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Brian Matthew Lighthill
Brian Matthew Lighthill
Man arrested for menacing, pointing a firearm at another, DUII (Photo) - 04/24/17

On April 23, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of NW Beach Drive (Nye Beach Turnaround) on a report of a subject at that location pointing a firearm at another. The caller stated that, during an argument with Brian Matthew Lighthill, age 19 of Seal Rock, Lighthill brandished a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victims.

Further investigation revealed that one of the victims and Lighthill had been engaged in a heated, verbal exchange that turned physical. As the victim got into a vehicle to leave, Lighthill retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim; a second victim was inside the vehicle. Both victims were in fear of their lives, and felt Lighthill was going to shoot them. Lighthill made menacing comments to the victims inside the vehicle. He tapped the barrel of the firearm on the windshield as he pointed it at the victims.

The victims were able to leave the area and call for police. Lighthill fled the area in his vehicle. He was stopped by Newport Police Officers about three blocks away. During the subsequent investigation, Officers located a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed in Lighthill's center console. It was determined at the scene that Lighthill had consumed alcohol, and was driving impaired.

Lighthill was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath analysis, which he did not pass.

Lighthill was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: DUII; two counts of Menacing; two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another; Unlawful Possession of Firearm; and Minor in Possession Alcohol. His bail was set at $75,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact 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.

Attached Media Files: Brian Matthew Lighthill
Rebecca Sinclair
Rebecca Sinclair
Fatal City Center Motel Fire Investigation Update 5 (Photo) - 04/20/17

On August 5, 2016, at approximately 5:50 a.m., Willamette Valley Communications Center received a report of a fire at the City Center Motel, located at 538 SW Coast Highway, in Newport. The caller reported one room was on fire.

Newport Fire and Newport Police Departments responded to the fire. The fire had begun to engulf the center rooms of the motel. Police officers began the evacuation of the motel, as the fire was rapidly spreading. Fire personnel began to suppress the fire, which was determined to have started in a ground-level room. As the fire continued to spread, additional resources were dispatched to the scene. Fire apparatus and personnel from Toledo, Depoe Bay, North Lincoln, Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats responded to assist.

Fire personnel conducted an initial sweep of the motel, and did not locate any persons. Four guests were transported to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital, three with minor injuries. Those three people were treated and released. One motel guest, later identified as Rebecca Joanne Sinclair,was admitted to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, and later transported to the Legacy Emmanuel Burn Center. Ms. Sinclair, who had been a registered City Center Motel guest in room 103, was later identified as a person of interest in the cause of the fatal fire.

Guests at the Days Inn, south of the City Center Motel, were also evacuated as the fire spread to the north part of the Days Inn complex. Temporary shelter was established at the Newport Armory. The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist with displaced guests. Highway 101 was closed, and traffic diverted around the fire scene until 11:00 a.m.

Police and fire personnel accounted for all guests registered at the City Center Motel except the occupants of two rooms. Once the fire was controlled, police and fire personnel began to search the rooms that were heavily damaged by fire. At 4:00 p.m., two bodies, one male and one female, were discovered beneath burned rubble. The bodies were identified as motel guests Tammi Sue Hepner, age 51, and Allen Arthur Hepner, age 63, both of Portland, Oregon. They had been staying in room 221.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., two additional bodies were discovered deeper in the burned rubble. The bodies were identified as motel guests Sandra Sue Shoemaker, age 60, and Danny Keith Shoemaker, age 64, both of Springfield, Oregon. They had been staying in room 220.
The origin of the fire was determined to be room 103, which is the ground-level room occupied by Ms. Sinclair. The likely cause of the fire was determined to be careless discard of smoking materials.

The investigation was cooperatively conducted by the Newport Police Department, and the Newport Fire Department, with assistance from the State of Oregon Fire Marshall's Office. As a result of the investigation, a Lincoln County Grand Jury found Rebecca Sinclair's actions to be negligent and reckless, resulting in a true bill of indictment. An indictment warrant of arrest was issued on March 1, 2017 for the following charges:

Manslaughter 2nd Degree x4
Criminally Negligent Homicide x4
Reckless Burning
Recklessly Endangering x7

On March 2, 2017, Ms. Sinclair was located in Washington State and arrested. She refused to waive extradition, and a Governor's Warrant was obtained. The warrant was served on April 17, 2017. Ms. Sinclair was extradited to Lincoln County. She is being held on $750,000.00 bond in the Lincoln County Jail.

Information released by: Jason Malloy, Interim Chief of Police, 541-574-3348
Rob Murphy, Fire Chief, 541-265-9461

Attached Media Files: Rebecca Sinclair
Sidney R. Myers
Sidney R. Myers
Possession of Heroin/Vehicle Pursuit (Photo) - 04/19/17

On April 18, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Newport Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of SW Alder and SW 9th Streets. While the Police Officer was completing a traffic citation, the Newport Police Department K9 vehicle arrived on scene. Upon arrival of the K9 vehicle, the driver of the stopped vehicle, Jesse Yamaguchi Telmar, age 29 of Siletz, started his vehicle and drove away from the traffic stop. Newport Police Officers followed Telmar westbound onto Hwy 101, then southbound where his vehicle picked up speed.

As Telmar's vehicle drove southbound across the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a passenger inside the vehicle, Sidney Ronald Myers, 23 of Newport, attempted to throw a dark-colored metal box out of the window and over the side of the bridge. However, rather than clearing the bridge, the metal box bounced off a steel beam and landed in the roadway. The metal box broke open, exposing a large amount of Heroin that had been concealed within the box.

Newport Police Officers, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies, Toledo Police Officers, and Oregon State Police Troopers worked together in pursuing Telmar's vehicle south on Hwy 101, east on North Beaver Creek Rd, then onto 1000 Line Road. Near milepost 2 on 1000 Line Road, Toledo Police Officers had deployed spike strips for Telmar's vehicle. As Telmar approached the location of the spike strips, he lost control of his vehicle, coming to a stop in the middle of the roadway. Officers conducted a High Risk Traffic stop, and took both Telmar and Myers into custody.

A subsequent search of the vehicle and subjects revealed additional drug paraphernalia, a large amount of US currency, and multiple firearms. Both Telmar and Myers were transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the following charges: Telmar--Unlawful Possession Heroin; Unlawful Delivery Heroin; Unlawful Manufacture Heroin; Reckless Driving; Eluding Police Officer; Criminal Conspiracy; and Tampering with Evidence; his bail was set at $880,000. Myers--Criminal Conspiracy; and Tampering with Evidence; his bail was set at $765,000.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact 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.

Attached Media Files: Sidney R. Myers , Jesse Y. Telmar