Very cold temperatures are expected tonight into New Year’s morning with lows in the 20s to lower 30s west of the Cascades and into the single digits to teens on the East Side. A freeze warning is in effect for coastal areas in Coos and Douglas counties as well.
For areas west of the Cascades, These cold temperatures could damage sensitive plants if left outdoors or unprotected. Exposed pipes could freeze. Also icy spots may develop on roads especially over bridges and overpasses and in areas where snow melt occurs on roads then refreezes at night. As far as people and pets are concerned, hypothermia can set in quickly in the cold temperatures. It is best to bring pets inside if possible. Remember, if it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them. In addition, with cold temperatures in the mornings, do not leave cars to warm-up unattended.
More information about cold safety can be found on www.ready.gov/winter-weather.
On Saturday morning (12/29/18) at 3:56am, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an assault in progress at a residence northeast of Beatty, Oregon. When officers arrived, the adult son of the assault victim retreated into a nearby building and refused to cooperate with the investigation. Deputies were able to contact a mental health crisis counselor who responded to the residence.
At approximately 7:50am, deputies requested that an ambulance be dispatched to the area, shots had been fired, the suspect needed medical attention, and all deputies were uninjured. It was soon determined that Mark Farrell (age 33, date of birth 04/09/85) was deceased. Initial investigation revealed the subject approached the deputies with a weapon and lethal force was used.
The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated and the Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency per established protocol. Two involved Sheriff’s Office deputies will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. No further information will be released until all involved parties have been interviewed.
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Update: ODOT now reports the highway has opened at 2pm today (12/29/18)
Detroit – Travelers heading through the Cascades this weekend should check TripCheck.com, watch for reader board messages, and plan on alternate routes as OR 22 remains closed by a rockslide just west of Detroit, between the Brietenbush Bridge and Brietenbush Road SE. Make sure you know where you’re going and don’t take roads that may not be maintained in winter. Brietenbush Road SE is not maintained as a through route.
The first of two slides at milepost 50 was reported about 5 p.m. Friday night. Crews had just completed cleanup about 6 p.m. when about 300 yards of rocks and mud slid down the hill, taking 200 feet of rock fence with it to the road. One lane of the road was fully covered, and rocks continued to fall through the evening. Crews began cleanup and worked through the night. Access to emergency vehicles has been available and maintained as cleanup continues.
A geological assessment of the site is underway to determine the stability of the slope and what needs to be done to ensure the safety of travelers on OR 22. There is no estimate for reopening at this time.
A nationwide outage at CenturyLink that began yesterday has continued to disrupt phone service across the USA and has also disrupted some 911 communication centers throughout the country.
According to Klamath County emergency management, the outage has affected some northern parts of Klamath County. Except for a few connection issues in the north part of the county, The Klamath County 911 center is up and running as usual.
If you do happen to experience an outage with your landline phone, one alternate method of contacting 911 is to use your cell phone.
According to this article in the Oregonian, Civil Emergency Alerts were sent out in the Portland metro area last night instructing members of the community to use an alternate phone number to reach 911 services.
According to CenturyLink they are making progress in the repairs but are still experiencing outages.
We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.
A few national news media organizations have reported 911 outages in areas around the country including Salt Lake City and areas of Seattle. An outage was reported last night in Clark County, Washington as well.
Klamath Alerts will continue to monitor this situation and update if more information becomes available.
Because of mail thefts that had occurred in the area, a Keno resident decided to install a GPS tracking device in a decoy package, and then left the package in a mailbox to see what would happen. On Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at about 11:00 pm, the resident contacted Klamath 911 and advised dispatchers that the GPS-armed decoy package had been taken and was transmitting its whereabouts as it traveled towards Klamath Falls.
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was subsequently confirmed to be in possession of the stolen package. In the vehicle were Klamath County residents Leah Withrow, Kameron Rivas and their infant child. Withrow and Rivas admitted to stealing the package; they were unware of the GPS tracking device. Rivas was arrested and lodged at the Klamath County Jail. Withrow was cited to appear at the Klamath County Circuit Court and released to care for her infant child.
Numerous other pieces of mail were found in the vehicle with addresses in both Klamath and Jackson counties. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was advised and is assisting in the investigation. Since October 2018, Rivas and Withrow have been arrested, charged and are suspects in numerous other crimes in Klamath County, investigated by both the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and the Klamath Falls Police Department. Charges consist of: Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Possession of Methamphetamine, Mail Theft, Forgery I, Forgery II, Theft I, Theft II, and Theft III. Rivas and Withrow commonly drive a green 2002 Toyota RAV4 with California license plates. If you see this vehicle in or around your mailbox, please contact law enforcement immediately.
The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office extends its gratitude to the resident who contacted 911 about the moving stolen package; rather than take matters into their own hands, they involved law enforcement, which was the right decision. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to remain vigilant and properly secure residences, outbuildings, vehicles and mailboxes.
On Christmas Eve at about 11:30pm a single vehicle accident (SUV into tree) was reported on Crescent cutoff road near mile post 1. According to reports a 60 year old male and a dog were the sole occupants. The male driver was reported to have his arm lodged between the car and the tree in the windshield and was bleeding severely. The male driver was also reported to have a head laceration.
OSP and fire rescue responded. An air ambulance helicopter was requested to the scene. The helicopter was unable to fly due to bad weather conditions.
Emergency fire crews extricated the driver and he was transported by ground ambulance to Bend. At the present time no additional information is available about this accident.
On Christmas Day at just before 1 PM, Dive Rescue, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputies, and ODOT Incident Response were dispatched to Highway 140 West near mile post 58 for a report of a Ford sedan in Klamath Lake with two occupants still inside.
A 911 dispatcher was on the phone with a person (who we believe was the driver). The driver said the front of the car was submerging and the rear of the car was still floating. She reported that an 11 year old child was her passenger. The driver told dispatchers that she was unable to get out of the car. Just before the cell phone connection went silent the driver told dispatchers that her car was sinking.
According to emergency radio traffic, initially the child was pulled from the car by people who happened on the scene. The 39 year old driver remained in the car until she was rescued a short time later.
Both the woman and child were placed into a nearby vehicle with the heater on and blankets were placed over them.
Dive Rescue began to respond but was cancelled because both occupants had already been rescued. The vehicle was later removed by a local tow company.
At the time of the accident, very icy conditions were reported in the immediate vicinity and first responders warned each other of the dangerous conditions as they responded to the scene.
As you may be aware, vehicles submerged or partially submerged in water may be difficult to escape from. Electronics in the submerged vehicle most likely will stop working moments after the engine compartment and electrical equipment are submerged. Your power door locks and windows will cease to function more likely than not. Also an impact may deform the window frame or door and leave you trapped inside the vehicle. Water pressure on the window can add to the difficulty of escaping.
Klamath Alerts recommends you carry a tool like this one that would allow you to easily break your window if you became trapped. It’s best if you have it secured somewhere like the center console or other location that you can reach easily while you are in your seat and have your seatbelt on. Remember, it’s possible your vehicle could be upside down as well so mount or carry the tool in a easy to reach but secure location. Having this tool or one like it could potentially help you free someone else if you drove up on an accident scene. The tool linked to above can also easily cut a seatbelt.
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Salem – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Division of Financial Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order against Woodbridge Mortgage Investment for running an unfortunately all-too-common real estate, also known as a promissory note, investment scam.
Woodbridge raised money from approximately 70 Oregonians for an investment program that was not registered with the division. Woodbridge salespersons, most of whom were not licensed to sell investments, promised investors that their money would be secured by a mortgage in real estate. The division’s investigation revealed that Woodbridge did not in fact record any mortgages.
In December 2017, Woodbridge stopped making interest payments and filed for bankruptcy. Because Woodbridge failed to record mortgages on the real estate, investors were treated as general unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case. Also in December 2017, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Woodbridge alleging a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme and several other states have taken similar action against Woodbridge.
“Short-term promissory notes entice investors by promising a quick turnaround on their investment,” said Andrew Stolfi, division administrator. “Investors must be cautious because notes with durations of nine months or less may not be registered or even covered by federal or state securities laws.”
Promissory notes, a leading source of securities complaints nationwide, are a promise to pay a specified sum of money at a stated time. The notes are similar to a loan and generally pay interest. Last year, 210 note investigations and 149 enforcement actions were taken by state regulators.
In Oregon, five investigations resulted in five enforcement actions. The division is providing these four tips to protect yourself before investing in a promissory note:
1. Call the division’s consumer advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) to confirm that the notes are registered or legally exempt from registration.
2. Research the company. Understand how it will pay principal and interest on the note, as well as the costs to promote it, and find out the seller commissions.
3. Be suspicious of notes offering a high guaranteed rate of return.
4. If repayment is secured by an interest in real estate, confirm with a third party that a mortgage or trust deed is recorded on the property, and that no other liens exist.
Promissory notes encourage many types of investment scams. A written guarantee is not proof of a note’s legitimacy. Before making any financial decisions, ask questions, do your homework, and contact our advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) with questions about the product or person selling it.
Susan Liskey of Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau was honored with the 2018 Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award during the 86th Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Annual Meeting, which took place Dec. 4-6 in Salem.
“As a grassroots organization, a County Farm Bureau is only as operational as its secretary,” said Logan Kerns, chair of the OFB Membership Committee. “After an impressive 18 years serving as secretary for Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau, I’m honored to give this award to Sue in recognition of her hard work, dedication, and effectiveness.”
Besides keeping the Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau’s materials organized and the books in order, Liskey manages the county’s scholarship program, organizes the county’s annual meeting, coordinates events throughout the year, and keeps members informed of Farm Bureau activities happening at the local, state, and national levels.
“I was very surprised to receive this award and am very grateful to my county board for nominating me,” said Liskey.
“I believe that Farm Bureau is the greatest organization to belong to because it works very hard for its grassroots membership of farmers and ranchers — the people who are the foundation of every community,” she said.
“Through my involvement in Farm Bureau, I’ve gained so many friends,” said Liskey. “I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to different places throughout the United States and connect with people who are on the same page, talking the same language, and working hard to promote our way of life. In agriculture, we have to stick together.”
Photo Above: Sue Liskey (middle) of Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau was honored with the 2018 Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award during the 86th OFB Annual Meeting, which took place Dec. 4-6 in Salem. She was presented the award by OFB President Sharon Waterman and Logan Kerns, chair of the OFB Membership Committee, on Dec. 6.
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On December 25, 2018, at approximately 1:15 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle rear end collision on Highway 126 and Cloverdale Road just east of Sisters in Deschutes County.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, operated by David Jackson, age 58, of Bend, Oregon, was slowing down in preparation for an upcoming left turn, when his vehicle was rear ended by a maroon 2001 GMC Yukon, operated by Andria Mengucci, age 40, of Madras, Oregon. David Jackson was pronounced deceased at St Charles Hospital of Bend, shortly after 5pm as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Multiple passengers from both involved vehicles were transported and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Distracted driving is considered to be a contributing factor in this crash. A minor child in the offending vehicle was unrestrained and and sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Highway 126 remained closed for close to two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by ODOT, Deschutes County SO, Redmond, FD, Cloverdale FD, Sisters FD, and Black Butte Ranch FD.
No photos available at this time. This is an ongoing investigation and further inquiries can be directed to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.
On December 24, 2018 at approximately 5:32 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers (OSP) and emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on US-101 around milepost 54.
Preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Carol Warner Christen, age 79, of Yamhill, had been reported missing to TIllamook County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) at 4:55 PM from Barview Jetty County Park, just north of the crash scene. At approximately 5:29PM, TCSO dispatch was alerted a person was laying in the roadway at milepost 54. At 5:32PM, OSP Northern Command Center dispatched troopers to the scene of fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash. Christen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
US-101 was completely closed for approximately four hours after the crash. OSP was assisted by TCSO, Rockaway Beach Police Department, Tillamook Fire, and Oregon Department of Transportation. No photographs are available.