DUI Arrest Up Over Last Year, Florence Police Chief Retires, and Two Governors Place A Friendly Wager

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Oregon’s New Years Driving fatalities and DUI arrest up

Oregon State Police troopers reported more DUII arrests around the state in comparison to last year’s New Year’s Eve night. Increased enforcement efforts by OSP troopers, county deputies and city police officers will continue through tonight during the holiday weekend national campaign.  Preliminary enforcement numbers indicates between Saturday, December 31 and 8am Sunday, January 1st OSP troopers reported 47 DUII arrests around the state of which 25 were after midnight. Last year, troopers reported 41 DUII arrests during the same period; 34 DUI arrest two years ago. Since the New Year’s Holiday enforcement period started 6pm, Friday, December 30, OSP troopers have reported 53 DUII arrests and investigated two fatal traffic crashes resulting in the death of three people. During last year’s holiday period, one person died on Oregon roads.

 Police Chief Maury Sanders is stepping down from the helm of the law enforcement in Florence and into retirement from a position he took, in 2006. Looking back on his tenure, Sanders is proud of his work in the Florence PD

 “Hopefully I left the organization better than I started with in 2006 and that’s the goal of any leader.  And I hope that the next chief will be able to build upon it and future improve the department.”

 Florence City manager Bob Willoughby‘s last day on the job was Friday, with the official departure date as Saturday, December 31st.  Assistant City Manager Jacqui Betz takes the helm at city hall and will attend her first council meeting as the City Manager tomorrow night at 7 o’clock….

 The governors of Wisconsin and Oregon have placed a friendly wager on Monday’s Rose Bowl between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Oregon Ducks. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting up a care package of Leinenkugel’s beer, Wisconsin cheese, a package of Andes mints produced in Walker’s hometown of Delevan, and a bottle of blushing rose wine from Wollerscheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. Should the Ducks lose, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will send a care package of Oregon products including craft beers, kettle chips, hazelnuts and smoked king salmon to Wisconsin. Walker is predicting a Badgers victory. He notes that Wisconsin has made a Rose Bowl appearance two years in a row. Both teams are 11-and-2 heading into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.