Monthly Archives: September 2018

Beatty Wildfire Update


Wildfire Update; #BeattyStationFire Crews from ODF, USFS, BLM, & USF&W among others responded to the Beatty Station fire on non-protected land this afternoon just west of Beatty, OR. With the assistance of aviation resources, crews have so far been able to get a handle on the 40+ acre wind driven fire that affected HWY 140, and threatened structures.

Beatty Station Fire Update


🔥WILDFIRE🔥 #BeattyStationFire reported 1-2 miles West of Beatty, OR. on state protected land. The fire is approximately 30 acres, burning on both sides of Highway 140, structures threatened. Air Attack, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, 1 Type Two Helicopter, 7 Engines, a Dozer, 2 – 10 person squads on scene. Additional resources ordered.

Breaking: Wildfire reported out of control in Beatty area. Over 1,300 locations without power

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Klamath Alerts has received multiple messages regarding an out of control wildfire in the Beatty, Oregon area. Pacific power is reporting over 1,300 locations now without power in that area.

The initial report we have is that the fire is along HWY 140 East near Beatty. Multiple fire crews are on scene or enroute. Oregon State Police, Klamath County Sheriff and ODOT are also responding.

The winds are forecast to increase in the next few hours, and with the dry conditions this fire has extreme potential to spread rapidly.

HWY 140 East is now reported closed at mile post 39.

We will post updates as they become available.

M7.5 earthquake generates 10 foot tsunami at Palu Indonesia. (Video of tsunami)


There was a powerful M7.5 earthquake in the Indonesia region early this morning. We are testing some new software that automatically posts earthquake alerts to our Facebook feed and some of you may have seen it as it happened.

The earthquake produced a 6 to 10 foot tsunami and reports and video are starting to come out of that region.

The following video shows the wave washing over the Palu region. To read the full story please visit the BBC here. 

Weather Outlook: Thunderstorms and Rain (maybe) Saturday

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This weather outlook is for Saturday September 29th, 2018. 

Summary: Possible rain and thunderstorms Saturday

The latest forecast models are showing a low pressure system entering the region Saturday. The atmosphere will become unstable during the day and thunderstorms are possible (most likely late Saturday afternoon for our area). Rain showers should move into our area mostly after 11pm Saturday.

Rain and thunderstorm activity looks to be concentrated mostly north and south of the Klamath Basin, but there is a chance some isolated thunderstorms could form and move from the south into the local area.

For our area roughly .10 inch or less of rain is expected. It’s not much but we’ll take it. If we do get some of those isolated thunderstorms we may get additional rain.

If we get the amounts of rain the current forecast suggests, it will likely be the most rain in our region since June.

Here’s to hoping our fires will get a little wetting rain around them.

Klamath Alerts 

Klamath County public works reporting Anderson Way now open for traffic


Anderson Way is now open to traffic but there will be followup construction in the coming days in the area. Flaggers could be working in the area so please keep an eye out for them in the area. The road was closed because of damage from an earlier train derailment.


Anderson Way from Altamont Drive to Avalon Street is now open to traffic. Klamath County will be making repairs to guardrails, signs, pavement and ditches in the upcoming weeks. The motoring public is encouraged to use caution when in the area and watch for flaggers for lane or shoulder closures.

Sheriff’s Office to Establish Sub Station at Klamath Community College


KLAMATH FALLS – Klamath Community College and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office announced at a KCC board of education meeting Tuesday that the two organizations are moving forward with plans to open a sheriff substation at the KCC campus.

“As a board we appreciate the work of KCC’s president and staff, as well as the sheriff and his staff, to work so effectively in providing much-needed safety for our students, staff, and community,” said board member Al King, who acted as chairperson at meeting.

The initiative is in response to the need for improved campus safety, according to KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez.

“The presence of a trained law enforcement officer on our campus will be an effective way to deter crime and will provide a faster emergency response, should anything ever happen,” said KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez. “This new partnership is an efficient use of taxpayer money and will be a model for how two state agencies can foster a mutually beneficial relationship.”

Gutierrez said he hopes the patrol sergeant who will manage the substation can be hired before the end of the year. In addition to overseeing the KCC substation, the patrol sergeant may also supervise school resource officers employed by the sheriff’s office, which contracts with the Klamath County School District.

Plans for the substation are organized in three phases. The first phase involves establishing the substation and the positions that will manage it. The second phase extends the law enforcement presence at KCC to evenings, by replacing the college’s evening security liaisons with sheriff reserve deputies.

According to Lt. Randy Swan, who spoke at the meeting, reserve deputies will be required to undergo the same extensive evaluations required of law enforcement officers, including a physical exam, psychological exam, and background investigation.

“The hiring process is the exact same for a full-time deputy,” Swan said.

Finally, in the third phase KCC and the sheriff’s office will work together to establish an on-campus training program for reserve deputies.

“If we can train people here and have a larger pool to draw from, that benefits the entire community,” said Sheriff Chris Kaber. “It’s a win for the college. It’s a win for the county, and it’s a win for the sheriff’s office.”

Facebook announces new security breach up to 50 million accounts

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Today Facebook has announced that a security loophole in some of it’s code allowed hackers to take over or scoop data from “50 million accounts”.  The best course of action now is to logout of your Facebook account and log back in. It is also a good idea to change your password after a breach like this.

More details are now available from Facebook here 

Read additional information here at The New York Times


Klamath Falls man dies in fatal stolen vehicle crash in Medford area


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On Thursday, September 27, 2018, at approximately 8:30 PM. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a restraining order violation in the White City area.

When deputies arrived in the area a citizen flagged them down to report a suspicious vehicle (Toyota Tundra) that had been following them.  Deputies located a 2013 Toyota Tundra and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The operator, later identified as Christopher Giron (48) from Ashland, attempted to elude and drove southbound on Hwy 62 at a high rate of speed.  Giron attempted to turn eastbound onto Hwy 140 but failed to negotiate the corner.  Giron left the roadway at the southeast corner of the intersection, struck an electrical box that operates the traffic signal, and came to rest down an embankment.

Giron and his passenger, Teddy Geaney (50) from Klamath Falls, were transported to the hospital.  Geaney sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra was reported stolen from southern Jackson County.

Geaney was the suspect in the restraining order violation.

Oregon State Police are investigating the crash and were assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT.

Wallowa County man arrested for attempting to lure teen with autism in Central Point following 11 month investigation

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MEDFORD, Ore. – A Wallowa County man accused of attempting to lure a Central Point teenager online is now lodged in the Jackson County jail.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives say the arrest caps an 11-month investigation.

On October 19, 2017, the parents of a 14-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder contacted JCSO to report suspicious online activity.  Detectives learned the teen victim had been communicating online with an adult male who sent the victim images depicting child sexual abuse, and encouraged the victim to send sexual images of himself.  The victim told detectives the man claimed to be a firefighter who attempted to meet the victim in person while he was working in Southern Oregon.

Detectives were later able to identify the suspect as John Delbert Stonebrink, 50, of Wallowa, Ore.  Detectives confirmed that Stonebrink was employed as a sanitation truck driver working at the Miller Complex Fires (in Jackson and Josephine counties) periodically from August to November 2017.

On January 9, 2018, with assistance from the Enterprise Police Department and the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, JCSO detectives served a search warrant at Stonebrink’s home in the 81000-block of Leap Lane in Wallowa.  They recovered several items of evidence.  Electronic items were later analyzed by forensic examiners with the Oregon Department of Justice.

On September 19, 2018, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Stonebrink on charges of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first and second degree, luring a minor, and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.  A judge issued an arrest warrant following the indictment.

Stonebrink was arrested on the warrant in Wallowa County on September 25, 2018.  He was lodged in the Umatilla County jail and transported to Jackson County on September 27.

Detectives say Stonebrink used his real name as well as nicknames like “JDStone,” “JDStone67,” and “codywest” on social media and email.  Additional charges may be forthcoming as the electronic evidence is examined further.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Steve Bohn at (541) 774-6168.  Refer to case #17-22149.

Deer migration hazard around region. Motorists urged to use caution

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Note: This press release is a few days late from original release, however we felt it was important to share for those who may have not read it yet.

There have been many reports of vehicle vs deer accidents in our area. Deer have been making regular crossings on HWY 140 east and west, HWY 97 and HWY 31 along with other locations including a heavy concentration of deer on the Crater Lake Parkway north of Portland Street before Campus.

From ODOT:

BEND –  It’s the time of year again when motorists need to be wary of wildlife on Central Oregon highways.  It’s “Watch Out For Wildlife” week.

This is when mule deer, for the most part, will be making their way from the highlands to the lower elevations for winter.  And in between the deer and their destination lie a few ODOT highways, including US97 and OR31.

Many of the deer are bound for the Fort Rock area and there’s a deer “hot spot” just south of Bend near US97…so that’s an area for particular attention for motorists.  It’s also an area near which ODOT has built two wildlife undercrossings that have proven effective in nearly eliminating deer-vehicle crashes.  ODOT will be building another wildlife crossing just north of Gilchrist at the site of a project to add passing lanes to the highway.

(A video explaining this project is available at: )

ODOT will be engaging our community about the potential for deer – vehicle collisions throughout the week and beyond, including posting messages on our overhead message boards along US97. (photo attached)  ODOT is also partnering with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service to alert motorists to be aware of this season’s migration.


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Concluding a lengthy investigation, Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section has arrested Don Lee McAlpine Jr, for Rape in the 1st Degree.  McAlpine allegedly raped a 26 year-old mentally disabled female at Beachside State Park between August 10 and August 12, 2018.

OSP is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining any information from anyone who might have stayed at or passed through Beachside State Park from August 10 through August 12.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 731-3030 and reference case number SP18-340959.

OSP will like to thank our partner agencies: McMinnville Police Department, Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office.



On September 25, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle motorcycle crash on SR 140E near milepost 39 in Lake County, east of Adel.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Michael L. Paston (68) from Sterling, Colorado, was traveling eastbound on SR 140 when, for an unknown reason, the motorcycle drifted into the westbound ditch and rolled.  Paston sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

SR 140E was closed for over an hour following the crash.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and Lakeview EMS.

Update on Amtrak accident in Dorris 9-25-18


UPDATE – Fatal Dorris Train vs. Motor Vehicle Incident

Victim Identified

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has identified the driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal motor vehicle versus train collision that occurred on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 shortly after 8:28 a.m. The driver and solo occupant of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries in the collision. The victim has been identified as Ms. Ashley Jennifer Hinson, 35, of Van Nuys, California.

Earlier Press Release:

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at about 8:28 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report of a collision involving a train and a motor vehicle in the Dorris area. Additional information indicated the vehicle was on fire at US 97 near Railroad Avenue, at the railroad crossing gate. SCSO Sergeant Abner Weed responded to the incident, along with local fire department and California Highway Patrol (CHP) first responders. SCSO provides contract law enforcement services for Dorris.

A preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle, operated by a driver allegedly observed driving at a high-rate of speed prior to the collision, was southbound on US 97 when the vehicle ran through the crossing gate and collided with the train’s engine. The train was in motion at the time of the collision. The crossing gate was located just north of Railroad Avenue in the incorporated City of Dorris. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A deceased dog was also located in the vehicle after fire department personnel extinguished flames erupting as a result of the collision. The preliminary investigation revealed the railroad crossing arm barriers and signals were functioning at the time of the collision.

The identification of the driver and fatal victim is being withheld at this time, pending the notification of next-of-kin.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the decedent, family, associates, and friends. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local Dorris Volunteer Fire Department, CHP, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and Amtrak personnel, whose assistance with the mitigation of this tragic event was most helpful and appreciated. This incident is still under investigation and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

based on a press release from SCSO

Pursuit of dirt bike ends with arrest – September 24, 2018


On Monday, September 24, 2018, at 4:12 p.m., a motorcycle eluded a Klamath County Sheriff’s deputy in the area of Homedale Road and Foothills Boulevard. The rider, later identified as Glenn Skjerve, Jr., drove recklessly at high speeds through the neighborhood and nearby fields. Skjerve left the motorcycle behind a Kane Street residence and fled on foot; he was later taken into custody by deputies near that location.

The motorcycle is a red and white Honda 150cc dirt bike that matches the description of a recently reported stolen motorcycle. The owner has not yet made confirmation that the recovered motorcycle was the one reported stolen.

Finding Skjerve was a result of cooperation between witnesses, Sheriff’s deputies, Klamath Falls Police officers, and the Oregon State Police troopers. Skjerve was arrested and lodged at the Klamath County Jail.

Arrestee: Skjerve Jr., Glenn Lyle 10-7-1994

Charges: Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving

Photo below: Booking photo of suspect Glenn Skjerve

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Press Release by the: Klamath County Sheriff’s Office

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