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Tip of The Week for November 2, 2020- Halloween Safety (Photo) - 10/29/20



Date:           10/29/20                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers





Halloween is coming!  Many people view Halloween as a time for fun and treats, dressing up in costumes, and attending spooky parties.  It is also a time to be aware and demonstrate extra caution, especially for children, due to the increased foot traffic in low light conditions. In the United States, children aged 5-14 are more likely to be struck by vehicular traffic while walking on Halloween night compared with other nights of the year. Also, as we all know this year is much different because of the pandemic. If you’re choosing to go out and trick or treat, please do so with current health and safety precautions related to COVID19 in mind. Here are some safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council.

Children should:

  • Make a mask part of the costume (if it wasn’t already)
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult. (6 ft between unknown groups)
  • Wash hands frequently, if possible and as soon as you get home. (bring hand sanitizer)
  • Know everyone’s phone numbers for emergency phone calls.
  • Carry a note in their pocket with their name and address.
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • When using costume knives and swords, ensure they are flexible, not rigid or sharp.

When walking in neighborhoods, they should:

  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks if available, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks if available, and don't cross between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
  • Avoid wearing hats that could slide over their eyes.
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
  • Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Parents and adults should:

  • Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
  • Establish a curfew for older children.
  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing decorations away from doorways and landings.
  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
  • Inspect all candy before children eat it.

To ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters, parents and adults should:

  • Make sure children under age 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Watch for children in the street and on medians.
  • Exit driveways carefully.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curbside, not the traffic side.
  • Consider taking advantage of community events where the kids can show off their costumes and trick-or-treat in one central place without the need to navigate city and neighborhood streets. (Business trick or treat events in town)

Following these tips should help ensure this Halloween is a safe and fun holiday for everyone.

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Otis man arrested after threatening law enforcement, Lincoln County Courthouse (Photo) - 10/22/20

On October 15th, 2020, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a subject making threats against public employees and buildings.  Sources indicated 44-year-old Otis resident Daniel Scott Kessler was in possession of firearms and was preparing to harm specific law enforcement officers and the Lincoln County Courthouse. A prior court order prohibited Kessler from lawfully possessing firearms.

Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation with assistance from the Lincoln City Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Oregon State Police.  It became apparent over the course of the investigation that Kessler’s threats were credible, and he had the means to follow through with his plans.

Investigators applied for a search warrant for Kessler’s Otis residence, which was executed on October 20th.  Kessler was in possession of several firearms when he was taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant.  Despite the allegations of threats to law enforcement, no use of force was required to take Kessler into custody.

Kessler is charged with two counts of Furnishing a Firearm Used in a Felony, four counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and three counts of Unlawful Possession of Firearms.  Kessler also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for unrelated crimes. Kessler was arraigned on the charges in court on October 20th.  After a brief hearing, Judge Branford denied bail and Kessler is currently being held in the Lincoln County Jail without the possibility of release. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and its partner agencies.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Abigail Dorsey with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 265-0777. 

Attached Media Files: Kessler
Tip of The Week for October 26, 2020 - ODOT Work Zones (Photo) - 10/22/20



Date:           10/22/20                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers




                                                                       ODOT WORK ZONES

If you notice when driving around the county and to other areas of the state any 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:

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Info Guide - Flooding 2020, Lincoln County - 10/21/20

**Please see attached for full media release with graphics**

(10.21.20 - Lincoln County)

Our flooding guide was specifically developed for Lincoln County communities by the Emergency Management Division of the Sheriff’s Office and provides the A-Z of information needed for before, during and after a flooding event occurs. The guide is intended as a one-stop shop on insurance opportunities, flood plain mapping, how to access current river level information, and how to protect yourself and your property. Important updates or reminders for this year:

Floods After Wildfire:

This year, an additional section was added; flood after wildfires. Heavy rain can produce flash flooding, debris flows, and mudslides in areas that have been burned by wildfires. When organic materials such as trees, scrub brush, plants, and litter on the forest floor burn at high temperatures, water repellant compounds are formed as vapors, and then condense onto cooler layers of soil below the hot fire.

This subsequently forms a layer of water repellant soils just below the surface, which prevents soils in the burned area from absorbing water after an intense wildfire. During heavy rainfall following a wildfire, water cannot penetrate the water repellant soil layer, which acts much like a layer of pavement, resulting in enhanced runoff of rainwater which can cause dangerous flash floods, debris flows, and mudslides.


Another important aspect of protection is reviewing your insurance policies to ensure you are adequately covered. The National Flood Insurance Program recently underwent a website upgrade and acts as a guide to property owners on insurance needs and benefits.

Flood insurance is not just for those property owners who live in the flood plain; it can protect many home and business owners from other events such as a tsunami or other water saturation events. Standard homeowners’ insurance may not cover these events.

Renters should also consider purchasing or updating their renter insurance policy to protect themselves from costs associated with damaged contents and/or if the Landlord is underinsured.

Updated Flood Plain Maps:

FEMA updated the Lincoln County Flood Plain Maps in 2020. This process is only completed once every 10 years. You can look up your address to see if you in the current flood zone by visiting FEMA’s website at

Link for full Info Guide: Flooding for Lincoln County


Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank">
(541) 265-4199 Office


Tip of The Week for October 19, 2020 - Domestic Violence Awareness (Photo) - 10/15/20



Date:  October 15, 2020     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers





National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October. For many, home is a place of love, warmth, and comfort. It’s somewhere that you know you will be surrounded by care and support. But for millions of others, home is anything but a sanctuary.

Both women and men can be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner or ex-partner.

People who are in an abusive relationship will stay with their partner for a number of reasons:

  • Low self-esteem, and they are made to feel they will never be able to find another person to be with.
  • The cycle of abuse, that follows physical and mental abuse, makes them believe their partner really is sorry and does love them.
  • It’s dangerous to leave. Situations sometimes become worse if a plan isn’t made and proper action hasn’t been taken before leaving.
  • They feel personally responsible for their partner, or their own behavior. They are made to feel like everything that goes wrong is their fault.
  • They share a life. Marriages, children, homes, pets, and finances are a big reason victims of abuse feel they can’t leave.



Sometimes, people don’t know if they are really in an abusive relationship because they’re used to their partner calling them crazy or making them feel like all the problems are their own fault. Here are a few ways to know if you’re in an abusive relationship that you need to get out of.

  1. Your partner has assaulted you in any way, or strangled you in the past.
  2. Your partner is possessive. They check up on you constantly wondering where you are
  3. Your partner is jealous. (A small amount of jealousy is normal and healthy) however, if they accuse you of being unfaithful or isolate you from family or friends.
  4. Your partner puts you down in any way.
  5. Your partner threatens you or your family.
  6. Your partner physically and sexually abuses you.  (even if it doesn’t happen all the time.)

If you are concerned about someone you know, feel free to call the local Non-emergency dispatch line and they can get you in touch with the proper authorities or assist you on what to do 541-265-0777

And as always, if you are in an emergency situation or know of someone in an emergency situation please don’t hesitate to call 911

For the full article – go to:

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Lincoln Co - Reopening of Burn Season - 10/12/20

Sent on behalf of the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board:

Please find the attached media release from the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board on the re opening of burn season, effective 10.12.20.

Yard Debris Burning allowed in Lincoln County effective Monday, October 12, 2020

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, and the nine fire protection agencies are opening burn season Monday, October 12, 2020. With our recent rain and forecasted precipitation, the risk of fire spread has decreased and is expected to remain at a low level.

We thank the public for adhering to the burn regulations this summer. This summer showed the damaging results of out of control wildfire in our County. We remind you to use caution when burning yard debris.
Many Lincoln County fire agencies require a permit to burn yard debris (also known as open burning. We encourage the public to contact their local fire agency for specific regulations regarding burning of yard debris. 


Robert Murphy
Fire Chief, Newport Fire Department
Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Chief

New Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program adopted by Lincoln County agencies - 10/08/20

Law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County have partnered to implement a program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD®.  The Lincoln County LEAD® program is a cooperative effort between the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, and Reconnections Counseling.  Lincoln County LEAD® is intended to reduce the harm that an offender causes him or herself and the community.  Similar programs have been proven to reduce recidivism rates of the successful participants.

Lincoln County LEAD® is designed to allow law enforcement officers in the field to redirect those suspects engaged in low-level criminal activity to services and resources instead of jail and prosecution.  In the past, low-level possession or public order offenses were treated the same as any other criminal offense: the only recourse was to take the offender into custody and enter them in the criminal justice system.  With Lincoln County LEAD®, the offender is assigned a navigator who develops an individualized service plan based upon a needs assessment.  The navigator uses the service plan to create pathways for support and access to services that address the behaviors which cause criminal activity.  Because participation in Lincoln County LEAD® is voluntary, it is only accessed via a mutual agreement between the offender, law enforcement officer, and victim (for certain crimes).

Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers stated, “It is wonderful to finally have an alternative that addresses the causes of some criminal activity. We’ve arrested the same people for the same things, time and time again, and often achieved the same ‘revolving door’ result. I think this program can be the course correction many low-level offenders need to get back on track.”

Lincoln County LEAD® is patterned off highly successful programs in other jurisdictions around Oregon and the United States.  This program is the first of its kind in Lincoln County.  In early 2020, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office applied for and received a $288,000 Oregon IMPACTS grant to fund the Lincoln County LEAD® program.  Case management for the Lincoln County LEAD® program will be provided by the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and Reconnections Counseling.  The first offender-turned-client was accepted into Lincoln County LEAD® on October 7th, 2020.

Tip of The Week for October 12, 2020 - Spay and Neuter Your Pets (Photo) - 10/08/20


Date:         October 8, 2020       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers



                                                                       PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS

Pet owners can help solve our community’s pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering their pets.  While there are unplanned puppies in need of homes, in our area, cat overpopulation is more severe.  One unspayed female cat can give birth to 16 cats in one year, her litter will produce more kittens, and this cycle just continues.  Over her lifetime, the cat population can increase by thousands of cats.

Our shelter does not euthanize for time or space and all adoptable animals are rehomed or transferred.  However, due to the demand for space for lost animals and owner surrenders, a waiting list is sometimes required for pets to be accepted by the shelter.  The waitlist can be quite long in the summer due to the dozens of litters of incoming kittens. You can help by having your pets spayed or neutered, identifying your animals with tags and microchips, planning ahead if you need to rehome your animal, and making a plan for your pets in case of your death or long-term illness.

Our local veterinarians generally spay and neuter animals as young as four to six months old.  When you adopt an animal from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, and most other shelters, the pets will already be altered.  If you are caring for feral or other community cats, please help by having them spayed or neutered.  You can find assistance from the Central Coast Humane Society at 541-265-3719 or at

Spaying or neutering your pets reduces the risk of life threatening illnesses and behavioral problems:

  • Neutering dogs while they are puppies or young adults will largely prevent prostatic hyperplasia, which is an abnormal increase in the number of cells and possible infection.
  • Reduces the risk of your dog being struck by a car.  Neutered dogs won't run after a female in heat.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Neutering eliminates the tendency of male cats and dogs to "mark" their property.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer.
  • Spaying can also prevent mammary gland tumors.


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***Update**** House Fire In Glenenden Beach - 10/07/20


On October 7, 2020 the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with assistance from Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office concluded its investigation pertaining to the house fire at 6550 Carolyn Ave in Gleneden Beach. The investigation revealed Kevin P. Dugger age 64 had intentionally set his home on fire. At the time the fire was set there were two additional people living in an apartment attached to the primary residence. The two occupants successfully fled the property without injury and called 911 to report the fire. 

Deputies arrested Mr. Dugger for Arson in the First Degree, Arson in the Second Degree and Reckless burning. He was released from the hospital and taken to the Lincoln County Jail where his bail was set at $215,000.





On October 5, 2020 at 7:40 PM the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in combination with Depoe Bay Fire were dispatched to a report of a house fire at 6550 Carolyn Ave in Gleneden Beach. Initial reports indicated the homeowner had set the fire intentionally inside the home. 

Upon arrival of emergency personnel, the surrounding homes were evacuated for safety precautions. Deputies assisted Depoe Bay Fire, Newport Fire and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue for several hours throughout the night. During the firefighting efforts, emergency personnel found the homeowner inside the burning structure and pulled him to safety. 

The homeowner was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for complications from the fire. 

The property remained under law enforcement security for further investigation until October 6th when a search warrant was served on property. 

This case remains under investigation. A second media release will be conducted as information becomes releasable


Lincoln County Communities and Individuals Encouraged to Participate in Annual Great Oregon ShakeOut - 10/05/20

**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 2020 Great Oregon ShakeOut. While the official event takes place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:15 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., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank"> , (541) 265-4199 Office

Tip of The Week for October 5, 2020 - What To Do When Stopped By The Police (Photo) - 10/01/20


Date:           October 1, 2020                  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.

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 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.

Being stopped by a police officer is not always an unpleasant experience.  Remember that many times only a warning or other beneficial safety information is shared with a driver.

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