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Reducing the pain of arthritis comes on friendly wheels…

Photo courtesy Daniella Crowder

Those trying to reduce the pain of arthritis are peddling into Newport this evening and calling all Newportians to get a bone density check by stopping by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The test is not only fun because it’s at the Aquarium, but also because it’s free!

Daniella Crowder and the gang at the Bike Newport Shop says the “Peoples Coast Classic Ride for Arthritis” is stopping in Newport on their long road quest to raise money toward the cure of the very painful, and quality of life robbing disease. Tonight at 6:30, the Aquarium opens their doors as a bone density test is given free of charge to all comers. Participants will learn about how they can reduce their chances of getting arthritis, and what can be done to reduce its symptoms.

Bike Newport co-owner Daniella Crowder says that last year’s People’s Coast Classic stopped in Newport, but conducted just a rest layover for part of the day. But Crowder says this time, the Classic has decided to spend the entire day getting to know the area to see the special place it really is. The tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11:30am, Mayor Mark McConnell, himself an avid bicyclist, will attend a special luncheon sponsored by Bike Newport at Don Davis Park, which will honor the People’s Coastal Classic which spends much time raising money toward better medical treatement for arthritis, if not an eventual cure.

Fatal Wrong Way Driver on I-5 Identified

This past weekend OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving northbound in the southbound lanes at milepost 219 about three miles north of Exit 216 and nine miles south of the Highway 34 interchange (Exit 228). Trooper Hunter was the only trooper on duty in the Albany area and responded south from milepost 238.

Two minutes later at 9:15 p.m., OSP was notified of a head-on collision in the southbound lanes near milepost 221. Shortly after emergency responders arrived on scene it was confirmed the wrong way driver, MONTY ROBERT FLOYD UPSHAW, age 71, from Tillamook, was deceased.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by UPSHAW was northbound in the southbound lanes when it sideswiped a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by KAILANI K. BROWN, age 31, from Springfield, then collided head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by OSIEL MILLAN FIGUEROA, age 35, from Coos Bay.

BROWN was not injured.

The pickup contained five occupants. The driver and three passengers received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals in Albany and Corvallis for treatment. The injured passengers were identified as MARGARITO MILLAN FIGUEROA, age 42; LORETO GARCIA ROJAS, age 32; and, CARMELA ESTRADA FLORES, age 34. A 2-year old male child passenger had no reported injury. All pickup occupants are from Coos Bay.

OSP is asking anyone with information regarding where the victim was prior to the traffic crash to please contact Trooper Casey Hunter at (541) 967-2026 ext. 4250.

OSP troopers from Albany and Springfield were assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Halsey Fire Department, and ODOT. Southbound traffic was routed onto the shoulder until all lanes were opened at 1:20 a.m.

Cotter said alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in this crash.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally.

Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?
* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example – trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:
* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious – headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Missing Depoe Bay man found deceased

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has reported that missing Depoe Bay man Nicholas Stocker has been found deceased in the woods near Fogarty Creek State Park. Few details are available at the current time, but there were evidently no signs of criminal involvement in the death.

Power line down and arcing in Depoe Bay

A power line is down and arcing in the 5400 block of El Mirador Way in Depoe Bay. Emergency first responders are enroute. It’s been a very windy day on the coast. No word of any widespread power outage.

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