ferguson 2FERGUSON, Mo. — The police department in Ferguson, Missouri is now at the center of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Six people filed the federal lawsuit yesterday, claiming police violated their civil rights during protests following the shooting of a Ferguson teenager by a police officer. The lawsuit asks for 40-million dollars in damages from the city of Ferguson, Saint Louis County, as well as the city and county police departments and police chiefs.

The suit accuses police of making false arrests and assault and battery in the unrest following the shooting.

Elliot RodgerSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The parents of victims who died in a the Isla Vista  mass shooting, in California, are supporting a gun violence bill that’s making its way to the governor’s desk.

If passed, the bill will allow authorities or family members to request a court order to keep a person who poses a danger to others from owning a gun. Supporters say, it will prevent future tragedies and save lives.

“ab1014 which will create a gun violence restraining order process as an important step toward the goal of not one more,” says Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims of the shooting.

The California senate approved the gun bill. It now goes back to the state assembly for a vote on amendments.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

High pressure ridging will flatten out today over the Northwest, meaning the storm track will inch further south into our region. This is going to allow the storm door to swing open to our north. A front will push through Oregon and Washington, helping to bring in some clouds tonight and some cooler temperatures for the weekend.

As a result, temperatures will gradually cool through Sunday. Highs will be noticeably cooler by tomorrow. Ahead of both of these fronts, winds will pick up ..making for a breezy afternoon Friday and Saturday. With winds between 10 and 20mph and gusts up to 35 mph, crews will likely have a tough time battling fires.

The extensive heat released from the Happy Camp Complex yesterday led to a stunning view of pyrocumlus clouds region-wide. Although today will be a bit cooler than Thursday, it’s quite possible we’ll see more pyrocumulus develop in this location.

If you’re planning to head out to local lakes or ponds this holiday weekend, be aware of aircraft flying around. Choppers and planes will be gathering water and it would be helpful if boaters and swimmers can do their best to stay out of their way. If you see aircraft, get out of the water or head to the side of the lake.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

happy camp fireHAPPY CAMP, Ore. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s office announced additional mandatory evacuations late Thursday night.

Mandatory evacuations apply to Walker Creek Road, Grider Creek Road, China Grade Road, and residences on Seiad Creek Road approximately 2 miles from Highway 96. This order also applies to residences on the northern side of Highway 96 from Seiad Creek Road to Scott River Road.   All residences on the southern side of Highway 96 from Seiad Valley to Cade Mountain Summit are under an advisory evacuation notice.

Sheriff’s Deputies along with the United States Forest Service (USFS) are going door to door to notifying residents that they must evacuate the area. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas. At this time there is no word do not know how long the evacuations will last, as soon as it is safe for residents to return to their homes notices will be given.

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls community has stepped up to support the injured deputy and his family as he recovers.

Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weber was injured in the line of duty after he was shot twice on Wednesday morning.

Several organizations and individuals have put together fundraisers, and bank accounts for Deputy Weber.

People say they are finding anyway they can to help out, including one local woman who decided to donate cupcakes to the highest bidder. The proceeds will go to Webber’s family.

“Donating cupcakes is such an incredibly small drop in the bucket, but it’s something that I can do personally to help and when I posted that on my facebook page I never expected it to erupt the way that it has. Currently it’s up to 250 dollars for a dozen cupcakes,” said Bonnie Nork.

The Moose Lodge in Klamath Falls is also hosting a breakfast benefit this Saturday and has received hundreds of dollars worth of donated food and dozens of volunteers. The event will begin at 7 a.m. at the Moose Lodge located at 1577 Oak Ave. (Across from the Amtrak station). The Moose Lodge has not set a cost for the breakfast, but request people donate whatever they can afford. All proceeds will go directly to Deputy Weber and his family.

If you have any questions please message the Moose Loge Facebook Page or Call Josh White at (541) 591-9974.

“Any individual that takes their lives and puts it on the line for the safety of us and the community deserves it,” said Josh White with the Moose Lodge. .

The Klamath Public Employees Credit Union is setting up an account for anyone that would like to donate to deputy Weber’s care. Donations can also be dropped off at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. –  When Deputy Jason Weber was shot down on Bisbee Street on Wednesday morning, Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah quickly rushed to the scene.

“I saw a citizen out there with a towel, wrapped around him. I don’t even know what the guys name was. I know where he lives and I’m going to find him and I am going to thank him,” said Sheriff Skrah.

That resident was Michael Cooper, who heard the whole event unfold right in front of his home. Cooper rushed to the deputy’s side and did his best to try to stop the bleeding.

“I seen he was bleeding at that time from the face real bad. so I got him to hold still and get him onto the front of the car. I started checking him out, and I saw he had another wound besides the face wound on his side,” said Cooper.

Cooper held towels on Weber until help arrived. The sheriff said Cooper’s efforts may have helped save Weber’s life.

“This guy didn’t know Weber, but he’s there doing what he can. That’s the quality of people,” said Skrah.

After the incident, Cooper says he was shaken, and realized he was covered in blood, but he says he was glad to be there and to help out.

“It’s just something I would do for anybody,” said Cooper.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Winds continue to blow from the west and southwest, and that has pushed the smoke from the Happy Camp Complex fires into southern Oregon again Thursday.  Air quality has been reading unhealthy across Siskiyou County, and even in Klamath Falls, air quality has been reading unhealthy as well.

A cold front passes Friday into Saturday, and this will shift the winds aloft that are steering the smoke from the west southwest to the northwest.  Although smoke and haze will remain in northern California, it will help keep the smoke out of southern Oregon.  A few clouds will move through in addition to the smoke, and temperatures will drop by about ten degrees.  By Labor Day on Monday, temperatures warm back up, but remain very near our seasonal averages.  Expect pleasant temperatures and mostly sunny skies, aside from smoke, for all inland locations.

We will see another, weaker, cold front pass towards the middle of next week.  Temperatures climb to the 90′s in the Rogue Valley and northern California Tuesday, but the cold front mid-week drops highs back down to the 80′s.

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Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It has been a whirlwind few hours in the investigation into Wednesday’s officer shooting in Klamath Falls. On Thursday morning two suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, and a third was later taken into custody for undisclosed charges.

According to early evidence, Deputy Jason Weber was shot during a routine traffic stop near the 2500 block of Bisbee Street. Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says it appears the suspects got out of their vehicle before Weber. Weber was apparently shot just after exiting his patrol car, and while on the ground the shooter moved to a more advantageous position and fired at Weber again.

Skrah says Weber never fired his gun, despite holding on to consciousness, possibly due to the fact that it would have put those behind the suspects at risk.

“The way the cars were positioned, it’s down Bisbee Street. It’s a busy street, it’s a residential street. That may be part of his thought process,” said Skrah.

William Jack Parkerson now faces charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm. Karey Leigh Pascoe is being charged with conspiracy to commit Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Murder, and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.

The two were found Thursday morning, near their vehicle, both at an undisclosed location between Fort Klamath and Rocky Point.

“It was a series of great police work having to do with a variety of different measures that caused us to be in that area to discover the suspects, including witness interviews and social media,” said Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.

A third suspect, Christopher Holmgren was also arrested later in the day. His charges and alleged involvement in the shooting haven’t been disclosed, although Skrah says the three were in the car together.

Meanwhile Weber is being operated upon by a team of seven doctors and is listed as being in serious but stable condition.

stolen vehicleWILSONVILLE, Ore. – A 29-year old man was arrested Thursday after calls came in to Oregon State Police that there was a vehicle driving recklessly on I-5.

Logan Mitchell Hansen was taken into custody after he fled the stolen vehicle on foot and was found several minutes later. OSP found the vehicle abandoned on the northbound shoulder of the interstate in Wilsonville.

After a license plate check, the vehicle came back stolen out of Medford. After searching for the man for eight minutes, officers with the Wilsonville PD found a suspect who matched the description of Hansen.

He was booked on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, ID Theft, Theft in the Third Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Oregon State Police had the help of the Wilsonville Police Department in the case.

Robert BroderickMEDFORD, Ore. – On Wednesday, Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement executed a search that resulted in the seizure of almost a half-ounce of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and a firearm.

Robert Broderick (63), was detained by investigators away from his residence and he cooperated to go back to the house for the serves of the search warrant. This search was the result of a warrant on a residence in the 2300 block of Table Rock Road, Medford.

This was all after a month-long narcotics investigation that involved drug trafficking. Broderick was booked into the Jackson County Jail on the charges of:

Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine

Felon in Possession of a Weapon.

His bail was set at $1,010,500.

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