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Teen reports attempted abduction to police

A 17-year-old girl told Eugene police Monday evening she was able to fight off a man who tried to force her into a vehicle on North Terry Street near Barger Drive.

The girl told police she was walking down the street when a driver of a white Honda Civic stopped at the sidewalk. A passenger got out of the vehicle and tried to grab the girl, pulling her toward the vehicle, police said.

The girl got away and called police.

She described the vehicle as having bluish headlights and blue lights on the inside of the ceiling, police said. She said the front Oregon license plate ended with the number 2.

The passenger is described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s, approximately 6-foot-2-inches to 6-foot-3-inches tall, with a very thin build, and black or brown hair that was long on the top. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. The driver was a black male wearing short sleeves, she told police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 541-682-5111.

Eugene police warn residents never to get into someone's car even if the person displays a weapon. "It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help," police said.

Police also advise people to walk confidently, make eye contact, and be aware of their surroundings.

Bicyclist, 42, found pinned under vehicle

SPRINGFIELD - A bicyclist is listed in serious condition at a hospital after being pinned underneath a vehicle Monday night in Springfield.

Jerediah Lockhart, 43, of Eugene was driving a 2003 Nissan Crossover east on South F Street around 9:09 p.m. after his work shift at a nearby business, according to Springfield police. Lockhart told police he never saw the victim in the road, but he felt his vehicle start to pull to one side and operate oddly, so he pulled over to check it out, police said.

That's when Lockhart found a 42-year-old man and a bicycle pinned under the vehicle. He called 911.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, had to be extricated from under the vehicle by fire department crews. He was taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. He is in serious condition but is stable, police said.

The Springfield police major accident investigation team is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 541-726-3714.

Northwest

Neighbor who killed dogs gets two days in jail

McMINNVILLE - A woman who fatally shot two of her neighbors' dogs after they wandered onto her rural McMinnville property has been sentenced to two days in jail.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Nicole Erica Wood, 44, was also sentenced Monday to pay a $1,000 fine, be on probation for 18 months, complete 200 hours of community service and give up the two guns she used to kill the dogs in 2016.

The dogs, a boxer and a German short-haired pointer, belonged to two families who lived about three-quarters of a mile away from Wood.

Wood told police she thought the dogs had killed her cat a few months earlier and were a neighborhood menace. Investigators say she warned one of the dog's owners that if the dogs stepped on her property again, she'd kill them.

She was found guilty of two counts of animal abuse.

Woman who killed rival at strip club gets 15 years

PORTLAND - A woman who fatally stabbed another woman at a Portland strip club has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that 25-year-old Rinita Lowe pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon.

Lowe had been arguing with Shantina Turner at Club Skinn when she pulled the knife from her purse and stabbed Turner three times in neck.

Lowe's defense attorney, Jason Steen, said surveillance video from the June 2016 incident showed Turner choking Lowe just before Lowe stabbed her

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer said the women had known each other since childhood and had a history of tension.

Lowe apologized to Turner's family at Monday's court hearing.

Jury awards $476,500 in fall from airport shuttle

PORTLAND - A Portland jury awarded $476,500 to a Milwaukie woman who broke her ankle after stepping out of an airport shuttle in the dark.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported Blue Star Airport Express must pay the award to 74-year-old Dorothy Kohut following the jury's verdict on Friday.

Kohut sued the company after she fell in a depression in the ground when exiting a shuttle in January 2014.

The suit claimed that the shuttle stopped about 20 feet short of her well-lit driveway, and the driver didn't offer her assistance or a stepping stool to get out.

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