Individual Dies In Police Custody
The Lane County Sheriff’s department confirms another death involving Florence Police and an in-custody person. The incident happened around 7:11 on Friday evening when an unruly individual at Peace Harbor hospital refused requests to leave the facility. Police were called to the hospital and after several attempts to convince the person to calm down and leave the premises, the individual continued their unruly behavior and was remanded to police custody. The individual, who was released earlier in the day from the hospital, began exhibiting health issues and medical personnel responded but were unsuccessful in efforts to stabilize them. The individual was pronounced dead at the hospital. This is being treated as an in-custody case and therefore investigation of the incident has been turned over to the Lane County Sheriff’s department and will be thoroughly reviewed before releasing specifics such as the name of the deceased and the officers involved in the incident. This is the second death involving an in-custody subject this year and the third death involving Florence Police. Officers were cleared in the two previous cases. Coast Radio will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.
Car Rolls On Side, Blocks Bridge
Friday evening two cars were involved in an accident at the Siuslaw River Bridge causing one vehicle to roll over and blocking traffic on the bridge for more than an hour. The incident occurred around 8 pm in the evening and one witness said they had seen the truck in question run through a stop sign at 6th and 101. There were no injuries reported. Traffic was eventually restored. Florence Police are investigating the incident.
SVFR Sends Help To California
The Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue have sent a team to California to help out with the wildfires. Kyle Orozco, Tony Miller and Blair Campbell were dispatched on Tuesday to assist with structure protection. Going with the team is a Lane County Strike Team. It is the first time that a crew from Florence has ventured into California. The SFVR crew is one of 50 dispatched from Oregon to help with fire efforts there. Authorities report that conditions are still extreme but firefighters are making progress.
Voter Registration Deadline
The deadline for voter registration is tomorrow. People not registered to vote can register up until midnight tomorrow evening online at Oregonvotes.gov. In order to do so you must possess either a valid Oregon Driver’s license, DMV-issued identification card or a lerner’s permit. New voters who will turn 18 on or before the November 7 Election Day may register by the October 17 deadline and receive a ballot, even if they are still 17 on the deadline date.