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On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at approximately 8:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 249 (approximately 12 miles south of Coos Bay).
Preliminary information indicates a blue/grey 2010 Ford Taurus was northbound on Highway 101 when the driver observed an oncoming southbound white 2004 Nissan Xterra began to fishtail and leave its lane. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane and the Nissan Xterra caught on fire.
The driver of the Nissan Xterra died as a result of the crash. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending a next of kin notification.
Both occupants of the Taurus were transported to the Coos Bay area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Photos not available at this time.
On Saturday February 25, 2017 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 136 (approximately four miles south of Newport). The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound when the driver likely lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways across the highway and traveled over an embankment, coming to rest on its top in a small creek.
The driver, identified as 40 year old Newport resident, Edgar Mendez Romero, died at the scene as a result of the crash. He was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred.
OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. In addition to troopers from the Newport Area Command, members of the Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) who have been working in the area due to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival were called out and responded to assist with this crash and numerous other ice related crashes that occurred around the same time.
On Tuesday February 21, 2017, members of Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team (INET), assisted by members of Oregon State Police SWAT, ATF, FBI, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team (RADE) and Reedsport Police Department, executed search warrants at 38534 Dexter Road, Dexter, Oregon and 82892 Minnick Road, Dexter, Oregon after an investigation involving the Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. OSP SWAT was called to assist drug enforcement detectives due to the size and layout of the Dexter Road location.
Two adults were contacted and detained at the Minnick Road address and are facing charges for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine. Four adults were detained at the Dexter Road address. One 5 year old minor child was also present and was taken into protective custody by DHS Child Protective Services. Several adults are facing charges of Unlawful Possession and/or Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. The child's father is also facing additional charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Child Neglect in the First Degree.
According to OSP Sergeant Erik Fisher, task force officers seized Methamphetamine, Psilocybin Mushrooms and a firearm along with additional evidence of sales from the locations. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available.
The Lane County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, FBI and Lane County District Attorney's Office.
Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is encouraged to call the INET tip line at (541) 682-6266.
The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.
The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.
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In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017 the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).
If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.
On February 23, 2017, at about 9:00 a.m., TY RAY NUNES, age 34, from Grants Pass was taken into custody after a brief standoff in Josephine County.
NUNES has been the subject of an extensive search for many months because of the numerous criminal activities he has been involved in, to include Felony Eludes, Robberies, Federal Warrants and Narcotics. The Oregon State Police learned NUNES may be at a residence in the 700 block of Cienaga Lane in Josephine County and responded to the area.
Additional law enforcement also responded and assisted in taking NUNES into custody after a brief standoff.
During the past few weeks law enforcement arrested seven other individuals while attempting to locate and arrest NUNES.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Sheriff's office, Medford Police Department, Josephine County Parole and Probation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement.