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Motorcyclist seriously hurt in collision with car

A man's leg was severed Tuesday night when his westbound motorcycle collided with an eastbound car on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Eugene police Sgt. Bill Solesbee said a Honda Civic was turning into the Chase Village Apartments when it collided with a motorcycle about 10 p.m. Police said the motorcycle's speed may have been a factor.

The man was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. His condition was unclear. The woman driving the car and her passenger did not require transportation to the hospital.

Police closed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in both directions while they investigated.


Man given probation

for endangering minor

An Oakridge man who was arrested earlier this year on multiple felony sex charges was sentenced to two years of probation Tuesday, after being acquitted of the bulk of the counts against him.

John Lewis Miller, 23, was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. In addition to probation, Lane County Circuit Judge Lauren Holland sentenced him to 45 days in jail, with credit for time served since his January arrest. He was ordered to pay $3,400 in fees. The judge acquitted Miller of 15 felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse. A count of attempted sodomy was dismissed.

Oakridge police arrested Miller and his girlfriend after an investigation uncovered allegations that the couple had had sex in front of neighborhood girls and tried to coerce them into performing sex acts. Detectives found child pornography on a computer in the couple's apartment, police said at the time. The girlfriend, Elaine Paulette Kowchee, 21, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and a count of attempted sodomy. She is free while awaiting trial.

Driver in 2004 wreck faces criminal charge

LEBANON - A man was arrested at home on a charge of second-degree manslaughter stemming from a March 2004 car crash that killed an Albany woman.

State police troopers on Monday arrested Eric William Ragsdale, 27, of Lebanon. He was being held without bail in the Linn County Jail.

Police said Ragsdale was driving a Dodge Caravan east on Highway 34 west of Lebanon when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound Oldsmobile driven by Florence Rose Breese, 75. Breese died at the scene.

Albany-based troopers investigated the wreck and presented the case to a Linn County grand jury. Ragsdale was indicted Friday.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 6, 2005
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