News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:39:12 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Klamath Falls Police searching for missing woman http://kobi5.com/news/item/klamath-falls-police-searching-for-missing-woman.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/klamath-falls-police-searching-for-missing-woman.html Klamath Falls Police searching for missing woman

Klamath Falls, Ore. --  The Klamath Falls Police Department are searching for 35-year-old Alicia Christine Scott aka Alicia Jensen or Alicia Maris. Officials say Alicia went missing from the Klamath Falls, Oregon area on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015.

Alicia is described as 5’03” 140 pounds, and has medium length blonde hair.  

Officials say Alicia has family in the Bend, Oregon area, but has not contacted her family since January 22nd and she does not have a lot of ties to the Klamath Falls area, but was in town for a few weeks before she went missing.    

If you have any information about Alicia’s whereabouts or had recent contact with her please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the Klamath Falls Police Department, 541-883-5336.

Anonymous information can left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:04:49 -0800
Stacey Addison's passport returned - heading home to Mom http://kobi5.com/news/item/stacey-addison-s-passport-returned-heading-home-to-mom.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/stacey-addison-s-passport-returned-heading-home-to-mom.html Stacey Addison's passport returned - heading home to Mom

Klamath Falls, Ore. - Dr. Stacey Addison's Mom lives in Klamath Falls - NBC5 caught up with a very tired, but very happy Bernadette Kero Tuesday morning.

Stacey's Mom Bernadette Kero says she's known for several days that her daughter would be getting back her passport...

"We knew Friday, but the State Department said not to say anything until she actually left, and was on the plane - which was good with me, I just wanted to see her on that plane."

Kero got a call from her daughter just before takeoff...

"She sounded very good.  Was very happy to be on her way."

An embassy staffer called Kero a short time later...'

"He called me the minute it took off, and he said, 'the plane has taken off, she's in the air, and she's on her way'."

Kero says while she would have preferred to have her daughter home sooner, the timing was good.  Kero almost traveled to East Timor to be with Stacey...

"If nothing happened by the first week of March, I was just going to go - and then it happened, so I'm glad I held off."

Kero says her daughter spent last night in Singapore...

"And from there, she'll go to Taiwan, Vancouver, Portland."

Kero plans to be in Portland Wednesday and meet her daughter at the airport.

"Can't wait for that."  Notes Kero.  "Just give her a big hug and tell her I love her.  Just so glad it's over."

Kero's phone has been ringing non-stop.  One call came in from the State Department during our interview.

In addition to legislative help, Kero says the media has also played a role in her daughter's release...

"Oh, a lot!  I think social media, and the media - if it weren't for that, people wouldn't have known about it."

And she's grateful for the help...and happy that her daughter Stacey is on her way home.'

Kero wasn't sure of her daughter's immediate plans, though she said it's likely Stacey will spend a few days in Portland, catching up with friends.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:25:12 -0800
Van donated to help get boy to school on time http://kobi5.com/news/item/van-donated-to.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/van-donated-to.html Van donated to help get boy to school on time

Grants Pass, Ore. --It's a happy ending for a Grants Pass family after they were given a van donated by the community. Residents hope the donation will help the mother get her kids to school on time.

It all began last week after pictures of six-year-old Hunter Cmelo eating his lunch behind a cardboard partition in the school's cafeteria went viral. The Lincoln Elementary student was forced to sit there for being late, something his family said is because of his mother's poor health and unreliable vehicle.

"We're just a working class family doing the best we can with what we got. Sometimes people fall on hard times," Hunter's dad Marc Cmelo said.

The photographs caught the attention of people across the nation and residents in the Rogue Valley were quick to act.

The family showed up at Kelly's Automotive Service Tuesday night expecting to hear that their current vehicle wasn't worth fixing. But instead they were given the keys to a van.

"I'm just blown away to see the community come together like this and that there are still good people and people really care," Cmelo said.

The idea was given life by multiple people in the community including Kelly's Automotive Service and Rapid Repo and Collections.

"We did 1,300 dollars worth of work on it to get it up and going so it's going to be a safe and reliable vehicle to them," Kelly's Automotive Service Co-owner Lisa McClease-Kelly said.

A labor of love from the small Southern Oregon community. McClease-Kelly also said residents from across the valley donated enough money to pay for a years worth of oil changes and give the family a $100 gas card.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:33:02 -0800
Petition launched in support of lion sanctuary in Phoenix http://kobi5.com/news/item/petition-launched-in-support-of-lion-sanctuary-in-phoenix.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/petition-launched-in-support-of-lion-sanctuary-in-phoenix.html Petition launched in support of lion sanctuary in Phoenix

Phoenix, Ore. -- A petition is getting attention in the Rogue Valley and making its rounds on Facebook and social media.

As of Tuesday afternoon, about 875 people had signed the petition aimed at making sure the Walking with Lions Animal Sanctuary in Phoenix remains open.

According to the sanctuary's lawyer, Daniel O'Connor, a neighbor near the property opposes the presence of lions and there's also been concern about using the property for vacation rentals.

O'Connor said the sanctuary's owners are working to obtain the appropriate permits.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:29:43 -0800
Scenic Middle School students celebrate "Kindness Week" http://kobi5.com/news/item/scenic-middle-school-students-celebrate-kindness-week.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/scenic-middle-school-students-celebrate-kindness-week.html Scenic Middle School students celebrate

Central Point, Ore. -- Kids at Scenic Middle School in Central Point gave each other some love in February.

The Scenic Middle School Facebook page posted a video of their students holding signs that described themselves. I video also showed students dancing to music.

It's all part of the Kindness Campaign that was held Valentine's Day week.

Michelle Grush, the school counselor who spearheaded the campaign, said she's been doing Kindness Week since 2003.

It's meant to help kids realize how valuable they are and to teach them to treat everyone equally no matter what.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:23:57 -0800
'Frito Bandit' gets 15 year prison term http://kobi5.com/news/item/frito-bandit-gets-15-year-prison-term.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/frito-bandit-gets-15-year-prison-term.html 'Frito Bandit' gets 15 year prison term

Klamath Falls, Ore. - A Klamath Falls man linked to multiple break-ins and burglaries is headed to prison for 15 years.

Kenneth Banes was sentenced Wednesday morning on 30 criminal charges.

Those charges included burglaries of 'The Dollar Tree', and 'Liberty Tax Service' two years ago.

"He committed a lot of rooftop burglaries."  Notes Brandon Amaya, who worked as a detective with the Klamath Falls Police Department, and is now an officer with the Medford Police Department.  "He would enter either through the air duct systems, or cutting a hole right through the roof, and dropping down on a rope into the business."

One of Banes first arrests happened back in 2005, when he stole a snack food truck - a crime that earned him the nickname 'The Frito Bandit'.

Banes was also arrested in 2006 for breaking into a pharmacy and stealing drugs. 

Banes escaped from the Klamath County Jail in 2012, but was taken back into custody four days later in Bend.

Officer Amaya notes that Banes' burglaries weren't limited to Klamath County...

"We ended up investigating some Deschutes county burglaries that we came into some evidence of, that he ended up getting convicted of 9 years prison sentence for his burglaries that he'd committed in Deschutes county."

Banes has also been ordered to pay over 40 thousand dollars in restitution in connection with his Klamath county crime spree.

Charges included in Banes' sentencing Wednesday also involved thefts of 'Sounds Designs', 'Dead Nuts Tattoo', 'The Yellow Flamingo', The Klamath County Health Department, and a private citizen.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:25:09 -0800
Profane letter threatens Klamath Falls city council member http://kobi5.com/news/item/profane-letter-threatens-klamath-falls-city-council-member.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/profane-letter-threatens-klamath-falls-city-council-member.html Profane letter threatens Klamath Falls city council member

Klamath Falls, Ore. - A Klamath Falls city council member is shaken over a disturbing letter she received earlier this month.

Trish Seiler received the profanity-laced letter on Valentine's Day. 

The writer said it would be a 'privilege' to see Seiler beheaded by Muslims, which Seiler takes as a threat...

"The physical violence of beheading - but that threat is not made by someone who is thinking rationally."

The letter was sparked by an editorial opinion Seiler had written in opposition to a proposal to display the words 'In God We Trust' in the Klamath County Commissioner's hearing room.

"That's what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights call for."  Stated Seiler.  "Separation of church and state."

Seiler has since given the letter to police.

Detective Sergeant Dennis Davenport of the Klamath Falls Police Department:  "Anytime we get anything like this going on with one of our city council people, obviously that raises some concerns for us."

While the letter may be disturbing and offensive, Davenport says that it may not be criminal in nature...

"It's kind of an issue where we need to find the balance between what's said, versus somebody's freedom of speech."

Seiler notified her fellow council members about the letter Monday evening.

And while she's still upset, Seiler says her opinions haven't changed...

"You will not get me to denounce my values, my beliefs.  It's not going to happen."

The letter was signed, 'American citizen for saving America for Americans'.

A detective from the Klamath Falls Police Department has been assigned to the case, and the investigation is continuing.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:14:12 -0800
Brookings fire claims three lives http://kobi5.com/news/item/brookings-fire-claims-three-lives.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/brookings-fire-claims-three-lives.html Brookings fire claims three lives

Brookings. Ore. -- (Curry Coastal Pilot) Authorities believe that Brookings resident Douglas Landers rescued two grandchildren from a burning trailer Wednesday morning before he, his wife and another grandchild perished.

A fast-moving blaze destroyed the family’s single-wide trailer around 4 a.m., claiming the lives of Douglas, 54, his wife Kelly, 52, and their 4-year-old granddaughter Arianna.

Two other grandchildren, Michael, 1, and Kelly, 10, escaped.

“It’s just a tragedy,” said Curry County Sheriff John Ward, who was at the home on Dodge Avenue, off of Parkview Drive, Wednesday afternoon. No foul play is suspected at this time.

Several members of the Oregon State Fire Marshal office were on the scene digging and sifting through the remains of the trailer.

“The initial investigation shows that the cause may have been a faulty space heater,” Ward said.

Based on a police interview with the 10-year-old, it appears that Douglas helped the girl climb out the window of the rear bedroom, then retrieved the 1-year-old boy and handed him out the window to the older sibling. Douglas disappeared back into the trailer, but didn’t make it out.

“Douglas’ body was found on the bed and the 4-year-old girl’s body was found on the floor near the window,” Ward said. His wife’s body was found near the bed, he said.

Kelly was walking away from the trailer with her baby sister in her arms when a Brookings police officer arrived on the scene. The two children were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, where Kelly was treated and released. Michael was transported to Shriners Hospital for Children in San Francisco.

Both children suffered smoke inhalation and the baby suffered burns on his arms and face, Ward said.

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Photo courtesy of the Curry Coastal Pilot.

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:07:03 -0800
Canadian Government urging citizens to stop "Spocking" http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/canadian-government.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/canadian-government.html Canadian Government urging citizens to stop

(NBC Montana and CNN Money) -- Live long, prosper ... and Spock your bills.

Actor Leonard Nimoy -- Spock -- died last week, but he lives on, as Canadians leave their tribute to the "Star Trek" legend on the face of Canadian currency.

In other words, Canadians are sketching a Spock-style bowl haircut with pointed 1960s sideburns over the mostly hairless pate of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who was prime minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911.

Laurier's face adorns the $5 bill, the lowest denomination of Canadian paper currency. With a bit of scribbling, he does sort of resemble Nimoy, the oxymoronic author of two autobiographies: "I Am Not Spock" and "I Am Spock."

The artist community Canadian Design Resource, for example, called on its Twitter followers to "Spock your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy."

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:58:25 -0800
Like father, like son: Baby bursts into tears whenever dad cries http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/like-father-like-son-baby-bursts-into-tears-whenever-dad-cries.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/like-father-like-son-baby-bursts-into-tears-whenever-dad-cries.html Like father, like son: Baby bursts into tears whenever dad cries

(TODAY) If daddy's not happy, baby's not happy! It's a sound enough sentiment, and there's just no denying it after watching this father-son video.

Fabian Herrera is the proud papa of a particularly empathetic 6-month-old, and in a clip titled "Sweetheart Baby," he shows off his little guy's tender nature.

"I just had to get it on video so you could see that Aris is a natural sweetheart," Fabian explains to the camera. "Anytime he sees me cry, it makes him want to cry, too."

The good news is that Aris not only follows Fabian's cue to cry, but he also stops crying when dad does. So the waterworks don't flow for long.

This touching duo isn't the only daddy-baby team to master this trick. After watching their clip, be sure to check out these classic cry partners:

Watch video: http://on.today.com/1B1U4tD

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