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News Release **UPDATE** - 04/19/21


On Friday April 9, 2021 and Friday April 16, 2021 all Adults in Custody as well as staff were re-tested for COVID.  Test results received from both dates returned negative.  The once a week testing will contiue for another 1-2 weeks or until the State advises us that the our outbreak has been cleared.  Staff continue to work with Lincoln County Public Health, State of Oregon as well as the facility physician to ensure proper procedures and protocols remain in place. 



On Saturday April 3, 2021 all AIC and staff on duty were re-tested for COVID.  All tests returned as negative.  Staff continue to work with Lincoln County Public Health, State of Oregon as well as the facility physician to ensure proper procedures and protocols are in place. 



On Wednesday March 31, 2021 all AIC were re-tested for COVID, two additional positive cases amongst this population were discovered. In addition, staff were re-tested and two additional cases were discovered.  All Sheriff’s Office staff have previously been offered the COVID vaccine. Staff continue to work with Lincoln County Public Health, State of Oregon as well as the facility physician to ensure proper procedures and protocols are in place.


On Saturday March 27, 2021 Sheriff’s Office Administration was informed that an Adult In Custody (AIC) was indicating signs/symptoms similar to that of COVID, the AIC was immediately tested utilizing a rapid COVID test, the result returned positive.  Based on the housing location of the AIC all AIC were tested and five additional tests were received as positive.  As per established protocol, all AIC who test positive are to receive an additional test, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), to confirm accuracy of the initial test. In addition to AIC, staff were provided the necessary COVID test.

Prior plans had been established which entailed leaving a housing unit vacant should we have one or more positive cases. Because of this established process we were able to quarantine these AIC and they are now being monitored by medical staff multiple times each day. At this point all of the individuals exhibit only minor symptoms which can be adequately treated within the facility.

Jail Medical staff have been in close contact with Lincoln County Public Health and the State of Oregon to ensure all necessary protocols are being followed to include contact tracing.

All AIC throughout Oregon became eligible for the COVID vaccine in February.  Lincoln County has been and will continue to offer the vaccine to all AIC.  To date we have provided at least a single dose vaccine to 43 AIC.  All prior precautionary measures and protocols remain in place for our facility – COVID testing for all AIC who remain in our custody, daily temperature checks for AIC and staff as well as a facial covering requirement and other daily precautions.   


Prepared by:

Jamie Russell

Jail Commander


Tip of The Week for April 19, 2021 - Distracted Driving - 04/16/21



Date:          April 16, 2021                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers





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, drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways. From 2014-2018 there were 13,603 fatal and injury crashes that involved distracted drivers (all ages). 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.

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Suspected space debris washes ashore in Alsea Bay - 04/09/21

On April 9th, 2021 at approximately 3:15 PM, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of what was believed to be charred debris from a spacecraft that washed up in the Alsea Bay near Waldport, Oregon.  The debris was removed from the Alsea Bay by a fisherman and was briefly stored near a local business. 

Deputies responded to the location and set up an exclusion perimeter while the nature of the object was being assessed.  Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and determined the object was not an immediate hazardous materials threat.  After further consultation with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, SpaceX was contacted.

SpaceX was not able to determine if the object was a component of one of their spacecrafts, however it did appear consistent with a composite overwrapped pressure vessel.  SpaceX engineers assessed numerous photographs and observations from deputes before determining the object could be safely transported.

The object was transported to a secure location by deputies so additional evaluation could be made regarding the object’s origin.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and SpaceX for their rapid response to this incident.

Attached Media Files: Object 2 , Object 1
Tip of The Week for April 12, 2021 - Boating Safety (Photo) - 04/08/21



Date:  4/8/2021                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                        BOATING SAFETY-OUR BUSINESS AND YOURS

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.

Tip of The Week for April 5, 2021 - Spring Safety Tips - 04/01/21



Date:  4/1/2021                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers





                                        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 14.  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.

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***Update***** Shots fired investigation in Depoe Bay - 03/26/21


Upon further investigation the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office learned the shooting incident involved two residents at 482 SE Hwy 101 in Depoe Bay. Aiden Isaac Dempsey, age 24, and Andrew Keith Hodge, age 28, became upset at a neighboring business who was reportedly playing loud music. The investigation determined Aiden Dempsey fired over a dozen rounds from a CO2 powered BB-Gun and Andrew Hodge fired a single round from a large-caliber handgun in apparent attempts to get the music to stop. At least three citizens at the neighboring business were placed in danger by the projectiles fired. No citizens were injured, however two windows were damaged on two separate vehicles. Additional property damage was documented in excess of $3000. Two BB-guns and one handgun was seized during this investigation. 

Dempsey and Hodge were taken into custody and transported the Lincoln County Jail. They were lodged on various charges, to include, Unlawful Use of Weapon, Menacing, Reckless Endangering and Disorderly Conduct. 

Aiden Dempsey's bail was placed at $155,000.00

Andrew Hodge's bail was placed at $300,000.00




The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received a report of shots in the area of SE Shell Ave in Depoe Bay at around 8:15AM this morning.  There is no threat to the safety of the public at this time.  Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers have secured the area and are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.  No injuries were sustained as a result of the shots.

Please stay clear of the area while the investigation is underway.  This release will be updated with more details as they become available. Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact dispatch at (541) 265-0777 and reference case number 21S-00596.

Attached Media Files: Damaged vehicle window
Sheriff's Office Recognized for Excellence in Policy and Training - 03/25/21

03.25.2021 – Lincoln County, Oregon

Last year, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to more than 23,759 calls for service ranging from criminal investigations of all types to mental health crisis interventions, animal complaints, and ordinance violations. To maintain a consistent and professional response aligned with 21st Century Policing practices, the Sheriff’s Office relies on comprehensive, up-to-date policies.

Recently, the Sheriff’s Office was recognized by the Lexipol Connect program for achieving Gold level status for consistently and effectively disseminating policies to deputies, issuing timely policy updates as laws change, and ensuring deputies are trained on these policies. Lexipol is the nation’s leading content, policy and training platform for public safety agencies; the Connect program tracks the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office performance on five metrics proven to measure success in policy management.

“Policy– and regular training on policy- is crucial to the success of this office. We are proud to be recognized by Lexipol Connect for continuously improving professionalism and safety,” stated Sheriff Curtis Landers.

Sheriff Landers continued, “I am very proud of this accomplishment. We consistently strive to deliver a standard of excellence through our policy efforts which help reduce risk for our personnel and those we serve.”

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office excellence in policy and policy training enhances community safety by ensuring consistent, effective response based on national best practices.

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Tip of The Week for March 29, 2021 - Stopped By The Police - 03/25/21


Date:            March 25, 2021                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



When you are signaled to pull over by a police officer, you need to understand this can be a very dangerous time.  Do not assume the officer knows you are a law-abiding citizen; officers must be cautious at all times.  Follow these recommendations:

  • Pull over as far to the right as safely possible.
  • Turn on the interior light if the stop occurs at night.
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation of you, your passengers and your car.
  • Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements.
  • Remain in your vehicle unless advised by the officer to exit your car.
  • If you are carrying a weapon, inform the officer about the weapon and its location without reaching for it or handling it.
  • Always follow the officer's instructions.
  • Stay relaxed! Not all stops result in enforcement action and simply address concern.
  • Put on your mask. The officer can usually provide one if it is required.

Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer.  Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well-lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and driving at a reduced speed.

If you are concerned the person stopping you may be impersonating a police officer, contact the non-emergency dispatch line or call 911.  Ask the officer for the name of his or her agency and tell them you are calling the police.  A real officer will not object to you verifying his or her identity and the stop location.

If you are asked to exit your car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and oncoming cars.

The officer will generally ask for three pieces of information: your driver license, proof of liability insurance, and vehicle registration.

Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle keeping an eye out for traffic.  When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.

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