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Tip of the Week for December 17 - Finiding Your Way in Winter - 12/13/18

Finding Your Way in Winter

 

 Winter officially begins in another week or so, but the time to start driving with extra caution is now. Our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation have some excellent tips regarding use of your GPS during our rough and unpredictable weather and we thought it would be good to share them here as well: 

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passible in all weather conditions.

Already this season someone had to be rescued after following their GPS navigation device off the main highway and onto a snow- covered forest service road near Mount Hood. Fortunately, they received help and everyone was safe. This has not always been the case.

Navigation systems and similar smartphone apps are great tools, but travelers may need to verify the identified detour route is appropriate given current conditions and the vehicle they are driving. Here are a few tips to consider:

What you can do
• Be aware that the app on your phone or in your GPS device might not have the latest information – don’t follow it blindly! 
• Use TripCheck.com (available on your computer and on your phone) to get the latest on state road conditions, or call 511.
• Remember, in winter conditions (or in summer’s fire season), roads can be impassable, so USE COMMON SENSE. 
• If you are not familiar with an area and current road conditions, stay on state roads and don’t attempt detours onto roads you don’t know.
• Alter your travel plans.  If you are not sure of the route and road conditions your GPS device directs you to, ask local folks for information and consult a map. It is better to stay the night in town rather than be stuck on a remote road in the middle of nowhere.

What ODOT will do
• ODOT crews work continually to keep state highways safe, but during certain conditions, such as blowing snow and freezing temperatures, you may want to avoid travel altogether.
• ODOT will issue media flash alerts if roads are closed. These will be updated continually on TripCheck.com.

For other tips and information visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriffnet   or  visit us on Facebook: Lincoln County Sheriff - Oregon

 

Fleeing suspect crashes, two injured - 12/09/18

On December 9th, 2018 at approximately 2:20 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a silver Jeep Patriot driving erratically through Waldport.  The driver of the Jeep failed to stop for the deputies and attempted to flee eastbound on Highway 34.  After attempting to elude deputies for approximately eight miles, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crashed down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, 28 year old Yachats resident Jay B Plaisted, was injured in the collision and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.  Plaisted's passenger, a 51 year-old female, was transported by Life Flight to a hospital out of the area.

Impairment is believed to have contributed to the crash.  The incident remains under investigation and updates will be released as they become available.

Tip of the Week for December 10 - Holiday Travel Tips - 12/06/18

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 every one 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.

REMEMBER TO BREATHE!

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 www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

 

 

Attached Media Files: 121017_-_Holiday_Travel_Tips.pdf
Update #2-Early morning house toledo house fire claims one - 12/05/18

The deceased has been identified as Betty Sue Mcgregor, 84, of Toledo, Oregon.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Maleri Cates at 541-265-0670.

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This morning at 4:12 am, the Toledo Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at

26 Tom Jack Road in Toledo. They were assisted by teams from Newport, Depoe Bay, and Siletz Fire Departments, as well as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  

Once the fire was suppressed, one deceased adult was located. The identity of the individual has not yet been released.

The Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team was deployed and is working to determine the cause of the blaze.

No foul play is suspected at this time.  

Early Morning Toleldo House Fire Claims One -updated - 12/05/18

 

 

Toledo House Fire Claims One

 

This morning at 4:12 am, the Toledo Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at

26 Tom Jack Road in Toledo. They were assisted by teams from Newport, Depoe Bay, and Siletz Fire Departments, as well as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  

Once the fire was suppressed, one deceased adult was located. The identity of the individual has not yet been released.

The Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team was deployed and is working to determine the cause of the blaze.

No foul play is suspected at this time.  

 

 

           

Attached Media Files: Toledo_House_Fire_120518_24.pdf
Tip of the Week for Decebmer 3 - Holiday Shopping Tips - 11/29/18

 HOLIDAY TIPS FOR SHOPPERS AND SALES PERSONNEL

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 sales personnel who are likely to see more counterfeit money during this time of year.

  • 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.

 

And now, here are some tips for sales personnel concerning counterfeit money.

  • Do not return suspected money to the passer.
  • Stall the suspect as long as possible.
  • Get a good description of the suspect, anyone with the suspect, and of the suspect vehicle as well as the license number.
  • Call 911 as soon as possible.
  • Try not to handle the bill; put it in a protective covering such as an envelope.
  • Release the suspected bill only to police or to the United States Secret Service.
  • Inform the police if there is video footage available of the suspect.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

 

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: 120318_Holiday_Shopping_Tips.pdf
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Citizen Academy for 2019 (Photo) - 11/28/18

Have an interest in Law Enforcement? Curious about how a jail operates? Ever wanted to see some of the training involved? The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 2019 Citizen Academy gives you the chance to experience multiple scenarios our Deputies face out in the field and in a jail environment. See up close the many types of equipment used in Patrol, Search and Rescue, SWAT,  Emergency Management, and Animal Services. Hear from Detectives on how they solved past cases and experience how evidence is processed. This weekly 2-hour class (Tuesday's 6pm-8pm) will get you acquainted with your Sheriff, the Command Staff, and many of our front-line Deputites. Don't miss your chance to participate! Apply online here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=102479192
by December 15th to get your spot. Additional info: rgetman@co.lincoln.or.us