Monthly Archives: March 2018

Winter Weather Impacts Spring Break Travel in our Region

A series of storms is expected to impact our region beginning tonight. Up to 2 feet of snow is expected at Crater Lake and 17″ at Lake of Woods. The National Weather Service is advising people to use caution if traveling in the region during this time. A ridge of high pressure is expected to develop by Monday bringing in much nicer weather for spring break.

A winter storm warning has just been issued for our region. 

 

From the NWS Medford:

Moderate to heavy snow will impact southern Oregon and northern California tonight into Friday. Snow will be wet and heavy and could cause tree limbs/branches to break. Power outages are possible. Heaviest snow will fall in the mountains above 2000 feet, and could fall in the valleys on Friday night. Be prepared for snow-covered and slippery roads and reduced visibility. Roads affected will be I-5, US Highway 97, US Highway 395, Highway 3, Highway 62, Highway 140, and more.

This will create very hazardous travel with slippery, snow covered roads, and periods of poor visibility due to moderate to heavy snow.

If you must travel, carry emergency kit with chains, flashlight, batteries, blankets, food, water, and medications. Be prepared for wintry travel conditions and be sure to check road conditions before venturing out.

You can call 511 for Oregon or California road conditions (while you’re in either state), or visit their websites listed below.

Oregon road conditions: www.tripcheck.com
California road conditions: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/
NWS hazard viewer: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr

Press Release from NWS Medford. Images provided by same. 

FBI Asks for Public’s Help Finding Fugitive – Shawn Weatherhead

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The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Shawn Frederick Weatherhead, a transient with ties to the Springfield/Eugene area in Oregon; to Eureka, California; and to Reno, Nevada,

Weatherhead has allegedly contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) in Clarksburg, West Virginia or other FBI offices around the country, approximately 1,000 times since December 2015 from locations in California, Oregon and Nevada.

On at least three occasions, between April 1-2, 2017, Weatherhead allegedly threatened to kill people during his calls. A federal judge from the Northern District of California issued an arrest warrant on October 24, 2017, after prosecutors charged him with interstate communication of a threat to injure the person of another.

Weatherhead is a white man with hazel eyes and brown hair. He stands 5’6″ in height and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Additionally, he has multiple tattoos on his body, including on his forehead, chin, arm, wrist, hand, right leg, and back.

Among his many tattoos is the word “dork” tattooed along his throat.

Anyone with information about Weatherhead’s location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI at (503) 224-4181. In California, call the FBI in San Francisco at (415) 553-7400. In Nevada, call the FBI in Reno at (775) 328-4000.

Via Press Release From FBI

Warrenton Oregon Woman Arrested Tuesday for Cooking Dog in Oven

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A Warrenton, Oregon woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with 1st Degree Animal Abuse after cooking a Chihuahua alive in an oven. Noel Moor, 28, allegedly cooked the 7-year-old dog Monday night. Moor has been reported to be involved in several disturbances recently and was arrested by Warrenton Police while at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

 

Article by Klamath Alerts

Southern Oregon on Border of Crash Re-entry Path of Chinese Space Lab

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Image Credit: CMSE (China’s 8-ton Tiangong-1 space lab)

Launched in 2011, The Tiangong-1 Space Lab is now drifting in orbit out of control. China has no plans to boost it to a higher orbit to keep it from eventually crashing into Earth’s atmosphere and resulting re-entry.

Most space science experts say the vehicle will “mostly” burn up as it enters the atmosphere. Still, there is a possibility that some of the debris might make it back down to the surface. The Space Lab also contains highly toxic materials onboard.

The current projected re-entry time is end of March or early April, in the zone depicted below.

 

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Image Credit: ESA

Southern Oregon sits on the extreme north edge of the predicted re-entry path. Because the vehicle is now uncontrolled and drifting, it is difficult to predict a precise location (or time) where it will enter the atmosphere.

Experts have said you are much more likely to be struck by lightning than to be hit by a piece of space debris. Depending on the time of entry it might be possible for people in the “zone” to see it. Also note the vast expanse of ocean in the possible entry zone.

Article by Klamath Alerts

OSP Responds to Stabbing at the Oak Grove Rest Area off I-5 in Linn County, Arrest Made

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On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at approximately 12:00AM, Oregon State Police from the Springfield Area Command responded to a stabbing at the Oak Grove Rest Area at milepost 206 southbound on I-5 in Linn County. While responding information was received that the victim had been transported away from the scene in a private vehicle towards Coburg. Oregon State Police coordinated meeting victim at the Coburg exit with medical personnel to render aid while other Trooper’s responded to the rest area where they located and detained the suspect.

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Detectives with the OSP-Major Crimes Section responded for the criminal investigation. The investigation revealed the suspect and victim were brothers. The victim, Matthew James ARNOLD — 33 Years of age, was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, Nicholas Matthew ARNOLD — 35 years of age, was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was booked on one count of Assault 1st Degree.

Press Release from the Oregon State Police 3/22/18

Spring Break Saturation Patrol on Highway 97 March 22-23, 2018

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OSP is just as excited about Spring Break as you are, but our priority is that everyone arrives at their destinations safely. “We plan on adding extra patrols to the Highway 97 corridor, from the California border to the Washington border,” advises Sergeant First Class Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Patrol Office.

This enforcement effort is aimed at increasing highway safety by providing a high visibility law enforcement presence. Spring Break is the typical beginning of vacation travel in Oregon and across the United States. In addition to increased travel by passenger vehicles, US Highway 97 is also heavily used by commercial motor vehicle traffic.

All travelers, anxious to get to their destinations, often exceed the speed limit, make bad passes, and may become fatigued by excessively long drives. In addition, late season inclement weather can exacerbate any travel related issues.

OSP Troopers will be particularly vigilant for those infractions dubbed the “Fatal Five.” Fatal Five violations are those related to speed, occupant safety, lane violations, impaired driving, and distracted driving.

SMALL PLANE CRASHES ON WALLACE ISLAND IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER NEAR CLATSKANIE, PILOT UNINJURED

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On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was upside down in the water on a sandbar. The US Coast Guard along with an OSP boat, which was nearby responded to the scene. The USCG arrived prior to OSP’s arrival and had recovered the pilot and transported him to Pearson Airfield in Vancouver. The pilot was uninjured and identified as 67 year old Douglas Paul PFLUGRADT, from Mattawa, Washington. There were no passengers in the aircraft. The location of the crash was determined to be on Wallace Island.

PFLUGRADT indicated he was attempting to land on a sandbar of Wallace Island because he was experiencing mechanical issues. The aircraft PFLUGRADT was operating is identified as a Kit Fox Super Sport. During PFLUGRADT’s attempt to land, the aircraft flipped onto its top. Recovery efforts are underway to remove the aircraft prior to the rising tide. The investigation is continuing.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, Oregon Emergency Management, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release From Oregon State Police 

Detectives Search for Runaway From Shady Cove

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SHADY COVE, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old girl. Nouara “Lili” Rose Yahiaoui was reported as a runaway on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She was last seen on Friday, March 9, at her grandmother’s house in Shady Cove.

Yahiaoui’s family last had contact with her on Sunday, March 11, by text message. Detectives believe Yahiaoui may have traveled to Josephine County or the Redding, California, area with an adult male that weekend. Her current whereabouts are not known.

Yahiaoui is described as a white female, standing five feet, five inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. She has long brown hair bleached blond on the ends, and brown eyes. She wears 2-centimeter gauge earrings. Yahiaoui was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve t-shirt with pink roses, green khaki pants, and a tan backpack with white stripes. Yahiaoui was also carrying a green duffle bag. In the past, she has been known by the names Lili Rose Cheever, Lili Rose Yahiaoui, and Nouara Rose Cheever.

Anyone with information about Yahiaoui’s whereabouts is asked to call dispatch right away at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-5067

UPDATE 3/20/18 name is pronounced: new-ARE-uh yeah-he-owie. Also, her nickname is spelled “Lili” (corrected above).

UPDATE: Police found her safe and took her into protective custody. 

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Vehicle Sale Frauds

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against frauds involving the online sale of vehicles and equipment.

This fraud can involve the sale of anything from cars and trucks to RV’s, boats and outdoor gear. Since 2014, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has recorded about 27,000 reports of this kind of scam costing victims more than $54 million in losses.

Here’s how it works. You are online — perhaps searching for a new car. You come across an ad for something you really like, and the price listed is really good. You email or text back and forth with the supposed seller — getting photos and information about the purchase. You question why the price is so much below market value, and the scam artist has an easy answer. Perhaps he received it in a divorce settlement or inherited it from a deceased relative. In some cases, he may say that he is moving soon or is in the military and is getting deployed quickly.

The fraudster may also appear legitimate by claiming a relationship with a reputable company, such as eBay, or a third party which provides a “buyer protection program.” He will send you an email — purportedly from this third party who is managing the transaction. This is all designed to make you feel good about this deal, when in reality this cyber thief is setting you up. The email tells you to call a toll free number, and the call taker will walk you through how you will transfer the money. In many cases, the call taker tells you to purchase prepaid gift cards, provide those card codes to the middle man and then simply wait for delivery of your item.

Of course, the car, RV or boat never shows up — and the alleged seller is long gone, not answering phone calls, emails or texts.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:

* If the price is well below market value — take that as a warning.

* Research the item and the seller thoroughly — including the seller’s name, email address and phone numbers.

* Research any third party businesses that the seller recommends and confirm that that business is legit. Remember that the fraudster will attempt to make himself and these third parties look real by spoofing names, websites and email addresses.

* Always verify eBay and PayPal purchases directly through the Web sites, as many scammers send fake email invoices to falsify payment or shipment of items.

* Avoid sellers who refuse to meet in person or who will not allow you to physically inspect the car or item ahead of time.

* Ask for the vehicle’s VIN and license plate number as well as the name of the person who is the current registered owner. Research that information through your state licensing agency or online databases if possible.

Bottom line: Always remember that if the deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.

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

Press Release FBI Oregon

Lewis & Clark Bridge (SR433) along Columbia River closed for suspicious item hanging off the bridge, Columbia County

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On March 19, 2018, at approximately 10:20 am, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a suspicious item hanging from a rope on the Oregon side of the bridge near a bridge support above Dike Road. The items appeared to be two backpacks suspended by a rope that was tied off to the bridge railing. In the interest of public safety, the bridge was closed and remained closed for approximately four hours while the items were examined by the OSP Bomb Unit.

Additionally, the US Coast Guard restricted the Columbia River traffic during this time.
The OSP Bomb Unit deployed a remote robot, which was used to initially x-ray the bags. The contents of that examination were inconclusive. The Bomb Unit next utilized a high pressure water cannon mounted on the robot to safely reveal the contents of the bags. The bags were determined to contain non-hazardous items like clothing and miscellaneous personal property.

A suspect has been identified as 61 year old Samuel Abram OWEN, from Rainier. OWEN has been arrested for 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct, possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine, 2nd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief and Felon in possession of a restricted weapon and was lodged at the Columbia County Jail. This incident was the result of a dispute between OWEN and another individual and there is no risk to the public’s safety.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Rainer Police Department, Columbia County Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol and the US Coast Guard.

 Oregon State Police Press Release

City of Klamath Falls Utility Work

Water Division: The Water Division will be performing routine fire hydrant maintenance throughout the water system. We will be removing and relocating a fire hydrant from the SW corner of Pershing/Avalon to the NE corner of Pershing/Avalon and we will be replacing a fire hydrant on North 2nd and Washington Street.

Development Services: While the following information is NOT a City project, we would like citizens to know of the traffic changes, lane and sidewalk closures.

The City has issued an obstruction permit to CenturyLink. They will be performing maintenance on cable at the intersetcion of 7th and Pine Streets from March 19, 2018 to March 21, 2018. Work will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The southbournd lane of Pine Street will be closed with flaggers present.

The City would like to thank Citizens in advance for proceeding with caution in areas where crews are working. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363.

Washington Man Killed in Car Crash near Bly, Oregon

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On March 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on State Highway 140E, mile post 53, near Bly, Oregon.

Based preliminary information, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Timothy J. Morris (age 35 from Kennewick, Washington) was traveling eastbound on Highway 140E. Morris’ vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. The Elantra came to rest approximately 40 feet north of the westbound lane. Morris was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a 15 year-old female passenger who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Alcohol and seatbelt usage is being investigated as a possible contributing factor of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Bly Fire Department. The highway was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated.

Press release from Oregon State Police 

Sunday Afternoon Police Pursuit ends in Rollover Traffic Accident Highway 39

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On 3-18-18 at about 1:28pm The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop a new silver Toyota Tacoma pickup at Laverne and Bisbee streets in rural Klamath Falls. The driver of the Toyota immediately fled and the pursuit went down Summers Lane and to the South Side Bypass. The driver then fled to Highway 39 and turned south where speeds reached at least 100mph.

The driver lost control of the pickup at about Highway 39 and Matney Road. The pickup rolled about 5 times at around 100mph. The driver was arrested at the scene and there was also a female passenger in the pickup truck. Both driver and passenger were then rushed to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Police have been looking for a newer stolen Toyota pickup taken last week from the Lithia Toyota lot. It is not known if the pickup is from this same theft or not.

Police deployed spike strips to try and stop the truck once near Summers Lane. The driver swerved and avoided them.  Police then deployed them ahead of the pursuit on highway 39 but the driver crashed before encountering them the second time.

-Article written by Klamath Alerts

Serious Injury MVA Reported HWY 140 East MP 53 1 Mile West of Bly

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A serious traffic accident as occurred on HWY 140 East @ MP 53. This is 1 mile west of Bly. The Highway is reported closed in that area at this time. There is a report that someone is trapped in a vehicle with major injuries. This is reported to be an alcohol related crash and is under investigation. An air ambulance helicopter has been dispatched to the scene. Expect delays in that area.

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