Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fire Breaks Out At Jeld-Wen Mill On Lakeport

Klamath Alerts

Fire Breaks Out At Jeld-Wen Mill On Lakeport Blvd.

Klamath County Fire District 1 is on scene of a fire at the Jeld-Wen mill on Lakeport Blvd. The fire is in the north side of the north building of the complex.

Crews responded about an hour ago after several reports came into Klamath County 911. The first engine on scene confirmed a structure fire was in progress and that the sprinkler system had been activated. Reports indicate that all employees are accounted for. A recent report by a person close to the scene says that there is virtually no smoke coming from the mill at the present time.

This incident is one of several fires that kept local firemen busy today.

New Fire Incident On Drews Road Northwest Of Beatty


New Wildfire Start In Klamath County In Sprague River Area

Incident Start Date 7-31-19

A new wildfire has started in Klamath County and was reported about an hour ago to Klamath County 911. Multiple fire resources are en route or already on scene of a fire that was last reported to be spreading at a steady rate and just over 1 acre in size.

The fire is currently being called “Sprague River” and is located in the area of Drews Road and Clackamas. This is Northwest of Beatty.

A helicopter was en route to the fire at time of this update and more aircraft have been ordered.

The Sheriff’s Office has been called to help with road closures and traffic control.

A member of our breaking news app is close to the scene and reported to us that the fire is near a burn scar from a fire in the same area last summer.

More updates to follow as we get them. Real time updates about this and other incidents are available in our breaking news app as well.

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Update 9:05pm forward spread of fire has been stopped as of last update. Two helicopters and some engines have been released from the scene.

Standoff In Merrill Ends With Male In Custody. Highway 39 Was Closed During Incident


Man spends heat of the day on roof in Merrill as Police try to talk him down

Incident Date: July 31st, 2019 – Merrill, Oregon

Police Officers, Sheriff Deputies, And at least one Oregon State Police trooper spent the better part of today in Merrill at a residence near Front & Clay Streets.

A male person went on his roof to evade police late this morning. He was up there for hours as law enforcement tried to negotiate and talk him into coming down from the roof. During the standoff the person tried to harm himself.

Fire and ambulance crews were also sent to the scene to stand by during the event. The person is now down from the roof after fire fighters extended a ladder. The person involved is now in police custody.

Main Street (Highway 39) in Merrill was closed for hours during the incident.

Additional details will be added later if they become available. It is currently unknown why law enforcement contacted the person this morning as the event unfolded. This event and several others today were covered live in our breaking news app.


Above: A map showing the area where the standoff occurred


Tucker Fire Update 7-31-19


#TuckerFire Update 7-31-19 – 14,217 Acres @ 10 % Contained

The Tucker Fire remained within containment lines throughout the operational period yesterday. It is currently 14, 217 acres and 10% contained. No structures have been damaged or destroyed. The fire was determined to have be unintentionally ignited by vehicular traffic along Highway 139. California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 assumed command of the fire at 6am on July 31, 2019.

The fire remained relatively quiet overnight, holding within lines built over the last several shifts. Crews focused on strengthening lines, working west along Road 46N15 back towards Highway 139, mopping up, and patrolling the fire perimeter. Infrared mapping and observations overnight indicated that the vegetation is still holding quite a bit of heat, and crews will continue to work into the day to ensure that existing lines will hold.

Today’s weather is expected to be similar to yesterday, with winds picking up in the afternoon. Stronger winds and warmer, dryer conditions are expected later in the week and crews will prioritize strengthening lines that could push the fire to the northwest and southeast.

Motorists in the area are advised that crews are still working along Highway 139. Please use caution and be aware of equipment and personnel along the road. In addition, a heavy grass crop due to the rainy winter has resulted in increased fire danger across the state. Please use extra caution to prevent fire starts!

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Malin Woman Faces Charges After March Fatal MVA On Highway 140 East


Malin Woman Charged In Connection With Fatal Crash In March On Highway 140 East

Chelsea Ridenour of Malin has been arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail after warrants were issued for her arrest. Ridenour was a driver involved in this fatal MVA on 140 East we reported on last March.


Above: Charges that Ridenour was arrested on. She was lodged in the Klamath County Jail July 29th after warrants were issued for her arrest following a lengthly investigation.


Above: Booking photo for Chelsea Ridenour

Details about the investigation that led to the arrest have not yet been released by officials. We will update if they provide any information to us.

Klamath Falls P.D. Officer Bill Rhodes Retires After 22 Years Of Police Service


Klamath Falls P.D. Says Goodbye To Officer Bill Rhodes Who Is Retiring

Please join us in congratulating Officer Bill Rhodes in his retirement today. Officer Rhodes began his service in the US Coast Guard in 1976 for 21 years, then entered Law Enforcement with the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office in 1997, before being hired as a Patrol Officer at the Klamath Falls Police Department in December 2000. Officer Rhodes served as a Patrol Officer, Motors Officer, Traffic Team Member, and worked with the detective division for periods of time. Officer Rhodes leaves with nearly 22 years of Law Enforcement service. That is a whopping total of nearly 43 years of service to his Country and Community. Fair winds Bill!

Klamath Alerts would also like to extend our thanks for your dedication and service to the community and country. We hope you enjoy retirement life!

Klamath County Fire District 1 Conducts Ladder Truck Training This Week


KCFD1 crews will be doing ladder truck training this week at American Perlite (former Aqua Glass facility). This training will provide new personnel an introduction to the ladder as well as providing existing personnel a refresher course. This is part one of an ongoing training to teach the fundamentals of using a ladder truck on commercial structures.

KCFD1 Extends a thank you to American Perlite for allowing us the use of your building.

Harriette Fire Update. Fire Now At 8.4 Acres

HarrietteFire Update:

(Located In Mountain Lakes Wilderness Between Klamath Falls and Lake Of The Woods)

Today crews continue their efforts to suppress the fire. The latest updated size is 8.4 acres. As of this morning all lines have held. Some intermittent interior torching has been observed. Crews have requested helicopters today for bucket work. U.S. Forest Service – Fremont-Winema National Forest

The trails in the Sky Lake Wilderness remain open. Managers ask forest visitors to use caution and avoid the area while fire resources are working to suppress this fire.

Area residents and visitors can report suspected wildfires by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315.

Forest visitors are asked to be careful with fire and anything that can throw a spark.

Update On Missing Child Case From Medford After Parents Found Deceased

Update From Medford P.D.

The Medford Police Department has learned from Montana authorities that a deceased two year old, believed to be Aiden Salcido, has been located in a remote area of Montana.  Positive identification has not been made, however the decedent was located in the same area that Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido were seen by several witnesses days earlier. 

Witnesses called in tips after seeing the story break on the news and were instrumental in helping to locate a remote camp believed to have been occupied by Janiak and Salcido.  The cause and manner of death will not be disclosed until an autopsy can be conducted next week in Montana. 

The Medford Police Department would like to express condolences to our local families of those involved and we appreciate the cooperation that we received.  The Medford Police Department would also like to express gratitude to our local media for quickly disseminating this story in an effort to locate Aiden.  Detectives from our agency will be returning to Medford and authorities in Montana will continue to lead the investigation.

The updated tip line is 541-774-2250.

Child Missing After Parents Found Deceased

Missing Child:

Salcido, Aiden Castiel

DOB: 082316

The Medford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a two year old child, after his parents were involved in an apparent murder / suicide, in Montana.

The non-married couple, Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were reported missing to the Medford Police Department on June 11th, 2019. The couple had a child together, Aiden Salcido.

The investigation indicates that the couple were involved in a burglary in 2018, which was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The case resulted in criminal convictions and Hannah was scheduled to begin serving her sentence at the Jackson County Jail on June 11th, 2019. She did not show up for her sentencing.

Investigators began looking through Hannah’s financial records and found the last activity was on June 3rd and 4th, 2019, when two purchases were made at the Walmart on Center Drive, Medford. The purchases were caught on surveillance video, which showed Daniel, Hannah and Aiden together. The couple purchased camping equipment, among other items. Investigators were not able to locate any further financial activity.

On June 24th, 2019, felony warrants were entered in the law enforcement database for Hannah’s arrest, stemming from the burglary case. On July 15th, 2019, felony warrants were entered for Daniel, for the same crimes.

Family was concerned for Hannah, Daniel and Aiden’s welfare as they have made no contact with any friends or family. Hannah was described as a good mother. Family also said the trio were homeless and would camp along the greenway in Medford. Family said that Hannah suffers from mental health issues.

On July 25th, 2019, Medford Police Detectives learned that Kalispell Police Department, Montana, had stopped an Oregon plated green 1996 GMC Jimmy. They contacted the male driver and female passenger, who were believed to be giving false information about their identity. During the stop, the vehicle fled and led officers on a pursuit. Officers spiked the vehicle tires and the vehicle came to a stop. When the officers approached, they found both the male and female were deceased. The female was believed to have been shot in the head, and the male had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The deceased couple were determined to be Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak. Aiden was not located and there was no evidence of a child being in the vehicle.

The vehicle was determined to have been sold to an unknown person in late June / early July, in Central Point, Oregon.

Investigators are greatly concerned for Aiden’s welfare and are asking for the public’s help in locating him safely and expeditiously.

Detectives are seeking any information on this family’s whereabouts since they have been reported missing, or any information that could assist in locating Aiden.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is assisting with the case.Any info, please call 541-774-2258, case 19-10842.

Photos below:

1. Hannah Janiak 

2. Actual Vehicle

3. Daniel Salcido


Driver Who Struck Flagger Faces Multiple Criminal Charges. Speed And Cell Phone Use Ruled As Crash Factors

July 25, 2019

On June 18, 2019, Mr. Daniel Scott Wessel, while working as a flagger for Rocky Mountain Construction, was struck and killed by a motor vehicle driven by Zahra Gonzales.  This crash was investigated by the Oregon State Police. Detective Tom Andreazzi and Trooper Justin Henrick, along with other OSP personnel, documented not only the crash itself, but the events leading up to this tragic death.
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New Splash Pad Downtown Off Due To Disagreement Between Developers And State

Park ‘splash pad’ off, awaiting permit

The “splash pad” at Klamath Commons, the new park in downtown Klamath Falls, is temporarily turned off because of a disagreement between the local developers and the state agency charged with granting an operating permit for the park.

The disagreement is whether the splash pad is a “water feature” or a “pool.”  The splash pad designers – a Portland-based firm – never intended it to be classified as a pool, which triggers a different set of code requirements. 

The plans for the splash pad were previously approved by the state agency; however, now that it is complete, a state inspector has questioned whether the pad is operating as they thought it would.

An assortment of community partners including the splash pad design firm, staff from Sky Lakes Medical Center and the City of Klamath Falls comprise the team now collaborating to resolve the issue.

“Although we do not have a firm timeline, we are optimistic that the splash pad will be turned back on soon,” said Sky Lakes spokesman Tom Hottman.

In the meantime, the rest of the park is open and fences protecting the still-fragile grass will be removed in the next few weeks. 

The one-block park, between Main Street and Klamath Avenue and bordered by 11th and 12th streets, was formally opened July 1. 

The park, a gift to the community by Sky Lakes from its 50th anniversary celebration, is a tribute to the memory of the late Stephanie VanDyke, MD, MPH, a wellness visionary who continues to inspire.

New Watch For Wildlife Plates Will Benefit Animal Crossing Projects

The newest way for you to support Oregon’s wildlife is here! When you purchase a voucher for a Watch for Wildlife license plate, you’re supporting projects that help animals cross Oregon’s roads safely. You can get a voucher of your own starting Jul. 22!

More info and ordering is available here

Unemployed Homeowners Could Be Eligible For Assistance From Oregon Housing Authority

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is pleased to announce that the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) is re-opening a mortgage payment assistance program for Oregon homeowners receiving unemployment benefits.

The Mortgage Payment Assistance Unemployment program (MPAU) is designed to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure while they seek new employment. Eligible homeowners may receive assistance to cover up to 12 months of mortgage payments, up to a maximum of $20,000.

Basic eligibility requirements of the MPAU program include:

  • Applicant is receiving unemployment insurance at the time of application
  • Applicant does not own other residential property
  • Applicant is not in active bankruptcy

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2019. Interested homeowners should visit for information on the application process including an eligibility checklist, application document checklist, and FAQs.

To date, OHSI programs have provided over $265 million to help over 15,000 Oregon homeowners stay in their homes. OHSI offers several other programs to help struggling homeowners including:

  • Help for those on a fixed income struggling to pay their mortgage
  • Help with property tax payments, including those with a reverse mortgage
  • Help with past due mortgage payments for those who can demonstrate they can pay their mortgage post-assistance.
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