News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:13:36 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bend Police: man kills landlord http://kobi5.com/news/item/bend-police-man-kills-landlord.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/bend-police-man-kills-landlord.html Bend Police: man kills landlord

BEND, ORE. --  Bend Police arrested 34 year old Daniel Robert Norquist on Saturday, after allegedly shooting and killing Andrew Steven Cordes. 

Police say Cordes was a mutual acquaintance and landlord of Norquist and that he had been at Norquist’s home for over two hours prior to the shooting. 

Norquist is charged with murder, first degree manslaughter, first degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:50:31 -0700
TV News Anchor Claims She Was Fired For Marijuana Use http://kobi5.com/news/item/tv-news-anchor-claims-she-was-fired-for-marijuana-use.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/tv-news-anchor-claims-she-was-fired-for-marijuana-use.html TV News Anchor Claims She Was Fired For Marijuana Use

A Eugene television news anchor claims she was fired from her job because of her marijuana use outside of work. Cyd Maurer worked at KEZI, the ABC affiliate, as an anchor and reporter.

"Like any other work day, I showed up completely sober," Maurer said. "I was stressed, on my way to a live shot in rush hour traffic behind the wheel of a work car, and I accidentally tapped the bumper of the car in front of me."

Maurer said her employer required her to take a drug test following the car accident, which came back positive for marijuana. This happened in May, when the drug was not legal in Oregon.

Maurer said she was fired from her position because of this. NCB5 News reached out the General Manager at KEZI about Maurer.  We were told they could not comment on personnel matters. When asked if the station now has a recreational marijuana use policy, we received the same answer.

According to a spokesperson from the Bureau of Labor and Industries, employers are free to fire a worker if the employee tests positive for marijuana, even when it's legal. Employers can choose to enforce a zero tolerance policy or make changes to their policies.

For more information on Maurer, you can visit her website, www.askmeaboutmarijuana.com.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:10:48 -0700
Pot got former Oregon TV anchor fired, she claims http://kobi5.com/news/item/pot-got-former-oregon-tv-anchor-fired-she-claims.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/pot-got-former-oregon-tv-anchor-fired-she-claims.html Pot got former Oregon TV anchor fired, she claims

Portland, Ore. –- (KGW) A former Eugene, Oregon TV news anchor said she was recently fired from her job for testing positive for marijuana.

Cyd Maurer, 25, said she was driving a work vehicle in May when she got into a fender bender on her way to a live shot.

"I was immediately forced to take a drug test, to pee in a cup, and that was that," she wrote on her website. She also told her story in a YouTube video posted July 23.

Maurer, who graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, said her bosses at KEZI knew she was responsible and told her they wanted her to keep her job, but the decision to fire her after the positive drug test came from a corporate attorney.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:25:38 -0700
Bicyclist sues two drivers after being hit during intersection confusion http://kobi5.com/news/item/bicyclist-sues-two-drivers.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/bicyclist-sues-two-drivers.html Bicyclist sues two drivers after being hit during intersection confusion

Who is liable when drivers direct other drivers?

A crash last November involved two cars and a bicyclist.

One of the drivers waved the other through the intersection. When that car drove through, they hit the bicyclist, who was riding in the bike lane.

Now, the bicyclist is suing both drivers. One for hitting her and the other for directing the other driver to go through the intersection. 

Medford Attorney Kelly Andersen says the case is surprising, "I've never seen or handled a case where a driver's been sued for waving a vehicle ahead or a cyclist ahead."

Andersen said it will be up to a judge to determine if the drivers are liable for the bicyclist's injuries.

The bicyclist, Cynthia Lewellen, is asking for $670,000 in medical expenses and damages.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:03:45 -0700
New traffic cams added to Southern Oregon roads http://kobi5.com/news/item/new-traffic-cams-added-to-southern-oregon-roads.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/new-traffic-cams-added-to-southern-oregon-roads.html New traffic cams added to Southern Oregon roads

Ore. --- Six new traffic cameras are now operating Southern Oregon.

ODOT recently completed the installation of the cameras, which help monitor road conditions.

Three of the new cameras are on I-5, at East Pine in Central Point, Canyon Mountain and Rice Hill.

The other three are on U.S. 101 at Bullards Bridge in Bandon, Oregon 38 at Wells Creek and Oregon 62 at Union Creek.

You can view traffic from those cameras at tripcheck.com.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:21:33 -0700
California Wragg Fire spreads to 6,900 acres http://kobi5.com/news/item/california-wagg-fire-spreads-to-5000-acres.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/california-wagg-fire-spreads-to-5000-acres.html California Wragg Fire spreads to 6,900 acres

(Updated 7/24) Fire officials in California say the Wragg Fire has grown to 6,900 acres and is 20 percent contained.

Officials say one outbuilding and tent trailer has been destroyed by the fire and one structure has been damaged, 150 structures remain threatened.

The cause of the fire, located off of Highway 128 near Greaves Road and Lake Berryessa, was initially reported as a vehicle accident and is still under investigation.


Calif. --- Fire crews in Northern California have their hands full battling a large wildfire.

The blaze, named the Wragg Fire, started Wednesday afternoon near Lake Berryessa and Napa Valley. With help from strong winds, the fire quickly exploded to nearly 6,000 acres.        

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the area and over 150 structures are threatened. 

Officials say the fire, which they believe is the result of a traffic accident, is burning in brush-covered terrain that is rugged, steep and difficult to access.

Photo: NBC Bay Area

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:49:51 -0700
Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Cape Blanco http://kobi5.com/news/item/coast-guard-rescues-fishermen-near-cape-blanco.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/coast-guard-rescues-fishermen-near-cape-blanco.html Coast Guard rescues fishermen near Cape Blanco

Cape Blanco, Ore. --- A Coast Guard swimmer swam nearly the length of a triathlon to rescue four people after their fishing vessel was grounded.

27-year-old Darren Harrity pulled each fisherman more than 250 yards in 57 degree water from their life raft to shore near Cape Blanco early Tuesday morning on July 21st.

The fishermen were met by EMS.

The Coast Guard says they received a report of the fishing vessel taking on water and without power after 1:30 in the morning.

A helicopter was sent to rescue the men, but soon began to experience mechanical issues and was unable to hoist any of the fishermen out of their life-raft.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:19:09 -0700
Dog dies after being left in hot car all day in Lincoln City http://kobi5.com/news/item/dog-dies-after-being-left-in-hot-car-all-day-in-lincoln-city.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/dog-dies-after-being-left-in-hot-car-all-day-in-lincoln-city.html Dog dies after being left in hot car all day in Lincoln City

Lincoln City, Ore. -- A dog who was left in a hot car all day with the windows closed died Monday. 

The incident happened in Lincoln City. The 7-year-old female blue heeler named Tennessee was found around 5 p.m. according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say her owner, 34-year-old Otis resident Bonny K. Grady, was at work and that Tennessee died of heat stress. Grady was cited for animal neglect.

She was not booked in jail, but could face jail time in addition to a hefty fine. The sheriff's office is reminding people tonight that weather and temperatures can change dramatically in a short period, creating risk that might not be considered.  

For example a 72-degree day outside can become 116-degrees inside a car within just an hour.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:47:51 -0700
"Bud 'n' Breakfast" makes debut http://kobi5.com/news/item/bud-n-breakfast-makes-debut.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/bud-n-breakfast-makes-debut.html

Seattle, Wash. -- (KING)  7 Leaf Bed and Breakfast in Seattle, Washington is the first of its kind.

Owner and chef Jeremy Cooper cooks up cuisine with cannabis, including infused oils, butters and spices.

7 Leaf opened up to the public at the beginning of June and only takes reservations on Airbnb. The guests bring their own recreational marijuana and then Cooper works it into meals.

"It's not all about getting high," Cooper said. "It's truly about an experience and a culture that's been suppressed for 100 years."

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:57:04 -0700
Two Portland citizens save woman from burning car http://kobi5.com/news/item/two-portland-citizens-save-woman-from-burning-car.html http://kobi5.com/news/item/two-portland-citizens-save-woman-from-burning-car.html Two Portland citizens save woman from burning car

Portland, Ore. --- Two brothers rescued a woman from her burning car in Portland over the weekend.

It hit a gas pump at a Chevron station and burst into flames Saturday, July 19th.

"She's going to die if we don't help her.” That’s what went through the minds of two brothers as they watched a wicked fire ball tearing through this car.

Inside, an elderly woman banging on the passenger window, yelling for help.

Phillippe Bittar, saved woman from burning car, "We have to get her out of there really quickly before the whole car gets taken over"

Another bystander couldn't get the door open, Phillippe jumped out of Raphael’s moving car.

Still photos show him running to her aid.

Phillippe Bittar , "I told her I was going to break the glass to get her out."

Through smoke and intense heat, he took a swing.

Phillippe Bittar, "I was like, this might hurt, but I just have to pull her out.

Breaking the glass with his bare hand, "I punched it and then I like reached in, I grabbed her by the shoulders and I picked her up and took her out." moments later, video showed the front seats filled with flames, "I walked away and turned back and the whole car was engulfed in flames, a lot of people in society don't react to things like that, my brother he said it was kind of a test and in his mind he passed."

Phillippe didn't care that his hand showed some battle scars from the rescue, "if we didn't take her out, the outcome would have been way worse, it feels good to help another citizen.”

Tualative Valley Fire and Rescue calls him a hero.

Phillippe Bittar , "I was really trying not to think, and just to get her out as quickly as possible before anything gets worse sand thank God it all worked out ok, she was really shocked, I saw her later when I was getting attended by the paramedics, she said thank you and gave me a hug.”

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:07:25 -0700