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Springfield officer injured during chase

SPRINGFIELD - A police officer was treated for cuts and scrapes early Wednesday after he was injured while trying to arrest the occupants of a car that had been reported stolen.

The incident began around 12:15 a.m. when officer Charles Conrad spotted the car, a 1991 Honda. The driver sped away, but spun out and stalled near the intersection of 42nd and Main streets.

While Conrad was trying to pull the passenger from the car, the driver, 22-year-old Scott Alan Hover Johnson, restarted the Honda and drove away, throwing Conrad to the ground, police said.

The officer continued the chase until Johnson and his passenger, 25-year-old Donald Anthony Dyson, abandoned the car in the 4000 block of B Street.

A police dog found both men. Johnson then admitted stealing two other Hondas, said Springfield police Sgt. Matt Brandt. The cars were recovered in the area, Brandt said.

Johnson was released from prison five months ago after serving a term for car theft, Brandt said.

Johnson was charged with second-degree assault, three counts of car theft, two counts of eluding an officer, and one count each of hit-and-run and reckless driving. Dyson was cited on a car theft charge and released. Conrad was treated and released at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Five boxes broken into at post office

Eugene police are investigating a break-in this week at a post office on River Avenue in which somebody stole parcels from five individual package boxes.

Investigators believe someone pried open five boxes inside the building at 255 River Ave. around 1:48 a.m. Monday. The office lobby is open around the clock.

The contents of the stolen packages haven't yet been determined, police spokeswoman Kerry Delf said.

Tell us your thoughts regarding Sept. 11

It's been 344 days since 19 terrorists turned four passenger jets into deadly missiles that decimated the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the lives of thousands of families. Those acts triggered a war in Afghanistan that toppled a regime and created its own share of civilian casualties.

Some say things have returned to normal since Sept. 11, 2001, but others say we're forever changed.

Write or call and tell us your thoughts. Has the terrorist attack left a lasting mark on your life or has your world remained unchanged? What are your thoughts as the anniversary approaches?

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Date:Aug 22, 2002
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