Keno woman murdered

Keno, Oregon – An elderly woman is dead, and a young relative is in custody following an early morning stabbing in Klamath County.

District Attorney Rob Patridge says the homicide happened at a house on Homestead Lane early Saturday morning.  “Officers responded at about 2 o’clock this morning, there was a 911 call that went out for a stabbing in the Keno area.”

Police have identified the victim as the owner of the property.

“Her name is Judith Anne Rose.”  Stated Patridge.  “She’s 74 years old, she’s a resident of Keno.”

Oregon State Police were called in to process the crime scene.

An arrest has been made, but Patridge says the name of the suspect hasn’t been released.  “I can’t give many details because it’s a juvenile, but in this case it is a male juvenile, a relative of the deceased.”

Patridge adds the name of the suspect could be released once information is presented to a grand jury.  “Ultimately, this will get charged as an adult crime.”

District Attorney Patridge notes that 2016 has been a busy year for the Klamath County Major Crime Team.   “We have ten homicides this year.  That puts us at almost one homicide per 6,000 people.  Compared to Portland, which has one for every 23,000 people.”

The suspect is being held at the Klamath County Juvenile Department.

He’s facing charges of murder, manslaughter, first-degree assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.

In a separate incident on December 31, an elderly woman was killed and a young relative is in custody following an early morning stabbing in Klamath County.

In yet another case, 22-year-old Kassandra Imbert was charged with killing her boyfriend early New Year’s Day.

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful. 

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.

When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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