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Brush/log fire off the end of SW 51st, Taft

3:51pm

North Lincoln Fire Rescue is responding to a report of a beach fire that may have gotten out of control and has spread to nearby brush along the beach a ways west of the SW 51st Street Turnaround on the beach in Taft. Lots of smoke.

3:54pm
First engine arriving on scene. Second engine is enroute.

3:55pm
Reported to be a 20′ x 20’s grass fire. Not threatening any structures.

4:05pm
Fire personnel on scene say they have knocked down the fire, limiting it to the beach. It did not extend into the upland areas. All other fire units are returning to quarters.

Lincoln City Police Officer saves hypothermic elderly man stuck in Siletz Bay

1:20p
Fire Rescue personnel are enroute to a report of a man that is off into Siletz Bay, fully clothed and stumbling. He is reported to be up to his chest in the water, falling occasionally, becoming submerged.

1:25p
Arriving police officer jumps in the bay and pulls the man to shore. Man is having a medical issue.
Ambulance enroute.

Update from Lincoln City Police 3:12pm

Lincoln City Police Sergeant Mike Leake says that the incident began shortly after 1pm, Sunday afternoon, on a report that a fully clothed elderly man had wandered off into Siltez Bay at the foot of Southwest Harbor Avenue in Cutler City. The caller to 9-1-1 said the man had fallen and was submerged at one point.

Senior Officer Craig Grabenhorst arrived on scene within minutes and spotted the man about 100 feet out into the bay. He said he saw William Upjohn of Lincoln City chest deep in the water, trying to make it back to shore, but due to the mud, he was having a difficult time making any progress. Sergeant Leake said Officer Grabenhorst called for a water rescue team to respond but within moments of making the call Mr. Upjohn began falling again, becoming submerged. Fearing for Mr. Upjohn’s safety, Officer Grabenhorst jumped in the water and worked his way out to Mr. Upjohn, grabbed him, and pulled him back to shore.

An awaiting ambulance transported Mr. Upjohn to North Lincoln Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia. Officer Grabenhorst said Mr. Upjohn had become despondent over health issues and had waded out into the bay. But after about an hour in the chilly waters, he turned back, but was not able to make it back to shore because of hypothermia.

A big community salute to Officer Grabenhorst for acting quickly to save Mr. Upjohn.

Lincoln City’s public library launches another “Dark and Stormy Night” event…

Dark and Stormy Night at Driftwood

Driftwood Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be presenting the 9th year of its Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series this October. A different mystery author will visit the library each Thursday afternoon in October at 4:00 p.m. to speak to readers about their work.

The first author in the series this year will be Heather Sharfeddin, who will visit the library on October 4th. Sharfeddin’s mystery books include Mineral Spirits, Windless Summer and, most recently, Damaged Goods. A native of Montana, and then Idaho, Sharfeddin’s first novel was 2005’s Blackbelly, a contemporary western praised by The Chicago Tribune as “a good old-fashioned cowboy tale that’s as gritty as they come…” She currently lives in Oregon.

On October 11th, Johnny Shaw will visit the library from Portland. The author of the books Dove Season and this year’s Big Maria, Shaw also is the editor-in-chief of and frequent contributor to the online fiction quarterly, Blood & Tacos, a loving homage to the men’s adventure paperbacks of the 1970s and 80s. He also owns an online bookstore, Johnny’s Used Books, and teaches screenwriting.

Amanda Lee will be visiting all the way from southwest Virginia on October 18th. Amanda writes a series of embroidery cozies set on the Central Oregon Coast including the titles The Quick and the Thread, The Long Stitch Good Night and this year’s Thread on Arrival. Her next book in the series will be released next year: Cross Stitch Before Dying.

To wrap up the series, Jack Judge visits from right here in Lincoln City to celebrate the publication of his most recent novel. Jack’s novels include Crosetti’s Curse, The Dead Lie Restless in Pedro Creek and Death Rides the Carousel.

The programs are sponsored by The Driftwood Library Foundation and the D’Sands Condominium Motel who have graciously donated lodging for the authors. All programs are free to the public. All of the programs will take place at the library, 801 SW Highway 101 (2nd Floor) in Lincoln City. All inquiries about the programs should be directed to Ken Hobson, 541 996 1242 (kenh@driftwoodlib.org).

Is it “Chase” or “Bear?” Only the judge knows for sure. Dog waits in custody as “evidence.”

Chase or Bear?
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A nearly two month battle over a lost Portland dog named Chase by its owner, then Bear by its alleged new owner, is drawing closer to a conclusion. A Benton County Judge will rule early next month whether the dog’s “new owner” stole the animal by refusing to return it to its owner who lost him after it jumped the family’s back yard fence.

The canine legal tug o’ war is chronicled in The Oregonian. Click here.

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