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Cause of death after bug spraying still unknown

The Lane County Medical Examiner was unable to determine what killed a 76-year-old woman who collapsed after her home was sprayed for bugs, Florence police said Friday.

Kolbeck died June 29 after a Swanson's Pest Management technician sprayed the home for bugs. Her husband said the couple were told they could return to their Florence home less than three hours after the spraying ended.

An autopsy of Florence Kolbeck was performed Thursday, but it revealed no definitive cause of death, Detective Tom Siewell said. As a result, authorities will send toxicology samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

It's unknown how long it will take for the results come back, Siewell said.

Monday meeting slated for River Avenue project

A public meeting will be held Monday to gather comments on proposed improvements to River Avenue between River Road and Belt Line Road in Eugene.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the River Road Park District Annex, 1055 River Road. It's part of an outreach effort by the city and will include a staff presentation on a design previously prepared for River Avenue, plus provide time for comments from neighbors.

For more information, contact Joe Ramirez, project manager, 682-5228.

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Man found dead in van on road west of Marcola

MARCOLA - The body of a middle-aged white man was found Friday evening slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle along a popular forested road west of town, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials had not yet determined a cause of death and an autopsy isn't expected until today, said deputy Duane Toman of the forest patrol division. Nothing at the scene provided clues to the cause of death, he added.

The sheriff's office identified the man through vehicle registration but withheld his name pending notification of his family, Toman said. The man was described as about 6 feet tall and 350 pounds, and was thought to be in his 40s.

At 5:30 p.m., a passing motorist first reported what appeared to be a sick or deceased person in a blue Dodge minivan.

The minivan was parked in an open, gravelly area along McGowan Creek Road, a winding, climbing road west of Donna Road, near Marcola.

The Mohawk Rural Fire Department responded and determined that the man was dead, Toman said. A window was rolled down and the radio was on.

The area, which affords views of the Mohawk Valley, is within the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and is "highly used" by hikers and others, Toman said.
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