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Witnesses help police spot robbery suspect

Eugene police officers nabbed a suspected bank robber with the help of several people who pointed which way the man ran.

A man wearing a yellow hooded raincoat robbed the US Bank branch at 1685 W. 18th Ave. about 6 p.m. Monday. Witnesses called 911 and gave dispatchers a description. A bank employee told officers the man had run south across a pedestrian bridge into nearby Westmoreland Park. Other people told officers the man had shed his raincoat.

Officers were able to track the man's movements and intercept him on a bicycle path near Polk Street and West 17th Avenue. They also found the money and the raincoat.

William Ian Maver, 27, was being held in the Lane County Jail on multiple charges. He is also wanted in Washington state.

Man who pointed gun

at police still at large

Investigators are hopeful they will find a man who eluded capture Monday after pointing a handgun at sheriff's deputies and fleeing from a traffic stop in north Springfield, Lane County Sheriff's Lt. Rene Stone said Tuesday.

The incident began around 4:45 p.m. Monday near Delta Highway and Green Acres Road in Eugene and ended when the man pulled into a parking lot on International Way in Springfield, where he ran into heavy brush after menacing police with the firearm.

A passenger in the suspect's vehicle was questioned and released.

The suspect is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches, 170 pounds with a brown goatee. He wore a black baseball cap, black sweatshirt, white and red T-shirt under the sweatshirt, and black pants. He had a black semi-automatic pistol, according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

County, city officials meet on public safety

Officials from Lane County and the 12 local cities will have their first meeting to discuss how to improve the public safety system at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 102 of the Center for Meeting and Learning at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene.

The discussion will include ways to address public safety services that have eroded over the years. The task force will meet for the next two months to discuss solutions. For more information, call Melinda Kletzok at 682-3747.

Wayward reptile is

reunited with its owner

Tank, the 4-foot-long speckled caiman found curled up under a pickup truck last week, has been reunited with his owner.

Tank's visit on Friday to Lindley Lane in Eugene caused quite a stir among neighbors, one of whom saw the reptile scamper through his backyard and dialed 911. Lane County animal control and Eugene police officers were able to snare the creature with a loop of cable affixed to a pole.

Tank's owner had been visiting the East Coast when his pet escaped his cage. The owner reclaimed the alligator-like animal when he returned.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 29, 2005
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