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Stolen Lincoln County Transit Bus - 04/29/24

On April 28, 2024 at about 1148 hours, Newport Officers responded to the Lincoln County fuel pumps for a report of a stolen Lincoln County transit bus. 

Officers spoke to a transit bus driver who advised they had parked at the Lincoln County fuel pumps and went inside to use the bathroom. The bus driver stated when they came out of the bathroom, the bus was gone. Newport Police, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, began checking the area for the stolen bus.

It was learned the driver had left their cell phone inside the bus when it was stolen. It was determined through the tracking software in the phone that the phone was located in the 300 block of SE 2nd St. in Newport. Officers responded to that area and located the bus parked in a residential driveway.  Officers canvased the area but did not located a suspect.  Lincoln County Transit arrived and retrieved the bus, which was not damaged. 

Security footage from inside the bus showed the suspect getting into the driver seat and driving the bus away from the fueling center.  The male stops the bus where it was located in the 300 block of SE 2nd Street and flees on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a "RIP CITY" hoodie with the hood up, a hat, and red beard.  The male appears to have tattoos on his hands and was wearing sunglass.

The incident remains under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this case, contact Officer Nieto of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

Information Released By: Sgt. Hallmark, 541-574-3348

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Rollover traffic crash (Photo) - 04/29/24

On Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 at approximately 4:35 PM Newport Police, along with Newport Fire, were dispatched to the intersection of Hwy 101 at Olive Street (Hwy 20) in Newport on the report of a two-vehicle traffic crash. The crash was reported as a two-vehicle crash, with injuries, and one vehicle being “flipped”.

Responders arrived and discovered a black pickup with heavy front-end damage and a white pickup lying on its driver's side, both in the intersection. Further investigation revealed the black truck, which was being operated by Garrick Lindsted, 29 of Toledo, was traveling southbound on Hwy 101 and had failed to stop for the traffic signal. The white pickup was traveling westbound on Olive Street (Hwy 20) and was proceeding through the intersection when it was struck by Lindsted’s vehicle. The force of the collision turned the white vehicle onto its side, where it came to a rest.

There were no injuries reported and a tow truck was called for the white vehicle. Lindsted was issued a citation for Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

Information Released By: Lt Haynes , 541-574-3348