KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Over the past few weeks the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has fielded multiple calls from citizens regarding being scammed or defrauded, according to a press release sent out Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office said all potential suspects have been located out of state. The persons trying to deceive the citizens do so by selling an item via the internet that does not exist, or they will represent themselves as a government officials asking the citizen to pay money owed to the government, such as taxes. The suspects have even identified themselves as IRS agents.
The phone number will look as though it is an out of area number. These numbers, much like pay as you go cell phones, are easily changed. The common aspect of these cases is that all of the scammers ask for the monies requested in the form of a “Green dot money pak.” These cards are reloadable and difficult to track down once they have been mailed, unlike a check or money card, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to be cautious of anyone who may ask you to mail these form of cards to them.
SHADY COVE, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released new images of 57-year old Dwain Hodge Tuesday. Hodge was last seen on Thursday, July 10, 2014 when he was camping with family near West Fork Trail Creek Rd. and Highway 227. According to family members, Hodge left for a walk and never returned.
The new surveillance photos show Hodge outside of the Shady Cove Market on Wednesday, July 9th, the day before he disappeared. The clothing he was wearing is very similar to the items he was last seen wearing except for the t-shirt.
Hodge is from Shady Cove and described as 5’9” and weighs 250 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, he also has a short salt and pepper beard. He was seen wearing a white Budweiser shirt, red Budweiser baseball cap and dirty med-length jean shorts.
Anyone with any information regarding Dwain Hodge or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 541-774-8333.
Medford, Ore. — In late May, potatoes were planted in our garden. Now they’re ready to be harvested.
To know when it’s time to harvest your plants in your own garden, look for the green plant to die off. After it has died off, dig out the plant. Potatoes grow clumped together so you’ll need to shake and seperate the potatoes.
For more information, watch this ‘In the Garden’ segment or contact the OSU Master Gardener near you.
Jackson County – (541) 776-7371
Josephine County – (541) 476-6613
Klamath County – (541) 883-7131
Coos County – (541) 572-5263
Douglas County – (541) 672-4461
MEDFORD, Ore. — A White City man is facing a DUII charge following Monday evening’s injury crossover crash on Interstate 5 in Medford. On Monday night, at about 8:30 p.m., Robert Piland, 45, from White City was driving a Chevy Tahoe northbound on I-5 near milepost 30 when it traveled over the center median into the southbound lanes.
The driver of a southbound commercial truck attempted to stop but couldn’t avoid the Tahoe before both were involved in a head-on collision. Piland was extricated by responding fire personnel and transported by ambulance to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Subsequent to the initial investigation, he was cited by OSP for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
The truck’s driver, Eric Porter, 43, from Oakdale was not injured.
MEDFORD, Ore. — MaryJane’s Attic is re-opening Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. after being closed down for months. The owner, Marlene Nuckols, said she was allowed to reapply for her Medford business license on Friday, July 18th and immediately did so. She got the call last Friday that it had been approved.
The Attic portion of her business is opening, which sells clothing, accessories and more. However, she is still not allowed to operate as a medical marijuana dispensary. The business license does not allow her to sell marijuana or any marijuana products.
Nuckols said she is communicating with people in the community that are supporters of her dispensary business to get an initiative started to re-open the dispensary. She said they are still looking to get the ban overturned.
(CNN) — Apple is making moves to expand its radio service. The company is reportedly close to buying “Swell,” an APP that streams talk radio. According to technology website “Re/Code,” the deal is worth about $30 million.
Swell did not confirm the Apple deal specifically, CNN reports. But, its parent company revealed in a statement the APP will no longer be available and thanked users for their support.
The settlement requires mandatory regulations coaches must follow if an athlete experiences a head injury during a game of practice. It will prevent athletes from returning to a game after a concussion.
The money will go to testing and research. A federal judge must approve the deal before it can take effect.
(CNN) — Home prices continued to rise this spring, but the pace of increase has slowed since late last year. The S&P / Case-Shiller Home Price Index , a closely watched measure of home values, posted a 9.3 percent annual increase in its May reading, down from the 10.8 percent rate in April.
The good news for homeowners is that the index has now been up every month over the last two years. A drop in mortgage foreclosures and unemployment, low mortgage rates and pent-up demand for people who had wanted to buy home have combined to help lift home prices.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — The Pumice Fire is burning 25 acres inside Crater Lake National Park as of Tuesday morning and there is no containment at this time. According to officials at Crater Lake, one week ago on Tuesday, July 22nd, the Park received numerous lightning strikes. On Monday, July 28th, at about 11:15 a.m. a fire was discovered in the Pumice Flat area in the south end of the park. It is believed that the lightning strikes from a week earlier caused the flames.
In total there are more than 55 personnel battling this fire, including crews from Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service and Park crews. Park officials said that “aggressive suppression action is being taken at this time,” however, there is no containment date set yet.
At this time, no structures are threatened and Crater Lake remains open to visitors. Hikers on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail may be impacted in the upcoming week and may experience delays.