Monthly Archives: June 2018

Minor Injuries in Crop Duster Crash Near Malin

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At approximately 07:45 hours the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Malin Police responded to the report of an aircraft crash near Drazil Road and Pickett Road outside of the city of Malin.  The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with assistance of the Sheriff’s Office. Initial reports indicate the crop duster came into contact with power lines. The pilot was located with minor injuries. Basin Ambulance and Malin Fire responded and transported.

Via press release from Klamath County Sheriff

 

GRAHAM FIRE IN CENTRAL OREGON MOVING TOWARD 100% CONTAINMENT

SISTERS, Ore. – After three days with no additional perimeter growth and well-established control lines, the ODF Incident Management Team 2 will be handing management of the Graham Fire in Jefferson County back to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District Wednesday morning.

Control lines around the fire’s perimeter have been mopped up to at least 50 feet. However, local residents may still expect to see occasional smoke from pockets of unburnt fuel smoldering in the fire’s interior. If residents see flames or spot fires they are advised to call 911.

Resources on the fire today include 10 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 17 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders and 338 personnel. Containment is estimated at 85%.

ODF’s Central Oregon District will continue the use of additional engines and fire crews to achieve 100% containment. The District strategies will include daily engine patrols and mop up operations.

The Graham Fire was a hot, fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds, dry conditions and light flashy fuels that burned in the wildland urban interface in and around the community of Three Rivers. The firestorm torched trees and produced 100’ flame lengths.

Thanks to the responsive efforts of local wildland and structural suppression forces as well as prior defensible space created by local residents, the fire was held to 2,175 acres.

Team 2 fire managers leave behind an excellent safety record. More than 300 personnel were assigned to the incident and no injuries were reported.

ODF’s Central Oregon District will continue to provide occasional updates on the fire status.

• Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5855/

• Central Oregon Fire Info : http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon/

OSP’S RESPONSE TO CHARGES FILED AGAINST CAPTAIN BILL FUGATE

The Oregon State Police appreciates the prompt and thorough investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the subsequent review by the District Attorney’s Office.

Pursuant to OSP practices, we will immediately begin the due process procedure to modify Captain Fugate’s duty status to unpaid administrative leave- now that a charging instrument has been issued.

The agency will manage a concurrent personnel investigation into Captain Fugate’s employment status, so not to interfere with the criminal investigation.  Any inquiries into the status of the criminal investigation should be referred to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

Statement from Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton

“While Captain Fugate is entitled to due process, the Oregon State Police strongly condemns acts of domestic violence, which is especially alarming and disgraceful when involving a police officer. Conduct of this nature is grossly unacceptable and employees that engage in these actions have no place in law enforcement.”

Via press release from OSP.

NO NEW GROWTH ON GRAHAM FIRE IN CENTRAL OREGON; EVACUEES ARE ABLE TO RETURN HOME

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CULVER, Ore. – Strong containment lines and diligent mop up operations have kept the perimeter of the Graham Fire in check. After two days with no new fire growth, the Jefferson County Sherriff has lowered the evacuation level to 1 (READY) and is allowing residents to return to their homes. The fire has burned 2,175 acres and is estimated at 65% containment.

Fire managers are focused on strengthening control lines and continuing mop up operations. Mop-up involves firefighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Crews start on the fire perimeter and move toward the center. It’s hard, methodical and dirty work but technology makes it more efficient. Firefighters use heat seeking cameras with infra-red technology to identify where the heat is hiding below ground.

“We will be judged by how well we leave this fire for the local district and residents. Mop up is hard dirty work. But it’s critically important to do it well. When we mop up right, we can hand the fire back to the local district knowing the perimeter will hold,” said Team 2 Incident Commander Chris Cline.

Seventy five people attended the public meeting last night at the Chinook Store, in Culver just east of the fire. The residents were very appreciative of their local volunteer fire fighters and the efforts of the Incident Management Team. Lake Chinook Fire Chief Don Colfels encouraged local residents to create 30 feet of defensible space around their homes to help it survive a wildfire.

Resources on the fire today (June 25) are: 7 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 13 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders and 307 personnel.

Public information contact is Ashley Lertora; 503-338-8442.

For more information visit:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5855/

Central Oregon Fire Info : http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon/

 

Klamath County Road Construction Update

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Klamath County Update 6-25-18

OR 140: Buck Creek Bridge – Marcum & Sons Construction is beginning work to replace the Buck Creek Bridge (MP 22). Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal and limited to a single lane. Work will take place Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Drivers can expect delays up to 10 minutes.

OR 240: Greensprings Interchange to Klamath Falls/Malin Hwy – Rocky Mountain Construction will be completing shoulder work, installing signs and concrete sidewalk. Minor delays are expected.

US 97: Algoma Road to Miller Island Road – Rocky Mountain Construction will be completing barrier, guardrail, earthwork and shoulder work at night between the hours of 7pm and 7am. The work zone will be controlled with flaggers and pilot cars. Drivers can expect delays up to 20 minutes.

US 97: Spring Creek Hill to Modoc Point – Rocky Mountain Construction will be paving between the hours of 7pm and 7am, Sunday night through Friday morning. The work zone will be controlled with flaggers and pilot cars. Drivers can expect delays up to 20 minutes.

Graham Fire June 24, 2018 8:30 A.M. Update

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As fire suppression tactics have increased containment and lowered the risk to structures, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s resources will be released around noon today.  The Oregon Department of Forestry team will remain with local resources to continue mopping up and monitoring any remaining hot spots.

Resources on the fire today are: 7 Hand crews, 6 Helicopters, 33 Engines, 1 Dozer, 8 Water tenders and 395 personnel.  The estimated containment is 60% and 2,143 acres.

Today’s warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity may cause the fire to show more activity.  Fire fighters are seeing juniper trees torch in the interior of fire.  Air attack resources are available today to drop water on those trees if needed.

Lake Chinook Chief Don Colfels said, “Given the intensity of the fire and the strong winds driving it east, the fire had potential to leave dozens of families without a home today. Thanks to the work of our local crews, the support of other Central Oregon Agencies and state support from ODF and OSFM we were able to bring this fire to the more manageable state it is today. Additionally, because this community has worked hard to create defensible spaces many homes have been completely burned around and left intact”.

A public meeting is planned for Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chinook Store, 8241 SW Jordan Road in Culver. Residents are invited to hear from local officials to learn more about the fire and what they can do to protect their homes and lands in the future.

FIREWORKS – KEEP IT LEGAL, KEEP IT SAFE

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The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green,  the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2018 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens Saturday, June 23 and runs through Friday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are permitted to be used, and the important safety steps to take when using fireworks.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is approaching extreme conditions and there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4th holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. “It’s best to leave fireworks to the professionals,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Support your local community by enjoying fireworks at sponsored events. If you choose to use fireworks at home, make sure they stay on the pavement and always keep a bucket of water nearby for safety and to extinguish spent fireworks.”

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 318 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2017, resulting in eight injuries and more than $861,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2013 through 2017, there were 1,355 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 34 injuries, and more than $3 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use:

  • Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf

GRAHAM FIRE UPDATE 6-23-18

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The Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 Team and Oregon State Fire Marshall Green Team took unified command of the fire on Friday at 6:00pm. Fire crews have made good progress battling the Graham Fire. The fire is estimated at approximately 2,055 acres and is burning in brush, timber and grass south of the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook near Culver, Oregon. Fire crews completed a burnout operation yesterday and will began mop up operations on Saturday. Today’s firefighting resources include: 7 hand crews, 26 Engines, 2 dozers, 4 water tenders, approximately 375 personnel and containment is estimated at 50%. Aircraft resources assigned to this fire are available to all fires in the area as needed.

Crews have set up fire camp at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Please use caution on Highway 20 near the rodeo grounds due to the additional fire traffic in the area.

The fire burned two residential structures and five out buildings, but many more were saved by local firefighting resources.

Further information regarding structure losses is not available at this time.

Due to ongoing fire danger Level 3 evacuations remain in effect for the Three Rivers subdivision. A staffed road block has been established near the Chinook Village Store restricting access to all except emergency personnel and credentialed media. For further information regarding evacuations, please refer to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Facebook site or call Jefferson County Sheriff at 541-475-6520.

Interested media are to report to the Lake Chinook Fire Station at 11700 Graham Rd where a Public Information Officer will be available10:30am—7:00pm.

There are three structure task forces from Clackamas, Marion, Washington, Lane and Multnomah counties and have been mobilized under the Conflagration Act and will provide 24-hour structure protection threatened by the fire. The fire is burning on private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, as well as Bureau of Land Management ownership. The cause of the fire is attributed to the lightning storm that passed through the area last Wednesday.

Updated information for the Graham Fire is available on InciWeb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5855/

Press release from Oregon State Fire Marshall

Former Oregon State University Student Charged for Threatening Campus Shooting

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EUGENE. Ore. – Christopher Adam Strahan, 22, a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, was indicted today for threatening a campus shooting at Oregon State University (OSU).

The indictment alleges Strahan threatened to shoot classmates at OSU in a series of tweets on February 27, 2018. He is charged with a single count of making threatening communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875.

Strahan was previously detained as a flight risk and danger to the community when he made his initial appearance in federal court on a criminal complaint on March 27, 2018. Strahan will be arraigned on the indictment on June 27, 2018 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone who witnesses imminent threats of violence in any form made via internet or another means should call 9-1-1 immediately. Non-emergency tips can be submitted by contacting the FBI’s Portland Field Office at (503) 224-4181 or visiting the SafeOregon website at www.safeoregon.com.

Man Arrested After Shooting in Downtown Klamath Falls

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On 6-17-18 at about 9:43pm police officers from Klamath Falls City Police, Klamath County Sheriff Deputies, and Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area of South 5th and Walnut (303 S. 5th) in the vicinity of City Hall.

Initial reports were that a male had a gunshot wound. Upon arrival it was reported by officers on the scene that a male had suffered two gunshot wounds, and that the suspect had fled the scene.

The victim was transported to Sky Lakes by ambulance. The victims name and condition currently unknown.

According to a Klamath Alerts member, a suspect was detained at around 1:45am. We believe this is accurate.

The suspect in this case was lodged at the Klamath County Jail at 4:15am 6-18-18.

 Arrested:

SMITH, ROBERT BRADY ALAN (DOB 9-26-1987) of Klamath Falls

Charges:

RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING CC

RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING CC

ASSAULT 1ST DEG CC

UNLAWFUL USE OF WEAPON CC

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME-2 CC

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME-2 CC

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME-2 CC

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME-2 CC

 

Bail set currently at $120,000

There has been no additional information or details released at this time.  This is an active investigation. More details will be provided as they become available.

Article by Klamath Alerts. Information in this article was obtained by various sources. At the time of this article no official press release was available. 

 

Vehicle crashes into Hellgate Canyon – Josephine County: Update – Names Released

The operator of the Honda Civic has been identified as Hailee FOX, age 21 from Grants Pass.  FOX sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The passenger Rodrigo, HERRERA, age 24 from Grants Pass.  HERRERA was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

No further information will be released as investigation is continuing.


On June 16, 2018 at approximately 12:50 AM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a 911 call on Galice Rd.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a female from Grants Pass had called 911 and reported that a male had been assaulted and that he was in need of medical attention.    She stayed on the phone with 911 and began driving to the hospital.  As Troopers were responding they located the male in the middle of Galice Rd. and evidence that a vehicle had left the road and went into Hellgate Canyon.

Rural Metro Fire personnel rappelled into Hellgate Canyon and there they located a Honda Civic with a female operator that sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Josephine County Search and Rescue and Rural Metro Fire.

No further information will be released as investigation is continuing.

Missing Woman and Child from Klamath Falls in Fatal Car Crash Douglas County

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On Thursday June 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00 PM Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a vehicle in the North Umpqua River near Hwy 138 mile post 44.

Emergency responders located a 2005 Mercury Sable that had for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck a tree, and came to rest partially in the river.  The driver identified as Sandra Mincher, age 68 of Dillard, OR died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The passenger, a juvenile male, also died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police as well as numerous other emergency personnel had been searching for the two and the vehicle since they had been reported as overdue motorists on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM.

They had been last seen leaving Klamath Falls on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM enroute to Dillard.

It is believed that the crash occured sometime around 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 13, 2018.

Press release from OSP

Boaters Reminded to “CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY Boats and Equipment to Protect Oregon’s Waterways

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The Marine Board, Oregon Invasive Species Council and Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding boaters to “CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY their boats and equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.  This effort, in conjunction with border inspection stations will help protect the fragile balance of Oregon’s aquatic ecosystems.

“Clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing,” said Glenn Dolphin, the Marine Board’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Coordinator and 2018 Chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.  “Recreational boaters, whether propelled by paddle, oar or motor, can help protect our waterways by draining all water within any interior compartments and letting everything thoroughly dry.  If every boater embraces this practice, it will go a long way in preventing the spread of invaders that are already in Oregon.”

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that out-compete or prey on Oregon’s native fish and other wildlife. They can harm the environment, hinder salmon recovery efforts, negatively impact human health and hurt local business economies. They come to Oregon from other states and provinces on trailers, boat hulls, motors, wading boots, fishing equipment and via many other vectors. Once they become established in one lake or river, they can easily spread to more waterways in Oregon.

In addition to boaters taking personal responsibility to ensure their boats are clean, six inspection stations are operating along the Oregon borders targeting out-of-state boats.  Inspection stations are open in Ashland, Ontario, Brookings, Klamath Falls, Umatilla,  and Burns.  Ashland and Ontario operate year-round, while the others are seasonal.

All boats being transported are required to stop if an inspection station is open.  This includes mounted kayaks, canoes, inflatable boats, stand up paddle boards, catarafts, and trailered boats (including commercially transported boats).  Inspection teams are made up of specially trained personnel from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who look inside and outside of boats for invasive species.  Inspections take approximately 10 minutes.  If a boat is contaminated, the inspection team will decontaminate the boat on-site.  Decontamination can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour.  There is no cost to the boater for decontamination.  “It’s extremely important that people stop at these stations to get their boats inspected,” Dolphin said.

“We need to make sure plants and mussels are kept out of the state.  Right now, on average between 20- 30% of the people transporting boats don’t stop for inspections and that’s too much of a risk.  All it takes is one contaminated boat.  The cost of an AIS infestation is enormous.  We’ve already experienced our worst fears with Diamond Lake.  All of us need to take action to protect our waterways,” Dolphin added.

The inspection stations, equipment and personnel are paid for through funds generated from the sale of  AIS permits, which are required on all motorboats and non-motorized boats over 10 feet when boating on Oregon’s waterways.  Oregon registered motorboats pay the AIS fee as part of their boat registration, so no additional AIS permit is required.  Out-of-state registered motorboats and sailboats must purchase a $20 annual permit.  Non-motorized boats have the option of purchasing a $5 annual or $10 two-year permit.  The Marine Board’s Aquatic Invasive Species FAQ page lists all of the purchasing options.

To do your part to help protect Oregon’s waterways, follow these steps:

Clean: When leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water by removing all visible plants, algae, animals and mud.  Equipment includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life jackets, engines and other gear.

Drain: Drain any accumulated water from boats or gear, including the bilge and live wells and transom wells, before leaving a water access point.  Pull the boat’s bilge plug and allow water to drain.

Dry: Once home, fully dry all gear before using it in a different waterbody.

In 2017, ODFW technicians inspected 21,035 boats and intercepted 17 with quagga or zebra mussels and 283 with other types of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and brown mussels.   

“There is so much at stake,” Dolphin added. “If quagga or zebra mussels get into our waterways they will have a huge impact on dams, irrigation systems, drinking water supplies and our fisheries.”

Researchers estimate that invasive zebra and quagga mussels alone could cost the power industry more than $3 billion, and industries, businesses and communities more than $5 billion nationwide over 6 years.

“The Pacific Northwest states (OR, WA, ID, WY, MT) are the last region of the country that is not yet invaded by mussels,” said Dolphin.  Tribes, the federal government, states and nonprofit organizations have come together to address aquatic invasive species contamination through research, inspection and decontamination efforts and rapid response exercises.  “We’ve got a great communication network but we have to remain vigilant.  Inspection stations aren’t open 24/7 so we need everyone’s help.”  Learn to recognize aquatic invaders and report any you find to the toll-free Oregon Invasive Species Hotline: 1-866-INVADER.

The Oregon Invasive Species Council is the main coordinating organization for all taxa of invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic) and includes a wide variety of stakeholders, along with state and federal agencies tasked with managing invasive species.  Their next quarterly meeting will be held in Charleston and Bandon on June 19 and 20.

During 2016, the Council spent a considerable amount of time developing a state-wide strategic and action plan that covers a 10 year time-frame for implementing important management activities.  However, the necessary fiscal resources are not available at this time to fully implement the plan.  The Council has submitted a funding proposal for the 2019 legislative session with the hopes that adequate resources can be allocated to the Council to be able to meet their mission of working to protect Oregon against all taxa of invasive species.  More information can be found at https://www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org/.

You can also learn which waterbodies already have aquatic invasive species, view the 2017 Annual AIS Program Report, and the Least Wanted list of invaders at https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Program.aspx.

Klamath Alerts 6/14/18

Man remains missing on 10 year anniversary of disappearance

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Incident Type: Missing person

Missing Person: Brandon Edward Perdue- DOB 04/27/1990

Missing Persons Vehicle: Red 1998 Honda Civic Coupe (Oregon License XVB-615) 

Date of Occurrence- June 13th, 2008

Investigating Agency- Medford Police Department (MPD Case#08-9105)

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On June 13th 2008 at approximately 1830 hours, Brandon Perdue left his residence on the 2700 block of Aldersgate Road in Medford. Brandon Perdue, then eighteen years old, has not been seen since. This missing person case has remained open since the initial report. In the years that followed investigative leads have grown cold.

Brandon Perdue and his vehicle have remained entered as missing in state and national law enforcement databases since his disappearance. Furthermore, Brandon Perdue’s DNA and dental records are currently stored at University of North Texas for comparison to unidentified remains entries.

In 2018, the Medford Police Department re-visited the case and assigned a special investigator. Since that time many of the initial investigators have been consulted. Friends and family of Brandon Perdue have been re-interviewed and available evidence re-evaluated.

Below is a summary of the investigation to date-

On 061308 at about 6:30 pm Brandon Perdue was home and had been texting with family and friends. Brandon Perdue left his home abruptly dressed in casual clothing in his vehicle alone. He was texting that he was considering harming himself. Brandon Perdue continued to text until his cell phone was deactivated, likely a drained battery. We determined that the last contact with Brandon was a text message received by a friend at about 8:54 pm. There have been no confirmed contacts with family or friends since.

During initial contact with family and friends, police learned Brandon Perdue may travel to the area of Lost Creek Lake. Messages sent from Brandon Perdue indicated that he may have gone to a remote location to harm himself.

Cell phone data was received and analyzed by forensic analysts in June 2008.  After evaluating the data we determined that Brandon Perdue, after leaving his home drove north on Highway 62 to Eagle Point then traveled east, through Eagle Point to Highway 140 continuing east. A cell tower located on Robinson Butte was the last tower to receive cellular activity that we have identified; those calls were documented at 7:46 pm. There were additional messages noted in the data until 8:54 pm., however those messages were not associated to a cell site. The Robinson Butte cell site is located just south of Highway 140 between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods.

The above cell phone history was provided to Medford Police Detectives, Jackson County Search and Rescue and to Brandon Perdue’s family and friends. Organized searches were conducted in the Lost Creek Lake area and the roadways in and around the Robinson Butte area over a period of days. Brandon’s family and friends conducted numerous searches of these areas over several weeks. The family also hired aircraft to conduct air searches along the roadways adjacent to Highway 140 east extending into the Klamath Basin. All searches were designed to look for Brandon’s vehicle primarily. All searches were met with negative results.

There have been several stories aired in the local media displaying photos of Brandon Perdue and likenesses of his vehicle requesting the public’s help in locating Brandon and or his vehicle. There have been no tips received that led to the discovery of Brandon Perdue or his vehicle.

We have been in contact with family and friends to generate new information. We have sent the cell phone and cell site data out to the military to be re-evaluated. Technology has improved since this initial report although we are limited to the data received in June 2008. We have been in contact with the Jackson County Search and Rescue Coordinator. Jackson County SAR is reevaluating the cell phone activity in an attempt to determine if additional searches would be beneficial. We have been in contact with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). We have been in contact with National Missing and Unidentified Person System (NamUs). Attached with this release is an enhanced likeness of Brandon Perdue from January 2018 provided by NCMEC. Also attached is a likeness of Brandon Perdue’s 1998 Red Honda Civic. We have conducted numerous searches of data in public and private files. We have obtained Brandon Perdue’s family reference DNA sample and his dental history file which is continually searched nationally.

Public Assistance Requested-

We are asking for the public’s help in locating Brandon Perdue and or his vehicle. The vehicle is very important to locate. This vehicle may have already been found and recovered. We ask that wrecking yards, tow companies in the Southern Oregon, Northern California region to check their tow records and check their inventory for the Perdue vehicle. We ask anyone who while hunting, hiking or recreating may have seen or recovered the Perdue vehicle please contact Medford Police. Any information should be forwarded to Medford Police, Medford Oregon by phone, e mail or facebook.

Klamath Alerts 6/13/18

MAN INJURED AFTER JUMPING IN FRONT OF VEHICLE

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ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – A Rogue River man was hospitalized Monday night after jumping in front of a moving vehicle.  Deputies say the pedestrian was intoxicated.  The teen driver was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

On June 11, 2018, at 10:26 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 2500-block of East Evans Creek Road. Witnesses reported the pedestrian, Daniel Lee Allen Warner, 34, of the 400-block of Oak Street, was walking in the middle of the road just prior to the crash.

Deputies learned that Warner jumped directly in front of the vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy of the 8100-block of East Evans Creek Road.  The 2006 Nissan Titan pickup struck Warner, who flew more than 100 feet before landing on the ground.  Deputies found Warner to be conscious and breathing, but highly intoxicated.

Rogue River Fire personnel responded to the scene.  Warner was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.  He was reportedly in stable condition Tuesday morning.

Deputies say the driver is cooperating with the investigation; no criminal charges against the driver are expected.  The case will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office to review for a charge of disorderly conduct against Warner.

East Evans Creek Road was closed for approximately two hours while deputies investigated the crash. Deputies were assisted by Rogue River Police and Central Point Police.

Klamath Alerts 6/12/18

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