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Burned body found

in south Eugene

The Lane County Sheriff's Office is investigating a body that was found Wednesday afternoon in south Eugene.

A hiker found the remains just north of 30th Avenue near Spring Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. The sheriff's office said the body of a man was found

in a transient camp that had been destroyed by fire. The body was also burned.

Detectives from the Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Medical Examiners Office are investigating the cause of death and the man's identity.

Arson investigators from the sheriff's office and the Eugene Fire Department assisted in the investigation.

An autopsy was to be conducted today.


District attorney quits,

citing budget cuts

Coos County District Attorney Paul Burgett has resigned, effective Dec. 31. Burgett, 59, has been the district attorney since 1980. He said that he had recently been thinking about stepping down. He said the cutbacks made when the county was facing the loss of federal timber money were the deciding factor.

The timber payments were extended for one year. But, "our county has pretty much taken the position that you can't blow it," he said, which he considers the right decision. Coos went ahead with budget cuts that included eliminating one attorney from the district attorney's office with plans to cut a second. These cuts are going to make it harder to enforce the law, Burgett said. "It's like a lion that has had its teeth removed."

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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 31, 2007
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