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Wednesday
Feb032016

Roseburg ‘Panther Mom’ Heads to Super Bowl 50

By David Jaques

Roseburg, OR-It isn’t often that you get a chance to go to the Super Bowl; and Super Bowl 50 between the Broncos and the Panthers is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the history of the game. So just imagine what it would be like if you had tickets, but not just to see the game, but to see your youngest son walk onto the field wearing the Panthers uniform. Well that’s exactly what Lori Haggans from Roseburg, Oregon is going to do this Sunday.

Lori was on her way to the airport to catch a flight to visit some of her grandkids on the way to see her son, No. 55 David Mayo, in his first NFL season with the Carolina Panthers, play in the Big Game Sunday February 7th in Levi’s Stadium before a capacity crowd of about 70,000, with a viewing audience at home expected to reach 189,000,000.

Mayo a twenty-two year old rookie with the Panthers, was picked up this year in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. His mom is quick to say it’s the same year the Panthers drafted Michael Oher, of the movie Blindside fame.

David Mayo grew up in St. Helens, Oregon, and moved during High School to Scappoose, Oregon, where he wore the Orange and Black for the Indians.

But his mom tells how it all started. David, the youngest of her seven children, started out in soccer when he was seven years old, with mom as his coach. But by age nine he decided he wanted to try American football. He started out as QB. Mom says he came home after his first practice a bundle of nerves, totally distraught because coach told him he had to learn all of the positions and all of the plays. So as she tells it while ‘normal’ kids were hearing their mom read bedtime stories, she read David the playbook each night as he went to sleep.

He went on to play city league in St. Helens, and worked his way up through Jr, High and High School with a complete love of the game. In his sophomore year he moved to Scappoose where he played for Coach Sean McNabb. David was one of the team captains all three years and became a team leader on and off the field. Mom said he always took a knee when coach called the team in, as a sign of respect and reverence. She said in High School he was known by his friends and teammates as the guy with the Bible in his truck.

After graduating from Scappoose he went to Santa Monica Jr. College. Money was tight so he stayed on a friend of the family’s couch and later lived in a utility shed in their back yard. At the end of his first year at Santa Monica, he was recruited by Texas State on a full ride scholarship to play football for them.

While at Santa Monica, David met a young lady, Jordan, who would later become Mrs. Mayo. He graduated from Texas State in 2015 with a degree in business. But that is only the beginning of the events of that summer for the young college grad. Before the end of summer he would get drafted in the NFL’s 5th round to play Panther football, get married to Jordan on the family’s regulation size football field in Canby, Oregon, and move to North Carolina to report for training camp.

Mother Lori said “he’s a deserving kid, he’s always stayed focused, and his faith has seen him through”.

All six of his siblings will also be at the big game this Sunday. That’s only fitting too said mom, because they helped toughen him up as the youngest of seven, it’s where he learned survival skills, and how to get back up again.

Another Scappoose teammate, Derek Anderson, who went on to play for the OSU Beavers, also ended up in the Panther lineup. And their coach, Sean McNabb will be attending the game this weekend at Levi’s Stadium.

A key memory mom shared was when David was about twelve years old they watched the movie “The Rookie” and it really impacted David. It’s where he first expressed an interest in being able to grow up and get a job doing something you love, which in his life is football. Mom encouraged him by telling him that’s what she did. She grew up working in the field of her passion, music.

Lori teaches instrumental and vocal music at Absolute Sound and Music. She says that ‘my kids, my husband Jesse and music are my passion.”  And Jesse, she said, shares her passion for music and plays bass guitar in the local band TOB; That Other Band.  

So this weekend watch for number 55 David Mayo, Panthers Inside Linebacker, Special Teams, in the biggest game of his life!  

Wednesday
Jan272016

Shots Fired, One Dead, Seven Arrested - Harney County Standoff

Burns, OR- During a traffic stop on Tuesday January 26, at about 4:25 p m, along a stretch of Highway 395 in southwestern Oregon, which runs between Burns and John Day, shots were fired, and Arizona rancher Robert Lavoy Finicum was killed by law enforcement.

Although Oregon State Police have not released specifics about the shooting incident which occurred during the traffic stop, Steve Bundy (Ammon and Ryan Bundy’s brother) said he was informed that Finicum was laying on his back, at the side of the road, with his hands in the air yelling repeatedly “I’m unarmed, I’m unarmed” as he was shot three times. Ryan Bundy was also shot in the shoulder during the stop, but sources have confirmed his injuries on not life threatening.

Arrested at the scene were; Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho, Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada, Brian “Booda” Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada, Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah, and Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana.

The group of six was on their way to a public meeting in John Day, Oregon, to discuss federal land management policies. The reason for the traffic stop, cited in a joint press release from OSP and the FBI was “probable cause”. The press release also stated that during the stop “there were shots fired” and that “One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased.” Unconfirmed reports from an eye witness have stated that the first shots were fired by the FBI.

According to a spokesman for Pacific Patriot Network, Sgt. Major Joseph Santoro, U.S. Army retired, said he and three others from PPN; B.J. Soaper, Brandon Curtis, and Joseph Rice were contacted by the FBI at 4:37 pm and informed of the arrests and shooting. They were initially told “shots fired, two down”. Sgt. Major Santoro said the FBI wanted to get the information to them because they wanted to avert a situation where 5,000 or more patriots descend on the area with the potential of further escalation.

Santoro said he was told by FBI that they were ordered by the justice department to make the arrests. Santoro said it was at the order of the “White House”. He also said that so far the town was remaining calm, cool and collected and that PPN was determined to “work with the FBI to the best of their ability to assure a calm, peaceful, resolution”.  Santoro said they are not planning any type of response and that they are “in a holding pattern”.

According to what the FBI told PPN, “Those remaining at the refuge are free to leave, and that no arrests would be made”.

In a separate traffic stop, in Burns Oregon, at about 5:50 pm, Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona, was also arrested without incident. Also in Burns at approximately 6:30 pm, the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio. He faces the same federal felony charge as the all of the named defendants; conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372. 

At this time no information is available as to the possible penalties for the alleged charges, or whether or not any of the defendants will be eligible for bail. According to sources they are being held at the Harney County Jail. 

The family of Robert Lavoy Finicum has been notified of his death. Finicum was the father of 11 foster children which he and his wife were raising on their ranch in Arizona. Finicum has also been engaged in a battle over the rights on his land in Arizona.

One source who was in Burns told the Beacon that in spite of what happened today “We’re not stopping, we’re going to get that land back” and despite the tactics used today “We’re going to do it the peaceful way.”

PPN issued an official statement on their website Tuesday evening that asks for a calm approach to today’s tragic events and is issuing a “Stand By Order to all those mobilizing to the peaceful city of Burns, Oregon.” 

Wednesday
Oct142015

Wednesday
Oct072015

Bringing our ‘Kids’ Home

It was a very somber scene at the Roseburg Municipal Airport last Friday around 4 PM as two Black Hawk helicopters touched down gently carrying their tragic cargo; the bodies of the slain students and teacher from last Thursday’s murderous rampage at Umpqua Community College. Members of the Oregon National Guard, State Police, and Douglas County Sheriff’s office were all present, serving in the capacity of honor guard as one-by-one all nine were brought home. Many heads were bowed as the solemn task was carried out.  Under Oregon’s Mass Casualty Incident statute, any time there are more than six deaths in one incident, the identification and release of information falls under the jurisdiction of the State Medical Examiner’s Office. For purposes of identification and forensic evidence collection, the victims’ bodies were removed from the crime scene at UCC and taken to the M.E.’s office in Clackamas, Oregon 175 miles away. In the meantime, that Thursday, parents and family members of the missing students were kept in agonizing suspense. One such parent was Justin Anspach, Engineer for Fire District 2. Anspach’s close friend and co-worker Chuck was at the scene and asked us (Beacon staff) if we could help find out if Justin’s son is still “in there”, referring to the barricaded UCC Campus; “His dad is frantic and can’t get ahold of him!” The Anspach family would not receive the dreaded confirmation until nearly 7:00 pm that night, more than eight hours after the attack began. The question that lingered throughout that surreal day was; “Why can’t we get the names of the shooter and his victims?” After all, the killer was “neutralized” within minutes of his opening fire on his classmates and teacher. Every media outlet from throughout the nation and the world was on scene, looking for any facts to file in their next report. The families merely needed to know! Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice told the Beacon that the reason for the delay was some heretofore unknown bureaucracy imbedded in the Mass Casualty Incident law, which nobody until now had ever heard of. Finally after many agonizing hours, Commissioners Chris Boice and Tim Freeman working with Sheriff Hanlin, put pressure on the Governor’s staff to release the Sheriff from the statute requirements which could have meant 24-48 hours before the State M.E. would release the names.  The Governor’s staff would not budge stating that by law they could not release local officials from the provisions of the law but “we can’t stop you”. Within the next hour all the families were finally notified. Then the nightmare became reality.

Wednesday
Sep302015

Morgan Recall about to get underway

Roseburg, Or- After the furor caused by County Commissioner Susan Morgan filing suit against Douglas County Clerk Patricia Hitt, in her efforts to overturn the county term limit ordinance, a group of citizens have decided to mount a recall campaign to remove Morgan from office.  Chief Petitioners Ralph Lamell and Mario Zayas plan to turn in documents to the Douglas County Clerk’s office Wednesday September 30, seeking to get their petition approved for circulation. Lamell, a retired U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officer, said he decided to take up this recall campaign “because when an individual swears to an oath, they are bound by that oath 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Susan Morgan is supposed to look out for the financial welfare of the county and enforce the county ordinances.” Lamell said that Morgan, by entering into a lawsuit against the county, is “creating a financial burden on the county taxpayers.”  He said “If  we let a commissioner over run the voting public, then we are no longer in control of our elected governing officials; we would no longer live in a constitutional republic, but a dictatorship.”  Lamell and his wife Heidi, live with their five children on what he called a “small homestead farm” south of Roseburg.   “We moved to Roseburg to be around family and provide a better future for our children after my retirement. We enjoy the outdoors, fishing and hunting and the company of their friends and neighbors.”  Lamell, who spoke at last week’s commissioner meeting, hasn’t been active up to this point in local politics. “We are just ordinary people, nobody special, but I couldn’t stand by and watch this happen.” He said “somebody has to hold our elected officials accountable.” Lamell is joined by local businessman Mario Zayas who is also a Chief Petitioner for the recall. Zayas is the owner of Gino’s Automotive.  Lamell said he is optimistic about the prospects of collecting the nearly 3,000 signatures required to get the recall on the ballot. The term limit measure Morgan seeks to overturn was passed by 69.42% of the vote in November of 2014.  

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