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Burkhow trial underway
June 03, 2014 10:25 pm

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.


 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.

Searchers recover body of former Brookings resident
June 03, 2014 10:21 pm

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.

Deputy rescues teen: "We're going to make it"
June 03, 2014 08:31 pm


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. 

Deputy and boy rescued at Harris Beach
June 02, 2014 07:43 pm

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.

City utility rate hikes coming
May 30, 2014 09:47 pm

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.

County hands septic services to state
May 30, 2014 09:46 pm

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.

Rash of Brookings criminal activity
May 30, 2014 09:45 pm

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.

Milliman attends China summit
May 30, 2014 09:41 pm

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.

Man injured in rollover accident
May 30, 2014 01:07 pm

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.

Memorial Day ceremony: Remember the fallen
May 27, 2014 09:33 pm

Veterans, family members and friends of U.S. soldiers killed in action place flowers at a mock grave site during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

A crowd of more than 100 people filled the boardwalk at the Port of Brookings Harbor Monday for a solemn ceremony that honored soldiers who had died in U.S. wars.

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