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OUR 111th YEAR • January 20, 2017
Man emerges after three-day standoff
Brian Wallin, 49, in custody after
weapons, animal abuse charges
By Jack Heﬀ ernan and R.J. Marx
EDWARD STRATTON/EO MEDIA GROUP
Police blocked Whispering Pines Drive at
times during the standoﬀ .
A nearly 64-hour standoff between police
and an armed man on Whispering Pines Drive
ended shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.
The stalemate ended when Brian Wallin, 49,
told police he was scared and wanted to come
outside. Soon after, Wallin emerged from the
home on Whispering Pines Drive and surren-
dered. While searching the house, police found
the family dog dead.
Wallin was taken to Providence Seaside
Hospital for evaluation. He remained hospital-
ized under police watch until Sunday evening,
when he was released and transported to Clat-
sop County Jail.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Wallin was arraigned
ANNUAL SEASIDE FIRE AND RESCUE AWARDS BANQUET
IT TAKES A HERO
on multiple charges of unlawful use of a weap-
on and one charge of aggravated animal abuse.
Both charges are recognized as felonies.
The incident began Wednesday, Jan. 11, at
4:21 p.m. when Seaside Police received a call-
tating there were “shooters inside” the home.
Seaside Police, accompanied by Oregon State
See Standoﬀ , Page 2A
Councilors sworn in, vacancy remains
By R.J. Marx
KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL
Cpt. Gordon Houston presents Doug Roberts with a special recognition award during the annual Seaside Fire and Rescue
Awards Banquet held Jan. 14.
Fireﬁ ghters are honored at dinner, awards
By Katherine Lacaze
For Seaside Signal
ithout the dedication
and efforts of Seaside
Fire and Rescue’s vol-
unteers, the department
would not be capable
of providing the same quantity and
quality of ﬁ re service to the commu-
nity on the city’s budget that it cur-
“I think the average citizen in
Seaside has no idea of the level of
commitment each of you have made
to make ﬁ re service in Seaside what
it is,” said Mayor Jay Barber during
See Awards, Page 3A
KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL
Doug Roberts, Katie Bulletset, Evan Edwards and Cpt. Gordon Houston lead the
Seaside Fire and Rescue department in call response during 2016. Roy Dague (not
pictured) also was in the top ﬁ ve.
‘I think the average citizen in Seaside has no idea of the level of
— Mayor Jay Barber
commitment each of you have made . . . ’
There were some new seating arrange-
ments at the Seaside City Council meeting
Monday, Jan. 9.
At the far left, former planning commis-
sioner Tom Horning was the newest coun-
cilor. On the other end, a vacant council seat
remained awaiting a replacement for Mayor
Jay Barber, who was appointed to the city’s
top spot in December after the death of for-
mer Mayor Don Larson.
City Manager Mark Winstanley admin-
istered the oath of ofﬁ ce Monday night to
two returning councilors, Randy Frank and
Seth Morrisey, and one new one, Horning.
Tita Montero, the senior member of the
council, was nominated and unanimously
elected council president.
At his ﬁ rst meeting Horning reiterated
a goal put forth during his campaign: en-
hanced tsunami preparedness.
“One of the things I’ve noticed since the
election is that people are coming out of the
woodwork from all over,” Horning said.
“Everybody’s focusing very much toward
tsunami preparedness and I think there’s
a great opportunity for Seaside to lead the
rest of the Coast toward a high level of pre-
With an opening to ﬁ ll, councilors invited
residents of Ward 1 to apply for the seat for-
merly occupied by Barber. Barber had served
two years of his four-year council term.
Applicants must live in Seaside’s Ward
1 and have resided in the city for at least
one year. Candidates must submit a written
questionnaire and gather at least 10 sup-
porting signatures from Ward 1 residents.
A 30-day ﬁ ling deadline is expected,
Two seats remain unﬁ lled on the city’s
seven-member Planning Commission with
the departure of former Commissioner
Horning and Robert Perkel. Two candi-
dates, David Posalski and Teri Carpenter,
submitted applications. Both were nominat-
ed for consideration.
“Serving on a commission or committee
in Seaside is a wonderful opportunity,” City
Manager Mark Winstanley said. “Every-
body has an interest in something and we
virtually have a committee for you, no mat-
ter what you’re interested in.”
Other openings include vacancies on the
Civic and Convention Center Commission,
the Community Center and Senior Com-
mission, and the Transportation Advisory
Committee. Former Councilor Don Johnson
PERMIT NO. 97
See Council, Page 8A
Utti nominated for McDonald’s All-American game
By Gary Henley
As the Seaside girls basketball
team stands at a most respectable
7-2 record, standout, Maddi Utti,
received one more honor. Seaside
senior basketball player Utti may
have been listed under the wrong
state, but she is included on the list
of players nominated for the Mc-
Donald’s All-American game.
The list includes the top basket-
ball senior talent from each state.
Utti’s name appears under the best
players in California.
Ironically, that’s where Utti will
head after graduating, having al-
ready signed a letter-of-intent to
play at Fresno State next year.
Utti is one of the team leaders for
a squad that stands at 7-2 — third
behind Banks and Valley Catholic
— in the 4A-1 Cowapa League.
On Friday, Jan. 13, Utti scored 16
points and had eight rebounds with
seven steals, as the No. 11-ranked
Gulls improved to 7-2 overall.
Seaside jumped out to its usu-
al big lead against the Cubs, and
scored just enough points in the
fourth quarter to hold off Newport
for a 37-31 win, in a nonleague girls
basketball game played at Broad-
way Middle School.
The Lady Gulls made three free
throws in the ﬁ nal period … and
that was it, as Newport did not score
a single point over the ﬁ nal four
Utti capped an early 9-0 run for
the Gulls, that gave Seaside a com-
fortable 19-6 lead early in the sec-
The Cubs fought their way back
into the game behind 3-pointers
from Tehya Woodruff, Halle Hargett
and Madison Hargett in the second
half, with the ﬁ nal trey coming at
the 4:00 mark of the fourth quarter,
bringing Newport to within 34-31.
Utti made 1-of-2 free throws and
Jetta Ideue hit 2-for-4 over the ﬁ nal
2:43 to clinch the win for Seaside.
“It was a tough, often ugly slog
in the old Broadway gym,” said
Seaside coach Mike Hawes. “The
turnovers were reminiscent of
middle school games — 27, and a
cool 29 percent ﬁ eld goal percent-
age ensured a close, choppy game
“We just could not get any
rhythm, either in hanging onto the
ball or making a shot,” he added.
Sydney Villegas had eight re-
bounds and eight rebounds for Sea-
side, and the Gulls ﬁ nished with 18
JEFF TER HAR/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL
Maddi Utti shoots from outside against