Press Releases

Coos County DA to Dismiss Case Against McGuffin in Freeman Case

The man convicted of manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Leah Freeman in 2011 will not face a new trial. Earlier this month a judge had ordered that Nicholas McGuffin would receive a new trial on the original conviction. Leah Freeman was a teenager when her body was discovered dumped a few miles from her [...]


Tuesday December 17 2019

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Coos County Sheriff’s Office Seek Public’s Assistance

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect accused of robbery that took place in Lakeside. On Saturday, Coos County Deputies received information that an alleged robbery took place at the McKay’s Market around 3 PM. The victim, a store clerk, was reportedly threatened with a knife when he [...]


Monday December 16 2019

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Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Issues Stance on Two Ballot Measures

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce released its endorsement and opposition of two ballots on the November Ballot. The business association has endorsed Measure 102  that they say will help local communities build affordable housing. In a press release, the current statewide amendment bans the ability of local governments to work with businesses and nonprofits [...]


Thursday October 11 2018

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Myrtle Point Man Arrested-Library Evacuated

A Myrtle Point man is in custody following a 2 1/2 hour standoff with police. According to District Attorney Paul Frasier, 35-year-old Joseph Michael Hanks faces multiple charges. A Myrtle Point Police Officer requested backup after shots were allegedly fired near him from a home located at 521 Willow. People in the nearby Myrtle Point [...]


Wednesday August 22 2018

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Man Killed by Police Had Methamphetamine in System

The Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier says toxicology reports indicated that the Coos Bay man killed by police gunfire had methamphetamines in his system.  Earlier this week, the DA said officers were justified in the actions that led to the death of 47-year-old Eric Kevin Sweet on June 23rd.  Sweet had reportedly contacted Coos [...]


Thursday July 5 2018

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Coos County D.A. Calls Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Justified

After reviewing the investigation and evidence in the officer-involved shooting June 23rd in Coos Bay, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said the officers were justified in the use of deadly physical force.  47-year-old Eric Kevin Sweet was shot to death near his home in south Coos Bay after reportedly confronting officers with a loaded .30-30 [...]


Tuesday July 3 2018

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Coquille Businessman Plead Guilty to Sodomy

A Coquille Businessman will spend more than 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of second degree sodomy involving a child.  Paul Arthur Jackson pled guilty in Coos County Circuit Court before Judge Martin Stone this morning.  Jackson was charged in February for an incident involving a child under the age of [...]


Monday July 2 2018

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Candidate for Coos County Commissioner Sentenced to 30 Days for Probation Violation

A candidate for Coos County Commissioner has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail. Today Judge Martin Stone ordered Dale Pennie to serve 30 days for violating his probation by illegally maintaining a disposal site without a permit. Pennie is running against incumbent John Sweet on the May 15th ballot. Pennie was on probation [...]


Monday May 14 2018

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Jordan Cove Receives Letter of Recommendation from US Coast Guard

Jordan Cove has cleared another hurdle following a 15-month evaluation by the US Coast Guard.  The letter of recommendation for the project, sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission came after the agency completed a review of the Water Suitability Assessment. In a letter to FERC, Coast Guard officials in charge of assessing the suitability [...]


Friday May 11 2018

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North Bend Man Dies in Coos Bay’s North Spit

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning’s fatal crash on Trans Pacific Highway north of Coos Bay/North Bend. On April 20, 2018 at approximately 6:06 a.m., OSP troopers responded with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office for a crash on Trans Pacific Highway near milepost 1. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white Chevy Caprice, [...]


Friday April 20 2018

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