An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Roderick Carroll, died the morning of March 19, 2019. Carroll was incarcerated at Warner Creek Correctional Facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.
Carroll entered DOC custody on August 15, 2013, out of Lane County, with an earliest release date of April 4, 2019. Carroll was 57 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.
WCCF is a minimum-security prison in Lakeview that houses approximately 496 adults in custody who are within four years of release. WCCF provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, transitional programs, religious services, and work crews. WCCF has a contact center on site through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. WCCF opened in September 2005 and is Oregon’s newest operating prison. It received the State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) award in May 2008 for its progress in design efficiency. The most energy-efficient element at WCCF is the use of geothermal energy, providing 100 percent of the hot water to the facility.
Elevated Amounts Of Vitamin D Possible In Hill’s Pet Foods. This is an expansion of an earlier recall mentioned in this press release.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition today announced it is expanding its recall of select canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D. This recall expansion was caused by the same vitamin premix received from a U.S. supplier that was the source of the January 31, 2019, recall and is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. When consumed at very high levels, vitamin D can in rare cases lead to potentially life threatening health issues in dogs, including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.
In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.
Pet parents in the U.S. who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund. For more information, please contact Hill’s via our website or at 1-800-445-5777.
Impacted products outside of the United States will be subject to separate notices on the country-specific website. If you are outside of the United States, please check your own country’s Hill’s website for more information.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition learned of the potential for elevated vitamin D levels in some of our canned dog foods after receiving a complaint in the United States about a dog exhibiting signs of elevated vitamin D levels. Our investigation confirmed elevated levels of vitamin D due to a supplier error.
Following that recall, we conducted a detailed review of all canned dog foods potentially impacted by the vitamin premix with elevated levels of vitamin D. This review included: analyzing consumer complaints; reviewing veterinarian medical consultations; auditing our supplier; and reviewing our own manufacturing and quality procedures. We then did additional product testing to ensure we had taken all appropriate action. Our review determined that there were additional products affected by that vitamin premix, and it is for that reason that we are expanding the recall. Hill’s has received a limited number of complaints of pet illness related to some of these products.
As a company, and as pet parents ourselves, we deeply regret the concern that this recall and subsequent expansion have caused pet parents and any possible effect the recalled foods may have had on pets. We are committed to doing more to uphold the standards of pet care that pet parents and veterinarians expect of us to earn back their trust.
Trees LLC will be trimming and pruning trees for Pacific Power in the Conger and Pelican Schools neighborhoods. There will be posted sidewalk and parking lane closures in the immediate area where crews are working. This will be a mobile work zone. Work is scheduled to take place in these neighborhoods from March 21, 2019 to April 30, 2019.
Hunter Communications will be installing aerial fiber optic service on Klamath Avenue. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 27 and 28, 2019. The eastbound lane of Klamath Avenue will be closed for the aerial crossing. Signs and flaggers will be in place.
City Staff would like to thank Citizens, in advance for proceeding with caution in areas where crews are working. Work may be delayed due to Weather, Equipment break down or unexpected Emergencies. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the City of Klamath Falls Public Works Department at (541) 883-5363.
Oregon drivers are reminded to remove studded tires by midnight Sunday, March 31
“Drivers are encouraged to not wait until the March 31 deadline to remove their studded tires especially if they aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then” said Luci Moore, State Maintenance and Operations Engineer.
While studded tires are allowed in Oregon by law from November 1 through March 31, ODOT encourages drivers to consider using other types of traction tires or to use chains to help minimize roadway damage caused by studded tires. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.
In addition to chains or studded tires, other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center. Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard all-weather radial tires and that they provide better traction than studded tires when used on bare pavement.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the March 31 deadline can be charged by law enforcement with a Class C traffic violation.
ODOT maintenance crews will continue to monitor highways and weather forecasts and will work to clear any late-season snow or ice as soon as possible. If you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties after March 31, use other types of traction tires or chains, or postpone your travel until conditions change for the better.
(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services uncovered a phishing incident that affected e-mail records at the department. Unfortunately, Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was compromised and potentially exposed.
The agency has hired an outside entity, IDExperts, to perform a forensic review to clarify the number and identities of Oregonians whose information was exposed, and the specific kinds of information involved.
The Department of Human Services takes privacy and the confidentiality of client information seriously and has strong information technology security processes in place, which enabled the department to detect and contain the incident. The department cannot confirm that any clients’ personal information was acquired from its email system or used inappropriately. However, it is notifying the public because information was accessible to an unauthorized person or persons.
Although DHS has not confirmed that clients’ personal information was acquired during the incident, DHS considers the incident a breach under Oregon’s Identity Theft Protection Act (ORS 646A.600 to 646A.628). Therefore, this notification is provided in part as a substitute notice of a breach under Oregon’s Identity Theft Protection Act, because the class of affected consumers exceeds 350,000.
The facts are summarized below, along with protective measures the department has taken since discovering the incident and general guidance on protecting personal information.
On January 28, 2019 DHS and Enterprise Security Office Cyber Security team confirmed that a breach of regulated information had occurred. Nine individual employees opened a phishing email and clicked on a link that compromised their email mailboxes and allowed access to these employees’ email information. Current information indicates on January 8th, a spear phishing email was sent to DHS employees. Through our process of discovery, we learned that there were nearly 2 million emails in those email mailboxes.
The unauthorized access to the affected email mailboxes was successfully stopped. DHS is in the process of thoroughly reviewing the incident and the information involved. This investigation includes clarifying the number of impacted records that might contain personal information of clients receiving services from DHS.
What information was involved?
Clients’ Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was accessible to an unauthorized person. Client information may include first and last names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, case number and other information used to administer DHS programs.
What is the Department of Human Services doing?
The security and confidentiality of personal information is critical to the Department of Human Services. While there is no indication that any personal information was copied from its email system or used inappropriately, the department will be offering identity theft recovery services for impacted individuals. DHS is in the process of determining whose information was affected by this breach. Once confirmed, IDExperts will send individual notices to identified individuals, including notices to clients whose HIPAA-protected information was involved, with instructions on how to register for the service, which includes free credit monitoring.
Need more information?
DHS will provide updates as more information is known.
IDExperts has established a toll-free information line which will be available Friday (March 22, 2019) at (800) 792-1750 to assist DHS clients with more information. There is also an established website with information. http://ide.myidcare.com/oregonDHS
Concerned DHS clients may contact all three national consumer reporting agencies, including for a copy of a current credit report, at:
Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian
Phone 877-322-8228 (Option 1)
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
Credit freeze: Consumers, including potentially affected DHS clients, have the option to freeze their credit reports for free. Parents may request a freeze of the credit report of a DHS client who is a child under the age of 16. The guardian, conservator, or person holding a valid power of attorney for a DHS client may also request a credit report freeze for that DHS client. Below is each company’s freeze contact information:
Equifax, (800) 349-9960 (Automated, Option 1) or (888) 298-0045 (Live)
TransUnion, (888) 909-8872 (Option 3)
Experian, (888) 397-3742 (Option 1 followed by Option 2)
As always, DHS clients are encouraged to report suspected identity theft to law enforcement, including the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.
For information on how to report suspected identity theft and for information about protecting your identity, visit:
Lyons, Ore. – The Santiam Park Fire, reportedTuesday afternoonnear the North Santiam State Recreational Area off Highway 22, is currently 80 percent lined, with all evacuation levels lifted.
Unified command, consisting of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and Lyons Fire Department, made today’s objective clear for crews; fight fire aggressively and safely. With improved weather conditions, crews were able to meet that objective, building upon and strengthening containment lines. Crews continue to work on mop-up, locating and extinguishing hot spots, and falling snags. At the time of this release, no structures have been lost and no injuries reported.
“Some folks seem surprised to see this fire on the landscape in March,” said Incident Commander Blake Ellis, “but as firefighters, we are trained to consider the conditions, not the calendar. The dedication of the local fire departments and crews combined with the involvement and support of the local community continues to impress me.”
After successful initial attack and reduced fire activity, ground crews were able to walk the line with GPS, obtaining a more accurate perimeter line, mapping the fire at 189 acres. With no significant fire growth since yesterday, the increased acres reported are a direct result of improved mapping in steep and rugged terrain.
As of 5:00 pm today, evacuation levels in both counties have been lifted.
Approximately 85 personnel are currently engaged on the fire, including crews from ODF, Lyons Fire Department, Mill City Fire Department, Sublimity Fire Department, and other local agencies. Resources involved include a Type 2 helicopter as well as multiple dozers and engines.
Amber Alert Issued On Emergency Network By Nampa, ID Police
***Update: 3:59pm Nampa police report the child has been found safe and have cancelled the alert. ***
Many local residents of Klamath Falls have reported receiving an Amber Alert on their smart phone. The following information is out by Nampa, ID police where the alert originated today.
On March 20, 2019, the Nampa Police Department issued an Amber Alert for a missing and possibly endangered child, Alissa Helmandollar, a 10-year-old female Nampa resident.
Alissa was last seen at a Nampa hotel with her mother, Brooke A. Helmandollar, 41, yesterday afternoon. It is believed that they left the area either last night or this morning. They are possibly headed to the Portland, Oregon area. It is believed that Alissa may be in danger due to Brooke’s recent threatening behavior towards Alissa.
The vehicle that Brooke and Alissa are believed to be in is a silver 2018 Nissan Sentra, Idaho license plate 1A909DF. Alissa is a white female, 4’10”, 80 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and unknown clothing. Brooke is a white female, 5’4”, 125 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes and unknown clothing.
If anyone sees these persons or vehicle, please contact a local law enforcement agency with the location. If anyone has any tips related to this Amber Alert, please contact the Nampa Police Department at 208-465-2206.
A very big part of disaster preparedness has nothing to do with food, water, ammunition or first aid supplies. Some years back Hurricane Katrina blew in off the Gulf of Mexico forcing the hasty evacuation of New Orleans. Never before in history had it been necessary to evacuate an entire major city in the United States.
After the wind died down and the flood waters receded, the population returned to their city. Some returned to their homes, some returned to where their homes had been. In many cases all that remained was a foundation, a concrete slab or a set of front porch steps.
When we think of evacuation, we usually have a list that includes clothes, food, tent, sleeping bags, medication and other items needed for survival. (I didn’t mention the kids or pets, I just assumed they’d be a part of your plan.) Because the ultimate goal of evacuation is to eventually return home and resume living, it is important that you are able to re-establish yourself in your former life. Re-establishing is a whole lot easier if your vital documents are intact. Things like your passport, birth certificate, home insurance policy, the title to your family car, the deed to your home and even college transcripts.
One account I read described the intention of one evacuee to seek employment in his city of refuge until it dawned on him he couldn’t prove his credentials. He had failed to make copies of his vital papers therefore was unable to prove his qualifications for the job he sought.
Even if the disaster is confined to your home in the form of a house fire, it is possible you could lose all your important papers. Home fire safes are better than nothing, but the best way is to store copies somewhere off-site. Banks offer safe deposit boxes just for that purpose. Another, more high-tech method is to scan your documents and store them electronically. Documents can be stored on-line in “cloud” technology, placed on a flash drive, or you can simply keep copies at a trusted friend’s house. Although there is really no substitute for original copies, you can still recover policy numbers, passport numbers and other identifying information from the copies. When you explain your plight to that guy at DMV, the process is expedited when you can show copies along with your explanation. So plan right now to sit down and organize your important papers. Get them scanned or copied and placed in safe location.
Many in my generation have struggled to come up to speed with computer technology and terms like “flash drive” or “stored in the cloud” may seem like gibberish and confusing. That’s what kids and especially grandkids are for. They love to prove what they know. For less than $10.00 you can purchase a flash drive that will easily hold all your important papers and make them easily accessible when needed.
I realize this process of preserving your documents isn’t as exciting as buying a new generator or a hand-crank can opener, but it is still important when trying to pick up the pieces after a disaster. Stay prepared my friends.
Santiam Recreation Area Closed. Evacuations In Place As Fire Grows To 60 Acres
Lyons, Ore. — A fire reported Tuesday afternoon near the North Santiam State Recreational Area off Highway 22 has grown to an estimated 60 acres as of Tuesday evening, with evacuations ordered for nearby homes.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is in unified command with the Lyons Fire Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office on the Santiam Park Fire. Pushed by strong east winds, the fire jumped the Santiam River and is approximately 20 percent lined.
Level 3 “GO” evacuations are in place for residents west of Neighbor’s Lane, including 25th Avenue, River Loop, and Oak Lane. Approximately 35 homes and 30 outbuildings are currently threatened, but no structures have been lost. The Red Cross has identified Mari-Linn Elementary School as an evacuation center.
“Our partners at the local level along with our ODF resources have done an outstanding job during initial attack today” said ODF Incident Commander, Blake Ellis, “we appreciate the teamwork of all agencies involved.”
Crews from ODF, Lyons Fire Department, Mill City Fire Department, Sublimity Fire Department, and other local agencies were engaged in extended attack and expect to return in the morning. Resources involved include a Type 2 helicopter as well as multiple dozers and engines.
For more information on evacuations, contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.
Mari-Linn Elementary School is following normal procedures for notification regarding potential school closure for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 20.
Stormy Pattern With Rain and High Elevation Snow Expected To Return Wednesday
The high pressure system that has been responsible for our clear skies and warmer days is beginning to break down. A somewhat weak frontal system is expected to pass through Tuesday night (Tuesday should still be a warm day at partly cloudy and 62) into Wednesday followed by a stronger front later in the week around Friday into Saturday that will likely provide rain for the Klamath Falls area and high elevation snow.
From the NWS Medford:
You may be wondering if any of this precipitation will fall as snow in the mountains. Long answer short is…yes. The more nuanced answer is that snow levels will range from about 4000 feet to 6000 feet during the periods of precipitation. 5 to 10 inches of snow are expected in the Cascades, Siskiyous, and high terrain of Siskiyou County above 5000 feet Friday into Saturday.
We hope you enjoyed our taste of spring, we sure did! Hopefully it will return again soon. However, forecast models show an active weather pattern for the near future.
On March 18, 2019 at 3:13 am, Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded to the report of a fully engulfed structure fire in a home on North 8th Street. The approximately 1,800 sq. foot two-story residence with one-story below grade sustained extensive damage. The estimated value of the home is $80,000, with approximately 75% loss to property and contents. Red Cross assisted the two families who were displaced.
There were no injuries to human occupants, although several animals perished in the fire. No firefighters were injured during the incident. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.
Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded with a total of 18 fire personnel from four engines, an ambulance, 4 Chief Officers and the Fire Marshal. The Klamath Falls City Police, PP&L, Avista Utilities and the Office of the State Fire Marshal also assisted.
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The cause and origin of the fire was determined to be from the clothes dryer located on the main level of the home.
Below: Images of the scene. Photos provided by KCFD1
Mountain House Foods Of Oregon Announces New Recycle Program Free To Customers
Backpacking and Emergency Freeze-Dried Food Company Works to Leave-No-Trace with Announcement of Packaging Recycling Program
TRENTON, NJ (March 11, 2019) – Mountain House, the leader in freeze-dried backpacking and emergency food options, has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle® to offer consumers a free, easy way to recycle packaging waste from their line of Mountain House pouches. Read more
Madras Man Convicted Of Shooting At Vehicle After Road Rage Incident
PORTLAND, Ore.—On Friday, March 15, 2019, a federal jury found Dat Quoc Do, 28, of Madras, Oregon, guilty of two counts of unlawful use of a weapon for discharging a firearm during a road rage altercation on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in September 2017. Read more
Suspect Sought After Shooting On I-5 Near Roseburg
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at approximately 12:00 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a shooting that had occurred on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 124.
Witnesses reported a subject in a late model silver four door sedan, possibly a Ford, with no license plates shot a male subject in another vehicle while traveling southbound at that location.
The victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The suspect vehicle continued on Interstate 5 southbound from milepost 123.
A witness described the driver of the silver car as a male in his 30’s wearing a red baseball cap.
Oregon State Police is asking anyone who sees a vehicle and subject matching that description to call 911 and do not attempt to contact as we consider the suspect armed and dangerous.
Anyone that may have witnessed the shooting or anyone with any information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Oregon State Police at – *OSP – and refer to case # SP19095157.
Investigation is continuing and no further information is available for release at this time.
The victim in this case has been identified as Edward Lanier (53) of Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
Update: 8:51pm 3-17-19
Oregon State Police is requesting that anyone who may have seen an altercation between the victim vehicle, a beige 1992 Honda Accord, the suspect vehicle, a late model silver four door sedan (possibly a Ford) with no license plates, and possibly a third vehicle with no description.
The three vehicles were observed traveling westbound on Harvard Ave. just east of I-5 and then turning onto the southbound onramp to I-5 from Harvard Ave.
Oregon State Police is asking anyone that may have observed this altercation with the three vehicles or with any information regarding this incident to contact Oregon State Police at *OSP.