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Calling for citizen help on how to improve Bayfront parking situation

Provided by Newport City Recorder Peggy Hawker

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Newport are seeking interested citizens to serve on the Bayfront Parking District Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for developing a plan for the completion of parking improvements and to allocate expenditure of monies within the scope of the plan.

Anyone interested in serving on this Committee should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.
The application deadline is October 25, 2011, and appointments will be made on November 7, 2011.

Murder suspects have been arrested near Sacramento

Provided by OSP:

Two Everett, Washington murder suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the vehicle they were traveling in north of Sacramento. The arrest came after the officer received attempt to locate information regarding the vehicle and suspects.

On October 5, 2011 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a CHP officer spotted the white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door with Oregon license plates in the Yuba/Sutter area. CHP officers initiated a felony traffic stop and detained, positively identified and took into custody DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24.

Update on missing Willamette Valley youth – Body found, not positively identified yet

Photos in order: Cody Myers, Myers’ car, Salem gas station (suspects), David Pedersen, Holly Grigsby

Provided by Oregon State Police

Oregon law enforcement officials released information regarding the search for missing CODY MYERS, age 19, from Lafayette, Oregon and asked everyone to continue to be on the lookout for MYERS, two vehicles including his missing white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, and two suspects sought in connection with a murder investigation in Everett, Washington. Information indicates the vehicle and suspects were last known to be in the Linn, Benton, Polk and Marion counties.

Law enforcement officials released information that the body of an unidentified young adult male was found late Tuesday afternoon in a mid-Willamette Valley remote wooded. The manner, cause of death, and positive identification is pending the results of an autopsy. Detectives have been investigating this death during the evening and morning. No specific information of the location is being released at this time.

Investigators notified CODY MYERS’ family of this new information and will keep them updated of any further developments before information is released publicly. The family continues to ask for no contact and to respect their privacy at this time. Family members did attend today’s news conference and thanked the media and public for their help to find CODY during this time. They also extended their continued support of the investigative efforts.

Working in cooperation with Everett, Washington police, a multi-agency task force continues coordinating the investigation and search for the two suspects in Oregon. Approximately 15 local, State and Federal agencies are currently helping. Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigating agency in the search for MYERS.

According to Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, MYERS was last seen leaving his home on October 1, 2011 at about 10:30 a.m. enroute to Newport, Oregon. He was reported missing October 2, 2011 to Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office. MYERS is described as a white male, 6’3″, 220 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Family has had no contact with him since he left home.

During the weekend, MYERS’ white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door was spotted at least twice in the mid-Willamette Valley area. Based upon tips and information during the weekend, investigators believe the vehicle is in the possession of Everett, Washington homicide suspects DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24.

Suspect PEDERSEN is a 31-year old white male, 5’10” tall, 165 pounds, with hazel eyes and red hair. PEDERSEN has extensive tattooing on the upper torso, arms and neck. He also has a tattoo on his left cheek. Those tattoos were previously released by Everett Police Department and Oregon State Police.

Suspect GRIGSBY is a 24-year old white female, 5’07” tall, 160 pounds (although she looks thinner in recent photos), light brown hair and hazel eyes. Information indicates she may have altered her appearance including coloring her hair bright red.

Investigators are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 2010 Black Jeep Patriot Washington license ABZ7996. The front license plate has been replaced with a U.S. Marine Corp plate similar to one provided with this release. That vehicle is missing from the Washington residence and may have been abandoned in Oregon.

Anyone spotting either vehicle or suspects is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Oregon Tip Line at 888-780-5678.

Everett Police Department has two detectives in Oregon working with law enforcement to continue to follow up any leads.

Spelling Bee buzzing back to Newport…

Newport Spelling Bee Team

Teams are studying up to prepare for the second annual Newport Community Spelling Bee, to be held on Sunday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Newport campus of Oregon Coast Community College. The public is invited to attend, and as organizer Nancy Steinberg says, “last year the audience members enjoyed themselves almost as much as the spellers. We have a lot of ways for audience members to get involved in the fun.”

The event is a fund-raiser for Newport High School Funding Academics Now!, an organization that raises funds to support academic programs at Newport High School, including underwriting student testing fees.

The event is unlike the spelling bees of grade school. Teams of four spellers collaborate to spell the words presented to all teams at once. A panel of judges then determines which teams have spelled the words correctly and which will be eliminated. Teams can “bribe” their way back into the competition if they are eliminated, with an additional donation to NHS FAN. “Audience members can help out by contributing to the bribe money for their favorite team,” Steinberg explained. “We’ve also added a new audience participation element: those that pay the five-dollar suggested donation at the door will be given an official bee notebook in which they can play along. The audience member with the most correctly spelled words will win a prize.”

The reigning champions, the Bibliophiles of the Newport Public Library, will return to defend their title against all comers. Challengers will include teams from NOAA, the Newport High School faculty, Newport High School students, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, and employees of the City of Newport. The pronouncer for the event will again be County Commissioner Bill Hall, and real-life Lincoln County judges Sheryl Bachart and Paulette Sanders will preside over the proceedings for a second year as judges. The winning team’s name will be added to a custom plaque adorned with a glass bee created by Newport artist Katy LaReau. LaReau has also donated custom-made commemorative medallions for bee team members.

There is still room for teams to register for the competition. The registration fee for each team is $200. For more information or to register a team, contact Steinberg at nsteinberg@charter.net.

What happens when a confused woman tries to save a telephone repairman from a “life of crime”

Saving Grace cast

Photo and Story Provided by Theater West

Theatre West presents their fall production of Saving Grace. This is a romantic comedy by Jack Sharkey. The play runs October 20 through November 12, 2011 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The doors open at 7:30 P.M. for performances and the curtain goes up promptly at 8:00 P.M. The box office is open on show days at 2:00 P.M. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (541) 994-5663. Please leave a message and someone will call you back.

This is a zany tale of a warmhearted girl who mistakes a telephone repairman for a burglar. She tries to convert him from his life of crime, and ends up having to pretend he is her husband. This dismays her strait laced sister’s evangelist fiancé. Come join us at Theatre West and find out what happens next. You will not be disappointed. This show had critics and audiences cheering both at the Maryland and the Chicago premier productions.

The play is directed by Cindy Wesolowski. Cindy recently appeared in Opal’s Million Dollar Duck by John Patrick as Queenie. She directed Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro early last season.

Appearing on the Jack Coyne stage are Kiera Morgan as Harriet Larkin, Paul Wilhelmi as Alex Docker, Richard Sogn as Walter Chepple, Shelby Barton as Gregor Vanitzky and Tia Markle as Grace Larkin.

The crew for this production includes Ashley Ross, assistant director, Stina Seeger-Gibson as Costume Mistress and Dennis Gibson as set designer. Stage Manager and lights and sound technician are still to be determined.

Theatre West is located at 3536 SE HWY. 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets for the show are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (over 12) and $8.00 for children 12 & under. A special group discount is available at $9.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation.

Theatre West is a non-profit, all volunteer community dating back to 1975. Membership is open to all with dues at $10.00 per year for individuals, $5.00 for students, $12.50 for couples and $15.00 for families. For more information about the theatre, visit www.theatrewest.com.

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Opens Friday night at Newport’s Performing Arts Center

Schoolhouse Rock Live!
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Schoolhouse Rock Live! opens Friday, October 7th at the Newport Performing Arts Center and continues through Sunday, October 23rd! Twenty-nine Lincoln County youth perform old favorites from the educational short animated cartoons that played on ABC in the 70’s and early 80’s, as they inspire Teacher Tom, played by Tim Gross, to make learning fun. The show starts at 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at the Newport Performing Arts Center or call 541-265-ARTS.

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