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 Blood bank facing shortage Blood bank facing shortage (Video)
Last week, an accident almost took someone's life.

But after 40 units of O blood transfusions, the person's life was saved.

"To put it in perspective, a normal adult has between 10 and 13 pints of blood in their system," Kristi McElhinney with Lane Blood Center said. "So if you use 40 units of blood, we replaced your blood about 4 times."

But as demand grows this summer, the Lane Blood Center is seeing a shortage of blood, specifically type O and B negative.
Local Springfield takes on taggers Springfield takes on taggers (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Springfield officials said not painting over the graffiti as quickly as possible makes it look like the community doesn't care - and in some cases gives other taggers the green light.

The vandalism makes areas seem unsafe, and at times it can even turn into a place of crime, the city contends.
Local 'One of my biggest fears is cold water' 'One of my biggest fears is cold water' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Nine buckets of freezing cold water, all with Mark Chase's name on them.

"One of my biggest fears is cold water," the Junction City police chief said.

Chase got wet Tuesday, thanks to Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, who had already taken the plunge.

It's called the Cold Water Challenge, and it's sweeping from hero to hero across the nation in fire and police departments.
Local State backs off effort to close medical marijuana dispensary State backs off effort to close medical marijuana dispensary (Video)
A battle between a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Eugene and the Oregon Health Authority is over - for now.

OHA had sought to revoke The Greener Side's license after getting tips the dispensary was within 1,000 feet of a school.

Lane County Public Health said that data was outdated, so OHA stopped their effort to shut them down.
Local Mom: Babysitter gave my kids melatonin to make them sleep Mom: Babysitter gave my kids melatonin to make them sleep (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Brittany Coughran got off work early one day and went to pick up her kids from their nanny.

When she arrived, she found them laying down.

She said the moment she put them in the car she knew something was wrong.

Three-year-old Colton and 5-year old Evi seemed lethargic and out of it, she said.

Once they were home, the two kids plopped on the bed. Brittany said that's when she confronted her children.

"I asked her, 'Evi, what's the matter?' She said, 'Well the babysitter gave me some candy to help fall asleep'," Coughran said.
Local Oregon sex offender database current - but incomplete Oregon sex offender database current - but incomplete (Video)
For years, state police have been trying to play catch up when it comes to registering sex offenders.

Now they tell us their database is finally current.

But even though it's up to date, you can only see a select few if you go to the state registry website.

There are more than 27,000 registered sex offenders in Oregon, but only 623 of them are posted on the public website.
Local Are the flowers you buy at big box stores poisonous to bees? Are the flowers you buy at big box stores poisonous to bees? (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A report released Wednesday says the bee friendly plants you buy from some major retailers may not be bee friendly at all.

The report was compiled by Friends of the Earth.

They tested 71 plants for sale at stores in 18 cities across the country, including Eugene.

The study found 36 plants tested positive for neonicotinoids, a pesticide known to harm bees.
Local Police detective charged with DUI, resisting arrest Police detective charged with DUI, resisting arrest (Video)
A police detective faces charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest.

Eugene Police arrested Springfield Police Detective Marco Espinoza on Saturday night.

The officer saw Espinoza and a woman arguing outside a car on Chambers and Roosevelt.

The officer suspected Espinoza had been drinking and driving. Instead of agreeing to be taken into custody, Espinoza became verbally aggressive and resisted arrest, Eugene Police allege.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
Local UO warns sororities about visits from 'strange looking man'
The University of Oregon warned sororities this week about a "strange looking man" approaching women where they live.

"Our office has received reports of alarming behavior associated with an individual who is engaging in conversations and dropping off 'gifts' and flowers to chapter houses and live outs, specifically for women, and is resistant to leave upon request," Justin Shukas, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, wrote in a letter dated June 11.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
Local Man jailed on attempted murder charge after woman found shot in Junction City Man jailed on attempted murder charge after woman found shot in Junction City (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Dormans didn't know something was wrong across the street.

"I didn't hear anything, and my husband didn't hear anything either," Marion Dorman said.

Then she looked out her bedroom windown around 5 a.m.

"The whole intersection was taped off," she said.

According to Junction City police, they got a call from someone worried about the well-being of the 26-year-old woman who lived there.

Officers found her unresponsive from a gunshot wound was rushed to the hospital. A man was later taken in for questioning after he was located in Creswell, 20 to miles to the south.

The sheriff later booked Joseph Eska, 24, into the Lane County Jail on a charge of attempted murder.
Local Caution urged after pedestrian killed on River Road: 'That could be anybody's little kid out there' Caution urged after pedestrian killed on River Road: 'That could be anybody's little kid out there' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Walking across River Road is part of Zackahry Brownsell's daily routine.

"I walk across the road probably every day because I live right down the street," he said.

For him, getting across the intersection at River Road and Irving is sometimes is a stroke of luck.

Last weekend, 80-year-old Randall Elroy Haugen was hit and killed crossing River Road near Irving. He wasn't using a crosswalk, according to state police.

"It's a problem for our community because I mean, there are kids that cross the street all day long," Brownsell said.
Local Springfield VFW hosts BBQ to support local veteran programs Springfield VFW hosts BBQ to support local veteran programs (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Veterans at Springfield’s VFW Post 3965 grilled up over 1,000 chickens this weekend during their 30th Memorial Day Weekend barbecue fundraiser, hoping to raise money for veteran support programs.

“It's Memorial Day, to remember those who have served and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and passed on,” said Jonie Garrelts, who served in the US Air Force for 5 years.
Local David Ray Taylor sentenced to death for murdering Eugene man David Ray Taylor sentenced to death for murdering Eugene man (Video)
A Lane County judge formally sentenced David Ray Taylor to death Tuesday after he was convicted of murdering Celestino Guiterrez Jr. nearly two years ago.

A jury handed over the recommendation after finding Taylor guilty of murdering 22-year-old Gutierrez back in August of 2012.

Taylor was also convicted and served 27 years in prison for the 1977 murder of 21-year-old Constance Roland, a gas station attendant in Eugene.
Local Murder trial publicity hurts business at bar where killer picked prey Murder trial publicity hurts business at bar where killer picked prey (Photo Gallery) (Video)
As reporters scrambled to cover the David Ray Taylor murder trial, a first-time business owner sat practically alone in his bar on Highway 99.

"It's dead in here now," said Patrick Parvin, Brew & Cue owner.

Parvin bought the Brew & Cue bar August 12, 2013 - a year and 5 days after Celestino Gutierrez's dismembered body was found off Battle Creek Road near Crow.

Eventually, detectives discovered Gutierrez's killer lured him away from a local bar: the Brew & Cue.

"There's crazy people everywhere, just a matter of where they picked the spot to be, unfortunately, this is the spot it was at," said Stacey Anderson, a customer for two decades.
Local Residue from smoking meth in homes: 'It's basically invisible' Residue from smoking meth in homes: 'It's basically invisible' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
What happens when you buy a home or move into a new rental and the previous resident smoked meth?

Strict regulations on key ingredients in methamphetamine have cut down on the number of meth labs in Oregon.

But the meth problem has stuck around - literally.

If meth is smoked even once in a home, you'll find traces throught the house.

And it stays there unless it's properly clean.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday, May 19, for more on this story
Sports No. 1 ranked Ducks take Howe Field to start regionals against Utah Valley: 'It's kind of like sacred ground, that field' No. 1 ranked Ducks take Howe Field to start regionals against Utah Valley: 'It's kind of like sacred ground, that field' (Photo Gallery)
The University of Oregon softball team was named the number one seed in the nation Thursday, and Duck fans are expected to flood Howe Field for the start to regional playoffs with Friday’s game against Utah Valley.

Before the teams take the field, three men went to work preparing the grounds for the important match up.

Bill Centrella has been the grounds keeper at Howe Field for 16 years.

“It's kind of like sacred ground, that field,” said Centrella, “There's a lot of pride in it."

We’ll have coverage of tonight’s match-up at Howe Field #liveonKMTR this evening.
Local Prosecutors seek death penalty for killer twice convicted of murder Prosecutors seek death penalty for killer twice convicted of murder (Video)
Convicted of murdering Celestino Guiterrez in August 2012, the case against David Ray Taylor turned to whether he should go to prison for life - or die for his crimes.

Gutierrez's mother, Rose, told the jury Tuesday she's haunted by the thought she taught her son to help people in need, which led to his tragic fate. She told our reporters she would ask the jury for the death penalty, however didn't bring up Taylor's punishment while addressing the court Tuesday.

The prosecution on Tuesday dug deeper into the 1977 murder of 21-year-old Constance Roland, a gas station attendant in Eugene.

David Ray Taylor, who was in his early 20s at the time, was convicted and served 27 years in prison for Roland's murder.