Swisshome/Deadwood Tragedy(update); COVID Numbers Continue to Decline; Wine and Chowder; Gas Prices

Swisshome/Deadwood Tragedy

(Update)

The Lane County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the shooting that occurred in the Sweethome Deadwood area last night that resulted in the death of 3 individuals.  Sgt. Tom Speldrich with the Lane County Sheriff’s department says they have located the lone suspect in the case Jericho Jamison and he is in custody, they have also recovered the vehicle that was at the scene.  Speldrich says that it is likely that Jamison will face charges of murder in the second degree and that more charges may come after they finish their investigation.  He says they hope to officially release the names of the victims soon, though social media is peppered with accounts of the incident.  Western Lane Ambulance arrived on the scene last night and two of the victims were already deceased, the third died after life saving efforts failed.

(Original)

A tragedy has struck the Swisshome/Deadwood community.  Last night Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and the Oregon State Police responded to reports of gunshots at 14555 Highway 36.  Western Lane Ambulance also responded.  Matt House with West Lane Fire and EMS authority was on scene.

“Upon our arrival unfortunately two were identified as deceased and we did life-saving measures on the third but that outcome was a code 100 which was deceased.”

Age and gender of the victims were not available.  Lane County Sheriff’s department is looking for a 1992 Geo Metro with Oregon plates 158JZG believed to be driven by 25 year old Jericho Jamison.  Jamison is a person of interest in the shooting.  He is described as a white male adult approximately 5’10” and weighing about 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes.  He is considered armed and dangerous  individual.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should immediately call 911.  Names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

{Law Enforcement has confirmed that the suspect has turned himself in and is being transported to Lane County)

COVID Numbers Continue to Decline

Case numbers for COVID-19 continue to drop.  The average 7 day cases per 100,000 individuals has dropped below 500 for the first time since the Christmas Holiday and stands at 440.5  the daily reporting average has also dropped to 240 with 166 new cases reported yesterday.  There are 1,433 total cases for the Florence Area which is 4 greater than yesterday.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,613 new and presumptive cases.  Hospitalizations continue to drop.  There are 805 individuals with COVID-19 in hospitals which is 60 fewer than yesterday.  20 new deaths were confirmed.  The OHA is reporting that nearly 3 million residents of Oregon are fully vaccinated and vaccinations continue at a rate of about 5,800 per day.

Wine and Chowder

This weekend is the annual wine, chowder and glass float festival.  The late fall event moved to February after rising COVID-19 numbers and concerns about increasing infections.  With numbers dropping steadily around the county and state organizers are preparing for a successful event. the event begins Friday with the glass float hunt and continues Saturday with the wine tasting at venues across Florence and in Old Town.  The Chowder portion of the event will happen on Sunday.  Times for each event are available at florencechamber.com and tickets are available at the chamber visitor center on Highway 101 and Maple street.

Gas Prices

Oregon gas prices added about 3 cents a gallon this past week.  According to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon the increase continues to be related to the tensions in Russia and the Ukraine.  Other factors according to Dodds is rising demand and shrinking supplies.  She says more drivers are fueling up and moderating winter weather has increased travel.  The Florence area is seeing fairly steady prices around $3.83 a gallon for regular.