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SUBJECT INDICTED ON Murder in the 2nd Degree, Burglary in the 1st Degree X4, and Theft in the 1st Degree 20s-02838 (Photo) - 01/14/21

01.14.2021 – Lincoln County, Oregon

On January 14, 2021, a Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted 52 year old Waldport resident, Jack E. Sigler, on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, four counts of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Theft in the First Degree in connection with the death of Mark Campbell on December 6, 2020 in Waldport, Oregon.

On December 6, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a burglary in progress at 1680 S. Crestline Drive, Apartment #3, Waldport, Oregon.  Upon arrival, deputies found Mark Campbell unresponsive inside the apartment.  Mr. Campbell was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.  The cause of death was determined to be severe trauma received from multiple stab wounds.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team conducted an extensive investigation into the death of Mark Campbell.  Multiple witnesses were interviewed, physical evidence was gathered from several locations and submitted to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for forensic analysis. On January 13, 2021, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab completed forensic analysis on physical evidence submitted, a Grand Jury proceeding was scheduled for the following day. The Grand Jury returned with an indictment on the listed charges.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received assistance in the criminal investigation from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Unit (CID), Oregon State Police Forensics, City of Newport Police Department, City of Lincoln City Police Department and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff Curtis Landers would like to personally thank all the agencies involved in the investigation leading to the indictment in the tragic death of Mark Campbell. Sheriff Landers expresses his sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragedy in our community.

Further information regarding the investigation/prosecution of this case should be directed to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.  





Tip of The Week for January 18, 2021 - Tie It Down - 01/14/21



Date:  January 14, 2021              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers




Tie It Down

Thinking of making that annual or semi-annual trip to the dump? Ridding your home of unwanted items and trash is a great way to keep it a healthy, safe, and clutter-free place.

Remember also, that we want to keep our environment and fellow motorists healthy and safe. So, take a moment to inspect your cargo. Are there any light, loose items that can scatter and become unsightly litter or pollution along the roadway?  Or worse, unsecured larger items that may fall out and cause another drive to swerve or crash?

The National Sheriffs' Association Traffic Safety Committee likes to keep awareness of the problem with unsecured loads.  Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that road debris played a role in more than 50,000 crashes each year in a four-year period. These resulted in over 9,800 injuries and approximately 125 deaths.

To be secured, loads should be:

  • Tied down with rope, netting or straps
  • Tied directly to the vehicle or trailer
  • Covered entirely with a sturdy tarp or netting
  • NOT overloaded
  • Packed with lighter weight items at the bottom and evenly distributed to prevent them from sliding.


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Attached Media Files: 011421_Tie_It_Down.pdf , Tie_It_Down.PNG
Tip of The Week for January 11, 2021 - Scammers Posing As The IRS - 01/07/21



Date:           01/07/2021            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                                            SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS

As we get into tax season, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam e-mails, texts,  and phone calls aimed at tricking you into disclosing personal and financial information that could be used to steal your identity and financial assets. The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails, phone calls or texts asking for personal information.

The IRS has seen a recent increase in these scams, many of which originate outside the United States.  To date, investigations have identified sites hosting hundreds of IRS-related phishing scams.  These scam websites have been found to originate in at least 20 different countries.

 Scammers claiming to be from the IRS, tell you that you are due a federal tax refund, and direct you to a website that appears to be a genuine IRS site.  The bogus sites contain forms or interactive web pages similar to IRS forms and web pages.

Don’t be fooled!  These sites and forms have been modified to request detailed personal and financial information from the e-mail recipients. E-mail addresses involving users in professional and educational communities seem to be heavily targeted.

The information obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer identity and financial assets.  Typically, identity thieves use someone’s personal data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services, or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.

The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask for detailed personal information.  Additionally, the IRS never asks people for their PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for their credit card, bank, or other financial accounts. The IRS primarily uses the mail when they need to notify you regarding any tax-related matter. They do not phone you late at night, or text you.

For more information on phishing (suspicious e-mails) and identity theft, visit the IRS Web site at .

For information on preventing or handling the aftermath of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web sites at and (and click on Topics).

Please report the fraudulent misuse of the IRS name, logo, forms or other IRS property by calling the Treasury inspector General for Tax Administration toll-free hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

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K9 Nix Captures Suspect in Burglary Investigation, South Beach, Or (Photo) - 01/05/21

On Tuesday January 5th, 2021 at approximately 8:29 AM, Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the Newport Police Department, responded to 6976 SW Surfland Street, South Beach regarding the report of a burglary at the residence. 

Upon arrival Deputies confirmed that unauthorized entry was made into the residence, the unidentified suspect was not located at that time. 

During the investigation it was determined the suspect was last observed traveling on foot heading North through private residential property toward SW 68th Drive. Personnel including Deputy Derick Smith and his K9 partner Nix responded to the area. K9 Nix identified a track of the suspect, leading Deputy Smith to a path to the beach where she located the suspect later identified as Jeremy Severns, age 34 of Newport. Mr Severns was taken into custody without further incident thanks to K9 Nix and assisting personnel.  

Jeremy Severns was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: Burglary in the 1st Degree, Theft in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree. His bail was set at $187,500

**See Photo**





Attached Media Files: NIX2021.jpeg , Severns_J.png
Tip of The Week for January 4, 2021 - Unlawful Lights On Motor Vehicles - 12/30/20



Date:           December 30, 2020                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




There appears to be some confusion among some motorists about the color of lights that can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles while travelling on Oregon’s public highways.  Your Sheriff’s Office receives calls from time to time inquiring if a variety of colored lamps can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles.  Some callers express concern over the use of some colored lights, especially those involving headlights.

There are a number of AFTER-MARKET bulbs and headlights appearing on some motor vehicles that emit a blueish or greenish color.  The argument that a person purchased the bulbs, headlights or “light bars” at the local car parts store is not the standard used to determine if they’re legal to use or not in Oregon.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 816.050 states that headlights shall show a white light described in Standard Number 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

ORS 816.360 addresses the use of prohibited lighting equipment for motor vehicles in this state as well.  It also identifies the penalty for not complying with this law should a motorist be cited by a police officer.  As a Class C infraction, the fine imposed by a court can range from $80 to $500.

The law states the following:

  • All headlamps must be WHITE in color as defined by Society of Automotive Engineers and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 108.  White lamps have been tested to meet all headlamp requirements.
  • Maximum wattage allowed in a headlight or accessory light is 70 watts.
  • FMVSS 108 disallows any color coating on headlights and/or headlight bulbs.
  • Blue and green lamps are designated for use on emergency vehicles only.
  • Red lamps to front are reserved for emergency vehicles and school bus warning lamps.
  • Colored bulbs give a distorted headlamp pattern, which may prevent the driver from seeing a person or object at the road edge or starting to cross the road.
  • Blue or other colored lights in the taillights of a motor vehicle are also prohibited, unless the vehicle was manufactured before 1959.

Markings on headlights and their packaging typically indicate if the product is Department of Transportation (DOT) approved.  If the bulb or headlight packaging doesn’t include this information, more research should be conducted with law enforcement before making your purchase.

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Fall Creek - View from Slide Debris Path
Fall Creek - View from Slide Debris Path
Fall Creek Landslide Event - 12.22.20 - 12/22/20

Landslide Location – Fall Creek Road, Mile Post 3.5, South Lincoln County from Highway 34

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a landslide via Willamette Valley Communications Center Sunday evening, December 20, 2020.

The area involved was already known to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Works Department as a potential slide vulnerability. Several state, local and private agencies met over the past two years when the area first began showing movements or slide activity. The agencies met to develop an emergency response protocol to coordinate notification of a potential slide, communication to public safety agencies and to the potentially affected residents downstream from the slide area.

The area of the slide is owned by Weyerhaeuser with the Lincoln County road, Fall Creek Road, directly below and leading up to the slide. The slide is approximately 3.5 miles from the residential area and the Hwy 34 junction.

Upon notification of the slide on Sunday evening, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office made a recommendation, to the pre identified residents (North of Hwy 34 on Fall Creek Road) downstream of the slide area, to evacuate their homes and hatchery until a full assessment could be conducted the next morning.

The American Red Cross was activated to aid those household members who required hotel housing for the night.

Lincoln County Public Works and Oregon Department of Forestry conducted a preliminary assessment of the area Monday morning and concluded that a significant amount of the known slide area did in fact give way, leaving a portion of the slope which appears to be vulnerable to future movement.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Public Works agreed after the assessment that residents could return to their homes Monday afternoon and that notification protocols would remain in effect due to the continued vulnerability of slides in the affected area. The continued concern of debris flow from the unknown volume and/or strength of the slide effecting homes downstream from the slide is also being assessed and monitored. There has been no damage from debris to any of the residential areas downstream to date but considerable damage was identified to a county bridge near the base of the slide on Fall Creek Road.

The bridge located at mile post 3.5 sustained major damage from the slide and it is unknown whether the bridge is a total loss or can be repaired at this time. Determination will be made in the coming months. The estimated value or full bridge replacement could be as much as $1 million dollars.

Fall Creek Road will remain closed at milepost 2.5 just past the hatchery until further notice.

Lincoln County Public Works will continue to evaluate the area for changing conditions until the road is fully restored.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our appreciation to the personnel at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildfire Hatchery for initiating the notification process, Willamette Valley Communications Systems for implementing our agency emergency response notification process and to the American Red Cross for assisting our community members with temporary lodging while evacuated.


  1. Lincoln County Incident Map
  2. Fall Creek – County Bridge 01
  3. Fall Creek – County Bridge 02
  4. Fall Creek – View from County Bridge
  5. Fall Creek – View from Slide Debris Path


Respectfully submitted,

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

Tip of The Week for December 28, 2020 - Avoiding Storm Damage To Your Home - 12/22/20


Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

(541) 265-4277

Fax  (541) 265-4926




Date:           December 22, 2020                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




In any season, storms can be severe, but there are ways to prepare your home to minimize the risk of damage when severe weather strikes. In some cases, taking these steps can mean the difference between costly home repairs and no storm damage to your home at all.

1. Remove Dead Wood.  Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.

2. Secure Outdoor Items.  Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.

3. Deal with Drainage Problems.  Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and cause damage. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don’t have issues when the storms come.

4. Inspect the Roof Periodically.  A brand new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.

If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.

5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows. You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows.  In areas where severe weather is frequent, such as our coastal areas, it’s worth considering windows that are specially made to withstand storm-level air pressure and impact.

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Tip of The Week for December 21, 2020 - Pet Safety On The Road - 12/17/20


Date:          12/17/20                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                       PET SAFETY ON THE ROAD

You buckle up when you get in your vehicle. Make sure your pet is just as safe. Many dog owners let their dog run loose in an open truck bed, not thinking about the dangers. No matter how well-trained or coordinated you think your dog is, he or she can still fall or jump out of the back of a truck.

Oregon law requires a dog to be protected by a carrier or other restraint if transported on "the external part of a vehicle" on a highway.

A carrier or cage is most ideal, but if you use a leash or lead, make sure it is of a length that doesn’t allow the dog to go over the side. A two-point restraint works best to ensure the animal can’t jump or be thrown in the event of a sudden stop or collision.

If your pet travels inside the vehicle with you, remember that driving with any live animal on your lap presents a distraction and puts the pet, the driver, other passengers, and other drivers at significant risk for a collision. A collision that would otherwise be preventable.

There are numerous pet-specific vehicle restraints that work with your existing seatbelts and can be purchased either online or in pet stores.

Our pets love to be on the go with us. Show them how much you care by always considering their safety whenever you take them on the road with you.

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