OSP traffic stop yields drugs, money, semi-automatic weapon and handgun

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Dec 092010
 

An Oregon State Police troopoer spotted a car headed eastbound on Highway 126 east of Florence and saw it had a tail light out. He pulled the 2005 Saab over and began questioning the occupants. It wasn’t long before the trooper discovered the two were not only packing fire arms but drugs as well.

Inside the vehicle was found a loaded .22 caliber handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle, which had earlier been reported stolen out of Coos Bay. Also in the car they found three ounces of crystal meth, marijuana, over a thousand dollars in cash and plenty of false identification.

Driver Andres Gamboa, 19, of Eugene (second from bottom) and his passenger Cesar Erives Gonzalez, 22, (bottom) also from Eugene were taken into custody. They were transported to the Lane County Jail and booked on charges of Unlawful Possession with Intent to sell methamphetamine and unlawful possession of firearms. Gonzales was also booked on an additional charge of delivery of cocaine.

Fire guts fifth wheel and damages adjacent motor home

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Dec 092010
 

McKinley’s R/V Park, Waldport

Central Coast (Waldport) Fire Rescue was called out Thursday morning on a report of a fully engulfed large fifth wheel type trailer parked at the McKinley R/V Park just east of Waldport.

Firefighters pulled up to huge flames that were engulfing the fifth wheel and were licking their way over to the motor home in the next space. Fire fighters threw a lot of water at the blaze but the fifth wheel was destroyed and the motor home was badly damaged as well.

No one was home at the time. The cause is under investigation.

Car into tree, another over an embankment, Alsea Highway, 8 miles east of Waldport

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Dec 092010
 

5:45pm
Reports say that a traffic collision has sent a car into a tree, and another over an embankment on Highway 34, eight miles east of Waldport. Reports also say it is “non-injury.” However, Central Coast Fire Rescue has been summoned to provide traffic control so they can tend to the drivers and to get their vehicles towed.

No word yet on what caused the crash.

Waldport Fire Rescue and two civilians save two elderly men from overturned boat

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Dec 092010
 

Central Coast Fire Rescue crews raced to Waldport’s main marina Thursday afternoon to see two elderly men, way off in the distance, being held barely above water by two good samaritans next to a small overturned crabbing boat in Alsea Bay.

Witnesses say both men, in their 70’s, headed out in a ten foot boat, secured their crab pots and then waited to retieve them. A short while later the wind picked up and big waves washed over their boat. The wind and the waves eventually overturned turned their boat, throwing both men in to the bay’s 45 degree water.

Those watching from the marina called 9-1-1, while two other crabbers in a slightly larger boat motored over and grabbed the two overboard men. The two good samaritans held them up by the backs of their coats. Neither victims were wearing a life jacket.

A few minutes later the Central Coast Fire Rescue Craft pulled alongside and hauled the two hypothermic men aboard and raced back to the marina. There the two were transferred to an awaiting ambulance and were rushed to PCH in Newport. Both began talking to rescuers so it’s believed they’ll survive. However, it’s believed the men were already in stage two hypothermia since their talking was disjointed and somewhat delirious.

Central Coast FD Chief Derek Clawson said they got them out just in time. Chief Clawson said “another five or ten minutes in the water both could have died.” He praised the two nearby crabbers for motoring over and keeping the victims’ heads above water until rescuers could get there.

Names of the victims were not immediately known.

Check out a beautiful “macro” time piece. (Not so subtle advertisement)

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Dec 092010
 

An amazing, if not a refreshing look, at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. But as you’ll read below, the “author” took a little license with some technology. But the effects truly qualify as probably the most creative treatment of Newport’s iconic gateway to come along in a very long time.

Actually, it’s the front cover of Lazerquick’s annual 2011 calendar. And surprise, surprise! They’re on sale at Lazerquick, next to JC Market. Read on….below! Continue reading »

Oregon Attorney General lists of the Charity Dirty Dozen and then some

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Dec 092010
 

AG John Kroger

OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES OREGON’S 20 WORST CHARITIES AND LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO COMBAT IRRESPONSIBLE NON-PROFITS.

Oregon donors should avoid giving to charities that spend most of their funding on telemarketing and administration

Now that the gift-giving season is upon us, Attorney General John Kroger is releasing a list of Oregon’s 20 Worst Charities, offering tips to consumers on donating wisely and unveiling a landmark legislative proposal to combat unscrupulous non-profits.

“It is important that generous Oregonians make charitable contributions to legitimate organizations,” said Attorney General Kroger. “Many charities do great work, but some are little more than scams that do little to help the people they claim to support.”

In addition to increasing consumer awareness, Attorney General Kroger will ask the 2011 Legislature to pass a law making Oregon the first state in the country to use the tax code to fight charities that spend most of the money they raise on telemarketers and administration. The proposal will eliminate the Oregon tax deduction for donations to charities that spend less than 30 percent of the money they raise on the people they claim to support.

“This proposal will help kick sham charities out of Oregon,” said Attorney General Kroger. “If the rest of the country follows Oregon’s lead, we could end the rampant abuse of non-profit laws.”

Oregon’s 20 Worst Charities – 2010
Click on link below:
http://www.doj.state.or.us/charigroup/pdf/oregons_20_worst_charities_2010.pdf

Fishing restrictions enacted in western Aleutians to help preserve Steller Sea Lions

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Dec 092010
 

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is further restricting commercial fishing in the western Aleutian Island in order to reverse what they call a deadly trend in populations of Steller Sea Lions. The story is in the Salem Statesman Journal.
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20101209/UPDATE/101208062

Rep. Peter DeFazio takes a symbolic swing at President Obama’s tax compromise bill.

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Dec 092010
 

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D)

Although the vote was not binding, it showed the depth of Democratic anger at the compromise that President Obama is willing to agree to to avoid interrupting unemployment benefits for millions of out-of-work Americans and to avoid a tax increase for the middle class.

The story is in today’s Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/12/defazio_to_vote_against_tax_pa.html

Fleeing suspect slams into back of sheriff’s car, dies at hospital

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Dec 092010
 

A fleeing hit and run accident suspect smashed into the back of a Douglas County Sheriff’s patrol car on northbound Interstate 5 last evening and died at a local hospital a short time later.

Oregon State Police say that James Pelkey, 44, of Marcola was involved in a hit and run accident and was spotted a short time later northbound on I-5. Officers say they tried to pull Pelkey over, but he failed to yield and sped off, reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour while using both lanes and shoulders. Troopers stayed with him with their lights and sirens on.

Just up the road a ways a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy was preparing to lay out road spikes when the chase emerged from the south. As Pelkey’s pickup went for the shoulder, the deputy ran for his life. The impact destroyed the pickup and the patrol car. A badly injured Pelkey was pulled from the wreckage and transported to a local hospital where he was dead on arrival.

Officers say Pelkey was driving on a suspended license.

Majority of Oregon U.S. House democrats oppose Obama compromise on tax cuts. Even Schrader may oppose it.

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Dec 082010
 

Even Oregon’s conservative talking democratic member of the U.S. Kurt Schrader appears to be ready to condemn President Obama’s compromise bill on making extended tax cuts for the country’s super rich a requirement for extending unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans.

Democratic party anger is growing in the nation’s capital to where the bill’s passage may be tighter than predicted.
The story is in the Oregonian:
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/12/defazio_to_vote_against_tax_pa.html