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Two accused of theft

of large amount of mail

Two allegedly prolific mail thieves are in custody on federal charges after police sought and received public help to find them.

Eugene police arrested Melissa Irene Bly, 27, on Friday based on tips from the public. Kayle Dawn Bostick, 20, turned herself in later in the evening, Eugene police spokesman Sgt. Rich Stronach said.

The pair had been caught with stolen mail and were suspects in more than 128 thefts, police said. They were released from the Lane County Jail due to overcrowding, only to be caught again with newly stolen credit cards and checks, police said. Facing federal charges, the two are less likely to be eligible for release pending court appearances on charges of aggravated identity theft.

Hearings over new tax scheduled by county

Public hearings on a Lane County income tax for public safety services will be held Wednesday and June 28.

The commissioners plan to ask voters in November to approve a change to the county charter that would pave the way for an income tax of as much as 1.5 percent. Officials hope to use the money to pay for additional law enforcement work.

Wednesday's hearing starts at 1:30 p.m., and the June 28 hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. Both take place in Harris Hall at the Public Service Building, 125 E. Eighth Ave.

The commissioners may decide, at the second hearing, how long to accept written comments. For more information, call Melissa Zimmer at 682-6503.

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Coos Bay man faces charges of rape, abuse

FLORENCE - A 26-year-old Coos Bay man has been arrested and charged with rape and sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a woman at the Sunset apartment complex, 1340 Ninth St., police said.

Lucas A. Colvin is being held at the Florence jail awaiting transfer to the Lane County Jail later this week.

The investigation began May 25 when a 45-year-old woman Florence woman went to Peace Harbor Hospital and reported she had been sexually assaulted after she had gone to the apartment complex with a girlfriend.

As a result of the investigation, police are also looking for Theron Gerber, 23. Gerber rented the apartment where the assault allegedly took place. Police went to his apartment to investigate. Gerber wasn't home, but after serving a search warrant, police found 3.5 ounces of cocaine, worth about $8,000, in his apartment. Gerber is from Coos Bay and is on probation for similar charges in Coos County.

Anyone with information on Gerber should call their local police or the Florence department at 997-3515.

Two arrested on charges of robbery in Creswell

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has arrested a second person in connection with a June 1 robbery at the SOFCU Community Credit Union in Creswell.

Kristie Marie Duncan, 20, turned herself into the Eugene Police Department on Thursday night. Investigators from the Lane County Sheriff's Office placed her in custody as a co-conspirator of the robbery. She was lodged at the Lane County Jail for second-degree robbery. Thomas Nye, 42, was arrested earlier Thursday and also charged with second-degree robbery.

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