Kelsey Dudley

Reporter

Kelsey Dudley
Kelsey Dudley
Reporter
Kelsey joins the NewsSource 16 team as a reporter and weekend anchor. Kelsey arrives in the northwest after living nearly a year in sunny Singapore. There she worked as a travel host for an online blog where she traveled all across Southeast Asia exploring the beautiful region and meeting incredible people along the way. She filmed in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

In Singapore, Kelsey helped create a tutor/mentor program for underprivileged children and worked directly with a local hospital to bring art activities and movie nights to children battling cancer.

Kelsey studied Journalism in Canberra, Australia and received a B.A. in Mass Communication/Journalism from Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho.

Before moving overseas, Kelsey started her journalism career at KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado where she worked as a production assistant and reporter. There she helped cover the Aurora Theater shooting and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Grand Junction during the 2012 election.

Kelsey thrives in the outdoors and is happy she lives in one of the best places for it. She loves rock climbing; hot yoga; and can find an adventure around every corner.

You can follow all of Kelsey’s adventures and catch up on the latest news on Twitter and Instagram: @kelseydudley11

Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelseydudleynewsie

If you have a story idea, email Kelsey at kdudley@kmtr.com

Recent stories by Kelsey Dudley

Local Court documents shed new light on murder and fire Court documents shed new light on murder and fire(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Neighbors heard trouble before they saw it last month.

"Prior to the fire, the neighbors reported hearing a vehicle arrive in the vicinity and then leaving the vicinity. They also reported hearing an explosion," police wrote in a sworn affidavit on the March 19 murder of George Wasson and fire at his home.

Firefighters found Wasson dead inside his burning home and summoned police to the scene.
Local Junction City man describes life with meth: 'Time goes by so fast you don't realize it' Junction City man describes life with meth: 'Time goes by so fast you don't realize it'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
John Johnson recalled the day his Juniper Street home was raided.

"I was holding my dog, and I was outside," he said. "I just stood and watched the light show appear, and I knew it was coming for us."

Police arrested six people, including Johnson. He has a 4-page rap sheet dating back decades.

Johnson said that 30 year ago, before he started getting high on meth, he was different.
Local 'I wish I would have done more with my life' 'I wish I would have done more with my life'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
John Johnson recalled the day his Juniper Street home was raided.

"I was holding my dog, and I was outside," he said. "I just stood and watched the light show appear, and I knew it was coming for us."

Police arrested six people, including Johnson. He has a 4-page rap sheet dating back decades.

Johnson said that 30 year ago, before he started getting high on meth, he was different.
Local 'There are people out there contacting our children with the purpose to sexually exploit them' 'There are people out there contacting our children with the purpose to sexually exploit them'(Video)
One police investigator is working an online sting operation to bust sexual predators in Corvallis.

“My account was being so inundated, I had to focus on those that were closer to us,” said Corvallis PD Detective Bryan Rehnberg.

Officials said there are warning signs that can often warn parents of sexual predators contacting their children over the internet.
Local Man with felony meth charges released: 'We now file approximately 25 percent of our total felony volume' Man with felony meth charges released: 'We now file approximately 25 percent of our total felony volume'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
An alleged methamphetamine dealer was among six people sent to jail after a Junction City Police drug bust on Friday. Officials said the man, Troy Malpass, was released later that day even though he faces felony charges for possession and distribution of meth.

Malpass was released from the Lane County Jail later that evening.

According to pretrial services for the jail, the agreement is an option for suspects past and determining whether or not they're a risk to the community.
Local Officers arrest 5 on meth charges in Junction City bust Officers arrest 5 on meth charges in Junction City bust(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Officers arrested five people Friday morning during a meth bust at a home near Laurel Elementary School, officials said.

Junction City Police Chief Mark Chase said an 11-month-old was one of three young children at the home when police served their search warrant.

Officers served a search warrant at 1144 Juniper St. on Friday morning. Officers reported finding cash, along with with drug records, transactions and other proof of sales.
Local 'No way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill' 'No way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill'(Video)
Convicted double murder Johan Gillette's brother James - named for their father, one of Johan's victims - said his brother's trial was a case of "cold hard facts."

Absent from the proceedings: the true story of who his father and his brother were.

"My dad had a violent and explosive nature," he said, "and my brother was a non-violent person."

The most important evidence in this case was the character testimony, James said.

He believes the prosecution focused too much on the evidence and ignored the voices of those who knew the two men best.

"There is absolutely no way that my brother went into this with any intent to kill or even to harm anyone," James said. "That was never part of his nature. It never has been, and we've never seen an example of that in 36 years."
Local Coburg Hills scene of massive landslides in geologic history Coburg Hills scene of massive landslides in geologic history(Video)
The slide that devastated Oso, Wash., is rare because of how much landed shifted and how fast it moved, experts say.

But landslides are a common geologic threat in Oregon, said Ian Madin, the chief scientist at the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

"Much of the front of the Coburg Hills to the north and east of Eugene is composed of a series of giant landslides, many of which have come all the way from the top of the mountain well out to the valley in events that would have been every bit destructive as what we saw in Washington," Madin said. "Fortunately, these happened hundreds or thousands of years ago, but there's no reason they couldn't happen today."
Local Getting back into a workout routine: 'Starting off, you got to listen to your body' Getting back into a workout routine: 'Starting off, you got to listen to your body'(Video)
As the weather starts getting better, many are using the early spring sunshine to get back into their favorite outdoor activities.

However many experts say it is best to take it slow when getting back into the work out routine.

For those that have been dormant the last few months, personal trainer Sam Kiesse said that pushing yourself too hard, too soon can be dangerous.
Local Volunteers help clean up cemetery of Eugene founding fathers Volunteers help clean up cemetery of Eugene founding fathers(Photo Gallery)(Video)
Eugene's Masonic Cemetery is a place of history.

Established back in 1859, it is now the resting place for a number of Eugene's founding fathers.

You have Eugene and Mary Skinner, the first settlers.

Thomas Condon, geologist and missionary.

And it's still an active cemetery, mixing old with new.

But remember the ice storm back in February?

The damage can still be seen here on the hill.

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Local 'It's a really good feeling to wake up sober and know that I'm going to be OK' 'It's a really good feeling to wake up sober and know that I'm going to be OK'(Video)
Meth consumed Carolyn Plato's life

"I started using meth when I was 14," she said, "and I'm 46 now."

To keep up with her $200 per day meth habit, she stole $500 worth of merchandise daily from stores.

She's not alone.

Kameron Baszler started using meth when she was 10. Drugs landed her behind bars for 7 years.

"It was hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I was going to go to prison, because even though I was committing crimes, there's still a weird part of your brain where you are using drugs that tells you it's fine, it's going to be OK," she said.

But it wasn't OK.
Local Neighbor uneasy after woman robbed at gunpoint while stopped in car Neighbor uneasy after woman robbed at gunpoint while stopped in car(Video)
A driver new to the area pulled over to consult her GPS when 2 men with a gun robbed her as she sat in her car, police said.

"She said she saw it and froze and she couldn't describe anything more," said Sgt. Rich Charboneau.

The robbery happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday at 5th and U streets in Springfield.

The victim told police she was smoking at the time and had both the driver and the passenger windows rolled down.

She said the two men said nothing. They just reached in the passenger's seat and grabbed her purse and suitcase, then took off running.

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Local Grants to train truck drivers dry up Grants to train truck drivers dry up(Video)
Truck drivers are one of the most in-demand employees in the state - and some of the hardest jobs to fill, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Despite the high demand, Don Edwards with IITR trucking school said their classrooms are virtually empty.

A class that should have 9 people in it now only has 3.
Local Eugene-Springfield emergency crews handle calls with the same staffing they had in the 80s Eugene-Springfield emergency crews handle calls with the same staffing they had in the 80s(Video)
In the course of 30 years, the number of on-duty firefighters and paramedics hasn’t changed much for the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department. They operate with about the same staff as they did in 1985, said Lane Professionals Firefighters Association president Mike Barnebey.

The same can’t be said for their response calls, which have risen around 700 percent since the 80’s.
Local Autistic teen's life improved by medical marijuana, parents say: 'He said 'mama'… I'd been hoping for that for 18 years' Autistic teen's life improved by medical marijuana, parents say: 'He said 'mama'… I'd been hoping for that for 18 years' (Video)
As the debate over medical marijuana heats up across the state, Oregon parents Jimmy and Maria Ferris say it has dramatically improved the life of their 18-year-old son Kyle.

Kyle has severe autism. His father, Jimmy, said Kyle was unresponsive to most medications, suffering from multiple seizures a day with very little change in his behavior.

Both parents agree, medicinal marijuana use made for a very positive change in Kyle's life.

"The last time that he saw the doctor he actually turned to the doctor and waved and said goodbye," said Maria. "He was amazed at that, (Kyle) had never done anything like it."
Local Duo accused of trying to set pizza parlor on fire Duo accused of trying to set pizza parlor on fire(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The couple had been at the pizza restaurant for a while.

“We had like tried to help him out the whole night," Soren Kaldaho recalled.

To the staff serving up slices, they were helping a customer who maybe had too much to drink.

As Whirled Pies went to close up at 10 p.m., staff asked the woman and man to leave.

"We locked up the doors," said Natalie Gattis, "and after like 5 minutes of him being gone, he started banging on the door, like really hard, like the things on top of the door were falling off.

“I saw them outside the door like messing with the planter," she said, "and I was like, I think they're going to break down the door.”
Local Looking for work? Employment Department profiles top vacancies Looking for work? Employment Department profiles top vacancies(Photo Gallery)
Every single county in Oregon saw unemployment fall.

Yet many Oregonians are still looking for work.

The good news is 2/3 of the job vacancies in 2013 didn't require education beyond high school. Half paid over $15 an hour.

And many were hard to fill, like truck drivers. The more than 1,000 openings in that sector were the hardest to fill, open more than 60 days.
Local Foster girls transform into princesses for the day: 'They grinned ear to ear' Foster girls transform into princesses for the day: 'They grinned ear to ear'(Video)
The drizzle outside the Valley River Center on Sunday didn’t dampen the spirits of the almost 300 girls who were transformed into princesses.

The non-profit group A Family For Every Child hosted their 6th annual Princess For A Day event on Sunday, giving hundreds of children a day full of royal treatment.
Local Back to the Future Boulder Competition: 'This is a preparation for something bigger' Back to the Future Boulder Competition: 'This is a preparation for something bigger'(Video)
Expert climbers took turns clinging to the walls of Crux Rock Gym Saturday for the inaugural Back to the Future Boulder Competition.

The contestants were doing a form of climbing called bouldering, in which they try to climb from one point to another without using ropes.

Organizers expect a sequel Back to the Future Boulder Competition in 2015.
Local Student attacked in dorm stairwell: Are residence halls secure? Student attacked in dorm stairwell: Are residence halls secure?(Video)
A student reported being held down and beat by 2 men in a stairwell of a University of Oregon residence hall early Sunday morning.

Police don't know if the suspects are dorm residents or not.

Students use key cards to gain access to resience halls on the Oregon campus, but students said they often hold the door open for others.

Is being nice putting campus residents at risk?
Local Hatchery: 10,000 salmon eggs killed by unknown pollutant Hatchery: 10,000 salmon eggs killed by unknown pollutant(Photo Gallery)(Video)
An entire generation of Coho salmon are dead according to Jack Armer, manager of the Florence Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in Florence.

The hatchery's Coho salmon acclimate in water pulled from the Munsel Creek.

On Saturday February 8, Armer says the hatchery had 10,000 Coho salmon eggs good and healthy.

He says when he checked on the eggs Sunday morning they all were dead.
Local Evergreen Tattoo Invitational: 'I believe in getting something because you love the art' Evergreen Tattoo Invitational: 'I believe in getting something because you love the art'(Photo Gallery)(Video)
The best tattoo artists from across the globe gathered at the WIllamalane Center in Springfield this weekend for the inaugural Evergreen Tattoo Invitational.

One of the dozens of artists filling the Willamalane Center was Joey Hamilton, winner of the reality show Ink Masters. He feels that much of the tattoo world is changing, as artists explore how they use skin as a canvas.

“People who go to college and get the art degrees are coming in to tattooing, so that’s changing how tattoos look,” said Hamilton.