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[UPDATE 4:00 P.M.]  The man who died during a shootout with police Sunday night has been identified as 29-year old Daniel Diaz. Diaz lived on Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass.

According to the Josephine County Court, Diaz was charged with Two Counts of Menacing in August, 2014 and failed to appear for his status hearing on those charges September 4th. A warrant was placed for his arrest after not appearing. It is unknown if those charges had anything to do with the incident on Sunday.

Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting today, and expect an autopsy to be done this week.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety held a news conference Monday morning to discuss the officer involved shooting incident that occurred Sunday night.

Police said it happened at 9:38 p.m. on Blossom Drive in Grants Pass. A woman called police reporting that a man was outside her house, armed with a handgun, yelling at her and her husband and she reported that shots were fired.

Police responded and the man retreated into another house on Blossom Drive and barricaded himself inside.

Betty Wright is a resident in Grants Pass and said she heard gun shots from her bedroom one block away.

“I was awake and I heard this yelling and I thought good grief they’re shooting off firecrackers over there and there was a lot. I’m not sure; Six, eight, there was a lot of shots,” Wright said.

At 10:22 p.m. the SWAT and negotiation teams arrived and contacted the suspect by phone, he eventually hung up and at 11:12 p.m. started firing more shots from inside the house. At 11:28 the suspect started shooting again and then there was a break in fire, which police believed he was reloading his weapon, and police returned fire.

After officers fired their shots, SWAT teams entered the residence armed with rubber bullets and found the man dead in the bedroom.

The entire incident lasted two hours. Three officers were involved, one sustained minor injuries while climbing a fence to enter the property.

Interim Chief of Grants Pass Police Bill Landis says officer safety is a concern, especially with a growing number of officer involved shootings nationally.

“I think folks with guns and the volatile that we live in poses threats to law enforcement and we are certainly seeing that on a national scale more than I can recall,” Landis said.

Next of kin is being notified, so we do not know the name of the subject involved. The home in which the subject barricaded himself is known to police, but it is unclear if the subject is in fact the resident of that home.

Further investigation of this shooting has been passed off to Oregon State Police. The three officers involved have been given paid administrative leave.

cnn ebola web(CNN) — 1.4 million Ebola cases is the worst-case scenario predicted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said the cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could be between 500 – 50,000 and 1.4 million by January, 2015.

That is if there are no additional interventions or changes in community behavior.

The estimate was derived from a new forecasting tool developed by the CDC.

On Monday, the World Health Organization said the official death toll from Ebola in West Africa has climbed to more than 2,800 in six months, with 5,800 cases confirmed as of Monday.

Since the outbreak was first reported in March, the World Health Organization said 337 health care workers have been infected and 181 have died.

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WEED, Calif. — A warm smile, a hug, and welcome back posters greeted students at Weed Elementary on their first day back since the Boles Fire. For all involved, it was emotional morning.

Eight days after a fire devastated their city, it was back to school. Parents know it’s a step forward, even if their student isn’t so sure.

“He is nervous. He didn’t really want to come back. He said, you know, because the playground got some damage but I told him we have to move on. We have to get back together. We have to go on with our lives,” said parent of an 8th grader, Cynthia Ringo.

Go on, they will. Six classrooms were damaged in the Boles Fire. Now, accommodations have been made for those classrooms and their teachers. The same teachers who took action when the flames were feet away.

“They got them to safety and they saved them,” said Ringo.

Those teachers were eager to get back themselves. Some suffered devastation of their own. To them, all that matters is getting the students and the city back on track.

“I think it’s that one real important step for Weed to grow and prosper again and to come together as a community,” said middle school teacher Tag Pimentel.

Frowns, tears and smiles all came off of the bus. For the second “first day of school,” the excitement in the air was the same as the first.

“Just being positive and keeping the energy going in a nice, positive direction,” said Pimentel.

“We’ll get over it. We’ll get together and help one another and that’s all we can do,” said Ringo.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION


Today is the first full day of fall and the weather will shortly be feeling like it. A big cool down will arrive tomorrow bringing rain and wind to our area.

The winds will starting ramping up today. Fire weather warnings are in effect for the Shasta Valley and Klamath Basin where gusts up to 50mph are likely. Spotty showers have been developing throughout the morning at the coast and a few have traveled inland. Any showers inland today won’t amount to much so went with a mostly cloudy forecast. The coast on the other hand will see showers consistently throughout the day.

Showers will turn to rain tonight between 10pm and 12pm. It will be moderate to heavy at times. This organized line of rain will gradually make it’s way inland early Wednesday. Between 4am & 6am rain will move into Josephine County. Between 8am-10am rain will move into Jackson County. At this point the front will stall and move very slowly eastward. Wednesday afternoon rain will fall in Siskiyou County and along the Cascades. Late Wednesday into Thursday rain/rain showers will travel into the Basin.

The heavy rain in Northern California will bring the potential for mudslides and landslides. For that reason, a flash flood watch is in effect Wednesday morning through early Thursday for the wildfire burn scar areas. This includes the Happy Camp, July, Beaver & Oregon Gulch Complexes. Falling trees and debris could pose a hazard to those traveling through these areas and fire crews on the fire lines.

Rain will turn to showers Thursday and we’ll keep around clouds and cooler temperatures into the weekend. All locations are dry by Saturday.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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WEED, Ca. — Students in Weed, Ca. return to the classroom Tuesday morning after the Boles Fire ripped through the city. Last week, teachers were leading their kids to safety as the school evacuated.

Six classrooms were damaged by heat, smoke and water. Nothing can be salvaged from those rooms. Teachers spent Monday clearing space for “new” temporary 1st thru 4th grade classrooms.

Teachers teamed up, using donated materials and supplies to create a welcoming environment. On Tuesday, each of those teachers will spend some time reassuring the kids they are safe.

“Kindergarten just got used to being in school without their parents and now this huge scary thing happened and they are going to come back and it’s like starting all of the first day of school,” said Alisa Cummings, Weed Elementary school principal.

While bus routes are largely unaffected, walking to school is prohibited. There are also specific drop off and pick up times and routes parents should take. All of that information can be found on the school districts website. 

boles communityHomeowners are also trying to salvage what is left. Copper wire, steel, and sit in piles now were a home once was.

Experts from the county are also combing through the neighborhood, removing toxic and hazardous wastes. This includes paint, aerosol, propane, and ammunition, but the most concerning are items that may contain asbestos. Many of these homes were built in the 1920′s.

Rick Dean from Siskiyou Co. Environmental Health Department said, “Obviously there is going to be a degree of material remaining from the fire. It burned very intensely so in a lot of the homes we expect not to find a lot of gross asbestos material but it will be incinerated and incorporated into the ash itself.”

Dean goes on to explain how people can easily breath in these materials as they are carried by the wind. Crews are collecting samples for testing.

Health leaders said every destroyed property will be checked. It is expected to take about a week to complete.

 

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WEED, Calif.– One week ago Monday, the Boles Fire ripped thought the city of Weed in a matter of minutes. Some had only seconds to grab what they could and get out. Fire leaders reported Monday, 143 homes were completely destroyed while another 93 are considered unlivable. What few possessions that are left, suddenly mean the world. Now many organizations and people from all over are now coming together to help them rebuild and hear the stories of one town’s survival and strength to rebuild.

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

The first full day of fall is Tuesday, and cooler temperatures will follow close behind.  A dynamic storm system currently positioned offshore is a sign of how the summer weather pattern is evolving into a more autumnal flow.  Not only will this system bring gusty winds ahead of and while it’s moving through, but steady rains may bring one of the first soakings to help suppress existing fires across the region.

But, as previously mentioned, gusty winds will arrive before the majority of the rain.  That means fire activity may increase ahead of the front, due to gusty winds and low relative humdities.  In central Siskiyou County, we could see gusts up to 50 mph, and in the Klamath Basin, gusts up to 45 mph.  This is all cause for a fire weather warning in both locations, beginning at 11 AM Tuesday.  It continues until 11 PM Tuesday night in central Siskiyou County, and east of the Cascades and in Modoc County it continues until 11 PM Wednesday night.

The good news: forecast confidence for actually seeing measurable rainfall in the area is high.  Along the coast and in some portions of the Casacdes, up to and over an inch is possible.  In fact, some coastal locations could surpass 2 inches! For west side valleys and northern California, amounts will be around half an inch.  East of the Cascades, amounts will be near a quarter of an inch or less.  Along with the rainfall, the concern for rock and landslides increases over burn scars.  that’s because vegetation has been burned by the fire, leaving no roots to hold the soil in place as it usually would.

For more information, or to send me your weather pictures, head over to Facebook or Twitter.

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

Food bankGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Food Bank is recovering after thieves broke into one of their properties, stealing $5,000 worth of tools and equipment.

The burglary happened at Raptor Creek Farm on September 11. At least one person broke through the front gate and used bolt cutters to break open a lock and enter a storage barn.

The thieves stole a riding lawn mower, hedge trimmers, and other tools. Volunteers said the building is not the only thing that got robbed, the hungry people of Josephine County did too.

“I’m outraged and the community should be outraged they are taking food and money and resources from those in need,” said Sue Fahey, a food bank volunteer.

This is the second burglary at Raptor Creek Farm this year. The farm is a two-acre parcel of land used by the food bank to grow fresh produce for those in need.

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MERLIN, Ore. — The Onion Mountain Fire is holding steady at 4,106 acres. All evacuations have been lifted, and the fire is 60 percent contained.

At fire camp, the demobilization process has begun, but several crews will be remaining. On the fire line, crews are working to repair and rehabilitate the land impacted by the fire. They are taking the brush and shrubs removed to make fire line and putting it in a wood chipper. The chips will be laid on the ground and will deteriorate naturally.

Fire officials said there is a low possibility the fire will move any farther at this point.

Senator Ron Wyden also paid a visit to the Onion Mountain Fire Camp. He took a tour and accessed the damage done by the fire. He said quickly burning, fast moving fires are seen more often in Oregon. The big question he posed to the fire crews is how can we prevent more fires from happening?

Fire officials hope to have the Onion Mountain Fire 95 percent contained by Friday. At that time, they want to turn over control to local agencies.

9-22 veterans storyMEDFORD, Ore. — A town hall put on by the American Legion will be held Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson County Roads and Parks auditorium.

The meeting is open to the public and veterans are encouraged to attend and share their experiences with the VA delays in medical care or benefit claims processing.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Medford Jackson Street location of the American Legion, a veterans crisis command center will be available for 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will help veterans with VA appointment scheduling, grief counseling, benefit claims and enrollment in VA healthcare.

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