Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of death of a 70-year old Charleston man Sunday while he was on a fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean. Initial investigation indicates he may have died from natural causes. On August 31, 2014 at 7:47 a.m., two OSP troopers were dispatched to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard (USCG) Station in Newport to meet USCG personnel while a boat was returning from the Pacific Ocean with a deceased adult male. At approximately 12:31 p.m., the fishing vessel “Carolyn Ruth” arrived at the station. Initial investigation indicates the boat’s captain and 70-year old Eugene Elmer Compton from Charleston, left port on August 30 at approximately 3:00 p.m. to go fishing about 25 miles off shore. Later that evening, Compton indicated he wasn’t feeling well and went to bed. According to the boat’s captain, Compton reportedly got up during the middle of the night and was found deceased later that morning after the captain awoke.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announces that distilled spirits sales in Oregon are higher than ever, breaking half a billion dollars in the first year of the two-year budget cycle. Gross sales for distilled spirits for fiscal year 2014 totaled $518.6 million. This is $21 million (4.2 percent) more than the previous fiscal year. OLCC is expected to generate over $1 billion in gross distilled spirits sales for the 2013-2015 biennium.
The growth in sales is not necessarily attributed to consumers purchasing more spirits. Sales and distribution statistics indicate that an improvement in the economy, customers purchasing more expensive products, and Oregon’s population growth are likely the driving factors in the increase. More than 2.9 million cases of distilled spirits were sold at Oregon liquor stores.
In 2014, Oregonians purchased $65 million worth of Oregon distilled spirits products. That is roughly 12.5 percent of the total spirits sold across the state. Oregon is home to nearly 50 local distilleries and almost 60 distillery retail outlet locations where distillers can sell bottles of their own spirits to the public. The growth in distillery retail outlet locations has lead to increased sales of Oregon products. Continue reading
August 26th was the last day to file for those who wish to run for city office. Some of those in the running for the November election include for county commission position 3 incumbent Terry Thompson is running against Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson. There are two running for Mayor for the city of Newport they include current councilor Dean Sawyer and Current Mayor Sandy Roumagoux. There are five running for three open Newport city council positions they include current councilors Mark Saelens, David Allen and Dick Beemer. Also filing to run is Wendy Engler and former Newport Airport Director Dennis Reno. Two are running for Mayor of Lincoln City they include current councilor Roger Sprague and Don Williams.
For Lincoln City council positions for Ward one Susan Walke and Nathan Long are running, for Ward two Jim Davis and D. Riley Hoagland and for ward three, Kip Ward is running unopposed. Three are running for Mayor of Siletz they include John Robinson, Rob Hervey and Gail Johnson. In Toledo running for the Mayor position is current Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher who is being challenged by Billie Jo Smith. There are four running for three open council positions in Toledo they include Julie Rockwell, Michelle Johnson, Teri Strom and Jerry Seth. In Waldport and Yachats mayors Susan Woodruff and Ron Brean are running unopposed. There is one local measure on the ballot to continue funding for county libraries. Continue reading
By Larry Coonrod
Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said officers went to Hoitink’s apartment to conduct a welfare check at the request of an unidentified person. Miranda said he could not comment on the cause of death because of an ongoing investigation.
Officers turned the results of their death investigation over to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, which is standard procedure in an unattended death investigation. Miranda said the county medical examiner will determine the cause of death. A spokesperson for the family said officials have not yet given them any details about how Hoitink died. Continue reading
Friday evening (8/29) at approximately 5:15pm the Lincoln City Police and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a 9 year old girl trapped and buried in the sand. Lincoln City Police and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue personnel arrived at the NW 15th Street Beach Access in Lincoln City to find a large number of people attempting to dig the girl out. Emergency personnel assisted in extracting the girl from the large hole that had collapsed on her. 9-year old Isabel Franks was extricated from the hole and found to be unconscious and not breathing.
Officers and medical personnel began CPR and Pacific West Ambulance transported her to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City where she was unable to be revived. The girl was visiting Lincoln City with her parents from Sandy, along with other family and friends who were at the scene when the collapse occurred. Lincoln City Police and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews strongly encourage visitors to the beaches to be aware of the hazards of large beach holes, staying off the beach logs, and being aware of surf conditions.