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Local Your Photos: Lightning strikes light up Oregon's night skies Your Photos: Lightning strikes light up Oregon's night skies (Photo Gallery)
A series of lightning storms moved across the Willamette Valley and Coastal Range early Friday morning, producing frequent strikes as the cells moved to the north - National Weather Service.

We asked our viewers to send in photos they took as the storms moved through our region. Here are a few of the best ones you took!

Do you have photos of the Thursday-Friday's lightning storm? Send them to newsdesk@kmtr.com or post them on our Facebook page!
Local Police: Man sexually abused teen after giving her booze, pot (New) Police: Man sexually abused teen after giving her booze, pot
A 55-year-old registered sex offender faces allegations he gave a 15-year-old girl pot and booze at a party and then sexually abused her.

Oregon State Police arrested Melvin "Bud" Richard Stout Jr. on Thursday. He faces charges of Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Online Sexual Corruption in the First Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) to a Minor.

The girl told a state police detective Thursday that Stout gave her alcohol and marijuana on more than one occasion, including a part in the Crow area in June, state police said.

Stout also exchanged sexually explicit photos with the girl on the night of the party, state police said.

Man found on Eugene road dies; police ask public for help

Man found on Eugene road dies; police ask public for help »Play Video
Charles Irwin was found on Danebo Avenue late Wednesday night

A man found injured on a West Eugene road has died.

Now police are asking for the public's help figuring out what happened.

Police identified the man as 33-year-old Charles Lewis Irwin. He was last listed as a Springfield resident.

Irwin was found just after 11 p.m. Wednesday on S. Danebo Avenue near W. 11th Avenue.

A bicycle was found nearby. There was not substantial damage to the bicycle, police said. There were no other people or vehicles in the area.

Medics rushed Irwin to the hospital, but he died from his injuries, police said.

Wine grapes weathering the heat

Wine grapes weathering the heat »Play Video
Robin Pfeiffer

You may be withering in the Willamette Valley heat, but wine grapes are far from turning into raisins.

"They love between 80 and 90, and they're doing just fine, thank you very much," said Robin Pfeiffer at Pfeiffer Vineyards. "But when it gets up into the mid to high 90s and above, they kind of gather and shut down and they don't do as well as they do at those low temperatures."

Gardening gets kids outside working in dirt

Gardening gets kids outside working in dirt »Play Video

Gardeners wait months for their fruit and veggies to ripen.

Once it does, that bumper crop can often be too much to handle. But there are places where you can take some of that excess produce.

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays

Search for Jennifer Huston extends to San Juan Islands

Search for Jennifer Huston extends to San Juan Islands
Jennifer Huston

The search for a missing Oregon mother has been extended to Washington state's San Juan Islands, after police learned that she had visited there before in the past and that it was one of her favorite spots.

Dangerous beauty: Thunderstorms spark new fires on Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park

Dangerous beauty: Thunderstorms spark new fires on Umpqua forest, Crater Lake park
Crater Lake National Park photo of rainbow July 30, 2014, during stormy weather. Thunderstorms ignited new fires in the park and on the adjacent Umpqua National Forest, east of Roseburg.

Smokejumpers are en route to lightning fires near the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, some of the six confirmed fire starts reported on the Umpqua National Forest.

Elsewhere, hand crews are heading into a fire on the Boulder Creek Wilderness.

And a new batch of fires are under attack by fire crews in Crater Lake National Park.

Where to see the Budweiser Clydesdales in person Thursday or Friday

Where to see the Budweiser Clydesdales in person Thursday or Friday
Big and bigger

Beer distributor Western Beverage Company earned the visit by the Clydesdale. But ahead of that special show Saturday, the horses are touring Lane County to the delight of fans.

"I knew that they were big," said Christian Kluth. "I didn't think that they were that big. Their hoof is almost the size of my head."

DuneFest revs up South Coast economy

DuneFest revs up South Coast economy
Let's ride!

DuneFest is officially under way, with thousands of riders seeking the most fun you can have on sand.

And while everything's set for a fun weekend, it can also be a dangerous one.

"We're going to have anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 people out here," said Rich Patten, safety coordinator. "Just the dynamics of safety are huge."

Man, 18, missing in central Oregon found by searchers on horseback

Man, 18, missing in central Oregon found by searchers on horseback
Search and rescue crews launched the search. Photo via Oregon State Police

http://media.kmtr.com/images/140731_Kevin_Mulert_405.jpgSearchers on horseback Thursday morning found a teen missing from a wilderness program in Central Oregon since early Wednesday morning.

Search and rescue workers found Kevin Mulert, 18, about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the camp.

Searchers provided initial medical care and water as it appeared he was dehydrated.

Oregon State Police said a National Guard helicopter was reportedly taking him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for an examination.