A Waldport-area mother and her infant child were injured Sunday afternoon in a single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 34 about fourteen miles east of Waldport. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation in which driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor.
On March 9, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a 2007 Ford Fusion driven by CHANDA WALL, age 26, from Waldport, was westbound on Highway 34 near milepost 14 negotiating a left curve when she fell asleep. The car traveled onto the westbound shoulder as WALL awoke and over-corrected, causing the car to spin across the eastbound lane and rolling at least once..
CHANDA WALL and her 3-week old daughter were injured. CHANDA WALL was transported by Central Coast Fire & Rescue ground ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with serious injuries. Her daughter was also taken to that hospital and then transported by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she is reported as stable.
CHANDA WALL was improperly using her safety restraint with only the shoulder strap utilized. The child was properly restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat.
Friday morning (3/7) just after 10am Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Cummings was dispatched to a single car crash on Yaquina Bay Road near Milepost 4.2, east of Newport. Upon arrival, Deputy Cummings discovered a blue Mitsubishi Galant sedan partially submerged in an estuary off the side of the road.
Deputy Cummings also observed a severely damaged utility pole and power lines hanging extremely low over the roadway. He contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 29 year old Nemoria Villagomez of Toledo at the scene.
She reportedly stated she was traveling westbound on Yaquina Bay Road when she lost control of her car in a curve causing her to strike a utility pole before coming to rest in the estuary off the side of the road. During contact with Villagomez, Deputy Cummings detected signs of impairment. She was offered field sobriety tests and failed. Continue reading
Lincoln County, through its insurance company, has settled litigation filed in US District Court
in the case of Mathew Zekan v. Lincoln County, et. al. Mr. Zekan was subject to an exclusion
order requested by county employees and issued by the City of Newport Police Department, barring him from certain County departments, after county employees became concerned about Mr. Zekan’s behavior and activities on County property.
Mr. Zekan was arrested when he violated that order. He was booked and released from the Lincoln County Jail pending trial on that arrest. The charges were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office, after it was learned that caselaw on the procedures to follow in issuing exclusion orders under state law were changed by the Oregon Court of Appeals. That court decision was made after the exclusion order was issued, but before Mr. Zekan was arrested. Mr. Zekan was not provided the necessary due process to challenge the exclusion order under the Court of Appeals’ ruling. Continue reading
Depoe Bay Fire District offers the CERT Basic Training class starting March 13
The Depoe Bay Fire District is pleased to offer its annual CERT Basic Training class beginning Thursday, March 13, at 6pm at the Gleneden Beach Fire Station. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is about readiness, rescuer safety and people helping themselves, their families, and their neighbors in a variety of potential disaster scenarios. It is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; offer emergency medical care and provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
CERT is a program of the US Citizen Corps which is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Depoe Bay Fire District CERT program is widely recognized in our state as a premiere CERT organization. Those citizens who live or work in the fire district and who complete the class will be equiped with a backpack filled with emergency equipment. More importantly, attendees will leave with the knowledge that they are much better prepared to meet any disaster challenges that arrive on our beautiful Oregon Coast . And, they will meet some of the most amazing people that live in the fire district and get connected and engaged with what is happening in our county in emergency management.
To enroll, just go to http://www.DepoeBayCERT.org or contact us at info@DepoeBayCERT.org.