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Bandon man charged for killing dog in illegal trap
Bandon man faces felony charge after setting illegal trap

BANDON – A dog was caught and killed in an illegal trap last week.

The man who allegedly set the trap, Monte Callaway, 57, of Bandon, has been arrested by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division. According to a press release sent to The World by OSP Trooper Brian Koell, Callaway now faces felony charges.

The call first came in on Monday, June 11 at 6:35 p.m. when the victim found the family dog killed in the trap on his neighbor’s property.

When OSP contacted Callaway, troopers found that a “Conibear 330 style trap had been used in an illegal land set,” Koell wrote in the release. Callaway was arrested the next day and taken to Coos County Jail.

He now faces felony animal abuse in the first degree, as well as other charges including trapping prohibited method – unbranded traps, instant kill trap with jaw spread 9 inches or more in any land set, unlawful take furbearer – raccoon, and no raccoon take permit.

The animal abuse charge is a Class C felony, while the wildlife charges are Class A misdemeanors.

According to Koell, the type of trap Callaway allegedly set is usually used to trap beaver and is required by the Oregon Furbearer Trapping Regulations to only be set in water at 10 x 10 inches, not nine.

Raccoon trapping season is from September 1 to March 15. The only occasion to set this kind of trap outside of that season is when damage is being caused by a raccoon, which then requires a permit from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The World has reached out to the Coos County District Attorney’s Office and is following the case as it progresses.

Radio legend finds a home in Coos Bay

COOS BAY — Radio DJ and personality Roger W. Morgan has made his home in Coos Bay after purchasing his own radio station here six months ago.

So far the station, which Morgan named 105.9 The Legend, has been quite successful. Operating out of the second floor of the Tioga building, the young station for old souls has already earned a number one ranking in the Coos Bay Area Morgan said. 

Morgan has worked all over the U.S in his 60 year career in radio. He began in Salem but moved on to other major cities like Portland, Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco.

“I left Salem and almost immediately moved up to Seattle, Wash. Seattle was a big stop for me, because that was a much larger market and KJR in Seattle was a station that everybody loved. It was maybe the second largest station on the West Coast, outside of Los Angeles. That was a natural move for me. From there I went to Houston, Texas, another very big market, and I kept moving up to bigger markets,” Morgan said.

An Oregon native born in Salem, Morgan began his career as a radio DJ back in 1957. However, his entertainment career started several years prior when he worked as a child rodeo star.

“My father was a rodeo announcer, and when I was three I was in rodeos as a trick roper under my real name Jerry Lambert,” Morgan said.

Morgan’s father Mel Lambert was a very popular rodeo announcer, who according to Morgan has been enshrined in the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

“His career all through his life was announcing rodeos. That’s how I got intrigued by being an announcer. I decided that would be a cool thing to do,” Morgan said.

When Morgan was 11 he met Gene Autry through his father. Autry wanted Morgan to work alongside actress Gail Davis in the TV show Annie Oakley as the main character Annie’s little brother. Morgan’s father didn’t want him to move to California, so he didn’t get that job. However, the young man they decided to hire for the role didn’t know how to ride a horse, so Morgan did the horse riding stunt work for him.

In 1969 Morgan got the opportunity to not only meet the Beatles, but also spend the better part of a week with them. This was shortly after rumors began to surface that Paul McCartney was dead.

“I was on the air in Omaha, Neb. at the time. I had talked about the rumor extensively on the air, and they invited me to England to interview Paul,” Morgan said.

Morgan eventually decided he wanted to move back to Oregon and settle down.

“During the mid-1970s I started to remember Oregon, and thought that’s a pretty good place. If you’re going to grow up somewhere that’s a good place to grow up. I literally spent that time from the 1970s through about a year ago getting back to Oregon,” Morgan said.

A little over a year ago Morgan found a job at Bicoastal Media in Coos Bay to manage the eight radio stations the company owns.

“After about a month we fell in love with Coos Bay,” Morgan said.

According to Morgan, Bicoastal wanted to use him to repair relationships with some of its advertising clients. Morgan said that the best way to do that was to improve the quality of the radio station before going back to the clients. Morgan said Bicoastal disagreed and fired him.

“I had been in this business since 1957, and nobody had ever fired me. Really at that point I reflected on my career and thought that I’m older now, and maybe I’m just past the point where I’m a viable candidate for radio. Maybe I should just retire,” Morgan said.

As Morgan thought of retirement he received a call about radio station in Coos Bay that was for sale. As quickly as he could, he and his business partner bought the station, and in the past six months has turned it into 105.9 The Legend.

“Here we are six months later and it’s really taken the area by storm. The station is doing exceedingly well,” Morgan said.

One of the stations major successes is its limited commercials. Morgan makes a point to not have more than three commercials run between sets of music.

The station features other legendary radio personalities Shotgun Tom Kelly and Bob Malik, out of Los Angeles. The two pre-record their Coos Bay shows from their home studios in L.A, and send them in to Morgan to broadcast. Kelly and Malik are good friends with Morgan and decided to provide content for the station for free.

Trump stands by policy

WASHINGTON — An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. "will not be a migrant camp" on his watch.

Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings.

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault," Trump said Monday as his administration rejected criticism that the policy has resulted in inhuman and immoral conditions.

Trump pointed toward more lenient policies under past administrations that did not charge all migrants who had crossed illegally. But he falsely blamed his political rivals for the consequences of a crackdown his administration initiated.

"We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans. "Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get out of jail free cards."

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. Prior procedure limited prosecution for many family entrants, in part because regulations prohibit detaining children with their parents since the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

The policy change was meant to deter unlawful crossings — and Sessions issued a warning last month to those entering the U.S. illegally that their children "inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions."

The current holding areas drew widespread attention after journalists gained access to one site Sunday. At a McAllen, Texas, detention center hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

Audio of sobbing children calling out for their parents dominated the discussion Monday. "Papa! Papa!" one child is heard weeping in an audio file that was first reported by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press.

Mindful of the national outcry, lawmakers in both parties rushed Monday to devise a targeted legislative fix.

GOP senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine, said they were considering legislation that would keep migrant families together; provide additional judges so detained families would face shorter waiting periods; and provide facilities for the families to stay.

Graham said he talked Monday to about 40 senators, including Democrats, but not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "It's a concept it seems everybody is jumping on board," he said.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she had the backing of the Democratic caucus for a bill would that prohibit the separation of migrant children from their parents, with exceptions for findings of child abuse or trafficking.

But the White House signaled it would oppose any narrow fix aimed solely at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the immigration crackdown. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump's priorities, like funding a border wall and tightening immigration laws, must also be fulfilled as part of any legislation.

"We want to fix the whole thing," she said. "We don't want to tinker with just part of it."

The national debate over the family separation policy comes as Republican lawmakers are growing ever more concerned about negative effects on their re-election campaigns this fall. Trump is to travel to Capitol Hill today for a strategy session on upcoming immigration legislation.

In Massachusetts, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker reversed a decision to send a state National Guard helicopter to the southern border, citing what he called the administration's "cruel and inhumane" policy of separating children from their parents.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a longtime Trump ally, called the policy "disgraceful." Several religious groups, including some conservative ones, have pushed to stop the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. The Mormon church said it was "deeply troubled" by the separation of families and urged national leaders to find compassionate solutions.

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral," and said it was "eerily reminiscent" of the U.S. internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.

SAM BARBEE, The World 

Bridger Holmes of North Coos slides safely in for a run as South Coos catcher Ezra Waterman tries to catch the throw during North Coos' 10-0 day-opening win Monday at Marshfield.

Special Olympics Oregon cancels State Games competition

PORTLAND (AP) — Special Olympics Oregon announced Monday it's canceling next month's state competition because of financial problems.

The organization said in a news release that the decision was made after an internal financial review that occurred after the hiring of a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer. The organization said it will instead focus on local programs.

"We have searched for every possible scenario that paints a better picture, but this is where we are," said CEO Britt Carlson Oase, who took over June 1.

Though the state games have been canceled, a delegation of 44 athletes will still travel to Seattle early next month to compete in the 2018 USA Games. Those games occur every four years.

The Portland Business Journal reported that Special Olympics Oregon lost $325,000 on $4.5 million in revenue in 2016, the most recent annual report made public.

In its release, Special Olympics Oregon said it has taken immediate steps to organize financial records and establish a financial plan. The organization said it plans to reduce expenses, cut staff and find ways to boost revenue.

The organization said its financial review showed an overstatement of money owed to Special Olympics Oregon, specifically what is collectible in the current fiscal year. Coupled with existing debt, there is limited cash to pay vendors for the infrastructure needed to produce the state games.

"While I was looking forward to meeting our athletes, volunteers and supporters at the Summer Games, I'll instead be making visits to the many communities and local programs to listen, learn and share our vision," Oase said. "This will be a collaborative effort."

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Bite of Oregon, an annual food festival and Special Olympics Oregon fundraiser, has also gone on hiatus for 2018.

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 14,000 participants with intellectual disabilities. About 1,500 had been expected to take part in the state competition.