Monthly Archives: February 2018

Suspect Arrested After Communicating Threats of Violence Towards Oregon State University

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On February 27, 2018, at about 12:20 p.m., OSP Troopers became aware of a person making threats of violence through Twitter towards the Oregon State University and community.

Troopers and Detectives identified the owner of the username “Hard Belly Dorm” as Christopher Adam STRAHAN, age 22, of Corvallis. STRAHAN was located and contacted outside a residence in Corvallis. At about 2:30 p.m., he was taken into custody for making threats of violence towards the Oregon State University and community. He was booked and lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility for disorderly conduct 1.

OSP was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the OSU Department of Public Safety, Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Mental Health Department.

At this time, there is no known threat to public safety. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

From SafeOregon:

Oregon State Police received an anonymous tip via SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is purposed for those students in the PK-12 grade, however, we were able to provide information to Oregon State Police staff assigned to the Oregon State University campus to assist in the investigation. The Oregon State Police reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Visit www.safeoregon.com for more information.

Source: Press Release From Oregon State Police 

United B737-900 Lands at PDX With Blown Tire

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A United Boeing 737-900, registration N66828 performing flight UA-1551 from Newark, NJ to Portland, OR (USA), was departing Newark’s runway 04L when a loud bang was heard. The crew continued the departure and radioed Newark tower, that during the departure they had a “very excessive nose wheel shimmey” and may have damaged their nosewheel, they requested a runway inspection. Tire debris was found and recovery on the runway. The crew decided to continue their flight to Portland, informed Portland about the blown tire. Emergency services took their stand by positions for the arriving aircraft, the Boeing landed safely on Portland’s runway 28R about 5:45 hours after departure from Newark. The aircraft was towed to the gate.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Portland 16 hours after landing.

Article Source Av Hearld 

 

Weather Alert – Snow Storm

From The NWS in Medford, OR

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Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Medford OR
406 PM PST Sat Feb 24 2018

…Strong Winter Storm Expected above 2000 feet Sunday through
Sunday Night…

Another winter storm will move into southwestern Oregon and
northern California Sunday. Snow levels will begin near 1000 feet
with some areas of light precipitation over northern portions of
the forecast area Sunday morning. However, snow levels will then
rise during the day on Sunday to between 2500 and 3500 feet as
precipitation increases and moves southeastward. Sunday evening
and night potential impacts from snow and blowing snow are likely
to increase as colder air arrives and snow levels lower to near
1000 feet.

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/O.UPG.KMFR.WS.A.0005.180225T1800Z-180226T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KMFR.WW.Y.0012.180226T0000Z-180226T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KMFR.WS.W.0008.180226T0000Z-180226T1200Z/
Klamath Basin-
Including the cities of Altamont and Klamath Falls
406 PM PST Sat Feb 24 2018

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 4 AM PST
MONDAY…
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 4 AM PST
MONDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow is expected north and west of Klamath Falls
with moderate snow elsewhere, to include Klamath Falls. Total
snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected in the warning
area. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected in
the advisory area.

* WHERE…Klamath Basin. Klamath Falls and areas south and east
are in the advisory area. Keno, Modoc Point, and Chiloquin are
in the winter storm warning area.

* WHEN…From 4 PM Sunday to 4 AM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be
prepared for significant reductions in visibility.

* View the hazard area in detail at
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* Travel is strongly discouraged for those who are inadequately
prepared, especially in the warning area.

* If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets,
food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you.

* A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is
likely and is expected to pose a threat to life and property.
Take protective action now.

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Medford OR
406 PM PST Sat Feb 24 2018

…Strong Winter Storm Expected above 2000 feet Sunday through
Sunday Night…

.Another winter storm will move into southwestern Oregon and
northern California Sunday. Snow levels will begin near 1000 feet
with some areas of light precipitation over northern portions of
the forecast area Sunday morning. However, snow levels will then
rise during the day on Sunday to between 2500 and 3500 feet as
precipitation increases and moves southeastward. Sunday evening
and night potential impacts from snow and blowing snow are likely
to increase as colder air arrives and snow levels lower to near
1000 feet.

ORZ029-251500-
/O.EXP.KMFR.WW.Y.0011.000000T0000Z-180225T0000Z/
/O.UPG.KMFR.WS.A.0005.180225T1800Z-180226T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KMFR.WW.Y.0012.180226T0000Z-180226T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KMFR.WS.W.0008.180226T0000Z-180226T1200Z/
Klamath Basin-
Including the cities of Altamont and Klamath Falls
406 PM PST Sat Feb 24 2018

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 4 AM PST
MONDAY…
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SUNDAY TO 4 AM PST
MONDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow is expected north and west of Klamath Falls
with moderate snow elsewhere, to include Klamath Falls. Total
snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected in the warning
area. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected in
the advisory area.

* WHERE…Klamath Basin. Klamath Falls and areas south and east
are in the advisory area. Keno, Modoc Point, and Chiloquin are
in the winter storm warning area.

* WHEN…From 4 PM Sunday to 4 AM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be
prepared for significant reductions in visibility.

* View the hazard area in detail at
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/HAZARD

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

* Travel is strongly discouraged for those who are inadequately
prepared, especially in the warning area.

* If you must travel, keep tire chains, a flashlight, blankets,
food, water, medications, and a fully charged phone with you.

* A Winter Storm Warning means that severe winter weather is
likely and is expected to pose a threat to life and property.
Take protective action now.

OLCC Decoy Operations

Retailers Improve in Marijuana Minor Decoy Checks

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Portland, OR — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission conducted recreational marijuana minor decoy operations across Oregon during January 2018, and in many areas of the state licensed marijuana retailers did not sell marijuana products to minors.

The statewide compliance rate in January 2018 was 89 percent.  During minor decoy operations in December 2017, the statewide compliance rate was 81 percent.

“These results show an improvement, but there is no tolerance for marijuana sales to anyone under 21 years old,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC.  “We’ve increased the penalties for retailers that sell to minors, so our expectation is for the industry to be vigilant about compliance.”

OLCC inspectors working with minor decoys carried out operations in the following regions:

  • On January 17, 2018, in the cities of Salem, Independence, Monmouth, McMinnville, Newberg and Dundee, marijuana inspectors visited 26 licensed marijuana retailers, and two (2) failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.  Compliance rate: 92%
  • On January 18, 2018, in Portland, marijuana inspectors visited ten (10)licensed marijuana retailers, and four (4) failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.  Compliance rate: 60%
  • On January 19, 2018, in the Eugene-Springfield area, marijuana inspectors visited 16 licensed marijuana retailers, and two (2) failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.  Compliance rate: 88%
  • On January 24, 2017, in Pendleton and The Dalles [Bend region], marijuana inspectors visited eight (8) licensed marijuana retailers, and none (0) failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.  Compliance rate: 100%
  • On January 26, 2018, in Josephine County [Medford region], marijuana inspectors visited 10 licensed marijuana retailers, and none (0) failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.  Compliance rate: 100%

In January 2018 the OLCC stiffened the penalty for the first time sale of marijuana to a minor to a 30-day license suspension or a fine of $4,950.  The temporary rule that increased the penalty took effect January 26, 2018.

Selling marijuana to a minor is an OLCC Category II (b) Recreational Marijuana Sanction (OAR 845-025-8590). The penalties for multiple violations will also increase. Two violations in a two-year period would result in an automatic 30-day license suspension; three violations in a two-year period would result in a license revocation.

The OLCC conducts the decoy operations to make sure marijuana licensees are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations to keep minors from entering licensed retail businesses to purchase marijuana products.

During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to enter a licensed marijuana retailer and/or purchase marijuana products from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing entry to anyone under 21.  Commission inspectors supervise the minor volunteers.  The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of marijuana.   The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Under 21 until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.

The OLCC tests licensed marijuana businesses throughout the year, with each licensed retailer receiving a minimum of one visit per year.

The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s and identify false identification.  Licensed marijuana retailers can learn more at http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwMjIyLjg1ODIwNjIxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDIyMi44NTgyMDYyMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3OTUxNDA1JmVtYWlsaWQ9bWF0dGNAa2xhbWF0aGFsZXJ0cy5jb20mdXNlcmlkPW1hdHRjQGtsYW1hdGhhbGVydHMuY29tJmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&&&102&&&http://www.marijuana.oregon.gov (under Recreational Marijuana Sales) or by contacting marijuana@oregon.gov

Minor Decoy Results – Portland region

Minor Decoy Results – Salem region

Minor Decoy Results – Eugene region

Minor Decoy Results – Medford region

Minor Decoy Results – Bend region

Press Release from OLCC issued 2-21-18

*Photo by Rick Proctor 

Winter Weather Alert – I-5 Corridor

Winter Weather Alert! 2-20-18 

Portland to Eugene, Coast to Gorge

A winter storm will spread from the north to south tonight and tomorrow. It will create dangerous conditions along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene (and a little south of there). It will also impact a large area from the coast to the Gorge. The system is forecast to loose moisture by the time it arrives in the Southern Oregon area.  The Klamath Falls area may see a small amount of snow out of this system.

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BUILDING A DIGITAL DEFENSE WITH ROBUST PASSWORDS (PHOTO)

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2-20-18 Press release from FBI

Downloadable file: TT – Passwords
Downloadable file: TT – Passwords – Audio file

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense with strong passwords.

If you are like most of the rest of us — remembering the 50,000 passwords you are required to use each day can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that many people just use the same password — or a variation of one — over and over again. Regardless of how many special characters, numbers and capital letters that you put into it — it is still the same password over and over again.

The people at the National Institute of Standards and Technology — an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce — say that’s not good enough. According to NIST researchers, more than 80% of hacking-related breaches used stolen or weak passwords.

Using the same few passwords over multiple platforms, apps, websites and the like is dangerous. Even when you are required to change the password every 90 or 120 days, that’s usually not much help because most people just change a single character or add a number at the end of the old password.

So — what does NIST recommend now? According to those government researchers:

Your password needs to be at least 8 characters, but generally the longer the better. They suggest using passphrases, not single words. For instance — think of a crazy picture in your head such as “purple cows swim with bananas”. You now have a 25-character password that is much stronger than a 6-character password with special symbols, numbers and capitals. And, as a bonus, you are more likely to remember it. Easier for you — harder for hackers.

Focus on your most important accounts — such as your email and bank accounts. Give each of these a unique passphrase.

Don’t rely on passwords alone. Two-factor authentication is your friend. This requires something you know — like a password PLUS something you get — like a randomly generated PIN or code sent to your phone or hard token. If you can set one up on any particular account — do so.

Don’t want to deal with any of this? Consider using a reputable password manager. That’s software or an app that generates unique passwords for every one of your accounts.

In the end, remember that there is no perfect system, but there are simple things you can do to make it more difficult for hackers to enter your virtual home.

If you have been victimized by an online scam, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Highway 140W Opens After 4 Hour Closure

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Highway 140W (between Klamath Falls and Medford) was closed for nearly 4 hours today due to a two semi truck accident near milepost 22.5. The truck accident created several “fender bender” chain reaction accidents as cars approaching the scene were unable to stop and collided. At the time of this writing traffic is reported to be backed up for several miles! Motorists were using HWY 66 as an alternate route.

See a photo of the accident scene here at KDRV

 

FBI Fails to act on FL Shooting Suspect Tip

The FBI has now admitted that it failed to follow it’s own protocol for investigating a tip it received in January about Florida shooting suspect Cruz. Someone close to Cruz called the FBI tip line and reported in January of this year that Cruz was demonstrating erratic behavior and making unusual threats to harm people.

Multiple news agencies are reporting on this now. Here is one of many new reports on this from the Washington Post here.

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