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Bittersweet Dismissal

Hayward Field protester's court case dropped

It’s been a little over two months since the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field was demolished. Community members are still feeling its legacy — emotionally, nostalgically and, for local filmmaker Tim Lewis, legally.

Lewis was the protester who ran onto the historic venue’s track during its final NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He jogged around the track on June 8 wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “Save Hayward” and holding up another with the words “Pre Lives For Now” written on it.

He was arrested by UO police on misdemeanor charges of interfering with police, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at a sporting event. His case was dropped by the city on Aug. 22, a day before he was scheduled for a hearing at the Eugene Municipal Court.

ASTORIA — A 22-year-old former Philomath High volunteer assistant football coach pleaded no contest on Thursday to a count of second-degree criminal mistreatment in connection with what prosecutors termed “aggravated hazing” incidents in July at Camp Rilea in Clatsop County.

Appearing in Clatsop County Circuit Court, Cooper Kikuta was sentenced to 60 hours of community service at the Children’s Farm Home and 12 months probation. The sentence does not require him to serve any jail time.

Second-degree criminal mistreatment is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail.