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Tip of The Week for July 26, 2021 - Fire Safety (Photo) - 07/22/21



Date:           July 22, 2021           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                  (541) 265-0654





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 (being mindful of possible drought conditions). 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.



  • Call before you go – Call your local forestry office or fire district to learn if there are 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 and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 072221_Fire_Safety.pdf , FIRE_SAFETY.PNG
Tip of The Week for July 19, 2021- Non-Motorized Boating - 07/15/21



Date:            July 15, 2021  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



                                                   NON-MOTORIZED BOATING

Recently, non-motorized boating has grown in popularity with the convenience and access to purchasing kayaks and standup paddle boards. Many Oregon residents and visitors take advantage of the many rivers and lakes across our beautiful state to cool off and enjoy the summer weather, and Lincoln County is no exception.

A few things to consider when pursuing these activities are the safety and requirements to protect yourself and loved ones from unforeseen dangers while spending time on the water.

• All boats navigating Oregon waterways are required to have a minimum of 1 life jacket per person that properly fits the individual it is intended for as well as a sound producing device.

• By Oregon law, stand up paddle boards (SUPs), as well as Kayaks qualify as boats. As such, users are required to wear (if 12 or younger) or carry life jackets when “beyond the limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area”. Users must also carry a sound signaling device (whistle).

• Waterway Access Permits are required for boats 10 feet and longer (formerly the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit) 

  • Permits can be purchased through ODFW's eLicensing system and one and two-year permits through the Oregon State Marine Board.

Purchasing options are: 

  • One week (valid for 7-consecutive days of your choice) for $7 available only through ODFW
  • One calendar year for $17 (expires on December 31 of the year purchased) and;
  • Two calendar years for $30 (expires on December 31 of the year after purchase). 
  • Failure to show the permit is a Class D violation carries a fine of $115 fine.

Boat measurement is based on the maximum length of the boat when measured along its longest axis.

Always check current weather conditions, the length of the float if you intend to navigate from one location to another and advise a friend or family member of your trip and the time you intend to return.

Rules and regulations can be found here:

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

Missing Person Found Deceased - 07/13/21

On July 1, 2021 deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a subject with dementia that had not been heard from since June 26, 2021. The missing person was Robert Donough out of Dundee, Oregon. The last contact with Robert was by his wife on the phone, and he was in Newport Oregon at the time.


Donough’s Cell phone was pinged on Hwy 20 just east of the west Junction of Toledo later that day. Donough’s vehicle, a red 2000 Ford Ranger pickup was the vehicle he was driving, so an attempt to locate for Donough and his vehicle was put out by the Newberg Dundee police.


Three units from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office along with a Weyerhaeuser employee, started searching the areas off Highway 20 heading to the south in search of the red Ford Ranger and its occupant Robert Donough. They searched that day and nothing was found regarding the vehicle, and there was no further cell phone information that could be obtained to help give a location. 


On July 3, Mountain bikers came across the red Ford Ranger vehicle owned by Donough in the woods near Deer Creek Road just south of Highway 20 Eddyville, OR. The mountain bikers also came across a couple of articles belonging to Robert Donough. The mountain bikers conducted an internet search regarding the name with the articles found and learned the articles belonged to a missing person. The mountain bikers called Newberg Dundee Police and reported the location of the vehicle.


Newberg Dundee Police notified Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office who activated Search and Rescue at 6:30 PM and they searched until 3:30 AM with no luck due to heavy vegetation and areas that were too dangerous to search in after dark. Several clues were found during that search, and it was confirmed with his family that those items did belong to Robert Donough.


Search resumed on July 4 at 10 AM and ran until 9 PM with no luck in locating Robert Donough, and no additional clues were located. Likely areas that it appeared that he may have taken gave no clues to his location.


On July 5 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue requested help from canine teams in Lane County, Benton County, Yamhill County and Polk County to assist in the search for Robert Donough. Eight dogs and their handler‘s along with support personnel and ground searchers arrived at the command post set up by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue on Harlan Road at mile post 13.5. Dog teams were strategically deployed into the area to help look for Mr. Donough however were unsuccessful in picking up on a track.


On July 10 Lincoln County Search and Rescue redeployed into the area with two dog teams and a handful of searchers to look at some of the areas that were needing extra attention from the previous search. After sending the dogs through the area and having them come up empty, they were released to return home with several searchers remaining in the field looking around at different roads and for any type of activity by wildlife.


At approximately 6:30 PM Lincoln County SAR Coordinator Bruce McGuire received a phone call from one of the search and rescue members stating that they had located what they believed to be Robert Donough on an abandoned logging Road just west of the initial search location. Search and Rescue members responded along with two Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel to the scene.


A deceased body was located on a logging road in the tall grass. It was confirmed by photo identification as Robert Donough. There were no signs of criminal activity. All indications show Mr. Donough died of natural causes.


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue would like to thank searchers and dog teams from Lane County, Benton County, Yamhill County, and Polk County Search and Rescue for their efforts in helping to locate Robert Donough.




Save the Date - Free Annual Shred Day - 07/12/21

SAVE THE DATE -- On Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a "Shred Day" at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot located at 225 West Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365. The event is being held in an effort to combat identity theft and financial fraud for our citizens and assist them in protecting their personal privacy. 

Shred Day is a free event open to the public. Please bring your paper documents, files, canceled checks, or any other document that contains your personal or sensitive information. We also accept CDs and DVDs that contain personal or sensitive information. The shredding is 100% secure and will be conducted by an iSecure truck on site. 

There is no limit to the amount of shredding that you may bring; however, once the truck is full, we will not be able to accept any more documents.   

Shredding is one of the most important things you can do to prevent identity theft. Below are just a few examples of items you should shred and not place in your trash can. 

- Expired or unused credit and debit cards 
- Credit card statements 
- Pre-approved credit card offers and applications 
- Checking and savings account statements 
- Canceled checks 
- Investment account statements 
- Pension account statements 
- Paycheck stubs 
- Phone and utility bills 
- Tax returns and statements 
- Medical records or bills 
- Insurance policy or claim information (auto, health, life) 
- Expired identification documents (driver licenses and passports) 

Questions? Call 541-265-4912 


Submitted by: 
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Ph: 541-265-4912

Attached Media Files: Shred_day_2021.pdf
Tip of The Week for July 12, 2021-Traffic Congestion Safety - 07/07/21


Date:            July 7, 2021   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



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.

Tip of The Week for June 29, 2021 - Fireworks Safety - 06/29/21



Date:          June 29, 2021           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654


                                                          FIREWORKS SAFETY


The Fourth of July is just a few days away which means fireworks and celebration. This year, Oregon and our local communities are encountering very dry conditions increasing the potential for fire hazard. Fireworks are recognized as a celebratory activity by many, however, there are some very important safety measures to consider while using and displaying them. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include any firework that flies into the air, explodes or behaves in an uncontrolled or unpredicted manner. Some examples include: Firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bottle rockets, or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use.

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights and strong smells. It is best to leave your pest safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. If you cannot leave your pet indoors, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times. Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag and possibly a microchip update with your current contact information.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction and fire dangers due to current drought conditions. Please be mindful. 

Please have a safe Fourth of July.

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