Investigation Ongoing Into Swisshome/Deadwood Shootings; COVID-19 Numbers Still Declining Steadily; OHA Reports Hospital Numbers Declining; City to Recognize President’s Day; Council Deadline Approaches

Investigation Ongoing Into Swisshome/Deadwood Shootings

The Lane County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate the shooting that occurred in the Sweethome Deadwood area Tuesday  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.  Jamison is being held on at least one count of second degree murder and that more charges may come after they finish their investigation.  Speldrich says he is aware of the names being pu blushed on social media, but they are still in the process of notifying all individuals that are related to the case and that  they hope to officially release the names of the victims soon,  Matt House with West Lane Fire and EMS Authority told coast radio news that two victims were deceased when they arrived at the scene and they attempted life saving efforts on the third victim, but those efforts failed.

COVID-19 Numbers Still Declining Steadily

From its peak in mid January the numbers for COVID-19 infections has been steadily declining in Lane County.  The 7 day average numbers per 100,000 cases has dipped below 400 with a daily rate yesterday of 326.5.  Florence numbers are even declining with 4 new infections reported yesterday, but the 2 week count has dipped to 129 which is the lowest it has been in nearly a month.

OHA Reports Hospital Numbers Declining

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting a decline in hospitalizations.  That number has dropped below 800 and is at 776 which is 29 fewer than yesterday.  The numbers of deaths is also on the decline according to the OHA report.  They reported 16 fewer deaths in the last week.  Yesterday the OHA reported 1,728 new and presumptive cases with Lane County contributing 213 which was the highest single total of all counties in Oregon.

City to Recognize President’s Day

The City of Florence will observe presidents day on Monday and all offices will be closed.  The city’s planning commission will have a meeting on Tuesday evening at 5:30 and the Florence Urban Renewal Agency will meet on Wednesday, February 23.

Council Deadline Approaches

If you live in the City and are a registered voter and are interested in being on the Florence city Council you have until next Wednesday to turn in your application.  The deadline is February 23rd.  the Council plans on interviewing candidates on March 7th with a proposed appointment slated for March 21st.