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Meighan Cordie’s Father Files Lawsuit Against Ex-wife for Negligence

PORTLAND, OR – After Meighan Cordie was found dead over a year ago, her father is suing his former wife and Meighan’s mom for wrongful death and negligence.

In August 2018, Meighan Cordie left a wedding with her mother Jennifer Jaeger and her 3-year-old daughter. They were on their way home from a rural area in Yamhill county. They had just left a friend’s wedding held at Heiser Farms on Grand Island.

Apparently, they had both drank and danced at the reception and Meighan didn’t want to drive due to her past DUIs. When the mother and daughter got in the car, they started fighting. Then, Jennifer Jaeger assured the police that her daughter jumped out of the car while she was driving.

“I stopped right after she jumped out, because I wasn’t moving,” she told the police. But she said it was very dark outside and she couldn’t see anything. “I am just calling her name and looking out the window and trying to hear her,” said Weathers. “I drove back and forth, probably for about half an hour.”

However, she said she wasn’t able to find her. So, the next morning, she called the authorities to report her missing.

“We were at a wedding and she was upset and got out of the car and I haven’t heard from her since,” she told the non-emergency line for police. “I’ve checked the hospitals and I’ve checked the jails and she’s not in either one of those.”

About a week later, three joggers found a dead body close to an embarkment. It was Meighan’s. But her body was about 9 miles away from where her mother had reported last seeing her. Besides, she was barefoot and had no signs of having walked through a forest.

After examining the Meighan’s body, things didn’t add up to the authorities. The events recalled by Jaeger didn’t fit what the clues were saying. They also discovered Meighan’s hair inside her mother’s car, which made the authorities aware of the probable physical fight between the two women.

Jaeger took a polygraph test, which results turned out to be inconclusive. Later, she admitted to taking muscle relaxers the night before the test. Nonetheless, the death was ruled accidental. And police declared that the 27-year-old was killed instantly. Most likely due to blunt force trauma.

Meighan’s 3-year-old-daughter was also interrogated. She said the speed the car was going when her mother jumped was way faster than that Jaeger had previously declared.

Now, Cordie’s father is not so sure of his former wife’s innocence. And he is seeking justice on behalf of his daughter. This led him to file a $500,000 lawsuit against Jaeger.

According to the suit, Cordie accuses Jaeger of withholding vital information about the incident. He also believes she misled the police in the area where Meighan left the car. Besides, he thinks she failed to stop or even slow down, while drunk driving when her daughter jumped out of the car. This, for him, is a clear example of negligence and wrongful death.

Another complaint made by Cordie is related to the remains of his daughter, which Jaeger refused to release from the funeral home. He is recurring to court to get an order to be able to get Meigan’s ashes.

The couple has been divorced since 2005.

Although Jaeger hasn’t faced charges for her role in Meighan’s death, she did get a DUI sentence. She served a short time in jail.

Free Bus Rides for Eugene Students

EUGENE, OR – There have been concerns from working mothers of Eugene students concerning the lack of school bus services. Like Shantel Asman whose two boys attend Charlemagne Elementary. One is in first and the other is in third grade. However, getting them to school isn’t always easy.

“It is definitely challenging when I’m working and have to stop and take them to school. Or when I must stop mid-day to pick them up,” stated Asman.

However, starting this month, Asman’s children and all other Eugene students will have the option of free bus rides to school. Additionally, Lane Transit District representative Pat Walsh says this option will go into effect for two years. However, it is only for kindergarten through 12th graders.

In addition to free bus rides to school, Walsh says this new initiative also includes the weekends. This means, whether students are attending school, afterschool activities, sporting events, or work, free bus rides will be offered to them seven days a week.

In order to take advantage of the opportunity, all students must do is simply tell the driver they’re a student. Not to mention, homeschool students also qualify for free bus rides. As a result, many parents, including Asman believe this could be the perfect solution for students and busy parents.

In the same manner, Asman also suggests being able to ride with students a few times and implementing a buddy system.

Therefore, parents will have the opportunity to ride for free for the entire month of September as well.

According to the Lane Transit District, the goal is to have students be able to go anywhere and not be hindered by access issues.

Consequently, LTD partnered with the school district to make the program possible. It is also funded by Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund.

100 Drug Needles Along Eugene River

EUGENE, OR – A Eugene park infested with over 100 drug needles has the city outraged. Park employees, along with the Sheriff’s office are working together to clean up the area. City of Eugene park employees have expressed concerns, reporting the area has gotten out of control.

Additionally, there are heaps of trash left alongside the Willamette River left by the homeless. This has become a major problem in Eugene.

Joe Waksmundski, the Eugene Parks Ambassador is alarmed by the amount of drug needles discovered below the Ferry Street Bridge. However, he is not surprised.

Additionally, residents in the area have expressed great concern as well because it is in full view.

Moreover, park employees have tried to rectify the matter themselves by telling the homeless camp to clean up. However, most of them just up and leave.

Some of the trash found in the area included rotten food, bedding, and makeshift household items. Additionally, in less than two hours, over 100 needles were also picked up in the process.

Furthermore, park officials are concerned about the wildlife that could be contaminated from all the trash left near the river.  

According to Waksmundski, he believes it’s going to take a team effort to fix the issue in Eugene. Adding that the City Council must work together with the mayor to find a solution. He also stated that social services should work together with the homeless to provide opportunities for economic growth.

Moreover, a proposal that would expand on the park’s rules is in effect. The Department of State Lands is also in talks to forbid camping on the islands.

Likely, this is an issue that will take some time to deal with. However, the city plans to continue their cleanup efforts along the riverbanks.

Police chase ends in arrest of two suspects

EUGENE, Oregon – Police chased two suspects through Eugene. Additionally, the incident occurred on Monday morning.

Lane County Sheriff’s Office officials report that the chase ended in Springfield. Furthermore, this was after police chased the suspects through Eugene.

Officials identified the two suspects as 30 year-old Ronald Hartsfield and 27 year-old Sarah Baroni. Additionally, Hartsfield was the driver. Therefore, Baroni was the passenger.

Police officers say that Hartsfield took heroin before the chase began. Therefore, medical officials transported him to the hospital once the chase ended.

Also, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office reported that the driver initially gave a false name. Additionally, he did not provide any identification.

Furthermore, officials took both suspects to Lane County Jail. There, officials charged them with two warrants and charges. Also, medical officials provided Baroni with medical evaluation before sending her to jail.

Police officers report that the chase began at approximately 1:20 a.m. First, police stopped a green Ford Expedition. Specifically, this occurred near the 600 block of River Road.

Initially, officials stopped the car for traffic violations. Furthermore, officers suspected Hartsfield was driving under the influence.

Shockingly, as police questioned the driver, a third passenger ran from the car. Then, Hartsfield sped off.

Hartsfield ran through multiple red lights. Specifically, he went from Chambers Street to 7th Avenue, and then to Coburg Road. Eventually, he drove onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Then, Hartsfield ended up on a hiking path. This ended the chase. Specifically, this occurred near the West-D boat ramp in Springfield.

Eugene Man Gets Jail Time for Hate Crime

EUGENE, OR – Authorities sentenced Benjamin Jaramillo Hernandez, 69, to 15 months in federal prison and an additional three years supervised release for committing a hate crime against St. Mary Catholic Church. The crime occurred in September of 2018.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Drieban, “As demonstrated by this case, the Civil Rights Division will vigorously prosecute those who violate the right of individuals or entire communities to freely exercise their religious beliefs.”

According to U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, Hernandez used intimidation and threats of violence to terrorize a single congregation, but Williams noted that the harm from hate crimes extends beyond the specific individuals or group targeted. He went on to say, “These crimes threaten the security, freedom, and well-being of entire communities.”

Renn Cannon, a special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, made it known that the right to worship freely is fundamental to life in America.

Court documents indicate that Hernandez was forced from the St. Mary property after unleashing an angry outburst. Then, on September 14, a member of the church staff reported to the Eugene Police Department that someone sprayed pepper spray on the door handles and in the mail slot of the St. Mary’s office. Consequently, employees experienced severe burning sensations on their fingers and it also caused respiratory distress.

The FBI Catches Him

The FBI was able to pinpoint Hernandez as the culprit from several surveillance videos. But Hernandez’s harassment of the church doesn’t end here. He later approached the church and accosted a passerby saying, “I’ve got something for you right here.” He then pointed at a bag he was carrying.

This was followed by an incident where a threatening note and seven 10mm Sig hollow point bullets were left in the office. Furthermore, officials identified Hernandez from surveillance footage and arrested him at a local library. Here, officers uncovered pepper spray, shotgun shells, and more 10mm Sig hollow point bullets.

The St. Mary Catholic Church staff and parishioners had been some variety of frightened or deeply concerned throughout the ordeal.

DA Announces Officer was Lawful in Fatal Shooting

SPRINGFIELD, OREGON – On Tuesday the Lane County District Attorney declared that a Springfield police officer was within his rights to use force and shoot and kill Stacy William Kenny. The shooting occurred just last month.

The District Attorney, Patty Perlow, singled out Sgt. Rick A. Lewis as the officer who shot Kenny with his service weapon six times. According to records, Lewis, whose arm was broken during the shooting, entered Kenney’s car through the passenger side. He intended to unbuckle Kenny who’d been uncooperative during the routine traffic stop.

Unfortunately, Kenny then stepped on the gas and accelerated to over 70 mph, heading directly into a row of trees. Lewis was now forced into the passenger seat and responded by firing five of the six shots at Kenny while she drove toward the trees. Kenney was pronounced dead at the scene.

Recently, Kenny had legally changed her name as well as her gender. It was documented in the Lane County Circuit Court in September 2018.

Before the announcement Kenny’s family issued a statement, “We are heartbroken at the loss of our eldest child and our only son. Patrick had a documented nonviolent mental illness for which he was being treated at Lane County Behavioral Health Services.”

The Kenny’s had notified the Springfield police as early as 2018 about their son’s mental illness. They hoped that by informing the police in advance they could keep their son safe. The family has made it known that it will review the DA’s full report in order to fully understand how the tragic events unfolded.

Young Woman Suspected of Robbing Deli at Gunpoint!

EUGENE, OR – The Eugene police are asking the public for help in finding a suspect. An investigation launched regarding an armed robbery. The Eugene robbery occurred in a deli in the Bethel area.  

This incident occurred early Monday morning, just after two in the morning. The deli, Anna’s Deli on Royal Avenue, reported the crime. An employee stated that the suspect, believed to be a woman, robbed the deli at gunpoint. After the suspect received cash from the counter, she left on foot. Allegedly, the suspect walked south along North Danebo Street.

Police, along with the aid of a K9, scoped out the area in search of the suspect. However, despite their efforts, they were not able to find the suspect. However, they received a description of her from the deli employee. Police believe the suspect is in his or her early 20s. In addition, the suspect was somewhere between 5 feet, 5 inches, and 5 feet, 7 inches. They also described him or her as having a thin build.

According to reports, the suspect wore an Oakland Raiders cap. The hat consisted of a flat, silver bill. In addition, the suspect wore a light gray jacket, along with a black and red Portland Trailblazers shirt. He or she also wore a metal necklace, which hung down to the middle of his or her chest. Also, the suspect wore black gloves along with white shoes.

Now, it is unclear where the suspect fled. The police ask that the public keep an eye out for anyone with this description. Anyone with any information at all is asked to call the Eugene police department. Hopefully, the incident will be resolved and the suspect found soon in this Eugene robbery.

Llama on the Portland Rail Goes Viral!

PORTLAND, OR – Caesar, a public figure in Oregon, is a no drama llama. Although, this weekend he didn’t live up to his name. On Sunday, the llama was spotted on Oregon’s rail service. A particular Reddit user posted a picture of Caesar and the scene went viral.

Oregon’s light rail service, or Metropolitan Area Express (MAX), doesn’t normally allow animals. Therefore, Caesar’s appearance was a shock. TriMet confirmed that the animal shouldn’t have been riding the rail. Even with valid fare or a Hop card, animals are not allowed to ride, a TriMet spokesperson confirme. Animals are only allowed to board if they are a service animal or are in an enclosed carrier. And Caesar, bigger than his owner, likely wouldn’t fit in one.

Caesar, the “no drama llama”, took the MAX train on Sunday while on his way to Wizard Con. But it wasn’t only Caesar. The group consisted of his social media coordinator and his handler.

Caesar is not a registered service animal. Although, on his Instagram, it states, “#llamactivist protecting and promoting civil rights for all & spreading llama love.” Clearly, by the photos on this Instagram page, that this llama is affectionate. It’s obvious he puts a smile on faces of the people he meets.

According to his website, Caesar is quite popular in Portland. The llama started off as a special guest at a Bill Burgess campaign and the “No Drama Llama” wave began. He can be hired for charities, businesses or personal events.

While Caesar was spotted on the bus, some found his visit on the bus delightful, while others reproached it. Social media was a space for the great debate, all the while it brought Caesar’s recognition up!

Finally, Caesar and his entourage apologized for the trouble and promised it wouldn’t happen again.

Middle School Parent Fatally Shot During a Custody Dispute!

EUGENE, OR – Oregon District Attorney (DA) has ruled on a case that resulted in the fatality of a middle-school parent. Thus, the two police officers involved in this tumult are “legally justified” in their actions.  

Shortly after the officers asked this parent, Charles Landeros, to leave school grounds during a custody disagreement, he resisted. Unfortunately, this resulted in the man’s death. The shooting occurred on school grounds, Cascade Middle School, and the DA claimed that it was in the defense of the officers themselves and others on the premises.

Interestingly, Landeros wears a “smash the patriarchy” shirt during the debacle. Some people have pointed this out as an indication of predetermined violence.

Unfortunately, as was obvious within the bodycam video, the victim had no regard for the officers’ lives.

The Logistics

After the resistance to taking Landeros outside, police attempted to put the man under arrest.  Supporting him against a brick wall, the two officers attempted to handcuff the man but failed. In this skirmish, Landeros had gotten away from the wall and reached for a handgun tucked in his waistband. Then, while wrestling him to the ground, Landeros fired multiple shots toward the two officers. One officer, Officer Tim, returned fire with a single shot that struck Landeros in the head.

Interestingly, Landeros was a concealed handgun licensed holder. Also, the gun was legally purchased. Although, the gun was loaded with a large number of rounds, which wasn’t necessary.

The DA claims that Timm saved the life himself, his partner, and the children at the school. Therefore, justifying the use of deadly force.

Walmart Wash-Ups!

EUGENE, ORE – This Friday, police arrested three people for Walmart theft. The Walmart, on West 11th Ave., claimed that the thieves stole items from Target as well.

Police identified Michael Steven Handy who is thirty-two-years-old after suspiciously running out of a Walmart on Friday evening. The man, while running out of the Walmart dropped one of his backpacks. This backpack contained stolen items from both Walmart AND Target. After the officer saw the backpack drop, the chase pursued. Although, this Walmart theft has a happy ending. The officer eventually arrived close enough to Handy to give him commands at taser-point. After some coaxing, Handy eventually got to the ground and the police put him into custody. Consequently, Handy’s charges were Theft in the second degree (on two accounts) and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile, a second situation arose at the same Walmart. Later, a couple grabbed the backpack that Handy had dropped on his way out. Because the officer just put the backpack aside, the pair assumed the backpack was fair game. Not only did this backpack contain items from Walmart, but it also held stolen merchandise from Target.

Fortunately, someone had witnessed both incidents. A bystander witnessed the couple take the backpack and led officers to the female’s home. The woman was Lucy Jesala Rubio, eighteen, and her boyfriend was Conner Oryan Cargil, twenty. The police charged the couple with two counts. The counts were second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence.

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