gun range(CNN) DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. — The Arizona shooting instructor who was shot by his 9-year-old student Monday has died.

Charles Vacca was standing next to the 9-year-old girl when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi machine gun. The recoil sent the weapon over her head, and Vacca was shot.

He was airlifted to a hospital, but died later on Monday.

The Bullets and Burgers Range operator says nothing like this has ever happened before.

“We don’t know what happened. I mean, our guys are trained to basically hover over people when they’re shooting. And if they’re shooting right-handed, we have our right hand just behind them ready to push the weapon out of the way, and if they’re left-handed, the same thing,” said Sam Scarmardo, who operates Bullets and Burgers Gun Range.

As a result of the tragedy, the range has changed it policy. In future, shooters will have to stand five feet tall or be at least 12 years old.

Source: KLAS

wolf-pupsCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Biologists with the Department of Fish and Wildlife plan to capture the male wolf OR-7 to put a new tracking collar on him by the end of the year.

OR-7 has traveled all over Oregon and into Northern California, but up until recently, biologists were not planning to re-collar the wolf.

A few months ago, they discovered OR-7 had found a mate, and now has at least three puppies.

Biologists say this is the only group of wolves in the western part of the state they monitor, which is why they say it is important they keep tracking them.

“If we do happen to catch one of the other wolves, that’s fine. We’ll put the collar on one of those wolves. We would just like to have a representative with that group of wolves that has a collar on, so it’ll help us understand more where they’re located, more where they’re going,” said District Wildlife Biologist Mark Vargas.

Biologists say the collar’s battery life span of three years is almost up, and it could die at any time, so they will begin trying to capture OR-7 as early as September.

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Meteorologist Melissa Frey’s Forecast Discussion:

Eugene topped out at 96° Tuesday, setting a new record. The previous record was 94° which was set 30 years ago in 1984. This was also the 28th time we’ve been above 90° this summer. Typically we only hit 90° about 15 times, if we see  just 3 more days at 90 or above that would set a new record in Eugene.

We shouldn’t have a problem getting past 90° again today. High pressure is still in control and keeping western Oregon quite toasty. As of 10 a.m. we’re trending only one degree cooler than yesterday. I’m expecting a high temperature of about 93° in Eugene and 96° in Roseburg. The coast will be cooler with on-shore flow and mostly cloudy skies, highs there will stay in the 60s.

Starting Thursday this ridge of high pressure will begin to weaken and slide east. As this happens we’ll see more 0n-shore flow, morning clouds and our highs will return to the 80s for both Thursday and Friday.

We’ll continue to cool down as we head into the weekend. In fact, a trough of low pressure is on it’s way for Saturday and Sunday which would cool us down to the upper 70s and low 80s with a slight chance of light rain, mainly for the northern Willamette Valley and northern Coast.

Have a great day!

~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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EUGENE, Ore. — Big news for ducks fans headed for Autzen stadium Saturday most of you will finally be able to tweet text or post your pictures during the game.

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have installed over a hundred cell phone antennas throughout the stadium. The antennas are hidden behind the wrap around the field and in the light standards high above.

Officials say they give Autzen the same cell phone capability as the entire city of Corvallis.

“They’ll also be able to keep track of what’s taking place in other games tweet out their thoughts and even stay in touch with friends, family, and rivals as we go through the game in real time,” said George Granger, AT&T Oregon External Affairs President.

Similar upgrades were made to Matt Knight Arena in August 2013.

8-27 Move Well Personal TrainingEUGENE, Ore. – There are more than 1,000 children in foster care in Lane County because of abuse or neglect by their parents.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children in the county. Local trainer Gary Gonzalez with Move Well Personal Training has organized a fundraiser to help out a young 10-year-old girl involved with CASA get the back to school supplies she needs.

The girl has never had school supplies or clothing for back to school. She has rarely been to school and is excited to start.

The fundraiser is Saturday at 1369 West 6th Ave in Eugene. Gonzalez will offer one hour training sessions along with nutritional coaching. He’s asking for a $10 donation to take part in the session, but you are also welcome to drop off supplies as well as money.

“It is really good to know that it will be making a difference so these kids go through things that I can’t imagine and nobody unless I have been there really knows and so just to make a small difference can go a long ways,” said Gonzalez.

For more information click here or call Gonzalez at 541-653-1486.

extreme fire danger 2014ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased the fire danger to extreme on its protected lands. The increase in the fire danger level is due to the hot and dry weather conditions, along with the severity of the drought stricken vegetation throughout the county.

“With the current conditions, wildfires can easily start and quickly spread with the potential of becoming large and costly fires” said Kyle Reed, DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist.

DFPA’s regulated use closure remains in effect for the general public. Many large landowners have added additional restrictions or complete closures to their land holdings due to the fire danger.

With bow season opening Saturday, along with the holiday weekend, hunters and other forest users are advised to check with the landowners for the locations they plan to recreate on, before they head to the woods.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Early Wednesday morning a 70-ton industrial charcoal dryer fell off a semi-truck blocking the westbound 126 off-ramp to 42nd Street.

The dryer is still secured to its trailer, no one was injured in the crash. It is roughly 50 feet long, 19 feet high and weighs nearly 69 tons. The turbine was in route to the Kingsford facility in Springfield from Kansas when the trailer rolled onto its side while exiting Highway 126.

Crews are working to remove the turbine with a specialized crane. ODOT says the ramp will likely be closed most of the day. There is a detour in place west to Mohawk Boulevard then back to 42nd street.

 

8-27 blurred buddy valentineYACHATS, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they say assaulted his roommate and then doused him in lighter fluid.

Deputies say the alleged victim, Herbert Purol, told them this happened as he and Buddy Valentine were in their home on the 95-thousand block of Highway 101 in Yachats. Purol said they were listening to music in the living room when Valentine attacked him.

Medics rushed to Purol to Peace Harbor. He was later taken to Riverbend Hospital for multiple injuries. His condition is unknown.

The 62-year-old Valentine has a number of aliases including Byron McArthur&  Byrom McArthur. There are several variations in the spelling of the names.

If you’ve seen Valentine (pictured right), call 911.

Police-Lights 2EUGENE, Ore. – Police need help finding a man they say violated his restraining order by not returning his four children to their mother.

EPD says the man, Torata Tanaka, may be taking the children out of country, maybe Canada or his native country of Japan.

The oldest child is 10 years old. The other three children are an 8-year-old male, a 6-year-old male and a 3-year-old female.

Tanaka’s believed to be driving a 2002 Acura MDX with Oregon license plate ZEJ-686. If you have any information about the Tanaka or the children, call 911.

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MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — The Seventh-day Adventist Church is under fire, facing a major lawsuit involving sexual abuse allegations.

Two men who grew up in Veneta filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court Tuesday claiming they were sexually abused by a youth leader and the church looked the other way.

The two alleged victims go by the names of D.M. and F.D.

They claim they were sexually abused by a youth leader, Leslie “Les” Bovee.

Bovee was a youth leader for the Pathfinder Club, a co-ed outdoors program much like Boy scouts.

From 1975 to 1979 they claim Bovee sexually abused them when the alleged victims were 10 and 11, forcibly raping one of the alleged victims.

Bovee was convicted for the sodomy of F.D.

Before being appointed as a youth leader, Bovee was convicted in 1970 for sexually abusing boys in the Roseburg area.

The plaintiffs’ attorney says the church knew about his prior convictions, ignored them and then didn’t believe the allegations when alleged victims came forward.

“Everybody is looking back and thinking oh we wished we would’ve seen the signs. People knew everything they needed to know about Les Bovee when he walked in the door. And all they had to do was exclude him and warn people that they shouldn’t let their children be around him,” said Peter Janci, O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP.

Janci says the men are suing the World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventist Church because they want to make a systematic change within the church.

One of the alleged victims is heavily involved in his Seventh-day Adventist Church school board and says he wants the culture of the church to change.

Bovee currently lives in Myrtle Creek and is not registered as a sex offender.

We did reach out to both the Junction City and Veneta Seventh-day Adventist churches, but they didn’t return our calls.

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