GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICT IS RE-EVALUATING POLICY IN WAKE OF AN INCIDENT THAT HAS GONE VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
A FIRST GRADER WAS PLACED IN FRONT OF A CARDBOARD BOX EATING ALONE AFTER REPEATED TARDINESS.
GRANTS PASS SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT JOHN HIGGINS ADDRESSED THE PICTURES... SAYING ITS A CONFIDENTIAL CUBBY... ADDING THAT IT IS INTENDED TO AVOID DISTRACTION.
HIGGINS SAYS IT IS PART OF LUNCH DETENTION WHEN A CHILD IS TARDY MORE THAN 4 TIMES A TRIMESTER.
THE FIRST GRADER'S GRANDMOTHER, LAURA HOOVER POSTED THE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK
WEDNESDAY MORNING... IT'S NOW BEEN SHARED MORE THAN 60-THOUSAND TIMES.
THE MISSING HOME IN KLAMATH FALLS HAS BEEN FOUND, BUT NOW ITS A QUESTION OF WHO OWNS IT.
KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WERE ABLE TO LOCATE A LOG CABIN REPORTED AS 'STOLEN' ABOUT A HALF A MILE AWAY FROM IT'S ORIGINAL LOCATION.
BUT NEIGHBORS ON NINE MILE ROAD WERE SURPRISED TO SEE THE SHERIFF SAY ON THE NEWS THAT THE HOME WAS 'MISSING'... AS THEY SAY IT HAS BEEN THERE FOR ALMOST A YEAR.
NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED, AND INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER JUST WHO OWNS THE CABIN.
A CENTRAL POINT MAN CONTINUES HIS RECOVERY FROM SEVERE BURNS THIS MORNING.. AFTER HIS TRAILER CAUGHT FIRE EARLIER THIS WEEK, WITH HIM INSIDE.
JUSTIN BERLANDI IS RECEIVING TREATMENT AT EMMANUEL BURN CENTER IN PORTLAND.
HIS FAMILY SAYS BERLANDI WAS ABLE TO SIT UP ON HIS OWN ON WEDNESDAY. THE FAMILY HAS SET UP A FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT TO HELP PAY FOR MEDICAL BILLS. YOU CAN FIND IT AT GOFUNDME.COM AND SEARCH FOR THE "JUSTIN BERLANDI FUND."
IT'S A STRANGE STORY YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED IS TRENDING ON FACEBOOK... AN ENTIRE HOUSE IS MISSING THIS MORNING AND DEPUTIES WITH THE KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE IT IS.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS IT'S A LOG CABIN THAT USED TO SIT ALONG THE SPRAGUE RIVER.
THE 12 HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT HOME WAS REPORTED 'MISSING' ON TUESDAY.
THE HOME WAS NOT OCCUPIED, AND THE ABSENTEE HOMEOWNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED.
PLEASE CONTACT THE KLAMATH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION.
A MAN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL ABUSE PLEADED GUILTY, WEDNESDAY, TO SHOOTING A CAT WITH A BOW AND ARROW.
25-YEAR-OLD CODY DAIGNEAULT PLEADED GUILTY TO ANIMAL ABUSE IN THE FIRST DEGREE.
THAT CHARGE IS USUALLY A MISDEMEANOR, BUT BECAUSE OF A PRIOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION -- IT WAS UPGRADED TO A FELONY.
DAIGNEAULT WAS GIVEN THREE YEARS SUPERVISED PROBATION, CANNOT OWN ANIMALS FOR 15 YEARS AND WILL HAVE TO HELP PAY FOR THE CAT'S MEDICAL CARE. THE CAT IS EXPECTED TO BE OKAY.
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APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION ON A 6-YEAR OLD?
The above picture taken by Hunter's mom, Nicole Garloff of Grants Pass. Due to an unreliable car, Hunter has been late several times for school at Lincoln Elementary in Grants Pass School District 7. Because of tardies, Hunter had to sit behind the "wall of shame" at school lunch. Probably not the best call by school administrators.
UPDATE: HUGE THANKS to Lisa Kelly and Kelly's Automotive in Grants Pass and Medford for volunteering to donate $500 in car repairs to get the Grants Pass mother and father's car fixed. This is the family with the 6-year old boy, Hunter, who was shamed with lunch detention for being late to school several times. I'm kicking in cash to help, same with other KMED listeners.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 02-27-2015
6:35 Julia Seymoure from MRC, Soros money behind the Net Neutrality Takeover
7:15 Anabel Ascher, The Frugal Goddess, author of Whole Food at Half Price–30 Days to Healthy Eating Without Breaking The Bank
8:10 John Charles, Cascade Policy Institute - The Case of the Disappearing Backyard. (Land use policy run amok)
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 02-26-2015
7:10 Rich Richmond, founder of TheLeastOfThese.org ministry, and Russian minister Vitalik Dudukolov, lives in Ukraine, and we discuss what's really going on there for Christians there.
7:35 Jackson County Sheriff Corey Falls
8:35 Nicole Garloff, mother of 6-year old Hunter, the Grants Pass Student noted at the top of this post.
PAGING LEE GREENWOOD, DR. LEE GREENWOOD, REPORT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, PLEASE.
Sing with me: "I'm Proud to be an Uh-Merican, where we used-to-be-quite- free" Tomorrow is the final big net neutrality takeover by the FCC. More than 300 pages of rules and regs. (which you aren't allowed to see) Even some Dems worried about this...making the internet "fair" will be a massive increase of government control and taxation. Brace for your internet permit in the "land of the free".
Perhaps I'm being impolite for noting that all those "Good Republicans" elected to the House could defund the FCC, too...Along with DHS immigration, and about 100 other federal agencies not authorized in the constitution. We're told to elect R's to rightly shrink the size of government, and repeal Obamacare, but somehow it's never the right time...you know, there's an election coming up...it'll make Obama look good, wait until we have a Republican in the White House, let the courts handle this, etc.
It's almost as if the party just tells us it wants to shrink government in order to get votes, but it doesn't really mean to. I know that's how it looks, but I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation. <sarcasm OFF>
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 02-25-1015
6:35 Sean Noble with American Encore. In his latest column for Townhall.com, American Encore President Sean Noble discusses FEC Democrats’ plan it censor the internet and how it will only further bolster moneyed interests.
7:35 Crimestopper with Lt. Mike Budreau
8:10 Richard Greenberg, author of Raising Children Other People Want to Be Around. His website is CommonSenseDad.com. Richard and I kick around this trend of cops cracking down on "free range parents', including investigating parents letting their children walk home alone from public parks.
2-24-15 Last Day for Radio Shacks in Medford - RIP
Just happened to drop by Bear Creek Plaza today, needing some solder, thought I'd see if RadioShack had any left during their shutting down sale. (Nope, had to go to Bi Mart) It ends up that our local Radio Shacks closed for good today. I was the last paying customer, and they shut down when I left, starting to move out the fixtures. Got a huge box of cables, adapters, some cellphone b.s., parts, for about a penny on the dollar. It was like closing a door on a big part of my life. All those years building projects brought back all sorths of RS memories - The battery of the week club, 100 in 1 electronic kits, shortwave and ham radio gear, lifetime guaranteed gold pin vacuum tubes. Great memories of learning to build things. Radioshack may yet live on, being co-branded with some remaining Sprint stores, perhaps even a revived online presence.
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 2/24/2015
6:35 Dale Matthews from BadCounty.com - Problems with the county software, looks like they're going to cut their losses, but the taxpayers lose close to half oa a $600,000 investment.
7:10 House District 55 State Representative Mike McLane has an update on the latest legislative action.
8:10 Kevin Starrett at Oregon Firearms Federation - Gun Bills are going to start moving Thursday, be vigilant.
HEARD AT THE GOVERNORS PRESS CONFERENCE...
Gov Kate Brown said it would be "speculative" to ask if she'd pardon disgraced Gov. Kitzhaber. (A simple "no" would have sufficed.)
BILL'S GUESTS FOR 2-23-2015
6:35 Liz Peek from the Fiscal Times Dot Com, Obama's Immigration Setback is a Gift to the GOP.
7:15 Terrorism expert and former Army Lt. Colonel James Jay Carafano, author of of the new e-book Surviving The End: A Practical Guide For Everyday Americans In the Age Of Terror.
7:35 - David Beatty, former Jackson County Sheriffs Deputy
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers, "Visiting Past and Present" segment
8:35 Mark Hutto with Jay Austin and Company Coin and Jewelry Exchange
DR. POWERS POST FOR THIS WEEK:
The D’Autremont Brothers and the Old West’s Last Train Robbery
By Dennis Powers
The completion of Tunnel No. 13 beneath the Siskiyou Pass in 1887 allowed Southern Pacific to connect California and Oregon by rail. Located a short distance east of the historic pass, the grades on both sides of the Siskiyou Summit are steep. Some thirty five years later, the D’Autremont brothers saw this as the ideal location to pull off what’s considered to be this country’s last Old-West-style train robbery.
On October 11, 1923, the train was traveling from Seattle to San Francisco and cresting the Siskiyou Summit after its Ashland stopover. Awaiting the lumbering train was 19-year-old Hugh D’Autremont and his twin, 23-year-old brothers, Ray and Roy. They had heard rumors that the train was hauling nearly $500,000 in gold. They decided to stop the train at the 3,107-foot-long Tunnel 13, because it would be easy to get onto as it slowly chugged its way to the crest. The grade to the north of the summit is 3.67%, the steepest one on this trip.
Roy and Hugh jumped onto the train when it slowed to test its brakes, while Ray waited at the tunnel’s other end with the dynamite. They jumped onto the baggage car and climbed over the coal tender. Leaping down into the engine cab, Hugh with his gun drawn ordered the engineer to stop, which he did at the south end of the tunnel. As coal smoke began to leak into the cars, the passengers were upset, of course, but didn’t know what was going on.
When the postal clerk locked himself inside the mail car, the twins packed their dynamite against one end and ignited the explosives. Not knowing what they were doing, the immense explosion destroyed the car, ripped open one side, and killed the clerk. Hearing the explosion and choking in the dense smoke, the passengers staggered towards the end of the tunnel and away from the wrecked track and train.
The unfortunate brakeman managed to make his way out through the thick smoke, but his appearance startled the brothers. Ray with a shotgun and Hugh with a .45 semiautomatic opened fire and killed the man. Knowing that they didn’t have time or any money or gold in sight, the D’Autremonts shot and killed the train engineer and fireman, the only witnesses they believed had seen them. Wiping their feet in creosote to keep the bloodhounds from their scent, the brothers fled into the woods. Despite an extensive manhunt by local posses, angry railroad workers, Oregon National Guard troops, and even federal personnel, the brothers had managed to disappear.
With four men murdered and mangled car remains, it was maddening to the authorities that this crime couldn’t be solved. It wouldn’t have been, but for a forensic scientist by the name of “The Wizard,” Edward O. Heinrich, who was pioneering in the use of forensic science to solve criminal cases. A scientist in a University of California-Berkeley laboratory, he received from law authorities the scant evidence left behind: a single pair of coveralls and inconclusive passenger testimony.
In a few weeks, Heinrich informed them that their “coverall man” was white, light complexioned, had light-brown eyebrows, a mustache, medium-brown hair, and was near 5-feet, 10-inches tall. He was a logger in the Pacific Northwest, left-handed, and very meticulous about his appearance. The man smoked and when caught, Heinrich said he would probably be wearing a new jacket and a bowler hat. When Roy D’Autremont finally was caught, he was smoking a cigarette and wearing the jacket and hat.
Wizard Heinrich, also called the “Edison of Crime Detection,” determined that the “dirt” discovered on the overalls was not oil or grease, as the police had thought, but fir pitch from Douglas fir needles peculiar to the Northwest. The man with the coveralls was left-handed, since in swinging with his left hand, his right-side pocket would face the tree and collect wood chips, as found in that pocket. In a breast pocket, Heinrich discovered fingernail clippings, rolled-up cigarette butts, and mustache wax that indicated that this person was a vain man.
The definitive clue found was a crumpled up, mail receipt, deep in a pencil pocket, and signed by Roy D’Autremont. The address was in “Lakewood, N.M.,” where the brothers and their divorced mother had lived in 1920. Although the D’Autremont brothers had left the area, assumed new identities, and started new lives, they were eventually caught. In 1927, Hugh was arrested while in the Philippines with the military; he had been fingerprinted when joining the Army. The twins were soon arrested in Ohio.
The brothers were tried in the Jackson County courthouse in Jacksonville, convicted, and each one sentenced to life in prison. Paroled in 1958, Hugh died from cancer a few months later. Roy had a mental breakdown in prison and was given a frontal lobotomy; he died just a few months after his 1983 parole. Ray’s sentence was commuted in 1972 by Governor Tom McCall, and after working years as a part-time janitor at the University of Oregon, he died in 1984.
Sources: Finn J.D. John, “13 was unlucky number for train passengers, robbers alike,” Offbeat Oregon, April 5, 2009, at Train Robbery (With Image); Jeff LaLande, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Siskiyou Pass,” at Siskiyou Pass; Bill Miller, “The ‘Wizard of Berkley’ & the D’Autremont brothers,” Mail Tribune, August 30, 2009, at Forensic Scientist Heinrich; Paul Fattig, “The (not so) Great Train Robbery,” Mail Tribune, October 11, 2012, at Film and Additional Information.
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