Wichita AirportWICHITA, Kan. — FAA investigators have been on the scene where a plane crashed and killed four people. The investigators say the twin-engine plane lost one of its engines on takeoff.

Four other people are still missing, and five others are injured. Investigators say the plane crashed into a building across the street from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, trapping hundreds of travelers inside.

So far, the building is too unsafe for officials to begin searching for recovery of remains.

Studded Tire Season EndsSALEM, Ore. — People are already feeling winter temperatures in some regions. Tomorrow, drivers will be allowed to drive with studded tires in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says studs are allowed from Nov. 1st through March 31st. Some transportation officials say it’s best to use all-weather tires or chains when it snows, instead of studded tires, because studded tires can damage highways and bridge decks.

Salvation Army Ringing In The SeasonMEDFORD, Ore. — The Salvation Army continues to conduct interviews for Christmas bell ringer positions through Thursday, Nov. 6. Interviews will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 through 6th at the Salvation Army’s Church Office located at 304 Beatty St. in Medford. No appointments are necessary.

Bell ringing begins Monday, Nov. 17 at limited locations and will conclude on Christmas Eve.

Applicants must be able to provide the name, address and daytime phone number for two references. In addition, individuals must be able to pass a criminal background check in order to be employed by The Salvation Army.

For more information, call 541-773-6965.


Photo Courtesy: CCSO

Photo Courtesy: CCSO

[UPDATE - 11:20 AM] – According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Dept., deputies located the suspect’s car, and some sort of officer-involved shooting ensued. Highway 14 was reopened.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Two Vancouver schools and a church are on lock down right now, after reports of a shooting in the area.

The Clark County Sheriff says deputies are looking for John Kendall, the man they believe to be armed and dangerous. Kendall was last seen driving a 2002 silver Buick with the license plate numbers ANX6459. Washington State Highway 14 has been closed to traffic.

A Clark County sheriff’s dispatcher told the Associated Press that two people were shot and wounded at different locations in Vancouver. CCSO later announced there was an officer-involved shooting and no officers were hurt. Officials say one shooting victim has been taken to the hospital. SWAT is assisting with the search.

This is a developing story, we will bring you the most up to date information in our later newscasts.

Halloween StockCLEVELAND, Ohio — Halloween is a day built around fear. Doctors say if we don’t learn to cope with what scares us, our fears can negatively affect our health. Although our fears generate from our brain, doctors say we’re affected physically by the “fight or flight” response.

They also say that increased adrenaline can be toxic in large doses, because it can disrupt the heart’s normal rhythm. Whether it’s caused by Halloween or a horror movie, doctors say a good way to keep your fears in check is to simply breathe.

Dr. Mike McKee with the Cleveland Clinic says, “People can learn to reduce their fear. There are some commonalities: learning how to relax, learning how to breathe deeply, and abdominally and calming down the whole physical system.”

Doctors also say it’s critical to keep your fears from creating chronic stress, which can lead to long-term health problems.

John Franklin ForbisDEADWOOD, Ore. – After hiding in Lane County for more than 20 years, a fugitive from New York has been caught.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Franklin Forbis, 72, Thursday at his home in Deadwood.

There was a warrant out for his arrest after being caught with more than 800 pounds of drugs. Investigators say Forbis was involved with smuggling drugs from Mexico to Texas via airplane. They say Forbis did not appear in court for the charge and fled to Lane County, where he has been hiding for more than two decades.

The sheriff’s office says Forbis had been using an alias, but recently applied for government benefits, which led officers to his home on Deadwood Creek Road.

Forbis is scheduled to be arraigned in the Lane County Jail on Friday.

Oregon Car DriversWASHINGTON — Halloween isn’t just scary for trick-or-treaters. Police say it can also be scary for drivers. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, Halloween ranks in the top three days of the year for pedestrian related accidents in the U.S. every year.

Reports also show 48% of those accidents involve a drunk driver. That’s why experts say if you are driving tonight, do it slowly and avoid neighborhoods. Also, have a designated driver. If you’re a parent, remind your kids about what they need to do in order to remain safe.

Kate Carr, CEO of “Safe Kids Worldwide” explains, “Encourage your kids to be seen so on their costumes add a little bit of reflective tape or a glow stick or have them carry a flash light something that will make them visible to drivers.”

Experts also say another good idea is to make a plan for the night, making sure everyone you are with is on the same page.

ashland homelessMEDFORD, Ore. — Now most Oregon voters received their ballots in the mail last week, except those without addresses to send them too.

Homeless people in Oregon, who try to use the address of their shelter as a physical address, may get rejected by the voter system. According to election offices, they are required to list a physical address, which could be the corner they sleep on, and a mailing address, which could be that of a shelter. If they don’t have a shelter they’re staying at, then there’s no other options.

At that point, they would need to provide a physical location or cross street of where they’re sleeping, and the address of their local elections office, so they could stop by to pick up their materials and vote.

Cats Crowd Local SheltersMEDFORD, Ore. – This coming weekend, November 1st and 2nd, adult cats at three area animal shelters will be free. Jackson County animal shelters have run out of room for cats, and therefore adoption fees will be waived for all cats one year or older during this special adoption weekend event. 

More than 100 cats need homes and some have waited months to find a family. All cats are vaccinated and spayed/neutered.

Locations where you can adopt a free cat include:

Medford: Southern Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Road,

Medford: Committed Alliance to Strays (C.A.T.S.), 104 N. Ross Lane, 

Phoenix: Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Hwy 99, 

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A cold front is moving inland this morning bringing rain to much of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Rain will continue falling throughout the morning in most locations, traveling into the Klamath Basin by mid morning. Behind the front rain we’ll transition to showers from west to east this afternoon.

Snow levels will be falling as the cold air moves in. They’ll be near 5,500′ this afternoon and will fall further tonight, near 4,500.’ If you’re planning to head over the higher passes into the weekend be sure to check TripCheck and be prepared from slick roads and some winter weather.

For Trick-or-Treat showers will be around in all locations. The exception will be in Lake County where widespread rain will still be falling. Because it will be raining through most of the morning, dress to keep your feet dry! Puddles will be all over. It will also be cool so dress warm!

Showers will be continuing overnight and Saturday. This will be the coolest air mass we’ve seen so far this fall and temperatures will reflect it this weekend. Afternoon highs will be in the mid and upper 40′s in the Basin. Overnight lows will be in the 20′s along and east of the Cascades. A couple more fronts are going to move through next week.

***REMINDER*** We turn the clocks back this Saturday!

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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