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Man accused of spying on women is arrested

Police have arrested a man accused of spying on women in restrooms for sexual gratification.

An employee of a downtown Eugene office building called police at 9 a.m. Tuesday to complain about a man who had been in the women's restroom for a long time. A maintenance supervisor tried to detain the man for police, but the man punched him and threw him to the ground and into a wall before running away, police said.

On the way out, the man dropped his wallet, and police identified their suspect as Richard Douglas Casavan, 38, of Creswell.

Eugene police shared the information with Springfield police, who said they had a similar case in their town on June 17.

Then, on Wednesday, Eugene police responded to the Hilton Eugene at 66 E. Sixth Ave. after employees reported a man acting strangely in an elevator. Police identified the man as Casavan and arrested him on charges of invading personal privacy and misdemeanor assault. He is also being held on charges from the Springfield case and for violating his parole from an earlier burglary conviction.

Traffic stop nets

alleged meth cook

SPRINGFIELD - A state police trooper arrested a man described as a "career meth cook" Friday during a traffic stop north of Springfield.

Senior Trooper James Hawkins stopped a 2002 Dodge pickup about 12:30 a.m. on Marcola Road for a traffic violation.

During the stop, Hawkins found a substance that looked like meth, as well as a backpack holding chemicals and equipment used in the cooking process.

Police arrested the passenger, 44-year-old Randy Hendricks of Eugene, and lodged him at the Lane County Jail on charges of meth possession and manufacturing and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hendricks has a long history of meth manufacturing, police said.

The driver, Edwin Gene Hawkins, 52, of Eugene was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possessing methamphetamines. He was released with an order to appear in Lane County Circuit Court.


State warns of toxin in reservoir near Oakridge

Health officials are advising people to stay out of the water in the Larison Cove area of Hills Creek Reservoir due to high levels of an algae known to produce a dangerous toxin.

People are advised by the Oregon Department of Human Services and U.S. Forest Service not to come into contact with the water in the cove, located in an arm on the west side of the reservoir and also known as the canoe area.

Drinking the water is particularly dangerous. People should avoid swallowing or inhaling water droplets, and should not let pets come into contact with the water.

A similar warning has been issued for Crane Prairie Reservoir in Central Oregon south of Bend. Hills Creek Reservoir is four miles south of Oakridge.

The algae is a species of blue-green algae, Anabaena, that produces a poisonous substance. Symptoms of exposure include numbness, tingling, dizziness and paralysis and can lead to breathing difficulty and heart problems requiring immediate medical treatment.

Children and pets are particularly susceptible. The toxin cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water and there is no known antidote.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 25, 2005
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