D.A. Sings Interagency Praises
Lane County’s District Attorney, Patty Perlow says that communication, training and interagency cooperation led to a successful operation in the June 24th Officer involved shooting.
“We are just so grateful to the people from law enforcement from the Florence Police Department, the Lane County Sheriff’s office, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism and for their attention and response to these events and that no body other than Mr. Ollman was seriously injured.”
Perlow says the scope of the incident and the ground covered made the task of investigation difficult but that IDFIT, under the lead of OSP Detective Cale Day, did an exemplary job.
“It was a huge scene, it was a lot of continuing events and it involved tremendous coordination by the interagency deadly force investigation team.”
Perlow says it was definitely the well coordinated effort and the training and dedicated nature of law enforcement that limited this outcome to only one fatality. Sgt. Brad Odell with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said that interagency cooperation is something that they believe in strongly and have been on the receiving end of the benefits of such cooperation from fellow law enforcement officers and citizen participation too.
“We were glad that we were able to assist both the Lane County sheriff’s office, the Florence Police Department as well as the citizens of Lane County as well.”
Florence Police Chief Tom Turner said that it was a difficult and egregious situation that was made better through interagency cooperation.
“The protection of our community is our number one priority and the citizens of Lane County were very well protected.”
Turner expressed his gratitude towards the coordinated effort.
“Very, very proud of all the officers and deputies involved in this, because it was a very difficult situation and they’ve done very, very well.”
SVFR Hydrant Testing
The Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue will be conducting flow testing of hydrants today and tomorrow. Officials will be out today on 8th street between Maple and highway 101 as well as on Kingwood between 3rd and Rhododendron. Tomorrow the testing will continue on Rhododendron between 101 and 9th st. Officials say that with this type of testing some dirty water could be created and they have said they will do their best to limit that. Hydrant testing is important to assure proper pressure in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires the use of hydrant water.
Coos Bay Man Killed
A single vehicle accident on Saturday in Coos Bay claimed the life of 64 year old Arne Berge of Coos Bay. Oregon State Police say that speed and impairment were the likely causes of the crash that sent Berge’s 1996 Ford Mustange off the road, down an embankment and into trees. Berge was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coast Guard Rescues Fishermen
The U.S. Coast guard were called in to rescue two commercial fishermen about 50 miles off the coast of Oregon near North Bend. Early Saturday morning two Coast Guard Helicopters were dispatched to the New Faith vessel. The men were safely rescued but the vessel with about 2000 pounds of Albacore tuna and 300 gallons of diesel sank.