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Historic Preservation Office releases new info on TCP

COOS BAY — The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office has determined that the opponents of the proposed Q’alya ta Kukwis shichdii me (Jordan Cove and the Bay of the Coos People) Traditional Cultural Property Historic District in Coos County submitted enough objections to prevent listing the District in the National Register of Historic Places.

According to federal rules for the program, if a majority of the private property owners within a proposed district object to the listing, the district cannot be listed in the National Register. There are 1,001 owners in the boundaries of the proposed district, and 696, or 70 percent, submitted valid objections according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

SHPO sent the nomination document to the National Park Service on May 23, 2019 for a “determination of eligibility.” In this process, the NPS determines if the district is eligible for listing in the register, but does not actually list it. The SHPO expects the NPS to respond before early-July 2019, following a consideration period of up to 45 days.

Driver identified in fatal accident on U.S. Highway 101

LAKESIDE — The driver from the fatal accident on U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 223 has been identified as Joey Vandenhey, 60, of Lakeside.

First responders rushed to a fatal vehicle accident Wednesday evening.

According to an earlier press release from Oregon State Police, OSP and other emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 near Lakeside at 9:45 p.m.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that a Ford pickup was traveling on Highway 101 when for unknown reasons left the roadway and rolled,” the release said. “The operator, and lone occupant, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

OSP was assisted by Lower Umpqua Ambulance, North Bend Chapel, and the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

This story will be updated as more information is released.

Power restored after crow causes power outage in Empire

COOS BAY — According to Pacific Powers’ outage tracker, power in Empire has been restored, after a crow flew into the substation causing an outage early this morning.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience as we get our crews out there to quickly and safely restore power," Pacific Power spokesman Drew Hanson said.

 The outage which began around 6 a.m. affected around 4,500 people in the Empire district.

Crews from Pacific Power worked in tandem to reroute people to different circuits to restore their power. While also working to fix the substation damaged by the crow.

“There are some unusual environmental factors that have caused some recent outages in the Coos Bay area," he said. "We had a crow this time, around three weeks ago there was a pole fire that caused an outage, and then another large outage that was caused by a bird's nest."

Man arrested after beating ex-girlfriend in her sleep

COOS BAY — A man was arrested after breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and beating her and another man while they were sleeping.

According to a press release from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy received a report that Brack A. Perry, 50, from Coos Bay had entered into a dwelling where his ex-girlfriend and another man were sleeping and “started punching them.”

“Both individuals attacked had visible injuries on their hands and arms from protecting their heads during the assault,” the release said. “The victim provided the deputy with a text message from (Perry) demanding the victim leave town or next time they crossed paths he would beat them worse.”

Then a week later on Thursday, May 23 at 1:59 p.m., a deputy was in the Bunker Hill area when he saw a man riding a bike that matched the description for Perry and stopped him near the intersection of Newport Lane and Mullen Road.

“The deputy positively identified the individual as (Perry),” the release said. “Subsequently, (Perry) was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail for the crimes of burglary in the first degree and domestic assault in the fourth degree.”