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Tip of the Week for December 16 - Holiday Travel (Photo) - 12/12/19

Holiday Travel Tips

Wherever you're heading, if you're traveling during the holiday season, remember that everyone else in the world is also. Don't let terrible drivers, security scanners and long lines at the airport get you down. Here are some tips to help you survive the holiday travel.

Plan ahead.

Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Pack snacks and drinks so you and your family will be fueled for the road trip. Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will help keep the kids excited about the trip.  If you’re flying, definitely get some food before you board the plane.  Leave extra time before flights to get through security and plan your flights to allow extra time between connections.

Follow these flying tips.

When flying, make sure you check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time for carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags.  Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You won’t have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt and you won’t have to worry about your things getting lost. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications, important documents and maybe even a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage does lost.

Pack earplugs. 

One of the best ways to mentally escape your stressful surroundings is to turn down the volume. The easiest way to do that is with earplugs. If there is a crying baby near you on the plane, put in the earplugs. If the music in the car is driving you crazy, put in the earplugs.

Ship gifts or give gift cards.

TSA suggests shipping wrapped gifts or waiting until you reach your destination to wrap them because they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. Ship gifts ahead of time or buy the gift that can’t go wrong: gift cards to a favorite store.

Travel on off-peak days.

 Travel early or late in the day. 

Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. And if your flight is canceled, you will have the option of taking a flight later in the day. Also, there will be fewer lines at security. Best time to hit the road? When everyone else is asleep -- early morning or late night. You can always take a nap when you arrive at your destination or on the ride there if you aren’t the driver.


The overly friendly person on the plane, canceled flights, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway, can be stressful.  But remember to relax and BREATHE.  These will make great  stories to share when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much a tradition as pumpkin pie and re-gifting.

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

Lincoln County Animal Shelter Resumes Operations (Photo) - 12/10/19

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter resumed operations in a new temporary facility at 510 NE Harney Street, Newport, Oregon.  The new facility consists of a modular building with space for animals, public and offices; additionally, new kennels have been delivered onsite to house our dog population.

All essential programs and services including adoptions, reunification of lost and found pets, licensing, protective custody care, food bank distribution, and emergency boarding will continue at the new facility.

Now that a new temporary location is in operation, we are concentrating our efforts on identifying a new location and facility.  Our goal is to find a location to design an Animal Shelter that will provide our citizens with services for decades to come.  A workgroup consisting of Commissioner Kaety Jacobson, Sheriff Curtis Landers, Animal Services Director Laura Braxling, FOLCAS (Friends of Lincoln County Animals) member Erica Fruh and County Counsel Wayne Belmont meet frequently to work on details of a new facility.  We are excited to plan a facility that will take us into the future. 

We want to thank all our employees and volunteers who have contributed time and effort to help the Animal Shelter.  The commitment and dedication from our Facilities crew, Information Technology (IT) and others helped us transition into the new temporary facility as quickly as possible.  We also want to thank the Newport Farmers Market for working with us and postponing their date for their indoor winter market at the Fairgrounds.  This truly was a joint effort that came together and developed a working solution.

The Animal Shelter hours are noon to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.  More information may be found at and on Facebook at

Tip of the Week for December 9 - Holiday Shopping Safety (Photo) - 12/05/19


Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office offers the following shopping safety tips as the holiday season is fast approaching.  We have also included some tips for those who shop online: 

  • Be alert and aware.  Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
  • Don’t carry more cash or valuables than is necessary.  Be discreet so that you don’t attract attention.
  • Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse.  Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
  • Allow for darkness.  It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.
  • Instruct children on holiday safety measures.  Know where your children are at all times.  Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.
  • Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
  • Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.).  Place them in the trunk or take them with you.  This includes portable GPS units.
  • Never hide spare keys in or on your car.  These hiding places are easily discovered.  If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
  • Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances.  Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
  • Trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
  • When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready.
  • Do not drive across parking stalls.  Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
  • Drive defensively and courteously.
  • Report all suspicious activity.
  • And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience.

If you shop online, here are some ways to avoid becoming a victim of Porch Pirates – those who steal unattended packages from peoples property. They are heavily active this time of year.

  • Schedule deliveries to arrive when you will be at home or have them delivered to your office.
  • Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your packages if you won’t be home.
  • Install a security camera on your property.
  • Have packages delivered to a shipping store or an Amazon locker. If you hold a post office box, use USPS for shipping and take advantage of their package lockers to receive your items. Some post offices even allow boxholders to use it’s street address, with the customer’s box number as the “unit” number for deliveries from other carriers.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday !


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


Volunteer Recruitment Announcement - Emergency Management Division - 12/03/19

**Please see the volunteer position announcements at

The Emergency Management Division of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting three volunteer positions to assist local volunteer organizations with administrative support coordination.

Open Volunteer Support Liaison Positions:

  • Lincoln County Citizen Corp Coordinating Council (LC5)
    • Provides support to the CERT Chapters of Lincoln County - Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS)
    • Provides support to the amateur radio operators team (no radio experience needed)
  • Lincoln County Public Health Medical Reserve Corp (MRC)
    • Provides support to new volunteer group supporting community medical response (no medical experience needed)

The new volunteer positions require the same level of administrative support skills and experience and will be recognized as Volunteer Support Liaisons to their respective volunteer organizations.

The County Emergency Manager will coordinate the application, selection process and the supervision of the selected volunteers. Each position is expected to volunteer approximately 4-10 hours per month and would need to serve a term of at least one continual year with encouragement to renew annually.

The selected individuals should enjoy working in a group environment and must be comfortable with general clerical, administrative duties. The position announcements and application instructions are available on the County Emergency Management website at:

Application Process:


For More Information - Contact:
Virginia Demaris
Lincoln County Emergency Management
Courthouse, Room 103
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-4199 (work)

Involved Weapon
Involved Weapon
Report of Robbery leads to Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon arrest (Photo) - 12/02/19

On December 2, 2019 at about 10:53 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at the Rose Lodge Market in Otis, Oregon.  The initial reports indicated that a male suspect had attempted to steal several packs of batteries from the store.  When the clerk confronted the male regarding the batteries, the male menaced the clerk with what was described as a black handgun.  The male suspect then fled the area eastbound on Highway 18 in a vehicle.  A Sergeant from Grand Ronde Tribal Police spotted the vehicle traveling east on Highway 18 near Grand Ronde.  Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist, along with Troopers from the Oregon State Police.  The vehicle was located parked in front of a residence in Grand Ronde a short time later and the male suspect was detained. 

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Grand Ronde to continue the investigation.  The weapon was located and it was determined to be a black pellet gun that closely resembled a semi-automatic handgun. 

At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the male had removed the batteries from his pocket prior to leaving the store and hid them in another part of the store.

The male suspect was identified as 41 year old Jared R. May of Otis.  May was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. His bail is set at $65,000.




Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant 

541 265 0681


Attached Media Files: Involved Weapon
Tip of the Week for December 2 - Driving in the Rain (Photo) - 11/28/19


Our dark and rainy season has arrived. For some people, driving in the rain, especially in the dark, is anxiety-producing. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an  average of more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement which  results in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.

But being behind the wheel and a rain-splattered windshield doesn’t have to be a nerve-racking experience. Brent Praeter, a supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and a member of the Driving School Association of the Americas, both in Kettering, Ohio, offers these tips for driving in a downpour:

1. Think. “Many people drive subconsciously out of habit,” says Praeter. “And when it rains, they often don’t adjust their thinking.” When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

2. Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. Note: Oregon does not require motorists to turn on headlights when wipers are used. Praeter says that well-working wipers and relatively new (not threadbare) tires are also must-haves when driving in rain.

3. Beware of hydroplaning. That’s what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself—the result is that your car begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy enough to hydroplane: All you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hour. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.

4. Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

5. Slow down. Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions, says Praeter, "and that means driving when you have little traffic and good visibility.”  That’s hardly the environment you’re driving in when it’s raining, so let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.


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

Tip of the Week for November 25 - Protecting Pets in Winter Weather (Photo) - 11/21/19


Winter is a time we should pay close attention to the safety of our pets.  Here are some safety tips to follow:

  1. With the change in weather, it’s a good time to monitor your pet’s food intake. Pets who live outdoors should be fed a bit more in the winter because they need the extra calories to stay warm. Indoor pets typically receive less exercise during cold weather and may require fewer calories.  
  2. Oregon law requires all companion animals be provided shelter from the elements. They also should have fresh water put out a couple of times a day or consider a special bowl that prevents the water from freezing. In severe weather, allow your pet in your house or garage.
  3. If your pet goes outdoors, be aware of the temperature.  Pets can get frostbite very easily on the ears, tail and paws.
  4. When walking your dog in freezing conditions, check the paws to make sure that ice is not building up between the toes and that salt or gravel from the roads is not irritating the skin.
  5. If your dog is a swimmer, keep them on a leash around open water or unstable ice.  Hypothermia can set in quickly and your dog may be unable to get out of the water.
  6. Before you start your car, ensure no kitties have decided to nap in a warm spot by honking the horn or banging on the hood.
  7. If you are decorating for the holidays, keep ornaments out of the reach of your pets.  Remember that poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and other plants can be toxic if ingested.
  8. Ingesting anti-freeze can be fatal for your dog or cat.  It has a sweet taste and even a tiny amount can cause severe kidney damage and even death. You can use a pet-safe antifreeze--look for brands containing propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol. If you spill anti-freeze, soak it up immediately.  (Clay kitty litter works well and discard the litter once the anti-freeze has been absorbed.)

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

Suicidal Subject in Yachats, OR Gets Medical Treatment from Deputy - 11/14/19

On November 13, 2019 at about 10:30 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported suicidal subject thought to be in the Yachat's area.   The suicidal subject had reached a friend in Maryland stating he had self-inflicted lacerations to his neck. Law enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland provided the description of the vehicle he was associated with and were making efforts to determine the subject’s cell phone location.  Deputy Akin quickly responded to Yachats and was able to locate the vehicle prior to the subject’s phone “ping” results. The vehicle was parked in the corner of Yachat's State Park and inside the vehicle he located the subject bleeding heavily from his neck and left arm.  He had lost a large amount of blood and was lethargic.  Deputy Akin, who maintains his paramedic certification in addition to his law enforcement certifications, immediately secured the nearby knife and administered first aid while requesting emergency ambulance response.  Deputy Akin was able to apply a tourniquet to the subject’s left arm.  Tourniquets, along with other life-saving tools and training, are provided to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies for medical emergencies.

Yachat's Fire and Rescue responded to the location and transported the subject to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport in critical condition.  Yachat’s Fire and Rescue submitted a written commendation citing Deputy Akin as acting swiftly and assisting by providing advanced medical aid in a very serious situation.   

The Oregon State Police arrived and assisted with the scene. 


Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Meister
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Phone 541-265-0684

225 We. Olive St. Newport, OR 97365

Tip of the Week for November 18 - Pedestrian Safety and Right-Of-Way Laws (Photo) - 11/14/19


With the end of Daylight Savings Time, many of us are leaving work after dusk.

As always, it’s important that we take an extra moment to consider pedestrians. 

Too often, in collisions with cars, pedestrians end up the losers.

Oregon crosswalk laws were written to provide a buffer of safety for pedestrians on the roadway.


What’s the law for drivers?

  • A crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked.  Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block) only if they are marked with white painted lines.  Under Oregon law (ORS 811.028) a driver has specific duties to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.
  • When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which the vehicle is turning and at least six feet of the next lane.  
  • At any other crosswalks-whether marked with paint or unmarked - drivers must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which the vehicle is traveling and the next lane.  Stop and remain stopped for students as directed by a crossing guard.  Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway. 
  • Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians may be issued a citation carrying a hefty fine.

What’s the law for pedestrians?

  • Oregon laws affect pedestrians too; even though vehicles are always required to use due care when operating around pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians are required to obey traffic signals and walk safely. 
  • Pedestrians are also required to yield to vehicles.  Pedestrians are prohibited from suddenly moving from a place of safety into the path of a vehicle so close as to constitute a hazard.  Pedestrians are also required to yield to a vehicle when crossing the roadway at any point other than a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians who fail to comply with laws governing pedestrian movement may be issued a citation carrying a fine.


Safety Tips:

  • Remember; under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.
  • Don’t pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.  A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing.  When stopped for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don’t block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
  • When stopping at an intersection, don’t block the crosswalk.  This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
  • Pedestrians move at different speeds.  Be alert to children who may suddenly dart into the street.  Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.


When motorists and pedestrians work as a team, everyone benefits!


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




Lincoln County Winter Weather Outlook And Updated Flooding Resources - 11/13/19

**Please see the attached media release for full information and links to referenced resources. 

Lincoln County and other counties around the state are transitioning from summer wildfire to our winter weather preparedness season. With this transition comes our annual partnership with local public works/road departments, Oregon Department of Transportation, utility service providers and the National Weather Service (NWS)-Portland office.

At the beginning of each winter season these agencies along with public safety response partners promote winter preparedness within their agencies and for local communities.

Winter Weather Outlook:

The National Weather Service provided a winter weather outlook briefing for public safety and local officials the morning of October 22nd.

This briefing was specifically coordinated for the Lincoln County communities and was followed by a tabletop exercise for the attendees. The exercise was modeled after the snow event that occurred primarily in Lane County, February 2019.  The winter weather outlook briefing is available for the public to review and can be found on the Lincoln County website – Emergency Management at:

Lincoln County Information Guide – Flooding (Updated Nov. 2019):

The flooding guide is specifically developed for Lincoln County Communities by the Emergency Management Division of the Sheriff’s Office and provides the A-Z of information needed for before, during and after a flooding event occurs. The guide is intended as a one-stop shop for educating yourself on insurance opportunities, flood plain mapping, how to access current river level information, and how to protect yourself and your property.

One of the most important aspects of protection is reviewing your insurance policies to ensure you are adequately covered; the National Flood Insurance Program recently underwent a website upgrade and provides very valuable information to help you decide if you should have a policy in place.

Flood insurance is not just for those property owners who live in the flood plain; it can protect many home and business owners from other events such as a tsunami or other water saturation events. Standard homeowners’ insurance may not cover these events. The following is a list of the sections in the flooding guide.

Lincoln County Self-Serve Public Sandbagging Station:

Sandbagging is one of the most versatile of flood fighting tools and is a simple, effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. Although sandbags do not guarantee a watertight seal, they are a proven deterrent to costly water damage. Sandbags have been used to:

  • Prevent overtopping of levees
  • Direct a river's current flow to specific areas
  • Redirect storm water runoff to storm drains or redirect overflowing storm runoff drains from personal property
  • Reduce seepage at closure structures

Location and Hours:  Mid-October through mid-April, 510 NE Harney St, Newport, access to sand is 24/7

Community members may pick up to 10 sandbags per person, per season. Those in need of more than 10 sandbags at a time are encouraged to reach out to local hardware stores and purchase them in advance.  Community members are reminded protection of private property is the property owners’ responsibility and begins prior to storm events.  If you have a water run off hazard or your home or structure is in flood path then you should assess your property in advance, educate yourself regarding sandbag quantities, sandbag placement techniques and the help you might need to accomplish the task. Properly placed, sandbags will redirect water and minor debris flow away from property improvements.  Waiting until the water is at your door step is too late; there won’t be enough time or resources to effectively mitigate the water or debris run off. 


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

News Release (Photo) - 11/13/19

During the week of November 4 - 8, 2019 members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department, and Benton County Behavioral Health participated in a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training coordinated by Lincoln County Health and Human Services and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.   

The week started with an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid segment which brought additional participants from the Newport Police Department and Lincoln City Police Department.

This CIT course is designed to:

  • Provide police officers more tools to do their job safely and effectively. Research shows that CIT is associated with improved officer attitude and knowledge about mental illness  
  • Keep law enforcement’s focus on crime. Some communities have found that CIT has reduced the time officers spend responding to a mental health call, this puts officers back into the community more quickly
  • Produce cost savings. It’s difficult to estimate exactly how much diversion programs can save communities. But incarceration is costly compared to community-based treatment

Additional courses throughout the week covered a variety of topics, Crisis Intervention and De-escalation; Listening Skills; Legal Considerations; Suicide Assessment and Self Care to name a few.  Representatives from the local and valley chapters of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) were present to provide information relating to NAMI as well as sharing their story from a personal and family perspective as it relates to first responders interactions with individuals experiencing a crisis. Members of Communities Helping Addicts Negotiate Change Effectively (C.H.A.N.C.E) were also present to share their lived experience when involved in crisis situations.

The final day of training involved a wrap up of the weeks skills and allowed students to participate in scenarios that are most commonly responded to by first responders. Volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Group as well as Emergency Management assisted with our scenarios.

The students were provided with resource guides which included state and local contact information as well as quick assessment guides and information related to commonly used medications, all of this with the intention of further enhancing the tools each attendee has available to them when responding to crisis situations or evaluating their own health and wellness.


Jamie Russell

Jail Commander


Attached Media Files: CIT_x_3.jpg , CIT_x_2.jpg , CIT.jpg