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Tip of The Week for August 17, 2020 - Traffic Congestion Safety (Photo) - 08/13/20



Date:            August 13, 2020                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



                                                             TRAFFIC CONGESTION SAFETY

Traffic congestion is a part of life on the Oregon Coast this time of year. With an increase in visitors on our roads comes a corresponding increase in traffic incidents to generate more congestion. There are a few measures citizens can take to assist emergency responders and help keep delays minimal.

If you find yourself in a congested area, consider the following:

  • When stopped in traffic, make sure your vehicle isn’t blocking any intersecting roads or driveways.
  • If you decide to turn your vehicle off, make sure you will be able to get it started again. If the delay occurs at night, your headlights could run your vehicle’s battery down.
  • Make sure your headlights are on and leave your foot on the brake, even in the daytime. Drivers behind you may not realize that traffic is stopped ahead. The more visible you are the better.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Even though traffic is stopped, exiting your vehicle on the roadway is hazardous; traffic may begin moving suddenly or emergency responders could be approaching the scene.
  • Stay focused when passing the cause of the congestion. Additional incidents sometimes happen due to drivers paying too much attention to crashes and paying too little attention to the road.
  • Use extreme caution when turning around or changing lanes. You could end up blocking traffic yourself. Emergency personnel may use the oncoming lane to get to the scene.
  • Find a place to wait it out. If you’re in Lincoln County, there is a good chance a park, natural area, or business is nearby. It may not be a planned excursion, but it’s probably better than waiting in your car.
  • Be courteous! Being stuck in traffic is frustrating for everyone involved.


The best way to deal with traffic congestion is to not be a part of it. Adjust your travels to times when congestion is unlikely or plan alternate routes. When congestion is forecasted, take care of household and other errands well beforehand.


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

Otis man arrested for Menacing, Strangulation and Harassment. - 08/07/20

On August 5, 2020, at approximately 6:10pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 5900 block of Salmon River Highway, Otis, Oregon for a disturbance possibly involving a firearm. The complainant reported hearing a gunshot from across the creek followed by a female yelling, “No… No.. No.” Responding deputies determined the disturbance actually occurred at a residence on N. Holiday Lane in Otis.

Deputy McCave contacted the 83 year old victim who reported he had been in a physical altercation with his 27 year old grandson, Quentin Kayleb Zeller-Nelson, of Otis. The victim reported Mr. Zeller-Nelson had come to his residence and demanded money and keys to his car. The victim refused to give his keys to Mr. Zeller-Nelson which resulted in the physical altercation between the two men. At one point during the incident, Mr. Zeller-Nelson reportedly got on top of the victim and began strangling him by grabbing his neck. The victim’s wife was able to pull Mr. Zeller-Nelson off.

The victim reportedly got up but was taken to the ground again by Mr. Zeller-Nelson. The victim, with the assistance of his wife, was able to get Mr. Zeller-Nelson off him a second time. Mr. Zeller-Nelson began approaching the victim a third time. While still on the ground, the victim drew a small pistol and discharged it in the direction of Mr. Zeller-Nelson. After the victim fired his pistol, Mr. Zeller-Nelson retreated and went inside the residence. It was determined Mr. Zeller-Nelson was not struck by the gunshot. 

Following the investigation, Mr. Zeller-Nelson was taken into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the charges of Harassment, Menacing and Strangulation with a total bail set at $40,000.00.

Tip of The Week for August 10, 2020 - Outdoor Grilling (Photo) - 08/06/20



Date:          August 6, 2020                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                                                    OUTDOOR GRILLING SAFETY


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.


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News Release - 08/05/20

The Lincoln County Jail recently purchased and began testing tablet devices to be used by the adults in custody (AIC). The tablets sold by TurnKey Corrections in partnership with EDOVO learning provide the AIC's an opportunity to learn and expand their skills while in custody. The tablets contain many educational modules, examples include but are not limited to, GED studies, vocational training, stress, and anger management, as well as cognitive and behavioral therapy. Through the completion of these modules the AIC's are rewarded with points which can then be used to watch a movie, tv show or play a video game. Points cannot be purchased by the AIC's, they may only be earned by engagement in the different modules. These tablets are provided to the AIC's at no cost, the usage fee is paid for out of the jail commissary revenue fund ensuring that all AIC's have access to this tool to better themselves while not only in custody but once they are released back into our community.


Prepared by:

Grant Jones



Tip of The Week for July 30, 2020 - Pet Licensing (Photo) - 07/30/20


Date:            July 30, 2020                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



                                                      A PET’S LICENSE IS THEIR TICKET HOME

Buying a license for your dog isn’t just about the law--it can save your dog’s life.  Anyone who has experienced the panic and sorrow of having a lost dog knows how important it is to license your pet.  Our dogs are our friends and companions, and they look to us for nearly everything: food, shelter, water and love.  They also need us to bring them home after they have wandered.

One of the best and most basic things we can do for our dogs is to license them.  Our goal is to be able to reunite all lost dogs with their families, and you can help us reach that goal with increased dog licensing.  When Good Samaritans or Animal Services Deputies find stray dogs that are licensed, they can call the Lincoln County Animal Shelter for your information, and your pet may never even have to come to the shelter.

While happy reunions are the most important consideration, failure to obtain a dog license can result in a $260 fine.  All dogs in the county are required to be licensed within thirty days of residence, whether or not you live in the city and whether or not your dog leaves your property.  While cat licenses are not required, they help the animal shelter reunite families with their feline friends, too.

You may easily purchase or renew a license by mail, at the Animal Shelter, or at many local veterinarians’ offices.  Applications and additional information are available online at

Please keep your pets safe with a license, ID tag, and microchip, and remember to search for your lost pet at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport and by calling 541-265-6610.


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Death Investigation/Drowning at local Golf Course, Waldport, Or (Photo) - 07/28/20

On July 26th at about 2:35 PM, deputies responded to the report of a drowning at the Crestview Golf Club located at 1680 S Crestline Drive in the City of Waldport, Oregon. The initial report advised that the drowning occurred in a water reservoir on the West side of the course near hole #4.

Upon arrival deputies contacted members of Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue who advised the victim, later identified as Kazunori Bessho, was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.

A group of golfers on the 3rd hole of the course advised that Kazunori Bessho was last observed standing near the waters edge in the area of the green on the 4th hole. As the group moved up to the 4th hole, they observed a golf cart near the green however Kazunori Bessho was not in sight. When the group moved up to check on Kazunori Bessho they discovered him floating face down in the reservoir.

Kazunori Bessho was reported to be golfing by himself at the time of the incident, the cause of his death remains under investigation.


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Tip of The Week for July 27, 2020- Conflict Resolution (Photo) - 07/23/20



Date:           July 23, 2020                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers



                                                                   CONFLICT RESOLUTION


Are people fighting more these days or does it just seem that way?  Whatever the case may be, I think we can all agree that times have gotten much more stressful given the current circumstances. Learning to resolve conflicts can help people, young and old, to break down barriers, become leaders, and even prevent deadly confrontations.

Conflict can be negative; in its ultimate form it can lead to much bigger problems – but it can also be positive, depending on how it is resolved.  For example, it can help get feelings out in the open, help people learn from disagreements, resolve problems, gain someone’s respect or enable people to learn that others are willing to stand up for themselves and what they believe in.

In fact, conflict is a natural human process that does not have to lead to violence; conflict resolution and anger management techniques can provide opportunities for people to grow and improve their relationships and the quality of life of those around them despite the inevitable disagreements that arise.


  • Note that anger is a normal feeling.
  • How we handle our anger and how we deal with other people who are angry can make the difference between managing conflict effectively and having conflict end in violence.
  • Be aware of triggers, which are any verbal or nonverbal behaviors that result in anger or other negative emotional reactions that can get in the way of resolving conflicts.
  • Triggers are like lightning bolts.  When they strike, they can interfere with communication.
  • To avoid pulling others’ triggers, pay particular attention to your own behavior, even your body language.
  • Note that people already use the strategies to control their anger (for example, walking away from a dangerous situation), and that all they need to do is build on that foundation.
  • Point out that, even though we sometimes think of ourselves as being out of control, we often choose to “blow up” in some instances and stay calm in others.  For example, there is a difference between how we handle anger with our friends and anger with a relative.  To resolve conflict, you must stay calm to communicate.
  • The less “hot” the anger, the more you can control it.
  • Even though your anger may be legitimate, it usually does not help to show your anger to the other person.  Sometimes the other person will take you more seriously if you remain calm and courteous.
  • Remember that your goal is to be able to get angry without becoming abusive or violent and to communicate your wants and needs without threatening others.


Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is committed to reducing incidents of crime and promoting a safe environment for our citizens and visitors to improve their quality of life.

For ongoing issues you can always call the Dispute Resolution line at 541-574-9846


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Tip of The Week for July 20, 2020 - Boating Safety (Photo) - 07/16/20



Date:           July 16, 2020                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                                    BOATING SAFETY-OUR BUSINESS AND YOURS

Summer is here and in the coming weeks more people will be pulling out their boats from winter storage in preparation for launch in the waters of this state.  Below are suggestions which can contribute to your safety and add to your boating pleasure.

  • Know the legal requirements for your size vessel. Safety equipment must be accessible and in working condition.
  • Wear your life jackets!!  85% of the boating fatalities could be avoided by wearing a personal flotation device.  Stow them in a readily accessible place. It won’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
  • Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal flotation device.  Each device should be of suitable size for the intended wearer and fit securely. 90% of those who die in boating accidents drown.
  • Be prepared and carry extra equipment such as a bailer (bucket), anchor, first aid kit, visual distress signal, tool kit, flashlight with extra batteries, and a cell phone.
  • Don’t over load your boat.  Follow the recommendations on the capacity plate of your boat.
  • Capsizing, sinking, and falling overboard account for 70% of boating fatalities.
  • If your boat should capsize, your best chance for survival and rescue is to stay with the boat.  Pull as much of your body out of the water as possible to preserve body warmth.
  • Hypothermia can be a killer; keep your body as dry and warm as possible.
  • It is illegal to operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.  Use the designated driver concept; a sober skipper is a must.
  • Stressors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold water, vibration, noise, and alcohol all affect your ability to react.
  • Don’t run out of fuel.  Practice the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for trip, 1/3 for return, and 1/3 for spare.
  • Fuel vapors are heavier then air and collect in the bilge.  Never fill gasoline cans in the boat.
  • When anchoring, use a line that is several times longer than the depth of the water and never anchor by the stern.
  • File a float plan.  Let someone know where you’re boating and when you’ll be back.
  • You’re responsible for damage or injury caused by your wake.  Exercise caution around other boaters and docks.
  • As of January 2009, all persons operating a motor boat greater than 10 horsepower are required to carry a Boater Education Card.  The card shows that the operator has passed an approved boater education course or equivalency exam.

For further information on Boating in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site:

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