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Suspect Arrested For Robbery of Lincoln City Bank Of The West (Photo) - 07/01/19

On the morning of 7-1-2019, 72-year-old Jack Palmer Van Eaton, last known as being from the Portland area, was arrested in connection with the robbery of the Lincoln City Bank of the West that occurred on 06-14-2019.    

Through investigation and after receiving multiple tips from citizens and other law enforcement agencies, Lincoln City Police Department Detectives were able to identify Jack Palmer Van Eaton as a suspect in the Bank of the West robbery that occurred on 6-14-19.  On 07-01-19 at about 7:57 AM members of the Lincoln City Police Department, assisted by officers from other law enforcement agencies, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Van Eaton was driving in the 1900 block of NW 33RD Street and took him into custody without incident. A search warrant was served on the vehicle Van Eaton was driving, and on a hotel room Van Eaton was staying in, as well as on Van Eaton himself.

Van Eaton was initially transported to the Lincoln City Police Department and held for a short time before being transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged there on charges of Robbery 2, Menacing, and Aggravated Theft 1.  

The members of the Lincoln City Police Department would like to thank the Newport Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Albany Police Department, the Astoria Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the FBI for their assistance with this investigation and arrest. In addition, we would like to thank Chinook Winds Casino Security for their assistance with the investigation. While this investigation is still ongoing, we would also like to thank the community and the other law enforcement agencies for providing multiple tips that assisted us in solving this crime. 

Submitted By:   Sergeant Jeffrey Winn

Lincoln City Police Department Update on Police K-9 Donation Operation - 06/25/19

The members of the Lincoln City Police Department would like to take the opportunity to send out a sincere Thank You to all the citizens, businesses and organizations who have already donated to the fund raising efforts for the department to obtain and implement a K-9 program. The response and support thus far from the public for the implementation of the K-9 program has been phenomenal and approximately $50,000 of donations has been received.

Donations toward the K-9 program are still being accepted as we continue to strive for our donation goal of $75,000 and additional fund raising efforts and events will be continuing in the future. Donations can be made to the program in the following ways: through a Go Fund Me account at, or at Donations can also be mailed to the Lincoln City Police Department, Attention K-9 Fund, 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City, OR, 97367.   

The Lincoln City Police Department would again like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of those who have already supported and donated to the Lincoln City Police Department K-9 program. If you have any questions about K-9 Fund donations or the K-9 program in general please contact the Lincoln City Police Department at 541-994-3636 and we would be glad to talk with you.   

Submitted By:     Sergeant Jeffrey Winn

Reminder - Lincoln City Police Conducting Active Shooter Response Training - 06/24/19

The Lincoln City Police Department would like to remind everyone that they will be conducting Active Shooter Response training on June 24 & 25, 2019 in and around Taft Elementary School, located at 4040 SE High School Drive in Lincoln City. There will be law enforcement and emergency vehicles present during the exercise.

We want the public to know that this is only training and not an actual emergency. Taft Elementary will be closed to students and the general public for the duration of the training. No students will participate in the training. Access to the building for select school employees is restricted to pre-identified parts of the school during the training.

The Lincoln City Police Department would again like to thank the Lincoln County School District for allowing us to use their facility and property for this very important training. The school district’s assistance and cooperation allows the Lincoln City Police Department to better train and prepare their officers for response to a critical incident such as this.

Submitted By:    Sergeant Jeffrey Winn