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Police identify man

found dead in slough

Eugene police identified the body of a man found dead in Amazon Slough last month as that of Michael Francis Caraher, 43.

Caraher had no known address. A city employee discovered his body Dec. 27 floating face down in the slough near West 13th Avenue and Madison Street behind the Lane Events Center.

Detectives found no signs of foul play. They are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine cause of death. It appears Caraher died on his birthday, Dec. 26, and was discovered the next morning in the knee-deep water.

The release of his name was delayed because a detective had trouble locating the man's next of kin. They have been notified of his death.

Springfield firefighter

sheltered from disaster

Todd Ferguson was sitting on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit.

It was so remote that Ferguson, a paramedic and firefighter on leave from Springfield Fire and Life Safety, didn't even hear about the disaster for two days.

"My good luck - I was living a life of Robinson Crusoe on a remote island in the Phillipines," he wrote in an e-mail to a co-worker at the Springfield department. "The place is a paradise for sure - until you get news and want to get back to civilization." That took another two days.

Ferguson, 45, is working for the U.S. government in the Phillipines as a flight medic, working two weeks on, four weeks off, said friend Rich Dahl, a Eugene firefighter.

Family and friends were concerned when they didn't hear from Ferguson for several days, and relieved when word spread that he was OK, Dahl said.

Police chief to meet with public at doughnut shop

Eugene's police chief will hold his monthly "Meet the Chief" gathering Wednesday at Dizzy Dean's Donuts, 2380 W. 11th Ave.

Chief Robert Lehner will be on hand from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Members of the public are invited to join him for an informal chat about issues of interest or concern.

The first Wednesday of each month the chief visits a different location around the city to get to know residents, answer questions and hear their concerns and suggestions.

Service set for Monday

for L.L. `Stub' Stewart

The memorial service for Loran LaSells "Stub" Stewart will be Monday at the Eugene Faith Center.

Stewart, who died Sunday of congestive heart failure, was an icon of the Oregon timber business and longtime president of Lane County-based Bohemia Lumber Co. as well as a philanthropist and state legislator. He was 93.

Monday's service will start at 11 a.m.

England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sister Monica Heeran Endowment Fund for Volunteers in Medicine.


Man's remains found

near hot springs

Lane County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was discovered near McCredie Hot Springs last week. So far, detectives have found no evidence of foul play, Sgt. Rene Stone said Monday.

A woman walking her dog and picking mushrooms in a wooded area east of Oakridge found the body Thursday afternoon laying exposed near a transient campsite.

The body had been at the site for less than a year, Stone said. Detectives are reviewing the remains in an effort to confirm the man's identity.

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Date:Jan 4, 2005
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