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Lincoln County Search and Rescue Finds Missing Individuals (Photo) - 04/23/19

On April 20th, at approximately 7:30 PM, Lincoln County Search and Rescue (SAR) had just finished successfully locating a missing subject in the Yachats area when they were re-deployed to find a missing 83 year-old male in the South Beach area.  SAR personnel began searching the area on foot and via ATV, but were unsuccessful during the first day.

Search efforts continued on April 21st and lasted the entire day.  Two K9 teams from Lane County Search and Rescue arrived to assist the Lincoln County teams.  As darkness began to fall, an ATV team was retrieving a K9 search team from their mission area and noticed a human form on a clear cut about 500 meters away.  The subject did not respond to yelling or signalling.  The nearby ground search team was re-tasked to make contact with the subject, but had difficulty reaching him due to hazardous terrain.

The ground search team reached the subject and confirmed he was the missing 83 year-old.  On-site personnel determined the man was unable to walk out due to medical and terrain considerations.  A US Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the location to airlift the man to the hospital.  SAR personnel and the Coast Guard rescue swimmer packaged the man in a folding stretcher in preparation to be hoisted by the helicopter.

Darkness, close proximity to trees, and updrafts from the steep terrain made the hoisting operating difficult.  The Coast Guard helicopter burned significant fuel while expertly hovering above the responders.  After hoisting the man, the aircrew advised SAR personnel they did not have enough fuel for another hoisting operation for the rescue swimmer.  The rescue swimmer hiked out with the SAR personnel and was expedited back to the Coast Guard facility.

During the mission, SAR personnel traveled over 60 miles either on foot or searching via ATV.  Two new ATVs purchased through a grant from the Siletz Tribe were instrumental in the successful resolution of this search.

Sheriff Curtis Landers said of the operation: "Steadfast dedication from our Search and Rescue volunteers and strong community partnerships are what saved this individual's life.  Thank you to the US Coast Guard, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Pacific West Ambulance, and our amazing volunteers." 

Attached Media Files: SAR4.jpg , SAR2.jpg , SAR1.jpg
Tip of the Week for April 22 - Sharing the Road: Cyclists and Motorists - 04/18/19


There are many bicycles on today's roads.  More people are using bicycles as a means to commute for entertainment and for exercise.  Some of the more common reasons include low cost to operate, reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, and exercise.

Motorists should remember these tips when sharing the road with a cyclist:

  • A bicycle is considered by law to be a vehicle.  When a cyclist has stopped and remains astride their bicycle at an intersection and/or for a traffic signal, they are to be treated as a vehicle waiting for their turn to proceed.
  • Many children riding bicycles on the street may lack the necessary training and skills for safe cycling.  They may not be aware of all dangers.
  • Be alert for small children on oversized bicycles.  This may increase the likelihood for loss of control.
  • When passing a cyclist, go around them like you would any other vehicle.  Leave lots of room.
  • When you are preparing to make a right turn, watch for cyclists who may pull up alongside your vehicle. Remember to shoulder-check your blind spots.
  • When you are about to make a right turn, do not pull up beside a cyclist and then turn directly in front of them and cut them off.
  • When pulling away from the curb, always check for cyclists who may be trying to pass you.
  • When parked at the curb, always check for cyclists before you open your vehicle door.  It’s the driver's responsibility not to open the vehicle door into traffic.
  • Do not follow too close behind cyclists.  They do not have brake lights to warn you when they are stopping.
  • Cyclists are entitled to make left turns in the same manner as motorists.  Since they are more exposed to traffic on left turns, they will need extra consideration, especially on multi-lane roads.
  • Cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the curb, however they may need to ride further out when they have to steer away from drainage grates, pot holes, debris, loose gravel or sand, wet or slippery surfaces, rutted or grooved pavement and even dogs.  Be aware of the roadway conditions that may affect a cyclist.
  • Do not sound your horn unnecessarily when you are overtaking a cyclist.  It may startle them and cause them to lose control.  If you feel that you must use your horn, tap it quickly and lightly while you are still some distance away from the cyclist.
  • Cyclists should also remember that, when they are riding their bicycles on streets and highways, they are considered by law to be a vehicle.  Therefore they are required to obey all the rules of the road, which apply to other (motorized) vehicles, plus those that apply only to bicycle operators.


Cyclists using the streets and highways should:

  • Never ride against traffic. It is one of the leading causes of crashes, accounting for 15% to 20% of all crashes with cars.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars except when making a hand signal.
  • Keep both feet on the pedals.
  • Not carry more people at one time than the bicycle was designed for.
  • Not hold onto, attach themselves, or attach the bicycle to any other moving vehicle.
  • Only ride side by side on the road with another cyclist when it does not impede other traffic.  If traffic doesn’t have enough room to pass you safely, ride single file.
  • Ensure the bicycle is equipped with at least one white light to the front and a red light and or red reflector mounted on the rear of the bicycle when riding between sunset and sunrise.
  • Ensure the bicycle has effective brakes.

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

Tip of the Week for April 15 - Distracted Driving - 04/11/19




This week's tip regarding distracted driving is especially important. The information comes from Oregon  So what is Distracted Driving?  It is any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving in any of the following four ways:


• Visually  (keeping your eyes on the road)

• Manually  (keeping your hands on the steering wheel)

• Cognitively  (keeping your mind focused on driving)

• Auditorily  (hearing something not related to driving)


Eating, talking with passengers, grooming, watching a video, using a navigation system, and reading are all significant distractions; but cell phone use is the most dangerous because it distracts focus in all four ways: visually, manually, cognitively, and auditorily.


Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. So much so that the National Safety Council has declared April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month". At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving; a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2016, there were 3,450 people killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk: 10% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.


We urge drivers to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and to take the following pledge to always drive free of distractions.


Take The Pledge


I pledge to:

• Protect lives by never texting, talking on a cell phone, reading, watching a video, or grooming while driving.

• Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.

• Encourage my friends and family to drive distraction-free.


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

Attached Media Files: 041519-Distracted_Driving.pdf
Tip of the Week for April 8 - Boating Safety: Our Business and Yours - 04/04/19



Spring is here, and before we know it, Summer will arrive. 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 floatation device.  Remember it won’t save your life if you don’t wear it.
  • Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal floatation 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 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 than 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.
  • By state law, 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, people are encouraged to pick up the Oregon Boaters Handbook available at your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or you can visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site:


For more information and tips, visit our web site at and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 040819_Boating_Safety.pdf
Welfare check leads to death investigation in South Beach - 04/03/19

On  March 28th, 2019 Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Whaler's Rest RV & Camping Resort in South Beach, Oregon to conduct a welfare check on two guests staying in the park.  Whaler's Rest Staff reported the two occupants had not been seen for several days.   

When Deputies arrived on scene they located a deceased male with an apparent gunshot wound and a deceased female with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The deceased subjects were identified as Charles W. Young, 87, and Carla C. Gustafson, 64, both of Tillamook, Oregon.

Based on the investigation, authorities believe Gustafson killed Young, before taking her own life.  Authorities also learned Young and Gustafson are family members.  At this time the motivation for the shooting is unclear and the investigation remains ongoing. 

Tip of the Week for April 1 - Spring Safety Tips - 03/28/19

                                        SPRING SAFETY TIPS

With spring comes a feeling of renewal. Families everywhere begin cleaning out their basements and garages. Windows are opened, flowers bloom and the days grow longer, thanks in part to Daylight Savings Time, which began on March 10.  When you set your clocks forward, the National Safety Council reminds you to also review a safety checklist for your home.


Smoke Alarms

  1. Smoke alarms save lives – if they are powered by a fresh battery. You should test them every month to make sure they work and replace the battery at least once a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If the alarm makes a "chirping" sound, replace it immediately.
  2. Smoke alarms should be located in every bedroom and in the common areas on each floor of a home. Mount them at least 10 feet from the stove to reduce false alarms, less than 12 inches from the ceiling and away from windows, doors and ducts.
  3. Did you know smoke alarms can be interconnected wirelessly? That means, when one sounds, they all sound. A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey found this is the best way to notify everyone in a home if there is a fire. Be sure to purchase smoke alarms with the label of a reputable testing agency, like Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, according to NFPA.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  1. Carbon monoxide(CO) is an invisible, odorless gas, and it can kill you. Anything in the home that burns fuel can potentially become a source of carbon monoxide. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each bedroom and on every level of the home. The safety tips for CO detectors mirror those of smoke alarms: change the batteries, test them and interconnect them, if possible.
  2. Also, make sure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, dryer, stove and furnace) are free and clear of snow or debris.

Family Emergency Plan

We recommend every family have an emergency plan in place in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Spring is a great time to review that plan with family members to make sure they know what to do. The emergency plan should include:


  1. A communications plan to outline how your family members will contact one another if they are not in the same place and where you should meet if it's safe to go outside.
  2. A shelter-in-place plan if outside air is contaminated which includes sealing windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting.
  3. A getaway plan with various routes and destinations in different directions.
  4. Have a home and car emergency kit. Your emergency kit should include one gallon per day of water for each person, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, filter mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, and medicines. Visit for a complete list.


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




Attached Media Files: 040119_Spring_Safety_Tips.pdf
Law Enforcement Saturation Patrol near Siletz - 03/25/19

On March 21st 2019 from approximately 1:00-4:00 PM, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Lincoln County Parole and Probation, Newport Police Department and Toledo Police Department conducted a Saturation Patrol in the Siletz area of Lincoln County. The saturation patrol was in response to citizen complaints of suspected drug activity and related criminal activity in the enhanced enforcement area of Siletz.

During this three hour saturation, law enforcement officers conducted numerous traffic stops, “knock and talks” at specific residences and field interviews of citizens in the rural Siletz area.

Law enforcement collectively issued three traffic citations for Driving While Suspended and made three criminal arrests. Two of the criminal arrests were drug related and are still under investigation. The third arrest was on Kayla D. Borden age 27 of Siletz. Borden had a Felony warrant out of Linn County for probation violation and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail without incident.



Submitted by

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant 

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