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LINCOLN CITY CELEBRATES LOCAL FOODS

LINCOLN CITY – To celebrate the end of summer, and toast the success of the best farmers’ market season Lincoln City has ever had, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is hosting its first Fall Feast on Friday, Oct. 21. It will be a cozy dinner highlighting fresh, local produce, turned into tasty creations by local chefs. Food will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

The menu is still a work in progress, but it already features a bountiful salad from Barking Dog Farm and Chef Dave Schaffer; vegetarian dips and appetizers by Great Life by Lucinda; local berry pastries by Capt. Dan’s Pirate Pastries; fish tacos by J’s Fish & Chips; plus edible donations by Corvus Landing Farm, Walker Farm, Peoria Garlic Farm, Blackfish Café and Bernard’s Farm.

“We are so proud to play a small part in the success of the Lincoln City Farmers Market,” said Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “Our local foods scene has grown by leaps and bounds, which is good for small businesses, the food supply and the environment.”

Guests may also donate at the gift table, where items donated by market vendors will be sold. Selections will include an iridescent multi-colored bracelet by Dancing Mermaid Designs, a handmade paintbrush caddy by Ethel’s Fabric Crafts and a woven scarf by Paradise Alpaca Ranch, all vendors at the Lincoln City Farmers Market.

Admission to the dinner, which includes a bountiful buffet and beverages, is $25 per person or two for $40. Proceeds from tickets and donations will go to the Lincoln City Food Pantry and the Lincoln City Cultural Center, through the generosity of the market vendors and board.

To reserve your plate, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994, or write to lcccdirector@gmail.com — RSVP soon, so that they’ll know how much food to make! Donations of food, music and gifts are still being accepted.

Body in black jeep was that of Pedersen’s father, “Red” Pedersen

“Red” Pedersen, David “Joey” Pedersen’s father

Provided by Oregon State Police

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy Monday morning, October 10, on a body found in a vehicle recovered last weekend in Linn County. The vehicle is associated with homicide investigations in Everett, Washington and the State of Oregon.

According to Dr. Cliff Nelson, the body was positively identified as DAVID “RED” JONES PEDERSEN, age 56, from Everett, Washington. He has been missing since September 29, 2011.

The cause of death was by “gunshot to the head”. The manner of death is “homicide”.

Murder suspect David Joseph Pedersen goes by the nickname of “Joey,” while his father’s nickname was “Red” Pedersen. Both have same first names.

Cody Myers killed on Pioneer Loop, east of Toledo – Murder spree now includes victim in Eureka, CA

Cody Myers (top)
Cody Myers’ Plymouth Breeze (similar to)
Pedersen Jeep Patriot (similar to)

Provided by Oregon State Police

The ongoing murder investigations involving suspects DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, age 31, and HOLLY ANN GRIGSBY, age 24, who are currently in custody in the Yuba County, California Jail are continuing. Several significant developments occurred late last week and over this past weekend keeping investigators from several law enforcement agencies working nearly around-the-clock.

The first development centers around investigative information related to the Washington and Oregon murder cases that provided a lead to Eureka, California Police Department investigating a homicide reported October 7, 2011 at approximately 12:58 p.m. According to a Eureka Police Department news release this afternoon, officers responded to a suspicious circumstances/vehicle call near the 3300 block of Glen Street. Upon arrival and inspection of the interior of a vehicle at the scene which was cluttered with clothing items, officers found an adult male deceased inside. The body showed signs of trauma and was released to the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office.

The victim was identified by Eureka Police Department as REGINALD ALAN CLARK, age 53, from Eureka, California. An autopsy done Sunday, October 9th, on CLARK at the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Based upon their ongoing investigation, Eureka Police Department has confirmed PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY are suspects in their homicide case. (News release link with this release)

The second development is related to the murder investigation of Cody Myers, age 19, from Lafayette, Oregon. Information developed during the week while pursuing numerous leads led to confirmation that the murder occurred in Lincoln County, Oregon.

On Friday, October 7, 2011 the Lincoln County Major Crime Team located what is believed to be the crime scene where Cody Myers was murdered east of Toledo in the Pioneer Mountain area. With the assistance of the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division, detectives processed the scene and seized evidence.

Detectives believe that Cody Myers arrived in Newport Saturday, October 1st to attend a jazz festival. After arriving in the area, he came into contact with one or both suspects prior to his death. His vehicle, a white 1999 Plymouth Breeze four-door displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, was spotted at least twice in the mid-Willamette Valley area during the weekend of October 1 – 2. One of the reported sightings confirmed the car was in the possession of two people identified during the investigation as PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY, suspects in an Everett, Washington murder investigation. Cody Myers’ body was found October 5th in the Mary’s Peak area southwest of Corvallis.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team is asking anyone who may have spotted MYERS, PEDERSEN, GRIGSBY, the white 1999 Plymouth Breeze displaying Oregon license 025 CCH, or black 2010 Jeep Patriot displaying Washington license plate ABZ7996, in the Newport or Toledo areas, to please call Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team is asking anyone who was at the Newport Performing Arts Center or across the street at Don Davis Park on Saturday, October 1st, during the daytime performances of the jazz festival who took photos or video to please contact the Tip Line.

Photographs of victim Cody Myers, suspects PEDERSEN and GRIGSBY, and similar looking vehicles are provided with this release to assist with the development of additional investigative leads.

The third significant development centers around the discovery Friday, October 7th, of the missing black 2010 Jeep Patriot associated with the Everett, Washington homicide investigation, the two suspects, and a missing endangered adult identified as DAVID JONES PEDERSEN, age 56. The missing adult is the father of suspect DAVID JOSEPH PEDERSEN, who has been missing since September 29th.

According to Linn County Sheriff’s Office, investigators followed up on information developed last week and found the Jeep Patriot early Friday afternoon, October 7, 2011 in a remote wooded area of rural Linn County, Oregon. The vehicle was discovered over the embankment of a logging road in the vicinity of Yellowbottom Campground north of Green Peter Lake. It was not visible from the roadway.

Working in cooperation with Everett Police Department investigators, Linn County Sheriff’s Office coordinated search and rescue resources from Marion, Benton, Linn, and Crook counties to find and recover the vehicle. When recovered, investigators confirmed the body of an adult male was found inside.

The 2010 Jeep Patriot was seized as evidence for Everett police as part of their investigation to return to Everett, Washington where investigators will await a search warrant for evidence processing.

On Monday, October 10th, an autopsy was scheduled in the morning. Positive ID and cause of death is still pending. A news release will be sent when known.

Everett police has provided an investigative scenario related to their murder investigation that is provided in a link to this news release. (Everett PD scenario link with this release)

Both suspects remain in custody in Yuba County Jail after appearing in court last week on local charges. Their bail was set at $1 million.

Cody Myers – Remembered in Newport

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The healing has begun over the murder of a promising young man who was cut down in his youth by what are believed to be two mindless murderers who are now in custody in California, waiting return to Washington and Oregon where they will likely stand trial for homicide.

However, Cody Myers’ family has been reaching out to their fellow Oregonians who share in the family’s grief and loss of a young man who was well loved and loved well all those around him. Myers was seemingly destined for the ministry in his church. Even at age 19, just about everyone said it was his calling.

Learning of Cody’s murder prompted Newport resident Katie Kingsbury to call on the community for a candlelight remembrance and dedication to love, family and healing. Here’s how it looked Sunday night on the steps of Newport City Hall.

Candlelight vigil honoring murdered Cody Myers, tonight, 7:30pm, Newport City Hall lawn

Newport area townspeople will be holding a candlelight vigil to honor the life of 19 year old Cody Myers of Lafayette, near McMinnville. Myers was on his way to the Newport Jazz Festival when he apparently was encountered by accused murderers David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby. Authorities say the encounter proved fatal for Myers, his body found near Mary’s Peak off Highway 34. Pedersen and Grigsby were later pulled over north of Sacramento and jailed for Yamhill and Snohomish County Washington authorities.

Myers was described by his family as a kind, loving and helping young man who was destined for the Christian ministry. They said anyone approaching him for help or assistance always got his best efforts.

The candlelight vigil at Newport City Hall begins at 7:30pm.

Fatal crash takes the life of the driver just south of Corvallis

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Sunday morning traffic crash on Highway 99W south of the Corvallis airport that resulted in the death of an adult male. The victim’s name will be released Monday morning to allow family additional time for next of kin notification.

From Oregon State Police

According to Trooper Steve Kenyon, on October 9, 2011 at approximately 8:08 a.m. a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer driven by the victim was northbound on Highway 99W near milepost 91. For an unknown reason, the vehicle drifted off the right shoulder into a ditch where it clipped a power pole and then came to rest off the highway.

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Fire Department, ODOT and Pacific Power & Light assisted at the scene. No power outage occurred.

The highway was closed about 90 minutes.

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