April 21, 2014
Fatal Accident in Coos Bay
On Thursday, April 18, 2014 at approximately 10:30 PM witnesses called the Coos Bay Police Department to report a pedestrian had been struck by a semi-truck on U.S. Hwy 101 near the intersection with Johnson Avenue. Officers from the Coos Bay Police Department and Bay Cities Ambulance responded and found the victim, Donald Darwin Johnson, 55, of Coos Bay, lying deceased in the roadway. Witnesses reported Johnson walked into the path of vehicles travelling south on Hwy 101. Two vehicles in the left southbound lane were able to avoid Johnson just before he stepped into the path of a semi-truck in the right southbound lane. That semi-truck was unable to avoid a collision with Johnson who died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The driver of the truck was identified as Rene Hibbs, 52, of Coos Bay. Hibbs was uninjured in the crash and remained at the scene to cooperate with the investigation. No citations were issued to Hibbs. The investigation was conducted by the Coos County Crash Team that is comprised of members from the Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, North Bend Police, Coos County District Attorney’s Office and the Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office. Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier stated that a preliminary investigation into the death of Donald Johnson revealed no basis for criminal charges. Anyone with additional information or questions regarding the investigation should be referred to Coos County Sheriff’s Deputy Gil Datan at (541) 396-7780.
Mussel harvesting closed from Tillamook Head to north jetty of Yaquina Bay due to marine toxins
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of all mussel harvesting from Tillamook Head in Clatsop County to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport on the central Oregon Coast, due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. The closure includes mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of recreationally caught whole scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat. All areas on the Oregon Coast north of Tillamook Head and south of Yaquina Bay’s north jetty remain open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting. Shellfish contaminated with paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing. Cooking will not destroy the shellfish toxins. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range. For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures Web page at <http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/shellfish_status.shtml>.
USCG Rescues Sailor
The Coast Guard came to the aid of a distressed sailor just north of Port Townsend, Wash., Saturday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received notification from a boater at approximately 12:45 p.m., who had witnessed a small sailboat capsize with one person aboard, approximately six miles north of Port Townsend. Sector Puget Sound diverted a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Port Angeles, Wash., launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles and issued an urgent marine information broadcast. The Coast Guard response boat crew arrived on scene to find that the sailor had managed to right the overturned sailboat and was on board. The RB-M crew threw a line to the distressed sailor, helped him aboard the response boat and took his sailboat in tow. The Dolphin crew remained on scene to offer assistance if needed. Both the man and 19-foot, homemade sailboat were transported safely to the Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend. The man was wearing his lifejacket. No injuries were reported.
A 2.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded Saturday, April 19, at Cape Mendocino in Northern California where two fault lines that run parallel with the Oregon Coast begin. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake occurred at 4:45 p.m., 32-miles south to southwest of Eureka, CA.
NB Planning Commission
The North Bend Planning Commission will hold a regular public meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 835 California St., North Bend, Oregon. Additional information concerning the meeting may be obtained by contacting City Planner David Voss at 541-756-8535. A copy of the application and/or meeting materials will be available for inspection at no cost at least seven days prior to the meeting and copies will be provided at reasonable cost upon request. At the commencement of the meeting the applicable criteria will be stated. All testimony and evidence must be directed toward the applicable criteria. Failure to raise an issue with sufficient specificity to afford the decision maker and the parties an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal on that issue. Scheduled Public Hearings: 3.1 CUP-1-14/VAR-1-14: SHN Consulting Engineers Inc: Conditional use permit and variance for a temporary work force housing camp. Planning Commission decision. Address: Al Pierce Property at North Point between the railroad and McCullough Bridge. Map No. 25 13 10 Tax Lot Nos. 1000 & 1100. Applicable criteria: Chapter18.60 Conditional Uses and 18.80 Variances, NBCC. Other Business: 4.1 Joseph B. Rose: Final plat approval. Planning Commission decision. Address: 3549 Kinney Rd. Map No. 25 13 22 BC Tax Lot No. 1100. Applicable criteria: Chapter 17.12 Final Plats, NBCC.
Marine Board Open House
The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding an open house on Monday, April 21 from 3 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm and invites recreational boaters to come to the agency's office at 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. The agency Director, Scott Brewen will give an overview of the agency's budget and business model as well as the documented trends in boating uses in Oregon. "The intent of this first meeting is to start a two-way dialog with registered recreational boaters that will continue through this year and into the 2015 legislative session. By 2015, it will have been 12 years since a fee increase, so it's time to engage our customers and see what ideas they have to keep our existing service levels," says Director Scott Brewen. "Our goal is to share information about our funding sources and perhaps discover other solutions or options from boaters. We're at a point where we have to present the Oregon Legislature with budget concepts at a time when there are significant variables in the air. It's important for boaters to understand where the revenues come from and how they are used to provide services to boaters." Brewen adds. Free parking is available and this meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate should contact June LeTarte at 503-378-2617 by Friday, April 18. The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.
The North Bend City Council will hold a regularly scheduled work session on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 835 California Street, North Bend.
Coos Co. Fair Board
The Coos County Fair Board will hold a fee hearing and its Regular Board meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Coos County Fair Grounds, Davenport Building, Myrtle Point.
Bay Area Enterprise Zone Committee
The Bay Area Enterprise Zone Committee Community Enhancement Plan Work Group will meet at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014, Coos Bay Library, Myrtlewood Room, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay. Meeting Agenda: 1. Call to Order; 2. Approval of committee meeting minutes of April 14, 2014 (Unapproved minutes are available at http://portofcoosbay.com/cepdocs/cep.html); 3. Review and recommendation on of the amended South Coast Community Foundation bylaws. (SCCF bylaws are available at http://portofcoosbay.com/cepdocs/cep.html; 4. Report from the Bayfront Investment Corporation / Organization (BIC) Subgroup; 5. Discussion and approval of a Communications Plan; 6. Discussion / scheduling of subject matter expert presentations; 7. Public Comments.
OREGON 138W (Elkton-Sutherlin Highway) was closed at MP 17, about 8 miles west of Sutherlin on Friday morning, April 18. According to reports, a single vehicle crash knocked down power lines creating an extended closure. Motorists were asked to detour using OR 38 or OR 42. Detour signs were placed at Sutherlin and Elkton. Both lanes were reopened prior to noon.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, April 17, 10:35 a.m., 3000 block Sheridan Ave., 27-year old Kelly M. Cummings, Reedsport, arrested on charges of Parole Violation and warned for Tampering with Drug Records. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, April 17, 11:58 a.m., Smoker’s Trail between NBHS and Pony Village Mall, “suspicious circumstances, subject possibly attempting to sell a handgun. 911 report of a fight at location. Officers responded, report taken to be forwarded to the DA’s Office.”
Crash team call out
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, April 17, 11:32 p.m., 1000 block Evans Blvd., Coos Bay, “assist CBPD with Crash Team Call Out.”
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, April 17, 10:30 p.m., 1000 block Evans Blvd., Accident, Fatal, “man hit by a semi in front of location.”
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, April 17, 2:23 p.m., 1400 block Sherman Ave., “result of follow up,” 50-year old Kirk Perkins arrested on charge of Aggravated Identity Theft. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, April 17, 2:22 p.m., 44-year old James Radford arrested on CBPD warrant charging Theft II. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, April 17, 11:46 a.m., 500 block So. Morrison St., 32-year old Brent Elbert arrested on CBPD warrant charging Failure to Appear on original charge of Forgery. Additionally charged with PCS Meth. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Thursday, April 17, 9:01 a.m., 1100 block W. Central Blvd., “search warrant,” 32-year old Jeremy Logan charged with two-counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille. Earlier, at 6:33 a.m., 700 block So. 4th St., “found bike,” 32-year old Jeremy Logan arrested.
Coos Co. Sheriff’s log
Some of the entries on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Friday, April 18. 10:18 a.m., Olive Barber Road, Coos Bay, “Burglary.” 11:04 a.m., Hwy. 42-South, Bandon, “Shots Fired.” 6:52 p.m., Razor Back Hill, Oregon Dunes, “Accident, ATV.” For more information: Coos County Sheriff's Office, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, Oregon 97423, 541-396-7800, 541-396-7801. Closed for Lunch from 11:30a - 12:30p. Sheriff's Office Records 541-396-7802.
Noisy & Intoxicated
According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Friday, April 18, 8:58 p.m., 700 block SE 6th St. Little Valley RV Park, “advised subject in space 45 is intoxicated, outside screaming.” Forty-five year old Joseph Norris arrested on charge of Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Friday, April 18, Curry Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year old Jeffrey Smith on CBPD warrant charging Burglary II and Criminal Mischief II. He was lodged in the Curry Co. Jail at Gold Beach.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Friday, April 18, 3:03 p.m., 200 block So. Cammann St., 36-year old Heather Hernandez arrested on charge of Probation Violation and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, April 19, 6:13 a.m., Lewis & Oak streets, “subject refusing to pay for cab.” Twenty-year old Alexis M. Bergquist charged with Theft of Services and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
A traffic stop Saturday morning, April 19, 9:47 a.m., 1800 block Clark St., led to an arrest and seizure of a 1999 Ford van. According to an entry on the North Bend Police log, 28-year old Camden McSorely, North Bend, charged with Felon in Possession of Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Firearm. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
Chasing a Burglar
Coos Bay and North Bend police were chasing a burglary suspect early Sunday morning, April 20, in the Butler and Juniper street area. According to a couple of entries on the NBPD log for 2:26 and 2:37 a.m., “CBPD request assistance with burglary in progress, officer in foot pursuit.” The second entry was a “K-9 Call Out… CBPD request K-9 for track” on the 1600 block of No. 14th St.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, April 19, 7:39 p.m., 700 block F St., 33-year old Tosha Ekblad arrested on CBPD warrant charging Possession of Meth; CCSO warrant charging Probation Violation on original charge of Possession of Meth; and, four NBPD warrants charging Probation Violation on original charges of Possession of Meth, Failure to Appear II, Theft II and Theft III. She was additionally charged with PCS Meth and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
Rain today and a chance of rain Tuesday along the Oregon Coast. Highs near 60 and overnight lows near 45.