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Sheriff says reported crime stats are skewed

Consider the source.

That’s Curry County Sheriff John Bishop’s attitude when it comes to crime statistics — whether they’re reported by the state, the feds or the media.

That was the case last week when The Oregonian, in a four-part series about crime in cash-strapped southern Oregon counties, provided a chart showing Curry County’s crime rate had spiked 94 percent in the past seven years.

Not so fast, Bishop said.

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Burkhow trial underway

Corrections: Glenn Burkhow Jr. is on trial this week and next for felony first-degree assault, second-degree assault, kidnapping, robbery, first- and second-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm. The Pilot's earlier report missed a change in the charges before the start of trial. Additionally, court statements have been that it was Russ Peters, not Burkhow, who pulled the .38 revolver out in the struggle that led to the trial.  The Pilot regrets the errors.

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 A jury of 15 — 12 jurors and three alternates — will decide in the next two weeks the fate of Glenn Burkhow Jr. when they determine his role in the near-death of Wayne Russell Peters one-and-a-half years ago.

Burkhow is charged with assault, kidnapping, robbery, theft and felon in possession of a firearm.

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Searchers recover body of former Brookings resident

Jefferson County search and rescue members on May 27 found the body of former Brookings resident Isamu (Sam) Furuichi, who drowned after accidently falling into the Metolius River the day before.

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Deputy rescues teen: "We're going to make it"

 

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Brookings Police Officer Kyle Kennedy, right, tries to deliver a lifeline to Deputy Terry Brown, rescue swimmer Logan Couch and 14-year-old Joshua Peterson at Harris Beach. The effort failed and Kennedy was forced to swim back to shore.

Wearing only a T-shirt and pants, Curry County Sheriff Deputy Terry Brown clutched the teenage boy in his arms, struggling to keep both their heads above the surface of the frigid Pacific Ocean.

“We’re going to make it. We’re going to make it,” Brown kept telling 14-year-old Joshua Peterson. Meanwhile, hypothermia was creeping in and Brown’s strength was failing. 

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Deputy and boy rescued at Harris Beach

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Rescuers safely bring Deputy Terry Brown and a teenage boy to shore at Harris Beach Monday evening.
 

A sheriff deputy and a 13-year-old boy struggling for nearly two hours to stay afloat in the ocean off Harris Beach in Brookings were rescued Monday evening — but it took at least three attempts by rescuers to get the pair safely ashore.

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City utility rate hikes coming

Brookings city officials announced Tuesday that water, sewer and System Replacement Fees (SRFs) will go up in the upcoming year, but not nearly as much as expected, during preliminary budget discussions.

Water fees are going up July 1 by 2.94 percent, while sewer will increase 1.58 percent and SRFs 1.5 percent to reflect the CPI-U — the cost of living in urban areas, which Brookings uses as its guideline in making many budgetary decisions.

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County hands septic services to state

Curry County will no longer operate its Environmental Sanitation program and will hand the duties back to the state Department of Environmental Quality, forcing residents here to go north to obtain permits for septic systems.

Effective June 16, residents and sanitation professionals seeking permits and licenses for onsite septic systems installation, maintenance and repair will be required to contact the regional office in Coos Bay.

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Rash of Brookings criminal activity

The theft of a “few hundred dollars” — and a cash register — a vehicle, cameras and other items over Azalea Festival weekend are believed to all be related, Brookings Police reported Friday.

The money and register were stolen from Vista Pub in Brookings when someone forced their way in through a door at the restaurant at 1009 Chetco Avenue late last Saturday night or early Sunday morning, said Police Chief Chris Wallace.

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Milliman attends China summit

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Gary Milliman, left, uses earphones to hear translation by Chinese officials during the summit.

Editor’s note: Brookings City Manager Gary Milliman was part of an U.S delegation that met with Chinese government officials and educators earlier this month to explore how American council/manager form of government might work in China. 

This is his report.

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Man injured in rollover accident

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Paramedics treat a man after his truck rolled over on South Bank Chetco River Road this afternoon.
 

An 61-year-old Harbor man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident a mile or so up South Bank Chetco River Road at 1 p.m. Friday.

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