Last week at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, Sheriff Dennis Dotson was on hand as the commissioners proclaimed national peace officers week the week of May 10-16th. According to the proclamation members of the law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Lincoln County. Sheriff Dotson also took this time to honor one of his deputies Sgt Brian Cameron.
He told the commissioners about the incident that took place on Dec. 26th of last year when a report of a man sitting on the railing at the bridge, was received. Newport Police Officer Brad Purdham was the first to arrive on the scene to find the man sitting on the edge of the railing of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The man expressed his intentions to jump from the bridge into the bay and climbed over the rail.Officer Craig Mitchell, Chief Mark Miranda, and Sgt. Brian Cameron arrived on the scene.
After Officer Purdham spoke with the man for about 30 minutes, the man climbed back over the railing and stood on the sidewalk. As the man let go of the railing and was about to jump Sgt. Brian Cameron, and the officers grabbed the man as he was going off the bridge, and in turn, saved the man’s life. Sheriff Dotson presented the Life Saving Award, along with a plaque to Brian Cameron in front of the Board of Commissioners.
Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire overnight on the 800 block of NE Douglas Street. The first arriving fire unit reported a single family home with fire venting out of two sides of the structure. After the initial knock down fire crews remained on scene several hours to perform extensive overhaul. One patient was treated at the scene and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
Newport Fire Department responded with 2 fire engines, a heavy rescue, several utility vehicles, and 14 personnel. Toledo, Seal Rock and Depoe Bay Fire Departments responded to the scene each with an engine and crew. Newport Police Department and Pacific West Ambulance assisted on scene.
The Red Cross assisted some of the 5 people who were displaced with emergency food and clothing allowances and shelter. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The occupants of the home were alerted to the fire when their working smoke detector was alarming. Newport Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check your smoke detectors regularly – working smoke detectors save lives!
From the day it opened in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been a relentless champion for the interests of coastal and marine environments in the Pacific Northwest. On May 7, the staff, board and supporters of the nonprofit paused to recognize the Aquarium’s own stewards during the annual Ocean Steward Celebration at NW Natural headquarters in Portland.
At the event, the board inaugurated a new honor, the Al Gleason Ocean Steward Award. “As the Aquarium approaches its 25th anniversary, it is important to acknowledge the individuals who made the Aquarium possible,” said Caryl Zenker, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Development who organizes the event and developed the Award.
Aquarium board emeritus member and retired CEO of PacificCorp Al Gleason, for whom the award was named, personally selected Mark Collson as the honoree. Collson has served as a guardian and supporter of the Aquarium since its inception, but his role during one of its most difficult eras set him apart. Continue reading
(Photo by Larry Coonrod)
House Joint Memorial 20—introduced by State Rep. David Gomberg and supported by the entire bipartisan Oregon Coastal Caucus passed unanimously through the House Rules Committee on Monday. This resolution urges Congress to fund US Coast Guard Air Facility Newport in perpetuity. It is anticipated to receive wide support when it comes to the House floor for a vote in the near future.
Gomberg was joined in testifying by representatives from Newport Fishermen’s Wives, the chiefs of Newport, Depoe Bay and North Lincoln fire departments, and Surfrider Foundation as well as Rep. Deborah Boone and Sen. Arnie Roblan. Senator Roblan thanked the local community who rallied to keep the helicopter service open in Newport.”An extra hour from Coos Bay, an extra hour from Astoria to get to those that need help just doesn’t make any sense at all.” “I will tell you that when your loved ones are at risk because of the decisions made on high, it motivates people.” Continue reading
On Sunday, May 10, 2015 at about 12:30 a.m., a Newport Police Officer was flagged down by a TCB Security Officer who had come upon a vehicle that had driven off the roadway. Newport Police Officers began an investigation into the facts surrounding the incident. Upon contact with the driver, Leilani J. Brohel, age 22 of Eugene, she told officers she was “drunk” and shouldn’t have been driving.
She displayed signs of impairment; a DUII investigation was initiated. During the investigation Officers determined Brohel was driving her Maroon 2011 Mazda MX3 south across the Yaquina Bay Bridge. As she arrived at the exit at SW Abalone Street, Brohel drove off the roadway and over a curb, where the vehicle became stuck. Brohel was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. She was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was offered a breath test which resulted in a .20% BAC (.08% is the legal limit). Brohel was bail was set at $45,000.00.
Riding as a passenger in Brohel’s vehicle was Ashley C. Leupold, age 20 of Eugene. While officers were conducting their investigation, they contacted Leupold, who was extremely intoxicated. Upon telling her Brohel was being arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail, Leupold became uncooperative, and began to interfere with officers as they were trying to conclude their DUII investigation. Leupold was arrested for Interfering with a Police Investigation. She was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $15,000.00. Neither Brohel nor Leupold were injured in the crash.
Amazing results after just 12 days after seeds are planted on Earth Day!
The 2nd grade students watering their little seedlings, recording measurements and logging temperatures.
Newport firefighters got more than they planned for during a live fire training drill Wednesday evening May 6th. Training was scheduled for 6:00 pm to burn two hotel rooms at the Park Motel for fire investigation training. Just before they could get started however firefighters were dispatched to an actual fire on the Bay road. Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of Yaquina Bay Road and John Nye Road at about 5:45 Wednesday night.
Several 911 callers reported a column of dark smoke coming from the woods. The first-in fire engine crew saw a dark smoke column from the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Upon arrival the crew found a 38 foot travel trailer fully engulfed in flames in on John Nye road. Fire suppression efforts were hampered by a locked gate to the property and the lack of fire hydrants in the area. Fire crews remained on scene for several hours to perform a thorough overhaul once the fire was suppressed. Continue reading