The Siletz Watershed Council plans to host their annual river cleanup this Saturday April, 12th. The day begins at 9 AM at Hee Hee Illahee Park located in downtown Siletz. From there volunteers will spread out along the river to clean a portion of the banks. Those who have drift boats, kayaks and canoes are very helpful. If you don’t have a boat and still want to help out there are plenty of stretches that are accessible by foot, or there is normally a few spots available in boats.
The watershed council is hoping to clean a bit of the lower river as well. So those who have a bigger motor boat or sled they can use your help on the stretches near Strome Park.
As usual there will be free coffee and doughnuts in the morning and free hot dogs, chili, and soda for lunch when volunteers return from cleaning (usually around 1 pm). This year they also have some awesome prizes to give away in a free raffle for all participants. There is all types of fishing gear (including at least a couple of nice rods), gift certificates from local sponsors, and if more than 40 participants show up Mike Kelly’s Guide Service will give away a free day of guided fishing on the Siletz.
All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the Oregon Coast weather (e.g. waterproof boots, waders, raincoat, etc.) and to bring gloves. Trash bags and good times will be provided free. This event is sponsored by SOLVE and volunteers will need to sign up before they head out from Illahee Park or you can pre-register on line at http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/annual-siletz-river-cleanup.
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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