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OSP Pursuit Leads To Florence; Rotary Auction; School Board; OCHS Request; Flu Season Not Done

OSP Pursuit Leads To Florence


The Oregon State Police have officially released information about a pursuit that ended in Florence on Saturday.  Jerry Joseph Strosnider, 39 of Florence Oregon was wanted on a probable cause for a felony assault here in Florence.  Strosnider’s vehicle a black Cadillac CTS, was seen heading westbound on 126 near Veneta by Lane County Sheriff’s deputy Putzier.  He notified OSP that then set up a post at Milepost 16 just east of Mapleton.  Troopers Glowacki and Cutsforth followed the suspect’s vehicle.  When he turned into Mapleton Store OSP turned on their overhead lights and the suspect took off.  Troopers Glowacki and Cutsforth gave chase.  A call ahead alerted Florence PD of the pursuit and FPD Sergeant Ott deployed spike strips at Milepost 2 on 126.  Strosnider continued after crossing the spikes to 8th and quince where he then fled on foot. A Lincoln County Canine unit was brought in but the area was populated to the extent that the dog could not get a scent on the subject.  Commander John Pitcher says Florence Police does know the suspect and is currently looking for him.  Additional charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Attempt to Elude (vehicle), and Attempt to Elude (on foot) have been recommended to the Lane County District Attorney.


Rotary Auction

The Rotary Auction Saturday night looked like a mix of hippies, trekkies, and Space Explorers as hundreds gathered to support the Rotary Club of Florence.  In one event alone the club raised 10,000 dollars by selling a hundred tickets that got the winner, Justin Linton, his choice of auction items.  He chose the trip to Cabo San Lucas.  Tens of thousands of dollars were raised between the silent and live auction hosted by Blair and Bob Sneddon.

School Board

This Wednesday the Siuslaw School Board of Directors will meet to appoint Budget Committee members.  2 positions are currently open.  They will also review the school student calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. And will be looking at the Policy revision and updates.  Superintendent Grzeskowiak will also discuss a board member resignation.  They will follow the regular meeting with an executive session.

OCHS Request

The Oregon Coast Humane Society is asking the public for recycled newspapers and clean, plastic shopping bags.  They can be dropped by the shelter or the thrift store.

Flu Season Not Done

Reports of flu like symptoms continue to rise late in the season.  The Oregon Health authority says in the previous week there were 138 new influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 925 new cases out of 2,648 specimens tested.  Typically flu rates are on the decrease at this time of year, but according to OHA this season started peaking late and continues to climb.