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Brown's car
Brown's car
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies assist in high speed pursuit (Photo) - 06/26/19

On June 26th at approximately 2:25 AM Lincoln County Deputies were notified Philomath Police Department and Benton County Sheriff's Office were in a pursuit of a vehicle failing to yield west bound on Hwy 20 at speeds reported near 100 MPH. 

Lincoln County Deputies monitored rapidly changing updates as the pursuit continued west on Hwy 20. Officers from Newport Police Department and Toledo Police Department began a response setting up possible spike strip locations along the suspected route. 

The suspect turned onto Elk City Road off of Hwy 20 near mile post 15. The suspect continued west until Sunnyridge Rd in Toledo. The suspect then took a series of turns onto gravel logging roads which lead the pursuit onto North Beaver Creek Road in the Seal Rock area. 

At approximately mile post 2 on North Beaver Creek Rd., Deputy Derick Smith successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle. Subsequent spike strips were deployed by Deputy Siscilee Gouge and Sergeant Karl Vertner near mile post 1 when the suspect continued to elude. 

After the third deployment the suspect continued to elude on three flat tires to the intersection of North Beaver Creek and Hwy 101 where the driver turned north and then east onto Estate Drive in a quiet subdivision know as Makai. The suspect turned down a dead end street and ultimately stopped the vehicle. The suspect, Eddy Lee Brown age 49 of Newport, was taken into custody without further incident. 

The elude covered approximately 60 miles of road over 1 hour. 

Mr. Brown was initially lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges related to the pursuit. Additional charges were added as Mr. Brown was under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for a crime spree he conducted during the winter months of 2019. 

Mr. Brown's charges include Theft, Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude Police. His bail is $650,000.00. Additional charges are expected out of Benton County where the pursuit originated. 





Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant 

541 265 0681


Attached Media Files: Brown's car , Booking photo
Lincoln County Emergency Management Annual Test Notification - 06/24/19

Today, June 24th, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an annual test of our local emergency notification systems. This message is specifically to test our Flash Alert program utilized to forward daily media releases and urgent information about a response to an event that may require directions specifically to the general public for their safety.

No action is required for this Flash Alert Media message test. However, if local Media Partners would like to participate, we encourage you to broadcast and/or display this attached image on your digital sites.

We have also asked the general public to participate in our annual test survey to provide feedback to our processes and how they may have received the test messages.

Thank you for your assistance.

Lincoln Alerts:  

Annual Test Survey:


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


  • Participation file
  • Annual Test Announcement

Tip of the Week for June 24 - Outdoor Grilling Safety (Photo) - 06/20/19



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


  • 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 and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Toledo Fatal Crash
Toledo Fatal Crash
Man dies in traffic crash near Toledo, driver charged with numerous crimes (Photo) - 06/15/19

On June 15, 2019 at about 0251 hours Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, the Toledo Fire Department, and Pacific West Ambulance responded to a report of an injury traffic crash at about MP 1.5 on 1000 Line Road, Toledo.  1000 Line Road is a gravel mountainous roadway leading from the Toledo area into the forested coastal range.  Initial responders located the caller who was also a passenger from the vehicle, Brendon Thomas age 22 of Toledo, on the roadway.  They located the vehicle, a white Ford F350 Bearing OR plate 241 JQR, resting on it’s roof approximately 300 feet down a steep hillside.  Deputies were able to climb through debris and down the hillside to the vehicle where they located, Nikolas Yost, age 25 of Toledo, partially ejected from the vehicle and deceased.

Deputies checked the area for the subject reported to be the driver and located him in the brush along the roadway a short distance from where the vehicle left the roadway. He was challenged by deputies and Lincoln County K-9 and was immediately detained without incident.  Robert Bauman, age 30 of Toledo, exhibited signs of impairment and was taken into custody. 

Both Bauman and Thomas were transported to Newport Pacific Communities Hospital where they received treatment for injuries.  Thomas suffered serious injury, but was later released and Bauman was medically cleared and then transported to the Lincoln County Jail.

The Major Crash Team (MACT) was activated and MACT members from the Lincoln County DA’s Office, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, and additional members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drone Unit.  Initial investigation determined the vehicle was being operated unsafely by Bauman eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle tumbled down the hillside.  It was also determined that neither Yost nor Thomas were willing passengers.

The Rope High Angle Rescue Team responded to assist with the recovery and multiple tow vehicles were required to recover the vehicle due to the terrain. 

Bauman was charged with two counts of Kidnapping in the Second Degree, DUII, Reckless Driving, two counts of Reckless Endangering, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of Injured Persons, Felony Assault in the Third Degree, and Manslaughter in the First Degree with a total bail amount of $560,000.00.

MACT will be utilizing Lincoln County collision Reconstructionists to continuing the investigation.


Repsectfully 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


Attached Media Files: Toledo Fatal Crash
Lincoln Alerts County Wide Test & New Lincoln Alerts User Guides Announced - 06/13/19

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division has scheduled an annual county-wide test of their emergency notification systems for June 24, 2019 between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm and has recently released new Lincoln Alerts sign-up user guides.

County Emergency Management will test all components of the Lincoln Alerts emergency notification system in preparation for the seasonal wildfire conditions.  A specific focus of the systems test will be on the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge) and the functionality of receiving information back from those who received the message.

Community members can participate in the county-wide test in the following ways:

  • Pre – test date:
    • Opt-in and create a Lincoln Alerts profile for each member of your household if you have not already done so.
    • Update your current opt-in profiles to make sure your contact information and addresses are up to date.
    • Download the mobile app and log-in (must have a Lincoln Alerts account first).
  • During the test:
    • Confirm the Lincoln Alerts test message on any of the devices in your profile or your residential or business landline phones.
    • Confirm the mobile app message and send back a photo through the mobile app to County Emergency Management confirming the ability to communicate to public safety officials during emergency events.
    • Monitor local media partner sites (radio, digital) during the test timeframe to confirm you received a notification through an alternative source.
  • Post test:
    • Complete the County Emergency Management on-line participant survey to provide feedback on the test.

County Emergency Management has several redundancies in place to push out emergency notification messages to those who may be in harm’s way due to emerging or imminent disaster situations. The county wide test allows County Emergency Management to test all features together just as it would be in a real disaster response situation. Those features include:

  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) – message over local public radio systems
  • Media release to local media partners
  • Lincoln Alerts to opt-in profiles
  • Lincoln Alerts to residential and business landline numbers
  • Lincoln Alerts message specifically for mobile app users
  • Lincoln Alerts message to community information Keyword subscribers
  • Posting of emergency notification banner on county website (test message)

County Emergency Manager, Jenny Demaris, remarked

“Having the ability to test all of our emergency notification features and receive feedback from those we communicate to is incredibly important to County Emergency Management. It provides us a way to evaluate our systems, improve upon our processes and ensure we are ready when our communities need us.”

As part of the test, County Emergency Management is sponsoring a contest for users of the Everbridge mobile app. App users who respond with a photo from one of the categories below will be entered to win a NOAA Weather Alert Radio sponsored by the National Weather Service. Six individuals will be randomly selected as winners.  Winning photos will be shared on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Facebook page (@lcemergencymanagement).

  • Mobile Phone App Photo Categories
    • Disaster Go Bags
    • Disaster home/work caches
    • Your NOAA Radio
    • Any tsunami evacuation signage, maps, etc.
    • Pets
    • Family
    • Co-workers
    • Summer activity


Lincoln Alerts New User Guides Released

Lincoln County Emergency Management recently updated their Lincoln Alerts sign-up website page to include 3 easy to follow user guides. The guides are intended to outline the steps needed to sign-up for Lincoln Alerts, download the mobile app and sign-up for the community keyword text messages. The user guides can be found at the Lincoln Alerts page at



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 June 17- Move Over. It's the Law. (Photo) - 06/13/19



Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency workers put their lives on the line to save ours. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky business. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

In the last 10 years, more than 700 officers have been killed in traffic incidents. In many of those cases, the officers were pulled over on the side of the road when inattentive drivers crashed into them at high speeds. That’s why there’s a strict law in Oregon designed to protect the people we depend on to protect us.

The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:


  • MOVE OVER into another available lane.
  • If you can’t safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the posted or designated speed of the roadway.
  • In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.

The Move Over Law is in place to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow operators and those who routinely provide assistance to motorists along the highways. This group of dedicated professionals face a deadly threat on a daily basis: speeding and inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down.

If you are approaching the scene of a crash, carefully watch for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions. 

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

Annual Field Day - Amateur Radio - June 22-23, Toledo Waterfront Park - 06/12/19

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. 

Members of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23, 2019 at the Port of Toledo Waterfront Park next to the Toledo Post Office.  The Club Members will be on site from 11:00 am Saturday to 11:00 am Sunday; this event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio - sometimes called ham radio- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet.   Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. 

Why Field Day is a showcase for how Amateur Radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage,” says David Isgur, N1RSN, communications manager for ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio®, (, which represents Amateur (or “ham”) Radio operators across the country.

“In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down,” Isgur adds.

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as the Lincoln County Amateur Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lincoln County.


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office also sponsors the Auxiliary Communications Service Volunteer Group, 70+ Amateur Radio Operators specifically supporting local government emergency response, information brochure attached.

For more information:



Respectfully submitted,

Virginia “Jenny” Demaris

Emergency Manager

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management

225 W Olive Street, Suite 103

Newport, Oregon 97365">

(541) 265-4199 Office

Tip of the Week for June 10 - Summer Crime Prevention (Photo) - 06/06/19



Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and, unfortunately, an increase in burglaries.  You can exercise renewed diligence to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these crimes.

Keep vehicles locked with the windows up at all times when parked at your home.  Remove all valuables including purses, cell phones, MP3 players, GPS systems, laptop computers, DVD players, gym bags, briefcases etc.

Avoid Home Improvement scamsBeware of anyone offering to perform an unscheduled home repair or asking to gain entry into your home.  Ask for identification, contact the company they say they work for to verify employment and ask for authorization for them to be at your property. Never agree to pay for home improvement services until the work has been completed.  Don’t sign home improvement contracts without reading the entire contract carefully and discussing anything that doesn’t seem clear with the company and trusted family members.

Keep doors closed and locked.  This includes garages, sheds and patio doors.  Burglaries from open garages, sheds and residences are more prevalent in summer months and often occur while the homeowner is outside in the backyard.

Unattended bicycles should always be locked to something sturdy.  Remember when you stop to rest, eat or use restroom facilities, an unlocked and unattended bike is an invitation to theft.

Vacation plans?  Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail and newspapers.  Set inside lights on a timer.  Set your home alarm. Use a home security camera so you can check in while you are away. Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house and make sure to leave a contact phone number for them to reach you in case of an emergency.


Take some simple steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime.


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


Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Fatal Traffic Crash Logsden Road Siletz, OR (Photo) - 06/06/19

On June 5, 2019 at 5:48 PM the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was notified of a single vehicle traffic crash near mile post 3 on Logsden Road in Siletz. The preliminary investigation revealed three juvenile occupants (driver and two passengers) were west bound on Logsden road when the driver lost control of the pickup truck while negotiating a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and one male juvenile was ejected from the truck. Lifesaving efforts were attempted by first responders and EMS however the juvenile was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased juvenile was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

The driver and passenger (who reported they were wearing their seatbelts) were taken to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital for minor injuries related to the crash. 

Logsden Road was closed intermittently for approximately 5 hours during this time. The crash remains under investigation. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Siletz Fire Department, Newport Police Department and Toledo Police Department. 

(This release has been updated to reflect correct month)



Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant 



Attached Media Files: Crash Photo
Announcement - Wildfire Readiness Outreach Events
Announcement - Wildfire Readiness Outreach Events
Wildfire Readiness Outreach Events Announced - Lincoln County (Photo) - 06/05/19

**Please see attached for full media release with statements from local leadership and listing of event dates, times and locations and a an events announcement for sharing digitally.**

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Health are partnering together to prepare our community members, business owners and visitors on our local wildfire threat conditions, public safety evacuation response procedures and efforts individuals can take to be ready for wildfire season.

The presentations will incorporate specific topics to assist in the planning, mitigation, response and recovery from wildfire events for both our rural and city neighborhood areas.

  • Wildfire history and seasonal fire conditions
  • How to prepare your home, property, & family
  • Evacuation Levels (Get Ready, Be Set, Go Now)
  • What to expect if you receive an evacuation order
  • Assistance after you evacuate
  • How to minimize health effects of smoky conditions


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 June 3 - Natural Gas Safety (Photo) - 05/30/19


Natural gas powers a wide array of home and industrial appliances.  In urban areas, natural gas is piped directly into your home in much the same way water and electricity are.  As with any plumbing system, leaks can sometimes happen. 


Because natural gas can displace the air in a confined space, it can cause headaches, nausea, or even lead to suffocation.  Natural gas is odorless, colorless, and extremely flammable.  It is due to these hazards that gas companies add a chemical called mercaptan (methanethiol) to make natural gas smell like rotten eggs.  If you hear or smell a natural gas leak, there are some steps you should take:

  • Do not use your cell phone, telephone, or other electronic devices.
  • Do not light matches, smoke cigarettes, or generate any sparks.
  • Do not operate any electrical switches (even turning lights off could create a spark inside the switch).
  • Evacuate everyone from the area.
  • Call 911 from a phone away from the leak.
  • Contact your natural gas provider.

If you smell natural gas, it’s always safest to leave the area immediately and call the gas company.  However, after a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, it could be several days before they are able to reach your home. DO NOT turn off your natural gas service unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping, or see other signs of a leak. ONLY turn off your gas if it is safe to do so.

Always have an emergency plan in place and ensure the members of your household are aware of it.  For additional safety information, contact your service provider or visit their website.


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