Most clicked stories of 2013

Most clicked stories of 2013
Photo courtesy: ODOT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A series of photos of missing children, a high profile DUII arrest and a father and daughter shot dead. These are among the Top 10 most looked at stories on KPIC.com in 2013.

Here is a look at the most clicked on stories of the year:

#10 Teen accidentally shoots friend

A 16-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed in Drain by his 15-year-old friend back in August.

The victim, identified by classmates as Austin Lundeen, was a member of the North Douglas High School Warrior football team.

"He was definitely a character and kind of kept things alive on the team," said coach JJ Mast.

Deputies say the victim had been spending the night at his friend's house. The boys were in the bedroom together when deputies say they decided to handle a hunting rifle belonging to the 15-year-old.

The younger boy was handing the rifle to his friend when the rifle accidentally discharged and struck the teen, the sheriff's office said.

The shooting was investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the Douglas County Deputy Medical Examiner's Office and determined to be accidental.


#9 Suspect in goat sacrifice plot hits dad with ax

A Roseburg man is in jail after deputies say he attacked his 73-year-old father with an ax, hitting him several times in the head.

The suspect, Hunter Goldberg, was also arrested last year in a case involving an alleged goat sacrifice plot.

Officials with the Douglas County Sheriff's office say they were called to a house in the 600 block of Rio Nes Lane, which is off of Sunshine Road east of Roseburg back in January.

The call came after a woman reporting that her son had attacked her husband with an ax, and they were on the way to the hospital.

Authorities say that they spoke with the victim at Mercy Medical Center and learned that the alleged attacker was Hunter Chambers Goldberg, 24, who lived at the residence.

Officials say Josiah Paul Goldberg was sitting in his chair when his son came into the room and attacked him with the ax, striking him several times in the head.


 #8 Hometown soldier dies, laid to rest in Roseburg

Dozens came out to mourn the loss of a local soldier, one who friends and family say always made them smile.

Private First Class Avery Stringer died on April 13 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Family members say he was found deceased in his room.

Avery was a 2012 graduate from Roseburg High School.

His friends told KPIC News that he was the type of person you couldn't help but love. "He was basically one of the best people to be around," said Tim Minter. "Most likely if you didn't know him, you knew of him, because he was such a great person."

Those who knew Avery describe him as an active, funny guy, who always did what he could to make others smile. "He wanted everybody else to be happy. He would literally do anything to make other people happy," said Stringer's friend, Brodie Minter.


#7 Chrome Nightclub burns to the ground

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg police say the investigation into the Chrome Nightclub fire found no evidence of arson.

Owner Ben Bass says he was told that officials could not determine the exact cause of the fire that destroyed Chrome Nightclub.

Bass told KPIC News that the situation, "Makes me sick to my stomach."

He says he is happy to have the issue put to rest, and he is working with insurance officials and the owner of the building to determine where to go from here. "As far as the negative things said about me, the investigation resolves, at least knowing that it wasn't arson," Bass said.

On July 17, A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy noticed smoke coming from the roof of the nightclub on Diamond Lake Boulevard around 1:43 a.m.

Firefighters responded and battle the flames for over 2 hours before they were able to bring the fire under control. The Roseburg Fire Department said crews were putting 3,000 gallons of water per minute on the fire at one point.

Roseburg police say since there was not evidence of arson, their case has been closed.


#6 Snow and Ice Storm 2013

The beginning of December brought some very scenic and destructive weather around Douglas County.

Schools and businesses closed their doors and snow and ice kept police, fire crews and ODOT running non-stop.

The winter storm did bring some very beautiful scenes around Douglas County, that were captured by YouNews photographers as well as this gallery from ODOT.

While kids enjoyed days off playing in the snow, many people hunkered down and waited for the roads to clear.

Others didn't, and a record 150 crashes occurred in one weekend.


 #5 Myrtle Creek man found dead, 5 arrested

Three of the men accused of murdering a Tri-City man told investigators they had set out to rob the victim of his medical marijuana, according to court documents.

Five men now face murder charges for the October 20 death of 57-year-old William Joe Bruton.

Buford T. Harper, 27, Jarrad A. Ramsey, 28, and William "Billy" C. Aguayo, 21, were arrested November 1 on charges of murder.

Police arrested Lawrence Jace Harper, 22, of Canyonville and David Lee Habblett, 25, of Myrtle Creek on Wednesday, November 13. Lawrence and Buford are brothers.

According to a sworn probable cause affidavit filed by investigators in Douglas County Circuit Court, the three men arrested November 1 admitted to going to Bruton's home on Ulam Lane to rob him of his medical marijuana.


#4 Douglas Complex Fire devestates

People were displaced and homes were evacuated back in July by the Douglas Complex fires.

The South County area was think with smoke for weeks, making hazardous conditions for many residents, especially in the Glendale area.

Here is a look at one of the first stories from the fires:

GLENDALE, Ore. -- Homes to the west of Glendale were evacuated Saturday as fires in the Douglas Complex continue to grow.

To the north, officials from the Oregon Department of Forestry ordered an evacuation for homes west of McCullough Creek Road at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. That evacuation stretched to Reuben Road.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies are asking people living east of McCullough Creek Rd. to the mill west of Glendale to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Later that evening Governor Kitzhaber declared the branch of the Douglas Complex fires burning near Glendale a conflagration. The declaration authorized the state fire marshal to mobilize structural firefighters and equipment to help crews already battling the fire with protecting structures. 

>>>Douglas Complex Photos

Officials say a total of 45 homes were evacuated, and 300 more are threatened by the fires near Glendale. Residents that have been evacuated can contact the Red Cross Shelter at Glendale Elementary School.


#3 Over 40 kids still missing in Oregon

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#2 Shaun Lowry accused of DUII in fatal crash

Shaun Lowry, the man who police say struck and killed a woman walking along Lookingglass Road, was arrested after a grand jury handed down an indicment.

Lowry was arrested at 1444 NW Garden Valley Blvd., which is the address of his shop called Shaun's Precision Lube & Tune.

Lowry was charged by police with first degree manslaughter, DUII, second degree assault, two counts of recklessly endangering a person and two counts of felony hit and run.

Police say the crash happened around 10:45 p.m. on August 13, as Lowry, 32, of Roseburg drove southbound on Lookingglass Road.

The car hit two pedestrians who were walking southbound on the road.

One of the pedestrians, Amanda S. Bell, 24, of Myrtle Creek died from her injuries at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

Shawnacy E. Hyatt, 37, of Roseburg was taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University, but was later released.


 #1 Father and Daughter shot dead, investigation continues

The killer shot and killed his wife and father-in-law dead. Chris Langford escaped alive.

Two months later, investigators say they are working on leads in the deaths of 24-year-old Brittney Langford and her father, 47-year-old Michael Tellone.

The two were fatally shot inside their Winchester home October 22.

"There's been no arrests, nothing like that, and that's very frustrating," Chris Langford told KPIC News in his first interview since the shooting. He had previously described what happened in a post on Facebook.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office calls the investigation a high-priority case.

"I think we're always optimistic that eventually we're going to solve a case," said Dwes Hutson with the sheriff's office.

The sheriff’s office released a sketch of the suspect based on the descriptions they received.

"Investigators are following up on tips and information as it comes in," Hutson said.

Langford said Tellone was living with Brittney and him out of fear of a specific person.

"In my mind there's only one person that could be behind an act like this, because in my opinion this wasn't just a random act," he said. "Someone didn't just draw our names out of a hat and say I'm going to go kill that family today, that's just not what happened."

Langford said legal action would bring him some closure.
 
"You know they're not still out there or at least they're not living their life like nothing happened," he said.