Coos County Man Charged with Assault

COQUILLE, Ore. — A Coos County man faces several charges, including strangulation and kidnapping. Dereck Padgett, 40, is in the Coos County Jail on a half a million dollars bail. Deputies say they were called to Coquille Valley Hospital Wednesday, after a woman was brought into the emergency room with serious injuries. The woman told … Continue reading »

Florence Police Chief to Retire

FLORENCE, Ore. — Florence Police Chief Ray Gutierrez has announced he is retiring. His last day will be Jan. 1, 2014. He has been in law enforcement for 36 years, with 32 of those years in Florence. He began his career in 1977 with the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, and then he joined the Florence … Continue reading »

Drunk Dad Lets Daughter Drive Car

COOS BAY, Ore. — Coos County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say was drunk when he let his daughter drive his car. Deputies say Ronald Lee Walter, of Coos Bay, was drunk when he let his 11-year-old daughter learn how to drive in their RV park. The girl ended up crashing into a parked … Continue reading »