Oregon News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bomb squad neutralizes explosive device after pursuit on Hwy 101 ends in fiery fatal crash

VIDEO: A bomb squad located "a believed explosive device and rendered it safe" in the aftermath of a fiery crash that killed the driver of a car that had sped away from a deputy Wednesday on the Oregon Coast. "It might take a while to identify the deceased as there was a fire following the crash," Oregon State Police said. "Deceased was the lone occupant." The fiery wreckage of a vehicle could be seen burning in the trees along Highway 101 in eyewitness videos captured Wednesday morning. Police said the crash happened after a Douglas County Sheriff deputy tried to stop a vehicle south of Reedsport around 10:46 a.m. The vehicle sped away and crashed, police said. The crash killed the driver. The car went up in flames. "What appeared to be explosive devices were located at the scene and the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit is heading to the scene," according to state police. The highway reopened to traffic shortly after 4 p.m.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District Station #5

A little-used fire station in Klamath Falls is now serving as an emergency dispatch airport, thanks to a partnership between AirLink Critical Care Transport, and Klamath County Fire District #1. Medical transport company AirLink has come in for a landing at Klamath County Fire District Station #5 near the Running ‘Y’. “This is a little more self-contained,” notes AirLink Program Director Diedre Heinrich, comparing the station to quarters at the local airport. “We actually can do our fueling right here, because we have a special fuel trailer. It’s actually the perfect setup for our crew.” Station 5 at Lakeshore drive and Highway 140 was completed about 12 years ago. Fire Chief Greg Davis says the partnership with AirLink provides a good use for the station. “We know that they’re a resource that we need in this community, and we know what they’re capable of providing in some extreme circumstances.”
KOBI-TV NBC 5 Medford

Dog dies in southwest Portland house fire

A fire ignited at a home in southwest Portland, killing a dog early Thursday morning. Around 3:45 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported house fire in the 8900 block of Southwest 26th Avenue. At the scene, it was learned that the homeowner was inside at the time of the fire but made it out safely. The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation but did not require any other medical aid. Fire officials said a dog died in the fire. The home sustained fire damage to its roof. The cause of the fire is not currently known.
KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Protesters ignite flag in front of Lane County jail for the second time this week

VIDEO: A peaceful protest outside of the Lane County Jail turned chaotic Wednesday night. Around 200 protesters originally gathered for a peaceful demonstration to stand in solidarity with an inmate on a hunger strike. But later in the evening, protesters began tearing down a fence behind the jail that triggered a police response. Then around 11 p.m., protesters got ahold of the flag outside of the jail and set it on fire. Police responded again in riot gear clearing the protesters and creating a secure perimeter around the entrance. Protesters were there claiming the jail has not done enough to protect inmates from COVID-19. Capt. Clint Riley said the opposite. He said the jail has taken tremendous steps to ensure the inmates' safety. "We've tried to do the best we can to maintain all the basic human rights and needs for the folks in our facility throughout the pandemic without losing anything," Riley said.
KEZI-TV ABC 9 Eugene

Douglas County: Search underway for man reported missing after kayaking at Diamond Lake

A 37-year-old Vancouver man was reported missing after he went kayaking at Diamond Lake on Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. At around 10:20 p.m., 911 dispatchers received reports of a man yelling for help from the water at Diamond Lake. The sheriff's office said no one was able to see the man, but reported it sounded like he was in distress. Shortly after the initial 911 calls, dispatchers received a missing persons report at Diamond Lake. The sheriff's office said Jared Bruce Boria, of Vancouver, was camping at Diamond Lake Campground when he put his kayak in the water and paddled into the lake. The sheriff's office said Boria was not wearing a life jacket when he went kayaking. An initial search was conducted by Marine and Timber Deputies, Douglas County Fire District #2 and Diamond Lake First Responders, however they were unable to locate Boria or his kayak.
KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Suspect arrested, accused of starting fire outside Justice Center in downtown Portland

A man was arrested for starting a fire outside the Justice Center late Tuesday morning, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Ronald James Connolly, 19, was arrested after Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to a security detail at the Justice Center in downtown Portland said they heard people banging on the plywood protecting the west entrance of the building. When the deputies stepped outside, they smelled smoke and later found Connolly next to a fire on the steps of the Justice Center. Deputies said the fire was starting to grow, so they used a fire extinguisher to stop it from causing significant damage. Connolly was arrested without incident. He is facing a charge of arson in the first degree.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Sisters: Locals rally in support of first responders

Sisters residents turned out on Saturday morning, June 27, to show appreciation for firefighters and police. Cort Horner, Sisters resident and organizer of a rally held on the corner of Highway 20 and Pine Street, said that this was a positive, all-inclusive gathering with the sole purpose of letting all first responders know they are appreciated. First responders are always at the forefront of every incident or disaster, and they assure the safety and well-being of the population. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, and police officers are all considered first responders. Horner told The Nugget, “This ‘appreciation gathering’ was a spontaneous idea. Like all of us, I think we’ve been overwhelmed with negative messaging toward police forces across the country and regionally, and it just seemed to me like the negativity was very out of balance with all the positives they provide every day. I floated it on one of our local community pages and there was immediate support, so I thought there was no better time than the present to organize something.”
Sisters Nugget Newspaper

Burglars steal West Valley Fire Department equipment

Burglars stole communications equipment from two apparatus bays after breaking into the West Valley Fire District main station in Willamina. The two entered the building on Main Street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, according to district spokesperson Mariah Prescott. She said two Motorola radios, a Microsoft Surface Go tablet, an iPhone SE and keys to a brush truck were stolen. A complete inventory of the building is being taken. “We have struggled with keeping up with communication technology, and were lucky enough to receive a Firehouse Subs Grant in 2018 to purchase all new communication radios,” Prescott said. “The radios that are missing are some that were bought with the grant money.” Prescott did not provide information regarding how the burglars entered the building or if the incident was captured on surveillance video.
McMinnville News Register

Firefighter, nurse team up with Yachats Brewing to benefit first responders

A local firefighter and a registered nurse have teamed up with Yachats Brewing to make a special batch of barley pop to benefit our local First Responders. When they’re not on the job or raising their two children, Jeff and Alysha Gillies have a unique way to spend time together: malting barley. Driven by a desire to find locally sourced ingredients for his home brewing hobby, Jeff realized there was a shortage of locally grown and malted barley. So, they worked with local farmers and learned the craft of transforming specialty raw grain into a building block of tasty beer. They formed Tiller Malt Company and now supply local brewers and bakers with craft malt. Remnants of Yachats’s logging roots backdrop the vibrant color, texture and flavor of locally grown produce, pasture-raised meats, handcrafted brews and house-fermented vegetables.
Newport News Times

Fire agency leaders join Curry County Commissioner in conference call

As temperatures rise and winds dry the forestlands of Southwest Oregon, officials recently assessed the onset of a fire season with the dual challenge of continuing drought and COVID-19. In a conference call organized by Curry County Commissioner Court Boice, a half dozen public agency officials shared insight into the special challenges of the 2020 fire season, including the need to plan for response that includes social distancing and the potential of engaging with fire crews and community members who suffer from active cases of the virus. Budget reductions and training time lost because of shutdowns since mid-March further complicate the situation. Still, officials with public agencies responsible for managing public lands and responding to wildfire seemed optimistic.
Curry Coastal Pilot - Metered Site

Fire season starts July 1st in Lane County, ODF says

Fire season starts July 1 at 12:01 a.m. in Lane County and southern Linn County, Oregon Department of Forestry officials say. The declaration puts fire prevention restrictions in place for landowners and the public on lands protected by ODF. There are regulations for industrial logging and forest management activities, as well. The goal? Reducing the number of human-caused fires during a time when wildfires are most likely to occur. “With the potential safety concerns related to COVID-19, this year it’s even more critical to relieve any unnecessary burdens that wildfire in our communities creates,” said South Cascade District Forester Chris Cline. The South Cascade and Western Lane districts will join six other ODF districts in southern and central Oregon that are already in a declared fire season.
KEZI-TV ABC 9 Eugene

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