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Vehicle Pursuit leads to double arrest - 08/13/18

On August 12th, 2018, at approximately 7:15 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Tadlock was working traffic enforcement in the city of Waldport. As he observed traffic he saw a black motorcycle make an illegal pass near the intersection of NW Hemlock Street and N. Bay Street. The motorcycle was travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. Deputy Tadlock attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the driver refused to yield. A high speed pursuit ensued up to milepost 6 on Alsea Highway. The pursuit was terminated due to the reckless nature of the driver, who was making illegal passes and driving into oncoming traffic.

 

While reviewing in-car video to identify clues of who was operating the motorcycle, it again passed Deputy Tadlock, this time going westbound. A short pursuit was initiated, but was again terminated due to the reckless driving of the motorcycle operator.

 

While reviewing video from local businesses, Deputies were able to get video and photograph stills of the driver involved in the pursuit. Additionally, it was found that the motorcycle operator had a riding partner, associated with a second motorcycle described as blue in color. During the investigation, multiple motorists on Highway 34 called in to report the two motorcycles were continuing to drive recklessly up the highway, putting lives at risk.

 

The two motorcycles were eventually located by a Benton County Deputy in Alsea, parked behind a house. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Philomath Police, and Oregon State Police responded to the location of the recovered motorcycles. The operators of the motorcycles were located in a nearby house. Stephen Schoonover, age 29 of Sweet Home, was taken into custody and charged with reckless driving with a bail of $15,000. Matthew Short, age 30 of Albany, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering, driving while suspended, and additional crimes with a total bail amount of $345,000. 

 

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Submitted by, 

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant 

Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine
Patrol Saturation near Siletz (Photo) - 08/10/18

On August 8th, 2018 a saturation patrol was conducted in the area of the city of Siletz involving several deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Newport Police Department.  During the operation several traffic stops were conducted.  One of the traffic stops led to evidence of drug possession.  The Newport Police Department K-9, Nero, was utilized and provided a positive hit near the left headlight of the car leading to the discovery of an ounce of Methamphetamine hidden under the hood of the vehicle.  Phillip Mark Shoemaker, age 43 of Newport, was arrested without incident and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Unlawful Possession, Delivery within 1000 feet of a School, and Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, and Felon in Possession of a Weapon with a total bail of $500,000.00.

Also during this saturation Lincoln Tylar Lewelling age 34, of Siletz, was contacted on Judd Rd. near Old River Rd. and found to have two valid warrants out of Benton County. He was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he lodged on a no bail warrant.

 

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Submitted by, 

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant

Attached Media Files: Methamphetamine
EM Buckley, Samantha - LCSO Asst EM
EM Buckley, Samantha - LCSO Asst EM
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Announces New Emergency Management Team Member (Photo) - 08/10/18

Lincoln County Health and Human Services (HHS) and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) have selected Samantha Buckley as their new County Assistant Emergency Manager. The assistant position is a grant funded position through the Oregon Health Authority for Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management for Emergency Management Performance Grants.

In January of 2014 Lincoln County Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office aligned both the public health and the County emergency management programs under the direction of Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager.  This collaboration allowed a streamlining of program functions and the full time hiring of the assistant position to assist with support of both programs.

Ms. Buckley moved from Coos County where she had served in the Public Health Department as their Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and is currently pursuing a master of public health with the University of Washington.

A strong focus of Samantha’s position will be to liaison with the public health community partners, develop advocacy relationships with those that serve the vulnerable populations and encourage the promotion of preparedness efforts and development of response plans.

Nicole Fields, Interim Public Health Director stated “It is very exciting to have Samantha join our Team Lincoln County; she brings with her the necessary tool box of public health preparedness skills, resources and a passion for helping communities with preparedness and resiliency planning.”

Lt. Adam Shanks, Administrative Lieutenant commented “We were very pleased with the interview panel’s recommendation to select Samantha as the Assistant Emergency Manager and feel her prior coastal community connection in Coos County will provide for a smooth transition to Lincoln County”.

Specific goals for EM Buckley’s position in the first year will be to organize a quarterly public health partner collaborator meeting, assist the local care facilities with the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) requirement’s and coordinate with Oregon Health Authority on their first state-wide medical counter measures point of dispensing exercise. Over the next few months Ms. Buckley will orient to the Lincoln County landscape, policies, and emergency response functions in support of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan. Public Health Partners will be contacted directly by EM Buckley this week to initiate an introduction and a point of contact for preparedness assistance.

Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager stated “having EM Buckley join our Emergency Management Team will be another asset to help our communities prepare, respond and recover from disasters; her enthusiastic outlook and eagerness to build relationships among the health partners will serve Lincoln County well as we move forward in strengthening our community resilience.”

Samantha Buckley

Assistant Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
uckley@co.lincoln.or.us">sbuckley@co.lincoln.or.us

(541) 265-4199 Office

 

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Respectfully submitted,

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

Tip of the Week-August 13, 2018-Outdoor Grilling - 08/09/18

There's nothing better on a summer day than cooking out on the grill! Since there are many different types of grills, we would like to share some safety tips for whatever you're planning to cook on whatever grill you will be using. These helpful tips come from the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org/education.

  • Propane and charcoal grills should ONLY be used outdoors. They should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and overhanging tree branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using your gas grill each year. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. If there is a leak, the gas will cause it to release bubbles.
  • If your grill has a gas leak, turn off the grill. If the leak does not stop, get it serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If you smell gas while you're cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do NOT move the grill.
  • If you use starter fluid with your charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid; always keep it out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the charcoals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Most importantly: NEVER leave your grill unattended.

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

Attached Media Files: 081318-Outdoor_Grilling.pdf
Traffic Safety Enforcement Blitz set for late August and early September - 08/09/18

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be joining other police agencies throughout Oregon to enforce traffic occupant protection and other traffic related laws during the safety belt enforcement blitz scheduled August 20th through September 2nd.  The enforcement blitz is funded through the Oregon Department of Transportation.   Overtime patrols are scheduled through the blitz period with enforcement focused on Child Safety Seats use, Texting and Driving, and Speeding.

Additional related information including child safety seat check-up clinics, can be located at the ODOT web page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Pages/Belts-Seats.aspx

Your sheriff’s office reminds you to buckle up- it’s the way to go!

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Respectfully submitted by:

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

mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us

 

Tip of the Week-August 6, 2018-Identity Theft - 08/02/18

Identity theft continues to be a growing problem costing us billions of dollars every year in personal losses, investigations, and increased financial institution fees.

Criminals can obtain personal information from doctors, lawyers, schools, health insurance carriers, the Post Office and even your own home. "Dumpster divers" pick up information you may have thrown away, such as utility bills, credit card slips, magazines, credit card solicitations, and other documents. Thieves will even take mail out of your mailbox before you have a chance to pick it up.

Do not throw anything away that contains your name and address. You should shred all documents, including pre-approved credit applications received in your name, insurance forms, bank checks and statements you are discarding, and other financial information. Magazine and newspaper labels with your name and address should be shredded as well. A micro-cut shredder is best, but for those with strip shredders, adding water to the strips of paper in a plastic bag and mixing it up will damage the paper and prevent anyone from taping the strips together.

Pick up your mail as soon as possible from your mailbox. If you are going to be out of town, have the post office hold your mail until you return.

Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. If a business requests your social security number, give them an alternate number and explain why. If a government agency requests your social security number, there should be a privacy notice accompanying the request.

Make a list of all your credit card and bank account numbers with customer service phone numbers and keep it in a secure place.

When you order new credit cards in the mail or previous ones have expired, watch the calendar to make sure you get the card within the appropriate time. If you have not received the card within that time, call the credit card grantor immediately to find out if the card has been sent. If you do not receive the card, check to make sure a change of address was not filed.

Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if bills do not arrive on time. A missing credit card bill could mean an identity thief has taken over your credit card account and changed your billing address.

Reconcile all of your bank accounts and regularly check your accounts online to confirm account activity. You are able to obtain a free credit check from each of the three credit bureau service each year: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.  An easy way to accomplish this is to go online to www.annualcreditreport.com.

Please guard your identity. It could take years to recover from just one incident of identity theft.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a FREE “Shred Day” on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot, 225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon.  You can bring your personal documents for shredding free of charge on this date. 

For more tips and other information, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us of Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 080618-Identity_Theft.pdf
Industrial Accident in Depoe Bay With Injury - 08/01/18

On July 31st, 2018 at about 1642 hours the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man trapped under a forklift in the water off of Shell Avenue in Depoe Bay.  Deputies responded along with the Depoe Bay Fire Department, US Coast Guard, Pacific West Ambulance and Life Flight.

Deputies determined that an employee of a seafood company in Depoe Bay was operating a forklift on a pier near Depoe Bay Harbor.  The employee, a 47 year old man from Toledo, had backed through the protective wood barrier on the pier over Depoe Bay Harbor.  The operator and forklift fell down the embankment into the water trapping the operator under the forklift.  The operator was pinned above the water level with the forklift resting on his abdomen.  Depoe Bay Fire used airbags to lift the fork lift off the operator.  The man was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis via Life flight where he is expected to recover from a head wound.

The cause of the accident was not determined. The Occupant State Health Administration(OSHA) was notified for further investigation.

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Respectfully Submitted by:

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

mmeister@co.lincoln.or.us

Lincoln County -- East Fall Creek Road Fire Information - 07/30/18

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has been notified by Oregon Department of Forestry of a fire that originated on private property on East Fall Creek Road off of Hwy 34. The fire is currently 12-14 acres and does not currently pose a threat to any structures. Residents in the area may see visible smoke and an increase of emergency vehicles accessing East Fall Creek Road.

Oregon Department of Forestry is the primary response jurisdiction and has air assets as well as ground response crews already on scene with additional resources in route.

Additional information will be provided via Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or Oregon Department of Forestry when available.

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Respectfully submitted,

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

Tip of the Week-July 30, 2018-National Night Out - 07/26/18

What is National Night Out? It is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This helps make our neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

This will be the 35th year that millions of neighbors across thousands of communities in the United States, Canada, and military bases worldwide come together on the first Tuesday of August to celebrate taking a stand against crime by hosting community events. Neighborhoods hold block parties, cookouts, children's events, demonstrations, and much more. This year, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is hosting a National Night Out with the Siletz community.

We want you to join us in Siletz on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, between the hours of 6-9pm at the corner of Gaither Street and Logsden Road. Numerous activities will be taking place. If you get hungry, a food cart will be available to buy food. This will be a great night of fun and friendship-building. We hope you will join us in standing united against crime in support of safer neighborhoods.

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

Attached Media Files: 073018-National_Night_Out.pdf
Tip of the Week-July 23, 2018-Fire Safety - 07/19/18

We know that fires frequently occur, but no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire.  However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. Use the following tips to help keep you and your family safe especially during the hot, dry season.

Protect your home from wildfire

  • Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
  • Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
  • Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters and foundation screen vents free from debris.
  • Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
  • Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.

Campfires

  • Call before you go – Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
  • Select the right spot – Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees. Be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • NEVER use gasoline.
  • Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
  • When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.

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

Attached Media Files: 072318-Fire_Safety.pdf