Oregon Coast News - August 30, 2010
Daily news and sports coverage for the Oregon coast plus a variety of guides and directories useful to Oregon residents and visitors.
Shots fired in Curry Co.
On 08-27-10 at about 1:24pm, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Winchuck River resident in Brookings, reporting that a nude man was shooting from across the river towards her property and direction, which concerned her for her safety. Curry County Deputies responded to the location and from reporting person’s residence on the north side of the Winchuck River Road, saw an older man later identified as seventy-three year old Gerald Torrance, date of birth of 11-14-36, pointing a handgun in the direction of the reporting person’s property. Torrance was on his property located on the south side of the Winchuck River on State Line Road. Deputies made contact with Torrance, who was then wearing clothing, detained him and seized the handgun that he had in his possession. Due to health reasons, Torrance was issued citations in lieu of arrest for unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering.
The Port of Siuslaw Wharf Repair project in Florence received $1.5 million in ConnectOregon III funding through the Oregon Transportation Commission. The repair work includes new piling and decking on the wharf, allowing for business expansion and improving access to local jobs. The project will reportedly maintain a critical link between water and highway transportation routes and is expected to create 145 long term jobs. The Newport Airport received just under $10,000 for a new beacon and emergency generator. ConnectOregon III authorized $95 million in lottery-backed bonds for multimodal projects and $5 million for rural airports. It was passed by the 2009 Legislature as part of HB 2001, the Jobs and Transportation Act. Eighty-one applications, totaling more than $201 million were initially received requesting funding. Forty-one applications were ultimately selected by advisory committees.
Wildfires as of Friday
Wildfire update as of Friday from the Oregon Department of Forestry. Picnic Creek Fire, 8 miles west of Mt. Vernon. The fire, at approximately 20-30 acres on the jurisdiction of the Mt. Vernon Rural Protection District, started Thursday night, August 26. High winds pushed the fire near the vicinity of 20 structures; one confirmed outbuilding, possibly two outbuildings, were destroyed. Interagency fire crews and engines are continuing to manage this Phoenix Wildland Fire burning in timber and timber litter seven miles southeast of Diamond Lake inside the Crater Lake National Park boundary on the east flank of Timber Crater. The fire, currently estimated at 200 acres, was ignited by lightning on the afternoon of August 17. No structures are currently threatened and no evacuations have been reported at this time. The View Lake Fire, burning on the Mt. Hood National Forest, is approximately 3,037 acres. The Scott Mountain Fire is burning approximately two miles northeast of Scott Mountain, 15 miles west of Sisters, and 14 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area on the Willamette National Forest. The fire is approximately 2,559 acres and five percent contained. The White Lightning Fire, burning on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands 15 miles north of the city of Warm Springs, is currently estimated at approximately 33,016 acres and 40 percent contained. The Oak Flat Fire, burning on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Josephine County two miles northeast of the junction of the Illinois River and Briggs Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Grants Pass, is currently estimated at 5,708 acres and is 60 percent contained.
Southwestern honors Summer Term top academic achievers
Southwestern Oregon Community College is announcing its Academic Excellence, Honor Roll, and Dean’s List students for Summer Term. To achieve Academic Excellence status, students must have earned a 4.0 grade-point average in at least 12 graded credit hours completed for letter grades during the term. To attain Honor Roll status, students must garner an average between 3.5 and 3.99 in at least 12 credits. To achieve Dean’s List status, students must receive a grade-point average between 3.0 and 3.49 in at least 12 credits. Those students are listed as follows, in alphabetical order, sorted by home town or country. AE = Academic Excellence; HR = Honor Roll; DL = Dean’s List. Coos Bay: AE: Autumn Blood, Savannah Brooks, Carissa Bunnell, Brittney Cummings, Maddie Cutts, Lori Dresser, William Engblom, Dale Fisher, Brianna George, Tammi Hepner, Kaitlin Kirkeby, Anita McHaney, Avangella Mendez, Richard Palmer, Travis Patterson, Shelby Paulson, Nathan Perry, Tanchel Reasor, Emily Strong-Holte, Mathew Thom, Megan Whitson, Lindsay Wolf; DL: Christopher Chamberlin, Bob Garmon, McKenzie Jahn, Dorie Maier, Emory Mason, Kimberly Patterson, Jeremy Pittz, Mark Sheppard, Margaret Simpson, Kenyon Su'a, Renee Tibbets; HR: Tom Billings, Peter Dobson, Christina Douglas, Kelsey Grant, Allen Johnson, Laura Mauer, Reilly Meehan, Alfonso Mendoza, Crystal Muncy, Denette Murphy, Michael Perry, Jett Pryor, Ashley Schultz, Charlie Sheese, David Stys. North Bend: AE: Rebekah Anderson, Stephan Catenacci, Jesse Chandler, Laura Chandler, Edalyn Garcia, Jose Rizza, Kristin Ledyard, Jessica Lupher, Ashley Melchor, Austin Oborn, Dylan Peden, D'Jone' Phillips, Kimberly Ream, Ricky Ream, Danna Thornhill, Andrea Zekus, William Zekus; DL: Travis Elam, Robert Holcomb, Jessica Kalista, Rebecca Pankey, William Sanders, Hannah Shoemake, Dustin Wieland, Amber Yearsley; HR: Brianna Brittin, Melisa Campo, Eric Gleason, William Isakson, Shawntae Kraska, Joshua Nowotny, Ashley Robinett, Franklin Whitley.
The report to Coos Bay Police Thursday, 6:47 p.m., 500 block So. Cammann St., from a 20-year old female, “intoxicated subject screaming obscenities and flipping them off; they had to bring the kids inside away from him.” Thirty-seven year old Christopher Beltran was charged with Probation Violation and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Ocean Blvd, west of Snuffy’s, 33-year old female reported, “domestic dispute, woman in grey Durango trying to hit male on foot.”
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 4:34 p.m., 100 block Anderson, “graffiti in red and black spray paint on 2nd Court.” At 7:43 a.m., a 46-year old female complained “graffiti on the gazebo” on the 300 block of So. 10th St.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 2:52 p.m., 1775 Thompson Road, Bay Area Hospital ER, “located wanted subject.” Thirty-three year old Eurvin D. Kirk arrested on CBPD warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Failure to Report as Sex Offender and Harassment. Kirk was mentioned earlier, 11:24 a.m., at 2051 Newmark Ave., Walmart, on a “medical assist” call.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Thursday, 1:05 p.m., Boardwalk, 35-year old James Wilson arrested on CBPD warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Failure to Appear.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for 12:13 a.m., Friday, “male reported brother abused. Under investigation.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Thursday, 8:40 p.m., 2040 Broadway Ave., Rite Aid, “female laying down on sidewalk yelling.” Twenty-seven year old Sarah Anne Chenoweth, Washington State, arrested on Police Officer Hold. Transported to BAH. At 2:06 p.m., 1900 block Virginia Ave., 7-11, “RP reported female lying on sidewalk. Officer responded and advised subject was ill from something she ate. Refused medical.” Twenty-six year old female involved/contacted.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Tuesday, 5:48 a.m., 3201 Tremont St., Mill Casino, “male at location previously trespassed.” Fifty-five year old James R. Maestretti, Coos Bay, charged with Criminal Trespass I, transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to entries on the Coos Bay & Coquille Police logs for early Saturday morning. 1:47 a.m., CQPD, “arriving at the jail, heard what sounded like a gunshot fairly close, out on foot attempt to locate.” 3:31 a.m., CQFD, 1050 No. Cedar Point Road, “possible electrical fire at location.” 3:43 a.m., CBPD, 613 Central Ave., Myrtle Arms, “water flooding apartments, coming from location, trying to make contact, no luck.”
According to an entry on the Coquille Police log, Saturday, 12:14 a.m., 90 W. 1st St., Mr. Zack’s, 23-year old Kevin Pinkley arrested on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, PCS Less than 1 Oz. Marijuana. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, 12:04 a.m., Hospital Way, “out with skateboarder.” Eighteen year old Jason Mayfield cited and released for MIP. At 11:22 p.m., Friday, 2200 block Woodland Dr., “Possible MIP party.” Cited 20-year old Daniel Hyatt for MIP. At 10:48 p.m., 200 block So. Schoneman, “possible MIP party, referred to Juvenile Dept.”
According to an entry on the Coquille Police log for Friday, 11:30 p.m., 2 No., Central Blvd., Broiler, “fight out back.” Arrested 38-year old Heather Echavarria and 28-year old Luis Echavarria, both for Disorderly Conduct II and Resisting Arrest.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Friday, 10:48 p.m., No. Bayshore & Super 8, “originally a traffic stop.” Twenty-nine year old Eric Hoskins arrested on Probation Detainer from Clackamas Co. Parole & Probation.
A complaint that a 30-year old female “was threatened,” resulted in the arrest of a 50-year old male Friday, 11:16 a.m., F Street. According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log, Michael Wright was charged with Harassment, Menacing and Probation Violation.
Reports of break-ins or criminal mischief to vehicles on the Coos Bay Police log for Friday. At 9:30 a.m., 37-year old female “reports damage to her vehicle,” on the 1000 block of Commercial Ave. 1:28 p.m., 600 block So. Wall St., 25-year old male reports “theft from vehicle.” At 3:09 p.m., 400 block So. Morrison St., 68-year old reports “unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.” At 4:50 p.m., 1600 block No. 10th St., 73-year old male reports “stolen trailer.” At 4:57 p.m., 700 block E. 1st St., 55-year old female reports “damage to vehicle.” At 8:39 p.m., 200 block 2nd Ave., 24-year old female reported “someone attempted to enter her vehicle causing damage to it.”
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, 2:25 a.m., 3201 Tremont, Mill Casino, “male driver hit curb and hit sign in parking lot.” Fifty-one year old Richard Zimmerman cited for DWS Violation, Failure to provide SR22, and Driving Uninsured.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Friday, 8:19 p.m., 1400 block Sherman Ave., “attempt warrant service.” Nineteen year old Joseph J. Gilbert, Coquille, arrested on NBPD warrant for Failure to Appear on original charge of Theft I. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Friday, 7:47 p.m., 1900 block Virginia Ave., “traffic stop,” arrested 33-year old Nicholas A. Hennick, for PCS and DCS Schedule II. Transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Friday, 5:52 p.m., Boxcar, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, “request medical for male who was ran over by rail.”
According to an entry on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Friday, 2:59 p.m., Edward Road, “two vehicle motor vehicle accident on bridge next to Bachelor’s Inn. Road blocked.” Forty-seven year old Robert Maxwell arrested by OSP for DUII.
A 42-year old Powers man was told by his Parole Officer the “he needed to go to jail” According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, 9:17 p.m., Charles Murphy was taken into custody on a Probation Violation charge and transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for Saturday, 6:31 p.m., 1735 Virginia Ave., “Safeway reported having a female adult in custody for shoplifting, value $82.71.” Twenty-two year old Chelsie Kelley, Garibaldi, cited and released for Theft.
According to entries on the Coos Co. Sheriff’s log for Saturday involving alleged sexual abuse. 9:19 a.m., Lorraine St., 48-year old male complained “17 year old pregnant by 32-year old.” At 3:07 p.m., Coos Sumer Road, “sexual abuse,” Bay Area Hospital complaint, “victim & father gone prior to arrival.”
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for early Sunday morning, 1:39 a.m., 100 block Hull St., “loud party.” Cited for MIP were 18-year old Daiven Carter, 18-year old Jason Mayfield, 18-year old Daniel Wallis, 19-year old Corbin Seamn, 20-year old Kenneth Bastendorff, and 18-year old Sasha Dolan. Three juveniles were referred to the Coos Co. Juvenile Dept. One was released to a father, the other to a grandmother, but also had an additional charge of Escape III. Another was transported to Juvenile Detention for MIP, Escape III, Juvenile Probation Violation.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, 11:23 p.m., 200 block No. Schoneman, 28-year old male complained, “woman trespassing on my porch won’t leave, in violation of no contact order.” Twenty-nine year old Amber Sarver arrested on charge of DUII, transported to the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
According to an entry on the Coos Bay Police log for Saturday, 12:37 p.m., 1000 block Montgomery, 47-year old female “advised she was assaulted by another female.” Thirty-seven year old Misty Liford arrested on charge of DWS-Misdemeanor, transported and lodged in the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
A report of “aggressive dogs” on the 1300 block of Neese St., led to the arrest of a 52-year old male Saturday morning, 9:38 a.m. According to an entry on the police log, Cory A. Yockey was charged with PCS Schedule II and cited for PCS less than an Oz. Marijuana. Transported and lodged in the Coos Co. Jail at Coquille.
Showers along the Oregon Coast with highs in the mid 50s to mid 60s and south winds 10-15 mph. Cloudy tonight, chance of showers, lows around 50 and southwest winds around 5 mph, shifting to the northwest late in the evening or early morning. Mostly cloudy on Tuesday.
OREGON COAST SPORTS
When Oregon and Oregon State open the 2010 collegiate football season Saturday, Sept. 4, the teams will be led by sophomore quarterbacks. Ryan Katz already had the number one slot with the Beavers, but it wasn’t until last Friday that Oregon Coach Chip Kelly hung his hat on sophomore Darron Thomas. He was in tight competition throughout the early practices with senior Nate Costa. The 6-3, 212-pound Houston native played in five games as a true freshman in 2008, completing 16 of 33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. All but three completions and 58 passing yards came in a fourth-quarter comeback that fell short in a 37-32 loss to Boise State. It will mark Thomas’ first collegiate start after he redshirted the 2009 season. Oregon hosts New Mexico Saturday, while OSU travels to Arlington, Texas to play TCU.
Oregon goes 3-0 to open the 2010 collegiate volleyball season, while Oregon State goes 0-3. The No. 20 Ducks swept the Fresno Classic with straight set wins over Santa Clara 3-0, UC Riverside 3-0 and Fresno St. 3-0. Oregon will host Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, Sept. 1. OSU hosted the Corvallis Invitational and fell 3-1 to Portland, 3-2 to Sacramento St., and 3-1 to Illinois St. The Beavers play Tuesday at Portland State.
OSU women’s basketball
Fifty-four women showed up for basketball tryouts at Oregon State University in Corvallis Sunday. New Beaver Coach Scott Rueck opened the doors to legendary Gill Coliseum to try and find more players for the team he inherited after he was hired away from Division III George Fox University. Rueck replaced LaVonda Wagner who was fired in early June. That was after OSU lost their leading scorer from last season, leading rebounder and three of five starters among allegations that Wagner was too emotionally abusive. Rueck was left with seven players, so he held a tryout. They ranged in age from 20 to 47 and experience from high school to small college.
Seattle fell to 1-2 in the NFL preseason with a 24-13 loss at the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night in the Metrodome. The Seahawks had one touchdown and two field goals. The lone score didn’t come from the offense. Rookie Earl Thomas returned one of two Brett Favre interceptions 86-yards for a score. Seattle finishes the preseason at Oakland Thursday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. The NFL regular season opens Sunday, Sept. 2, at home to San Francisco.