Surf Rescue resizedGOLD BEACH, Ore. — A person was saved Sunday after being stranded on a rock and yelling for help along the beach near Myers Creek. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from people walking a long the beach about eight miles south of Gold Beach, reporting a person stranded on a large rock.

22-year old Stephen Guy from Mesa, AZ., was sitting on the base of a large rock near the water’s edge about 200 feet from shore when Sheriff Deputies found him. Deputies called Search and Rescue due to the water conditions. Curry County Sheriff Search and Rescue swimmer Joe Martin responded and suited up in his water gear and using a Carlson Rescue board, swam out to Guy and brought him back to shore.

Guy was not aware of the dangerous currents and tides and found himself stranded for about an hour after he was swept out be a rip current to the rock he was on. He was slightly hypothermic but refused medical help.

cnn jessie helt(CNN) — Miley Cyrus’ mystery date to the MTV Video Music Awards is also a wanted man. 22-year old Jessie Helt accepted an award for Cyrus on behalf of homeless youth and runaways.

Police took note of him and said there is a warrant for his arrest in Polk County, Oregon.

Authorities said he violated his probation in 2011 after a criminal trespass conviction.

Helt is believed to be back in Polk County where corrections officers are ready to take him back into custody.

Attempts to contact Miley Cyrus for comment have gone unanswered so far.

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ASHLAND, Ore.–A rather simple gravestone now resting on it’s back in Ashland’s Mountain View cemetery is that of Dr. David Sisson. One of the regions first medical doctors, Sisson arrived in Ashland with his recent bride, Celeste, in 1856. He was welcomed to Ashland Mills… that’s what they called it then… by founder Abel Helman. “Abel Helman approached him as a guest at the Ashland boarding house, and asked him to stay as a doctor”, says Talent historian Jan Wright. “He enticed him saying ” this would be a good place to practice. We need a doctor here.”
Their story and that of the early Ashland settlement is chronicled in a book by former Ashland historian Kay Atwood, called “Mill Creek Journal”.
Wright says from the very start, Dr. Sisson was successful at several business ventures while  “Abel Helman in the meantime had one lawsuit after another asking for paying debts. He tried to make a go of both the Ashland Boarding House and the Ashland Mill– flour mill. And it just never really prospered under his leadership.”  So while the Sissons were thriving, Helman struggled.

Wright says, “David Sisson got there about three years after Helman and Eber Emory and James Cardwell arrived. And he seemed to just know how to do business better and prosper with the hotel .”

Then, in the early spring of 1858, someone fired a shot at David Sisson as he went from the boarding house to the creek for water, wounding Sisson in the hand and side. A former California man was accused, but fled the area and was never arrested. Ten days later, David and Celeste were awakened one night to see their barn in flames, taking everything within it up in flames. Five days later Sisson’s baby daughter Augusta was born. And then, on April fifth, 1858, Sisson was walking toward a spring on Mill creek when a shot rang out from the hill above. Sisson immediately fell to the ground. Two men saw Sisson fall and raced to his side just to hear him say, “my God, they have got me this time.” He died on the spot. An investigation found evidence of where the shot was fired from and footprints of where the shooter fled up the hill, but no one could say who the gunman was. At least not yet.

The Oregon Sentinel reported that, “this certainly is one of the most cold-blooded and cowardly assassinations that has ever occurred in this or any other country…. It is the duty of all good citizens to aid in ferreting out the perpetrator of the deed.”

No one was positively identified as the shooter, although one man, S.B. Olmstead, later wrote a letter to Eli Anderson, a friend of Helman’s, saying he had a pretty good idea who the gunman was. The letter is in the archives of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. It lay hidden for 125 years until Atwood found it. In it Olmstead tells Anderson that “when I first saw him I was in a small trail. My being partly behind a bush, I am satisfied he did not see me. I remained watching him for some time until he was out of sight.”  Wright adds that, “it also says that the man who did it was a resident of Ashland. It wasn’t a stranger from California of some place like that; it was an actually resident from Ashland. A guy that lived there.”

Wright says while Olmstead was reluctant to name names, it’s likely both he and Anderson knew but never said. And so nobody was ever charged. Wright says, “who benefited the most from David Sisson’s death? And that person would have to be Abel Helman. ” That’s based on Kay Atwood’s extensive research. So would police be interested in re-opening this 150-plus year old case?

Ashland Deputy police chief says, “when a case is that old you have to ask whether or not there is a real reason for the police to use our scarce resources, uh, for something like that. I think the answer is no. There’s no way to bring anybody to justice on that. Uh, there’s no way to effect anything other than this person’s legacy and reputation. And while i think it would be a really fascinating case for a historian to look at i can’t see why the police department would invest resources on something like that.”

Jan Wright observes that, “that the Helman family sort of redeemed themselves afterwards. They have a street named after them. They have a school named after them and they are considered founding fathers and mothers of this town, forgetting that he had his struggles.”

And today David Sisson’s long-lost tombstone is now in place on his wife’s grave at Mountain View cemetery.

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WEATHER DISCUSSION

High pressure continues to be our dominant weather feature. This is keeping the storm track to our north and allowing warmer air to filter into the Northwest. Highs will be flirting with 100 across the West Side this afternoon and 90 in the Basin.

Winds will be shifting throughout the day today. They’ll start off easterly in some locations and shift to west, southwest across most of our area by the afternoon. Winds have already shifted enough in Northern California to bring smoke back into Central Siskiyou County. Air quality readings have been unhealthy and very unhealthy in Ft. Jones and Etna so far this morning. The southwesterly wind will help to bring some smoke into Southern Oregon as well so hazy skies are likely.

It will be sunny and quiet through the end of the week with areas of smoke in Siskiyou County. By Saturday, a new air mass will slide into the Northwest. This will bump our high temperatures down by about 10-20 degrees into the holiday. A strong onshore wind will keep the coast cloudy throughout the weekend. Inland, periods of clouds will come and go through early next week. It will however stay dry and cool.

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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese

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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.

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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.

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