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Tip of The Week for June 14, 2021 - Summer Crime Prevention Tips - 06/10/21



Date:          June 10, 2021         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers





Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and, unfortunately, an increase in burglaries.  You can exercise renewed diligence to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these crimes.

Keep vehicles locked with the windows up at all times when parked at your home.  Remove all valuables including purses, cell phones, electronic devices, gym bags, briefcases etc.

Avoid Home Improvement scamsBeware of anyone offering to perform an unscheduled home repair or asking to gain entry into your home.  Ask for identification, contact the company they say they work for to verify employment and ask for authorization for them to be at your property. Never agree to pay for home improvement services until the work has been completed.  Don’t sign home improvement contracts without reading the entire contract carefully and discussing anything that doesn’t seem clear with the company and trusted family members.

Keep doors closed and locked.  This includes garages, sheds and patio doors.  Burglaries from open garages, sheds and residences are more prevalent in summer months and often occur while the homeowner is outside in the backyard.

Unattended bicycles should always be locked to something sturdy.  Remember when you stop to rest, eat or use restroom facilities, an unlocked and unattended bike is an invitation to theft.

Vacation plans?  Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail and newspapers.  Set inside lights on a timer.  Set your home alarm. Use a home security camera so you can check in while you are away. Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house and make sure to leave a contact phone number for them to reach you in case of an emergency.

Take some simple steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime.

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

Tip of The Week for June 7, 2021 - Natural Gas Safety (Photo) - 06/03/21




Date:          June 3, 2021       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




Natural gas powers a wide array of home and industrial appliances.  In urban areas, natural gas is piped directly into your home in much the same way water and electricity are.  As with any plumbing system, leaks can sometimes happen. 

Because natural gas can displace the air in a confined space, it can cause headaches, nausea, or even lead to suffocation.  Natural gas is odorless, colorless, and extremely flammable.  It is due to these hazards that gas companies add a chemical called mercaptan (methanethiol) to make natural gas smell like rotten eggs.  If you hear or smell a natural gas leak, there are some steps you should take:

  • Do not use your cell phone, telephone, or other electronic devices.
  • Do not light matches, smoke cigarettes, or generate any sparks.
  • Do not operate any electrical switches (even turning lights off could create a spark inside the switch).
  • Evacuate everyone from the area.
  • Call 911 from a phone away from the leak.
  • Contact your natural gas provider.
  • If you smell natural gas, it’s always safest to leave the area immediately and call the gas company.  However, after a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, it could be several days before they are able to reach your home. DO NOT turn off your natural gas service unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping, or see other signs of a leak. ONLY turn off your gas if it is safe to do so.

Always have an emergency plan in place and ensure the members of your household are aware of it.  For additional safety information, contact your service provider or visit their website.

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

Tip of The Week for May 31, 2021- A Pet's License Is Their Ticket Home - 05/27/21



Date:          May 27, 2021           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




Buying a license for your dog isn’t just about the law--it can save your dog’s life.  Anyone who has experienced the panic and sorrow of having a lost dog knows how important it is to license your pet.  Our dogs are our friends and companions, and they look to us for nearly everything: food, shelter, water and love.  They also need us to help bring them home if they wander.

One of the best and most basic things we can do for our dogs is to license them.  Our goal is to be able to reunite all lost dogs with their families, and you can help us reach that goal with increased dog licensing.  When Good Samaritans find stray dogs that are licensed, they can call the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or connect to DocuPet, our 24/7 licensing and HomeSafe partner, to find your information, and your pet may never even have to come to the shelter.

While happy reunions are the most important consideration, failure to obtain a dog license can result in a $265 fine.  All dogs in the county are required to be licensed within thirty days of residence, whether or not you live in the city and whether or not your dog leaves your property.  While cat licenses are not required, they help the animal shelter reunite families with their feline friends, too.

You may easily purchase or renew a license by mail, at the Animal Shelter, or online.  Applications and additional information are available online at:


  • License tags allow us to contact you as soon as possible--providing you peace of mind, leaving space at the shelter for another animal in need, and saving the community tax-payer money.
  • License fees support shelter programs and operations which provide over 1,000 animals with food, veterinary care, safe shelter, training, behavior enrichment, foster and adoption services each year.
  • License fees support field services and investigations to address loose pets, aggressive dogs, and bite reports.
  • License fees allow Animal Services to investigate, seize, and care for animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect.
  • Fees support our pet retention programs, including distribution of over 1,000 pounds of pet food from our food bank and through Meals on Wheels each month, to help people keep pets in their homes.
  • Last year, our redemption rate was over 90% for dogs, well above the national average, but only 4% for cats. Our goal is to reunite all lost pets with their families.
  • If your animal is found injured and wearing its license, it is much easier for us to obtain emergency medical attention for him or her and contact you with the details.
  • Identification is critically important for your pet in the event of a manmade or natural disaster.
  • If your dog is impounded and is current on their license and altered, then the first $30 impound fee is waived.
  • License fees are an important way the community supports our policy of not euthanizing for time or space, and finding new homes to as many animals as possible.

Please keep your pets safe with a license, ID tag, and microchip, and remember to search for your lost pet at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport and by calling 541-265-6610. You can help reunite lost pets by following the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at LincolnCountyLostandFoundPets.

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

Involved Vehicle
Involved Vehicle
Police Pursuit through Lincoln County Communities - 05/26/21

On May 26, 2021 at 11:14 AM the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was advised Grand Ronde Tribal Police had been in a pursuit with a black Jeep Wrangler west bound on Hwy 18. Officers were unable to keep a visual with the suspect vehicle and the pursuit was terminated.

At 12:10 PM Lincoln City Police Officers observed the vehicle driving south bound in Lincoln City. Officers tried to stop the vehicle and it fled at high rate of speed. The pursuit was terminated due to the driver driving recklessly while officers attempted to keep up.

Law Enforcement Officers followed at a safe distance keeping the vehicle in line of sight as it traveled south on Hwy 101. Multiple attempts to deploy spikes were unsuccessful due to the high volume of traffic. The pursuit was again terminated to avoid predicted hazardous conditions inside Newport City limits.

Various officers were observing major intersections in Newport and observed the suspect vehicle drive recklessly through Newport while continuing south on Hwy 101. Once the vehicle exited the city limits officers attempted another traffic stop and the vehicle eluded again. On Highway 101 near SW 68th street, Deputy Honse with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was successful in spiking one tire on the Jeep. The vehicle continued south at a high rate of speed. Another successful spike strip application was executed just south of Seal Rock where the second front tire was deflated. The vehicle continued south on Hwy 101 on one rim and one flat tire.

Officers learned during this time the suspected driver was Corienne Anne Meyer age 40 of Ward, Colorado. She was wanted out of Colorado State for Kidnapping. Due to the seriousness of the warrant and the observed blatant disregard to public safety, heightened measures were taken to stop the fleeing vehicle. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office conducted a rolling “box-in”. The suspect vehicle intentionally struck the back of the lead patrol vehicle twice before coming to a complete stop. The driver was taken into custody and her identity was confirmed. Ms. Meyer was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and charged with numerous charges to include Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude, Attempted Assault III, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer. Her bail was initially set at $95,000 with additional charges expected from surrounding agencies. No injuries to the suspect or officers were reported.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Oregon State Police, Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Lincoln City Police Department and the Newport Police Department.




Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
Lincoln Co. Backyard Debris Burn Ban Announced - 05/21/21

Media Release Distributed on behalf of the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board.



Issue Date: May 21, 2021

Issued By: Lincoln County Fire Defense Board

Notice: Lincoln County, County-End of Backyard Debris Burning

Effective Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7 am – until further notice

Distribution to: Media, Lincoln Alerts, Local Public Safety/Government Officials, State Liaisons

As Lincoln County begins to enter our core wildfire risk season, we have listed the definition of the implemented burning restrictions for this time and additional reminders to assist in your preparedness efforts.

  • Backyard debris burning is no longer allowed – County Wide, effective June 1 at 07:00am until further notice.
  • Recreational fires may be allowed. Some areas require a permit.
  • Check with your local fire agency for specific regulations.

See attached full release from the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board.

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris

Lincoln County Emergency Management

Tip of The Week for May 24, 2021 - Private Timber Lands - 05/20/21


Date:  5/20/2021                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Sheriff Curtis Landers






Those who enjoy traveling the back roads of our private timber lands have found locked gates or restricted access.  This leaves some people to believe that private timber companies deny access to their lands simply because they don’t want private citizens on their property.  This is not the case.

With the exception of active commercial use such as logging or harvest of other forest products, the closures are in reaction to the ever-increasing incidents of offensive littering, abandonment of vehicles, theft of forest products, and acts of criminal mischief such as destruction of property caused by 4X4’s and ATV’s riding in unapproved areas, destruction of road access gates, and more.

Damage and theft detracts from the natural beauty of our forests, incurs costs for cleaning, repairing, and removal of vehicles and garbage.  These costs are borne by private timber companies as well as taxpayers in the county.

What can each of us do to stop the current trend of defacing our forests and waterways?  During your visit and when you leave forest lands and waterways:

  • Read signs posted at entry points into private & public lands – signs include important information including log truck activity
  • Report criminal acts to law enforcement
  • Report located dump sites or abandoned vehicles
  • Stay informed of possible land use restrictions usually posted at each access.
  • When in doubt about access, contact the landowner or your Lincoln County Sheriff’s office Forest Patrol at (541)265-4277 
  • Do not discard any glass, cans, rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or litter other than in receptacles designed or provided for these items
  • Report anyone observed hauling trash or debris into our forests.  Anyone enjoying nature in our local forests might bring a trash bag or two to pick up any trash you should observe.
  • Do not discard any glass, cans, rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or litter in any waters of the state
  • Do not drain, or cause or permit to be drained, sewage or the drainage from a cesspool, septic tank, recreational or camping vehicle waste holding tank or other contaminated source, upon the land of another without permission of the owner, or upon any public way
  • When target shooting, be sure to pick up brass, targets and anything else used during your visit
  • Do not permit any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse to be thrown from a vehicle you are operating

Our forestlands, public and private, should be treasured and protected by everyone.  Through our efforts, we can strive to regain the trust of the private timber owners.  The challenge for each of us is to take pride in where we live and work and clean up our county by recycling any and all materials that can be reused rather than simply discarding them.

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