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Former financial officer arrested in connection with vandalizing CEOs home

Ken Landau

Former Curry Health Network Chief Financial Officer Ken Landau was arrested Sunday in connection with vandalism to the network’s CEO Ginny Razo’s house, which was spray painted last Friday.

Landau, 49, who is on administrative leave from the hospital, was identified from a photo taken at the scene, said Curry County Sheriff John Ward.

Landau was booked at the Curry County Jail on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, and was released.


Curry Health Network CFO facing vandalism charges

Curry Health Network Chief Financial Officer Ken Landau was arrested Sunday in connection with vandalism to the network’s CEO Ginny Razo’s house, which was spray painted last Friday.

Landau, 49, who is on administrative leave from the hospital, was identified from a photo taken at the scene, said Curry County Sheriff John Ward.


Training imitates active-shooter event

Officers carefully make their way down a hallway during Wednesday’s active shooter exercise in Brookings.

There’s nothing quite as terrifying as hiding under a counter, screaming for help, as bullets fly all around you and heavily armed men in combat helmets sneak down hallways.

That’s what about 20 Brookings-Harbor Christian School students experienced when they participated in a two-day mock mass casualty shooting training Wednesday and Thursday in a vacant medical building on Fifth Street.

“I’m excited — sort of,” said sixth-grader Sara Martin. “I used to live in Roseburg. My brother’s best friend locked the doors (against the shooter) in his math class.”

The Roseburg connection — a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in which 10 people were killed Oct. 1 — was what drove Brookings Police Sgt. Kelby McCrae to invite the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to hold a training in Curry County.


Body found near the mouth of Smith River

The badly decomposed body of a man was discovered Friday morning near the mouth of the Smith River, but the condition of the body was too poor to identify him, California authorities said.

Curry County authorities traveled to the scene and determined the body is likely not that of a commercial fisherman, and Coos Bay resident, who was reported missing and last seen near the water at the Port of Brookings Harbor nearly a week ago.

“We’re 99 percent sure it’s not our guy,” said Curry County Sheriff John Ward.


Few details in probe of Curry County commissioner

The state Department of Justice continues its investigation into County Commissioner Tom Huxley’s complaint that fellow Commissioner David Brock Smith tampered with public records more than two years ago.

Justice department Deputy Chief Counsel Stephanie Tuttle this week declined to give details of the probe, saying the complaint is not public information, and that the agency will make an announcement if it decides to file charges.

There is no timeline as to when the investigation will conclude.


Prison time for woman who stabbed husband

Gold Beach resident Linda Adams, 37, was sentenced to almost seven years in prison Tuesday after a jury found her guilty of breaking into her estranged husband’s house and stabbing him with a 10-inch-long kitchen knife June 3.

A jury spent two days last week in trial before finding Adams, formerly known as Linda Bracamonte, guilty of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Beaman then sentenced her to 70 months in prison on the assault charge, 34 months for the burglary and 30 days on the criminal mischief charge. The Measure 11 charge required that the sentences be concurrent.


Glimmer of hope for Curry Health Network

Curry Health Network now has about 26 days of cash on hand — almost twice what it had earlier in November — since implementing an array of cost-cutting measures this month.

“A lot of work has been done in the last few weeks to right this situation,” network CEO Ginny Razo said at a board meeting in Port Orford Wednesday night. “We’re capturing every dollar, evaluating our charge structure and managing expenses.

“It doesn’t hit the board’s target of a 30-day cash-on-hand; I’m mindful of that,” she continued. “But we’re not only in the ballpark, we’re on the diamond. It’s a fairly good feeling to have.”

It was one glimmer of hope of many others outlined at the meeting.


Sinkhole appears in Harbor parking lot

A sink hole appears in a restaurant parking lot adjacent to Highway 101 near Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor Thursday morning.

A 30-foot wide, 25-foot deep sinkhole appeared today in the parking lot of the Fireside Grill adjacent to Highway 101 in Harbor.

No people were injured nor vehicles damaged when the hole opened up this morning, according to property owner David Allen. The hole doesn’t pose a threat to any lanes on the highway, yet.


Body found in Euchre Creek

Ray Hunnicutt

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Gold Beach man from the muddy Euchre Creek near Ophir, two days after his 4x4 truck was found submerged in the nearby Cedar Creek.

Ray Hunnicutt, 23, was last seen around midnight Saturday at a residence in the Ophir area. Family members believe that he left at that time to drive a friend home.

According to Curry County Sheriff John Ward, the owner of property adjacent to Cedar Creek spotted the tires of a submerged 4x4 Toyota pickup in the creek around 1 p.m. Sunday. 


More rain on the way

Curry County Search and Rescue volunteer George Edwards attaches a chain to a truck found submerged in Cedar Creek Sunday. The body of the driver, Ray Hunnicutt was recovered Tuesday afternoon. Submitted photo.

With another major storm barreling down on Curry County this week, officials have delayed work to repair a section of Carpenterville Road damaged during last weekend’s storm that dumped about 7 inches of rain in the area.

Meanwhile, authorities’ on Tuesday afternoon located the body of a missing Gold Beach man whose truck was found Sunday submerged in Cedar Creek.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for heavy rain, up to 4 to 7 inches, between tonight through Friday.


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