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Domestic Distrubance/Resisting Arrest/Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer (Photo) - 11/15/17

On November 13th, 2017 at approximately 12:20am, Newport Police Department responded to a Domestic Disturbance at the 400 block of NW Brook. The victim and neighbors reported that Trevor J. Hull, 24 of Newport, was intoxicated and had physically assaulted and verbally threatened the victim while holding their 5- month-old infant.

Hull resisted being taken into custody and began physically fighting with the officers. After a lengthy struggle, Officer detained Hull in handcuffs, where he continued to be combative by yelling, kicking the inside of the vehicle, and head-butting the interior window.

Hull was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

?NLG~ Assault 4th Degree (Felony)
?NLG~ Resisting Arrest
?NLG~ Disorderly Conduct
?NLG~ Menacing
?NLG~ Harassment
?NLG~ Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
?NLG~ Assault on Public Safety Officer

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348 or text-a-tip at 541-270-1856

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Sentencing for August 5, 2016 City Center Fire (Photo) - 11/08/17

On November 7, 2017, Rebecca Sinclair appeared at the Lincoln County Circuit Court for case 17CR13444, to plead guilty and accept sentence. This case was filed after a fire that occurred on August 5, 2016, at the City Center Motel caused the death of 4 people and injured several more. Following an extensive and exhaustive investigation by the State Fire Marshall, Newport Fire Department, Newport Police Department, and independent experts, the cause of the fire was determined. After months of evaluation of forensic evidence, fire experts concluded that the fire that started in Ms. Sinclair's room was the result of dropping a lit cigarette on the bed. That evening, over the course of time, the fire ignited and spread inside Ms. Sinclair's room. It was determined that intoxicants were not a factor in Ms. Sinclair's delayed response to the fire. When Ms. Sinclair opened her hotel room to seek assistance, the fire spread quickly to the other hotel rooms. The fire destroyed the City Center Hotel, damaged vehicles parked in the parking lot, and caused other victims physical injury. This fire killed the four occupants of the rooms directly above Ms. Sinclair's hotel room. This case was resolved by a plea agreement between Ms. Sinclair, represented by Jonathan Cable, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's office represented by Kenneth Park. Ms. Sinclair plead guilty to 4 counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, 1 count of Reckless Burning, and 4 counts of Reckless Endangering of Another. Ms. Sinclair was sentenced to 45 months prison at the Department of Corrections. The State sought restitution for the hotel owner, victims who suffered property damage, and additional victims who suffered

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Vehicle/Pedestrian Crash (Photo) - 11/07/17

On November 6, 2017, at approximately 5:36pm, Newport Police and Fire Department responded to a pedestrian/vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy 101 and NE 11th. Pedestrian, Rolf Lengwenus, age 67 of Newport, was found in serious condition in the north-bound lane of Hwy 101. With the aid of Newport Fire and PacWest Ambulance, Mr. Lengwenus was transported by Life Flight crew to Corvallis Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

The driver was not injured during the incident.

The crash in still under investigation; anyone with information may call Officer Lekas at 541-574-3348 or text-a-tip to 541-270-1856

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Drug Releated Search Warrant Arrest (Photo) - 11/01/17

On October 31st, 2017 the Newport Police Department, with the assistance of Lincoln City Police and Oregon State Police, served a narcotics related search warrant at an apartment complex located at 146 SW Cottage Street in Newport. During the service of the warrant, officers located methamphetamine packaged for sale, digital scales, drug records, US Currency, a large quantity of Red Phosphorous (a pre-cursor substance in the manufacture of methamphetamine.), and a homemade explosive device.

Officers evacuated the residents from the 4 unit apartment complex. Oregon State Police Bomb Disposal Unit secured the IED and confirmed it was capable of exploding.

Arrested at the scene and transported to Lincoln County Jail was Jeffrey Scott Gruver, 54, of Newport, OR. During the booking process additional methamphetamine was found on Gruver.

Gruver is lodged on the following charges;

?NLG~ DCS-Methamphetamine
?NLG~ PCS-Methamphetamine
?NLG~ MCS-Methamphetamine
?NLG~ Maintaining a Place where Controlled Sub are Kept/ Used
?NLG~ Possession of a Destructive Device
?NLG~ Possession of a Precursor Substance
?NLG~ Introducing Contraband in Jail

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department 541-574-3348 or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.

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House Fire at 600 Block of SE 5th St. (Photo) - 10/30/17

At 5:37 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a house on fire and reports of smoke visible near the 600 block of SE 5th Street, directly above SE Bay Blvd. First in fire department units found heavy smoke coming from the attic and roof area. The building's lone occupant had already evacuated.
Fire crews quickly determined the fire was largely in the attic. Because of the age of the home, past remodeling, and multiple layers of roofing material, firefighters had to cut numerous holes and tear down portions of the ceiling to find the seat of the fire. After the fire was extinguished, the building was ventilated of smoke and doors and windows were secured.
Newport Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Toledo Fire Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, and Seal Rock Fire District. Newport Police Department and Pacific West Ambulance also helped on scene. Newport Fire Department responded with two fire engines, two rescues, one ladder truck, two chief officers and 17 firefighters.
The cause of the fire was determined to be candles too close to combustible holiday decor. Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to keep candles at least 12 inches away from any combustible materials and to test your smoke detectors regularly.

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House Fire at 600 Block of SE 5th St. (Photo) - 10/30/17

At 5:37 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017, Newport Fire Department was dispatched to a house on fire and reports of smoke visible near the 600 block of SE 5th Street, directly above SE Bay Blvd. First in fire department units found heavy smoke coming from the attic and roof area. The building's lone occupant had already evacuated.
Fire crews quickly determined the fire was largely in the attic. Because of the age of the home, past remodeling, and multiple layers of roofing material, firefighters had to cut numerous holes and tear down portions of the ceiling to find the seat of the fire. After the fire was extinguished, the building was ventilated of smoke and doors and windows were secured.
Newport Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Toledo Fire Department, Depoe Bay Fire Department, and Seal Rock Fire District. Newport Police Department and Pacific West Ambulance also helped on scene. Newport Fire Department responded with two fire engines, two rescues, one ladder truck, two chief officers and 17 firefighters.
The cause of the fire was determined to be candles too close to combustible holiday decor. Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to keep candles at least 12 inches away from any combustible materials and to test your smoke detectors regularly.

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Officer involved foot pursuit (Photo) - 10/25/17

On October 24th, 2017 Newport Police Officers responded to the area of NW 15th St. and NW Grove St. on a report of a subject threatening others with a knife. Witnesses stated Daniel Robert Rayos, 33, of Newport, had pulled a knife on a citizen after being asked to leave. Rayos fled the area on foot after learning police had been called.

Witnesses observed Rayos running from the scene. Rayos ran around several homes and through lawns. Officers contacted local residents and advised them of an armed subject in the area.

Newport officers and Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies searched the area north of Jump Off Joes, a known campsite of Rayos. Rayos was spotted by officers and advised he was under arrest. Rayos fled on foot through the foliage, down to the beach.

Officers and Deputies set a perimeter to contain Rayos as he attempted to hide in the thick foliage. Through coordinated efforts between officers and deputies they were able to close in on Rayos.

Rayos attempted to flee a second time, but was quickly corralled in a small patch of thick vegetation. After a short standoff Rayos was taken into custody, searched for officer safety and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Escape 3 and Disorderly Conduct.


Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Haynes with the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.

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