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Man arrested for leaving dog in hot car (Photo) - 08/11/18

On August 10th at approximately 12:49 pm a BI-MART employee reported to the Junction City Police Department that a dog had been left inside a hot car.  When officers arrived on scene they observed a dog locked inside the vehicle while parked in direct sunlight with all the windows up.  The dog appeared in distress and was panting and there was no visible water accessible to the dog.  While officers were attempting to gain entry into the vehicle the owner returned and let the dog out. 

The dog owner, Paul Kobliska, stated he had left the dog inside the car for approximately fifteen minutes.  Mr. Kobliska was booked into the Junction City Jail on the charge of Animal Neglect II.  He later bailed out.

Officers seized a three-year-old border collie named Djunga who will remain in police custody.

The Oregon Humane Society reports that when the temperature outside is 78 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 105 degrees in just twenty minutes.  The temperature at the time of the call was 84 degrees.

Please be a responsible pet owner and leave your pet at home on warmer days. 

If you see a pet locked in a hot car please contact the police immediately and stay by the vehicle until help arrives.  

Oregon Revised Statue 167.325 – Animal Neglect II states that a person violates that statute if the person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence fails to provide minimum care for an animal in such person’s custody or control. 

ORS 30.813 allows a person to use no more force than necessary to enter a vehicle and remove a child or domestic animal who is left unattended and in imminent danger of suffering harm.

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Junction City Building Vandalized With Race-Based Graffiti (Photo) - 07/29/18

At about 8:55 AM on Sunday July 29, 2018 the Junction City Police received a report from a neighbor that the building located at 445 W. 6th Ave. had been vandalized with race-based graffiti.  Officers arrived at approximately 9:01 AM to find someone had used dark-colored spray paint to mark the mauve-colored building, located on the southwest corner of 6th Ave. and Hwy 99, with a swastika and a racial slur.  No specific suspects have been identified, however, Junction City Police and the FBI are investigating this incident has a hate (bias) crime and are actively pursuing investigative leads.  Those responsible can be facing charges of Federal Civil Rights Violations as well as violations of various Oregon Revised Statues (ORS).

Irrespective of the fact this graffiti is similar to that which was placed on the building in which a fire and explosion occurred on July 9, 2018, just one block to the north, at this point there is no evidence or information to support the two incidents are connected.

The Junction City Police Department has collected evidence from this incident, as well as from the previous building fire that will be subjected to forensic examination using scientifically-based technology that will provide a wealth of solid information.

Junction City officers have covered the graffiti with masking material to preserve valuable evidence as well as to sustain community peace and protect the spirit, self-esteem, and self-worth of all the wonderful members of the Junction City Community.  Anyone tampering with, removing this masking material, or in any way altering or defacing the evidence-sealed area of the building; and/or interfering in any with the identification and/or apprehension of the persons responsible for these crimes will be charged with a with a variety of crimes including, but not limited to, tampering with evidence, hindering prosecution, and intimidation.

Over the coming days community members can expect a flood of local, state, and federal officers to be conducting exhaustive neighborhood canvasses and interviews in order to obtain as many investigative leads, and video tape coverage of the area, as possible.  To this end, the Junction City Police department urges all citizens to carefully think about things they may have seen over the past weeks, and regardless of how inconsequently one may think their observations may be, to immediately contact the Junction City Police Department.

The Junction City Police Department can be reached 24-hours a day at 541-998-1245.

Suspicious Package Causes Junction City Businesses to Be Evacuated and Streets Closed - 07/24/18

At about noon on Tuesday July 24th, 2018 the Junction City Police Department received a report of a suspicious package in front of a business located at 170 W. 6th Street in Junction City, Oregon.  Upon arrival officers found a five gallon red gas can with newspapers crumpled up near the top, a dark-colored backpack, a small wooden box, and a packet of folded papers secured with either string or wire.  Business owners in the area stated the package had been there for hours.

For community safety all businesses on 6th Street between Greenwood and Fronts Streets were evacuated and the Eugene Police Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) was requested.  The EDU arrived at about 1:15 PM and after deploying a camera-equipped robot, and taking X-Rays of the objects, it was determined the packages were not explosive in nature, but rather various items of garbage and paper.

This incident it not believed to have been done with any threatening intent but rather the items were just left behind by an emotionally disturbed patron of one of the businesses.  This subject has been positively identified and will be contacted by police prior to this investigation being closed.

This is the second incident in about as many days; on Sunday July 22nd, a suspicious suitcase was reported on Deal Street just north of 6th Street – just several blocks away from this incident.  The EDU responded to this report as well and likewise determined the contents to be nothing more than garbage.  These two incidents are entirely UNRELATED and not in any way connected.

The Junction City Police Department wants to extend appreciation and accolades to the observant and aware citizens who recognized potentially dangerous circumstances and took the time to call 911 to report them.  The fact these items were benign is meaningless – these could just as easily have been deadly explosives that could have killed and injured hundreds of people.  Community members are urged to never touch any item that looks suspicious, but are cautioned to get as far away as possible then call 911 to report it.