Monthly Archives: February 2019

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (Pendleton) reports in-custody death


An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Clinton Adams, died the evening of February 14, 2019. Adams was incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Adams entered DOC custody on September 5, 2012, out of Washington County, with an earliest release date of January 5, 2022. Adams was 62 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

You may recall we recently reported on an in custody death in Salem. This incident was posted February 12th.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 individuals. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first adults in custody in June 1985.


Photo: Clinton Adams

Washington Federal Bank Robbery Press Release 2/15

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On Friday, February 15, 2019 at approximately 930am, Klamath Falls Police Department Officers were dispatched to 803 Main Street, Washington Federal, on the report of an armed robbery. The male suspect brandished a handgun, demanded money, and left the rear exit of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officers have searched the area, have interviewed witnesses and employees, and are continuing the investigation per investigative policy. At this time the suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 6-0 tall with a medium to large build. He was wearing a dark mask and a dark sweatshirt or jacket with lighter colored jeans or pants. He was also stated to be wearing thinner framed eyeglasses and was carrying a white bag, possibly to be a garbage bag.

Although it is safe to resume business in the area, please do not approach anyone you believe matches this description. Please call 911 with any possible suspect information. You may continue to see a large police presence in the area, while investigative leads are followed.

We wish to thank our law enforcement partners for their additional response and assistance this morning.

Video footage of suspect leaving the area while removing his jacket. If you recognize him, please contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at (541) 883-5336. Shared from the Klamath Falls Police Department.

Washington Federal Bank Robbery Video Of Suspect


Weather Outlook: More Snow Tonight Into Weekend


Weather Outlook: Snow Expected Into Weekend

According to the latest weather information, two cold fronts are expected between now and Saturday morning. Currently a front is approaching our area and it has been snowing in the higher elevations around Klamath Falls over the past few hours in some areas.

A second front is expected to move through on Friday evening. Current forecast data is also showing another snow storm possible for Saturday evening into Sunday morning. We are keeping on eye on this and will update as it gets closer. The Saturday storm has more potential for travel impacts.

The current snowfall forecasts for Klamath Falls for now until Saturday morning are represented in the graphics below. The storms between now and Saturday morning are not expected to bring as much snow as our most recent storm yesterday.


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Winter Weather Advisory issued February 14 at 2:03PM PST until February 15 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Medford

…Snow levels will fall this afternoon with more snow expected into Friday morning and again Friday night into Saturday morning…

Two cold systems will affect the area through Saturday. The first front arrives later this afternoon and evening, and snow levels will drop sharply with snow affecting many areas including low elevation areas down to around 1500 feet. Another low will arrive late Friday and bring snow to the area through Saturday morning at least. Snow levels will again be low, around 1500 feet.


* WHAT… Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause very low visibility at times.

* WHERE… Central and Eastern Lake County to include Lakeview, Valley Falls and portions of Highways 31 and 140.

* WHEN… From 4 PM this afternoon to 10 AM PST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

* View the hazard area in detail at

* Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

* Carry tire chains and be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities.

* See for latest road conditions.

* A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties.


Regional Breaking: Armed man holding UPS driver hostage in San Jose. Video Link


Regional Breaking: A man is currently holding a UPS driver hostage in San Jose, CA. A video feed is available below.

For live video link visit NBC Bay Area Here 

Additional information of this breaking story is available here

Severe Turbulence Near Reno And Security Incident Near Lakeview On Compass Airlines Yesterday


Yesterday there were two incidents aboard two separate Compass Airlines regional aircraft. One close to Reno, and another happened as an aircraft was cruising toward the Lakeview, Oregon area.

Compass Airlines is a small regional carrier that conducts contract flights for Delta Airlines and American. Yesterday there were two incidents aboard their aircraft. Both incidents could have happened aboard any commercial airliner and are not unique to Compass Airlines.

The first incident involved a flight from John Wayne Airport in California bound for Seattle, WA that encountered severe turbulence near Reno, NV. A passenger on board later posted on Twitter that they did a nose dive twice and the service cart impacted the ceiling of the aircraft.

The FAA reported a flight attendant and seven passengers were injured when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence enroute. According to Flight Aware the aircraft later proceeded to it’s destination in Seattle. Various media sources reported that three people were taken to the hospital with injuries. A person reported to be in the bathroom at the time of the turbulence was injured when he struck the ceiling of the aircraft.

Passenger tries to gain cockpit entry near Lakeview, Oregon

A second incident occurred only hours later aboard Compass Airlines Flight 6054 from Seattle to Los Angeles. The aircraft was cruising at 33,000 feet approaching the Lakeview, Oregon area when a passenger is reported to have tried to gain entry into the cockpit multiple times. According to news reports the FBI and Portland Police arrested the suspect passenger after other passengers restrained him while the plane diverted to Portland. Flight Aware shows the aircraft turning back to Portland as it was cruising toward Lakeview.

At time of this post, the arrested suspect’s name had not been released. However he will likely face federal charges for interfering with the flight.



Murder – Suicide Shooting This Morning In Klamath Falls Suburbs.


The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police are currently investigating a reported shooting in the area of Madison and Onyx in the suburbs of Klamath Falls.

Just after 7am this morning, police and fire were dispatched to an address in the area mentioned above on a report of an elderly male who had shot a person inside a residence.

According to information Klamath Alerts has obtained, the victim and shooter are deceased.

We will release more information once an official press release is sent to us. This information is preliminary as the investigation is still ongoing.

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Update at 10:57am From Klamath County Sheriff 

Homicide/Suicide on Onyx Ave

At 7:13 AM on Thursday February 14, 2019 Klamath 911 Emergency Communication received a call from a third party, who was not on scene, of a shooting that had occurred at 6207 Onyx Ave in Klamath Falls. The responsible party was reported to be suicidal and still inside the location. Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputies responded with the Oregon State Police and Klamath Fire District 1.

Deputies attempted to make contact inside the residence with no response. Upon entry the male resident, 86 year old, Fred E. Mulkey, was found deceased, as a result of suicide. In a separate room, Susan Samsel, 53 years of age, the live-in caregiver, was located deceased with gunshot wounds.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team consisting of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County District Attorney Office, Oregon State Police and The Klamath Falls Police have assembled and continue to investigate.

Klamath County strives to protect its citizens. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts call 1(800) 273-8255 or text HELP to 741741.

Serious Injury Crash on US Hwy 97 Turns Fatal


On February 7, 2019 at approximately 11:45 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to a serious injury crash on US Hwy 97 near milepost (MP) 133. OSP has learned the seriously injured driver succumbed to her injuries on February 09, 2019.

The preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Ford Edge, driven by Anita Johnson (age 75 from Redmond) was slowing for another vehicle when a 1994 Kenworth tractor- trailer with a semi-trailer, driven by Chelsea Rice (age 28 from Aumsville) loaded with gravel rear ended the Ford Edge. The Ford Edge went off the highway to the right and struck a tree.  The Kenwood came to rest partially blocking the slow lane and right shoulder.

Johnson sustained life threatening injuries and was transported, by ground ambulance, to St. Charles Hospital in Bend where she died from her injuries on February 9, 2019. Chelsea Rice sustained minor injuries.

The highway was diverted to a single lane of travel for both SB and NB traffic for approximately 4 hours.  The investigation of the crash is still on-going. OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Deschutes County Fire and Rescue.

Ford Announces Recall Of Almost 1.5 Million Trucks Over Transmission Issue


Product safety recalls

Ford has announced a recall of nearly 1.5 million trucks due to a transmission issue.

Ford Motor Co on Wednesday said it was recalling about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a transmission issue that could increase the risk of a crash.

Ford said select 2001-2013 model year trucks with six-speed automatic transmission could experience an unintended downshift into first gear without warning, which could result in the loss of vehicle control. Ford is aware of five accidents, including one report of whiplash potentially related to the issue.

You can visit the Ford Website Here to check your VIN number for the recall.

Power Outage For 1885 Customers In Klamath

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Pacific Power Reporting Power Outages

At about 2:15am Pacific Power reported an outage in the Klamath Falls and Keno areas. As of posting time at 6:17am the power appears to still be out for these areas. There is also a power outage south of Grants Pass.

Pacific Power is currently showing a “before 9:30am” restoration time for the outage near Klamath Falls.

Updated @ 5:10 am: Repairs continue on outage in Keno & Klamath Falls. Approx 1,883 customers are out down from 3,449 at the peak of the outage. The estimated time of restoration is 9:30 am. Thank you for your patience as we work to safely restore you power as quickly as possible

ODOT Emergency Info – I-5


ODOT: SW Oregon

At CHP/Caltrans request, ODOT is holding all southbound I-5 commercial truck traffic at Ashland, Exit 11, due to heavy snow in the corridor south to Redding.
For all other vehicles, chains are required on all SB vehicles unless 4×4 or all wheel drive, unless towing.

Expect winter driving conditions at higher elevations of southern Oregon.
Monitor conditions in Oregon at in Calif. at

Snow Day For Local Schools and OIT 2-13-19


Snow Day School Closure Alert 2-13-19 

All County and City Schools are now closed.

OIT is closed.

New Horizon and Hosanna are closed.

KCC is closed.

The list also includes College of Cosmetology, Klamath KID Center, Shasta Way Christian, Our Place to Grow, Triad, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Head Start, and more.

If your school isn’t listed please check with them directly.



Winter Storm Update 2-12-19 PM


Winter Storm Update 2-12-19 PM

A major winter storm is now approaching our area and it is associated with an atmospheric river. Here is the latest information.

Snow is forecast for our area tonight and it is already snowing at the higher elevations. Snow levels are now expected to rise on Wednesday to 6,500 feet. Snow is expected to turn to rain in the morning for our local area (around 10am or so). Eventually snow levels are expected to drop Thursday as another cold front approaches. An additional cold front will lower snow levels more as snow levels Friday are expected to be back to around 2000 – 1500 feet.

Freezing rain is possible for Klamath Falls in the morning on Wednesday during the expected transition from snow to rain and sleet. Currently little to now ice accumulation is expected.

ODOT has released a travel advisory for extreme travel conditions in the mountains tonight.

The snow is expected to be very wet and heavy and there is a high risk of downed trees and possible power outages.

The NWS is forecasting near-record 24-hour snowfall amounts for Mount Shasta City tonight as 1 to 2 inch per hour snowfall rates are expected to occur.

Current best guess on snow amounts for Klamath Falls is 3-7 inches of new snow tonight and around 1-2 inches Wednesday before it changes to rain. If the forecast is right we will have a slushy mess to deal with by late Wednesday morning.

Hazard Summary With This Storm: 

  • Downed trees due to heavy snow and high winds
  • Possible power outages
  • Heavy snow rates and drifting snow mixed with high winds producing areas of zero visibility
  • Wiper blades could be overpowered by heavy snow rates or blowing snow in mountain areas
  • Snow covered roadways

Currently there are no flood advisories but the NWS will be watching river levels as the snow levels rise and rain moves in over the snow. We will update if new information becomes available.



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