Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Klamath Falls Police Seize 8 Lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest Couple

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Klamath Basin Weather

Today A chance of rain or showers today at times, high near 43. Snow level 4400 feet rising to 5000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Overnight a chance of light showers, low of 30 degrees.

Wednesday  A chance of rain during the day, with a high near 42. Snow level rising to 5600 feet in the afternoon.

Thursday  A 20 percent chance of showers after 10am. Snow level 6400 feet rising to 7700 feet in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 50.

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Today’s Headlines

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

Two suspected methamphetamine suppliers were arrested Saturday night while transporting approximately 8 pounds of methamphetamine into Klamath Falls.

On Saturday the Basin Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oregon State Police conducted a traffic stop on Merrill Pit Road near Highway 39. 

A search warrant was served on the vehicle and its two occupants. Approximately 8 pounds of methamphetamine were seized from the traffic stop and both suspects were lodged in the Klamath County Jail. 

They also served a search warrant on the suspect’s apartment on Broad Street in Klamath Falls and additional smaller amounts of methamphetamine were seized along with many other items of evidence pertaining to large scale methamphetamine distribution in Klamath Falls.

The driver of the vehicle 50 year old Tracy Witcraft and her boyfriend who was a passenger in the vehicle 51 year old Ronald Collman were both lodged in the Klamath County Jail on commercial drug charges including felony possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

On April 14th of this year five teachers and three classfied staff will be honored at the Klamath County School District Crystal Apple gala at the Ross Ragland Theater.

The Crystal Apple is given to County Schoold staff who inspire and help students of all backgrounds and abilities. A nominee can be a teacher, a counselor or a classified employee who has been with the district for at least three years. Community members are welcome and encouraged to submit nominations. According to Superintendent Glen Szymoniak This is an excellent opportunity for people to recognize and thank those special educators who make a positive impact on the lives of students.

Contact the Klamath County School District for nomination forms and more information.

The Ross Ragland Theater Monday announced Scott Mohon as its new executive director.

The Ragland board of directors conducted a national search to fill the position. Ragland Board Chair Lynne LeBlanc said the search committee considered various viable candidates before deciding on Mohon for the position.

Mohon has substantial experience in the management of operations and personnel for theatres, theatre companies, theme parks, and performing arts centers. He has worked as an executive and managing director, producer, performer and stage manager.

Mohon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of California — Irvine. Mohon’s career has taken him from coast to coast, working for organizations and on Broadway.

Northwest Farm Credit Services awarded Klamath KID Center with a $1,000 Rural Community Grant.

The Klamath KID Center is a non-profit offering childcare and education for children ranging in age from six-weeks old to 10 years old. Klamath Kid Center Executive Director Rhonda Eudaily said the funds will be used with other community grants they have received to replace their HVAC units.

The current units were installed in 1998 and have kept their children in comfort but are now in need of replacement.

Klamath Basin Blood Drives begin today with the Red Cross.

In response to a critical shortage of supplies, in particular Type O, the American Red Cross is initiating blood drives across Southern Oregon to address a supply that if not replenished could run out in a matter of days, according to a news release.

With influenza escalating across the country, preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors. As of Tuesday, the Red Cross reported less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets at www.RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Klamath blood drives

The following blood drives will be hosted in Klamath Falls:

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Hope Lutheran Church Community Hall, 2314 Homedale Road

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Shasta Elementary School, 1951 Madison St.

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Klamath Community College Building Six, 7390 S. Sixth St.

12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the LDS Church Klamath Stake, 6630 Alva Ave.

Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Cerulian Inn, 100 Main St.

8:30 am. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 and 13, Klamath Union High School, 1300 Monclaire St.

For more information visit www.redcross.org.

Around the region

A woman died Sunday at Terwilliger Hot Springs an Oregon destination between Eugene and Bend known for its scenic soaking pools in the Cascade Mountain forest.

The 25 year old woman died of a medical event while soaking, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. A cause of death has not been determined according to the sheriff’s office and at least one other person was at the hot springs. No foul play is suspected. Officials don’t yet know if the hot springs themselves played a role in the woman’s death.

The area closed temporarily during the investigation Sunday but has reopened to the public. Officials have not released the identity of the woman.

 A man who stabbed an ex-girlfriend west of Eugene was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison. David Lucius pleaded guilty in court last week to first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and stalking.

He will also complete three years of post-prison supervision. In October 2018, Lucius stabbed Adrienne Wurts over a dozen times. Wurts said she had gone to meet Lucius in Walton so she could get her car title from him.

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