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The Douglas County Chief Financial Officer is suing the county, Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif, Assessor Roger Hartman, county employee Frank Lassen and Larry Saccato for more than $4.5 million, according to court documents.

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On Tuesday, a year-and-a-half after a Douglas County jury voted 11-1 to convict William Christopher Aguayo of Myrtle Creek on a murder charge, which was ultimately ruled a mistrial, a new trial began with opening arguments in the case that has had a lot of twists and turns.

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The ballot measure for a proposed shakeup of Douglas County government will be explained to voters in a way that represents a compromise between the wording proposed by the petitioners and that proposed by Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg.

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Former public works employee Michael Eugene Chasteen pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree theft in connection with the disappearance of chainsaws belonging to the Douglas County Public Works Department.

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Two judges, Frances Burge and William Marshall, are running unopposed to continue serving as judges in positions 4 and 2, respectively, on the Douglas County Circuit Court.

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Dan McKinney is favored by local attorneys who voted in an Oregon State Bar poll about which of five candidates should become a Douglas County Circuit Court judge.