OREGON STATE POLICEEUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicated six people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during Labor Day Weekend.

On August 30, a 74-year-old bicyclist from St. Helens was killed when a distracted driver struck him from behind as he rode westbound on Highway 30 west of Rainier. The driver fled the scene, but OSP caught the driver about five miles down the road and arrested them on charges of manslaughter in the first degree, felony hit & run, and a misdemeanor warrant.

Also on August 30, a 40-year-old Winchester man died in a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. Troopers say speed may have been a contributing factor.

On August 31, a 47-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both of Winston, died when the motorcycle they were riding on crossed the centerline and collided with a pickup along Highway 138.

On September 1, a 27-year-old Lebanon woman died in a single vehicle rollover traffic crash on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. She was not using her seatbelt and was ejected.

Also on September 1, a 48-year-old man from Florence died when he stepped in front of a passenger car on Highway 101, two miles north of Florence.

This year’s six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

On-shore flow and a trough of low pressure overhead helped the marine layer to move from the coast to the Valley early Wednesday. These clouds will only stick with us for the first part of the day. High temperatures will stay in the upper 70s and low 80s for most inland locations, while the coast will return to the upper 60s and low 70s.

A weak front will move through Wednesday morning. This will reinforce the morning clouds and keep our highs in the upper 70s and low 80s for one more day.

High pressure moves in for the end of the week which will bring back off-shore winds and clear skies. Our high temperatures will once again return to the upper 80s and low 90s for Thursday through Sunday! If we see two more days in the 90s this summer, that will set a new record for the number of days at or above 90° in a Eugene summer.

Have a great day!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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EUGENE, Ore. — Our KEZI 9 News Pet of the Week, Bryce, is looking for a high-energy forever home.

He is a large, 5-year-old, Lab mix. He is loving dog that is very well behaved and know a lot of tricks. He needs to be the pet in the home with children 16 years or older.

If you’re interested in adopting Bryce or any other pet at Greenhill Humane Society, call 541-689-1503 or click here.

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

Photo Courtesy of Oregon State Police

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing illegally caught fish.

OSP seized 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon and a 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, the troopers checked a boat belonging to Duffy Duncan, 66, of Astoria. While checking to ensure he was gillnetting in compliance with rules and regulations, the troopers determined his net mesh size was illegal and he was in possession of 44 Chinook salmon caught in the unlawful net.

Duncan was issued citations for commercial fishing prohibited method and 44 counts of the unlawful take/possession of commercially caught salmon.

The seized salmon was delivered to a wholesale fish dealer and sold at the going rate of $2 per pound. The proceeds will go to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Steven Sotloff(CNN) — A new video appears to show the execution of Steven Sotloff, the second American killed by a member of the Islamist terror group ISIS.

In the view, Sotloff addresses the president, saying in part, “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price…”

Sotloff was seen last month in a very similar video that appeared to show the execution of American journalist James Foley.

Photo Courtesy of Rita Dyer

Photo Courtesy of Rita Dyer

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — The air quality may be improving, but the deception complex continues to burn near Oakridge.

The fires have burned more than 2,200 acres since they started around August 12. They’re 55 percent contained.

Cooler temperatures and light rain helped improved conditions over the weekend. Eight helicopters are being used to attack the fire from the air, and more than a thousand personnel are on the ground.

Drivers are reminded to be careful because there is extra activity on Highway 58. Several trails are still closed, along with the Oakridge airport.

There will be a community meeting at the Green Water Park at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to provide information about the fire.

For information on closures click here.

strike(CNN) — Get ready for possibly long lines and delays at your favorite fast-food spots on Thursday.

Thousands of fast food workers from McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell are now threatening nationwide walkouts, massive protests, and even civil disobedience this week in their fight for higher wages.

It’s the latest in the two-year fight to raise fast-food workers pay to at least $15 an hour. The average pay for fast-food workers is just over $9 an hour. That’s about $18,500 a year and below poverty level.

U.S. Census data show the face of fast-food workers has changed drastically.

Seventy percent of the workforce is made up of people over the age of 20.

POLCE CAR     [e]KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the face, and side last week has had reconstructive surgery on his face.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah headed up to Portland to check on his deputy, Jason Weber, 40, this weekend. Weber was shot twice during a routine traffic stop in Klamath Falls last Wednesday.

Skrah says when he saw Weber, his reaction was good. He even gave him a thumbs up.

“His face is swollen horrifically; number one from the gunshot wound, and then the other is from the surgery. They cut him from here all the way around to the right side up to here,” said Sheriff Skrah.

He says Weber did not return fire after the shooting. William Parkerson and Kasey Pascoe are facing attempted aggravated murder charges.

happy-camp00000002HAPPY CAMP, Ore. — The Happy Camp Complex has burned 66,335 acres and is 15 percent contained, but it continues to grow. Happy Camp Complex Fire officials said in a release early Tuesday morning that there is a fire weather watch in effect from Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening due to a combo of strong winds and low humidity and there is a likelihood that the fire will reach communities.

Fire officials are concerned the fire will spread into Hamburg and Scott Bar along Scott River Road. There is currently a mandatory evacuation issued for those areas. Residents who have not evacuated, including the community of Sunny Slope are “highly encouraged” to reconsider and leave as soon as possible, before the fire reaches the area.

As the fire approaches these areas, emergency apparatus and firefighters will need complete access to these roads in order to reach homes. Fire officials urge that residential traffic attempting to leave this area will complicate these efforts and endanger both civilians and firefighters.

Tuesday’s weather is calling for warm and dry conditions, combined with unstable air aloft, suggesting the fire will burn extremely hot this afternoon if it breaks through the inversion, according to fire officials. It’s possible a large column of smoke with burning embers may cause spotting ahead of the fire up to 1.5 miles.

Firefighters are continuing to work on prepping the upper section of the Scott River Road by removing fuels around homes and along the roadway today. CAL Fire is also putting in contingency dozer lines along Scott Bar Mountain between Bucker Ridge and Little Ferry Road.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuation orders are in place along Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Hwy 96 and all areas south of Hwy 96 between Scott River Road and Cade Summit. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas.

Advisory Evacuations are in effect for all areas north of Hwy 96 between Scott River Road and Grider Creek. Residents in advisory evacuation areas should begin preparing for a potential evacuation order. People in need of assistance with livestock or for additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900.

Fire officials are reporting that it’s unknown how long these evacuations will last, but notice will be given as soon as it is safe to return to your homes.

Traffic Control: Highway 96 remains open, however travelers should expect extended delays as pilot cars assist safe movement around firefighters and equipment from the intersection of Highway 96 and Scott River Road to Walker Creek Road. These measures will be in place as long as fire and smoke conditions dictate.

HarryDavid-LogoMEDFORD, Ore.– The company 1-800-Flowers is acquiring all of Harry and David, Inc.

This includes the headquarters, manufacturing and distribution facilities and orchards in Medford, the websites, warehouses and distribution facilities, and 47 Harry & David retail stores located throughout the country.

The deal should be completed in October.

We will post more information about developing this story as it becomes available.

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