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Theft 1/ Escape 3/ Criminal Mischief 2/ Fugitive From Another State - 07/28/22

On July 27th, 2022 the Newport Police Department was dispatched to the Newport Pawn Shop on the report of a subject stealing a handgun from the business. Investigation revealed the suspect had reached behind a display case and had stolen a handgun while an employee at the business was occupied. The subject, later identified as Elijah Thomas Cassens, 18, of Newport, concealed the stolen firearm on his person and fled from the business.

After officers left the scene, the business owner called officers to report they located Cassens. Officers responded to the area of SW 2nd Street and SW Lee Street, where the business owner was attempting to detain Cassens. Officers learned the business owner had obtained information Cassens was attempting to sell the firearm. The business owner confronted Cassens, who dropped the stolen firearm and fled the area on foot.

Officers conducted an extensive search of the area, but Cassens was able to escape.

At about 2040 hours the same day, the victim business owner called again to report they observed Cassens walking in the same area. Newport officers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, began searching the area. Newport officers located Cassens in the 100 block of SW High Street. As the officers attempted to contact Cassens, he ran from the area. Officers observed Cassens jumping residential fences and running through yards.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and began searching the area on foot. Cassens emerged from a private yard and again ran from officers. Officers chased Cassens on foot. 
Officers were able to catch Cassens, and he was taken into custody without further incident. 
Officers discovered Cassens damaged a residential fence during his attempted escape. In addition to the local charges, it was also learned Cassens had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Idaho for Robbery.

Cassens was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges; 

  • Theft 1
  • Escape 3
  • Criminal Mischief 2
  • Fugitive from Another State

 

Possession/ Manufacturing/ Delivery -- Methamphetamine / Wanted Subject - 07/27/22

On July 25th, 2022 the Newport Police Department received information that Jeffery Haines, 42, of Waldport, was selling methamphetamine to others in the Newport area and had outstanding warrants for his arrest. The information was provided to area law enforcement officers and Haines was spotted by an Oregon State Trooper when they had passed Haines as Haines was entering Newport.

Newport K9 officer located Haines’ vehicle parked at a residence in Newport and began watching the vehicle for Haines to return to it. When Haines returned to his vehicle and began driving away from the area, Newport officers conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle and contacted him. Haines was detained and during a search of his person, a quantity of methamphetamine was located.

During the investigation Haines consented to a K9 search of his vehicle and property. Newport Drug Detection K9 Zoe was introduced into the vehicle and alerted to items in the vehicle. Officer conducted a hand search of the vehicle and its contents. During the search a large quantity of methamphetamine was located, as well as evidence of drug use and sales. 

Two outstanding warrants for Haines’ arrest were also confirmed.

Haines was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges; 

Jeffery Alan Haines, 42

  • Possession of Controlled Substances - Methamphetamine
  • Delivery of Controlled Substances - Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture of Controlled Substances - Methamphetamine
  • Outstanding Warrants x 2

Newport man arrested for hit and run of bicyclist - 07/21/22

Details: On Thursday July 21st, 2022, at approximately 12:10 am, Newport Police were dispatched to SW 2nd and SW High Street on a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, which subsequently left the scene without rendering aid. 

Officers arrived and located bystanders rendering aid to a 37-year-old Newport man, who was bleeding from the head. An investigation revealed that a black 2006 Audi A4 car was traveling westbound on SW 2nd street when it struck an electric bicycle ridden by the victim in the intersection of SW 2nd and SW High Street. After striking the victim, the vehicle continued west to SW Coast Street and drove from the area; failing to stop or render aid to the injured bicyclist.

Evidence at the scene led police to an address in the 900 block of NW Spring Street, where the suspect vehicle was located. The driver of the suspect vehicle, 33-year-old Juan Carlos Novella Correo of Newport, was contacted and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Felony.

The victim was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Newport Police were assisted by Newport Fire, Pacific West Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriffs Office and the Oregon State Police.