Merkley introduces act to stop robo-calls

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA)have introduced the Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act of 2019 to crack down on unwanted calls and text messages.

The act would create a new “Robocall Division” under the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.

“Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get scam calls or texts or my phone, and sadly, most Americans today can say the same,” Merkley said. “These calls are a nuisance at best, and at worst, downright predatory — threatening to put Americans in jail or cut off their Social Security if the recipient doesn’t hand over financial information. Right now, robocalls are the wild west, and consumers are paying the price for this chaos. It’s time for a concerted effort to restore order and sanity to our cell phones.”

Eschoo said Americans received 48 billion robocalls last year and that it’s time for Congress to force regulators to act.

In a recent congressional hearing, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said robocalls are currently the single largest source of consumer complaints at the FCC.

Drug Take Back Day

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office collected approximately 40 pounds of unused, unwanted and/or expired medications April 27 during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Collection of the drugs prevented them from potentially being misused, abused, or improperly disposed of, according to a press release from Sheriff John Ward. Deputies were available at the Harbor substation and the sheriff’s office lobby in Gold Beach.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is reminding that people can bring in unwanted medications to the sheriff’s office lobby in Gold Beach anytime throughout the year for disposal. The only items that cannot be accepted are liquids, syringes and sharps materials. People with these items are encouraged to contact Curry Transfer & Recycling for options on proper disposal.

Corner Drug in Gold Beach also has a collection site in the pharmacy that people can drop off unwanted medications in.

For more information on the Drug Take Back day event national statistics, go to

Safety City

Safety City has openings for children who will be entering kindergarten this fall. It is free for all.

Seven openings are available for July 8-12 and 11 openings are available for July 22-26. Applications are available in the foyer of the Brookings Police Department.

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Hooskanaden paved

Both lanes of U.S.101 are now open at Hooskanaden Creek (milepost 344), 12 miles north of Brookings, according to Oregon Department of Transportation.

Contractors paved the highway last week and on Monday, striped travel lanes.

A slide closed the highway for two weeks in late February, and traffic has been limited to a single lane for nearly two months.

Four months
for bribery

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, of Portland, was sentenced Monday to four months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for attempting to bribe a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officer.

According to court documents, on May 24, 2018, Burgos followed an ICE deportation officer in his vehicle from the ICE office in Portland until the officer stopped in a parking lot in Vancouver, Washington. The defendant offered the officer money to deport his wife who he had met in El Salvador and was in the process of divorcing. The officer declined Burgos’ offer and reported the event to the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

On May 31, 2018, the officer made a recorded call to Burgos with the assistance of an OPR investigation team. Burgos offered to pay the officer $3,000 to remove his wife from the U.S. On June 5, 2018, the officer and OPR team made a second recorded call on which Burgos again offered to pay the officer for his wife’s removal. Burgos and the officer proceeded to discuss logistics for an in-person meeting.

On June 6, 2018, Burgos met the officer in a predetermined location and offered to pay $4,000 for the removal of his wife and his wife’s minor child from a previous relationship.

On November 20, 2018, Burgos pleaded guilty to one count of bribery of a public official.

—Curry Pilot