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Thu. 12/14/17
Holiday DUII Saturation Patrols Underway (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 6:00 PM
Rural DUII Patrols
Rural DUII Patrols
Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies will be conducting DUII saturation patrols through the holiday season. From now through New Year's Day, deputies will focus their patrols on rural roadways in an effort to spot impaired drivers. Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road without taking away from normal calls for service.

This time of year, many people will be attending holiday parties and events. Don't allow your celebration to be marred by tragedy. Prevention is the key -- plan ahead to avoid driving while impaired:

HAVE A PLAN: Plan to drive sober or designate someone else to do so. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.

DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.

GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.

PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.

HELP A FRIEND: If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

Thank you for your help in keeping our roads safe this holiday season.

Attached Media Files: Rural DUII Patrols

OSP Responds to two crashes on Hwy 58 within a short time period (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/14/17 3:54 PM
The first crash occurred on December 14th at approximately 9:30AM and involved a commercial motor vehicle towing an empty tanker on Hwy 58 near milepost 60 east of Oakridge. No hazardous materials were released. The driver stated he lost control on the icy road and left the roadway, damaging a substantial amount of guardrail. He was uninjured

While investigating this crash, OSP was dispatched to another single vehicle, rollover crash at 10:40AM less than a mile from the first crash near milepost 59. This crash involved an SUV that had been operated by a female driver, who was the sole occupant, who also indicated she had lost control on the icy road and rolled over. The female was entrapped and extricated by fire personnel. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, the Oakridge Fire Department, Northwest Hazardous Materials, and Dowell's Towing on these crashes. Traveling at speeds too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in both of these collisions which occurred within a short time of each other. We ask the public to be cognizant of the road conditions for the area you are traveling in and slow down. The posted speed may not be the appropriate speed for the road conditions at the time.

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New taxes going into effect in 2018
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/14/17 3:16 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding Oregon businesses and employers, out-of-state businesses with employees or customers in Oregon, and vehicle and bicycle buyers to make sure they're ready for four new taxes starting in 2018.

The 2017 Legislature created four tax programs to help fund a statewide transportation package: the bicycle excise tax, the vehicle privilege tax, the vehicle use tax, and the statewide transit tax.

"We're communicating directly with affected sellers about new taxes relating to some bicycles and vehicles, which begin January 1, 2018," said Eric Smith, Business Division administrator for the department. "There will be more outreach to employers about the new statewide transit tax as we approach its start date of July 1, 2018," he said.

Bicycle excise tax

Oregon's bicycle excise tax is a flat tax of $15 paid by the consumer at the point of sale. To be taxed, a bike must meet all of the following criteria:

Be a new bicycle.
Have two or more wheels that are 26 inches or larger.
Be exclusively human powered and designed for use on the ground.
Have a retail purchase price of $200 or more.

Sellers must provide an invoice, receipt, or other proof-of-sale document that has a separate line showing the amount of tax paid by the consumer. They must also report and remit the taxes collected from sales of taxable bicycles to Revenue at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Consumers who don't pay the tax at the time of purchase must report the purchase and pay the tax directly to the Department of Revenue by the 20th of the month following the month of purchase.

Vehicle privilege tax

Oregon's vehicle privilege tax applies to dealers selling new vehicles in Oregon. The tax is on the privilege of selling and equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the new vehicle. Sales of new vehicles, which must not have been previously registered in Oregon, include:

Vehicles with 7,500 miles or fewer and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs. or less.
Recreational vehicles and motorcycles.
Lease sales of new vehicles.

Dealers must report and pay the tax based on their sales at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Although a lawsuit has been filed in relation to distribution of the vehicle privilege tax, it doesn't change a dealer's responsibility to report and pay the privilege tax on their sales beginning January 1, 2018.

Vehicle use tax

Oregon's vehicle use tax applies to vehicles purchased outside of Oregon by Oregon residents or for use in Oregon. It applies to any vehicle which, if purchased in Oregon, would qualify for the vehicle privilege tax. The tax may be paid by the out-of-state dealer or the consumer, and it equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the taxable vehicle.

Only some out-of-state dealers will be required to collect and remit the use tax. Others will choose to do so. If a dealer doesn't collect the tax from the consumer at the point of sale, the consumer must report and pay it directly to Revenue. Upon payment, the consumer will receive a certificate showing they paid the tax, which the DMV will need to register or title the vehicle in Oregon. The deadline for reporting and paying is the 20th day of the month following the month of purchase. Dealers who collect the tax must report and remit it at the end of each calendar quarter. Their first returns, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018.

Statewide transit tax

The statewide transit tax takes effect on July 1, 2018. It will be one-tenth of one percent (.001) of the wages of Oregon residents--regardless of where they're working--and non-residents who work in Oregon. Payers of annuities and other periodic payments under ORS 316.189 also must withhold one-tenth of one percent (.001) of these payments. Employers who fail to deduct, withhold, and remit the tax to the department will be subject to standard penalties. In addition, employers who knowingly fail to deduct and withhold the tax are subject to an additional penalty of $250 per employee, up to $25,000. Oregon residents working for certain out-of-state employers must self-report and pay the tax when they file their personal income tax return, if their employer chooses not to withhold it.

All new taxes

More information about the transportation-related taxes can be found at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Affected sellers and employers can register, report taxes, and make payments through the department's new web application, Revenue Online. They can visit www.oregon.gov/dor for more information and to sign up for a Revenue Online account.

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Oregon Hosts International Association of Chiefs of Police Women's Leadership Institute (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/14/17 2:13 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) are proud to host the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP), Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) in Salem. The class began on Sunday evening, December, 10 and will end on the afternoon of December 15, 2017.

The IACP's Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) is a 40-hour course, focused on the unique challenges facing women leaders in law enforcement. The course develops current and future leaders, the curriculum focuses on enhancing the business, leadership, and personal effectiveness skills of female leaders.

This interactive program uses senior women instructors and mentors from United States and Canadian law enforcement agencies and operates in an intensive, experiential learning environment. It is open to female and male, sworn and non-sworn personnel serving in supervisory positions, and senior patrol officers aspiring to become supervisors. The week-long class hosted at DPSST's Oregon Public Safety Academy had 52 participants from 25 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

The IACP has offered the WLI around the nation and since the program's inception in 2013 this class has been offered by IACP at 36 locations around the nation and also in Kathmandu, Nepal and Cape Town, South Africa. This delivery of the WLI class is unique as its the first-time a state has hosted the class with all participants from city, county, and state agencies from the hosting state.

The WLI curriculum includes the following topics: Individual Differences; Motivating Success; Leading Teams; Organizations and Change; Crucial Conversations and Counseling; Strategic Career Planning; Fair, Impartial & Ethical Policing; Understanding Human Bias; Leadership and Wellness; Financial Management; Networking and Mentorship; etc.

Two seasoned instructors delivered the class. The first, the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) highest-ranking female officer, Assistant Commissioner Ramona Prieto, who retired from the CHP after 36-years of service. The second, Deb Campbell, a 30-year veteran of the New York State Police who retired in 2015 holding the rank of Colonel. Local women in leadership roles in Oregon law enforcement agencies participated in the program in both panel discussions and as mentors.

As city, county, tribal, state and university law enforcement agencies look to fill more than 1,000 vacancies statewide that are expected over the next two years as seasoned employees get ready for retirement we encourage interested applicants to look at www.OregonPoliceJobs.com.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


SAR Seeks Tips on Missing Woman *Update* (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/14/17 9:59 AM
17-25958 Dayna Foster
17-25958 Dayna Foster
UPDATED 12/14/17 at 10:00am:

Dayna was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, a black Puma t-shirt, blue jeans, and black/white Nike shoes. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she was wearing the same necklace seen in the photo attached to this release.

Today (Thursday), search and rescue teams are searching roadways and off-road areas in the rural Ashland area.

Original Post 12/13/17:
Jackson County Search and Rescue officials are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Ashland woman. Dayna Foster, 47, was last seen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, in Talent. She was driving a green 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pickup with Oregon plate 469HZF.

Anyone who has seen Dayna or the vehicle should call dispatch immediately at (541) 776-7206.

Case #17-25958

Attached Media Files: 17-25958 Dayna Foster , 17-25958 Similar vehicle

State fines Florida resident for million dollar investment scheme
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/14/17 8:30 AM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order against a Florida woman and her company for violating Oregon securities law as part of a nationwide investment fraud scam. The division fined Judith Jackson and her company -- Becker, Jackson and Reed (BJR) -- $60,000 for illegally selling shares of stock in a company called Alpine Family Entertainment Parks.

The scheme used high-pressure sales to obtain more than $1 million from victims across the U.S., including $150,000 from one Oregon resident. Victims were pressured into purchasing shares of stock in Alpine Family Entertainment Parks for the development of a new amusement park in San Diego. There were no plans to develop an amusement park.

The investigation revealed that 80 percent of investors' funds were routed to bank accounts in Mexico while the remaining funds were used to maintain the investment scam. Oregonians should beware that Jackson and BJR may still be soliciting investments.

"Do your homework before making investment decisions, no matter how urgent the opportunity seems," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS Director. "One of your first steps should be checking the license of any company offering investments to Oregon residents."

The division encourages residents to check the license (http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/Pages/check-license.aspx) and recognize the signs of investment fraud:

High rate of return, especially better than similar investments
Guarantee that investment will not fail
Pressure to invest immediately

Your best defense to avoid an investment scam is to ask a lot questions and contact the Division of Financial Regulation at dfr.oregon.gov or call 866-814-9710 (toll-free in Oregon) for more information.

To view the cease-and-desist order: http://dfr.oregon.gov/AdminOrders/enf-orders-2017/20171129-alpinebjr-s-17-0135.pdf

The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.

Wed. 12/13/17
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program graduates 54th class (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/13/17 8:31 PM
REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 54th class on Dec. 13, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The program, which is operated by the Oregon Military Department out of Bend, Ore., helps students who are struggling in school or have dropped out to recover their credits through a rigorous military style residential program. In addition to academics, the students learn other core strengths such as personal fitness, good citizenship, job skills and self discipline. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com.

Photo Captions:
Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the students' accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Cadet Ali Alhejab, gives a before and after picture of his life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Attached Media Files: 2017-12/962/110431/171213-YP317-Z-0012.JPG , 2017-12/962/110431/171213-YP317-Z-0010.JPG , 2017-12/962/110431/171213-YP317-Z-0009.JPG

***Update - Public's Assistance Needed*** Two-Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Bend Man on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 4:29 PM
OSP is asking for the public's assistance with the investigation that killed a Bend man last week. Shannon ROGERS, from Goldendale, Washington, is believed to have been driving in a reckless manner prior to the crash that took the life of a Bend man.

Investigators believe ROGERS was traveling from Fresno, CA to Goldendale when the crash occurred. Any persons who may have witnessed the vehicle in the attached photographs driving in an unsafe manner is urged to contact Senior Trooper Toni Raugust at 503-375-3555.

ROGERS is still at Saint Charles Bend receiving medical care. No further information at this time.

End Release

Previous Release:
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 10:15 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 (near Sunriver).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2006 Nissan Quest, operated by Shannon Ray ROGERS, age 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons, struck the rear of a northbound white 1981 Toyota pickup, operated by Brian Jay HARRIS, age 56, of Bend. The Toyota veered off the road and impacted into a tree and the Nissan continued northbound and then veered off the road and also impacted into a tree.

HARRIS was pronounced deceased at the scene and ROGERS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment.

Highway 97 was closed for about 30 minutes until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Fire Department, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 3:31 PM
(Salem) -- The safety and health of workers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries will take center stage during a two-day training conference in central Oregon.

Topics covered during the Jan. 29-30 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will include ladder safety, excavation rules, electrical safety, construction-related health hazards, and elimination of fall hazards.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 17th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit's keynote speaker is Russ Nicolai, safety director for Snyder, a commercial roofing contractor with offices in Oregon and Washington. During his Jan. 30 presentation, "Changing One's Perspective," Nicolai will discuss how innovations can create successes in protecting workers and boosting company performance.

The summit also offers opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits through Oregon's Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board. Moreover, certification and re-certification will be offered for first aid personnel and workzone flaggers.

The two-day summit's other workshops include:
Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices -- and requirements -- for correcting them.
General excavation safety.
Electrical safety and you.
Understanding and implementing the new silica standard for construction.
Defensive driving strategies for central Oregon.
Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment.

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 29) is $50. Conference registration (Monday, Jan. 30) is $85. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days.

To register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/events/2018. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.


About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Staff Honored at State Sheriff's Banquet (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 12/13/17 2:45 PM
Undersheriff Sanders
Undersheriff Sanders
Two members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were recently honored at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association annual awards banquet in Bend, Oregon.

Senior Deputy Andrew Renyer was awarded the Jail Command Council's Deputy of the Year. This award is reserved for the men and women who serve in the capacity of corrections deputies, who face many challenges each day. The daily operations performed by these members of law enforcement is vital to the operation of Oregon jails.

Senior Deputy Renyer was honored for his dedication, commitment and positive attitude as a Douglas County Sheriff's Corrections Deputy.

Senior Deputy Renyer assumed the assignment of jail release officer in January of 2017 and has performed those duties efficiently. The average daily population of the jail has decreased by 11 inmates, which results in considerable savings to the Sheriff's corrections operating budget. In addition to his regular assignment, Senior Deputy Renyer oversees the inmate classification process. He has taken proactive measures to update and streamline the process.

Senior Deputy Renyer has assisted the department in recent months by covering shift supervisor responsibilities in the absence of a sergeant. He regularly assists in other areas of operations of the department.

"Senior Deputy Renyer is self-motivated and has a good attitude. He can always be counted on to go above and beyond the expectations of the department", said Lt. Mike Root, jail commander.

Senior Deputy Renyer has worked for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 2008.

Undersheriff Brian Sanders was nominated by Sheriff Hanlin and selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is presented to a member of law enforcement who in the performance of his or her duties performs an act of outstanding or especially meritorious service while demonstrating selflessness and a devotion to duty.

Undersheriff Brian Sanders began his career with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1989. He served as a patrol deputy, field training officer, tactical response team member and commander, street crimes investigator, patrol sergeant, DINT operations sergeant and patrol lieutenant. In 2009, he was promoted to Undersheriff where he has served since that time.

The Undersheriff was praised for his works in helping to build and maintain a high level of professionalism throughout the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. His ongoing work on the Sheriff's Office budget has been highly valued and respected. He was also praised for his "irreplaceable leadership and day-to-day management of the Sheriff's Office" following the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting.

Undersheriff Sanders officially retired on July 28, 2017. Since that time, he continues to fill the position at the request of Sheriff Hanlin until a transitional period takes effect in June of 2018.

Sheriff Hanlin said "The Undersheriff's dedication, professionalism, leadership and friendship has been highly valued, and will be greatly missed in June."

Attached Media Files: Undersheriff Sanders , Senior Deputy Renyer , DCSO

Sheronne Blasi appointed to head the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 12/13/17 2:43 PM
Sheronne Blasi
Sheronne Blasi
Gov. Kate Brown announced today the appointment of Sheronne Blasi (pronounced "Share-ON Blaze-ee"), a 14-year Navy veteran, to serve as the next director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, pending Senate confirmation in February. Once confirmed, Blasi will become the first woman veteran to head the agency in its 72-year history.

Prior to joining ODVA as its assistant director of Statewide Veteran Services in 2017, Blasi worked as a performance auditor for 15 years with the Secretary of State Audits Division. She managed performance audits which looked at the efficiency and effectiveness state agencies and their programs, and made recommendations for improvements to programs and services for Oregonians.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Blasi served 10 years as an enlisted sailor before accepting a commission as a Supply Corps officer through the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Upon leaving active duty, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.

Blasi replaces Cameron Smith, who has served as director of ODVA since 2013 and was appointed the new director of Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

"Cameron Smith's tenure as director has been a very transformational period in ODVA's history," Blasi said. "Under his leadership and with the passion and dedication of the ODVA team, the agency has reinvigorated and expanded its core programs and mobilized broad community partnerships to assure our veterans' health, education and economic opportunity. I am honored to continue building upon our work and the trust placed in me by Governor Brown, the ODVA team and the veteran community in Oregon."

Blasi is a longtime resident of Salem, where she is very active in the community. She serves on the Salem-Keizer School Board, the Salem Planning Commission and is a board member for the Mid-Valley Habitat for Humanity. She also co-founded a nonprofit that throws birthdays parties for children living in local homeless shelters.

"It has been a privilege and honor to serve Oregon's veterans and to work with the amazing team at ODVA for the past four and a half years," Smith said. "Sheronne Blasi is a proven leader and a tremendous advocate for veterans and their families, and she has my and our Advisory Committee's full confidence and support to lead our team and mission forward."

Blasi's first day as acting director of ODVA will be Dec. 21, 2017.

Attached Media Files: Sheronne Blasi

Portland man wins $1,000 a week for life
Oregon Lottery - 12/13/17 12:00 PM
Dec. 12, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Cyril Osborne had a little fun before claiming his Win for Life win.

Osborne, from Portland, matched all four numbers on his Win for Life ticket to win the game's top prize of $1,000 a week for life.

However, Osborne has a history of playing pranks on his wife of 47 years. So when he told his wife he won, she wouldn't believe him.

"I didn't tell her when I first got home. I just smiled a lot. She knew something was up. When I told her, she thought I was playing around," he said. "I had to get my iPad out and show her the numbers on the website before she would believe me."

Osborne purchased his winning quick pick ticket at the Safeway on Highland Drive in Gresham.

"I do the grocery shopping and I pick up a ticket every so often," Osborne said. "I bought the Win for Life because it has more numbers than other tickets. When I went back to the store, I realized I won the top prize!"

Osborne opted to take $52,000 per year as an annual payment, rather than the $1,000 a week option. He also said the money was going toward his retirement.

"That $2 ticket is paying out rather handsomely!" he said.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $22 million of Lottery dollars went to economic development projects in Multnomah County.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Chess for Success celebrates 25th anniversary
Chess for Success - 12/13/17 10:22 AM
The mission of Chess for Success is to help children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess. In 1992 Dick Roy, Phil Margolin, and Frank Eiseman saw a need in our community for chess programs for vulnerable students. They knew from experience that chess teaches critical thinking, perseverance, and concentration among other skills. It improves behavior and school attendance, because children want to go to school so they can go to chess club. Through chess, children learn skills that help them become college and career ready.
With this goal in mind, Chess for Success was born. Chess for Success sponsors after-school chess clubs in high-poverty schools. A teacher is hired from within the school and provided curriculum and support. To promote club unity, every student in the program receives a t-shirt their club designs. The students receive free entry into all Chess for Success tournaments. At the end of the year, they get a chess set. By giving students the opportunity to learn an engaging game while learning important life skills, Chess for Success is at the forefront of developing our next industry leaders.
This year Chess for Success is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The program started at nine elementary schools in the Portland Public School District: Applegate, Beach, Boise-Eliot, Brooklyn, Clarendon, Humboldt, Peninsula, John Ball (now Rosa Parks), and Vernon. Now, our reach stretches over 70 clubs across the state from Hermiston to Grants Pass, and one club in Vancouver, Washington. There are programs in therapeutic schools for students who struggle in a standard school setting, and schools for incarcerated youth. Currently, over 30% of program participants are girls, an unusually high number for a chess program. During the last 25 years, Chess for Success has reached 45,600 students, supplied 114,000 chess sets, and provided 1,824,000 hours of after-school chess lessons.
Chess for Success is grateful our community has risen to the occasion to help students reach their full potential through chess. We would like to thank our coaches, volunteers, donors, and advocates as well as the families of our participants. You are the unsung heroes of the program, and we are successful because of you.
Research found that students involved in Chess for Success had higher math and reading test scores than their peers. Participation in chess club led to an increased interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) for boys and girls. Our nation is facing an increased need for people in STEM careers. Encouraging children to play chess puts many of them on the path to STEM careers, an opportunity many need.
We are committed to our mission. I encourage you to support Chess for Success. There are programs in 22 school districts across 10 counties, and tournaments are held around the state from January through March. I invite you to visit a club to watch the joy chess brings to our participants. There is nothing like it.


Consumer Warning: As Health Care Enrollment Ends, Beware of Non-Traditional Health Plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 9:46 AM
Media Alert:
Consumer warning: As health care enrollment ends, beware of nontraditional health plans that are not available on HealthCare.gov

Complaints are on the rise from Oregonians being lured into purchasing nontraditional health insurance plans.

As the enrollment deadline nears, consumers are encouraged to purchase their health coverage only from a trusted source.

Nontraditional plans typically offer low-cost coverage, but are not available at HealthCare.gov. These plans often lead to high cost of care and a high tax penalty.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services encourages consumers to:
Beware of cold calls offering low-cost health coverage
Purchase health insurance only from a trusted source, such as an agent you trust or HealthCare.gov.
Do not sign any document stating the policy is not subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements

If you believe a low-cost, time-sensitive policy will meet your specific health care needs, follow the steps above, carefully review the exclusions under the policy, and understand your own financial risk.

For more information about ACA-compliant plans available in Oregon, visit OregonHealthcare.gov.

Storage Building Fire - 905 W. Old Melrose Road - 12-12-17
Roseburg Fire Department - 12/13/17 6:13 AM
At 8:22 p.m. on December 12, 2017, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a fire next to an out building at 905 W. Old Melrose Road. The fire was reported by the homeowners.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved portable free standing structure with flames spreading to a nearby storage building. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to the free standing structure and storage building. The fire did not spread to the residential structure on the property. The fire damage was contained to the two out buildings and contents. The free standing structure had a motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle inside of the structure. There were no reported injuries.

The two out buildings and contents which are valued at $60,000 sustained approximately $20,000 in damage. The cause of the fire was investigated and determined to be discarded ashes from the homeowner's woodstove.

A total of 10 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Pacific Power, Avista Utilities, and Roseburg Police Department.

The Roseburg Fire department would like to remind citizens that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Here are some simple steps that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.

Never use your oven to heat your home.

Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.

Tue. 12/12/17
Economic impact of Oregon State Parks tops more than $1 billion per year
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/12/17 2:30 PM
Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to a report released today by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, Economic Activity from Recreation Use of Oregon State Park Properties -- System Report, measures how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. Visitor spending supported 16,000 full-and part-time jobs statewide, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.

"The report clearly shows that Oregon's state parks are more than great places to visit, but also a vital economic engine for local economies across the state," said OPRD recreation planner Terry Bergerson.

OPRD's analysis of the report found that each dollar invested in the Oregon State Parks system generates $30.50 in related economic activity.

OPRD commissioned economist Eric White, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, to prepare the report at a cost of $45,697 over a six year period. White analyzed survey responses from more than 18,000 visitors from 84 park properties. OPRD conducted the surveys from 2011-2016.

"We wanted to measure the economic benefits state parks bring to the state," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities. We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors' experiences."

The report provides information by region and by park. Coastal parks had the greatest number of visits and slightly higher levels of average spending, accounting for about half of the total statewide spending.

Silver Falls State Park provided the largest economic boost, with 1.4 million visits contributing $58.4 million to the local economy. Fort Stevens State Park followed with $40.1 million, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site with $34.8 million.

"State parks are also an important side trip during many recreation outings," White said. "We estimate visitors spend about $245 million in local communities during those side trips."

Other key findings include:

>> Visitors spend an average of $25 for a day trip within 30 miles from home to $390 for an overnight camping trip more than 30 miles from home.

>>Visitors most often spend money on gasoline, groceries and purchases in restaurants and bars.

>> More than half ($619 million) of visitor spending across all state parks was generated by visitors who traveled more than 30 miles from home, and who stayed overnight on the property or in a nearby community.

The full report is available at http://bit.ly/OPRDRecreationEconomicReport.

Housing Stability Council - Special Meeting - Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/12/17 11:44 AM
Thursday, December 14, 9-10 a.m.
Teleconference only: Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

9:00 a.m. - Meeting called to order - Roll call taken
9:05 a.m. - Multifamily Funding Decision
- River Place, Parcel #3
10:00 a.m. - Meeting adjourned

All times listed on this agenda are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may also be taken out of order and addressed at different times than listed. The agenda may be amended by the Council at the time of the meeting.

FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against the Internet of Things (IoT)
FBI - Oregon - 12/12/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against "Internet of Things" - or "IoT" attacks.

If you were thinking about asking Santa for something from the "Internet of Things" world this year -- you have plenty of options. The possibilities include everything from devices that control your lights and thermostat to security systems to gaming systems and music players. There are wearables such as fitness trackers and tech-connected clothes. Or, how about a new Internet-enabled fridge or stove?

Once you get your wish list together, don't forget to ask for a hub to control all of your other "things" through a single app on your phone. We will all be living like the family of the future in no time! In fact, the FBI estimates that the number of "Internet of Things" or "IoT" devices will increase from 5 million last year to anywhere from 20 to 50 million in the year 2020.

But, before the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer show up on your roof, make sure you are ready for the reality of what you are bringing into your home.

Bad actors have been taking advantage of the lack of security, manufacturers' difficulty in patching vulnerabilities, and consumers' inexperience to exploit these devices. In many cases the devices are just using default usernames and passwords, which make them easy targets for the cyber thieves. Criminals can use that open door to force your device into service as part of a botnet -- or to access other connected systems that have sensitive personal or business info.

It can be difficult to know if your IoT device has been compromised, but there are simple steps you can take to help secure your things:

Change default usernames and passwords. Many default passwords are collected and posted on the Internet. Do not use common words and simple phrases or passwords containing easily obtainable personal information, such as important dates or names of children or pets.

If you can't change the password on the device, make sure your wireless Internet service has a strong password and encryption.

Invest in a secure router with robust security and authentication. Most routers will allow users to whitelist, or specify, which devices are authorized to connect to a local network.

Isolate IoT devices on their own protected networks.

Turn off devices off when not in use.

Research your options when shopping for new IoT devices. When conducting research, use reputable Web sites that specialize in cyber security analysis and provide reviews on consumer products.

Look for companies that offer firmware and software updates, and identify how and when these updates are provided.

Identify what data is collected and stored by the devices, including whether you can opt out of this collection, how long the data is stored, whether it is encrypted, and if the data is shared with a third party.

Ensure all IoT devices are up to date and security patches are incorporated when available.

Santa may want to give you the future at your fingertips -- just make sure you are ready for it. For more tips about IoT devices, check out the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Coming up next week: how to protect your kids when Internet-connected toys show up under the Christmas tree.

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Two women lose their lives in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 38 east of Reedsport (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 8:58 AM
Updated Information

As this investigation continues to develop, investigators learned the the information regarding the direction of travel for both vehicles was erroneous. It has been determined that the white 2009 Kia Rio was in fact traveling eastbound and the white Jeep had been westbound at the time of the crash. The previous press release has been updated to reflect this new information.

The investigation is continuing and future press releases will be coordinated with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

End of Update

On Monday December 11, 2017 at approximately 7:26 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on State Route 38 near milepost 12.

The investigation revealed that a westbound white 2015 Jeep Cherokee crossed the centerline and crashed into an eastbound white 2009 Kia Rio operated by Lisa OSWILL, age 48, of Tigard head-on. The passenger in the Kia was identified as Carly Renee WILLIAMS-OSWILL, age 21, from Wedderburn, Oregon. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. The two occupants of the Jeep were identified as Lacy Little Deer SANTOS, age 37 who was the driver and Kylee Louise SANTOS, age 15 both from Scottsburg, Oregon. Lacy SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Eugene for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Kylee SANTOS was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Reedsport also for serious, but non-life threatening injuries. All occupants from both vehicles were properly utilizing their safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

Speed and icy roads are being considered factors in this crash. SR 38 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Dept., Scottsburg Fire and Medical, Reedsport Fire Dept. and ODOT.

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SAIF hopes for fewer falls and more fa-la-las this season [videos]
SAIF - 12/12/17 8:55 AM
Summary: New "Spot the Hazards" videos make holiday safety as fun and warm as an ugly sweater.
'Tis the season for holiday hazards--from chestnuts roasting on an open fire to walking in a winter wonderland, safety risks are everywhere this time of year.

That's why SAIF has released two 360-degree videos today to help remind Oregonians about small things that can add up to big trouble. The videos, where viewers try to spot holiday hazards, highlight home holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVgkKWf9CsM&feature=youtu.be) and work holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGekhhO46M&feature=youtu.be).

"Most people know not to step on the top part of a ladder, or to remove tripping hazards," said Leigh Manning, senior safety consultant at SAIF. "But when you're on deadline for holiday parties and workplace projects, it's easy to take the risk."

In addition to the videos, Manning offers the following tips to stay safe and have a happy holiday season, both at work and home:

Remember ladder safety. Make sure you have the right ladder for the job. Do not overreach or lean too far to one side on the ladder, and always face the ladder when climbing up or down. Keep in mind, you have climbed too high if your knees are above the top of the stepladder.
Don't overload circuits. Too many plugs can overload a circuit, leading to a power outage or an electrical hazard.
Remove trip hazards. Decorations and extension cords can be tucked to the side so they don't cause a hazard.
Avoid heavy loads. Carrying too many gifts or packages can be bad for your back.
Reduce sweets. Holiday treats are fine in moderation, but consider bringing healthy snacks to workplace potlucks or holiday parties.
Manage stress. It's easy to get stressed this time of year, but too much stress can lead to poor health. Visit www.saif.com/relax for tips on how to manage it.

"We hope people will speak up with their friends, family, and co-workers," says Manning.

More information, including tips for other safety hazards, can be found at www.saif.com/safetyandhealth.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

OSP Search warrant reveals clandestine drug lab north of Madras. (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 12:38 AM
On the afternoon of Monday December 11th, 2017, Troopers with the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Northwest Columbia Drive, located north of Madras in Jefferson County. OSP had conducted an initial investigation of property crime and obtained a search warrant to seize evidence at the residence of 28 year old Madras resident, Joshua Joseph. The search warrant was executed and in addition to the expected evidence, Troopers discovered a clandestine drug lab along with other drug related evidence. The Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section responded to process the illegal drug lab and all discovered hazardous materials were properly collected.

Joshua Joseph was taken into custody without incident and he was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

Forgery in the 1st Degree
Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree
Theft by Deception
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Additional drug related charges are anticipated following a referral to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Fire District.

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Mon. 12/11/17
Update on Oregon strike teams assisting with the California wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 3:00 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Wednsday, December 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

"Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires."

In addition to OSFM's deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Anglers remove 191,000 salmon-eating pikeminnow from Columbia and Snake rivers
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/11/17 2:46 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The numbers are in and they're impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers' successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

"The program's goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon," said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. "Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean."

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

Jackson County Honored at 2017 OSSA Awards (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 2:43 PM
Life Saving award
Life Saving award
BEND - Several Jackson County employees, volunteers, and citizens have been honored by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for their service and bravery. The awards were presented during the OSSA Annual Conference in Bend on December 6, 2017. Annual honorees are selected from nominations made by sheriff's offices throughout the state.

The following is a list of the 2017 award winners from Jackson County:

Council Chair Award -- Sgt. Shawn Richards (JCSO Search and Rescue)
Concealed Handgun License Support Staff -- JCSO Civil Division
Jail Commander of the Year -- Capt. Dan Penland
Meritorious Service Award -- Graham Wilson (Search and Rescue Volunteer)
Distinguished Action Award -- Tom Moxon and Aden Moxon (Citizens)
Life Saving Award -- Scott Richardson and James McWaters (Citizens)

Sheriff Nathan Sickler expressed his gratitude for the dedicated service and selfless action taken by this year's honorees. He said if the OSSA's awards included additional service categories, he is certain that even more Jackson County representatives would be recognized. For more information about the OSSA, follow this link: https://oregonsheriffs.org/.

Attached Media Files: Life Saving award , Moxon award , Penland award , Wilson award , Civil award , Richards award

Classroom Volunteer Arrested for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:00 PM
Jerry Lodge mug
Jerry Lodge mug
WHITE CITY -- A Medford man is in jail on charges related to the sexual abuse of a kindergarten student in White City. On Friday, December 8, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, of the 700-block of Crater Lake Avenue. The investigation showed Lodge sexually touched the 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School.

Lodge was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS). The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley. Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say once the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with Jackson County School District #9 and PRS prevented Lodge from having any further contact with children and cooperated fully with the criminal investigation. Today, school officials are sending a notice to all parents in the child's classroom. It includes guidelines to help parents speak with their children, as well as information about how to make a report in the event their child discloses abuse. The school district will also offer an opportunity for those parents to meet with school officials and detectives later this week.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Lodge volunteered in classrooms at McLoughlin Middle School and Kids Unlimited in Medford during the 2017 calendar year. No allegations of abuse by Lodge have been reported at those locations.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Jason Penn at (541) 770-8925.

Case #17-25514

Note: For information about talking to children about body safety, detectives recommend the following reference: https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Talking-to-Kids-About-Body-Safety-10.19.15.pdf

Attached Media Files: Jerry Lodge mug

Oregon Department of Forestry engines and personnel are helping wildfire suppression efforts in Southern California
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/17 11:30 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Some 25 engines and over 60 firefighting personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry districts and forest protective associations are in Southern California helping battle the 230,500-acre Thomas Fire.

The Oregon firefighters traveled from various points around the state to California on Friday and Saturday. All arrived over the weekend at the California Southern Region Prado Mobilization Center in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The ODF firefighters are assigned to the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County. As of this morning, Cal Fire was reporting that close to 6,400 firefighters and more than 850 fire engines were engaged in fighting the fire, which is threatening a number of communities.

The five ODF task forces, each made up of five engines, were requested by California fire officials through an interstate resource-sharing system known as ROSS (Resource Ordering and Status System). They are in addition to over 300 other Oregon fire service personnel sent to fight Southern California fires by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and fellow entities.

"California and Oregon have a longstanding relationship with mutual reciprocation when suppression resources are needed," said Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty. "California was there for us during our challenging fire season this year and Oregon is fortunate to have the opportunity to return the favor."

Severe fire weather is expected to continue, promoting significant fire growth in Santa Barbara County, where a number of communities are under mandatory evacuation orders. For the latest information about the Thomas Fire, visit Cal Fire's incident information page at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.
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Wells Fargo branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington collecting food and toy donations for those in need (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 12/11/17 11:14 AM
graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results.
graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results.
Wells Fargo bank branches throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington are helping out those in need by collecting donations of food and toys this month.

All of the donations made at each branch will stay in the community where they were given to support local residents.

The company's annual toy drive in Oregon and S.W. Washington is taking place now through Friday, Dec. 15. Members of the public are welcome to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Wells Fargo branch.

Wells Fargo will give the donated toys to local nonprofits for distribution to children from low- and moderate-income families.

Food Drive Runs to Dec. 30
This year Wells Fargo branches in this region are also participating in the company's first-ever national food drive now until Dec. 30. All of the non-perishable food collected from the public will be donated to local nonprofit groups.

To help in the effort, Wells Fargo has also created four "mobile pop-up food banks" that are currently traveling throughout the nation to collect food donations. One of the pop-ups will make a number of appearances in Portland, Beaverton and Tigard this month.

The mobile food bank will appear:

Outside the Moda Center before Trail Blazer games Dec. 20, 22 and 28;

At the Beaverton Town Square shopping center Dec. 21 and 23;

At the Washington Square Mall Dec. 27 and 29.

Deploying approximately 5,900 bank branches and 268,000 team members, the national food drive encourages customers, communities and Wells Fargo employees to give food at its branches, donate money to United Way and volunteer with hunger-related organizations.

"The winter holidays are a time for coming together in fellowship with friends and family," said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "Yet one in seven American families depends on the kindness of others to partake in meals during this season."

"And so many children go without gifts during the holidays because their families can't afford them," added Wells Fargo Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville. "The Wells Fargo toy and food drives are two great ways we can use our branch network and other company locations to help those neighbors and friends who need our support."

$5 Million Donation
Working with United Way Worldwide to create a long-term, high impact program that will support hunger-related causes in our local communities, Wells Fargo donated an additional $5 million grant to the United Way in support of this effort.

"This donation from Wells Fargo will support local United Ways' fight to address hunger in communities and provide families with vital resources to live healthier lives," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide President and CEO. "Wells Fargo's strong relationship with United Way is a critical part of our fight to tackle our nation's toughest challenges and create solutions that strengthen the quality of life for individuals and families."

Volunteering 5,000 Hours
Wells Fargo has also committed to volunteering 5,000 hours nationally during the food drive and is encouraging its employees to support food-based nonprofit organizations in their local communities throughout the holidays.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo third on its most recent list of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Last year Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours with 50,000 nonprofits.

Attached Media Files: graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results. , Wells Fargo branches are collecting food donations now through Dec. 30. , A Wells Fargo mobile food bank will appear in the Portland metro area this month.

Holiday planning needs to include fire prevention and safety
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 10:18 AM
With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.
Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
Always use a flashlight -- not a candle -- for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/com_ed_section.aspx

Final five days: the HealthCare.gov deadline is this Friday
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/17 9:57 AM
(Salem) -- Friday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2018 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should go to HealthCare.gov and choose a plan before time runs out. HealthCare.gov is the only place to get help paying for coverage.

"People who need coverage and haven't enrolled at HealthCare.gov could be leaving money on the table," said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "They should go to HealthCare.gov by Friday and see if they qualify for financial assistance."

In 2017, more than 70 percent of Oregonians using HealthCare.gov qualified for financial assistance, and they received an average of $346 per month to help pay for coverage. This year, individuals making less than about $48,000 annually or families of four making less than about $98,000 annually may qualify.

A recent analysis estimated that many Oregonians who were eligible to use HealthCare.gov and receive financial assistance did not enroll last year, including more than 78,000 men and more than 33,000 people ages 25 to 34.

"Enrollment this year has been strong so far, but as the deadline approaches, it's essential to take action if you need coverage or, if you've already signed up, remind your friends and family that it's time to enroll and see if they can get help paying for coverage," Flowers said.

To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to get 2018 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they move or lose job-related coverage.


The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation, among other divisions. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.

Sat. 12/09/17
Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Grants Pass Woman on New Hope Road - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/09/17 4:02 PM
On December 9, 2017, at about 2:25 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on New Hope Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Subaru Legacy, operated by Stuart Douglas HAMILTON, age 21, of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound in the 2000 block of New Hope Road when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Subaru collided nearly head-on with a 2000 Honda Civic, operated by Chrystal Starr BERKO, age 41, of Grants Pass.

Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway blocking both lanes of travel. BERKO was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. HAMILTON extricated himself and denied medical attention.

HAMILTON showed signs of impairment and a DUII investigation was conducted. HAMILTON was subsequently taken into custody and ultimately lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility on following charges:

Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
Reckless Driving
Manslaughter II

New Hope Road was closed for about three hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. OSP was assisted by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County American Medical Response (AMR), and Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department.

Attached Media Files: Photo1 , Photo2

Fri. 12/08/17
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lorrie Hocker back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/08/17 4:49 PM
Lorrie Hocker
Lorrie Hocker
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate who walked away from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) work crew in Wilsonville Monday morning is now in custody.

Tualatin Police Department arrested Lorrie Marie Hocker on Friday, December 8, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m.

"The Department of Corrections thanks Tualatin Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the public for all of the tips, investigation, and hard work leading to Hocker's arrest. It's partnerships like these that help all of us to meet our mission of protecting the public, and we are pleased she is safe and back in custody," stated DOC Inspector General Craig Prins.


Attached Media Files: Lorrie Hocker

Two Lodged for Robbery with Shots Fired (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 12:24 PM
Anderson mug
Anderson mug
SHADY COVE -- A man and woman are lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges associated with a robbery involving a firearm. The incident occurred late Thursday night in the parking lot of the Chase Bank in Shady Cove.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11:57 p.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Chase Bank. The caller reported a man had shot out the tires of her vehicle with a high-powered rifle, and then left in a vehicle on Highway 62 toward Butte Falls. Dispatch also received calls from neighbors reporting the sound of several gunshots.

An Eagle Point Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle, a gold Lexus sedan, on Butte Falls Highway and initiated a traffic stop. The suspected shooter, Kevin Don Anderson, Jr., 20, of Eagle Point, and the driver of the vehicle, Bridgett Wallace, 23, of Shady Cove, were taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun from the vehicle.

At the scene of the shooting, deputies learned the victim vehicle, which was occupied by two women, was parked in front of the Chase Bank ATM when they were confronted by the suspects. Anderson fired several shots, striking the vehicle. Nobody was injured.

Deputies say the suspects and victims were known to each other. The incident apparently began as a dispute over money between Anderson and one of the victims. The two were previously involved in a relationship.

Following the investigation, deputies lodged Anderson and Wallace in the Jackson County Jail. Charges against Anderson include robbery in the second degree, attempted robbery in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing (two counts), recklessly endangering another person (two counts), criminal mischief in the first degree, and coercion. Wallace is charged with robbery in the second degree.

Case #17-25622

Attached Media Files: Anderson mug , Wallace mug

Free First Day Hike at Humbug Mountain State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:58 AM
Port Orford OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Humbug Mountain State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/HumbugFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: Campground flag pole
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate two-mile hike along the Fern, Oregon Coast, and Amphitheater trails. Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. This hike is recommended for children at least 6 years old.
Contact information:(541) 332-6774
Additional details: Discover over a dozen different species of native ferns that are thriving along the slopes, cliff edges, waterways, and overarching tree limbs of our trails.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at TouVelle State Recreation Site Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:43 AM
Central Point OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at TouVelle State Recreation Site is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TouVelleFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: TouVelle area F parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy, one-mile hike
Contact information: 541 582-1118
Additional details: Enjoy a Ranger-led hike and learn about park and area history, and the wildlife that call the park home.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Collier Memorial State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:37 AM
Chiloquin OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Collier Memorial State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CollierFDH2018. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 9 a.m.
Starting location: Collier Logging Museum
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, three-mile hike
Contact information: (541) 783-2471
Additional details: The sweet smell of the ponderosa pine forest and the bright lichens will captivate your senses. Bring your snowshoes if snow is on the ground! Dogs permitted on six-foot leash. Terrain may be difficult for hikers using wheeled equipment.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike and Bike Ride at Valley of the Rogue State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:13 AM
Gold Hill OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the hike and bike ride hosted at Champoeg State Heritage Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike and bike ride at the Oregon State Parks Store from the links below. Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Bike ride time: 11 a.m.
Starting location: Rogue River Bridge at John F. Fleming Veterans Memorial Park. Register at http://bit.ly/VORoguebike2018
Terrain and length of trail: Easy five-mile bike ride on the Greenway Trail.
Contact information: 541-582-1118
Additional details: Bring your own bicycle or borrow from us. We have a limited number of adult and kids bikes available. See http://bit.ly/VORoguebike2018 for more information on reserving a bike. Ride recommended for children at least 7 years old. No dogs allowed on the bicycle ride.

Hike time: 1 p.m.
Starting location: Valley of the Rogue program area. Register at http://bit.ly/VORogueFDH2018
Terrain and length of trail: Easy one-mile hike on the Rivers Edge Trail.
Contact information: 541-582-1118
Additional details: Hike along the Rogue River and hear about the area's wildlife, cultural and historical events. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash.

Participants should bring water, snacks, sturdy shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at William M. Tugman State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 11:09 AM
Lakeside OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at William M. Tugman State Park is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/TugmanFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m.
Starting location: The gazebo in the day-use area
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate three-mile hike along the South trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 6 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers.
Contact information: (541) 271-4118
Additional details: Enjoy the beautiful scenery while viewing and learning about native plants and wildlife.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Free First Day Hike at Crissey Field State Recreation Site Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 9:53 AM
Brookings OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Crissey Field State Recreation Site is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/CrisseyFieldFDH2018 . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 2 p.m.
Starting location: The base of the stairs adjacent to the Crissey Field parking lot
Terrain and length of trail: Easy two-mile hike along the Wetland Trail. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Child strollers will be useable in sand. Dogs allowed on 6-foot leashes.
Contact information: (541) 469-0224
Additional details: We'll discuss wetlands, dunes, invasive plants, and walk along the beach if the tide allows. If the tide is too high, we will connect with the "Hobbit" trail and learn about flood areas and riparian habitat.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

CANCELLATION! Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 19, has been canceled
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:47 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting, originally planned for Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, has been canceled.

Agenda items planned for this event will be covered during next month's regular meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:24 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements, public comment, council annual report final review, HB 3359 rule development update, other rule updates, and council business.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number that can also be accessed through Skype for Business: 1 503-934-1400; Participant Code: 1007451.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at alex.j.pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us.

About the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council: The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community based care services.

Thu. 12/07/17
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 140 near Milepost 44 - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 10:31 PM
On December 6, 2017, at about 11:51 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 140 (Warner Highway), 44 miles east of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Ford F150 pickup, operated by Carol Lynn PETERSEN, age 26, of Bonanza, was westbound when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and overturned. PETERSEN was ejected from the vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Both lanes of Highway 140 were closed for approximately one-half hour before one lane was opened for commuting vehicles. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Bonanza Fire and Rescue, and Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Speed and icy road conditions are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. It currently is undetermined whether a seat-belt was utilized properly. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: Photo

Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of $444,030 in U.S. Currency and Drugs - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/17 9:13 PM
On December 4, 2017, at about 3:45 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Cadillac SUV, operated by Andrew GARRIGAN, age 28, and passenger Jacob RUNION, age 27, both from Houston, Texas. The Cadillac was stopped for failing to drive within the lane of travel on Highway 140 near Memorial Drive, in Klamath Falls.

During the traffic stop, a consent search of the vehicle revealed two manufactured compartments containing $444,030 in U.S. currency, suspected controlled substances and various other prescription pills. GARRIGAN and RUNION were arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for the following crimes:

Money Laundering
Engaging in Financial Transaction in Property Derived from Unlawful Activity
Manufacture/Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance
Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance - LSD

This investigation is continuing and no other information is available at this time.

Attached Media Files: GARRIGAN , RUNION , Photo3 , Photo4