Klamath Basin News, Thursday, Jan. 2 – Purple Parrot Robbery One Of Many New Year’s Eve Incidents

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Klamath Basin Weather

Today   Partly sunny, with a high near 43.  Overnight, partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Overnight, rain mixed with snow at about 4700 feet and gusty winds at times.  Low of 29 degrees.  Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday   A chance of snow before 10am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday   A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

Monday   Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

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Today’s Headlines

The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is Green until noon today.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a suspect who robbed the Purple Parrot, at 4111 S. Sixth Street at knife point around 7pm on New Year’s Eve, according to Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber.

The suspect is a white male in his mid-30s described as between 5-foot 8-inches and 5-foot 10-inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black cowboy hat, a black bandana over his face, black- or blue-and-white flannel shirt, light brown pants, and brown boots. The suspect allegedly displayed a knife to an individual at Purple Parrot before fleeing the scene on foot, according to Kaber who said If anybody knows who did it we’d like to know.

Those with information that could lead to an arrest should contact the Klamath County Sheriffs office at 541-883-5130 option 5 or 541-851-3931 or 911 if an immediate response is needed.

Following an argument and shooting incident Wednesday morning inside a LaPine area home a man is being held in the Klamath County Jail according to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

Deschutes County received a 911 call of shots fired after an argument in the 1300 block of Linda Drive in LaPine at approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday. The call was referred to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office as the location is in the department’s response area. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies learned a resident of the location22 year old Lance Alan Payne had an argument with another resident who was the home’s owner.

Payne retrieved a small caliber rifle and shot several rounds into the home’s floor. The house was occupied by multiple individuals including minor children, who fled the house after the shots were fired.

Payne was taken into custody without further incident, upon arrival of a Deschutes County armored vehicle. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was also dispatched. Payne is being held in the Klamath County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, and multiple counts of menacing, and reckless endangering.

A Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested two of three people in a vehicle after a pursuit through the Chiloquin area on Monday.

Donald Lloyd Campagna Jr., the driver, is being held in the Klamath County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of reckless driving, recklessly endangering, two counts of attempt to elude, felon in possession of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine and parole violation. He has since been cleared of charges of kidnapping and menacing. A passenger who was arrested, Christina Marie Waterbury, was cited for possession of a concealed weapon. A male passenger fled and was not identified by the Sheriff’s Office. According to the release, the KCSO doesn’t consider him a threat.

The pursuit began at East Blockinger Street and South Park Avenue as a traffic stop and the Klamath County Sheriffs  deputy was assisted by troopers from Oregon State Police once the driver fled. The driver stopped on Modoc Point Road and the passengers ran leading to two arrests.

Monday afternoon emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Oregon Highway 140 between Lake of the Woods and Fish Lake.

Investigation revealed that a Chevrolet SUV operated by a 17-year-old female of Junction City was traveling eastbound on Highway 140 when she lost control of the vehicle and slid into the westbound lane. Her SUV then collided with a westbound Ford F-150 pickup operated by 25 year old Kristen Balin of Klamath Falls.

The 17-year-old operator of the Chevrolet SUV sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Balin and her passenger 27 year old Jared Aguiar of Klamath Falls were not injured in the crash.

Yesterday Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 97.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Suburban pulling a trailer, operated by 70 year old Jose Parada-Rodriguez of Terrebonne was attempting to cross Highway 97 and pulled out in front of a northbound Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by 63 year old Charles Smith of Terrebonne and a BMW X5 operated by 62 year old Delita Cordes of Madras.

The operator of the Harley Davidson motorcycle Charles Smith was transported to the hospital by air ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Parada-Rodriguez and Cordes were not injured.

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