Important Info: Currently there is no conclusive link that this suspect is responsible for stealing the urns and memorabilia in the recent criminal mischief and theft case. That case is still under investigation. This is a separate incident where a backhoe and tools were taken during a burglary.
On 05/31/18, a suspect was identified in a recent burglary and theft from the Eternal Hills Cemetery. Delbert Gavin was arrested by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office for the crimes of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle (backhoe), Burglary 2nd Degree, and Aggravated Theft 1st Degree (additional tools). It is alleged he took these items on or about Mother’s Day (May 13th). The backhoe has been recovered.
Note: Delbert Gavin was also interviewed regarding the recent criminal mischief and thefts of urns and memorial items from Eternal Hills Cemetery. No credible link has been established and those crimes are still under investigation.
The above civil emergency alert was sent to wireless devices in the Salem, Oregon as well as other areas in the region around Salem in the evening of May 29th. With no information about the specific emergency, people had no idea what to prepare for.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management issued a statement about the incomplete alert that caused local 911 centers to be flooded with calls.
It turns out the alert was prompted by an algae bloom in Detroit Lake which supplies the Salem area with drinking water. The toxins from the algae can cause illness in children and elderly specifically, and anyone with immune deficiencies. The tap water in the Salem area remains unsafe for drinking now.
It is reported that officials knew about the toxins in the public water supply for up to 4 days before the alert was issued.
Some 30 minutes after the original alert was sent, an additional message was sent with the specifics about the water being unsafe to drink. This prompted concerned people to flock to grocery stores buying up all the bottled water they had and leaving the shelves bare.
Above two photos: Emergency water being dispensed to Keizer area residents. This station is being manned 24/7 until the water supply is deemed safe again. Photos by Darrell Fuller.
Salem area residents are still being advised to not drink the tap water, but officials say it is safe to bathe and clean with. This incident is a good reminder for all of us to make sure we have an emergency supply of food and water on hand.
A tunnel on the Union Pacific rail way between Oakridge and Odell Lake had pieces from it’s ceiling fall onto the tracks in about a 50 foot section. This occurred during routine maintenance of the rail system.
Until further notice, Amtrak passengers from Klamath Falls are being transported via bus between Klamath Falls and Eugene. This is causing significant delays for Amtrak as the buses take longer to travel than the train does.
The tunnel is expected to be closed for several days at least.
As we reported earlier, the Sheriff’s Office is seeking public help and investigating a vandalism and theft of items that belonged to loved ones at Eternal Hills Cemetary.
The above photos were just submitted by Kyla Belcher who visited Eternal Hills Cemetery today to check the damage that was done. Kyla also told Klamath Alerts that she is willing to help organize a community “repair party” if there are enough people interested. It would be a group of volunteers to try and cleanup and possibly repair some of the damage.
Kyla also shared this video with us:
An additional victim recently contacted Klamath Alerts and said that her aunt and grandmother’s cases were broken into. Her aunt’s ashes were stolen, along with photos and a gold bracelet with the name Della engraved on it.
If anyone is interested in a work/repair party and to help out, you are welcome to contact Kyla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.
Crater Lake, OR – The North Entrance Road and West Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park will open for travel Friday afternoon, May 25, 2018 – just in time for the holiday weekend. Superintendent Craig Ackerman announced that visitors will now be able to drive to and from the park via this popular route and access spectacular views of the lake from West Rim Drive. This is a very early opening for Crater Lake’s North Entrance. Warm temperatures and a low snow pack have resulted in a greatly accelerated spring opening this year.
The park anticipates high visitation for the holiday weekend. Visitors should expect long lines and delays at park entrance stations and other locations, including Rim Village. If possible, consider arriving before 10:00 AM or after 4:00 PM to avoid major congestion.
Some snow still remains on the ground throughout the park. Snow depth is greater at many locations around the rim. All trails, including the Cleetwood Trail, are still closed and snow covered. However, it is possible to hike and bike on the parts of East Rim Drive that have been plowed, but are not yet open to traffic. National Park Service snow removal crews are now focusing their efforts on opening other parts of the park. More information will be issued when the entire Rim Drive is open for travel.
Crater Lake Lodge and Mazama Village Motor Inn are open for the season, and two loops of Mazama Campground are open for camping. The Rim Café and Annie Creek Restaurant are also open daily. For lodging reservations, please call (888)774-2728; for general concession information, please call (541)594-2255.
Steel Visitor Center in Munson Valley is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ranger talks are given at Crater Lake Lodge each day at 4:00 PM. More ranger-led programs, including boat tours and trolley tours, are scheduled to begin on Friday, June 22,2018. For more information, call the Steel Visitor Center at (541)594-3100.
With several feet of snow still covering much of the park, visitors should be aware of potential hazards such as slippery snow patches and falling rocks. Please use caution when driving as icy and snowy roads can still occur this time of year, especially at night and in early morning hours. Steep snowfields still exist at many of the overlooks along Rim Drive, and visitors should use extreme caution to prevent falls. Please stay far back from the edge! Because of the hazardous terrain that exists in the caldera surrounding Crater Lake, travel below the rim is prohibited at all times. Be safe and have an enjoyable visit!
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 29 and continue through Thursday, May 31. Night flying will continue the following week, Tuesday June 5 and continue through Thursday, June 7. Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.
“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW. “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.”
The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights. However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.
“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander. “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”
Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time.
11:15 a.m. Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore.
11:25 a.m. Roseburg National Cemetery, Roseburg, Ore.
11:30 a.m. City View Cemetery, Salem, Ore.
11:40 a.m. Brookings Harbor Port, Brookings, Ore.
12:00 p.m. Woodville Cemetery, Rogue River, Ore.
12:15 p.m. Boatnik at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.
12:20 p.m. Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford, Ore.
12:25 p.m. Memory Gardens, Medford, Ore.
All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.
A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, takes off down the ramp at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15 Eagle training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik)