A lengthy investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Klamath Falls man for bear-baiting. State troopers say 30-year-old Trevor Harris set baited barrels to attract bears then waited in trees to shoot them when they responded. That's illegal in Oregon. Harris' arrest capping an eight-month investigation that began when Fish and Wildlife agents discovered barrels filled with fish, beef, even dog food in the woods near Parker Mountain. They watched the site until they say Harris was caught there. He's now charged with a number of hunting violations.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
An increase in crashes along a stretch of Highway 140 is leading to a heftier law enforcement presence - and the cops want you to know they'll be there. The Oregon Department of transportation says the so-called Highway 140 Lake of the Woods Safety Corridor has a significantly higher rate of crashes than other similar Oregon highways. A Safety Corridor can be declared only when a stretch of road has at minimum of 110 percent of the crashes on similar highways. The state police say they'll be beefing up their patrols in that area of 140 and will be strictly enforcing traffic laws.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
An Egyptian man whom U-S authorities accuse of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly has been cleared for extradition from Britain. Authorities accuse Abu-Hamza Masri of trying to recruit Americans for terrorist training at a camp he wanted to establish in Bly, an unincorporated community in Klamath County. Investigators say that Bly, who's described as a "fiery Muslim cleric", never actually visited the camp. Several would-be jihadists did show up in Bly, though, and were immediately put under surveillance by Klamath County authorities. Most soon left the area.
Friday, April 6, 2012
As deaths from drug overdoses in Oregon continue to climb, there's good news locally. Statewide, 240 people died from overdoses of meth, heroin or cocaine -- or a combination of them -- in 2011. New numbers from the state Medical Examiners Office say drug deaths in some counties skyrocketed: up 200 percent in Jackson County alone. But In Klamath County, it was a different story. There were no drug-related deaths in 2011, down from six in 2010. State police say the amount of drugs they seized in traffic stops alone in 2011 hit record highs.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Thefts from construction sites continue to rise and some local law enforcement agencies say they're up to half of the theft crimes they investigate. A rash of construction thefts has hit a number of sites in Oregon including the Klamath Basin. And over in Medford, thieves just hit a site and stole an estimated 25-thousand dollars worth of equipment and supplies. Throughout the area, officers say thieves know exactly what they're doing, too, and construction firms are tightening security as warmer weather brings more construction projects.
Another voice weighing in on the question of removing dams from the Klamath river. This time, it's from California Congressman Mike Thompson, who says the plan is the best way to recover the struggling populations of salmon and other fish. Thompson and Senator Jeff Markley have introduced the Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act, which they say provides a better vehicle for removing the dams and restoring fish populations than relicensing the dams. That's been proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.