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News release - 10/15/18

Pretrial Justice in Lincoln County is a newly established program which added its first defendants on Monday October 15, 2018.

Research indicates that harm can be done to defendants who are unnecessarily detained prior to trial.  Detained defendants can suffer loss of employment and housing, become separated from loved ones, experience family disruption, have higher odds of recidivism and receive harsher sentences than similarly situated defendants who are released from jail prior to their trial.  The goals of the Lincoln County Pretrial Justice Program are:

  1. Help courts make informed bail decisions, including nonfinancial options for release of appropriate defendants;
  2. Ensure that release options are realistic, enforceable, measurable and,
  3. Promote maximized pretrial release appearances, public safety and compliance outcomes.

The program operates on the presumption that individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Two pretrial specialist positions were approved through the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to provide recommendations to the courts.  These recommendations will occur after the pretrial specialist has verified information pertinent to the defendant’s possible release.  If approved for release into this program, these defendants will be monitored by the pretrial specialist to ensure they are following the conditions as outlined by the Judge.  They will receive timely phone reminders prior to their court appearances.

The Lincoln County Jail currently has approximately 50% of the inmate population on pretrial status.  Through the process of building the pretrial justice program, the hope will be to reduce this percentage to then allow beds for those who need to remain in custody. 

“I am very excited Lincoln County is starting the Pretrial Justice Program” stated Sheriff Curtis Landers.  “The Pretrial Justice Program is an effective way to manage the inmate population in the jail to prevent overcrowding while making sure people show up for court and do not commit further crimes” said Sheriff Landers.


Prepared by:

Jamie Russell

Jail Commander


Increase in phone scam attempts in Lincoln County - 10/13/18

On October 13, 2018 The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received numerous complaints from citizens after they received phone calls from subjects identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. The subjects or callers reported to the citizens that a member of their family is in custody and needs funds to get out of jail and to transfer money electronically or onto gift cards for a quick release of the famiily member. 

Another citizen reported the subjects advised the citizen they had a warrant for their arrest and to turn themselves into City Hall. The citizen reported their Caller ID displayed a name they affilated with law enforcment. 

Many of the citizens who reported the suspicious calls reported the subjects used the names of  Lt. Whitman, Sgt. Chip Baker or Deputy Baker.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens to not give out personal, financial or other protected information over the phone. If you doubt the credibilty of any suspicious phone calls we encourage you to call your local law enforcement agency or stop by in person to discuss sensetive information. 

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




Submitted by, 

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant

News release - 10/11/18


On October 10, 2018, two Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies were assigned to provide court security in room 305 of the Lincoln County Courthouse. At approximately 1010, an altercation took place when the defendant, an inmate, in custody of the Lincoln County Jail, made an attempt for a Newport Police Officer's service weapon. The police officer, who was present at the counsel table to testify in the trial, was able to create separation from the attack, while jail deputies quickly intervened and took the defendant to the ground, he was secured and returned to the jail. Due to the swift actions from the officer and deputies involved, none of the parties sustained any serious injuries, jail medical staff treated one of the deputies for minor scrapes and abrasions.  The defendant was un-restrained during this court appearance.

The defendant, Scott Patrick Lemmon, 27 of Newport, who was on trial for charges of Robbery II, Burglary I, Theft II, two counts of Menacing and four counts of Coercion, was later convicted on all charges and sentenced to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.  The actions taken by this defendant will be reviewed for possible new criminal charges.

In the fall of 2017, the 9th Circuit Court found the practice of shackling (restraining) criminal defendants without a specific finding by a Judge, is unconstitutional.  They did not leave any ambiguity or room for argument; it is now a clearly established right in the 9th Circuit. 

What does this mean in Lincoln County…………………

What this means is, our prior practice of requiring restraints for individuals going into the courtroom had to be revised.  In order to follow statutory requirements, Lincoln County established new practices which now requires all individuals to have a hearing by a Judge prior to restraints being placed on the individual for court purposes.  The ruling remains active all the way through the sentencing phase, but may be adjusted at any time by the Judge. If additional charges are placed on the individual while still in custody, a new hearing will take place.  If they return to custody after their release, a new hearing will take place.  In order to ensure safety and security for all parties involved, any time a Judge makes a ruling of no restraints, a minimum of two deputies are required to be in the courtroom with the individual. 

This is the first serious incident that has taken place in Lincoln County since the ruling change.

Prepared by:

Josh McDowall




Tip of the Week for October 15 - ODOT Work Zones - 10/11/18



As you have noticed recently when driving around the county and to other areas of the state, there is a LOT of road work taking place.  That may mean reduced speed limits and traffic delays in work zones.  Did you know that 4 out of 5 work zone crash victims are NOT the workers?  It is actually the drivers and their passengers traveling through the work zone areas.  Inattention and speed are the most common causes of work zone crashes. Oregon averages 488 work zone crashes per year.  That is one crash every 18 hours!


Work zones are dangerous for everyone even when workers are not visible.  That is why ODOT lowers the speed limits in work zones.  Exceeding work zone speed limits can be especially hazardous for numerous reasons:


  • Traffic patterns may change day to day.
  • Roads may be rough, uneven or covered with debris.
  • Temporary lanes may be narrow with abrupt edges.
  • Roadside equipment may obstruct views.


Travelers are often caught off guard by work zone hazards. Distracted driving and driving in excess of the speed limit reduces the necessary reaction time to avoid a crash. When you see orange signs, cones and barrels on the roadway, PAY EXTRA ATTENTION!  Those are your clues to be prepared for unexpected obstacles and stopped or slowing cars. So slow down, stay alert, avoid distractions and put down the phone.


For more information about work zone safety, go to ODOT's website at:


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


Attached Media Files: 101518_-_ODOT_Work_Zones.pdf
Weather Spotter Training Offered in Newport, Oregon - 10/08/18

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland welcome those with an interest in the weather to attend an upcoming weather spotter training in Newport, OR.

The training is on Thursday, November 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Oregon Coast Community College in the Community Room located at 400 SE College Way in Newport, OR.

The National Weather Service Spotter Program is a network of volunteers training in identifying irregular weather events. These volunteers call in to report abnormal weather conditions where they live.

The training will cover: cloud identification, gauging rainfall, measuring hailstones, types of severe weather and wind, rating snowfall, NWS Weather terminology, and criteria for calling in a report.

Those interested in receiving the training and becoming volunteer weather spotter or those who are already weather spotter and want refresher training are welcome to attend. The training is free, no registration required and open to the public. We hope to see you there.



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

Lincoln Alerts - New Mobile App
Lincoln Alerts - New Mobile App
Lincoln Alerts - New Features Announced, Mobile App and Espanol Resources (Photo) - 10/05/18

Please review the attached full media release on the new Lincoln Alerts New Mobile App Powered by Everbridge and New Española Resources. 

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




Tip of the Week for October 8 - When To Use 911 - 10/04/18

Your County Emergency Management Team and the three other dispatch centers serving our Lincoln County Communities want you to have this handy guide explaining when it is appropriate to call 911, and what number to use for a non-emergency.



Emergency  Call 911 (Dispatch)

Non-Emergency Call Non-Emergency #

Other Agency Resources

Any immediate danger to life, limb or property

Non-Emergency Events

No Crime or  Emergency Involved

  • House or building fires 
  • Medical emergencies, i.e., chest pains, trauma injuries
  • Someone is threatening or attacking you
  • Crime in progress
  • Aggressive dog attack 
  • You have heard gun shots in your area 
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Impaired/unsafe driver

Concerns or to report:

  • Unpermitted neighborhood burning – yard debris, etc.
  • Lost or loose animals in your neighborhood 
  • Noise disturbances
  • Vehicle break ins 


*See the Non-Emergency Phone Numbers for Dispatch Centers serving Lincoln County


  • Non-emergency ambulance transfers 
  • Copies of police/fire reports 
  • Power outages 
  • Driving directions or road closures





*See the Lincoln Co. Public Safety Info

Sheet for additional contact numbers


calling from landline or cell phone

  • Speak clearly, be calm – when a caller is upset, it is hard to understand what they are saying or to get vital information quickly 
  • State which emergency service is needed and why (e.g.  Fire, Police, Ambulance) 
  • State your exact physical address (where you are at the time of the emergency)  o   Mobile (cell) Phone Calls: If you do not know the exact address look for landmarks, i.e., mile markers, addresses on mailboxes, street signs, highway signs, nearby parks, businesses, etc.
  • Stay on the line until your Call Taker tells you to disconnect

If calling from mobile (cell) phone and you are driving, pull to the side of the road and stop before calling 

If you can't speak or

hear when calling 911

  • After dialing, leave the phone off the hook and make noise to let the Call Taker (Dispatcher) know you have an emergency
  • Calling from a landline (hard wired phone):  Your address will appear on the call taker's screen 
  • Calling from a mobile (cell) phone:  The Call Taker may get latitude/longitude close to your location 
  • Text-to- 911:  Give clear identifiers to where you are located and what your emergency is

Public Safety Tips

  • Make sure your address is:
    • Visible on the outside of your house or at roadway, especially at night 
    • Posted in your home for guests or babysitters to use if they are calling from a mobile phone 
  • Teach children when to call 911, when not to and their home address;  be sure a phone is within reach and they know where to find it 
  • Keep mobile phones secure so they don’t accidently call 911; but if that happens do not hang up, stay on the line and explain the situation to the Call Taker




Non-Emergency Dispatch Center Phone Numbers (Lincoln County)  ?,?    Located on the next page


State Highway Information - ODOT:  or “511” on your mobile or landline phone


Community Areas

Non-Emergency Number to Dispatch

Business Number

Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District



East Lincoln County (Elk City, Harlan, Burnt Woods, Eddyville, Chitwood, Nashville)



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: OR Dept. of Forestry



Fire: Toledo Rural Fire Protection Dist.



Lincoln City (City)



Police: Lincoln City Police



Fire: North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District 1



Newport (City and North/South)



Police: Newport City Police Dept.



Fire: Newport City Fire Dept.



Fire: Newport Rural Fire Protection Dist.



North Lincoln County (Otis, Rose Lodge, Kernville)



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District 1



Seal Rock



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: Seal Rock Rural Fire Protection District



Siletz (City and Unincorporated Areas)



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: Siletz Valley Rural Fire Protection District



Toledo (City)



Dispatch: Toledo City Dispatch



Police: Toledo City Police



Fire: Toledo City Fire



Waldport (City and Unincorporated Areas)



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue



Yachats (City and Unincorporated Areas)



Police: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office



Fire: Yachats Rural Fire Protection District/So. Lincoln Ambulance



Other and State Agencies



Oregon State Police Dispatch and Newport Office



Oregon Department of Transportation (Lincoln Co Highways)



Pacific West Ambulance (ASA Zone 1, 2, 3 & 4)



South Lincoln Ambulance (ASA Zone 5)



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


Stepping Up Initiative Recieves Three-Year Federal Grant - 10/03/18

Lincoln County Stepping Up Initiative Receiving a Three-Year $745,871 Federal Grant 

(Lincoln County, OR - 10.3.18) 

Lincoln County’s efforts to address people with mental illness and substance abuse problems in the criminal justice system through the Stepping Up Initiative have received a major boost with the award of a three-year, $745,871 federal grant. 
The funds come from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration program and will provide direct assistance to clients, supportive services including housing and treatment, and additional training for law enforcement. 
Sheriff Curtis Landers said, “This funding will provide necessary services to keep people with a mental health disorder out of jail.  It will provide them with the tools and resources to build a foundation to be successful.  And most importantly, it will reduce crime in our community.” 
County Commissioner Claire Hall, who first advocated for Lincoln County to join Stepping Up, said, “This is a remarkable achievement, but we’re just getting started. This award underscores the fact that we’ve built a new public-private partnership and culture of collaboration that will improve public safety, save tax dollars, and save lives.” 
The grant funds will be available beginning in January 2019. A pretrial justice program to hire two specialists, presented by Sheriff Landers and approved by the Board of Commissioners and budget committee for the 2018-19 fiscal year, will meet the requirements for a local match. 
The award was announced Wednesday afternoon (October 3) at a gathering to mark the two-year anniversary of Lincoln County joining the national Stepping Up effort, which was launched in 2015 by three national organizations. Currently, almost 400 counties in the United States have joined Stepping Up. The event also provided an opportunity for community partners to provide input on next steps. 
The new grant will support a Pretrial Justice Counselor position in the Sheriff’s Office to coordinate mental health and co-occurring disorder services. CHANCE will provide peer support services and help coordinate pretrial services and ReConnections will provide pretrial drug testing as directed by court orders. 
Indigent program participants will have access to emergency vouchers, transportation assistance and communication assistance. 
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training will be offered to all first responders county-wide, and Trauma Informed Care training for pretrial justice staff and stakeholders will take place as a result of this grant award. 
Sheriff Landers stated, “This is a very comprehensive grant involving programming, counselling, and compliance.  It is structured to address the barriers people struggle with and allow them to live productive lives without committing crime. “  
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Curtis L. Landers 225 West Olive Street Newport, Oregon 97365 (541) 265-4277 
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Claire Hall 225 West Olive Street, Room 110 Newport, Oregon 97365 (541) 265-4100 
Steve Sparks Project Consultant Stepping Up Initiative (SUI) (509) 670-776

Bus Crash 2
Bus Crash 2
Injury head-on collision involving a school bus in Waldport. (Photo) - 10/02/18

On October 2nd, 2018 at about 8:00 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of an injury head-on collision near the 3700 block of South Crestline Drive in Waldport between a school bus and another vehicle.   Newport Police Sergeant Lance Cummings was in the area off duty and first to arrive.  Responding deputies and troopers with the Oregon State Police were able to coordinate with the Lincoln County School District for safe transport of the students from the bus to the schools.  Lincoln County School Resource Deputy Dalynn Shinholster was called to the schools to assist with the investigation regarding the students from the bus.

The Major Crash Team was activated and additional investigators and resources were called to the scene.  Some of the students required medical attention for minor injuries.  The driver of the other vehicle, Kenneth James Hall age 60 of Waldport,  suffered serious injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis via Life Flight.

The investigation revealed that the school bus was northbound on South Crestline Drive when it was struck nearly head-on by a grey Chrysler minivan which was southbound on South Crestline Drive.  The minivan crossed the centerline and collided with the bus in the southbound lane. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will conduct further investigation.


Respectfully Submitted:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917

Attached Media Files: Bus Crash 2 , Bus Crash1
Burglary and Theft Arrest in Waldport (Photo) - 10/01/18

On September 30th, 2018 at about 2:41 pm Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a possible burglary in the 1000 block of SW Adahi Ave, Waldport, Oregon.  The complainant reported when they arrived at the location to check on a cottage they believed somebody was possibly inside the residence.  When Deputies arrived on scene to check the residence they found numerous personal items, including a dog inside. Upon further investigation Deputies located evidence at scene that led to the identification of two suspects. 

At about 4:07 pm Deputies located the two suspects who were identified as  Raymond J. Garrison, 43, and Lisa M. Garrison, 49, both of Nevada.   Both Raymond and Lisa Garrison were taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.  Raymond Garrison was lodged on charges of Burglary I, Criminal Mischief III, and Theft III.  Lisa Garrison was lodged on charges of Burglary I, Criminal Mischief III, Theft III, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Great Oregon ShakeOut Exercise 10-18-18 - 09/28/18

Please see the attached media release regarding the upcoming Great Oregon ShakeOut - Drop, Cover, and Hold On exercise on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:18 am. 

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank"> 
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell

Federal Communications Test 10-03-18 (Photo) - 09/28/18

Please see attached media release regarding the upcoming Federal Communications test on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 10:18am. We have created a local website with resources for the general public and links to State and Federal websites. 

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive St., Newport, Oregon 97365" target="_blank"> 
(541) 265-4199 Office
(541) 270-0702 Cell

Tip of the Week for October 1 - Autumn Health and Safety Tips - 09/26/18



With the fall season rapidly approaching, we'd like to share the following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Take these steps to help prevent the flu:

  1. Get vaccinated!
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  3. Wash your hands often.
  4. Stay home if you get sick.

Keep foods safe:

  1. Clean your hands and surfaces often.
  2. Separate foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  3. Cook foods to the proper temperatures.
  4. Chill leftover foods promptly.

Be active:

  1. Resist the urge to hibernate!  Be active at least two and one-half hours a week.
  2. Make fall yard work fun by involving the whole family.
  3. Don't forget to use sunscreen and insect repellent when going outdoors.


Be prepared for cold weather:

  1. Using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, so be sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.
  2. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious health problems especially for infants and the elderly, so take extra precautions to protect these vulnerable ones.
  3. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy.


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 September 24 - If you SEE Something, SAY Something - 09/20/18

SEE something, SAY something” Awareness Day September 25th, 2018

 On September 25th, 2018 the Oregon TITAN Fusion Center (OTFC) invites you to join us in celebrating the national “If You See Something, Say Something” (SEE/SAY) Awareness Day.

This campaign gives our partners throughout the nation and Oregon an opportunity to further promote this very crucial first line of defense against those who would seek to do harm to our communities.

As public safety officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators, you are uniquely qualified to lead this preventative effort in Oregon. As professionals and community members you see and interact with individuals in your area of responsibility that can make a difference in the prevention of criminal activity by reporting suspicious behavior. Continuing education of your colleagues, local business partners, and citizens will only strengthen our collective preventative efforts.

Unusual items or situations:  A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations occur.

Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.

Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Some of these activities could be innocent—it's up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. The activities above are not all-inclusive, but have been compiled based on studies of pre-operational aspects of both successful and thwarted terrorist events over several years.

Public safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement or a person of authority.

Describe specifically what you observed, including:

Who or what you saw;
When you saw it;
Where it occurred; and
Why it's suspicious.

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