Police-Lights-22-250x169KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls resident is in custody after reportedly trying to rob a local pool hall with a toy gun and then being taken down by a customer.

Klamath Falls Police say 41-year old Justin Keffer entered the Black Dog Billiards around 11 a.m. on Saturday wearing a mask and demanding money. Apparently he had painted a toy gun black, giving it the appearance of a deadly weapon.

Reports say a customer confronted Keffer during the robbery and then chased him down Main Street. By the time police arrived, he was already being detained. There were no reported injuries, and no property was stolen.

MT SHASTAMT. SHASTA, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department is sending deputies to monitor the roads near Mount Shasta after a piece of glacier broke off and started flooding the area.

Reports surfaced today of some bridges being overrun with water near the Pilgrim Creek and Mud Creek area.

The U.S. Forest Service and California Highway Patrol are also working to monitor parts of State Route 89 just in case.

There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

9-19 wedding ring 2WEED, Cal. – Bertha Cervantes looks on as a team of family members and firefighters sift through rubble under the setting sun. For hours, the firefighters have been helping her family search the burnt wreckage of their home for surviving valuables, even after many other families have already called it a day. Despite the devastation, Bertha is struggling to hold back tears of joy.

She already found what she came for.

“My wedding ring,” said Bertha, holding up the still shiny diamond. “It means 40 years, it means a lot for me.”

Bertha says she had taken off her wedding ring to cook when the fire came racing through her Angel Valley neighborhood. She and her husband, Jose, had to rush the family out before they could grab it.

She says she had already given up hope of finding it, until the firefighters managed to sift it out.

“I was crying for hours saying it’s impossible. And then when the ring came… my heart started pumping,” said Bertha.

That tiny miracle is one of the few things to survive the disaster.

The house, which Jose had built with his own two hands, is now nothing but a foundation – the tiny handprints of their now grown kids still visible in the concrete. The family’s entire life savings, which had been stored under the bed in the form of jewelry and cash, is completely lost.

And a lifetime worth of family memories and sentimental items has vanished entirely.

But the family says that little ring, now caked with a layer of ash, has given them the will to begin the long process of rebuilding. And they say it never would have happened without the firefighters.

“We were just absolutely devastated,” said Bertha’s daughter, Adriana. “But now… she’s just so happy with the wedding ring, that’s really what matters to us.”

Raiders Double Up Yotes 56-28ASHLAND, Ore. – The #9 Southern Oregon Raiders played a very different opponent in their second “home game” of the 2014 season. However, much like SOU’s 38-35 win over Carroll College at Ashland High School on Sept. 6, the Raiders pulled off another hard-fought battle on Saturday, eventually dispatching of College of Idaho with a 56-28 win.

The score is not indicative of the closeness of the game. In fact, the Yotes jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Sean McShane tied the game in the 2nd quarter with a 22-yard touchdown reception and then helped the Raiders take the lead with a highlight-reel catch and run later in the quarter. College of Idaho tied the game again early in the 2nd half, but a 62-yard touchdown reception by Matt Retzlaff gave SOU a lead it would never surrender again.

Austin Dodge returned to his “video game numbers” with 476 passing yards and five touchdowns. Melvin Mason rushed for 90 yards and a score, and Keegan Lawrence carried the ball three times for 58 yards and two total touchdowns. McShane had eight receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns while Dylan Young totaled 101 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions.

Southern Oregon (4-0, 3-0 in Frontier Conference) goes back on the road next week to play Montana State-Northern (1-3, 0-3 in Frontier Conference).

gamerosityMEDFORD, Ore. — The whole month of September is a time to recognize and bring awareness to pediatric cancers. An annual event is celebrating survivors and those fighting the disease with bounce houses, slingshots, and some things straight from the kids’ vivid imaginations.

“Gamerosity” hosted its second annual “Game On Day” event at the U.S. Cellular Fields in Medford. The free event was open to everyone in the community, but there were also several local families there whose children are still battling cancer.

The executive director says events like this help raise more support for their “hero kits”. Each kit includes an iPad Mini, headphones, t-shirts and capes for the “little heroes” that are spending most days in the hospital.

“It’s actually disturbing sometimes when we realize how many local kids in just a 50 mile radius are actually undergoing chemotherapy treatment right now, but to our community’s credit when we post a local child campaign they get funded so fast it’s actually really been impressive,” said Manny Munoz, the Executive Director of Gamerosity.

The funding for Gamerosity comes from grants, and donations from people nationwide.

huntingCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Hunting season is right around the corner, and this weekend youth from across our region are getting the chance to perfect their aim and hunt some pheasants.

This is all part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual youth pheasant hunt. It is one of the largest in Oregon, and is taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Central Point ODFW office.

Managers are set to release 500 pheasants onto the land throughout the weekend, and that much game is bringing in  a large crowd. On Saturday, nearly 200 people came out to test their skills, and some got lucky… Bagging a pheasant to take home for dinner.

“I tried to get some today with a 20 gauge, but we didn’t really see any,” said hunter, Treyson Bauman.

“I got like one of the longest tail feathers,” said Clayton Leckband, another hunter. “Usually you will measure to see who has the longest tail feather, and this one is like 19 and the highest was like 21 so I was close.”

The hunt will continue Sunday. All hunters must have their hunting license and be under 18-years-old. Hunters did have to pre-register, but those wanting to hunt can come and wait on stand-by.

 

 

scagg fire(CNN) — A fast moving wildfire has forced several evacuations near Hagg Lake.

Friday evening, families in a Gaston neighborhood were ordered to evacuate. The fire was first reported Friday afternoon on private timberland.

State forestry officials say the Scoggins Creek Fire, located 2 miles northwest of Hagg Lake, is burning in extremely dry brush and trees. Oregon Department of Forestry reports the fire grew to nearly 400 acres overnight and is currently 0% contained. Estimates put the current acreage of the fire at 250-300 acres.

ODF reports Hagg Lake Park is closed until further notice. Lee Road at West Shore and Scoggins Valley Road at park entrance are also closed due to the fire.

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared the Scoggins Creek a conflagration. The declaration clears the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the flames.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

bolesWEED, Calif. — The Boles Fire is now 100% contained, holding at 479 acres.

CAL FIRE reports the Damage Assessment Teams have concluded their inspections and are working with the City and County to produce a final damage inspection report. Excess resources are being released and made available for other incidents as necessary.

If you feel you have information regarding the Boles Fire, please contact 1-800-468-4408. A reward may be offered up to $10,000 leading to the cause of the fire.

The evacuation center at the Mt. Shasta Armory is remaining open for displaced residents. CAL Fire says the Salvation Army no longer needs any tangible donations.

Graphic provided by Medford Police to help spot fake bills.

Graphic provided by Medford Police to help spot fake bills.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are cautioning the public about counterfeit bills. Medford Police report seeing a significant increase in counterfeit 50s and 100s.

Earlier in September, Medford Police said a man walked into Guitar Center and paid for $2,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment all with fake bills. Store employees didn’t realize the money was counterfeit until the next day.

Grants Pass Police have also encountered cases of counterfeit bills this month. In that case, the serial numbers on the counterfeit bills are the same.

Medford Police want the public to remember three important things: security strip, color shifting ink, and the watermark – all of which counterfeiters cannot replicate.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Summer has been hanging on by a nail. Every time we get a cold front that brings a relief, another dominant ridge of high pressure brings in temperatures well above average. The good news, is that on the first day of fall, we will be seeing “fall-like” temperatures. A series of strong cold fronts will start bringing temperatures down as we progress through the week. By Thursday, we will bottom out seeing the 70′s in the west side valleys and Northern California, the 60′s in the Basin, and the 50′s in the high country. The coast will sit in their usual middle 60′s.

Before we get there,  the warmest temperatures will be here on Saturday. So warm, in fact,  that we will be nearing records. The day record for September 20th  in Medford is 98 degrees, and we will be very close. I wouldn’t be surprised if some areas around the region see their warmest September 20th in a while.

A very weak round of thunderstorms are expected Sunday afternoon as a low pressure system moves through Nevada. These storms will be fast-moving and will drop only trace amounts of rain. It should be said that we could see a few dry lightning strikes. Any storms that develop will be in Modoc County and the Eastern Klamath Basin.

With the next system coming in mid-week, more rain is expected. Timing will be the key. Being so far out, the exact timing is likely to change. We’ll have a much better handle on the time at the beginning of the week. Early rainfall estimate say up to 1″ at the coast. 1/2″ in the mountains, Basin, and Northern California, and 1/4″ in the Rogue and Illinois Valleys. Of course, this is just an estimate. Many things can change between now and then. What we do know, is that we will get another system, and more rain with it.

Thanks for logging on and stay cool out there.

Meteorologist Seth Phillips

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College Football Forecast

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Oregon State Beavers

Reser Stadium: 7:30 p.m. / Temperature at kickoff: 78 degrees / Winds: NW ~ 5 mph

FBForecast: High pressure over Oregon creating clearing conditions. Expect it to be hot for tailgating, but comfortable temperatures throughout the game. Go Beavers!

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