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Tip of the Week for October 14 (Photo) - 10/10/19

                                                                  ODOT WORK ZONES

As you have noticed recently when driving around the county and to other areas of the state, there is a lot of road work taking place.  That may mean reduced speed limits and traffic delays in work zones.  Did you know that 4 out of 5 work zone crash victims are NOT the workers?  It is actually the drivers and their passengers traveling through the work zone areas.  Inattention and speed are the most common causes of work zone crashes. Oregon averages 488 work zone crashes per year.  That is one crash every 18 hours!

Work zones are dangerous for everyone even when workers are not visible.  That is why ODOT lowers the speed limits in work zones.  Exceeding work zone speed limits can be especially hazardous for numerous reasons:


  • Traffic patterns may change day to day.
  • Roads may be rough, uneven or covered with debris.
  • Temporary lanes may be narrow with abrupt edges.
  • Roadside equipment may obstruct views.


Travelers are often caught off guard by work zone hazards. Distracted driving and driving in excess of the speed limit reduces the necessary reaction time to avoid a crash. When you see orange signs, cones and barrels on the roadway, PAY EXTRA ATTENTION!  Those are your clues to be prepared for unexpected obstacles and stopped or slowing cars. So slow down, stay alert, avoid distractions and put down the phone.


For more information about work zone safety, go to ODOT's website at:


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


Sarah Brausen
Sarah Brausen
Portland Couple Caught During Burglary In Progress Charged With Multiple Additional Crimes (Photo) - 10/03/19

On October 2nd, 2019 at approximately 10:22 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a possible burglary at a vacation rental in the 4000 block of NE East Devils Lake Rd.  The caller reported the keys to her vacation rental had been stolen in the Portland area earlier in the week and she now believed the residence to be occupied. 

Deputies, assisted by the Lincoln City Police Department and Oregon State Police, responded to the residence and located a stolen Porsche SUV in the driveway.  Deputies and officers surrounded the residence and gave verbal commands for the occupants to exit.  34 year-old Sarah Marie Brausen of Beaverton, Oregon exited the residence and was found to be in possession of the caller’s identification and credit cards.

Assisted by LCSO K-9 Bonni, deputies searched the residence for other suspects.  36 year-old Anthony Troy Brausen, also of Beaverton, was located in the basement and taken into custody without incident.  Sarah and Anthony Brausen were found to be in possession of several identity documents belonging to other victims, burglary tools, document counterfeiting equipment, numerous purses and suitcases, and a handgun.

Sarah and Anthony Brausen were each charged with the following: Burglary in the 1st Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft in the 1st Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Forgery in the 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device, and Identity Theft.  Their respective bails were set at $565,000.

The investigation is on-going, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be working with Portland area police agencies to identify additional victims.  Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.

Attached Media Files: Sarah Brausen , Anthony Brausen
Tip of the Week for October 7 - Autumn Health & Safety Tips (Photo) - 10/03/19



With the fall season rapidly approaching, we'd like to share the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.


Take these steps to help prevent the flu:

  1. Get vaccinated!
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Wash your hands often.
  4. Stay home if you get sick.


Keep foods safe:

  1. Clean your hands and surfaces often.
  2. Separate foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  3. Cook foods to the proper temperatures.
  4. Chill leftover foods promptly.


Be active:

  1. Resist the urge to hibernate!  Be active at least two and one-half hours a week.
  2. Make fall yard work fun by involving the whole family.
  3. Don't forget to use sunscreen and insect repellent when going outdoors.


Be prepared for cold weather:

  1. Using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, so be sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.
  2. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems especially for infants and the elderly, so take extra precautions to protect these vulnerable ones.
  3. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy.


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

Great Oregon ShakeOut Image
Great Oregon ShakeOut Image
Lincoln County Communities And Individuals Encouraged To Participate In Annual Great Oregon Shakeout (Photo) - 10/02/19

**Please see the full media release attached for graphics and images.

Lincoln County Emergency Management is encouraging community members, businesses, and community groups to participate in the 2019 Great Oregon ShakeOut. While the official event takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:17 am, you can practice your drop, cover and hold on during the days leading up to or directly after. The important part is to register if you do participate and practice.

By registering you will assist your Lincoln County Public Safety agencies with documenting the progressive nature of our community and demonstrating we are working together to strengthen our community resiliency. We’ve included a graphic on annual summary of participants here in Lincoln County.

Oregon ShakeOut Statistics -

If you are new to Lincoln County or are unfamiliar with the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake faultline please contact our emergency management office to talk with us about the Cascadia hazards and how you can take steps to be ready.  

The following are helpful links to earthquake and tsunami information that may benefit you or someone you know.

Great Oregon ShakeOut:

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Website


Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.,
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(541) 265-4199 Office


Tip of the Week for September 30- Discarded Syringes (Photo) - 09/26/19

                                                      DISCARDED SYRINGES


We are frequently contacted by  concerned citizens who find some discarded syringes on the ground in an area of the county.  It is unfortunate we are living in a time when these items are becoming more common due to the drug abuse epidemic in our country.  We want all citizens to feel safe in their communities, so we offer the following tips if you do find used syringes when you are out and about.


We want to emphasize it is best that you do NOT touch or pick up discarded syringes!  Tell children to let an adult know if they find a syringe. 


If you find used syringes,



  1. handle a syringe
  2. try to break off, bend or cover the sharp end of a syringe


If you do feel confident, you can follow these steps:

  1. find a hard-walled, puncture-proof container with a wide top and a secure lid
  2. bring the container to the syringe so you don’t have to carry the syringe
  3. place the container on the ground next to the syringe
  4. use protective gloves or tongs and carefully pick up the syringe, avoiding the sharp end -do not recap the needle if the cap has been removed
  5. place the syringe in the container, sharp end first
  6. if available, secure the lid of the container
  7. wash hands with running water and soap
  8. place the container in a sharps disposal bin


Managing a needle stick injury:

  1. Stay calm
  2. Allow the wound to bleed freely
  3. Immediately wash the area with running water and soap, then rinse and pat dry
  4. Cover with a band-aid or dry dressing
  5. As soon as possible, contact your:
    • Supervisor (if at work)
    • local doctor or hospital


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

Coffee With A Deputy is Wednesday October 2nd (Photo) - 09/25/19

Wednesday October 2nd your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office would like the opportunity to connect with folks from the communities we serve over a casual cup of coffee. This is a great setting for an open dialogue, and a valuable bridge to relationships in our communities. 
 Lincoln City - Pacific Grind, 4741 SW Hwy 101 Suite B ;  7am - 10am      
 Depoe Bay  - Pirate Coffee at 10 Vista Street  9am - 11am  

Attached Media Files: IMG_4433.JPG , coffee_w_deputy.png
Photo of car into pole
Photo of car into pole
Single vehicle car crash leads to DUII arrest (Photo) - 09/24/19

On September 24th, 2019 at approximately 12:18 AM Lincoln County Deputy Parsons was dispatched to a report of a single vehicle traffic crash on N. Slick Rock Creek Rd in Otis, OR. The driver of the vehicle reported she had left the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

Deputy Parsons and Sgt. Vertner arrived at the crash at 12:27 AM and conducted an investigation. The investigation revealed a 2013 Ford Fiesta had been driven north bound on N. Slick Rock Creek Rd by Gabrielle Palumbo age 27 of Neskowin when she failed to negotiate a curve in the 900 block. The vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole. Ms. Palumbo did not sustain any serious injuries during the crash and was the only occupant of the vehicle. 

During the investigation Deputy Parsons observed signs of impairment and arrested Ms. Palumbo for DUII. Ms. Palumbo's vehicle was impounded and she was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she provided a BAC of .22% nearly three time the legal limit. 

Ms. Palumbo was lodged on Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Reckless Driving her bail was set at $30,000





Attached Media Files: Photo of car into pole
Updated Media Release Regarding the recovery of Cameron Sheldon's Body in Otis - 09/20/19

On September 19, 2019 the deceased subject located on property on Widow Creek Road in Otis, OR and presumed to be the remains of missing person Cameron Shelden, was examination by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.  It was determined that he suffered a gunshot to the head consistent with a .45 caliber bullet.  Due to the advanced state of decomposition of the body, the OSME is continuing the examination. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives located a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and single .45 caliber shell casing where the body was recovered.      

Positive identification of the body is still being determined and the death investigation continues.


Mark Meister

Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Phone 541-265-0684

225 W. Olive St. Newport, OR 97365



Tip of the Week for September 23 - If You See Something, Say Something (Photo) - 09/19/19

SEE something, SAY something” Awareness Day September 25th, 2019

 On September 25th, 2019 the Oregon TITAN Fusion Center (OTFC) invites you to join us in celebrating the national “If You See Something, Say Something” (SEE/SAY) Awareness Day. The campaign is calling on citizens and its public and private sector partners around the country to lead conversations and activities, leading up to, and on September 25.

This campaign gives our partners throughout the nation and Oregon an opportunity to further promote this very crucial first line of defense against those who would seek to do harm to our communities.

As public safety officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators, you are uniquely qualified to lead this preventative effort in Oregon. As professionals and community members you see and interact with individuals in your area of responsibility that can make a difference in the prevention of criminal activity by reporting suspicious behavior all year round. Continuing education of your colleagues, local business partners, and citizens will only strengthen our collective preventative efforts.

Unusual items or situations:  A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.

Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.

Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Some of these activities could be innocent—it's up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. The activities above are not all-inclusive but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years.

Public safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement or a person of authority.

Describe specifically what you observed, including:

Who or what you saw;
When you saw it;
Where it occurred; and
Why it's suspicious

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


Scene area photo 2
Scene area photo 2
Updated Media Release Regarding Missing Otis Man Cameron Shelden (Photo) - 09/18/19

Updated Media Release

On September 14, 2019 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of Lincoln County Search and Rescue, and the Lincoln City Police Department, resumed searching a property on Widow Creek Road for missing person Cameron Shelden.  Searchers utilized drone technology and dogs trained to detect human remains and excavation assistance from the Lincoln County Road Department.  The search was done with the consent of the property owner.  The team searched extensively in the large area of difficult terrain and heavy brush, but Mr. Shelden was not located. 


On the morning of September 17, 2019, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the property owner advising a deceased subject was located on the property.  Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the property and were directed to a location outside of the area previously searched with the excavation equipment.  Detectives located the remains of a highly decomposed subject in dense vegetation.  The subject was presumptively identified as missing person Cameron Shelden.


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s requested the Oregon State Police Forensics Services Division respond for scene processing.  More forensics analysis will be conducted.  The case remains as an open death investigation.




Mark Meister
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Phone 541-265-0684

225 W. Olive St. Newport, OR 97365




LCSO Seeking Public Information in Missing Person Case - 09/06/19

On September 2nd, 2019, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was made aware of a missing person in the Otis area.  The complainant reported 37 year-old Cameron Ray Shelden of Otis was last seen on foot in the Widow Creek area the previous morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was activated and began searching for Shelden.  Search and Rescue performed a number of search operations over multiple days; utilizing ground search volunteers, specially trained K-9s, and unmanned aerial systems.  Search efforts for Shelden have been unsuccessful.  New leads are being investigated as they are received.  Anyone with information pertaining to Shelden's whereabouts area encouraged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.


Attached Media Files: Scene area photo 2 , Scene area photo 1