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Morning fire causes $270,000 in damage

A spectacular fire of unknown origin caused $270,000 in damage to a home in south Eugene early Sunday morning.

Fire crews responded at 12:23 a.m. to the blaze at 2568 Moon Mountain Drive. Fire department officials could not be reached for additional comment later in the day.

American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers assisted at the scene.

Officers alert residents to Springfield duplex fire

SPRINGFIELD - Two quick-thinking community service officers spotted a duplex fire Sunday morning, notified emergency personnel and alerted unsuspecting residents of the danger, police said.

The fire, at 92 V St., resulted in a first-degree arson charge against its resident, Stephen Austin Eastman, who was lodged in Lane County Jail.

Community service officers Ron Barth and Liz Bartlett were patrolling the area of Shady Lane and V Street about 8:20 a.m. Sunday when they noticed a black plume of smoke from a nearby duplex. The upstairs portion was engulfed in flames when the officers, who called emergency dispatch, arrived.

Eastman, standing outside the residence, informed the two officers that residents remained inside the other half of the duplex. Barth notified the neighbors, who were unaware of the fire, and evacuated them, police said.

Springfield fire personnel extinguished the fire shortly afterwards. Evidence at the scene led officers to file the arson charge against Eastman.

Fire damage was an estimated $75,000. American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded to the scene.

Officer breaks ankle

while making arrest

A Eugene police officer suffered a broken right ankle Saturday in a downtown scuffle with a man who had just been handcuffed for arrest.

Officer Kara Bankhardt and a second officer were on foot patrol when they detained two men behind the Atrium Building, West 10th Avenue and Olive Street, on suspicion of alcohol violations, police said.

Both men had outstanding warrants and were arrested.

The officers were escorting the men to their patrol car when one of the men spit in Bankhardt's face and kicked her in the leg, police said. As Bankhardt fought to gain control, the two fell to the ground. The man, who was handcuffed, landed on top of Bankhardt and was attempting to bite her when he was pulled off by another officer, police said.

Bankhardt was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment.

Allan Ross Hall, who turned 50 on Saturday, was lodged in Lane County Jail on charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, harassment, providing false information and illegal consumption of alcohol.

The second man, William Joseph Smith, 43, was taken to jail on a warrant for drunken driving, and also charged with illegal consumption of alcohol.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
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Date:May 8, 2006
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