Lincoln County Parks Department announced the closure of A.W. Jack Morgan Boat Ramp. This ramp and parking lot is scheduled for construction and will be closed now through its construction completion, which is estimated to be by August 31. This project will include the replacement of the boat ramp and improvements to the parking lot. According to Keith Andresen County Parks Supervisor the work being done is being paid for from grants received by the Oregon State Marine Board and through county funds. Billeter Marine from Coos Bay was the low bid winner of the construction contract of over $105,000.
Andresen said the original ramp was built in the late 60’s early 70’s and needs to be replaced. The toe of the boat ramp is deteriorating. The asphalt on the ramp is also breaking down. These will be replaced. Another part of the project includes reworking and enlarging the parking lot, which will remain a gravel lot for now and installation of a new restroom. The goal is to have all the work completed by mid to late August. The A.W. Jack Morgan Campground, on the north side, of Highway 229 across from the boat ramp will remain open during the construction.
July 5th from 12:30pm to dark, come and join the Siletz Valley Firefighters Association at the Siletz Valley Fire Station located at 149 W Buford Ave in Siletz.
A large stage will be set up for an outdoor concert with multiple acts including “Kilter.” Food, kids games, firefighter challenges, dunk tank, and a Poker Tournament. This a family friendly event with free entry. The poker tournament starts at 5pm with a $50 dollar buy-in.
Proceeds will be used for firefighting equipment and support other local events like Christmas food baskets.
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An investigation involving officers from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), Oregon State Police (OSP) HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) team, and Idaho State Police led to the arrest earlier this month of two people in Siletz, Oregon. The investigation stemmed from a traffic stop by Idaho State Police and linked the two listed suspects to a marijuana distribution network originating in Oregon with large quantities destined for Texas. The ongoing investigation has reached a point that information is being released.
On December 2, 2013, LINT detectives and OSP HIDTA team members became involved in the investigation after two male subjects were stopped by Idaho State Police just over the Oregon border and found to be in possession of over 30 pounds of marijuana. An interagency investigation led to a search warrant being served at 485 Fred Taylor Road in Siletz, Oregon, where the marijuana originated from.
Detectives and officers from OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 46 ounces of marijuana, two firearms, a Honey (hash) Oil lab, and other evidence related to the distribution of marijuana. Detectives learned that large quantities of marijuana were collected from several medical marijuana locations in Lincoln and Lane counties for shipment both by courier and through UPS and FedEx. At the time of serving the search warrant, a 7-year old boy was in the residence along with three adults. Continue reading
Anthony Mendibles was found guilty of 10 out of 20 counts of kidnap and sexual assault among others against three victims on December 10th. He was sentenced on Friday by Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Branford to over 20-years in prison and must register as a sex offender when he is released. On 9 of the other charges against him there was a hung jury and 1 not guilty. According to court documents the charges are the resulted from when he gave a victim a ride home from a bar and instead took her to Green Thumb Park where he sexually assaulted, beat, and threatened to kill the victim. Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branum stated that he showed the behavior of a sexual predator with very little regard for women. She added that he chose his victims based on their character and reputations counting on the fact that they would not come forward as they would be challenged.
During the sentencing one of the victims addressed the court and Mendibles she said that he hurt many people including his family and friends. She called him a predator and a bully. Mendibles also addressed the court and spoke of his family and commitments to community, having coached little league and football. He said he is a caring and loving family man and is still in shock over the conviction. Upon giving the sentence Judge Branford told Mendibles that the jury convicted him on his actions not on what he may have done in his life. He was only condemned for his criminal conduct. He also thanked the jury.
He told Mendibles that he chose each of his victims, got them intoxicated and took advantage of them. He looked for easy prey and didn’t count on his last victim having the strength to come forward. When she fought back against him and screamed he told her that if she screamed again he would drown her. Before sentencing Judge Branford said “Women need and deserve to be protected from men like you”. With that Mendibles was sentenced to over 20-years in the state penitentiary. There is a possibility there will be another trial on the 9 counts that the jury was hung on. There is also the opportunity for his lawyer to appeal.
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