Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Yachats area man for kidnap, reckless endangerment, assault and menacing his girlfriend Tuesday. Deputies say Antonio Mirelez was arguing with his girlfriend at a residence just north of Yachats. As his girlfriend tried to drive off in her red Jeep, Mirelez jumped up on the hood, kicked out the windshield, took over the driver’s seat and drove off with his girlfriend screaming for somebody to call 9-1-1.
The Jeep was seen heading up Blodgett Road, into the mountains. A sheriff’s deputy arrived a short while later and headed up Blodgett but found no sign of them. Meanwhile Mirelez continued arguing with his girlfriend, during which he hit her in the face, according to the victim.
Mirelez eventually drove the woman to a residence in Yachats where they were confronted by law enforcement. Mirelez handcuffed and transported to the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Second Degree Kidnapping, Recklessly Endangering, Fourth Degree Assault and Menacing. His bail was set at $145,000.
Newport Police have arrested two young males after police say they caught them in the act of burglarizing a home while the owners were away.
Police received a call from a neighbor who said there was a flickering light shining inside the home at 349 NW 14th, and that they should come right away.
Police pulled up to see that the house had been ransacked. Then they heard the sound to running and the noise of somebody diving into some nearby bushes. Officers went to the spot where they believe the rustling noise had come from. There they found two young males, one 18, the other younger, who were acting very nervous. They also had bleeding blackberry bush scratches on their arms. After talking with officers they confessed to burglarizing the home.
The juvenile was taken to juvenile detention. But the 18 year old, Joseph Lusk, of Newport, was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and booked on charges of burglary and theft. Lusks bail was set at $157,000.
Police remind the community that if you plan to be gone from your residence for any period of time, you should enlist the help of trustworthy neighbors who can keep an eye on it until you return. It’s also smart to alert local police or sheriff’s offices that you’ll be gone a certain amount of time and for them to add your residence to their regular patrol duties.
NEWPORT—Mandatory work on several bridges in Lincoln and Tillamook counties will begin next week and will reduce travel to a single lane during construction. However, pedestrians and bicyclists will not lose access to the bridges at any time. ODOT crews will be prepping and sealing the decks of the bridges and will close one lane at a time according to the following schedule:
Little Nestucca River: US 101, milepost 92
Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9—2 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11—6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ojalla Bridge and Fuller Bridge: OR 229 (Siletz Hwy) — Milepost 20.6 and milepost 23
When: Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16—6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alsea River Bridge: OR 34, milepost 7
When: Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18—6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Flaggers will control travel over the bridges during construction. There is no complete bridge closure anticipated but motorists should expect minor delays during times of congestion. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed and travel with caution through the construction zone. Bicyclists and pedestrians may also experience momentary delays.
Bridge deck sealing is expected to preserve and protect the bridge’s wear surface for the next 15 years.
For a few minutes the town of Siletz thought it was losing a dining icon Tuesday evening as a report came into 9-1-1 that flames could be seen through the windows of the Little Chief Restaurant in downtown Siletz. Siletz fire fighters pulled up and saw the flames and black smoke wafting up through the restaurant’s flue. Partnering up with Toledo firefighters who also responded, Siletz volunteers had the fire out very quickly.
As it turned out, the fire erupted on the grill in the back. Fire investigators said that the owner, earlier in the day, had cleaned the grease filters above the grill. When he finished, Bill Peck said he left a piece of cardboard on the grill surface and then locked up the restaurant and left. But unknown to him, when he was cleaning out the overhead grease filters, something he stood on or his knee hit the grill “on” controls. So by the time he had been gone for a while, the cardboard caught fire, and the flames ignited residual grease in the flue to the outside which was smoking pretty heavily when fire units pulled up outside.
But rather than having to battle ferocious flames from a blazing structure fire, firefighters got inside to learn that the grill’s automatic “hood fire suppression system” had worked like a charm and had kept the fire from spreading beyond the grill. There was no major damage.
However, The Little Chief Restaurant may be closed for a day or two to get an inspection and to get the grill’s fire suppression system re-charged. But it’s quite obvious, the owners dodged a disaster Tuesday evening thanks to that system.