Category Archives: Pacific Northwest Regional News

Redmond Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Hash Oil Explosion In Garage

EUGENE, Ore. – On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, William E. Wild, Sr., 48, of Redmond, Oregon, was sentenced to 120 days in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for endangering human life by manufacturing hash oil, a controlled substance.

According to court documents, on December 12, 2016, law enforcement and first responders responded to an explosion at Wild’s residence in Redmond. The explosion occurred in a detached garage where the defendant had been illegally manufacturing butane hash oil (BHO). The force of the explosion blew out Wild’s garage door. By his own admission, Wild had been smoking a cigarette in close proximity to the lab at the time of the explosion.

Officers on scene reported finding burnt clothing, a pressure cooker, a Pyrex dish, a large bin of marijuana stem bud and seed as well as an amber substance later identified as BHO. Officers also found a grow room adjacent to the garage with more than 20 mature marijuana plants. In total, investigators seized 57 mature marijuana plants; scales; packaging materials and containers; ledgers containing drug amounts, debts and receipts; approximately $20,000 in cash and several pipe bombs in Wild’s home.

Wild and his 18-year-old daughter were present at the time of the explosion, suffered burns and smoke inhalation and were transported by ambulance from the residence. Wild’s daughter was later intubated and flown by air-ambulance to Portland for treatment.

Wild, a first-time offender, previously pleaded guilty to one count of endangering human life on August 16, 2018. A restitution hearing is scheduled for February 7, 2019.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in partnership with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE), the Oregon State Police and the Redmond police and fire departments. It was prosecuted by Pamela Paaso, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

 

 

Flights delayed at Medford due to cargo plane gear up landing

A small twin engine cargo plane has landed gear up at Medford airport. This is causing flight disruptions for inbound and outbound traffic.

If you are traveling today or know someone who is from Medford it’s best to contact your airline directly for updated flight info.

The incident aircraft operating as Ameriflight, usually contracts with UPS to carry air packages and the cargo airline operates out of Klamath Falls as well.

As of this posting there was no eta of when flights will resume at Medford. Several flights were listed as delayed at time of posting.

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Snow & Winter Safety Tips Offered by Jackson Co. SAR

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ASHLAND, Ore. – As the winter recreation season begins, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are sharing tips to stay safe in the snow.  SAR personnel are gearing up to help when needed, but they urge people to do their part to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.

JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards says before heading out, it’s important to tell someone exactly where you are going and when to expect you back.  He also urges people to be prepared, even for short trips.

“Whether you’re hunting for a Christmas tree or enjoying a day on the mountain, you need to take along adequate food, water, clothing, and gear,” said Sergeant Richards.  “That also means having a plan for what you will do if you get stuck or lost.”

Skiers and snowboarders are reminded of the dangers of crossing into the backcountry – a practice that tends to get people into trouble every year on Mount Ashland.  Sergeant Richards says it shouldn’t be attempted by those without experience.  Even so, skiers should keep in mind that the area beyond the Mount Ashland Ski Area boundary is not patrolled, there is no cell phone service, and rescuers probably won’t arrive quickly.

“When SAR or Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol are called upon to look for someone, it takes time to organize resources and start tracking someone down,” said Richards. “And that’s a best-case scenario. If nobody knows where you are or when to expect you back, it may take a long time for someone to report you missing and start the search process.”

Two JCSO SAR emergency shelters are placed on Mount Ashland where lost skiers have ended up in the past.  A shelter on the east side of the mountain has been restocked with emergency gear.  New this year, a second shelter was added to the south side of the mountain, in the Cottonwood drainage off US Forest Service Road 40S06.

While the purpose of the shelters is to save lives, Sergeant Richards reminds people that the shelters are for emergencies only.  People should plan ahead to be self-sufficient when heading outdoors, especially in the backcountry.

 

OREGON STRIKE TEAMS HOME FROM THE CAMP FIRE

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All 15 of Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s  strike teams that have been assisting with battling the Camp Fire for the past 12 days have demobilized  and are all back at  their home stations as of yesterday, just in time to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones.

Chief Kim Zagaris, State Fire and Rescue Chief at California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, stated, “I wanted to pass along our deepest thanks to both Director Phelps and State Forester Decker as well as the staffs at the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and especially the Oregon Fire Service who again were able to respond to California’s request for Mutual Aid. Your ability to respond so quickly with 85 Oregon Fire Engines and the 290 firefighters who staff them is most impressive. Nothing can make us more proud than to see the Nation’s Fire Service respond to its neighbor’s assistance for Mutual Aid so quickly”.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is extremely pleased with the performance of our strike teams, as they have played an important role in helping our neighbors to the south.  All of Oregon can be proud of the professionalism and effectiveness of our firefighters while battling this historical fire.

Camp Fire Morning Post 11/21

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CAMP FIRE

Camp Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: November 21, 2018 7:06 am
Date/Time Started: November 08, 2018 6:33 am
Administrative Unit: Unified Command: CAL FIRE, Butte County Sheriff Department, Paradise Police Department, USFS
County: Butte County
Location: Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap
Acres Burned – Containment: 153,336 acres – 80% contained
Structures Threatened: 5,100
Structures Destroyed: 13,503 residences, 514 commercial and 4,404 other buildings
Evacuations: View the latest Incident Update for current information on evacuations, evacuation centers, and road closures.The Camp Fire has produced an online interactive evacuation map for citizens to view. Click to see the MAP

The Camp Fire has produced an online public viewer structure map. Click to see the MAP

For the most recent up-to-date Evacuation Locations and Status go to: Butte County Website

Road Closures: See Incident Update
Injuries: 3 firefighter injuries – 81 civilian fatalities
Cause: Under investigation
Cooperating Agencies: California Department of Transportation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, National Weather Service, California Conservation Corps, Butte County, City of Chico
Total Fire Personnel: 3,745
Total Fire Engines: 308
Total Fire Crews: 73
Total Helicopters: 8
Total Dozers: 32
Total Water Tenders: 40
Long/Lat: -121.434700/39.813400
Conditions: Moderate to heavy rain is forecasted over the fire area from this morning into Saturday. Established containment lines are holding and firefighters continue work to construct and reinforce direct and indirect control lines to increase containment. Crews continue to patrol the fire area to extinguish hot spots. Damage inspection teams continue to survey the area. Fire suppression repair continues to rehab the fire area in order to reduce the impacts of the coming rain.
Phone Numbers (530) 538-7826 (Public Information Line )
Phone Numbers (530) 487-4788 (Camp Fire Media Line )
Phone Numbers (530) 538-6570 (Missing Person Call Center )
Phone Numbers (530) 538-7544 (Missing Person Call Center 2 )
Phone Numbers (530) 538-7671 (Missing Person Call Center 3 )
Phone Numbers (530) 895-0000 (Finding Pets and Pet Rescue )

OREGON STATE POLICE REQUESTING PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN THE UNLAWFUL TAKING OF A BULL ELK IN JACKSON COUNTY

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Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for shooting a bull elk on the evening of Friday, November 16, 2018 in Jackson County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the elk was shot and partially cut up off of South Fork Little Butte Creek Road about 2 miles from Lake Creek.

A vehicle of interest is a dark colored SUV that was observed in the area around 9:15pm on that evening after rifle shots were heard.  Anyone with information about this or any other vehicles or individuals seen in the area on or about the timeframe listed is asked to call with information.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Sergeant Jim Collom at (541)841-0416 or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677).

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf
* $300 Habitat Destruction
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

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