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Hiker Rescued After Activating SPOT Distress Signal on Pacific Crest Trail (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 6:15 PM

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - On Monday, June 17, 2019, at about 12:30 pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was notified of a distress signal from a SPOT locator device. The location of the distress beacon was indicating an area of the Pacific Crest Trail on Mt.Thielsen. 

Douglas County Search and Rescue was deployed to look for the subject from which the signal was coming from and assess what type of assistance was required. The Oregon State Police and Diamond Lake Horse Corrals assisted the Sheriff’s Office with rescue efforts by providing riders on horseback.

The individual was located at approximately 5:30 pm. The male, 23 year-old Colton Cosby of Roseburg, had been hiking the past three days and became lost in the deep snow still covering the Pacific Crest Trail. The Cosby was brought down to the trailhead where he was transported to Dry Creek and met by medical personnel from Glide Fire Department and Bay Cities Ambulance. Cosby was transported to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/5204/125473/SAR_061719.jpg

Detectives Seek Fourth Suspect in Home Invasion (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 6:00 PM
Matthew Palomino, DMV photo
Matthew Palomino, DMV photo

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives have made three arrests in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in March. One suspect is still outstanding and detectives are asking for the public’s help to track him down.

On March 23, 2019, at approximately 2:12 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a robbery at a home in the 3200-block of Dodge Road. The site was previously the location of a marijuana growing operation. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the 911 call, but did not locate the suspects in the area.

Detectives were later able to identify four suspects involved in the robbery – two adults and two juveniles. Christian Ray Miller, 22, was arrested on June 5, 2019, when deputies served a search warrant at his home in the 9600-block of East Evans Creek Road.

Miller is currently held in the Jackson County jail on the following charges: first degree robbery (five counts); second degree robbery (two counts), aggravated first degree theft; first degree theft; first degree burglary; criminal impersonation of a peace officer (two counts); unlawful use of a weapon (two counts); menacing (two counts); conspiracy to commit first degree robbery (two counts); second degree assault (two counts); failure to report as a sex offender. Some of the charges against Miller are related to separate incidents that remain under investigation.

One juvenile male, 16, was referred to the Jackson County juvenile detention facility for charges of first degree robbery, second degree robbery, aggravated first degree theft, unlawful use of pepper spray, and third degree assault.

A second juvenile male, 17, was referred to the Jackson County juvenile detention facility for charges of second degree robbery and aggravated first degree theft.

Detectives identified the remaining adult suspect as Matthew Jay Palomino, 22, of Shady Cove. Palomino is described as a white male adult standing six feet, one inch tall, and weighing 300 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Palomino has an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with information about Palomino’s immediate whereabouts is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.  Any other information can be left for detectives on the tip line: (541) 774-8333.

Case #19-5730


Attached Media Files: Matthew Palomino, DMV photo , Christian Miller booking photo 6/5/19

Deputies Investigate Fatal Car Crash in Umpqua
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 4:22 PM

UMPQUA, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal vehicle crash which occurred Monday night shortly after 4:30 pm. 

911 dispatchers received a call at 4:34 pm of a head-on collision in the 3800-block of Tyee Road. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Camry which had crashed into a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. The investigation reveals the Camry was traveling westbound when it crossed into the oncoming path of the eastbound Ford pickup for an unknown reason. 

The Camry was operated by 83 year-old Thomas Brian Parkinson of Umpqua. His wife, 83 year-old Margaret Parkinson, was a passenger in the vehicle. Margaret was transported by Air Ambulance and was later pronounced deceased. Thomas Parkinson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance and later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Medical Center at RiverBend by air ambulance where he remains in critical condition.

The operator of the Ford pickup, 26 year-old Kristopher Scott Knowlton of Oakland, was uninjured. 

Deputies are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact 541-440-4471 referencing Case #19-2724.

Next of kin has been notified.

Deputies Investigate Fatal Car Crash in Umpqua
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 4:22 PM

UMPQUA, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal vehicle crash which occurred Monday night shortly after 4:30 pm. 

911 dispatchers received a call at 4:34 pm of a head-on collision in the 3800-block of Tyee Road. Deputies arrived to find a 2010 Toyota Camry which had crashed into a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. The investigation reveals the Camry was traveling westbound when it crossed into the oncoming path of the eastbound Ford pickup for an unknown reason. 

The Camry was operated by 83 year-old Thomas Brian Parkinson of Umpqua. His wife, 83 year-old Margaret Parkinson, was a passenger in the vehicle. Margaret was transported by Air Ambulance and was later pronounced deceased. Thomas Parkinson was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance and later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Medical Center at RiverBend by air ambulance where he remains in critical condition.

The operator of the Ford pickup, 26 year-old Kristopher Scott Knowlton of Oakland, was uninjured. 

Deputies are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact 541-440-4471 referencing Case #19-2724.

Next of kin has been notified.

Man Dies While Swimming in Quarry *UPDATE* (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 2:30 PM
Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19
Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19

Update, 6/18/19 at 2:30 p.m.:

The decedent in this incident was identified as Steven Roy Reynolds, 18, of North Bend, Ore.  Reynolds would have turned 19 years old next week. 

Dr. James Olson of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death to be an accident caused by freshwater drowning.  Reynolds’ family has been notified of his death. 

A chaplain from Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains provided assistance for persons involved in the response.  JCSO wishes to thank everyone who helped at the scene and in the following hours. 


Original release, 6/17/19:

ASHLAND, Ore. - A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.    

On June 17, 2019, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and personnel from Greensprings Fire and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male. 

According to witnesses, the man had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface. Bystanders pulled him from the water and began CPR. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died at the scene. 

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause and manner of death.  The man’s identity will be released at a later time to allow time for family to be notified. No further information is currently available for release.

Case #19-12215


Attached Media Files: Keno Rock Quarry 6/17/19

Notices mailed to 645,000 clients possibly impacted by data breach
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/18/19 1:37 PM

(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Human Services is sending notices by mail to approximately 645,000 clients notifying them that their personal information was compromised during a previously announced January 2019 data breach.

It is not known if the compromised information, which includes personal health information, was viewed or used inappropriately.

The department is providing 12 months of identity theft monitoring and recovery services, including a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy, to individuals whose information was accessible. This service is provided by ID Experts and is called MyIDCare.

Instructions on how to enroll in the MyIDCare service is included in each notification letter.

The department was targeted by an email “phishing” attempt. A phishing email was sent to department employees on January 8, 2019. Nine employees opened the phishing email and clicked on an internet link that gave the sender access to their email accounts. Beginning January 9, 2019, these nine employees started reporting problems. All affected accounts were located and access to the nine affected accounts was stopped by January 28, 2019. On January 28, 2019 the department and the Enterprise Security Office Cyber Security team confirmed that the phishing incident was a data breach. The investigation confirmed that no other email accounts had been compromised and that no malware had been installed on department desktop computers or laptops.

Initial review of the incident indicated up to 2 million emails might be involved. After the breach was contained, the department began its electronic forensic investigation and analysis to identity exactly what data was compromised. Due to the exceedingly large amount of data and its complexity, the state determined that it would be appropriate to hire an outside firm, ID Experts, for data analysis.

Once it was confirmed that the compromised data included personal information, the department created an incident call center and website with information about the breach. The public was notified on March 21, 2019.

Most client information involved in the breach was in email attachments, like reports. The exposed client information includes first and last names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, case numbers, personal health information, and other information used in DHS programs. The personal health information includes Protected Health Information (PHI), covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Not all of these information types was exposed for each person.

ID Experts is providing MyIDCare, identity theft monitoring and recovery services, to affected individuals on behalf of the department.

Starting June 19, 2019 the department is sending individual notices and enrollment instructions to those who have been impacted, including notices to clients whose personal health information may have been involved.

Department clients who have questions about the breach or who need help enrolling in MyIDCare can call (800) 792-1750 toll-free or visit http://ide.myidcare.com/oregonDHS.

Keeping personal information secure for people the department serves is very important. The department has closed access to the email web application involved in the phishing attack. The department maintains safeguards in place to protect its clients’ personal information, including keeping security updates and patching up-to-date, completing independent security assessments, and using special software. The department also regularly trains its staff about recognizing phishing attacks.

The department has also notified the top three national credit reporting agencies of the incident. These agencies are TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.

Anyone concerned about identity theft is encouraged to contact these reporting agencies for a copy of a current credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com or call (877) 322-8228 (Option 1) toll-free.

This can also be done in writing to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Placing a credit freeze
All consumers have the option to freeze their credit reports for free. Parents may request a freeze of the credit report of a child under the age of 16. The guardian, conservator, or person holding a valid power of attorney for an individual may also request a credit report freeze for that person.

Below is each company’s freeze contact information:
Equifax, (800) 349-9960 (Automated, Option 1) or (888) 298-0045 (Live)
TransUnion, (888) 909-8872 (Option 3)
Experian, (888) 397-3742 (Option 1 followed by Option 2)

Anyone that suspects they are the victim of identity theft should report it to the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Federal Trade Commission.

For information on how to report suspected identity theft and for information about protecting your identity, visit:

The Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at https://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer-protection/id-theft-data-breaches/data-breaches/.

Federal Trade Commission consumer information on Privacy, Identity & Online Security at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity-online-security.

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Stay safe, healthy with safety tips from OHA as summer kicks off June 21
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/19 12:19 PM

June 18, 2019

Stay safe, healthy with safety tips from OHA as summer kicks off June 21

#SummerBummer campaign launches to prevent hot-weather injuries, illnesses

PORTLAND, Ore. — As summer kicks off Friday, June 21, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending people in Oregon take steps to keep the season from becoming a “bummer” with tips for staying healthy and safe.

OHA is launching a digital media campaign using the hashtag #SummerBummer to feature recommendations to prevent injuries and illnesses often associated with the season’s warm temperatures, including cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms, fecal bacteria at beaches, drownings, food- and insect-borne diseases, wildfire smoke and extreme heat.

The goal of the campaign, set to run from June 21 to Sept. 21, is to leverage social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to encourage people to sign up for recreational advisories at the OHA recreational advisories website. The campaign will offer Oregonians a one-stop shop for warm-weather safety tips, including these topics:

  • Drowning prevention — Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating, and make sure young swimmers wear life jackets. Don't swim alone or in bad weather, and always supervise children in and near the water. Visit the Safe Kids websites on pool safety at https://www.safekids.org/poolsafety and boating safety at https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/boating.
  • Wildfire smoke — Watch air quality reports, such as the Oregon Smoke Blog at  http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/. Limit exposure to smoke by reducing time spent outdoors or engaging in rigorous outdoor activity, and stay in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house or one with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available. Stay hydrated. If you have heart or lung disease, follow your health care provider’s advice for precautions. Visit http://healthoregon.org/wildfires for more.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases (West Nile virus, Zika) — Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed, such as watering troughs and bird baths. Protect yourself during outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas. Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly. Visit OHA's West Nile virus webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/WESTNILEVIRUS/Pages/wnvprevent.aspx.
  • Tick-borne diseases (Colorado tick fever, Lyme disease) — Wear tick repellent that contains permethrin or DEET. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toed shoes, and tuck pant legs into the tops of socks or boots. Frequently check your clothing, gear and pets for ticks, and remove them. After you get home, check your entire body for ticks, including under the arms, in and around the ears and inside your belly button. Visit www.cdc.gov/ticks/.
  • Cyanobacterial (harmful algal) blooms — Avoid areas of water bodies where there are signs of a cyanobacterial bloom, such as water that is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color. Avoid swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, and other high-speed water activities in areas of the lake affected by a bloom. Watch children and pets to be sure they are not swallowing water or coming in contact with cyanobacterial blooms washed up on the shore or dried on rocks. Do not use lake water for drinking because camping-style filters and boiling do not remove the toxins. Visit http://healthoregon.org/hab.
  • Beach bacteria — Visitors to Oregon beaches where a public health advisory is in place for higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm even if no advisory is in effect. Visit http://healthoregon.org/beach.
  • Foodborne illness prevention — For picnics, pack a food thermometer, cooler chest with ice, clean utensils, storage containers for leftovers, paper towels and trash bags. Always thaw food overnight in the refrigerator, not on the counter, or cook it while frozen. Wash your hands before preparing food, and if running water isn’t available, use disposable wet wipes or hand sanitizer to clean hands before and after touching food. Serve food from the grill on a clean platter, and don’t use the same plate and utensils used for raw food. Don’t leave food out in the sun, keep your cooler in the shade. Cook meats to minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria: 160 degrees F for ground beef, pork and lamb; 165 F for poultry. Visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/blog/2015/06/picnic.html.
  • Extreme heat — Visit air-conditioned places if possible and limit sun exposure when UV rays are strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Never leave children in a parked car. Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working outside, and avoid alcohol or liquids with large amounts of sugar. Keep up to date on the temperature and heat index when planning activities. Learn to recognize, prevent and treat heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Visit OHA's Extreme Heat webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx.

For more information, visit the OHA’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OregonHealthAuthority/; Twitter page, https://twitter.com/OHAOregon or YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/healthoregon.

Sign up for beach and freshwater advisories the OHA recreational advisories website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/Pages/index.aspx.

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Commercial Structure Fire - 2333 NE Diamond Lake Blvd - 6-18-19 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 06/18/19 12:01 PM
Image 2
Image 2

At 7:09 a.m. on June 18, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported commercial structure fire at 2333 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.  The reporting party notified dispatch that black smoke was billowing out of one of the roll up doors at the location. 

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the roll up door located at the back of a commercial structure.  Firefighters forced entry into the building and quickly extinguished the fire.  After extinguishment of the fire, firefighters checked for extensions within the structure walls and ventilated the building.  Once ventilation was completed, department personnel secured the scene and conducted an investigation.  The fire is currently under investigation and believed to be accidental in nature. 

A total of 12 firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific Power, and Avista Utilities.

Attached Media Files: Image 2 , Image 1

K9 Grim Located Wanted Washington County Man (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/18/19 11:32 AM
K9 Grim
K9 Grim

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Another wanted person is in custody thanks to the help of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K9 Grim.

On Friday, June 14, 2019, at 8:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 100-block of Kestrel Ln. When deputies arrived, they located items in the yard of the residence and indications that a crawlspace cover had been removed. Deputies requested the assistance of K9 Grim. The K9 team arrived on scene and began a track which took them to a field on the property. K9 Grim located a man hiding in the nearby brush.

The man was identified as 30 year-old Washington County (OR) resident, Kaleb Ray Abraham. Abraham was wanted on two felony warrants for his arrest. He told deputies he ran when he saw the police car pulling up. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the warrants and a charge of trespass.

K9 Grim, a 7 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. Grim was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and the Sheriff’s K9 program is supported by the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization.

Attached Media Files: K9 Grim , Abraham, Kaleb Ray

City of Grants Pass Fire Danger Level Changes to Moderate on Wednesday
Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety - 06/18/19 11:23 AM

Within the City Limits of Grants Pass the Fire Danger Level Changes to Moderate on June 19th at 12:01 AM. The newly adopted City Municipal Code 9.15 for Moderate (blue) Fire Restrictions will take effect at that time.

Fire restrictions currently in effect, which will remain in effect, include:

  • Smoking in areas of flammable vegetation is prohibited.
  • Fireworks prohibited except as provided under Municipal Code 9.12.270
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, cooking fires, and warming fires, except at locations designated by the Fire Marshal.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

Beginning Wednesday July 19th at 12:01 AM, the following restrictions will take effect within the City Limits of Grants Pass:

  • Power saw use is permitted before 1:00 PM and after 8:00 PM. Each power saw operator is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8-ounce capacity. A firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted before 1:00 PM and after 8:00 PM only if the work site is cleared of potentially flammable vegetation and other materials, and a water supply is at the job site.
  • The mowing of dried, cured grass is permitted before 1:00 PM and after 8:00 PM.
  • Any other spark-emitting internal combustion engine in areas of flammable vegetation not specifically mentioned is permitted before 1:00 PM and after 8:00 PM, when conducted in a cleared area, and a charged garden hose or one 2 ½ pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

The City Fire Marshal or an authorized representative may, in writing, approve a modification or waiver of these requirements.

For more information about the City of Grants Pass Fire Season regulations, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 541-450-6200

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6530/125450/Public_Use_Restrictions.pdf

Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet June 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/18/19 10:35 AM

SALEM, Ore. – The Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Monday, June 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Santiam Room, Building D on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem headquarters campus, 2600 State Street.

The committee will discuss the following topics:

  • Updates from the Private Forests Division
  • Landowner Assistance Program updates
  • Forest Legacy and Community Forestry Program updates
  • Meeting schedule for the remainder of 2019

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policy and procedures for the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs, such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters, and forest industry and conservation organizations. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

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Assault Suspect Arrested after Stand-off (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 06/18/19 10:22 AM
Mott Mugshot
Mott Mugshot

On June 12th, 2019, Medford Police officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in an apartment at 700 Crater Lake Avenue. The suspect, Charles Mott, 35 years old, had fled the scene prior to officers arrival. The investigation indicated that Mott strangled, assaulted and menaced the female victim with a knife, threatening to killl her. As a result, officers had probable cause to arrest him on numerous charges. The victim sought medical treatment for her injuries on her own.

Over the next several days, officers were unable to locate Mott. On June 17th, 2019 at about 8:49 p.m., officers went back to the apartment where the assault took place. While there was no answer at the door, it was apparent the apartment was occupied. During the incident, officers spotted Mott briefly walk out onto the balcony before going back in. The apartment was surrounded and more resources, to include the SWAT team responded.

A short time later, the front door was opened and the female victim was pushed out,  then the door shut again. Communications with the suspect deteriorated and SWAT deployed gas into the apartment. At 1:01 a.m., the suspect exited the apartment and complied with officers. He was arrested without futher incident.

Mott was lodged in jail on the following charges:

  • Assault 4 - Domestic 
  • Strangulation
  • Menacing
  • Harassment
  • Interfering with Making a Report

Bail: $30,000


Attached Media Files: Mott Mugshot

Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/18/19 10:00 AM
TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019
TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against non-payment and non-delivery scams. 

Earlier this spring, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) released the list of the most common computer-related crimes. In terms of total number of victims reporting crimes, non-payment and non-delivery frauds topped the list. In all, more than 65,000 people reported getting scammed in this way, losing more than $183 million in the process. 

So what is this crime combo? Imagine you are selling something on the internet. It could be through a popular trading platform, your favorite social media site or elsewhere. You think you have a buyer for grandma’s precious keepsakes and send them off. Either the payment sent bounces or you never receive a payment at all. That’s non-payment fraud. 

Or, imagine you are the buyer. That car, video game console or cool new toy is listed at a great price. You can’t pass that up, right? You make the deal and send the funds, but the item never shows up at your home. That’s non-delivery fraud. 

How can you protect yourself? 

  • Make sure you are dealing with a reputable source. Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure legitimacy. 

  • Obtain a physical address rather than simply a post office box and a telephone number, and call the other party to see if the telephone number is correct and working. 

  • Send an e-mail to the other party to make sure the e-mail address is active, and be wary of those who utilize free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account. 

  • Check online reviews and check with the Better Business Bureau from the other party’s area. 

  • Don’t judge a person or company by the look of a website; flashy websites can be set up quickly. 

  • Be cautious when dealing with individuals or companies from outside your own country. 

  • If possible, purchase items online using your credit card, because you can often dispute the charges if something goes wrong. 

  • Make sure the transaction is secure when you electronically send your credit card numbers 

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at?www.ic3.gov?or call your local FBI office. 


Attached Media Files: TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - June 18, 2019 , TT - Non-Payment & Non-Delivery Frauds - Graphic - June 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon May 2019 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 06/18/19 10:00 AM

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent in May  

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in May, from 4.3 percent in April. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 31 months, dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in both April and May.

During this economic expansion, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been lower than at any time since comparable records began in 1976. The previous low was reached in January and February 1995 when Oregon’s rate touched 4.7 percent. In addition to the very low level of Oregon’s unemployment rate, it has been lower longer than ever before. Since the late-1970s, during the prior five economic expansions, the unemployment rate would generally drop to a bottom in the cycle and then start moving upward within a few months. In contrast, during the past three years, Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped down close to 4 percent, remaining near there for 31 consecutive months.

In May, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose 1,200 jobs, following a gain of 4,000 jobs in April. Monthly gains for May were strongest in health care and social assistance, which added 900 jobs, and in construction and government, which each added 600 jobs. Two industries cut jobs modestly in May: private educational services (-500 jobs) and retail trade (-400 jobs).

Looking at longer-term trends, Oregon’s economy continued to grow rapidly. Since May 2018, total nonfarm payroll employment was up 47,400 jobs, or 2.5 percent. The most rapid gains over the past year were in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+4,900 jobs, or 7.6%) and construction (+7,500 jobs, or 7.2%). Job gains were widespread, with five other major industries each adding between 2.5 percent and 3.3 percent to their jobs base in the past 12 months. These industries were manufacturing (+6,500 jobs, or 3.3%), health care and social assistance (+7,300 jobs, or 2.8%), professional and business services (+6,700 jobs, or 2.7%), leisure and hospitality (+5,600 jobs, or 2.7%), and wholesale trade (+1,900 jobs, or 2.5%). During that time, none of the major industries cut a substantial number of jobs, although three industries showed little change: retail trade; financial activities; and mining and logging.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the May county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, June 25th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for June on Tuesday, July 16th.


All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the October, November and December 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The PDF version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon May 2019 News Release

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/19 9:44 AM

June 18, 2019

Health advisory issued June 18 for water contact at Cannon Beach

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, located in Clatsop County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the OHA, Department of Environmental Quality, and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Mon. 06/17/19
Trespassers Arrested in Stolen Pickup (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/17/19 5:34 PM
Emerson booking 6/17/19
Emerson booking 6/17/19

TALENT, Ore. – Two men reported to be trespassing near Talent on Monday morning were found in a pickup reported stolen near Central Point four days earlier.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested both men and found additional stolen property in the vehicle. 

On June 17, 2019, at 5:42 a.m., a resident in the 6800-block of Wagner Creek Road reported a suspicious vehicle parked on her property with two men inside.  Deputies responded to the scene, with assistance from Talent Police.  They found Jacob Steven Emerson, 37, and Dane Michael Burke, 24, inside the vehicle.  Both were taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle, a brown 1977 Chevrolet pickup, had been reported stolen on June 13 during a burglary at a vacant home in the 4000-block of Old Stage Road.  Items taken in the burglary, as well as other stolen property, were recovered from the vehicle.  The owners of the stolen property were contacted.

Emerson was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges related to this incident:  unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; first degree burglary; first degree theft; first degree criminal trespass; second degree criminal trespass.  Emerson also had warrants for probation violation on prior convictions for unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, attempting to elude police, and reckless endangerment.

Burke was lodged in the Jackson County jail on the following charges related to this incident:  first degree burglary; first degree theft; first degree criminal trespass; second degree criminal trespass.

Deputies say this case is an example of why it’s important to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood, even if it doesn’t seem like a major case at the time. 

“You never know how it will turn out,” said JCSO Sgt. Julie Denney.  “This case started with a vehicle parked without permission on someone’s driveway, but deputies were able to clear a burglary case and return stolen property to the rightful owners.”

Suspicious activity can be reported to the non-emergency dispatch line at (541) 776-7206.  For emergencies, call 911.

Case #19-12167


Attached Media Files: Emerson booking 6/17/19 , Burke booking 6/17/19

UPDATE - Oregon State Police looking for witnesses to fatal hit and run crash - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/17/19 1:04 PM

The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the fatal hit and run crash which occurred on Saturday, June 15, 2019. OSP is providing the attached photo, of a piece of the suspect vehicle, in hopes that someone will recognize the piece or damage to the front bumper area of a vehicle they are familiar with.

Contact the Oregon State Police by dialing OSP or  541-883-5711.

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 AM, Klamath County 911 received a call of a man found in the middle of South 6th Street at the intersection with Gary Street.

Klamath County Fire District 1 responded to assist the man, who was later identified as Henry Rittenhouse, age 36, of Klamath Falls; however, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

On scene investigation determined that Mr. Rittenhouse had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene.  The suspect vehicle is gray in color; however, there are no additional descriptors of the vehicle that struck Mr. Rittenhouse at this time.  

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Klamath Falls Police Department, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT.

Any one with information on this incident, or with information on the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at OSP or  541-883-5711.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1002/125388/IMG_3513.JPG , 2019-06/1002/125388/IMG_3515.JPG

Smoke Management Advisory Committee to meet in Salem on June 25, 2019 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/17/19 11:36 AM
How best to manage smoke from prescribed burns like this one last year in Sweet Home is one of the issues Oregon's Smoke Management Advisory Committee advises the Department of Forestry about. The committee meets next on June 25 in Salem.
How best to manage smoke from prescribed burns like this one last year in Sweet Home is one of the issues Oregon's Smoke Management Advisory Committee advises the Department of Forestry about. The committee meets next on June 25 in Salem.

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s Smoke Management Advisory Committee will meet June 25, 2019 in Salem. On the agenda are reports from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Protection Division; a summary of the 2019 spring burning season, a summary of smoke intrusions and incidents, and a report on federal burning. In addition, the committee will discuss fuel treatment effectiveness and key performance measures.

The public is invited to attend and there will be a period for public comment in the morning. The meeting is in the Santiam Room in Building D on the campus of the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street in Salem. It will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Shauna Morris at 503-945-7529.

Created by the Legislature in 1989, the five-member committee assists and advises the Oregon Department of Forestry in carrying out its Smoke Management Program. Members are appointed by the State Forester to serve a two-year term, which is renewable.

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Attached Media Files: How best to manage smoke from prescribed burns like this one last year in Sweet Home is one of the issues Oregon's Smoke Management Advisory Committee advises the Department of Forestry about. The committee meets next on June 25 in Salem.

Sun. 06/16/19
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/16/19 5:18 PM
Ajon Webster
Ajon Webster

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Ajon Webster, died the morning of June 16, 2019. Webster was incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Ajon Webster entered DOC custody on October 8, 2018, out of Multnomah County with an earliest release date of August 14, 2036. Webster was 29 years old. Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 individuals. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first adults in custody in June 1985.


Attached Media Files: Ajon Webster

Sat. 06/15/19
NHTSA: Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness Day - June 20, 2019
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/15/19 9:44 AM

The summer heat wave has just begun to make its way across the States signaling the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation. While the sun is perfect for a day at the beach, hot days can also have a sinister side - especially when it involves a child who has been left unattended or gotten trapped inside a vehicle. .

Tragically in the United States, every 10 days a child dies as a result of vehicular heatstroke. Since 1998, there have been 806 deaths, with 11 already this year.   

The terrible truth? These deaths were 100% preventable.

Education is the first step in prevention, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is leading the charge.

On June 20, NHTSA will be tweeting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET about the dangers of heatstroke, and offering prevention tips. We invite you to share this information with you readers, viewers, and listeners.

Please join NHTSA in spreading the message. Let’s stop this troubling trend, stop the heartbreak, and stop children from dying in hot cars.

#HeatstrokeKills #CheckForBaby


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Robbery Arrest (Photo)
Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety - 06/15/19 7:40 AM
Michael George
Michael George

On Friday, June 14th at approximately 7:40 PM, Grants Pass Police received an emergency call from the employees at the Dutch Bros. Coffee stand located at 251 NE Agness Ave. Employees reported the stand had just been robbed by a male subject purporting to be armed with a knife.  The suspect threatened employees, who complied with the suspect's demands.  After receiving cash from the Dutch Bros. employees, the suspect fled on foot.  Grants Pass Police, assisted by Oregon State Police set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspect.  About 15 minutes after the robbery, police received a phone call from the Los Taquitos Mexican Restaurant reporting a suspicious male inside.  Based on this information, police responded and contacted a male identified as 42 year-old Michael George.  From the investigation that followed, George was arrested for Robbery 2, and Menacing.  Nobody was injured during the course of the incident.  George was transported to, and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. Grants Pass Police would like to thank the Oregon State Police and the alert citizens at the Los Taquitos Restaurant for their assistance.  

Attached Media Files: Michael George

Fri. 06/14/19
Photo: Wildfire I-5 NB MP 70 south of Sunny Valley (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 06/14/19 5:09 PM

SUNNY VALLEY: The slow lane of I-5 northbound is closed, and will be for at least several hours, due to a wildfire racing up the adjacent hillside. OSP, ODF and ODOT on scene.

I-5 traffic tonight should drive defensively and watch for firefighters/equipment in the slow lane. 

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1202/125384/I-5_NB_MP_70_FIre.jpg

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets June 21
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/19 2:54 PM

June 14, 2019

Contact: Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: June 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building Suite 775, Transformation Training Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. The public also may join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3895887851300669185 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; OHA recommendations for 2020 measure set; public testimony 9:25-9:40; review previous minutes and general updates; Dental Quality Alliance sealant measure decisions; review background information, including policy context, measure assessments, stakeholder survey, committee survey, committee measure set criteria; 2020 measure set selection (final set to be approved in July); adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Eugene-area women both win $100,000 in same weekend (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 06/14/19 2:32 PM
Oregon Lottery Logo
Oregon Lottery Logo

June 14, 2019 – Salem, Ore. – The sun is a little brighter for two Eugene-area women when both won $100,000 prizes playing Scratch-its this past weekend.

Anya Moedl, of Eugene, won $100,000 after playing a $10 Emerald 10s Scratch-it at the 7-Eleven along River Road in Eugene.

“I buy Scratch-its every so often, but usually they are $2 or $3 tickets,” she said. “I splurged and bought a $10 one, and I wasn’t expecting to win that much!”

Moedl said she played the ticket at home and found out Friday and had to wait over the weekend for the Lottery offices to open Monday.

“I was pretty excited all weekend,” she said. “I barely slept all weekend long, I kept thinking about what to do with the money.”

Moedl said she was going to use the money to save for an education fund for her son and daughter. She also said she may look at some property but was going to be careful with the prize.

There is still one $100,000 jackpot-winning Scratch-it available for the Emerald 10s Scratch-it game.

The same weekend, Eugene-area player Elena Delgadillo, also won $100,000 playing a Scratch-it.

“Scratch-its are my hobby and I never thought I would win this much!” Delgadillo said. “I just had a feeling I would win, and I did!”

Delgadillo purchased her ticket, a $10 $100,000 Jackpot Scratch-it, from the Oakridge Market after she got off work. Her winning ticket was the the last jackpot-winning ticket for that game.

“Miracles happen,” she said, fighting back tears. “I have four kids and two are in college, this is really going to help with their education.”

During the 2018 fiscal year, the Oregon Lottery awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes and $725 million to state and local programs.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $50.8 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Lane County, where both women live and purchased their Scratch-its. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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 nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery Logo , Anya Moedl of Eugene.

2019 Search and Rescue Explorer Open House
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/14/19 2:15 PM

The Josephine County Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team is proud to announce the establishment of a Search & Rescue Explorer Post.

This post welcomes young men and women, between the ages of 14 to 17 years old, looking for an opportunity to challenge themselves, explore career opportunities, and serve their community. Explorers will be challenged to conquer the Oregon State Sheriffs Association's standards to become active SAR members. These members provide vital services to Josephine County as well as the 10 counties in the CORSAR region. 

Students will be introduced to and trained in many skills including:

GPS, Map & Compass

Radio Communication (HAM Radio)

Lost Person Behavior

UAV (Drone Team)

Incident Command Structure

Physical Fitness & Survival Skills

Wilderness Emergency Medical Care

UNO - Un-expected night out

Personal & Professional excellence


Students will be exposed to and encouraged to explore the following career fields:

Emergency Management

Law Enforcement


Technology and communications

Criminal Justice


Civilian Air Patrol or Aircraft and Flight

Animal Behavior and Training


This opportunity is better than any summer camp and could lead to connections in many potential career fields. Please come to one of our informational meetings. Participate in the historic resurrection of an amazing program.

June 20, 2019 – Josephine County Search & Rescue, 250 Tech Way, Grants Pass, 97526 - 6:30 pm

July 18, 2019 – Josephine County Search & Rescue,   250 Tech Way, Grants Pass, 97526 - 6:30 pm

Please feel free to contact us at e@gmail.com">jocoexplore@gmail.com or 541-474-5301.


Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets June 17
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/19 1:56 PM

June 14, 2019

Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets June 17 in Portland

What: The fifth meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup.

Agenda: Discuss narrowing workgroup scope and product; plan for community engagement, including who will be engaged, what questions will be asked and how the engagement will take place; identify breakout subgroups including medical, peers and policy review.

When: June 17, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1D, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges with a focus on peer delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, see the RBHC website at https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/BHP/Pages/Regional-Collaboratives.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


State Forests Advisory Committee meets June 21 in Newport
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/14/19 10:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet on Friday, June 21 in Newport.

The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, in the conference room at the Holiday Inn Express Inn and Suites, 135 SE 32nd St., Newport 97365.  Topics on the agenda include an overview of the Annual Operation Plan (AOP) comments and responses, as well as updates on the Northwest State Forest Management Plan revision and Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan processes, legislative developments, Workforce Futuring (internal State Forests Division restructuring), and fire season predictions. The public will have the opportunity to provide comment.

The meeting agenda is posted at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SFAC.aspx. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7427.

SFAC’s role

The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) includes citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.

Expected Delays at Table Rock Road and Gregory Road
Jackson County Roads - 06/14/19 8:15 AM

Crews will be installing cross arms and signal heads at the intersection of Table Rock Road and Gregory Road on Monday and Tuesday, June 17th & 18th.  If possible, please avoid the area from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. 

Thu. 06/13/19
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports Adult in Custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/13/19 7:18 PM
Lloyd Roberts
Lloyd Roberts

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Lloyd Roberts, died the morning of June 12, 2019. Roberts was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away at the infirmary. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Roberts entered DOC custody on October 9, 2018, from Wasco County with an earliest release date of October 26, 2024. Roberts was 72 years old. Next of kin has been notified.  

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include repair and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


Attached Media Files: Lloyd Roberts

Homicide (Photo)
Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety - 06/13/19 3:42 PM
Rolando Rivas
Rolando Rivas

On June 13, 2019 at approximately 1218 hours 911 dispatchers received a call of a possible assault which had just occurred at the Grants Pass Fred Meyer.  The suspect was reported to have fled on foot from the area.  Responding officers located the victim in the parking lot of Fred Meyer.  The victim was unresponsive and determined to be deceased.  Approximately 12 minutes after in the initial call, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Officers located Mr. Rolando Rivas Jr (see below picture) a short distance away.  Mr. Rivas was detained without incident. 

Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Detectives were called to investigate the incident.  Mr. Rivas was transported to the Josephine County Jail and lodged on the charge of Murder in the 1st Degree. 

The victim in this incident is a 26 year old male.  The identity of the victim will be released once family notification has been completed.  Both the victim and suspect are residents of Washington State.

This case has been turned over to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  All media inquiries should be routed through their office at 541-474-5200. Grants Pass DPS case number is 2019-28141.

Attached Media Files: Rolando Rivas

Lebanon, Oregon Business Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Theft of Government Funds
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/13/19 12:42 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A federal grand jury in Portland returned a six-count indictment today charging Lebanon, Oregon business owner Robert A. Lund, 62, with evading $1.7 million in income taxes, failing to file individual income tax returns, obstructing or impeding the IRS and theft of government funds as part of a multi-year scheme to defraud the U.S.

According to the indictment, in June 2002, after an IRS audit and a lengthy period of litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a U.S. Tax Court finding that Lund owed more than $444,000 in underreported tax liabilities. After the ruling, the IRS Collection Division continued its efforts to collect the taxes Lund owed. In response, Lund sent the IRS frivolous correspondence, threatened to the sue the IRS Revenue Officers, attempted to quash various summonses and subpoenas, filed false bankruptcy petitions, transferred real property to nominees and used nominees to open financial accounts and conceal his income.

From December 2000 to November 2013, Lund incorporated or controlled over 160 nominee business entities and used them to conceal his assets and income from the IRS. He operated four businesses—a computer consulting company, a bookstore, a nutrition store and a scuba diving company—from a building in downtown Albany, Oregon. Additionally, he operated a trailer park in Sweet Home, Oregon from which he rented trailer units to individuals receiving government rental assistance.

Lund will be arraigned on July 10, 2019 in Portland.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Oregon Department of Human Services and is being prosecuted by Seth D. Uram and Clemon D. Ashley, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-06/6325/125334/INDICTMENT-Lund-Final.pdf

Multi-Agency Wildland Fire Training on Reservoir Hill -- 6-12-19 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 06/13/19 12:35 PM
Image 1
Image 1

The City of Roseburg Fire Department, in conjunction with the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County Fire District #2, and the Winston-Dillard Fire District #5 will be actively engaging in wildland fire training exercises on Reservoir Hill on June 17, 19, and 21, 2019.  During the training exercises, two specific portions of the hill will be used for training to include live burning that will occur twice per day.  The training locations are designed to stay on City owned property.  Training will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. each day. 

The training objectives will include refresher training on wildland firefighting tactics in conjunction with local fire agencies, continued training on command and control procedures for multi-unit incident response, and eliminating fuels in an effort to minimize the threat of an uncontrolled burn in the area.  Fixed wing aircraft, provided by the Douglas Forest Protective Association, will be utilized overhead the training for all three days.  This training opportunity provides the ability to not only train together, but also to improve the effectiveness of interoperability between multiple agencies.

As always, safety will be the number one priority for personnel participating in the training.  The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank the City of Roseburg Police Department, Community Development Department, and Public Works Department for providing additional assistance.  Media wishing to interview a Public Information Officer or take pictures during the training are encouraged to contact Staff Assistant Amy Rice at 541.492.6727 or ice@cityofroseburg.org">arice@cityofroseburg.org to coordinate an allotted time with a Public Information Officer at the training site.


Attached Media Files: Image 1

Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season
Pacific Power - 06/13/19 12:21 PM

Media Contact:                                                                                   June 13, 2019
Pacific Power media line                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Statement Regarding 2019 Wildfire Season

Pacific Power issues the following statement from Scott Bolton, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Customer Solutions:

As wildfires become more frequent and intense throughout the West, protecting the communities we serve from this increasing threat, while providing safe, reliable power, is our highest priority. We are building on our work over past years to strengthen our system and implement additional safety measures to reduce wildfire risks.

As part of this effort, we are working with area emergency services agencies, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and community leaders across Oregon to expand and enhance existing emergency response plans and work in coordination with our communities. This includes some new actions we’re planning for this fire season.

  • We are enhancing vegetation inspections and vegetation clearance around our power lines or poles, increasing facilities inspections, making investments to improve equipment resiliency and fire-proofing, installing local weather stations, and training and equipping our field crews for wildfire suppression.
  • For areas at a higher risk of fast-spreading wildfires, we are establishing a new fire prevention measure called a Public Safety Power Shutoff. A Public Safety Power Shutoff is a new measure designed to help keep people and communities in high-risk areas safe, by proactively shutting off power during extreme and dangerous weather conditions that can result in catastrophic wildfires. This measure would only be taken as a last resort to help ensure customer and community safety.


  • Pacific Power is working with local governments and emergency services agencies to update them on the conditions when this protocol would be used and seek their input on coordination should we need to deploy a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
  • Pacific Power is also launching a public wildfire education and outreach campaign starting June 24 to share wildfire safety and prevention tips and to inform customers of the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff measure. This will include public information workshops for communities in high-risk areas.

Customers can take steps now to prepare for emergencies by keeping vegetation around their homes trimmed and low and updating their emergency plans and supplies. Customers should also contact us to ensure their contact information is up-to-date, so we can keep provide updates about increased fire risk alerts, potential power outages and updates on power restoration.

For more information, customers may contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or visit pacificpower.net/wildfiresafety.



Photos - truck rollover at I-5 Exit 55 SB off-ramp (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 06/13/19 10:32 AM

GRANTS PASS-  I-5 SB Exit 55 off-ramp-Grants Pass: Watch for congestion/delays after truck rollover at the bottom of the off-ramp. Traffic getting through but expect short northbound off-ramp closure for truck recovery. Caveman Towing on scene.
Also - there's a report of a two vehicle crash at the northbound off-ramp.

Grants Pass traffic encouraged to use north Grants Pass exit, 58.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1202/125322/3_Exit55_SB_off_June13_2019.JPG , 2019-06/1202/125322/2_Exit55_offramp_June13_2019.JPG , 2019-06/1202/125322/Exit55_1_June132019.JPG