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Suspect seen on foot with rifle in Smith River

The armed subject from yesterday’s Smith River police search was spotted at 11:55 a.m. this morning walking in the area of Java Hut Express and the First Baptist Church near Highway 101 in Smith River. He was believed to be carrying a long rifle and wearing a red sweatshirt, according to police scanner reports.

Authorities are responding and Smith River school was placed on lockdown at approximately noon.

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Chase and shooting under investigation

Shots were fired by Brookings Police officers and an officer was struck by a fleeing car during an incident north of Brookings overnight.

Oregon State Police issued the following statement Monday morning:

The Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating a pursuit which included an officer involved shooting last night on House Rock View Point Road, north of Brookings in Curry County. 
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Brookings fire claims 3 lives

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An investigator with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshall digs through the charred remains of a Dodge Avenue family home Wednesday in search of clues as to what started a fire that claimed the lives of Douglas, Kelly and Arianna Landers.

Brookings resident Douglas Landers is being called a hero for saving two of his grandchildren from their burning home early Wednesday morning before dying in the flames.

“He saved two of the children and then died trying to save another,” Brookings resident Bruce Brouillard, speaking on behalf of the family, said Friday.

Three people — Douglas, 54, his wife, Kelly, 52, and their 4-year-old granddaughter Arianna — were killed in a Brookings fire that destroyed the Landers manufactured home on Dodge Avenue  at 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

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PenAir is new carrier for Crescent City airport if agency agrees

CRESCENT CITY — Travelers using Crescent City airport will soon be Portland-bound.

Having pitched two northbound flights a day out of Crescent City, PenAir won the approval of the local airport authority this week and stands to be the only carrier considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to take over area skies. 

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Sheriff’s PAC eager to promote levy

Curry County Sheriff John Ward and members of his Political Action Committee (PAC) say an early-morning fire that killed three people Wednesday illustrates the importance of voters approving a levy providing funds to have deputies on duty 24 hours a day.

“Harbor, Brookings, Winchuck fire, Cape Ferrelo were all there,” Ward said of the tragic fire. “We didn’t have anybody on (duty). A lieutenant was called in, a sergeant from down south, and here’s this 10-year-old girl, holding a little baby. …”

All involved at the scene agree emergency responders could not have gotten to the fire any faster, as it was well underway by the time the 911 call was received. A Brookings Police officer arrived within two minutes of the call.

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Rancheria celebrates opening of new apartments in Brookings

A crowd of about 30 people recently gathered on the road in front of 1122 Fifield St., admiring the new apartments that had just been constructed. 

The sign reading Chit-xu Mee-ne’, or “Chetco Homes,” welcomed visitors and residents to a housing unit for tribal members of Smith River Rancheria.

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Brookings fire claims three lives

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Investigators with the Oregon State Fire Marshal office on Wednesday dig through the charred remnants of a house fire that took the lives of two adults and a 4-year-old child
 

Authorities believe that Brookings resident Douglas Landers rescued two grandchildren from a burning trailer Wednesday morning before he, his wife and another grandchild perished.

A fast-moving blaze destroyed the family’s single-wide trailer around 4 a.m., claiming the lives of Douglas, 54, his wife Kelly, 52, and their 4-year-old granddaughter Arianna.

Two other grandchildren, Michael, 1, and Kelly, 10, escaped.

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New redwoods for Curry County

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Submitted photo Curry County children help plant a redwood sapling at a county campground in the mountains east of Gold Beach.

Sunday’s tree planting in Lobster Creek Park marked the beginning of what could be a 3,000-year life for 10 redwoods — themselves cloned from a stump in Northern California that was around before Jesus was born.

Two youths involved in the juvenile department, along with Juvenile Director Jay Trost and County Commissioners Susan Brown and David Brock Smith, helped plant the 3- and 4-foot-tall saplings in the county campground northeast of Gold Beach.

Some 30 more trees will be planted there later.

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Port Orford home listed as historic landmark

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The Lindberg home stands out because of unique architectural features.

The Lindberg home in Port Orford joined the ranks of buildings in the U.S. National Parks Register of Historic Places Jan. 7, bringing to five the number of structures in Curry County that carry the prestigious listing.

It is located at 906. N. Washington Street.

The others include the Central Building in Brookings, which just celebrated its 100th birthday, the Gold Beach Ranger Station (1936), the Patrick Hughes house in Port Orford (1898), and Sixes Hotel (1895) at the north end of the county.

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