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Tip of the Week-July 23, 2018-Fire Safety - 07/19/18

We know that fires frequently occur, but no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire.  However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. Use the following tips to help keep you and your family safe especially during the hot, dry season.

Protect your home from wildfire

  • Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
  • Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
  • Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters and foundation screen vents free from debris.
  • Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
  • Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.


  • Call before you go – Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
  • Select the right spot – Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees. Be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • NEVER use gasoline.
  • Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
  • When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 072318-Fire_Safety.pdf
Tip of the Week-July 16, 2018-Traffic Congestion - 07/12/18

Traffic congestion is a part of life on the Oregon Coast this time of year. With an increase in visitors on our roads comes a corresponding increase in traffic incidents to generate more congestion. There are a few measures citizens can take to assist emergency responders and help keep delays minimal.

If you find yourself in a congested area, consider the following:

  • When stopped in traffic, make sure your vehicle isn’t blocking any intersecting roads or driveways.
  • If you decide to turn your vehicle off, make sure you will be able to get it started again. If the delay occurs at night, your headlights could run your vehicle’s battery down.
  • Make sure your headlights are on and leave your foot on the brake, even in the daytime. Drivers behind you may not realize that traffic is stopped ahead. The more visible you are the better.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Even though traffic is stopped, exiting your vehicle on the roadway is hazardous; traffic may begin moving suddenly or emergency responders could be approaching the scene.
  • Stay focused when passing the cause of the congestion. Additional incidents sometimes happen due to drivers paying too much attention to crashes and paying too little attention to the road.
  • Use extreme caution when turning around or changing lanes. You could end up blocking traffic yourself. Emergency personnel may use the oncoming lane to get to the scene.
  • Find a place to wait it out. If you’re in Lincoln County, there is a good chance a park, natural area, or business is nearby. It may not be a planned excursion, but it’s probably better than waiting in your car.
  • Be courteous! Being stuck in traffic is frustrating for everyone involved.

The best way to deal with traffic congestion is to not be a part of it. Adjust your travels to times when congestion is unlikely or plan alternate routes. When congestion is forecasted, take care of household and other errands well beforehand.

For more information and tips, visit our website at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.


Attached Media Files: 071618-Traffic_Congestion.pdf
Free Shred Day - Lincoln County Courthouse - 07/09/18

SAVE THE DATE -- On Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a "Shred Day" at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot located at 225 West Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365. The event is being held in an effort to combat identity theft and financial fraud for our citizens and assist them in protecting their personal privacy. 

Shred Day is a free event open to the public. Please bring your paper documents, files, notebooks, canceled checks, or any other document that contains your personal or sensitive information. We also accept VHS tapes, backup tapes, CDs, and DVDs that contain personal or sensitive information. The shredding is 100% secure and will be conducted by an iSecure truck on site. 

There is no limit to the amount of shredding that you may bring; however, once the truck is full, we will not be able to accept any more documents.   

Shredding is one of the most important things you can do to prevent identity theft. Below are just a few examples of items you should shred and not place in your trash can. 

- Expired or unused credit and debit cards 
- Credit card statements 
- Pre-approved credit card offers and applications 
- Checking and savings account statements 
- Canceled checks 
- Investment account statements 
- Pension account statements 
- Paycheck stubs 
- Phone and utility bills 
- Tax returns and statements 
- Medical records or bills 
- Insurance policy or claim information (auto, health, life) 
- Expired identification documents (driver licenses and passports) 

Questions? Call 541-265-4912 


Submitted by: 
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Ph: 541-265-4912

Attached Media Files: Shred Day 2018
Public information and traffic stop leads to several drug-related charges (Photo) - 07/05/18

On July 4, 2018, at approximately 11:55 pm, Deputy Andrew Parsons was on routine patrol in the north Newport area when he observed an Audi passenger car displaying plates belonging to a Honda Civic.  Dep. Parsons conducted a traffic stop and identified the three occupants inside.  

During the course of his contact with the individuals in the car, Dep. Parsons observed indicators consistent with drug use and possession.  A search of the car and occupants located suspected methamphetamine and heroin.  Packaging material, a large amount of US currency, weapons, and other items used in drug delivery were also found inside the car.

The three occupants were identified as: Christopher Thomas Murphy, a 29 year old male from Siletz; Breanna Rose Jordan-Goodell, a 23 year old female from Siletz and Matthew Neal Wynn, a 34 year old male from Newport.

Matthew Wynn was arrested for a probation violation.

Christopher Murphy was arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.  His bail was set at $500,000.

Breanna Jordan-Goodell was arrested on charges of Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.  Her bail was set at $500,000.

Deputies had previously received information from the public that this vehicle had been seen in the Siletz area involved in suspected drug delivery.


Attached Media Files: Wynn , Murphy , Jordan-Goodell
Tip of the Week-July 9, 2018-Dogs at Large - 07/05/18

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office receives animal complaints on a regular basis. The incidents range from barking dogs to roosters crowing to much more severe issues such as dog bites and attacks. 

Here are a few tips for both pet owners and neighbors to help deal with these types of incidents:

  1. BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER- Keep your dogs and cats vaccinated. Spay and Neuter your pets to prevent against unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.
  2. LICENSE YOUR DOG - Not only is it required by law, it’s the right thing to do. Proceeds from pet license help funds our local Animal Shelter.  It also ensures that we can reunite lost pets with their owners.
  3.  DON’T LET YOUR DOGS STRAY- Keep them safely and securely contained at home or on a leash. Trespassing dogs can lead to neighbor cat attacks, strewn garbage, and frightened children.
  4. NEIGHBORS- If you have a “problem pooch” in your neighborhood, try to find out whom it belongs to. Talk to the pet owner and communicate your concern and try mediation.  If that doesn’t work, call Animal Services through dispatch at 541-265-4231.
  5. THERE IS A STRAY DOG THAT DOESN’T BELONG IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD-  If he’s on your property and he doesn’t belong there, he’s trespassing.  If the dog is approachable and appears friendly, catch it and bring it to the Animal Shelter.  DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER OF BEING BITTEN IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO CORRAL THE CANINE!
  6. ONGOING PROBLEMS- The Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution service offers mediation for these incidents and much more!  They are located at 936 SW Hurbert, Newport, OR 97365. The phone number is (541) 574-9846
  7. More information can be obtained when you visit the Lincoln County website under county ordinance at

   For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 070918-Dogs_at_Large.pdf
Tip of the Week-July 2, 2018-Fireworks Safety - 06/28/18

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, which means fireworks and celebration. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Please have a safe Fourth of July.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 070218-Fireworks_Safety.pdf