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Deputies pursue and apprehend Waldport kidnapping suspect (Photo) - 05/29/20

On May 16th, 2020, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance outside a business in the 300 block of Hemlock Street in Waldport.  A witness reported the two people involved entered a single vehicle and left at a high rate of speed after driving over the curb and landscaping.  Deputies were familiar with the vehicle the witness described and attempted to contact the owner at his residence, however he fled from the location just prior to deputies arriving. 

The other person involved in the disturbance emerged from the residence and began describing what took place.  An investigation revealed 48-year-old Waldport resident Richard D. Leach had forced an unwilling victim into a vehicle at gunpoint. Leach then drove the victim to several places around the Waldport area before stopping at a location where the victim was able to escape.  Leach physically assaulted the victim multiple times during the encounter.

A firearm was recovered during the investigation.  Deputies searched for Leach extensively over the next several days.  The vehicle Leach used in the incident was found burned on a remote forest road during the search, but Leach could not be located.

On May 28th at about 4:45 PM, Leach was seen in a Toyota Corolla near milepost 3 on Highway 34 outside of Waldport.  Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Leach, but he failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued.  As the pursuit was initiated, the Corolla was reported stolen from a residence on Highway 34.

The pursuit lasted approximately 45 minutes over forest roads between East Canal Creek Road and East Eckman Creek Road.  During that time, Leach struck a vehicle passing by and attempted to hit the involved patrol vehicles.  Despite both rear tires failing, Leach continued to attempt to elude deputies.  To prevent the pursuit from going back into Waldport and heavier traffic, the vehicle’s front tires were deflated with spike strips near the intersection of E. Eckman Creek Rd and E. Lakeside Dr.

The vehicle mechanically failed in the 500 block of E. Eckman Creek Rd and rolled to a stop.  Leach refused to comply with repeated verbal commands to surrender.  Sheriff’s Office Patrol K9s Bonni and Nix were deployed.  K9 Nix entered the vehicle and successfully apprehended Leach.  Medics were summoned to the scene for injuries Leach sustained during the K9 apprehension.  While being treated at the scene, Leach spit blood on emergency medical personnel.  Leach was taken into custody and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. 

Leach was charged with Kidnapping in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police, Aggravated Harassment, Coercion, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Reckless Driving (x2), Menacing, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Misdemeanor), Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Offensive Littering (x3), and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.  His bail was set at $730,000.

Attached Media Files: Vehicle
Failed Otis robbery attempt leads to Attempted Murder charges - 05/28/20

On May 19th, 2020 at about 10:00 PM, three Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Lincoln City Police Officer were in the Otis area investigating a disturbance call.  While at the scene, deputies and officer heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the area of North Fawn Drive.  Two units left the disturbance call and began investigating the shots they had just heard.

Three minutes later, WVCC Dispatch received a 911 call from a resident near the shooting location.  The 911 caller reported a subject came to his door saying he had been shot.  Deputies went to the location where the shots were reported and began investigating the incident; however, they could not immediately locate the victim.  A Sheriff’s Office K9 team was called to the scene to assist in finding the still-unknown victim.  Deputy Smith and K9 Nix located the victim in the yard of a nearby property.  The victim had not sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was activated to continue the investigation.  The Major Crime Team consists of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators determined the incident had been a failed robbery attempt that escalated to the point of gunshots being fired at the victim.  A search warrant was executed at a residence on North Fawn Drive, which yielded a firearm and other evidence of the firearm having been discharged during the robbery attempt.  Three suspects were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

On May 28th, 2020, a Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted the following people:

35-year-old Otis resident Nelson Leonard Jackson- Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm (x3), Attempted Assault in the Third Degree (x3), and Menacing.

31-year-old Otis resident Glenn Lavaughn Thompson- Attempted Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm (x3), Attempted Assault in the Third Degree (x4), and Menacing.

49-year-old Otis resident Bobby Jo Monk- Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm (x3), Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the Second Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Second Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, and Menacing.

Tip of The Week for June 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Contact Tracing Text Message Scams (Photo) - 05/28/20

Date:            May 28, 2020                             

Contact:        Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



                                 COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING TEXT MESSAGE SCAMS


You might have heard a little about contact tracing. This is the process of identifying people who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitor their symptoms daily. 

There are professionals hired by the Department of Public Heath that work with infected individuals to get names and phone numbers for everyone that person came into contact with while possibly infectious. Those names and numbers are often kept in an online system. A legitimate text from a Lincoln County Public Health representative would NEVER include a link to click on. If they are reaching out for contact tracing purposes, they will do so first via telephone call and will clearly identify themselves as representing public health and their purpose for calling. In addition to text, if someone provides them with an email or a social media platform, they will contact people by these means as well. Tracers who call will not ask for information like a Social Security number. Legitimate tracers won’t ask you for money or information like your bank account or a credit card etc. Anyone who does is a scammer.

Contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, but scammers have been taking advantage of this process and are sending text messages. Theirs are spam text messages that ask you to click a link. 

Don’t Click the Link- Clicking on the link will download software onto your device. Giving access to scammers. Ignore and delete these scam messages. 


There are several ways you can filter unwanted text messages:

  • Your phone may have an option to filter and block messages from unknown senders or spam.
  • Your wireless provider may have a tool or service that lets you block texts messages.
  • Some call-blocking apps also let you block unwanted text messages.

Here are several other steps you can take to protect yourself from text scammers.

  • Protect your online accounts with multi-factor authentication. This makes it harder for scammers to log in to your accounts if they do get your username and password.
  • Enable auto updates for the operating systems on your electronic devices.
  • Back up the data on your devices regularly


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Lincoln Alerts County Wide Test Scheduled for June 19, 2020 - 05/26/20

Please see the attached media relase for full details.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division has scheduled an annual county-wide test of their emergency notification systems for June 19, 2020 between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

County Emergency Management will test all components of the Lincoln Alerts emergency notification system in preparation for seasonal wildfire conditions.  A specific focus of the systems test will be on the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge) and the functionality of receiving information back from those who received the message.

Community members can participate in the county-wide test in the following ways:

  • Pre-Test date:
    • Opt-in and create a Lincoln Alerts profile for each member of your household if you have not already done so.
    • Update your current opt-in profiles to make sure your contact information and addresses are up to date.
    • Download the mobile app and log-in (must have a Lincoln Alerts account first).
  • During the Test:
    • Confirm the Lincoln Alerts test message on any of the devices in your profile or your residential or business landline phones.
    • Confirm the mobile app message and send back a photo through the mobile app to County Emergency Management confirming the ability to communicate to public safety officials during emergency events.
    • Monitor local media partner sites (radio, digital) during the test timeframe to confirm you received a notification through an alternative source.
  • Post Test:
    • Complete the County Emergency Management on-line participant survey to provide feedback on the test.

County Emergency Management has several redundancies in place to push out emergency notification messages to those who may be in harm’s way due to emerging or imminent disaster situations. The county wide test allows County Emergency Management to test all features together just as it would be in a real disaster response situation. Those features include:

  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) – message over local public radio systems
  • Media release to local media partners (Flash Alert)
  • Lincoln Alerts to opt-in profiles
  • Lincoln Alerts to residential and business landline numbers
  • Lincoln Alerts message specifically for mobile app users
  • Lincoln Alerts message to community information Keyword subscribers
  • Posting of emergency notification banner on county website (test message)
  • New Facebook Alert Features

As part of the test, County Emergency Management is sponsoring a contest for users of the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge). App users who respond with a photo from one of the categories below will be entered to win a NOAA Weather Alert Radio sponsored by the National Weather Service. Six individuals will be randomly selected as winners.  Winning photos will be shared on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Facebook page (@lcemergencymanagement).

  • Mobile Phone App Photo Categories
    • Disaster Go Bags
    • Disaster home/work caches
    • Your NOAA Radio
    • Any tsunami evacuation signage, maps, etc.
    • Pets
    • Family
    • Co-workers
    • Summer activity

Lincoln Alerts User Guides Available

If you are new to Lincoln Alerts, need a refresher on how to update your profile or use the mobile app we have 3 handy user guides on our webpage to assigs you. The guides are intended to outline the steps needed to sign-up for Lincoln Alerts, download the mobile app and sign-up for the community keyword text messages. The user guides can be found at the Lincoln Alerts page at


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
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Waldport man arrested after calling 911 over 20 times in two hours (Photo) - 05/22/20

On May 20, 2020, at approximately 11:00 pm, Deputy Jack Dunteman with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a disturbance occurring at a residence on SW Southmayd Lane in Waldport. The caller reported a male, later identified as 39-year-old Timothy Richard Swander of Waldport, was inside her residence and refusing to leave. Dispatch advised the caller had barricaded herself in her bedroom after hearing Swander yelling and banging items around in another part of the house.

Deputy Dunteman arrived at the residence and witnessed Swander ripping fan blades off the ceiling fan inside the residence. Deputy Dunteman detained Swander who appeared highly intoxicated.

Per the caller’s request, Swander was trespassed from the location and provided a ride back to his residence where he was cited and released for Criminal Mischief III and Criminal Mischief II.

Shortly after being released, Swander called 911 demanding Deputy Dunteman return and provide him a ride to the original caller’s address to get his cigarettes. Deputy Dunteman returned Swander’s call which went to voicemail. Deputy Dunteman left Swander a voicemail advising him that he would not be responding to such requests and preemptively warned him for Improper Use of Emergency Notification System.

Swander called 911 a total of 24 times over the next two hours.  None of the calls were for actual emergencies. Throughout this time fame, Swander made false reports in an attempt to receive law enforcement response. Swander also requested medics, which he declined once they arrived at his residence. Swander was warned several times by the dispatch center for Improper Use of Emergency Notification System.

Additional deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to Swander’s residence and he was taken into custody. Swander was transported to Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the charges of Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Mischief III, 3 counts of Initiating A False Report, Interfering with a Peace Officer and 24 counts of Improper Use of Emergency Notification System. His bail was set at $442,500.

Attached Media Files: Swander
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Otis search warrant yields stolen property, controlled substances, firearms, money (Photo) - 05/21/20

On May 20th, 2020, at approximately 7:00 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team conducted a search warrant on a residence in the North Deerlane Drive area of Otis.  The search revealed stolen property, including firearms, that had been taken during burglaries in the north Lincoln County area over the past several months.  Controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, and a large amount of US currency were found at the residence in addition to the stolen property.

The suspect, 75-year-old James D. Golden of Otis, was not present at the residence during the initial execution of the warrant.  Golden was spotted by deputies driving past the residence a short time later.  Deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop on Golden’s vehicle and took him into custody without incident.  A search of Golden’s person and vehicle yielded an additional large sum of US currency, approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 10 grams of heroin, and packaging materials.

Golden was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of Heroin; Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of Methamphetamine; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; and Theft in the First Degree (by Receiving).  His bail was set at $1,100,000.

A second subject, 51-year-old Richard A. Kraus of Otis, was contacted at the residence. Kraus was issued citations in lieu of custody on two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants from Clackamas County.  A third subject was detained and later released without charges.

The Lincoln City Police Department and Newport Police Department assisted in this event.

Attached Media Files: JD Golden
Tip of The Week for May 21, 2020 - Five Tips For A Happy And Healthy Summer (Photo) - 05/21/20

Date:            May 21, 2020                             

Contact:        Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652




                               FIVE TIPS FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY SUMMER


Summer is a favorite time of year for many people and with it fast approaching here are a few helpful suggestions for you and your family.

Exercise in the morning or evening

Aim to exercise during the cooler portions of the day. This may mean earlier mornings or evening workouts. This helps remain cool while exercising to avoid heat exhaustion but also decreases the risk of sun exposures like sunburn. If exercising in brighter and hotter temperatures of the day, try to find shady portions, use sun protection, stay hydrated, and/or consider indoor exercise with air conditioning.

Choose appropriate clothing

Lightweight clothing is best, in lighter colors and looser fitting. This helps with sweat evaporation and keeping you cooler and can be a part of sun protection if wearing long-sleeves or pants, requiring less sunscreen.

Stay protected from the sun

As we’ve shared, keep yourself covered with long sleeves, pants, and a hat. Seek the shade when possible and use sunscreen. Look for broad-spectrum coverage of UVA and UVB, aiming for at least 30 SPF, apply about every two hours or so. Don’t forget the heightened importance of sunscreen at higher altitudes. It’s easy to remember the sunscreen at the pool or beach, but don’t forget about it on mountain tops, or when hiking and biking.


Involve the whole family

Feel free to do your favorite exercises and get your workouts in, but from time to time, consider ways in which the whole family can be active. Utilize parks, taking both the kids and the grandparents. This might mean hikes, parks, canoeing, fishing, dancing, and more. Another way to keep the family active is to plan active vacations. Consider camping or vacations near water activities. It’s a great way to spend time in nature that can promote family bonding, and exercise.

Picnics and cookouts

If you’re going to exercise outside, why not eat outside? Summer is a great time for picnics and cookouts. Be sure to properly wash foods, and in these temperature extremes, pay attention to avoid food spoiling. Eat seasonally with refreshing fruits and vegetables, and while sometimes it is helpful to prepare ahead of time, it may be best to make food items the same day as the event for food safety.



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Sheriff's Office increasing traffic safety education and enforcement with Phase One reopening (Photo) - 05/14/20

With Lincoln County’s recent application approval for the COVID19 Phase One reopening process, the Sheriff’s Office will be increasing proactive education and enforcement efforts relating to traffic safety. Also a phased approach, these efforts are designed to increase safety for our citizens as travel increases in our county. Deputies will be primarily focusing on dangerous driving and what is known as “The Fatal Five” traffic violations- impaired drivers, speed, safety restraints, following too closely and improper lane changes.

Deputies will be employing safety measures during their contacts to create social distancing when possible and continue the use of PPE when appropriate.

It is anticipated with restrictions easing, businesses reopening and nicer weather ahead, we will see a substantial increase in motorists on our roadways. The Sheriff’s Office is reminding all our citizens and those passing through to please respect social distancing guidelines, obey traffic laws and travel safely so we can all stay healthy and enjoy the summer ahead.

Attached Media Files: Traffic Stop
Adult in Custody Death Settlement - 05/14/20

On October 25, 2018 at about 10:27 pm, during a routine adult in custody welfare check in the E-pod housing unit of the Lincoln County Jail, Corrections Deputies discovered Joshua Parker Gilleo, Depoe Bay, OR. unconscious and hanging from a bedsheet that he attached to a light fixture in his single occupant cell. Corrections Deputies immediately began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), administered an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and called medics, but were unable to revive him. Mr. Gilleo was pronounced deceased by arriving paramedics at 10:54.

The Newport Police Department along with the District Attorney’s Office completed a death investigation and determined that Mr. Gilleo committed suicide. An internal After Action Review was completed and determined that deputies responded within policy, procedures, and best practices.

Mr. Gilleo’s estate filed a tort claim against the County as a result of the suicide death while he was in the County’s custody.  Lincoln County’s insurance carrier (City County Insurance Services-CIS) has agreed to pay $850,000 (pending court approval for settlement) to the family of Mr. Gilleo and their attorney, related to the October 2018 suicide death of Mr. Gilleo.

Mr. Gilleo was lodged at the jail on criminal charges.  Mr. Gilleo was arrested on October 22, 2018 for Violation of Restraining Order (3 counts), Unlawful Use of Weapon, endangering a Person Protected by a Family Prevention Act, Carry Concealed Firearm, Domestic Menacing, and his previous release agreement was revoked.

Between October 16, 2018 and Mr. Gilleo’s arrest on October 22, 2018, he was arrested 4 times on related domestic violence charges. He was released on Security Release (bail) for the two previous arrests a short time after he was taken into custody, but bail was not posted for him as a result of the October 22, 2018 arrest and he remained in custody.

As part of the intake process for all individuals booked into the Lincoln County Jail, a series of demographic, medical and mental health/wellness questions are asked. The information is forwarded to the Jail’s Mental Health Counselors who review and follow-up with the individual as needed.

This was a very tragic and unfortunate event for the family as well as the Corrections Deputies and Corrections Medical Staff involved and will have a lasting impact on everyone. Even when policies and procedures are followed, knowing that someone made the personal decision to end their life can be mentally and physically challenging to those tasked with ensuring the safety and security of our facility and adults in custody. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Gilleo.

Although the Sheriff’s office maintains the staff’s actions involving Mr. Gilleo while he was at the jail were appropriate and met the applicable standards of care, because of the costs and uncertainty of litigation, and on the advice of the County’s insurance carrier, the decision was made to resolve the matter if it could be done for an agreeable amount of money.

This settlement allows the family and Sheriff’s office personnel to avoid the emotional and time-consuming process of litigation. In settling the case the County admits no wrongdoing.

Tip of The Week for May 18, 2020 - Self-Care For The Essential Worker (Photo) - 05/14/20

Date:            May 14, 2020                             

Contact:        Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



                                                       SELF-CARE FOR THE ESSENTIAL WORKER


Many of us in the community are considered essential, because we are providing essential services that help keep our communities running. In times like these, we are called to the front lines, but this doesn't mean that we must sacrifice our own well-being in exchange. While we continue to provide for the community, there are a few easy things that we can do to maintain our own health and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Safety tips for essential workers when returning home??

Disinfect- When you get home from work, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If this is not available, hand sanitizer?also works.?Frequent hand hygiene is recommended by the CDC and World Health?Organization to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).?

Changing clothes- Some may feel the need to change out of work clothes and shower before interacting with family members. We currently know that?COVID-19 doesn't live long on fabrics, so the risk of exposing family this way is very low.?There is no harm in bathing and changing out of work clothes if it provides reassurance.??

Taking care of yourself- Getting enough sleep, eating well and?exercising?are important in not only managing stress levels but also in keeping our immune systems strong. We might be putting in longer hours but making time for these activities?can also?help reduce the potential for burnout,?which puts us at greater risk for getting sick.??

Keep your mind healthy- We cannot neglect our mental health?during these times.?This is a new experience for most of us?and, understandably so, fear and anxiety are at an?all-time?high.?Feelings of fear and anxiety are?normal.?It is important that we?recognize our?emotions,?but it is equally important to find ways to disconnect from?job and constant media coverage.??

Finally,?there are other?proven ways to limit exposure to COVID-19.?Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at work and at home. Stay home from work if you aren't feeling well, even if it's a mild illness that you would typically continue to work through.?While we may not be able to social distance at work, we should continue to practice this outside of work?as best as we can.?

Thank you for all that you do. Together, we will flatten the curve!



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Deputies contact distraught subject Depoe Bay Bridge, Depoe Bay, Oregon. - 05/11/20

On May 10th, 2020 at approximately 10:48 PM, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the report of a possible suicidal person standing on the ledge of the Depoe Bay Bridge.

Deputies Jason Spano and Garrett Brawdy arrived within minutes of the call and found a young adult male standing on the West side concrete railing of the bridge. Deputies immediately began a dialogue with the subject while Depoe Bay Fire and United States Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay were put on standby. Troopers with the Oregon State Police and responding deputies shut down traffic on highway 101 at both ends of the bridge. After approximately 11 minutes the male subject agreed to step down off the railing and continue a conversation with deputies.

At approximately 11:14 PM the male agreed to be taken to the North Lincoln Hospital by Deputies Spano and Brawdy for further evaluation. The male was transported without further incident.

Deputy Jason Spano has served in Law Enforcement for 21 years, he has been with LCSO for three years. Deputy Garrett Brawdy has been with LCSO for six years as a corrections deputy, he recently transferred to the patrol division. Both deputies are specifically trained as Crisis Negotiators with the Lincoln County Crisis Negotiations Team. To achieve credentials in Crisis Negotiation a deputy must attend 40 hours of specialized training in negotiations. In addition to negotiations training both deputies have had an additional 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).

CIT is specialized training in recognizing and understanding how to deal with citizens going through a mental health crisis. In 2017 Sheriff Curtis Landers determined CIT to be so important he made it mandatory for all certified personnel with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to attend knowing the training would benefit the citizens we serve.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to know the Crisis and Information Hotline can be called 24 hours a day at 1-866-266-0288 if they need help or know of someone in crisis.


Tip of The Week for May 11, 2020 - 15 Easy Gardening Projects To Kick Off Spring - 05/07/20

Date:            May 7, 2020                               

Contact:        Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



                                   15 EASY GARDENING PROJECTS TO KICK OFF SPRING

If you’re self-quarantined or lying low for a couple of weeks, there’s no reason you can’t get outside and enjoy some fresh air. In fact, it’s the best thing for you! For starters, there’s no problem social distancing when it’s just you and the squirrels and the sparrows out there. And being outdoors is good for your mental health. Even if it’s still chilly in your part of the country, bundle up and get some gardening therapy. Trust us: Digging in the dirt will take your mind off the craziness.

Here are a few garden projects to help you stay sane while you’re isolated:

tClean up your garden- There’s something satisfying about bringing order to your little part of the world. We promise it’s cathartic to rip out dead annuals, yank early weed seedlings, and remove sticks and leaf debris from your beds and lawn.

Trim your shrubs- It’s fine to prune broken branches, but wait a little before shaping spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia or hydrangea. If you cut them back now, you’ll remove this year’s blooms! However, you can now shape summer-flowering shrubs such as butterfly bush or potentilla. If you’re in doubt at all about what you have, wait until things begin to leaf out fully, then shape

Make your own compost- Why not make “black gold” from all that kitchen and yard waste you’ve been throwing out? Fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and yard waste such as grass clippings can be added to the compost pile instead of tossed. While a DIY compost bin requires a few basic materials you may or may not have on hand (like chicken wire), a compost pile doesn’t need anything but yard space! Find everything you need to know about how to compost here.

Scrub down your garden furniture and deck- If you’ve got a power washer, great. If not, a bucket of soapy water and scrub brush work fine! Remove last year’s grime on all surfaces top to bottom, then let it all air dry. If needed, add a new coat of paint or spray paint (it works on everything!) to brighten worn furniture. And, yes, paint is sold online so you don’t have to leave your house.

Create a garden journal- When it’s time to plant again next year, you’re not going to remember what flower did well, or what variety of tomato was a total dud and not worth the trouble. Save yourself the frustration, and grab a notebook to start jotting down stuff you need to know to become a better gardener: where you planted the beans last year so you can rotate crops, what did great, what didn’t. Scribble down ideas, tape plant tags to the pages, and sketch out plans for new garden beds. Now is the time to daydream about all those projects you’d love to tackle!

Grow a salad garden- If you don’t have the energy or room to dig up part of your yard for a garden, plant greens! You only need a small pot or a window box to yield plenty of baby greens for your table. Mesclun (a mix of lettuces), spinach, and arugula can be planted in the same container. Sprinkle seeds, cover lightly with ¼” soil, and keep moist. In about a month, you will be able to start snipping off baby greens. It’s (almost) instant gratification! Plenty of companies ship seeds, so start shopping.

Start warm weather veggies indoors- This is a bit more ambitious, but if you have space, try your hand at growing your own plants—such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants—from seed. Then you'll be able to transplant them into your garden later. Besides seeds and seed starting you'll also ideally have grow light. But it’s okay to try raising your babies on a window sill if you’re stuck indoors and don’t have any other options.

Divide crowded perennials- In most of the country, the soil has warmed up enough to be worked. It’s a good time to divide perennials that have overgrown their space before they begin their growth cycle. Dividing yields more plants, and it keeps them healthier as some established clumps, especially irises, tend thin in the middle after several years in the same place.

Make a DIY rain barrel- Collecting rainwater from your roof saves money and reduces the amount of runoff from your property to the sewer system (lawns or driveways may have oil residue, road salt, pesticide or fertilizer that ends up in local streams and rivers), says Penn State Extension. The simplest method is to place a barrel or large storage tub under your house’s downspout; just make sure it’s covered so it’s not a drowning risk for small kids, pets or wildlife. If you want a more advanced version with a spigot or hose attached to fill watering cans, here’s how to do it.

Upcycle unused clutter into a planter- Old garden boots, a basket that’s just been collecting dust, a dented colander, glass jars or even cans from all those canned goods you’ve been using lately make creative (and totally free!) planters. Poke around in your cabinets or closets for items that can hold soil, drill some drain holes, then use them to plant early spring flower seeds such as pansies and violas.

Build a garden trellis- What do you have lying around that you can use to construct a simple garden trellis? Long branches can be lashed together on one end to make a tepee or ladder form (zip ties are super-helpful for this!). Or string twine back and forth between two stakes set in the ground. You can train all kinds of plants up your trellis, including morning glories, pole beans, and cucumbers.

DIY a potting bench- Old table, nightstand or dresser you never use? Convert it to a potting bench! Drag it outside, add a little paint to dress it up, distress it lightly with sandpaper, or use it as is. And when we can start entertaining again, toss a pretty tablecloth on it and use it as an outdoor buffet for gatherings.

Prepare your tools- Gather your tools, such as hand spades and pruners, and take stock of their conditions. If you didn’t clean them before putting away for the winter, wash surfaces with soap and water (if you don’t want to use up your bleach) to remove sap and disease spores so you don’t transfer to a new plant this year. Rusty tools? Try soaking them in a strong black tea bath, says the University of Vermont. Or use sandpaper or a wire bristle brush if they’re extra-rusty. Tighten loose screws and bolts on handles, and you’re good to go!

Design plant markers- Create some from craft materials you may on hand such as wine corks or paint sticks, or from found materials such as river stones or twigs that you can whittle down one side to make flat for marking. Acrylic paint, permanent markers, or stamps can dress them up and make it easier to remember where you planted what or to locate perennials before they pop up every spring.

Feed the birds- Birdwatching brings joy any time of year, and with many species migrating now, you may get to see one that wouldn’t ordinarily visit your feeders! We'll give you all the pointers you need here, or mix up marvel meal, a high-energy seed and peanut butter food, that can be smeared into tree bark or pine cones. It’s also easy to make suet or nectar for hummingbirds, which have already returned to southern climates, with these bird-approved recipes from the National Audubon Society. Seeing and hearing your happy, little visitors will lift your spirits.


**Information from

LCSO - Request For Cloth Mask Donations For Local Vulnerable Populations - 05/06/20

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division is asking for additional help to provide cloth masks to our local vulnerable populations.  The donated cloth masks will be collected and then redistributed to our vulnerable populations through partners and organizations working with high-risk populations.  

Through this donation drive, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office - Emergency Management Division, aims to gather at least 5,000 (about 10% of Lincoln County’s population) cloth face masks. Approximately 900 cloth masks have been collected so far with 400 of them distributed to local first responders, healthcare workers and essential care workers.

Vulnerable populations include but are not limited to seniors, those living in congregate settings like group homes, persons with disabilities, minority populations, those receiving social services through an agency, or houseless persons. Organizations interested in distributing cloth masks to vulnerable and high-risk residents should contact the Lincoln County Call center for more information at or 541-265-0621.

If you are donating cloth masks, please fill out the form located on our county website and bring it with you to a donation site. You will receive a “donation receipt” for your items. If you do not have the ability to print from home, there will be blank copies at the donation sites.

Drop Off Locations:

  • North County – Lincoln City

           North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Bob Everest Station, 2525 NW Hwy 101, Lincoln City

           Drop-off times: 9:00am-3pm, M-F

  • Central County – Newport

            Newport Fire Department, 245 NW 10th Street, Newport

            Drop-off times: 9:00am-3pm, M-F

  • East County – Toledo

           Toledo Fire Department, 285 NE Burgess Road, Toledo

           Drop-off times: 9:00am-3pm, M-F

  • South County – Waldport and Yachats

           Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue, 145 NE Alsea Hwy., Waldport

           Drop-off times: 9:00am-3pm, M-F

Donation Form and Website Information Page:

This is a very significant way community members can support our community during this time. When Lincoln County begins to reopen, community members will still need to use physical distance predictions,  wearing of face coverings in public, and continue to follow good hygiene practice such as washing hands for 20 seconds.

For More Information:

Contact the Lincoln County Call Center for more information at or 541-265-0621.


Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank">
(541) 265-4199 Office