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Oregon State Police seeking public's help in shooting death investigation

Oregon State Police is requesting the public’s help after an altercation involving possibly three cars left a man dead from a gunshot wound.

At noon Sunday, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a reported shooting that occurred on Interstate 5 south of milepost 124. The victim, identified as 53-year-old Edward Lanier, of Myrtle Creek, was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

OSP is seeking anyone who may have witnessed an altercation between the victim’s vehicle, a beige 1992 Honda Accord, the suspect vehicle, a late model silver four-door sedan (possibly a Ford) with no license plates and possibly a third vehicle with no description. A witness described the driver of the silver car as a male in his 30s wearing a red baseball cap.

The three vehicles were observed traveling west on West Harvard Avenue before turning south onto I-5 from Harvard.

Oregon State Police is asking anyone that may have observed this altercation with the three vehicles or with any information regarding this incident to contact Oregon State Police at OSP and refer to case # SP19095157.

Oregon State Police is also asking anyone who sees a vehicle and subject matching that description to call 911 and do not attempt to contact as we consider the suspect armed and dangerous.

The investigation is ongoing.

Winston Area Chamber of Commerce honors First Citizens and community supporters

WINSTON — Shirley Rummel and Robert Zuver were honored with the First Citizen awards at the Winston Area Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Banquet on Monday night.

The chamber used the dinner at the Winston Community Center to look at its past, present and future by honoring community members who have supported the area for decades, hearing from two people who grew up in the area, left and came back, and awarding two high school students with the Future First Citizen scholarships.

Last year’s female First Citizen, Marlys Hobson, presented the award to Rummel who was not in attendance.

“Wherever you find her, you will be met with a smile and a warmth that invites you into her life — a life of purpose and meaning,” Hobson said.

Lester Harp who was last year’s male First Citizen presented the award to Zuver. He listed a series of commitments from the Wildlife Safari to Relay for Life, to the Melon Festival and Saving Grace. Zuver stood and gave a short acceptance speech that called for everyone to volunteer in at least one place in their community.

“Any volunteer group has a hard time getting volunteers nowadays,” Zuver said. “Just go to one. It isn’t just volunteering that you give, but you get back. I have so many friends I met over the last few years that are still friends. You get back as much as you give.”

Winston-Dillard School District Superintendent Kevin Miller introduced Kelsey Alberding and Hunter Ledbetter as the Future First Citizen scholarship award winners.

Alberding and Ledbetter thanked the attendees for being supportive community members and giving them financial assistance to pursue their dreams. Alberding plans on studying diagnostic medical imaging to become an ultrasound tech and Ledbetter plans on studying computer engineering technology.

Dick and Mo Nichols were awarded the McClellan award for their commitment to building unity and quality in the community.

The SouthRiver Community Health Center was given the Humanitarian Award for providing primary care, addictions treatment, behavioral health care and prevention service to the community and making a specific effort to care for the marginalized community members.

The Civic Award was giving to Grocery Outlet owners Dean and Jeannie Thiessen for their support for the community with fundraisers, donations and events to give back to the area.

Master of Ceremonies and chamber board member Mike Winters said he was pleased with the turnout since the banquet was moved twice due to the snow the week of Feb. 25.

Umpqua Valley Farmers Market manager Amanda Pastoria receives statewide award

There’s no shortage of farmers markets in Oregon.

That’s why Amanda Pastoria, the manager of the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, was shocked when she heard she was named Oregon Market Manager of the Year by the Oregon Farmers Markets Association.

“I immediately started crying,” Pastoria said. “I was in shock that they would even consider a medium-sized market.”

Her marketing and customer service abilities, as well as her work to increase attendance at the market, motivated the association to give Pastoria the award, according to the association website.

Pastoria, who took over as manager two years ago, has worked to bring in new vendors, expand the market’s food assistance programs and promote research on the region’s food needs.

But she said she sees the award as more of a reflection of the market as a whole than a reflection of herself.

“There would be no market without the vendors and all of our friends and the community that come and visit us every week,” Pastoria said. “It really is theirs.”

“Farmers markets have many moving parts, challenges, and opportunities,” she wrote in her award acceptance letter. “There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. I could not run this market without the amazing board of directors, my assistant, and our community partners who have supported every crazy idea or activity that I wanted to try.”

After moving to the Myrtle Creek area nine years ago with her family from San Antonio, she started volunteering at the Big Lick Farm booth at the market. She also started her own food business, Nurturing Your Nest, which sold organic, vegan and vegetarian products.

When she became manager of the market, she was a bit intimidated.

“But I put my all into it, was open and honest, lead with integrity, a sense of humor, and earned the trust of my incredibly talented vendors and the community,” Pastoria wrote in her letter.

Pastoria said the recent snowstorm damaged many local farmers’ products. But when the market opened for the first time after the storm, she said there was a concerted community effort to support the farmers.

“The community showed up in huge numbers for us,” Pastoria said. “The support for the farmers and other vendors who fully depend on the community for their income, they definitely put some wind in our sails after the stress of all the loss.”

She said a regular customer told her a group of people agreed to spend double the amount they normally do that week.

Pastoria said she’s ready to tackle other challenges at the market. She recently testified at an Oregon State Senate hearing to advocate for a bill that would fund the Double Up Food Bucks at farmers markets across the state.

The recently passed federal Farm Bill cut funding for the program, which doubles the value of money low-income customers spend on fruits and vegetables at the market.

Pastoria also recently secured one of five farmers market spots on a $247,000 grant through the Oregon Farmers Markets Association.

She will spend the next three years working with farming consultants and farmers in the area to collect data and identify the region’s food and agriculture needs.

The goal will be to launch customized initiatives to ensure the health of the local farm economy into the future — the average age of farmers is close to 58, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census.

Pastoria also recently agreed to become the manager of the Canyonville Farmers Market.

She said her recent achievements motivate her to keep thinking of new ideas to grow small farms in the area.

“Everybody wants to be better and everybody wants to grow and keep striving to be the best version of themselves and of their businesses,” Pastoria said.

Roseburg man arrested after two week standoff with police

A Roseburg man has been arrested after a two-week standoff with police, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The standoff began on March 4 after the Douglas County Circuit Court ordered Stephen Adam Cain, 42, to turn over his 3-year-old daughter to law enforcement.

Cain refused and instead barricaded himself inside his home in the 100 block of Willamina Court, Roseburg, and held his daughter captive.

Cain made threats against police should they force entry into his home. Nevertheless, police did not believe Cain was an imminent threat to the public, according to Brad O’Dell, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Over the course of two weeks, negotiators continued to speak with Cain with the hope of reaching a peaceful resolution.

At approximately 5 p.m. Monday, Cain surrendered and released his daughter.

Cain was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of second-degree custodial interference, a felony, and obstructing governmental or judicial administration.

The Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI were also involved in the standoff.