Another storm moves in this afternoon. Showers will start around lunchtime, with the heaviest rain holding off until this afternoon and dinnertime. In addition to the rain, we’ll see gusty winds. Winds will be out of the south 10-20 mph inland, with gusts near 35 mph. A High Wind Warning is in effect for the coast from 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon until 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Winds will be out of the south 25-35 mph with gust 50-60 mph (60-70 mph along beaches and headlands).
Showers will continue on and off Sunday. The snowline will remain around 6,500 feet, continuing rain showers across the passes. Showers will continue into Monday but become more scarce.
High pressure builds Tuesday. After some patchy fog in the morning, skies will transition to mostly sunny by the afternoon. Mostly sunny to partly sunny skies will continue through the end of the week. Highs will remain in the upper 50s.
Have a wonderful wet and windy Weekend!
Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn
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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program started accepting applications this week, and on Tuesday, the state said less than 10 applicants from Benton County had registered for the program.
The Oregon Health Authority stated that because there were so few applicants, confidentiality laws prohibit the state from giving an exact number, but there have been between 1-10 applicants.
The Healing Center was one of the applicants, a shop located in downtown Corvallis. The owners say their mission is to help people in chronic pain, and they are excited to open soon as a medical marijuana dispensary.
“It means the world to me because of how much we’ve dedicated our lives – we basically stopped everything we were doing and started this whole track,” said Ryan Smith, one of the co-owners. “So really it means everything.”
To the owners – relieving pain does not necessarily mean smoking. It could mean extracting cannabis oils and using them in other ways.
“We’ll have a lot of products – a lot of hand lotions and face creams,” Smith said. “Anything you can think of to help people. Whatever they need to relieve pain and get off some of their medications.”
The Healing Center also has a doctor who can help patients apply for a medical marijuana card. Store owners hope to open within the next few weeks.
CORVALLIS, Ore.– Oregon State lefty Ben Wetzler had a career-high 12 strikeouts and allowed only one hit over eight masterful innings on Friday night in a 6-0 victory over Northern Illinois before a crowd of 2,627 at Goss Stadium.
Starting on four days rest after a late change in the weekend rotation, the senior from Clackamas High School fanned at least one Husky in every inning except the sixth and recorded five consecutive outs on strikeouts over the fourth and fifth innings. His former career highwas 10, in a 6-1 victory over Texas A&M last June 2 in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Corvallis Regional; he moved into 10th place on Oregon State’s career strikeout list with 225.
The Huskies’ only hit was an opposite-field double by Alex Klonowski with one out in the fourth inning; he was their last baserunner. Wetzler allowed just two baserunners overall, retired the final 14 Huskies he faced in order and threw 67 strikes in 105 pitches.
Wetzler won his 12th consecutive decision over the past two seasons to tie Jonah Nickerson for seventh on Oregon State’s (11-3 overall) career victory list with 26. His .813 (26-6) winning percentage ranks fifth overall.
Left fielder Michael Conforto singled, doubled, walked twice and drove in three runs for the Beavers. Second baseman Andy Peterson added two doubles and two runs and designated hitter Gabe Clark tripled, singled and drove in a run.
Held hitless for 2 2/3 innings by NIU (1-9-1) starter Eli Anderson, the Beavers finally broke through with two outs in the third. Shortstop Trever Morrison singled and was doubled to third by Peterson; both scored when Conforto ripped a single into right field.
Peterson and Conforto teamed up again in the fifth. Peterson legged out a double to left-center field and Conforto followed with a laser shot that landed on the right-field line and bounded into the corner for another double and his third RBI.
Clark tripled leading off the sixth inning and scored on center fielder Michael Howard’s single to make it 4-0 and Howard subsequently scored on a wild pitch. Clark drove in Oregon State’s sixth and final run in the seventh.
Reliever Chandler Eden struck out two in a perfect ninth to complete the Beavers’ third shutout in an efficient two hours, 11 minutes, their fastest game of the season. Oregon State pitchers have allowed no runs and three hits in two games this week; Jake Thompson and Trent Sheldon teamed up to two-hit Portland in a 5-0 win at Goss Stadium this past Tuesday.
The Beavers stretched their winning streak to three games in a row. They are 7-1 since losing consecutive games to Nebraska and Michigan State on Feb. 21-22 at the Aramark Pac-12-Big Ten Challenge in Surprise, Ariz., and 5-1 in the current 10-game homestand.
The series resumes today with a 12:35 pm. doubleheader at Goss Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased via BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting the ticket office at Goss Stadium, which will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
EUGENE, Ore. – Tommy Thorpe rebounded from a bad outing with a dominant performance to lead No. 14 Oregon to an 8-2 non-conference win over Ohio State in game one of a three-game series at PK Park on Friday night.
Thorpe (2-1) struck out a career-high 10 batters while limiting the Buckeyes to just two hits in seven scoreless innings. The Ducks’ junior lefty allowed just two base runners giving up a leadoff single in the third and a one-out single in the sixth.
Thorpe’s seven shutout innings helped Oregon (11-3) extend a streak of scoreless innings against the Buckeyes, that started in game one of a three-game series in Columbus, Ohio, last season, to 30. Ohio State (7-4) finally scored in the eighth to end the streak that started in the seventh inning of an 11-inning win by Oregon in game one of that series. Oregon shut out the Buckeyes in the final two games last season, a scoreless streak that reached 23 innings coming into Friday night’s game.
Thorpe got plenty of help from the Ducks’ offense with most of it coming in a seven-run fourth inning. Oregon entered the fourth leading 1-0 and wasted no time getting to OSU starter Greg Greve (2-1).
Junior Kyle Garlick started the rally with a one-out triple deep to left field and scored on a single by junior designated hitter J.B. Bryant. Freshman shortstop Mark Karaviotis made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored fellow freshman A.J. Balta.
The Ducks added three more run-scoring hits in the inning. Freshman Austin Grebeck delivered a two-run single up the middle that drove in Bryant and freshman Jack Kruger. Senior Tyler Baumgartner picked up two RBI with a single to right field that scored senior Aaron Payne and Grebeck. Sophomore Mitchell Tolman, who popped out to lead off the inning, capped the scoring with a double to right-center field that scored Baumgartner.
Garlick extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored. Baumgartner had his eighth multi-hit game of the season going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Austin Grebeck had a season-high two RBI, while J.B. Bryant went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Ducks and Buckeyes will meet in game two of the series Saturday at 4 p.m. at PK Park.
What a great way to end the week with plenty of sunshine and highs pushing into the mid 60s! Not bad to see 3 out of the five days with 60 degree temperatures for this week. We’ll likely make it 4 out of 6 as the mild air will still be in place before the rain moves back in by Saturday night and Sunday.
Tonight, we’re in store for a beautiful start to the night, cooling quickly down into the mid to low 40s by morning. Saturday starts off with low fog and will be followed by thicker clouds as the front arrives in the afternoon. Rain will start at the coast around early afternoon, early evening for the inland valleys. Winds pick up as well, gusting to around 40-50mph at the coast by Saturday morning, breezy in the afternoon for inland areas. Showers will continue overnight into Sunday, slowly tapering off later that night. Highs will still be warm tomorrow before the rain, in the mid to upper 60s. Cooler once the rain moves through, back down into the 50s.
Monday starts off with a chance for some additional rain with a trough moving through and a quick shot of colder air will bring snow lines down to 4000 feet. Not much accumulating snow more than a couple of inches. The rain will end by Monday afternoon and that’s the end of the wet weather for a couple of days heading into midweek!
CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis woman accused of hitting and killing an 89-year-old pedestrian with her car is not facing jail time.
Sixty-six-year-old Donna Bolt was sentenced on Thursday at the Benton County Courthouse for assault in the third degree. A charge of criminally negligent homicide in the first degree was dropped.
Bolt is accused of hitting 89-year-old Hannalore Zimmerman last year on a road in Philomath when the woman was walking across the street to check the mail. Bolt will receive three years of probation, a five-year driver’s license suspension, and 250 hours of community service.
One of the victim’s former co-workers and close friends says Zimmerman was not vindictive and would have thought the sentence was fair.
“I just can’t imagine that she would want the driver to suffer any more than she already has,” said Christy Wright, who worked with Zimmerman at Benton Hospice Service. “I really think that Hanna would want us to forgive her, and I think Hanna would want her to forgive herself. I do.”
Wright now looks after Zimmerman’s dog Taylor, who she says keeps the woman’s memory alive.
CORVALLIS, Ore. –Corvallis is gearing up for its annual Sustainability Coalition event – and it is expecting over 500 people to attend.
Monday will be the Coalition’s sixth annual Sustainability Fair and Town Hall event. There will be 60 booths set up that discuss sustainability.
Organizers say it is a great way for the community to network and to get ideas from other businesses or organizations to make changes to be more eco-friendly.
“It gives people the chance to see the great things that are going on in Corvallis – environmentally, socially, economically – that are moving us toward becoming a sustainable community,” said Annette Mills, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s facilitator. “It’s very exciting to hear about all the great things that are going on and to get ideas about we could be doing to live more sustainably.”
Best-seller author Vicki Robin will also speaking at the event. It goes from 5-9 pm at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Click here to register.
Friends of Strebendt say he’s an intelligent man with a conscious and this is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved. Strebendt pleaded not guilty in the brief hearing that still leaves behind many unanswered questions.
More than five weeks after an alleged road rage incident on Bob Straub Parkway in Springfield, Gerald Strebendt is facing murder charges.
Police say soon after he got into a fender bender with 53-year-old David Crofut, the two got into a fight.
Many have questioned why a former Marine and MMA fighter would need a gun. Strebendt’s attorney says he felt threatened enough to take it out.
And, the defense is standing its ground even after the grand jury’s warrant.
“It remains our position that if an angry and hostile stranger acts aggressively to you, tells you he has a weapon and threatens to kill you, you are entitled to take him at his word. No armchair quarterbacking by the government changes that fact. Private citizens shouldn’t be held to a different standard than a police officer in a shooting. In this situation, a police officer would have been cleared of the shooting within days,” said defense attorney Mike Arnold.
Springfield police officers argue there isn’t a difference.
“The law is the same when it comes to defending yourself or using any kind of force, whether it’s deadly force or physical force. And all of those things get scrutinized, and I don’t think there’s any difference in the way police officers get treated and citizens get treated,” said Sgt. David Lewis, Springfield Police Department.
That includes comparing the two individuals in physical difference, expertise and ability. And they look at many different factors to see if self-defense is a reasonable claim. Ultimately, investigators say, at the end of the day, the evidence will speak for itself.
“All the police department does in something like this is we take the facts as we get them to see if they add up. In this case, we presented those facts to the district attorney’s office and the grand jury, and they came down with a warrant,” Lewis said.
No word on when Strebendt will be in court again. The court still needs to assign a judge to the case before any dates can be set.
EUGENE, Ore. — Johan Gillette took the stand Friday in his double murder trial, as the defense tried to prove he acted in self-defense.
Johan is charged with murdering his dad James Gillette and his father’s partner, former U of O School of Music Dean Anne McLucas.
Johan Gillette says what happened on Sept. 7, 2012 was an act of self-defense.
He told the court when he went to his dad’s house to get bottled water his dad’s bedroom door was open, and he told him to come in. Johan says his dad didn’t seem angry, but things quickly escalated into a heated argument.
Johan says he was concerned about his dad housing sex offenders on the property, and other county violations.
Johan says his dad said he didn’t have any legal obligation to let Johan and his girlfriend Asia Seaton stay on the property, and he says he told his dad he didn’t have any obligation to keep his violations with the county a secret.
“When I said that I would go down and I would testify to the Lane County Commissioners meetings, when I finished that statement he then said you f****** liar, I’d f******* kill you, and I started laughing at him, not because I thought it was funny, but just nervous and, you know, I was kind of pissed it was probably sarcastic laughter, then he said and Asia and her f******* cats,” Johan Gillette said.
“He just sort of stood there for a couple seconds, and he started going. He started reaching into his pants for his gun. And it was pretty obvious what he was doing from the way he was shuffling his feet. And, you know, in the context of having just threatened me, I think he realized he went over the line when he threatened Asia’s life as well,” Johan Gillette said.
He says after his dad reached for the gun, things got physical. He says he was swinging at his dad’s face when someone jumped on his back. He says he didn’t know it was McLucas, and he reached for what he thought was a chair, but it turned out to be some type of weapon. He says everything was a blur.
In cross examination, the prosecution questioned how Anne McLucas, who weighs much less than Johan, could have taken him down.
EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is in jail, accused of drugging and raping a teenage girl.
After the 17-year-old female victim called 911 on Friday, a SWAT team surrounded an apartment building on the 200 block of West Eighth Avenue.
The sixth floor was evacuated. Police used a flash bang grenade to distract 23-year-old Steven Mejia, who finally surrendered.
Mejia is reportedly a member of the Bario los Paddrinos criminal street gang and has an extensive record.
“He’s got some gang ties, some weapons offenses in the past. He’s on probation. And through talking with witnesses, he’s potentially armed with a handgun,” said Lt. Bill Solesbee, Eugene Police Department.
Investigators say they found an airsoft-type pistol in the apartment that looked like a sub machine gun. Police say the victim is in the hospital.