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Last chance to comment on police oversight plans

Eugene residents have a final chance to comment on what they think the ideal police oversight model should be before the city's police commission makes its recommendation to the City Council next month.

The commission is hosting a public forum today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St. The public is invited to attend and provide opinions on the draft recommendations.

The commission has spent the past nine months reviewing current practices for handling complaints against police. A number of community forums were held seeking public concerns over the current system and suggestions for improvements. The commission created committees to develop specific recommendations for a final presentation to the City Council on July 25.

The commission is favoring a model that combines a full-time professional auditor with a civilian review board. The model will most likely require an amendment to the city's charter.

More information is available at www.ci.eugene.or.us/policecomm/.

Suspicious men seen watching children

After receiving reports of suspicious men lurking around children's play areas, Eugene police are urging parents to remind children what to do when approached by a stranger.

The men have been seen peering at children through binoculars most recently near a playground in the Crescent Meadows neighborhood in north Eugene. They drive a blue 1970s full-size van with bubble windows at the rear corners.

Both men are white. One is in his 40s or 50s with wavy gray collar-length hair, a beard and sunglasses. He smokes. The other man is in his 30s with short brown hair. They seemed nervous and left the area when scrutinized by neighbors.

Parents who need a refresher on so-called "stranger danger" can visit the Web site for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.ncmec.org.

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Searchers fail to find teen lost near jetty

FLORENCE - Rescuers searched Wednesday for a 15-year-old Florence boy who went under while swimming in the ocean a day earlier but did not find him before stopping their search for the day.

Ian Foster had been playing with friends in the surf near the Siuslaw River Jetty on Tuesday when he complained of a cramp in his leg. He was pulled out to sea and went under. He is presumed drowned.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Siuslaw fire department and the Lane County sheriff's marine patrol searched until dark Tuesday. The sheriff's office and Siuslaw fire department resumed their efforts Wednesday morning but without success.

The sheriff's office urged people playing in or near the surf to always wear a life jacket.
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