said.
Emergency crews responded to the accident near milepost 12 just after 11 a.m. The cyclist, identified as 63-year-old Eddie V. Reynolds of Nevada, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for observation, police said.
Police said Reynolds was heading east when he suddenly cut in front of an eastbound 2002 BMW driven by Connie J. Swartz, 64. Swartz was unable to come to a complete stop and struck Reynolds while traveling about 20 mph, police said.
Swartz and her passenger both stated that Reynolds had turned from the highway shoulder in front of them without warning. Reynolds, who was not wearing a helmet, escaped with bumps and bruises,
Student held after shooting threats
GRANTS PASS - Authorities in Grants Pass say a 16-year-old high school student has been accused of threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot two other teenagers.
The Daily Courier reports the student was arrested last week after telling other students of his plan.
Juvenile Justice Director Jim Goodwin said the teen will undergo a mental health evaluation, and his home will be checked for weapons.
He has been charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor that could allow for his release with restrictions such as remaining at home. He was being held at a juvenile detention facility.
Police say the teenager told them the threats were meant only to cause alarm, and he didn't intend to carry them out.
- Register-Guard and news service reports