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

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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.

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

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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 https://twitter.com/nbcbayarea

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

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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.

 

 

Serious Injury Crash on US Hwy 97 Turns Fatal

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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.

ODOT Emergency Info – I-5

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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 Tripcheck.com/ in Calif. at quickmap.dot.ca.gov

Officials Report In Custody Death At State Prison Salem

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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Mark Mryczko, died on the afternoon of February 11, 2019. Mryczko was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on Hospice. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Mryczko entered DOC custody on November 13, 2014, from Lincoln County, with an earliest release date of December 2, 2021. Mryczko was 46 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.

OSP is Oregon’s only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 individuals. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon’s only prison.

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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.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Home Invasion Suspects

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On February 4, 2019 at about 10:20 a.m., a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputy responded to the 12000 block of Homeland Road, MacDoel, in response to a report of a home invasion robbery. According to the victim, he was allegedly held against his will and robbed at gunpoint in his residence by two male assailants. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the call to assist. An investigation conducted by Deputy Gary Pannell and Sergeant Abner Weed, SCSO, identified two persons of interest in the case. Later in the evening, based on the follow-up investigation, two suspects were arrested at Pine Street addresses in the City of Dorris.

The victim was treated at the Butte Valley Health Clinic and later, at Sky Lake Hospital in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The suspects, Mr. Blake Hampton Lybrand Day, 38, of Dorris, and Mr. Steven Craig Shilling, 38, of Dorris, were arrested for armed robbery, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. They were later booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka.

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “We are thankful the suspects in this case were identified and arrested for their alleged offenses, and we are grateful the victim survived the ordeal. This was a good case of investigative work on the part of the involved deputy and sergeant. This incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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Bend, OR man arrested for making threats to police chief in PA

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FBI Agents arrested Gregory Truchanowicz, age 43, at his home in Bend, Oregon, on one count of sending a threatening communication. The arrest, on Monday, February 4, 2019, was without incident.

A federal criminal complaint alleges that Truchanowicz sent an email to a Pennsylvania police chief on January 14, 2019, that read in part: “It IS my job to kill you and any/all of your subordinates as I swore an oath to defend America from you, domestic enemies of the constitution. I_must_stand by this oath.”

The complaint further alleges that in October and November 2018, Truchanowicz submitted two online tips to the FBI saying that authorities in Pennsylvania had arranged for skinhead gang members to assault him, causing him to flee that state. In one instance, he wrote of the police officers: “…it is my duty as a professional soldier to kill them as leaders of terrorist organizations.” The complaint says that in another tip, Truchanowicz wrote “I’ve decided to declare civil war against police for their crimes.”

Truchanowicz attempted to purchase a firearm in Oregon in November 2018, but because Pennsylvania authorities had a protective order in place which prohibited his possession or purchase of a firearm, the transaction failed. In a separate instance, he informed Oregon State Police that “a biker friend with a devil tattoo offered me a police issue .38 special with the serial number ground off and a box of ammunition.”

Truchanowicz made his initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Eugene on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The judge ordered him detained pending future court proceedings.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The FBI takes threats of violence seriously and encourages members of the public to report information about such threats by calling their nearest FBI office or by submitting information online at https://tips.fbi.gov. If a person fears for their immediate safety, they should call 911.

FBI and Local Law Enforcement Partners Are Seeking Models Photographed and Potentially Victimized by Robert Arnold Koester

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Yamhill County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office and the Carlsbad (California) Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying potential victims of a suspected serial sexual predator who took nude photos of models and is alleged to have sexually assaulted many of these models, including individuals younger than 18 years of age. Robert Arnold Koester – also known as Bert Kay, Rhake Winter, and Qitooly – age 52, has potentially been engaging in these criminal acts starting in 1994 and continuing through his initial arrest in Carlsbad, California, on November 13, 2018.

Alleged victims have been identified in multiple cities across the United States. At the time of his arrest, Koester worked as a professional photographer, engaged in the photography of models, primarily on the West Coast of the United States.

At the time of his initial arrest in November 2018 by the Carlsbad Police Department, Koester was living in Southern California. He currently faces 23 felony charges filed by state prosecutors in San Diego County related to that arrest, including child sexual abuse and production of child pornography.

Koester also faces two federal counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in California based on an investigation by the San Diego FBI. Koester remains in custody in San Diego, California.

Koester owns a farm in the rural Carlton area of Yamhill County, Oregon, and a joint investigation by the FBI’s Portland Field Office and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.

On January 30, 2019, the Yamhill County Grand Jury charged Koester with 32 felony counts involving four separate victims, one of whom was a minor. The counts included multiple charges for first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance. Koester’s bail on the Yamhill County counts has been set at $2.5 million.

FBI offices in San Diego and Portland as well as FBI Headquarters have been working hand-in-hand with local law enforcement in Carlsbad, California, and Yamhill County, Oregon, and elsewhere to coordinate the law enforcement effort to identify potential victims in this case. As a result, the FBI has created a central electronic system to collect information in an effort to identify all potential victims in order to fully investigate this case.

If you someone you know may have been victimized by Robert Arnold Koester, the FBI requests that you complete this secure, confidential online questionnaire

Information from the public may also be submitted confidentially via email to: ModelCase@fbi.gov.

Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal and/or state law. More information is available at fbi.gov/ModelCase.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Additional Multnomah County residents test positive for measles; brings Oregon total to 4

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PORTLAND, Ore.—Measles was confirmed in three more Multnomah County residents Wednesday, but officials say they pose no risk to the public. Track Oregon’s cases here.

The individuals were in close contact with a Multnomah County resident who tested positive for measles Jan. 25. The individuals have remained at home and in regular contact with the Multnomah County Communicable Disease Services team.

Health officials have worked with the individuals to track progression of their symptoms, which typically include a cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by fever and, eventually, a rash that begins around the hairline and spreads to the rest of the body.

The county’s Communicable Disease Services team checks daily on affected individuals – who have been asked to stay home while experiencing symptoms to avoid spreading the virus – to check on their illness and see if they need medical care. If an individual needs to see a health care provider, officials help them develop a plan to get care without exposing other people.

Health officials also help people find ways to continue their daily routines without creating new exposures. That can include attending church via video feed, helping employers understand why an employee needs time away from work and making sure kids stay caught up with homework.

“These individuals did everything right,” said Jennifer Vines, M.D., Multnomah County deputy health officer. “They stayed away from others while on symptom watch so we have no new public exposures to measles.”

The first Multnomah County resident who tested positive Jan. 25 was in contact with someone from Clark County, Wash., who was contagious with measles. These cases are part of a larger outbreak in Clark County, where health officials are investigating 49 cases of measles, with one additional case in King County, Wash.

The threat of measles appears to have increased interest in vaccination; in the last week of January, the number of measles vaccines given out in the Tri-County area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington counties) tripled compared with the same time last year, from 200 per day in January 2018 to 600 per day in 2019.

“This outbreak has put people at real risk,” said Ann Thomas, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority. “It has also raised an awareness that measles could easily make a comeback, and the only way to prevent that is to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

About measles

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune systems.

After someone contracts measles, illness develops in about two weeks, but people can be contagious days before they know they’re sick.

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication.

A person is considered immune to measles if any of the following apply:

  • You were born before 1957.
  • A physician diagnosed you with measles in the past.
  • A blood test proves that you are immune.
  • You have been fully vaccinated against measles (one dose for children 12 months through 3 years old, two doses in anyone 4 years and older).

Active Earthquake Swarm Has Been Occurring Less Than 200 Miles From Klamath Falls

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An active earthquake swarm has been occurring less than 200 air miles from Klamath Falls in the Petrolia, CA area. The quakes are small and minor but signal active fault movement in the area.

So far we have noticed 14 earthquakes in the recent swarm there in the area around Petrolia south of Eureka, CA. The quake sequence or swarm began on 1-28-19 and there have been four earthquakes there today alone. The most recent quake at time of this post was only about 15 minutes ago.

We previously reported about two earthquakes close together there last month in this Petrolia, CA earthquake post. 

In 1992, there were a series of very large quakes in the same area known as the 1992 Cape Mendocino earthquakes. The Cape Mendocino quakes caused damage in the Petrolia, CA area and a tsunami that reached Alaska.

This area is typically active with small quakes, but we don’t usually see this many quakes in a short amount of time, and it’s something to keep an eye on.

The following graphics show the quakes that have occurred since 1-28-19. The mileage (direct air miles) from Klamath Falls and depth are noted in this list.

Note: this article is for the readers in our audience that are interested and follow earthquake activity. In no way should this article be considered a forecast of additional quakes in the future.

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Pilot Survives Overnight After Small Plane Crash Near Prospect

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PROSPECT, Oregon. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue has concluded the successful search for a downed aircraft outside of the town of Prospect.

At about 6 p.m. on Monday the 28th, a 911 call was made to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon by the management of the Prospect Airport. A small experimental aircraft was thought to be missing or overdue.

Search and Rescue personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and other surrounding agencies to include the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Prospect Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, Civil Air Patrol, and Brim Aviation assisted in searching through the night. Weather hampered the ability for searching by air until the late morning, however ground crews remained on scene throughout.

A about 10:00 a.m. The crash was located roughly 2.5 miles from the airport by Brim Aviation. Steven Dawson Jr., 34, of Central Point, was sole occupant of the aircraft, and was evacuated to the Prospect Airport then transferred to the care of Mercy Flights.

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