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  • Rest area near Talent closed after spill is feared hazardous

  • The Suncrest rest area near Talent on Intersate 5 was closed Sunday afternoon, according to Fire District No. 3 Capt. Jim Campbell, while a hazardous material team investigated a spill that turned out to be condensation.
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  • The Suncrest rest area near Talent on Intersate 5 was closed Sunday afternoon, according to Fire District No. 3 Capt. Jim Campbell, while a hazardous material team investigated a spill that turned out to be condensation.
    At about 10:30 a.m., a truck driver with a load of 4,400 gallons of formaldehyde noticed a leak while stopping to do a safety check.
    The Fire Department was called in to make sure the leak was contained. Less than 6 ounces of liquid, which turned out to be water, had spilled at the rest stop. But the rest area was evacuated and by 2 p.m., crews were standing by for a cleanup crew from Roseburg, which arrived and determined the substance wasn't a hazardous substance. The rest area was reopened at 3:30 p.m., Campbell said.
    The Asante Hospice team is looking for new program volunteers.
    The organization will start a free, five-session course for volunteers in late June. The training course meets weekly.
    Hospice volunteers provide companionship for patients undergoing end-of-life care. They keep patients company, do light housekeeping and perform clerical work.
    For more information, call Sally Melton, director of hospice volunteers, at 541-789-6859.
    COQUILLE — A Bandon midwife accused of providing substandard care for a baby who died in 2011 has pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person.
    The plea bargain that unfolded late last week in court means a five-year deferred sentence for Marcene Rebeck. Manslaughter and negligent homicide charges were dropped, The World newspaper of Coos Bay reported.
    Rebeck, an unlicensed midwife for 31 years, will be required to get a license. Her lawyer said she'll return to work. The manslaughter charge could have brought a mandatory sentence of six years. The endangering charge is a misdemeanor.
    From staff and wire reports
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