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Who is Jacob Daniels

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Who is Jacob Daniels? Well, there aren’t many people who can say they work at the upper echelons of politics. That they participate in local politics. That they own their own law firm. That they represent notable clients throughout the State. That they are an equity partner in a recently launched research firm (that has already nabbed big clients). That they work remotely at a Washington, D.C. consulting firm from their office across the country in Creswell, Oregon, or as Jacob Daniels would prefer, from his couch in Creswell, Oregon.

Not many people do these things. But if they do, they certainly don’t do them at the same time, and if they are doing them at the same time, they don’t do it all by the age of 30…, unless you are Jacob Daniels.

Jacob Daniels is a friend of mine, and although I have always enjoyed watching him energetically operate, I never thought that it was newsworthy.

Jacob Daniels lawyer
Jacob Daniels

But last week I saw Jacob Daniels’ name appear in the news on three different fronts: On the cover of The Oregonian regarding a large political operation; both the Register-Guard and The Eugene Daily News reported that Jacob Daniels has been recently retained in a high-profile manslaughter case; and oddly enough, a ballot measure that Daniels had written in his hometown of Creswell had failed, receiving 44 percent of the vote.

Sure, sometimes I see Daniels on the news giving a legal opinion or talking about politics, but that’s just Daniels, he is always out there trying to get something done.

But it seems like this guy is in a real hurry to get things done.

Depending on what side you are on, you either think that Daniels is doing the Lord’s work, or you think he is the Devil. But regardless, he gets things done. I know, because I have been watching my friend for a long time.

Daniels is very proud that he attended Tulane Law School. You don’t have to spend much time with him before you hear from him that he went to Tulane. To some people, it comes across as arrogant. But if you know Daniels, you know that he is just a guy born in Cottage Grove, Oregon who can’t believe he has a seat at the table.

Following his graduation from Tulane Law School, Daniels returned home to work as the Deputy Research Director to former NBA star Chris Dudley’s 2010 campaign for Oregon Governor. On election night it looked like Dudley was going to become Oregon’s next Governor, but by morning John Kitzhaber had taken a narrow lead over Dudley and won a third term as Oregon’s Governor.

But then Kitzhaber turned around and appointed Daniels to the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council at the age of twenty-five, and Daniels began to explore running for public office himself.

In 2012, at twenty-six years old, Daniels decided he wanted to join the Oregon House of Representatives. He entered the 2012 GOP primary for Oregon House District 11 against the popular Kelly Lovelace, who had spent his life running businesses in the district and working in the grass fields that serve as the backbone of Linn County’s economy. Daniels didn’t win that race, but he knocked on just about every single door in the legislative district, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and lost the race by 256 votes.

Following that race, Daniels was appointed to the City Council of Creswell, ran for election and earned a full term on the City Council. Daniels was subsequently elected twice as the City Council President. But Daniels didn’t feel he was a good fit on the Council.

In written answers to questions sent to Daniels, he wrote: “I left the Council because I was ticked-off about the passage of a budget. I got up and left during a meeting. While exiting I proclaimed that I was resigning. Looking back, I am really disappointed with the way I handled my exit. In hindsight I should have sat through the meeting and tendered my resignation the following day in writing. It had been a culmination of things. I believe that government should be inconsequential in our lives. I’m not anti-government. I just have a different outlook on government. In essence, I realized that a guy who wants to shrink government has no business running a government. There are a couple places for people with my outlook on government, such as lobbying tired Congressmen in the Rayburn Building  and fighting it out in the courtrooms.” [Editor’s note: The Rayburn Building is one of the major office buildings for members of Congress]

During Daniels’ brief flirtation with public office he started his own law practice, began handling family law and criminal cases, and continued his work in politics. Daniels earned a niche as a hardline researcher who found tiny pieces of evidence necessary to push numerous state legislators across the finish line to election or re-election. According to public campaign finance reports, Daniels now serves as general legal counsel to the political arm of the Oregon House Republicans.

Daniels and some of his research colleagues recently launched a firm called Oregon Research Consultants, LLC. In response to written questions, Daniels wrote: “I am very excited about Oregon Research Consultants. We have already finished our first project and we have a great team in place. Due to time constraints I am a minority owner of the firm, so I don’t speak on behalf of the firm, but we have nabbed a couple great clients and I expect good things.”

Those research skills became very important in former Representative Dennis Richardson’s 2014 campaign for Governor. Daniels came on as the campaign attorney and chairman of the debate preparation team and worked diligently to help Richardson connect the dots in the John Kitzhaber/Cylvia Hayes scandal – which included the campaign sending a letter to the FBI and United States Attorney urging a criminal investigation.

As the Kitzhaber/Hayes scandal began to grow, Daniels filed a petition to recall Governor Kitzhaber, at the age of twenty-nine.

For the few weeks following his effort to recall Governor Kitzhaber, both Daniels and national political operative Charlie Pearce eagerly poured flames on the fire with both the local press and national media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc.

It is safe to say that Jacob Daniels has earned his spot at the table. The big question to ask is pretty simple. “What’s next?”

According to Daniels, “I just want my driver Patrick Dills to win the Championship on Saturday night at Cottage Grove Speedway.”

Patrick Dills and Jacob Daniels
Patrick Dills and Jacob Daniels

 

Friday Night Blitz – October 10

For the October 10th edition of Friday Night Blitz, watch highlights from 12 games, including Willamette at Thurston, North Medford taking on Grants Pass and our Game of the Week, Marist at Eagle Point.

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Band Works to Keep Dream Alive

One Dollar Check EquipmentCRESWELL, Ore. — The show goes on for a local band that lost their music equipment in an apartment fire early Saturday.

“It almost brings tears to my eyes thinking about it,” said lead singer Gared Sanne, One Dollar Chack.

But it’s a song local band One Dollar Check is clinging to in a time of hardship.

“I was just in shock really. I didn’t know what to expect or how bad the fire was,” said drummer Charles Gallegos, One Dollar Check.

Flames and smoke filled up this building on South Mill Street, destroying a barber shop, four apartments, and the group’s band room.

“Oh, man. When I first went in, there was a puddle of water on the ground, cords everywhere. It’s looking a lot better now than when we first started cleaning up,” Sanne said.

Also lost in the fire were most of the band’s music equipment, totaling thousands of dollars.

Although they’ve tried to save what they could, it’s not guaranteed the equipment will work..

“I haven’t plugged it in yet. Waiting for everything to dry out,” said lead guitarist Aaron Pierce, One Dollar Check.

“We won’t know for another if they’ve dried out and if they’ll even work,” Sanne said.

But what they do know for sure is those around them are backing them up.

“When we got here and the building was all burnt up, everything that was sitting out in front of the building was music equipment. Nobody in this building went and grabbed their own personal stuff. They came and grabbed our gear,” Sanne said.

“I felt so blessed because it wasn’t their stuff. It’s hard to talk about,” Pierce said.

As they cling to a song they wrote that doesn’t fit how they feel right now; it pairs perfectly with where they’re headed.

“This is my dream. There’s nothing more that I want then to play with these guys,” Gallegos said.

“It put a whole new fire inside of me. The next show I play, there’s going to be a whole new person standing on that stage,” Sanne said.

One Dollar Check’s next show is on November 8, at Luckey’s in Eugene. They have a Go Fund Me account set up to raise money for new equipment, but say whether they reach their $6,000 goal or not, the show is on.

Fire Destroys Apartments and Business

creswell apartment fire picCRESWELL, Ore. — Eight people are without a home Saturday after an early morning fire in Creswell destroyed their apartment building and a business inside.

The property owners say the building is a complete loss.

Fire crews responded to the fire on the 200 block of South Mill Street just after 3:00 a.m. Saturday. Property owners and residents were picking up the pieces and salvaging what they could.

Investigators say there was heavy smoke and fire damage but no one was hurt. The owner of the Whistle Stop Barber Shop located in the same building says they’ve all received lots of help since the fire.

“Everybody’s safe. The Red Cross took care of everyone who needed to be taken care of and the Lucky Taco opened up for anyone who was displaced to have food this morning and everybody’s pulled together,” said Tina Smith, owner of the barber shop and mother of the property owners.

Smith says the barber shop already has a new location on Main Street opening next week.

Wildlife-Involved Collision – Interstate 5 South of Creswell

Creswell OR – Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or n ear our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September – November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons – try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

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Veteran Runs for City Council

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CRESWELL, Ore. — A 90 year-old veteran who served in several wars is back in the spotlight. He’s vying to become Creswell’s newest council member.
World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam Richard Heyman understands what it means to fight a battle.
But now he faces a different challenge running for a Creswell City Council seat.

On Monday Heyman filed his papers to run in the November election at Creswell City Hall.
Heyman says up until about two years ago he wasn’t pleased with the council.

It’s a decision he says stems from a council that has a number of vacancies where council members have been appointed, rather than elected.

“I feel that the city, the citizens of the city have the right to elect their representatives. And right now they were having trouble getting people to run And rather than just have a complete appointed council I decided to run,” Heyman.

Right now more than half of the Creswell City Council is appointed.
A number of the folks moved or left due to health reasons.

Heyman says if elected he’d like to focus on commerce as well as figuring out policing and lowering water rates and better utilization of the airport.

Fire Crews Quickly Knock Down Brush Fire

Brush fire 3CRESWELL, Ore. — Quick action may have helped to save some homes from a brush fire.

Flames tore through a field near Dale Kuni Road and Emerald Valley Drive. Crews managed to stop the fire which was burning right next to a residential area.

As for a possible cause, one homeowner gave her take after the people working on her house explained what happened.

“Evidently there was someone mowing from the city of Creswell,” said Judy Moore. “It looks like they took a big chunk out of the curb. Low and behold, there was a fire right after that.”

KEZI 9 News cameras did find a big chunk missing from the curb. Firefighters on scene did not confirm that the lawn mower was the source of the fire.

Creswell Motel Evacuated to Arrest Disorderly Guest

On July 28, 2014 the Sheriff’s Office received a call of disorderly subject at the Super 8 Motel in Creswell. A guest in room 115 had become disorderly and destructive to motel property. He had threatened that he had explosives and barricaded himself in his room.

The guest was identified as William Cameron. Cameron has an extensive violent criminal history. Deputies evacuated the motel for other guest’s safety and initiated contact with Cameron. After approximately 10-12 minutes of speaking to Cameron though a loud hailer, he exited the motel room through the front window and surrendered without incident.

It was determined that Cameron was under the influence of Methamphetamine and a small amount of Methamphetamine was located in his room. Cameron’s room was heavily damaged. The damage included broken appliances, electrical fixtures and furniture.

Cameron was lodged at the Lane County Jail on the following charges:

Disorderly Conduct 1 / Criminal Mischief 1 / Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

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Arrest Made in Arson Investigation

WhitehallCRESWELL, Ore. – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in relation to a fatal fire in Creswell on July 16, 2014.

Deputies arrested Eugene Whitehall, 42, following an arson investigation into a house fire on Bryant Road in Creswell. Investigators found two bodies at the scene. The two victims were identified as Dennis Michael Kelly, 65, of Creswell, and Carl Robb McFarland, 69, of Creswell.

Whitehall faces to two counts of aggravated Murder and arson in the first degree. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. in Wednesday.

Two Bodies Found After Creswell Fire

Still0722_00002CRESWELL, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office found two bodies in the rubble from a fire that burned down a home in Creswell last Wednesday.

The two men who lived in the home, Dennis Kelley and Carl McFarland were reported missing, and haven’t been seen since the fire broke out.

But, deputies said they’re not identifying them as victims yet. “There have been two bodies found in the remains of the Creswell fire. They haven’t been identified yet, so the missing persons report that we put out previously with the two gentleman are still considered missing,” said Sgt. Carrie Carver, Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

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