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Bank robbery suspect

has teardrop tattoo

A man with a teardrop tattooed beneath one eye robbed a downtown Eugene bank Wednesday.

Eugene police said the man walked into US Bank, 800 Willamette St., at 10:48 a.m. and demanded cash from a teller. There were about 10 people - employees and customers - inside. No one was injured, and no one reported seeing a weapon.

The teller complied and the man left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as white, in his 50s, about 5-foot-9-inches tall and 160 pounds, with short gray hair and a moustache. He wore a baseball cap, a royal blue windbreaker and jeans.

Police asked anyone with information about the robbery to call 682-5111.

REGION

Rules for ATVs on dunes to be in effect by May 1

The rules will change this season for all-terrain vehicles on the Oregon Dunes.

Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor Jose Linares has approved the Off-Highway Vehicle Sand Camping Project, which designates 138 dispersed sand camping locations and will result in the construction of a staging area. Camping will be banned outside the designated sites.

Recreation managers will start taking reservations for sand camping sites in March and implement the new rules by May 1. Reservations are recommended, especially during holiday and summer weekends.

To make a reservation, call (877) 444-6777 or visit www.reserveusa.com.

Men agree to plea deal

for thefts of fire gear

MARCOLA - Firefighters have recovered 98 percent of the gear stolen in a November burglary and two men who stole the nearly $100,000 worth of equipment are serving 15-month prison terms.

Bo Mcrae Bryant, 23, and Daniel Ray Deardorff, 24, both of Springfield, were scheduled for trial on Wednesday but made a plea deal instead. Both pleaded guilty last week to three counts each of burglary, theft and criminal mischief and one count of drug possession for burglaries at the fire district's unmanned station on Old Marcola Road and at the Springfield Country Club.

They were ordered to pay a total of $5,350 in restitution, according to court records.

Coos Bay officer injured

in scuffle with transient

COOS BAY - A police officer was injured Wednesday in a struggle with a disorderly man wearing only underpants and clutching $250 in his hands.

Residents around Mingus Park called police at 9:22 a.m. to report a man wandering around in underpants and talking to himself. Officers searched the area and spotted the suspect, who ran from police.

Officer Rob Scoville overtook the man, who struggled with him and pulled him to the ground. Scoville was able to subdue the man.

He arrested Aaron Lowry, 37, a transient, on a charge of disorderly conduct.

The officer was taken to Bay Area Hospital, where he was treated for injured ribs. He will spend two weeks recuperating at home.

Lowry, who was not injured in the struggle, was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later taken to the Coos County Jail.

Gas-tax petitioners turn in excess of signatures

FLORENCE - Petitioners to put a 3-cent gas tax on the May ballot turned in more than 800 signatures to City Hall, recorder Barb Miller said.

That's nearly double the amount required for a referendum. But the signatures still need to be verified - a task that Miller expects to complete by the week's end.

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Date:Jan 20, 2005
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