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Lane County Sheriff’s Seek Local Missing Man; Cold Weather Shelter Open; Gas Prices Continue Downward Slide; Day of Mourning; School Pantry Needs

Lane County Sheriff’s Seek Local Missing Man

A rollover accident on Friday evening is now a search for a missing person.  The crash happened on Sutton Lake road and involved a single vehicle a 1991 Toyota Camry.  The vehicle is believed to have been occupied by Patrick Stapp of Florence who has been missing since Friday.  Lane County Sheriff’s responded to the accident and the deputy observed a man and a dog a short distance from the vehicle.  The man quickly went down an embankment and through some brush.  The deputy searched the area and used a bull horn to try to contact the individual.  Stapp’s family says the dog has returned home but there has been no word from Stapp.  The Lane County Sheriff’s department is asking for assistance in locating him.  He is a white male, 6 feet tall and approximately 165 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes and short facial hair.  Stapp was scheduled to meet with friends for dinner Friday evening and never showed.  If you have seen Patrick Stapp or know his location please call 541-682-4141.

Cold Weather Shelter Open

The Florence Cold Weather shelter located at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will be open again this evening.  Colder temperatures and winds have prompted the shelter to open for 3 consecutive nights.  Registration begins at 5 pm and a shuttle will be located at Safeway, the Siuslaw public Library and Fred Meyer.  Dinner and breakfast will be provided and there is limited room for individuals with a dog.  The shelter is located at 3996 Highway 101.

Gas Prices Continue Downward Slide

Gas prices continue to fall amid the tumultuous market and falling crude prices.  The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Florence is $2.89 a gallon.  Crude oil prices closed at $53.72 a barrel yesterday but analysts say that unless there is a favorable outcome of meetings with OPEC prices could fall into the 40’s and even lower.  Lower prices, according to experts, is not necessarily a good thing since they expose the volatility of the market.  Prices are expected to sink even lower as the holiday approaches.

Day of Mourning

Federal offices are closed today for a national day of mourning for former president George H.W. Bush.  There will be no mail service today

School Pantry Needs

Siuslaw high school hosts a pantry for students that are homeless or otherwise in need of everyday supplies.  Currently the pantry is in need of items like sports bras for ladies, all sizes, umbrellas and can always use food and hygiene products although they have a good supply of those at present.  Over at the middle school they are currently in need of shoes for both boys and girls.  Twin Mattresses are in need in the Mapleton School District.  You can contact the schools for more information.