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2 police officers, woman hurt in Belt Line accident

Two Eugene police officers were injured as was the woman who allegedly drove into the back of their cruiser in an accident that closed an exit on Belt Line Road for several hours Wednesday night.

Police say that shortly before 6:30 p.m., Kira Kelly, 23, of Portland, smashed into the rear end of a Eugene police car on the eastbound Belt Line off-ramp to River Road. The cruiser was being driven slowly with its emergency lights on as it was protecting a disabled truck that was being towed by an Oregon Department of Transportation truck.

One of the officers was briefly trapped in the car. Both officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment and were released. Police did not release their names Wednesday night.

Kelly also suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart for treatment.

Police charged Kelly with driving under the influence, reckless driving and second-degree assault.

The off-ramp was opened just before 11 p.m.

SUB OKs plan to raise

water rates 10 percent

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Utility Board unanimously approved a proposal to increase water rates by an average of 10 percent Wednesday.

No one showed up to testify at the public hearing on the proposal, which passed after board members asked a few questions about why the rate increase was necessary.

SUB General Manager Bob Linahan told board members a combination of factors came together to require the rate increase.

"We have two things kind of working against us," Linahan said.

The first was $100,000 from Glenwood being included twice in revenue projections. The second was a forecasting model, which since has been fixed, had been inaccurate.

Still, SUB water rates are lower than most other major cities in Oregon, Linahan said; only Medford's rates are lower.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 9, 2005
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