Guilty of Murder
A 36-year old Coquille male is facing a mandatory Life Sentence following a Coos Co. Circuit Court Jury Trial that found Manuel Daniel Delgado Jr. guilty of Murder & Assault in the First Degree, Wednesday, June 26, at Coquille.  According to a news release from District Attorney R. Paul Frasier, Delgado will be sentenced July 5, 2019 for killing 45-year old Gregory Durham and severely injuring 51-year old Michael Lucas.  “The charges arose from a police investigation that began at approximately 1:30 AM on June 23, 2018” when Lucas was brought to Coquille Valley Hospital with severe blunt force trauma.  He also had two knife wounds.  The suspect in the assault was identified as Delgado.  He was reportedly staying with Durham on SE 3rd Ave.  Police obtained a search warrant to enter the residence after no one responded to repeated attempts at contact.  “When they gained access to the home they found Manuel Delgado Jr. in bed in a bedroom next to the bathroom of the residence.”  The body of Durham was found in the bathroom.  He died from stab wounds.

South 4th Street Smoke Testing
City of Coos Bay release – On June 28, 2019, the City of Coos Bay will be smoke testing the storm sewer system on South 4th Street between Elrod Avenue and Golden Avenue. This will help identify existing deficiencies with the sewer. During the tests, you may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes from the ground. Please don’t be alarmed as this smoke has no odor, is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard, and will dissipate in a few minutes. Any questions can be directed to the City of Coos Bay Public Works Department at (541) 269-8918.

Beach Health Advisories
Oregon health officials posted warnings for no contact with ocean waters at Seal Rock and Agate Beach, both on the Central Coast at Lincoln Co. following higher than normal levels of a deadly toxin detected in the water during routine Summer testing.

CCSO Preps for the Fourth
This Fourth of July weekend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Coos County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with local police agencies and the Oregon State Police in an effort to improve the safety of the roads of our County. Drunk Driving is a serious matter that destroys lives. Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2017: 601 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 39% (237) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. This is a 23% increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period. 60% of those who died in alcohol-impaired crashes were in a crash involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .15 or higher. Please… plan accordingly as you celebrate our Independence Day. Use designated drivers, taxi services and don’t hesitate to call law enforcement to report impaired drivers. Every driver on the road who is impaired risks injury or death not only themselves, but every person they pass.

Coos Bay School District Meetings
Coos Bay School District public meeting schedule for June 2019. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule and agenda are subject to change. Policy Committee Meetings – June 27 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Mary Fields at or 541-404-6750. All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710).  The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or

Bay Area Enterprise Zone
The Bay Area Enterprise Zone Committee meeting for the Community Enhancement Plan Work Group will be held at the Coos Bay City Hall, Council Chambers, 500 Central Ave., Coos Bay on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Sitka Sedge State Park
PACIFIC CITY, Ore. — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host a public meeting to share results of the final hydrology report for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area and Tierra del Mar. The meeting is scheduled from 1:30 – 3 p.m. June 27 at the Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City. The report, conducted by consultants Pacific Groundwater Group (PGG) and Environmental Science Associates (ESA), analyzes options for improving fish passage and dealing with a failing tide gate that’s part of a human-made dike on the property. The report takes into account state and federal fish passage requirements, as well as flood risks and groundwater effects of different dike and tide gate modification options. The consultants created models that predict and compare groundwater levels according to different dike configuration scenarios during both average weather conditions and extreme storms. The final draft report and executive summary are posted at The final report builds on the draft report published in February 2019. Consultants conducted further study after gathering questions and comments from stakeholders. The final draft incorporates those findings. Once PGG/ESA’s hydrology work is complete, the next phase of the project is to further refine the alternative scenarios and assess their effects on the surrounding community, cost, ecology, water quality, soil, recreation and other factors. This phase will involve a series of public meetings and opportunities for stakeholder involvement. In the 1930s, a ½-mile dike with two tide gates was constructed to block tidewater and drain the area behind the dike. This also had the effect of preventing native fish — including coho, chum, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout — from migrating upstream to historic spawning and rearing areas. The original tide gates failed at least 50 years ago and were replaced with the current tide gate. In the past 30 years, the current tide gate has deteriorated and now leaks, allowing some tidewater through and contributing to high water in the marsh during rainstorms.  Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is a 357-acre state park in Tillamook County. The park includes ocean beach, dunes, forest, tidal marsh, freshwater marsh, shrublands and mudflats that together support an array of important and rare plants, wildlife and fish. OPRD is committed to managing the park in a way that balances natural resource health and visitor recreation, now and for decades to come. OPRD purchased the area in 2014 using voter-dedicated Oregon Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “State Natural Area” is a designation for protecting outstanding or important portions of Oregon’s ecosystems. For more information about Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, visit

High Speed Pursuit on Hwy. 20
On June 26th at approximately 2:25 AM Lincoln County Deputies were notified Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office were in a pursuit of a vehicle failing to yield west bound on Hwy 20 at speeds reported near 100 MPH. Lincoln County Deputies monitored rapidly changing updates as the pursuit continued west on Hwy 20. Officers from Newport Police Department and Toledo Police Department began a response setting up possible spike strip locations along the suspected route. The suspect turned onto Elk City Road off of Hwy 20 near mile post 15. The suspect continued west until Sunnyridge Rd in Toledo. The suspect then took a series of turns onto gravel logging roads which lead the pursuit onto North Beaver Creek Road in the Seal Rock area. At approximately mile post 2 on North Beaver Creek Rd., Deputy Derick Smith successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle. Subsequent spike strips were deployed by Deputy Siscilee Gouge and Sergeant Karl Vertner near mile post 1 when the suspect continued to elude. After the third deployment the suspect continued to elude on three flat tires to the intersection of North Beaver Creek and Hwy 101 where the driver turned north and then east onto Estate Drive in a quiet subdivision know as Makai. The suspect turned down a dead end street and ultimately stopped the vehicle. The suspect, Eddy Lee Brown age 49 of Newport, was taken into custody without further incident. The elude covered approximately 60 miles of road over 1 hour. Mr. Brown was initially lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges related to the pursuit. Additional charges were added as Mr. Brown was under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for a crime spree he conducted during the winter months of 2019. Mr. Brown’s charges include Theft, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude Police. His bail is $650,000.00. Additional charges are expected out of Benton County where the pursuit originated.

Death Investigation
Charleston, CCSO release – On June 25, 2019 at 1421 hours, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of deceased female located off of Alaska Packers Way in Charleston, Oregon. Alaska Packers Way is the roadway that creates the protective jetty around the Charleston Marina. Citizens had located a deceased female in the rocks of the jetty entering the Marina. The death was determined to be an accidental death by the Coos County Medical Examiner. The deceased female did not possess any identification on her person. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the identity of the female. The deceased female is 55 to 60 years of age, approximately 5’-3” in height, 160 lbs in weight, short grey hair, no tattoos, wearing distinctive jewelry. At the time of her discovery the deceased female was wearing Nike running shoes gray in color, black pants, and a blue hooded sweat shirt with the Winnie-the-Pooh character “Eeyore” depicted on it. The female is identified as having been a smoker. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 396-7830.

Probation Violation
Shinglehouse Slough & Libby Dr., CCSO release – On 6/23/19 at approximately 10:11 AM, Deputies were dispatched to a shirtless Disorderly male subject, doing jumping jacks in the roadway on Libby Lane near Shinglehouse Rd. Coos Bay, OR.  Deputies arrived and contacted a male subject matching the description given. The male subject was identified as 49 year old Danny J. Thomas. Thomas consented to a search of his person and drug paraphernalia was found. This along with Thomas’s erratic behavior prompted Deputies to contact his Probation Officer, who placed a detainer on Thomas. Thomas was transported to Coos County Jail where he was lodged.

Kentuck Way, CCSO release – On Saturday, June, 22, 2019 approximately 2:02 Am, Coos County Deputy Sheriff’s responded to Kentuck Way Ln, for a report of a possible drunk driver who crashed into a barn and fence. Upon arrival Deputies discovered the driver of a Toyota Tacoma to be 25 year old Whitney Smith. Whitney consented to a series of field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicates. During the investigation Whitney could not articulate how she got the vehicle as it was not hers. After several failed attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle, the vehicle was secured at the residence. Whitney was transported to the Coos County Jail where she provided a breath sample of .15% blood alcohol. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle is .08%. Whitney was booked and lodged. The owner of the Toyota called the following morning to report it as stolen. Whitney will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Sitkum Rd., CCSO release – On June 21, 2019, at approximately 10:01 AM, A Coos County Sheriff’s Deputy was notified of a man wishing to report an assault that occurred the night before on Sitkum Lane in Myrtle Point. It was reported that the man’s nose may have been broken due to the assault, and was being reported from the Coquille Valley Hospital. When the Deputy arrived at Coquille Valley Hospital, he discovered the victim lying in a hospital bed with swollen shut, purple eyes. The victim also had an abrasion on his nose and dried blood on his lips. When questioned, the victim did not know his assailant. The victim was able to provide the Deputy with information leading to the identity of his attacker. The victim signed a medical release allowing his emergency room medical records to be released to the Deputy for investigation purposes. After an investigation, it was determined 36 year old Dominic R. Dutton had attacked the victim without justification. After striking the victim and knocking him to the ground, Dominic straddled the victim and continued to strike him in the face multiple times. Dominic’s attack caused the victim to suffer a facial fracture. Subsequently, Dominic R. Dutton, was arrested for assault in the second degree and transported to the Coos County Jail without further incident.

Warrant Service
Cape Arago Hwy., CCSO release – On Saturday, June, 22, 2019 approximately 10:30 pm, A Coos County Sheriff Deputy was actively patrolling Cape Arago Hwy. The Deputy observed 41 year old Robert Peters of Coos Bay walking near Roosevelt Rd. The Deputy discovered Robert had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by Marion County. Robert was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant and transported to the Coos County Jail where he was booked and lodged.

Pkg. Theft
According to an entry on the North Bend Police log for June 25, 4:27 p.m., 2500 block Pine St., “RP reported possible theft of package off front porch, officers located suspect,” 20-year old Austin W. Benavidez, Port Orford, cited in lieu of custody for Theft II, “property was returned to owner.”

Showers in the forecast for the South Oregon Coast again today.  Highs in the mid 60s and winds from the Southwest at 10-20 mph.  Partly cloudy tonight with lows around 50 and winds out of the South to Southwest at 5-10 mph.  Partly cloudy on Friday.




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Grants Pass visits North Coos in an American Legion baseball doubleheader Thursday, 4 p.m., Clyde Allen Field in North Bend.

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EUGENE, Ore. – The kickoff times and TV destinations for three of Oregon’s home football games, highlighted by the home opener against Nevada, were unveiled on Thursday morning by the Pac-12 office. The Ducks will open their 53rd season inside Autzen Stadium against Nevada on Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network. Oregon’s second home game against Montana on Saturday, Sept. 14, will kick off at 7:45 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network, while its Friday night Pac-12 showdown with Colorado on Oct. 11th at Autzen Stadium will begin at 7 p.m. on FS1. Oregon will carry a 14-game win streak in home openers into its showdown with Nevada, which includes a win over the Wolfpack to open the 2011 home slate and a victory over Montana in 2005 to begin the streak. Both of the aforementioned meetings were the last between the teams, while the Ducks are 6-1 all-time against Nevada and 7-0-1 against Montana.  Highlighted by Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Herbert, Oregon returns a combined 17 positional starters, which ranks tied for fourth nationally. The 2018 club produced a 9-4 season under first-year head coach Mario Cristobal that was capped with three consecutive wins, including a victory over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl. The Ducks will also usher in a consensus top 10 recruiting class.

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CORVALLIS – The 2019 Oregon State football season opens with a prime time game Friday, August. 30 as the Beavers host the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 7:30 p.m. on FS1. The Friday night matchup is one of eight games on the Football Bowl Subdivision schedule for that day and is the lone matchup between Power 5 teams. The Cowboys are the first team from the Big XII Conference to play at Reser Stadium since a 1998 visit by Baylor. The season opener features a “young alumni” ticket offer. OSU alums who have graduated within the last five years can purchase tickets for $34. Kickoff for the Sept. 14 non-conference home game vs. Cal Poly will be at 1:15 p.m. and air on the Pac-12 Network. OSU Athletics is honoring teachers/staff members, military families and first responders with special ticket offers. The Extra Yard for Teachers initiative features teachers and school staff members receiving one free ticket with a companion ticket for $24. Military personnel, active duty and veterans, and first responders will receive complimentary tickets with additional admission at a discounted rate. To take advantage of all ticket offers please contact OSU ticket personnel at 541-737-2050. In addition, OSU’s Friday night game with Pacific Northwest rival Washington is Friday, Nov. 8 with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on FS1. OSU Athletics will celebrate Family Weekend, host Veterans Appreciation Day (same ticket policy as the Cal Poly game), have a military aircraft flyover, and display a field-sized United States flag for the National Anthem. Game times for the rest of the season will be determined during the course of the year. The contest at Hawai’i, Sept. 7, will be announced in the near future by the Mountain West Conference. Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule by visiting or calling 541-737-2050.







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