Oregon Coast News - May 18, 2009
Daily news and sports coverage for the Oregon coast plus a variety of guides and directories useful to Oregon residents and visitors.
Narcotics investigations by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) in Southern Oregon the past few months resulted in the three drug cases with arrests and the seizure of marijuana, methamphetamines, mushrooms, weapons and cash. According to a news release, three locations were searched in Grants Pass, Cave Junction and Selma. A 32-year old mother was arrested as she was loading her belongings for a move to Arizona. An indoor growing operation in Selma resulted in the arrest of a husband and wife, ages 38 & 26, and a 51-year old male was arrested in the Selma area with another indoor operation
A 53-year old Coquille male was arrested Friday on a charge of Sex Abuse I after he allegedly had unwanted sexual contact with a 17-year old female who also resides in the Coquille area. According to a news release from the Coos Co. Sheriff’s Office, Curtis H. Jack was transported to the county jail at Coquille where he was lodged on a bail of $250,000.
A 15-year old Roseburg boy was sentenced to six years for beating a homeless veteran to death for two-dollars last September. Ethan Wayne Gunderson will spend half of his sentence in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. Along with 19-year old Kevin Vales, the two beat and robbed 61-year old Thomas Nichols under a bridge. Nichols died a week later. The two teens blamed each other for coming up with the idea. Vales received the same six-year sentence earlier.
A 78-year old North Oregon Coast woman, reported missing by her relatives after not returning from a doctor appointment, walked into a Tillamook radio station Thursday to let everyone know she was okay. Marion Shelly said she heard a report on the radio that search & rescue personnel, including a National Guard helicopter, were looking for her. She said she was stayed outside of the city after her appointment.
An art dealer on the North Oregon Coast has been accused of running a Ponzi Scheme to allegedly bilk more than 100 investors out of more than $3 million. The FBI became involved in the investigation of the Ernst & Ernst Galleries in Cannon Beach and Seaside earlier this year and then sought victims. Thirty-six year old Donald Seybold was arrested Thursday in Seaside, and later pled not guilty. A trial has been scheduled for July 14th at the federal courthouse in Portland. Prosecutors say he used money from new investors to play off earlier investors. The art fraud allegedly took place over five years.
The City of Coos Bay’s former Finance Director, fired by current City Manager Chuck Freeman, is the temporary acting city manager of Brookings. City Manager Gary Milliman recently underwent heart surgery and the city council asked Janell Howard to step in. She also served as an interim city manager in Coos Bay. Milliman underwent surgery May 1st and is expected to return on a limited basis in a few weeks and full time within a few months.
The Coos Co. Sheriff’s Office should have eleven new patrol vehicles in about four months after the Board of Commissioners approved spending nearly $350,000 with a Salem dealership. The vehicles will include a van, two sports utility vehicles (SUV) and eight cars.
Personal water crafts
The Curry Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to remind operators of Personal Water Crafts, also known as “jet skis,” about regulations governing their use on the county’s rivers. PWC’s are not allowed on the Illinois, Pistol, Elk and Sixes rivers. On the Rogue River at Gold Beach, they are allowed up to the head of the tidewater, near the lower end of Social Security Bar. They are also banned above Snout Creek by the Cougar Lane boat ramp. Those who violate the rules could face a fine of up to $242.
Two more earthquakes were recorded in the Cape Mendocino area of the Northern California coast Saturday. That’s ten within the last seven-days according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The latest both occurred on Saturday morning south to southwest of Eureka, CA. The first, a 2.4-magnitude, was recorded at 9:57 a.m., followed by the second, a 2.7-magnitude, at 11:04 a.m. No damaged reported.
Oregon’s first-term U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold five town hall meetings in Southern Oregon May 26th through May 28th, including two on the South Coast. According to a news release from the Democrat, Sen. Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions about the challenges facing Oregon and America. “Advocating for Oregonians is my number one responsibility,” Merkley said. “I invite all residents of Southern Oregon to meet me and discuss what we need to do to get our nation back on track.” Last year, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He held his first town hall in his native county, Douglas County. Klamath, Jackson, Josephine, Coos and Curry counties will be his tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth town halls. Sen. Merkley will be in Coos Co. Thursday, May 28, 2009; 9:30 a.m., at the Coos Bay Public Library, and then 2:30 p.m. at the Gold Beach City Hall, Council Chambers.
The Coos Bay - North Bend Rotary Club, in association with all Rotary clubs in Coos County, are hosting a visiting group of young professionals from India May 17 through Thursday, May 21. The three ladies and two men from the State of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast of the large Asian sub-continent country will be visiting as part of Rotary International's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program. This program provides opportunities for young, non-Rotarian professionals and a Rotarian group leader to visit other nations to learn more about the cultures, the communities, and the people of the host countries while also having opportunities to learn more about the practice of their respective professions. The Indian group to visit the South Coast includes three businesspersons, an accountant, and a fashion designer. Coincidentally, the three ladies in the program are also accomplished dancers of classical Indian dance. Besides meeting with professional counterparts, while here they will be staying with host families, visiting various organizations and businesses, making presentations to Rotary club meetings in Coos Bay and Coquille, visiting dance programs (including at North Bend High School, Monday, May 18th, 12:30 p.m.), and seeing the sights of the area. While in Oregon, the group will also visit the Ashland, Klamath Falls, Grants Pass, Roseburg, and Eugene/Springfield areas where they will be hosted by local Rotarians. Their visit commenced on May 1 and will finish with attendance and participation at the Annual Rotary District 5110 Conference being held this year in Corvallis from May 29 to 31. For more information, please contact: Jon Richards (541-756-1768) email@example.com, Kathy Rosencrantz (541-269-9024) firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCC Board meeting
The Southwestern Oregon Community College Board of Education will meet Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Southwestern Curry Campus, 420 Alder Street, Brookings, Oregon. Estimated Timelines - EXECUTIVE AND OPEN SESSIONS; 1. EXECUTIVE SESSION, 5:00 p.m., Pursuant to: ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations; ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property; ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights; ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. 2. REGULAR MEETING ** 6:00 p.m.
CuCo Safety Blitz
The Curry Co. Sheriff’s Office will participate in a Three Flags Safety Blitz May 18th through May 31st on the South Oregon Coast. According to a Sgt. John Ward, the emphasis will be on safety belt use in commercial vehicles/pickups, new Child Protective Seat laws, and Speed/Move-Over. Federal funding allows deputies to work overtime to conduct the extra patrols during the two-week, “intensive, high-visibility enforcement” effort. A similar safety belt blitz in February showed a compliance increase from 93% to 99%, according to a survey of motorists.
CB Schools Site Council
The Blossum Gulch Elementary School Site Council will meet on May 18th, 2:45 p.m., in the school’s library.
Bay Area Teen Idol to Hold Auditions for the 2009 Season May 18th through 22nd
Coos County’s premiere vocal competition for teens aged 13 to 18 will open auditions for the 2009 season next week. Bay Area Teen Idol enters its 7th season on July 9th. The competition features a weekly elimination through the summer months to September when the program takes a few weeks off until the September 19th Fun Festival finals. Coos County teenagers who will be 13 to 18 years of age during the competition are invited to attend the auditions Monday through Thursday, May 18th to the 21st, at the Newmark Center on the Southwestern Campus (across from Wal-Mart) in Coos Bay. Auditions will run from 5:30 to 7:30 each night. No appointments are necessary. The audition song must be sung accappella. Those wanting to try out must have filled out a consent form and sign the drug-free pledge. That form must be signed by a parent. Audition forms are available at the K-DOCK Radio Station office during regular business hours 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday or online at www.kdcq.com. Forms were also delivered to all middle and high school choir/music directors throughout Coos County.
A “casual contact” by a Coquille Police officer with a 47-year old male Thursday night, 10:44 p.m., at Hwy. 42 and Hwy. Deli, resulted in an arrest. According to an entry on the police log, Steven Busch was found to be wanted on a North Bend PD warrant for Harassment.
According to entries on the Coquille Police log for Thursday night into Friday morning, two officers were busy. The log shows 10 entries between 10:20 p.m. and 2:31 a.m.
It’s not all bad guys. According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 10:20 p.m., 100 block Norman Ave., a 41-year old female called police and “reports a problem with her son. Her son won’t go to bed and they are arguing.”
He was reportedly getting “real aggressive tonight.” According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log, a 35-year old male reported a panhandler allegedly kicked a white Chevrolet Trailblazer on the 2000 block of Newmark Ave. at Walmart Thursday night, 6:52 p.m., and it took off eastbound.
A possible wanted subject was seen going northbound from So. 2nd St. & Ingersoll Ave. in Coos Bay Thursday evening, 5:04 p.m. “dressed all in black.” According to an entry on the police log, 33-year old Michael Ian Cowan was arrested on a Coos Co. Circuit Ct. warrant held by NBPD charging him with Probation Violation on an original charge of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. He was also charged with PCS Schedule II, transported and lodged in the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
An assault involving two males, ages 41 & 62, was reported at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, 1775 Thompson Rd., Thursday afternoon, 2:21 pm.
The City of Coos Bay Code Enforcement officer was noting alleged code violations Thursday, according to multiple entries on the police log. At 12:07 p.m., 1500 block NO. 20th St.; 12:32 p.m., 900 block D St.; 12:35 p.m., 900 block Fenwick; 12:38 p.m., 500 block So. Cammann St.; and, 12:42 p.m.., 300 block 1st Ave.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 10:50 a.m., Lorain Ave., “Trooper out with subject, requesting warrant confirmation.” Twenty-two year olf Nicholas Mergel was arrested on two CBPD warrants for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Interfere with making Report, Criminal Mischief II and Harassment II. Also, Failure to Appear 2nd Degree. He was transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 8:02 a.m., Marshfield High School, 18-year old Amber Adams was arrested on a charge of Assault IV – Domestic and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 4:25 a.m., Bay Area Hospital reported an assault involving a 51-year old female victim.
She was allegedly bothering customers. According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for 11:41 p.m., Thursday, 1900 block of Virginia Ave., a 49-year old female was trespassed from a store and put on the trespass list.
A 28-year old male was arrested on charges of Domestic Menacing and Menacing after North Bend Police received a call Thursday night, 9:28 p.m., from the 2000 block of McPherson Ave., “reported girlfriend trying to make him leave.” An officer responded and warned the RP for Disorderly Conduct. Justin Donald Armstrong was charged.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, 5:07 p.m., 2000 block of Meade St. “RP reports subjects yelling at each other over money.” Officers responded and reported a 45-year old female was leaving the residence on foot with her bags. “She advised verbal only and she in on her way.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log, 3:20 p.m., 2300 block of Brussells St., “K-9 sniff.” At 2:47 p.m., “Officer assisted Parole & Probation at location.” Twenty-nine year old Guy D. Allen, and 31-year old Ashley Darlene Wittlake, both of North Bend, were charged with PCS, MCS & DCS Schedule II within 1,000 feet of school, and Probation Violation.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday morning, 3:16 a.m., 300 block 7th Ave., a 49-year old male reported, “Intoxicated male in RP’s vehicle.” Jeremy Patton was arrested on a Probation Violation. A report at 8:56 p.m., No. Broadway & Commercial Ave., “an extremely intoxicated male screaming and yelling a people walking down the street. At 2:24 p.m., So. 10th & Elrod Ave., “citizen report a man in a leather coat in the middle of the road directing traffic, appears intoxicated or on drugs.”
Marshfield will take 13 qualifying athletes, plus two alternates in the boy’s relays, to the 5A State Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday in Eugene after the boys took first place and the girls third place at the Midwestern League District championships Friday at Silke Field in Springfield. The combined scores of the two-teams also earned the Pirates the Coed Title, beating Thurston by ten-points according to first year head coach Rich “Mac” McIntosh. The top two placers in each event qualify for the state meet at Historic Hayward Field. Champions: Levi Meline - High Jump; Shane Daly - Long Jump; Caleb Kruse - 110 HH, 300 IH, TJ; Brenna Vickrey – HJ; Moriah Roberge – PV; Boys 4x100 relay (Meline, Daly, Kruse, Kemp. Alt: Chris Gill). Second Place:
Hannah Francis – Discus; Chris Krajcir – PV; MaKenzie Scott – TJ; Tori Scott – 3000; Callen Cooper – 400; Boys 4x400 relay (Meline, Daly, Andrew Davidson, Cooper. Alt: Kyal Long); Chris Cordova – Shot; Blake Kemp - 110 HH, 300 IH, TJ. Kruse, a senior, was the boy’s High Point Athlete with 32.5 points. Boy’s results: 100 Meters - 8 Chris Gill 11.63a 12; 100 Meters - 6 Chris Gill 11.79a 12; 9 Brandon Hatley 11.87a 11; 14 Kyal Long 12.30a 11; 200 Meters - 4 Levi Meline 23.52a 12; 8 Chris Gill 24.21a 12; 200 Meters - 5 Levi Meline 23.85a 12; 7 Chris Gill 24.23a 12; 11 Brandon Hatley 24.68a 11; 400 Meters - 2 Callen Cooper 52.88a 11; 400 Meters - 2 Callen Cooper 53.09a 11; 9 Kyal Long 54.41a 11; 800 Meters - 4 Andrew Davidson 2:04.01a 11; 9 Sergio Marroquin 2:11.18a 9; 1500 Meters - 9 Dustin Reis 4:35.51a 11; 10 Eddie Rodriguez 4:45.84a 9; 3000 Meters - 10 Dustin Reis 9:54.66a 11; 12 Eddie Rodriguez 10:37.73a 9; 15 Max Stuntzner-Gibson 11:12.32a 9; 110m Hurdles - 39" - 1 Caleb Kruse 14.87a 12; 2 Blake Kemp 15.18a 10; 110m Hurdles - 39" - 1 Caleb Kruse 15.35a 12; 2 Blake Kemp 15.93a 10; 9 Michael Daily 19.67a 10; 300m Hurdles - 36" - 1 Caleb Kruse 39.53a 12; 2 Blake Kemp 40.71a 10; 7 Michael Daily 45.55a 10; 300m Hurdles - 36" - 1 Caleb Kruse 39.18a 12; 2 Blake Kemp 40.98a 10; 6 Michael Daily 46.34a 10; 4x100 Relay - 1 Shane Daly, Levi Meline, Caleb Kruse, Brandon Hatley 43.90a; 4x400 Relay - 2 Shane Daly, Andrew Davidson, Jordan Shepherd, Kyal Long 3:33.96a; Shot Put - 12lb - 2 Chris Cordova 49-10.50 11; 4 Bo Cutting 45-06.25 11; Discus - 1.6kg - 4 Cody Gibson 137-10 12; 5 Dalton Milburn 136-00 9; 10 Jordan Chaplin 109-10 12; Javelin - 800g - 6 Bo Cutting 161-02 11; 8 Cody Gibson 150-08 12; 9 Dalton Milburn 145-11 9; High Jump - 1 Levi Meline 6-00.00 12; 2 Shane Daly 5-10.00 12; 4 Ken Sharp 5-08.00 9; Pole Vault - 2 Chris Krajcir 11-06.00 11; 4 Brandon Hatley 11-06.00 11; Long Jump - 1 Shane Daly 21-01.25 12; 10 Jordan Shepherd 18-01.25 12; 13 Colton Thurman 17-07.25 9; Triple Jump - 1 Caleb Kruse 45-10.25 12; 2 Blake Kemp 42-08.75 10; 6 Michael Matthews 39-06.75 10. Girl’s results: 100 Meters - 11 Nicole Roderick 14.38a 10; 200 Meters - 8 Brenna Vickrey 28.56a 12; 200 Meters - 8 Brenna Vickrey 28.14a 12; 15 Natasha Hill 29.80a 9; 400 Meters - 4 Brenna Vickrey 63.89a 12; 400 Meters - 4 Brenna Vickrey 62.90a 12; 9 Natasha Hill 66.70a 9; 800 Meters - 3 Shelby Paulson 2:31.59a 12; 7 Vanessa Brum 2:43.85a 11; 1500 Meters - 4 Tori Scott 5:22.39a 11; 11 Jana Sadler 5:38.47a 11; 3000 Meters - 2 Tori Scott 11:35.15a 11; 11 Jana Sadler 12:11.48a 11; 100m Hurdles - 33" - 5 MaKenzie Scott 16.45a 12; 100m Hurdles - 33" - 5 MaKenzie Scott 16.60a 12; 11 Samantha Hammond 18.77a 9; 300m Hurdles - 30" - 4 MaKenzie Scott 49.04a 12; 8 Shannon Boatright 54.27a 9; 300m Hurdles - 30" – Prelims 4 MaKenzie Scott 49.41a 12; 8 Shannon Boatright 53.85a 9; 4x400 Relay - 4 Brenna Vickrey, Shelby Paulson, MaKenzie Scott, Vanessa Brum 4:19.41a; Shot Put - 4kg - 3 Hannah Francis 34-01.00 11; 7 Josie Berger 32-02.00 9; 15 Morgan Halbert 26-06.00 9; Discus - 1kg - 2 Hannah Francis 112-02 11; 9 Allison Reis 86-10 10; 12 Josie Berger 83-03 9; Javelin - 600g - 3 Moriah Roberge 110-08 12; 5 Hannah Francis 103-07 11; 7 Emily Beasley 95-00 10; High Jump - 1 Brenna Vickrey 4-10.00 12; 5 Shannon Boatright 4-08.00 9; 6 Natalie Hykova 4-06.00 12; Pole Vault - 1 Moriah Roberge 12-00.00 12; 3 Emily Beasley 9-06.00 10; 4 Samantha Hammond 7-06.00 9; Long Jump - 4 Moriah Roberge 15-11.50 12; 9 Shelby Paulson 14-10.00 12; 12 Natasha Hill 14-03.25 9; Triple Jump - 2 MaKenzie Scott 35-03.25 12; 9 Shannon Boatright 31-11.25 9.