NEAR LEBANON, Ore. – Oregon State Police are working on a fatal rollover accident on Highway 34.
OSP says the crash is near Denny School Road, west of Lebanon.
They say they highway there is closed, and drivers should use alternate routes.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A 2-year-old is in critical condition after a pit bull attack Sunday night.
Springfield Police say they responded to the 1100 block of Olympic Street at 5:48 p.m. They say a 2-year-old girl was attacked by the family dog, a large, male pit bull. Deputies say the child’s father was bitten in the face while trying to rescue his daughter.
The child was taken to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital, and then airlifted to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.
The names of the victims has not been released.
(CNN) — The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Africa has risen above 1,500 people.
Researchers in the United States are beginning trials on an Ebola vaccine this week. Twenty healthy volunteers will be given varying dosages of the vaccine. The goal of the trial is to see if their immune systems respond positively to the preventive treatment and to determine its effectiveness and any side effects.
“Nobody has ever taken a vaccine from first test in a human being, to thinking of actually using it to save lives months later,” says Dr. Adrian Hill of University of Oxford.
The experimental vaccine is one of the two leading candidate vaccines being tried in humans this year.
EUGENE, Ore. — The phrase “hitting it out of the park” has a whole new meaning for one Springfield woman. This, after a foul ball falls in an unexpected place during an Ems game Friday night.
A foul ball caught her on the move outside of PK Park.
“We were passing Autzen Stadium and a loud, almost sounded like a gun shot, hit the windshield,” said Lacy Atomic.
Atomic says she immediately pulled over and got out of the car.
“We had people that were at the Ems game come across the street and they told us that a ball had hit our windshield, and so then one of the guys that had seen the ball hit the windshield found the ball for us,” she said.
Atomic says she’s not upset this happened.
“My response is like this because I know it wasn’t done on purpose,” said Atomic.
She’s just shocked, calling it a “freak accident”.
“It had to be have been one in a million or one in five million because we were right there at the right time,” she said.
Now she just wants those around the ball park on game days to be careful.
“I think people should just be aware when they’re at events like that or even driving by events like that because luckily nothing bad happened, just a windshield got broken,” said Atomic.
Like the lucky few who can get their hands on a foul ball, Atomic now has a souvenir to take home from a ball game that she wasn’t even attending.
“You know, life goes on, so I’m okay,” she said.
Atomic has insurance but reached out to the Ems as well. She says the Ems manager apologized to her Sunday and offered to pay for the damages. She says he also told her this has never happened before.
Eugene police say aside from a handful of ejections and alcohol violations, fans behaved well inside and outside of Autzen Stadium.
From tailgaters to drivers, police say people followed directions and made the first game of the year an enjoyable one, but are still offering some tips to fans for future games.
“Please remember if you’re driving to the game, give yourself a little extra time to get there. Folks were pretty patient with this game but sometimes at later games when everybody’s showing up at once, it gets pretty frustrating, so give yourself plenty of time and please be patient with the other motorists because cramming 60,000 people in there is just not an easy thing to do,” said Lt. Scott Fellman, Eugene police.
Police also want to remind fans to not leave valuables in cars to avoid break-ins.
NEAR OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Heavy smoke hung over Oakridge and nearby areas due to the Deception Complex wildfire Sunday. While fire crews are making progress containing the blaze during the weekend, that smoke is causing many many people to change their holiday plans, but others decided to carry out their weekend plans.
The Deception Complex Fire is just a few miles up the from the Black Canyon Campground. Many campsites at the campground sit vacant on a normally busy holiday weekend, after the campground’s manager said a lot of people cancelled their reservations because of the nearby fire.
For the campers who stuck out the smoke, they said it hasn’t impacted them too much, except for some with respiratory issues like asthma.
“We saw the haze coming in Thursday morning and then I started feeling my throat getting kind of tight and scratchy and started coughing. So I got my inhalers and took even a sinus pill and it helped,” said camper Shauna Wirth.
“We noticed the rain yesterday more than the smoke,” said camper Mike Jordan.
One family said they checked online before heading to the campground to make sure the site was still open and said they were confident the fire wouldn’t spread toward the area, so they decided to keep their reservation and head out toward Oakridge for the holiday weekend.
MEDFORD, Ore — Medford Police are urging people to think twice before they get behind the wheel this Labor Day weekend. This is because officers are cracking down on people driving under the influence.
On Friday night, Medford Police arrested seven people for DUIIs. On Saturday night, the same amount of officers are hitting the streets again.
“Typically on a holiday weekend you are going to see a bigger crowd at the downtown bar scene, and I think that’s because there is just not the fear of having to work Monday morning,” said Sgt. Kirkpatrick with Medford Police.
Sgt. Kirkpatrick said when looking for people driving drunk, officers typically look for people driving poorly. Those who fail to maintain a single lane of traffic, are driving too slow or too fast, or blow past a traffic light or stop sign, often send up a red flag.
He said the best way to stay safe while enjoying holiday festivities is to plan ahead of time. If you know you are going to be drinking, have a designated driver in place or call a cab.
Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich:
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota:
Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum:
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost:
Oregon running back Byron Marshall:
Oregon running back Royce Freeman:
Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu:
Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead:
Oregon wide receiver Charles Nelson:
How it Happened: The Ducks had little trouble scoring, piling up 466 first-half yards on the way to a 41-13 halftime lead. UO coach Mark Helfrich‘s ire was drawn when a careless play took points off the board, along with five early penalties and some porous run defense. But Oregon was able to work nearly every available player onto the field, valuable experience for a team that brought 40 newcomers into preseason camp.
Who Stood Out: Quarterback Marcus Mariota took advantage of an array of new offensive weapons, including the Pac-12′s top returning rusher Byron Marshall in a new all-purpose role and freshman running back Royce Freeman. Mariota played the first half and finished 14-of-20 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns, adding six rushes for 43 yards and a score. Marshall caught six of those passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, and rushed twice for 58 yards, though he also cost the Ducks six points by dropping the ball just short of the goal line at the end of a long run. Freeman had touchdowns on two of his first three carries, backing up the considerable hype he generated in preseason camp.
What it Means: The Ducks certainly looked like a top-five team in the nation when they had the ball, with Thomas Tyner getting the bulk of the carries and Mariota spreading it around to the likes of Marshall and Darren Carrington. South Dakota’s 20 first-half rushes for 120 yards were troubling, especially with mighty Michigan State coming to town next, but some of that was against backup Duck defenders, making it tough to completely assess how things will look under new coordinator Don Pellum.
Odds and Ends: Ten true freshmen saw the field, a number that Ducks haven’t exceeded in any of the last four full seasons. The ten were long snapper Tanner Carew, kicker Aidan Schneider, offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby, receiver Charles Nelson, defensive linemen Austin Maloata and Henry Mondeaux, linebackers Justin Hollins and Jimmie Swain, cornerback Arrion Springs and Freeman. Nelson returned a third-quarter punt for a touchdown. … At positions where the Ducks hadn’t previously announced starters, the first reps went to Dwayne Stanford at receiver, Pharaoh Brown at tight end, Jake Pisarcik at right guard, Reggie Daniels at safety and Thomas Tyner at running back … Mariota set UO career records for total touchdowns (82) and passing touchdowns (66), tying Darron Thomas in the latter category.
Next Up: The No. 3 Ducks remain at home for the nation’s most anticipated nonconference matchup of the 2014 regular season, against No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday in Autzen Stadium (3:30 p.m. PT, FOX)
Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn’s Forecast Discussion:
After a few showers Saturday morning, the rest of the holiday weekend will be beautiful. Temperatures Sunday will be slightly below average inland and in the upper 70s; but by Monday, they’ll be back into the low to mid 80s.
Mostly sunny skies will continue Tuesday through next weekend. Temperatures will slowly climb back into the upper 80s, near 90 degrees, by the end of the week. Coastal areas will continue to be in the mid 60s.
Have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!
~ Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn