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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

 

Murder – Suicide Shooting This Morning In Klamath Falls Suburbs.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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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ODOT Emergency Info – Extreme Driving Conditions Expected

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Extreme Driving Conditions Expected With Approaching Major Storm:

Travelers driving over southern Oregon mountain passes should expect extreme winter conditions tonight into Thursday. That includes all I-5 mountain passes from Mt. Shasta north to Canyon Mountain, and includes all Cascade Mountain passes and the U.S. 97 corridor.

Lower elevations, including the coast highways, will see heavy rains.
Expect delays and difficult driving conditions.

“Please slow down. We’ve already witnessed too many crashes because drivers were driving too fast for the conditions,” said ODOT Assistant District Manager Jeremiah Griffin. “We’re doing our best to keep up with the snow and ice.”
ODOT continues ‘All Hands on Deck’, but drivers need to do their part.

They should expect to drive on snow-covered roads and be ready with:
* Chains- and know how to put them on
* Coats, gloves and blanket
* Full tank of gas
* Cell phone, water and snacks

Know before you go:
In Oregon: https://tripcheck.com
In California: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Weather Outlook: Snow Storm With Wind – Low Elevation Rain

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Strong Winter Storm Expected Tuesday Afternoon Into Wednesday

A new storm is expected to bring Klamath Falls about 4-6 inches of new snow Tuesday afternoon or evening into Wednesday. This storm is also expected to dump heavy rain on areas in our region below 2,500 feet. High winds are expected with this snow storm so limited visibility and occasional white out conditions are possible. Heavy snow with the wind could topple trees and cause power outages in some areas. Wind gusts could approach 50mph in some higher mountain areas such as Lake of the Woods and Crater Lake. Gusts around 35mph are expected for our local Klamath Falls area.

We have been following this with the NWS and the forecast models have varied the snow amounts quite a bit. Initially the snow amounts were expected to be much higher. Keep in mind that the forecast snow amounts could still be refined up or down as we get closer to the timing of the storm arrival. Please use caution if you plan to travel Tuesday or Wednesday.

More Snow Possible Friday 

It looks like an additional snow storm may arrive Friday as well. We will update with more information on the Friday storm as it gets closer. The timing and details with this storm are still uncertain.

The Latest Information From NWS Medford:

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Graphics from NWS Medford

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GET IMMUNIZATIONS UPDATED BEFORE SCHOOL EXCLUSION DAY ON FEB. 20

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Get immunizations updated before School Exclusion Day on Feb. 20

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with kids’ vaccine records

Portland, Ore. – Feb. 20 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting that day if their records on file show missing immunizations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

“This year’s School Exclusion Day reminder has taken on added urgency as the Pacific Northwest confronts the worst preventable measles outbreak in more than two decades,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “Immunizations are the most effective way to stop the spread of measles and other communicable diseases that put children and others at risk.”

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date on Feb. 20, the child will be sent home.In 2018 local health departments sent 24,725 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 4,349 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. This year letters to parents were mailed on or before Feb. 6.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info—just dial 211 or go to 211info.org. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Many pharmacists can immunize children 7 and older; contact your neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

Be safe and prepared: Snow, ice could trigger power outages throughout Northwest

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Be safe and prepared: Snow, ice could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages and download app to stay up to date

PORTLAND, Ore. –Arctic weather is sweeping into the Northwest, bringing ice, heavy snow and the threat of power outages. Pacific Power is urging its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

The National Weather Service is forecasting extended periods of snow throughout the coming week with temperatures dipping below freezing every evening and snow accumulations of up to a foot at low elevations.

If power interruptions occur, Pacific Power is ready to deploy crews to begin restoration and keep customers informed of these efforts.

New this year, is the ability to report an outage via text messaging. Text OUT to 722797 to report an outage. Text STAT to 722797 to check the status of your outage. You do not need the app to do this. The system matches the phone number you are calling from to the one on file for your account to report the outage. If you think your mobile number may be out of date, now is a good time to update so this texting function works.

Download the Pacific Power app by going to pacificpower.net/app.

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088. Customers can track outages via the company’s outage maps page at pacificpower.net/outage

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.
  • Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if any lights are still out.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
  • Keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before the winter storm arrives, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for their patience during power outages. Crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

Customers and media representatives can also track outages of any size online. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

Klamath Falls Police Officers Receive Life Saving Award

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Three Officers Receive Life Saving Medals

Officer Ben Krueger, Officer Thomas Reif and Reserve Sergeant Bobby Langfield were each awarded a Life Saving Medal for their actions that saved the life of a female on January 11, 2019.

The officers responded to the South 6th viaduct after receiving information about a female threatening to commit suicide. The officers arrived on scene and found the female leaning backwards off the viaduct while grasping the outer rail.

Reserve Sergeant Langfield began talking with the female and developed a rapport while other officers developed a plan to prevent her from harming herself. Reserve Sergeant Langfield spoke with her for several minutes while Officer Krueger and Officer Reif moved closer toward her. Officer Krueger and Officer Reif simultaneously grabbed her and quickly pulled her over the rail to the safety of the bridge.

Their plan was well thought out, decisive, and proved to be the best course of action to prevent any harm to the female. Their compassion and exception performance resulted in saving her life.

The decisions and actions of the officers on that night reflect great credit on themselves, their families, and the Klamath Falls Police Department.

Thank you, Officers Krueger, Reif and Langfield! We are extremely proud of you.

 

~ Press Release From Klamath Falls City Police Department

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* Photos by Sean Bassinger and provided by City of Klamath Falls PD

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