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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.

Quake
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.

NB Council
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. 

138W Accident
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.

Warrant
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.

Smoker’s Trail
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.”

Fatal
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.”

Arrest
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.

Warrant
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.

Warrant
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.

Search Warrant
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.

(Saturday)

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.

Warrant
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.

Probation Violation
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.

(Sunday)

Wouldn’t Pay
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.

Weapons Offense
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.

Warrant
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.

WX
Rain today and a chance of rain Tuesday along the Oregon Coast.  Highs near 60 and overnight lows near 45. 

Accelerated Beach Cliff Erosion
Beachgoers are being blamed for an “accelerated beach cliff erosion” on the Central Oregon Coast.  Oregon State Park Rangers are putting forth an effort to educate the public on how to prevent damage and erosion caused by people taking short cuts to reach the beach.  Officials say the damage is especially visible in the Roads End area of Lincoln City. 

Job Assist Computer Lab
Coos Bay Public Library is offering a monthly JOB ASSIST COMPUTER LAB. The next lab will be held on Friday, March 28th from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at the Coos Bay Public Library. Looking for work? Filing unemployment? Need access to computer software for creating resumes & cover letters? Want assistance filling out an online application? Need technical support for anything work related? Sign up now! Seating is limited so pre-registration is required; the sign-up sheet is at the Reference Desk in the Library. Please be at the doors by 9:15 a.m.  Workshop is intended for job seekers who need access to technologies related to work. There will be no formal lecture but instructors will be available if you need assistance, run into problems, or have questions. Prerequisite: You must be doing something work related. This is a FREE workshop! Please call 269-1101 or go to http://bay.cooslibraries.org/calendar/ for further information on this program.

Women Veteran's Conference
Female veterans from every branch of military service, era and background are invited to attend the free semi-annual Oregon Women's Veterans Conference in Eugene, March 28-29, at the Eugene Hilton and Conference Center, located at 66 E. 66th Ave.  Co-sponsored by the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), the conference serves as both an educational tool, and as a celebration of the service and sacrifices of women veterans throughout history.   A variety of workshops addressing veterans' benefits, women's wellness, employment and small business tips will be offered. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 or other proof of military service with them to the conference.

State Representative Schedules Town Hall Meetings
Representative Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay) will host several town halls throughout House District 9 to discuss the 2014 legislative session and collect feedback from constituents. There will be time for questions.  Locations:  • Coos Bay Town Hall, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm, Coos Bay Fire Station, 450 Elrod Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420; • Reedsport Town Hall – Joint Event with Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg), Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00-7:30pm, Umpqua Discover Center, 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport, OR 97467; • Florence Town Hall  - Joint Event with Sen. Roblan (D-Coos Bay), Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, 2625 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439.

Fertilize Your Mind garden seminar set for Saturday, March 29
Classes are filling up fast for the 13th annual “Fertilize Your Mind” garden seminar set for Saturday, March 29, on the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Jim Myers, Vegetable Breeding and Genetics Professor at Oregon State University. Myers’ presentation, “The Culinary Cutting Edge and Vegetable Breeding,” will describe the ongoing efforts of the OSU Vegetable Breeding Program to develop vegetables with better nutrition and novel quality and taste attributes.  Following the keynote presentation will be three class sessions, each with a selection of four informative classes to choose from, presented by experienced and practical speakers. Some of the topics include Winter Gardening, Basic Backyard Pruning, Tomatoes 101: Growing on the Oregon Coast, Water-wise Landscaping, Growing Strawberries and Raspberries, Beekeeping 101, and more. Local nurseries, landscape companies and other businesses will have a display of services and goods in the lobby throughout the day for perusal, while the Master Gardeners will man a Plant Clinic to answer gardening questions. A large selection of free gardening/seed catalogs will also be available.  The registration fee of $25 includes the keynote address, three lecture sessions, and coffee or tea. To register, contact the Coos County Extension Office at 541-572-5263, stop by the OSU Extension office at 631 Alder St. in Myrtle Point, or get the registration form online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/fertilize-your-mind. You may also register the morning of the event, beginning at 8:00 a.m., but class selections may be limited.  This seminar is sponsored by the Coos County Oregon State University Extension Service and the Coos County Master Gardener AssociationTM.

Hospice Workshop
Thursday, April 24th 2014, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services; Community Bereavement & Education Center; 1620 Thompson Road in Coos Bay; (1st Building on the left as you enter the driveway).  This workshop is designed for all interested persons, not only clergy, and provides an opportunity for us at South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services to help you relate to others in a very caring way.  Topics we will discuss include:  Presence; Meeting People “Where they’re at”; Listening Skills; What are Empathic Statements?  What are the differences between spirituality and religion?  Recognizing spiritual issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement.  Identifying the needs of a hurting person.  Please respond to this email or call 541-269-2986 by Tuesday April, 22nd to reserve a seat.  Bring a sack lunch – Beverages provided.  The workshop is free and donations are gratefully accepted!  We look forward to seeing you there!  Chaplain John Sheese, M. Div. / Jenee' Anderson, Community Outreach Manager South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay, OR 97420, 541-269-2986. www.schospice.org

I-5 Wrong Way Driver
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the early Thursday morning two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. OSP is seeking information from witnesses related to this fatal crash investigation.  On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality.  Preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 32, from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, from Ashland.  SCOTT was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.  GREENSTEIN was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was en route home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.  Investigators are looking for witnesses to any driver prior to the fatal crash involving the silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan along Interstate 5, including information related to a report that prior to the crash a vehicle matching the van's description was seen sideways on the southbound off ramp at exit 21 about three miles south of the scene.

Warrant
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for early Thursday, March 27, 12:39 a.m., Springfield PD served CBPD warrant on 33-year old Joshua Ryan Turner charging Theft II and Failure to Appear on Citation.

Warrant
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Wednesday, March 26, 3:18 p.m., Grants Pass PD served CBPD warrant on 39-year old Zachariah Thomas charging Failure to Appear on original charge of DUII.

Egged
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Wednesday, March 26, 9:50 a.m., 2200 block Newmark, South Coast Beauty Supply, “RP reports his business was egged sometime during the night.”

Warrant
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, March 27, 12:50 a.m., CCSO served CBPD warrant on 35-year old Kenneth Mullins charging PCS Meth, and two-counts PCS Meth.

Interfering with Police
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, March 27, 2:21 a.m., 2100 block Union Ave., “RP reported subjects outside location being loud.  Another RP reported male subject yelling and screaming and breaking glass on a vehicle.”  Nineteen year old Christopher Phillips, Coos Bay, taken into custody on charges of Interfering, Disorderly Conduct and Offensive Littering.  Also cited for MIP Alcohol by Consumption.  Nineteen-year old Leif Atkison cited for MIP Alcohol by Consumption (BAC 0,104%), and 18-year old Thaddeus Nelson cited for MIP Alcohol by Consumption (BAC 0.06%).

Coos Co. Sheriff’s Log
Some of the entries on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Wednesday, March 26.  6:08 a.m., Bastendorff Beach, Charleston, “Missing Person.”  11:14 a.m., Rosa Road, Bandon, “Sexual Abuse.”  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.

WX
Cloudy with periods of rain today along the Oregon Coast.  Highs in the mid 50s and winds from the South to Southwest at 15-25 mph.  Showers this evening then becoming a light rain overnight.  Lows in the upper 40s and winds from the South to Southwest at 10-20 mph.  Showers and thunderstorms likely Saturday and then partly cloudy by Sunday afternoon.

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