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Dylan Strasser

New C.O. storms bring more lightning, fires

As predicted – and feared – another batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled north through much of Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, raking the state with 11,000 lightning strikes and bringing more than 40 smoke reports on the High Desert that had initial attack crews on the run.

Madras track coach arrested on sex abuse

Second HS coach sex scandal rocks Madras

A second coach-related sex scandal hit Madras High School in just eight months as a track coach was arrested Monday.

Redmond crew fuels wildfire fight

High Desert fires keep air refueling crews busy

It's not just crews on the ground fighting the wildfires in our area. Some of the biggest help is in the sky. Because of the heightened air attack, it's keeping one Redmond business very busy.

Evacuees prepare to head back

Wildfire travel woes ease in Mitchell area

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents, some of whom also were evacuated or under alert in recent days.

Bend  Police Car (Generic)

Bend PD: Man pulled knife, approached officer

A Bend police officer on downtown patrol Tuesday was approached by a 24-year-old man who was “acting strangely” and called in backup when the man produced a knife and advanced toward him, officers said. The man ran but was quickly apprehended.

Mitchell gets cellphone boost

Fire brings smoke - and cell service - to Mitchell

The Wheeler County town of Mitchell, population 130 or so, is the closest community to the Waterman Complex fire. It's an area so rural that it doesn't even have cellphone service. That is, until now -- and only for now.

Hwy. 26E reopens near Waterman Complex Fires


Waterman Complex: Highway 26E fully reopened

The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell improved to 80 percent containment Tuesday -- as first one, then both lanes of Hwy. 25E reopened between Prineville and Mitchell for the first time in a week, with some restrictions still in place - headlights on, no stopping.

Busy days at fire lookout

Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

6-yr old attacked by dog dog remains free

Dog attacks girl, 6, at Ochoco Reservoir, still free

"It bit me and scratched me and bit me a few more times," 6-year old Kaylee said. It is a day she will not forget. Kaylee and her family were at the Ochoco Reservoir when a dog attacked her.

Logging unit firefighter

Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik/Oregon Military Dept.

Logging Unit Fires: Good progress, still much to do

Tuesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires that have burned over 10,300 acres, have 735 personnel battling them and are just 5 percent contained; firefighters report excellent progress with line construction; Sidwalter Flat area evacuation alert dropped to Level 1.

Ban Ki-moon, John Kerry

State Department

No peace in Mideast as diplomats rush in

Washington's top diplomat landed in Israel on Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for an "immediate cessation of hostilities."


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  • Is this Apple's new iWatch?

    Possible Apple iWatch

    U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

    Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch" this fall.

Entertainment Headlines

Philip Seymour Hoffman: No 'trust fund kids'

Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids" so he left his fortune to his girlfriend, a court document said.

Robert Downey Jr.: Highest-paid actor (again)

Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey

Tim Hart/CNN

Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

Tree dedicated to Beatle killed by beetles


Steve Mathieson

A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a grisly end to its life from the jaws of voracious bark beetles.

Ray J Norwood charged with sexual battery

Ray J Norwood

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Ray J Norwood has been charged with four misdemeanors in a case in which he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, smashing a police car window and spitting on a cop.

Cops to Justin Bieber: Tone down the parties

Justin Bieber, March 2014

REUTERS/Miami Beach Police Dept./Handout via Reuters

Beverly Hills police want Justin Bieber to "take the bull by the horns" and tone down his house parties.


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