(Steve Lindsley-Oregon News Network) A fourth debate has been added, according to Governor John Kitzhaber’s campaign. The Oregonian reports Kitzhaber and Republican Dennis Richardson will debate October 10 at the Portland City Club. A fifth debate, proposed for Medford, has yet to be announced. Other debates are scheduled September 26 in Bend and September 27 in Eugene. The two will square off again in Portland on October 14. Meanwhile, the paper reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry will host a $1-thousand-a-plate fundraiser for Richardson in Lake Oswego on October 11th. The dinner will be held just four days before ballots start going out for the November 4th general election.
CENTRAL POINT POLICE HAVEN'T MADE ANY ARRESTS, AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER A RESIDENT RAN OVER A SUSPECTED TRESPASSER WITH HIS PICKUP TRUCK. EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING, POLICE RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT THE TRESPASSER, BUT WHEN THEY SHOWED UP, IT WAS DETERMINED THE RESIDENT CHASED THE MAN OUT OF HIS HOME, GOT IN HIS PICKUP AND CONTINUED TO CHASE HIM TO THE GRANGE CO-OP, WHERE HE THEN RAN THE MAN OVER. THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH CRITICAL INJURIES.
OVER 100 HOMES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED, ABOUT 1,000 ARE THREATENED, AND A NUMBER STRUCTURES HAVE BURNED, AS FIRE SWEPT THROUGH THE TOWN OF WEED YESTERDAY. IN ALL, OVER 3,000 RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED AND SO FAR, THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF ANY INJURIES. THE BOLES FIRE BEGAN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND WAS FUELED BY 30-40 MILE PER HOUR WINDS, AS IT TORCHED THE HOMES, A CHURCH AND A LUMBER MILL. SO FAR, THE BOLES FIRE HAS COVERED AROUND 350 ACRES, AND IS 15% CONTAINED.
THE ONION MOUNTAIN FIRE, 15 MILES WEST OF GRANTS PASS HAS SLOWED DOWN A BIT OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. IT IS NOW 1,954 ACRES IN SIZE AND IS 2% CONTAINED. PLANES WILL CONTINUE TO DROP RETARDANT AGAIN TODAY AS GROUND CREWS WORK ON CONTAINMENT LINES.
ODOT has closed Interstate 5 southbound at the California border due to the Boles Fire, which has grown to more than 300 acres. wind gusts of 40 mph+ are pushing the fire, more than 75 structures burned, others threatened, Interstate 5 and Hwy 97 are both closed near Weed, CA. California Department of Forestry has ground crews, water dropping 'copters, retardant planes, all working the blaze. CDF also ordering evacuations of Weed, Lake Shastina, and Carrick, CA.
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FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR..... JACKSONVILLE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN LOCATING A SENIOR CITIZEN.
POLICE SAY THAT 66 YEAR OLD JANI BENNETT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
HER HUSBAND SAYS SHE LEFT THEIR HOME AROUND 3PM FRIDAY, THOUGHT TO BE HEADED TO THE MCMINNVILLE AREA. SHE HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE. POLICE SAY BENNETT HAS EXPERIENCED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. BENNETT IS DESCRIBED AS 5’6'', 120-140 POUNDS, WITH SILVER HAIR AND GRAY EYES.
SHE WAS LAST SEEN DRIVING A BRONZE 2006 LEXUS SUV WITH OREGON LICENSE PLATE: 5-7-6-E-P-J.
BENNETT WAS ALSO REPORTED MISSING IN MARCH BUT WAS FOUND SAFE DAYS LATER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL JACKSONVILLE POLICE.