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Family seeks police help in finding missing man

SPRINGFIELD - Brian Paul Workman disappeared more than a month ago, and his family has turned to the police to help find him.

Workman, 30, was last seen in the Springfield area on Feb. 24, the day he purchased a tent and other camping equipment at a Wal-Mart. He has not been heard from since. His parents reported him missing March 4.

Detectives are asking the public to keep an eye out for Workman, who may be a danger to himself. He is white, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap with a green "O."

He might be driving a red 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage, with Oregon license plate ZHM079.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department at 726-3714.

Series of mishaps befalls youth detention center

Murphy, the proverbial troublemaker, was working overtime Easter Sunday at the Lane County Juvenile Justice Center.

Things began going wrong around 5:41 p.m., when a stolen car crashed into a power pole, knocking out electricity in the Harlow Road neighborhood. Then emergency generators at the county's juvenile detention center failed to kick in.

Then the pager device to reach on-call maintenance personnel failed. Staff members got on their cell phones but couldn't reach anyone because it was a holiday during spring break. Power failures don't open locks in the detention center, so there was no escape opportunity.

Utility crews restored power to the area after 90 minutes. On Monday morning, maintenance workers discovered that someone had failed to flip the emergency standby switch during the last round of monthly inspections on the generator.

"We're working to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Lisa Smith, director of the county's Department of Youth Services.


State extends deadline for studded tires

After looking at the weather forecasts, the state Department of Transportation has moved the deadline for taking off studded tires to midnight April 11.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a violation that carries a base fine of $141. The Transportation Department asks motorists not traveling through mountainous areas to abide by the original April 1 deadline.

Washington state has made the same deadline extension.

Coos Bay college to have new president on July 1

COOS BAY - The president of a community college in Kansas has accepted an offer to become the new head of Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Judith Hansen, the president of Independence Community College in Independence, accepted the offer Monday night, officials at the Oregon college said.

Hansen will become the college's fifth president on July 1, replacing President Stephen Kridelbaugh, who is retiring after 15 years.

This is the second time Hansen will replace Kridelbaugh as a college president. When Kridelbaugh left Olney Central College in Olney, Ill., in 1990, it was Hansen who replaced him.

`I'm sure he's wondering, `Why? How?' It's just one of those things that life brings,' Hansen said.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 30, 2005
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