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SELMA, Ore. — High School sweethearts from Selma are an week away from their wedding at Disneyland, but their courtship was anything but a fairy tale.

At Illinois Valley High School Larry was an all star in football, track, and wrestling, and in the stands, Kelcie Yeoman the student body vice president, cheering him on.

But when Larry was hit by a drunk driver their sophomore year of college, everything changed, leaving Larry mentally and physically impaired.

Kelsey stayed by his side through it all, and now they prepare to tie the knot in Disneyland next week. It will be a wedding paid for by online supporters, and a honeymoon gifted to them by Good Morning America.

They say their dream wedding has been a long time coming.

 

 

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

Temperatures climbed into the upper 90′s on Tuesday afternoon.  The next couple of afternoons will also be toasty, but relief is in sight.  By the weekend, highs will drop back down into the middle 80′s.

A ridge of high pressure has been building over the Pacific Northwest, which has helped afternoon temperatures reach values nearly ten degrees above average.  This ridge remains in control until a cold front moves onshore towards the beginning of the weekend.  After the front passes, temperatures will drop nearly ten degrees, and those cooler temperatures last all through the holiday weekend.

A few showers are possible Saturday for the northern Cascades and along the coast, but other locations should stay mainly dry.  However, do expect increased cloud cover for Saturday and Sunday.  By Labor Day on Monday, mostly sunny skies return and temperatures will still be slightly below average.

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

Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna

8-26 rob web parkingGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The city of Grants Pass is looking into ways to improve parking options downtown, especially for employees of local businesses.

The Parking Task Force was established earlier this year and has been meeting every week for months to look into how the city can improve. Monday, they presented their suggestions to the Grants Pass city council. Among the suggestions were improved safety features like lightning and cameras. Better signs and communication as to where the public lots are was also recommended.

Parking Task Force officials said the problem is ongoing and always changing.

“The city of Grants Pass needs to always be looking at the changes within the downtown area because parking does change if you have a business coming or a business going, that demand changes  constantly,” said Parking Task Force Chair Colene Martin.

The mayor said the city will also be on the lookout for property for future lots.

8-26 rob web fireMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire responded to a fire Tuesday morning and officials said they believe it was caused by a juvenile playing with a lighter.

More units came on scene than usual because there were reports of two separate fires in the area at first. When crews arrived there was only one fire, in a townhouse in the eastwood complex off northwood drive. Investigators believe a juvenile playing with gasoline and a lighter caused the fire. Only one unit in the complex burned and the damage is estimated to be in the thousands.

“We had pretty significant fire on the outside where it started, went into the kitchen area and then extended up the side to the second floor,” said Medford Fire Batallion Chief Ken Goodson

No injuries were reported, however fire officials said one of the occupants did singe their hair. The fire is not considered suspicious but other details are still under investigation.

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Biologists with the department of fish and wildlife plan to capture the male wolf o-r-7 to put a new tracking collar on him by the end of the year.

OR-7 has traveled all over Oregon and into Northern California, but up until recently, biologists were not planning to re-collar the wolf.

A few months ago, they discovered OR-7 had found a mate, and now has at least 3 puppies.

Biologists say this is the only group of wolves in the western part of the state they monitor, which is why they say it is important they keep tracking them.

“If we do happen to catch one of the other wolves… that’s fine. we’ll put the collar on one of those wolves.. we would just like to have a representative with that group of wolves that has a collar on so it’ll help us understand more where they’re located, more where they’re going,” said District Wildlife Biologist Mark Vargas.

Biologists say the collar’s battery life span of three years is almost up, and it could die at any time, so they will begin trying to capture OR-7 as early as September.

Jones, TalloakKLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. — Talloak Donald Jones was convicted by a Klamath County Jury of two county of Sex Abuse in the First Degree on a child under 14-years old today, according to the District Attorney. He was in a six day trial and was found not guilty on one count of Sex Abuse in the First Degree on another child victim.

The case was investigated by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police.

Jones was placed in the Klamath County Jail pending sentencing and the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation due October 13th. Deputy District Attorney Jody Vaughan said that she would be requesting 150 months in prison. The mandatory minimum sentence is 75 months for each county.

IPHONEMEDFORD, Ore. — Apple announced many of their popular iPhones are experiencing problems with their batteries. Apple is now recalling the batteries on certain iPhone 5 models.

The batteries on some devices have been experiencing lower battery life. The eligible models need to be an iPhone 5, bought between September 2012 and January 2013. If eligible, the battery will be replaced for free.

Apple made the announcement on Friday, and Connecting Point computer center in Medford said it has already seen dozens of customers come in to see if they are eligible. The store is still waiting for Apple to send the replacement batteries.

“The common question is, ‘my battery dies before it’s supposed to,’” said Jason Kellogg, Service Manager at Connecting Point. “A lot of people are already aware of the web site, so they’re already aware that their phone qualifies for a replacement.”

To find out if your phone is eligible for the battery replacement, click here.

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Experts urged people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to seek help for their condition, and friends of a man shot and killed by police said they wished he had sought more of that kind of help.

Sunday, 52-year-old Stephen McMilon fired a shotgun at a police officer, and officers returned fire, killing him. Friends and neighbors said McMilon was a Gulf War veteran who suffered from PTSD, and who would go into a paranoid, “code red” mode when he was off his medication.

Jackson County Mental Health said PTSD is one of the most common conditions they treat, and said it can affect people from all walks of life. People with PTSD can suffer from flashbacks to a traumatic event, can become paranoid, and can cause physical agitation as well.

“We’re really looking at stress responses that are continuing months after a traumatic event has occurred,” said Rick Rawlins with Jackson County Mental Health.

The most important thing for people with PTSD is to seek help. Rawlins said medication and therapy are some of the options available. Jackson County also has a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline at 541-774-8201.

e cigs rgoMEDFORD, Ore. –  The electronic cigarette business is smoking hot in the Rogue Valley.   More smoke shops are popping up all over the region.

From January first until now, two new businesses specializing in e-liquids have applied for business licenses in Medford, but you can find e-liquid almost anywhere including grocery stores, minute marts, and gas stations.

EC Blends in Medford said this is creating a more competitive supply and demand market for the product, but like most stores, you have to be 18-years of age or older to enter or purchase any e-liquid products.

“In our stores we have signs up stating that we ID everyone, no one buys e-liquid without being asked for their identification,” said John Phelps, the marketing manager with EC Blends.

Businesses are also preparing to comply with FDA regulations.  The agency is looking to regulate the age people can buy the product as well as the packaging it is wrapped in.

earthquake warningEUGENE, Ore.– An experimental warning system in a UC Berkeley lab beat the Napa Earthquake by 10 seconds Sunday. It sounded an alarm and counted down to the impending magnitude 6 temblor.

It’s the biggest test yet for a promising alert system that is already providing precious seconds of notice before quakes hit in Mexico and Japan, but it’s not yet available to the public in the US because it remains in budgetary limbo.

“Whether or not we get the system is solely a function of money. The technology exists, the know how exists,” said UO Professor Douglas Toomey.

The system has struggled to find the $80 million it needs to finance the project, but with the Napa earthquake damages estimated to surpass $1 billion, it just may get lawmakers taking action.

The system works because sensors near faults detect the first seismic waves emitted by a quake, and sends an alert before the secondary and more damaging waves hit. Those farther away from the epicenter receive a longer warning time. This makes the system a valuable tool for a city like Eugene, where the Cascadia Subduction Zone, capable of producing a magnitude 9 earthquake, is imminent.

“The bad news is it’s very large, but we’re in a slightly better situation in a sense that most of our metropolitan areas are distant from the Cascadia Subduction Zone,” added Toomey.

If a quake were to strike south of the zone and rupture north, Toomey says Eugene would get about a 2 minute warning, Portland would get about 3 minutes, and Seattle would get about 5 minutes. That’s crucial time for schools like Edison Elementary in Eugene, which can evacuate its 300 students in a minute and a half. Also, it gives time for power plants, hospitals, and bridges to shut down.

“Mainly we need to convince our state and federal legislators that it’s an important service to provide the community,” said Toomey.

Scientists say, if funding were made available to build the system today, it will be fully functional in 3 to 5 years.

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