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Tip of the Week September 19, 2018 - Safety Tips During Hunting Season - 09/13/18



  • Check weather reports before visiting the forest.  Dress properly.
  • Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return.  Leave a written plan at home and in your vehicle.
  • Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
  • Consider using electronic technology such as a handheld GPS or an app on your cellular phone that uses the GPS built into your phone. Such phone applications like, onXmaps. Personal locating beacons (PLBs) or Satellite Messengers are another electronic that will assist searchers in finding you if you are lost or injured.
  • Avoid wearing white or tan during hunting seasons.  Wearing hunter orange, viewable from all directions is recommended.
  • If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
  • Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly.  Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
  • Carry a spare set of dry clothing.  Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.
  • Carry a first aid kit and know how to use its contents.
  • Clearly identify your target before shooting.  Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.
  • Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails.  Other recreationists are in the forest as well.

Outdoor Enthusiasts:

  • Wear bright clothing.  Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red, orange or green, and avoid white, blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing.  Orange vests and hats are advisable.
  • Don’t forget to protect Fido.  Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
  • Be courteous.  Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
  • Make yourself known.  If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.
  • Know when hunting seasons are occurring.  Continue to hike, but learn about where and when hunting is taking place. (Consider hiking midday when wild game and hunting activity is at its lowest.)
  • Know your own comfort level.  If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a hiking location where hunting is not allowed, such as a national or state park.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and “Like” us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Tip of the Week - September 12, 2018 School Bus Safety - 09/10/18


Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers of their responsibility to stop for school buses displaying red flashing lights.  Because buses are large vehicles, the level of difficulty to see around them increases.  The outcome of illegally passing a stopped school bus is potentially devastating for children and drivers.

Law enforcement agencies continue to receive reports each year from bus drivers and other citizens about motorists failing to stop for school buses. With nearly 6,000 school buses operating in the State of Oregon, motorists need to be alert.

Oregon law requires motorists to stop whenever the red lights on a school bus are flashing, regardless of the direction they are traveling.  The law applies to any roadway with two or more lanes of traffic, including multi-lane highways such as Highway 101.

The only exception to the law is for divided highways with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, such as in the Lincoln and Gleneden Beach areas.  In this case, only drivers on the same side of the road as the bus must stop.  A painted median strip or a center lane used only for left turns does not create two separate lanes.  Where this situation exists, all lanes of traffic must stop.

When a bus is flashing amber lights, motorists should prepare to stop.  When the red lights begin to flash, motorists traveling in both directions must stop before reaching the bus and must remain stopped until the red lights are turned off.  The same rules apply to church or worker buses equipped with amber and red flashing lights.

Please do your part to make our roads safe.  Be aware when following any type of bus, that it may be making frequent stops.  Following these tips will help reduce the risk of traffic crashes and pedestrian injuries in our community.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: School Bus Safety
Lincoln City 911-Phone Service Outage - 09/05/18

See message sent on behalf of Lincoln City Dispatch

Lincoln City Dispatch has been notified of a greater phone outage for residential/business and cell phone customers in the Lincoln City area and possibly other areas of Lincoln County. If you you CAN NOT DIAL or TEXT 911 or the non-emergency number from your residential/business or cell phone then try a phone of a neighbor or someone else. If you are still unable to locate a phone that reaches the 911 Dispatch Center then you may have to make your way to a local area Fire Department or Hospital for emergency services. The phone outage is due to a major Century Link fiber line that has been cut north of Lincoln County; at this time it is unknown how long until the repair can be made. Monitor local public radio and public safety websites/social media for updates. Lincoln City Dispatch


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank"> 
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell


Lincoln County Sheriff's Office participated in traffic safety blitz - 09/04/18

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies successfully completed a safety belt enforcement campaign aimed primarily at increasing safety belt and correct child safety seat use, enforcement of speed laws, and texting while driving.  The blitz took place in August and early September of this year.  The local enforcement blitz was part of an effort funded by The Oregon Department of Transportation and involved several other law enforcement agencies. 

During the enforcement blitz the Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies made a total of 74 enforcement contacts including one arrest for DUII. 


Respectfully submitted:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917

Tip of the Week-September 3, 2018-Recognizing and Reporting Drug Activity - 08/30/18

Drug activity exacts a significant toll on everyone in our society, not just drug abusers, their
families and friends. This problem can contribute to homelessness, crime, problems at school
and the workplace, as well as healthcare costs. Some of the impacts include:

• Illness from short & long term drug use; injury or death from overdoses.
• Increased crime and fear of crime causing people to withdraw from community life.
• Traffic hazards due to impaired driving.
• Abuse and neglect of children, seniors and pets; aggravation of domestic violence;
assaults and drug-related homicides.
• Damage to property from neglect, contamination, fires, explosions and theft of services
such as electricity and water.
• Contamination of natural areas.
• Livability impacts such as trash, noise and other issues.

There are a number of signs listed below that indicate drug activity at a location. When there
are only one or two signs, the explanation may not be related to illegal activity. For example,
frequent visits to a house may be attributable to a large and sociable family or a resident who is
operating a legitimate business out of the home.

Getting to know your neighbors and the routines of the neighborhood will help you better define
what is going on and understand the activities in your neighborhood. When you observe a
number of the following activities present at a location, this may reveal that you are seeing
illegal drug activity.

Possible signs that in combination may indicate drug sales:

• There are numerous short visits to the location by people in vehicles, on bicycles and/or
on foot.
• Money or small packages are exchanged.
• The suspected dealer approaches parked vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists and engages in brief encounters with the driver, passenger or pedestrian.
• Cars frequently drive slowly by the location.
• Visitors park their cars a few blocks away and walk to the location.
• Visitors bring personal property such as electronic devices and leave without them.
• People appear to be acting as lookouts. For example, one person may wait outside while another enters the home.
• Occupants and/or visitors display behaviors that may include aggression, hyperactivity, paranoia, irritability or other odd behaviors.
• Shades or blinds are constantly drawn even though a house is occupied.
• Unusually extensive security measures are taken at a house.
• Visitors knock on a neighbor’s door mistaking it for the suspicious house.
• Drug paraphernalia is found at or near the location, such as: very small zip-lock plastic baggies; small bundled or twisted pieces of cellophane; small pieces of balloon; hypodermic needles and needle caps; small glass vials or pipes; or small pieces of Brillo pads.
• The neighborhood is experiencing elevated levels of crime in the surrounding area, such as burglaries, car prowls and identity theft.

Any information you can provide to the authorities that will prevent further drug activity is absolutely helpful. The following are a few details that will ensure your anonymous tip is as effective as possible. If you have the information, try to include:

• The address where you suspect drug activity
• Full names of the people you suspect
• Related vehicles’ color, make, model, license plate
• When people come and go, how long they stay, how often they appear
• Information about any packages being exchanged
• If the location is a house, provide the name (or names) of people living there
• Are there children? Dogs?
• Is there anything else authorities should know about the location?

Suspicious activity alone does not mean the police can shut down an alleged drug house. Only after law enforcement has gathered enough reliable information about a problem location will they possibly be able to obtain a search warrant to enter the premises and look for evidence that could lead to prosecution.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and “Like” us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Welfare Check leads to burglary and theft arrest - 08/29/18

On August 28, 2018 at about 8:00 pm Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a welfare check in the area of the Keys Place in Lincoln City, Oregon.  Lincoln City Dispatch advised they received a 911 call from a female advising she was lost in the area and scared.  At about 8:40 pm Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies arrived in the area of the callers last known location and located a female, Desirae J. Zaher, 32, of Merlin, Oregon on private property near the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  

Upon contact with Zaher, Deputies determined Zaher had driven her vehicle onto private property where she lodged her vehicle in the dense brush and was unable to drive out.  During further investigation Deputies located various items to include a boat and a riding lawn mower near Zaher's location and determined those items were stolen from nearby storage buildings.  Deputies located evidence at the scene linking Zaher to the burglary and thefts. Zaher was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Burglary II, Aggravated Theft, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Trespass II with a bail of $180,000.  

Back to back Search and Rescue operations in Lincoln County (Photo) - 08/25/18

On 08/24/2018, your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle located approximately 4.5 miles up a logging road outside Lincoln City. Upon arrival, Deputies found evidence indicating the operator of the vehicle had left the immediate area and may have been despondent.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the area and began conducting search operations using Ground Search Teams, Motorized Search Teams, and a Man-Tracking Team. Approximately five hours into search operations, a deceased female was found 1.6 miles from the vehicle. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit was contacted a detectives arrived to investigate the deceased female. No foul play is suspected to have been involved.

 On 08/25/2018, less than 24 hours later, your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to the area of the United States Forest Service 5100 road after the wife of an experienced local hunter reported that she had lost contact with her husband several hours after he called her stating that he was having difficulty returning to his vehicle.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the area and began preparations for search operations.  Luckily, the hunter was able to find cell service and called 9-1-1, enabling an accurate GPS location to be obtained. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to the hunter’s immediate area and were able to use sounding devices, specifically whistles, to guide the hunter to a nearby road system.  (photo attached)

Search and Rescue operations have been steadily increasing in number over the past few years. Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reminds you be prepared if you are venturing out into the wilderness.  Have supplies, have an emergency plan, and tell somebody where you are going.  If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, please contact emergency services through 9-1-1 or contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Attached Media Files: 5100RD
Emergency Management Community Outreach Events For September And October - Lincoln County - 08/24/18

Please see the attached media release of our upcoming September - October Outrech and Events Announcement; we have provided the origial Word file for ease of use. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for promotion of these preparedness activities as part of the National Preparedness Month. 

For social media PSA's for Media Partners please go to:


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank">
(541) 265-4199 Office


Tip of the Week-August 27, 2018-Back to School - 08/24/18

It's time for many of our children to start back to school. Motorists need to get back in the habit of knowing where our neighborhood schools are located. There are more than 15 public and private schools located around Lincoln County.

Each morning and afternoon when school is in session, children are walking to and from school and when there’s a chance they may be present, a school speed zone is in effect. The speed limit is 20 mph in a posted school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session. If the school zone is equipped with a flashing yellow light(s), then the speed limit is in effect when flashing.

It’s vital that we obey these speed limits as our children’s safety is at stake. These schools include kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of these children are five years old and very small. A parked car can obscure their view of you and your view of them. These young people often fail to realize the importance of looking before they walk or run out into the roadway. Driving at 20 mph will give you more time to react and avoid striking them.

The following chart reveals the distance required to stop at specific speeds.


64 feet @ 20 mph

86 feet @ 25 mph

112 feet @ 30 mph

138 feet @ 35 mph

170 feet @ 40 mph


5 mph can make the difference between whether or not you hit a pedestrian.

As citizens we must protect our children. Traffic crashes are one of the deadliest hazards our children face. Let's do our part when we pass these schools by slowing down, watching, and expecting the unexpected.

Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 082718-Back_to_School.pdf