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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Partners with Samaritan Health Services for Key Life Saving Resource (Photo) - 07/20/17

On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received 35 units of Naloxone medication (commonly known as "Narcan") from Samaritan Health Services to outfit all Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles as well as the Lincoln County Jail. Each unit contains two dosages in nasal spray applicators. The medication was donated by Samaritan Health Services with the intent of increasing life-saving efforts by our patrol deputies when they encounter opioid overdose cases in the field.

"Often times our deputies are the first emergency responders to arrive at a scene of a medical call involving an overdose," stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. "Having our deputies trained and equipped with Naloxone to administer to patients demonstrating signs of an opioid overdose will increase their chance of survival."

Naloxone is a medication credited for saving lives worldwide but specifically used in public safety to combat opioid overdose cases related to both prescription and illicit drugs. Examples of opioid drugs include the illegal drug heroin and pain relievers available with a legal prescription such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and many others.

"Our deputies have encountered several different cases of overdoses ranging from accidental use of prescription pain relievers to illicit drug overdoses, such as heroin," stated Sheriff Landers. "Regardless of the circumstance, our deputies are committed to providing the best service we can to all of our citizens and we are very grateful for our continued partnership with Samaritan Health Services and their generous donation," stated Sheriff Landers.

-The attached photo is of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Patrol Commander, Lieutenant Brian Cameron, and Samaritan Health Services Safety Director Joe Hutchinson.

Attached Media Files: IMG_6476.JPG
Tip of the Week July 24, 2017 - National Night Out - 07/20/17


July 24, 2017

Sheriff Curtis Landers


What is National Night Out? It is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This helps make our neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

This will be the 34th year that millions of neighbors across thousands of communities in the United States, Canada and military bases worldwide, come together on the first Tuesday of August to celebrate taking a stand against crime by hosting community events. Neighborhoods hold block parties, cookouts, children's events, demonstrations, and much more. This year, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Siletz Valley Fire Department, is hosting a National Night Out with the Siletz community and the support of numerous generous donors around the county.

We want you to join us in Siletz on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, between the hours of 6-9pm on Bensell Street between Swan and Buford Streets. Numerous activities will be taking place in the field between the Siletz Fire Department and the Library. This will be a great night of fun, food and friendship-building. We hope you will join us in standing united against crime in support of safer neighborhoods.

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

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attempted Assault in Waldport - Composite Sketch Released - 07/17/17

On July 11, 2017, at approximately 8 PM, an unknown male attempted to assault a 17 year old female in Waldport. The incident occurred in a public location near the 2600 block of E. Alsea Highway, just east of Waldport, OR.

The victim was able to fight the male off and in the process obtained a description prior to him fleeing on foot. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers immediately responded to the scene and conducted a thorough search of the area.

A forensic image specialist from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was called to assist and created a composite sketch of the suspect, which is attached.

The victim described the male suspect as appearing to be Hispanic, 25-35 years of age, 5'8"-6'0", 220-240 pounds, and having an accent. The suspect was further described as having a "baby face", clean shaven with some sort of facial scarring or sun spots and having big lips. The male's eyes were obscured by a beanie cap he had pulled down.

This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at (541) 265-0669, callers can remain anonymous.

Respectfully submitted,

David Boys, Detective
Crime Reduction Unit
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive
Newport, Oregon 97365
Desk: (541) 265-0668

Attached Media Files: 17S-01830_Composite_Sketch.pdf
Tip of the Week July 17, 2017 - Fire Safety - 07/14/17

Fire Safety

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.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Publishes New Non-Emergency Dispatch Telephone Number - 07/06/17

On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9:00am, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office will be launching a new public use, non-emergency dispatch telephone number (541) 265-0777. This number will be unique to Sheriff's Office dispatch requests for deputy response and crime reporting of incidents that do not meet criteria for utilizing the 911 emergency line.

The implementation of this unique Sheriff's Office telephone number will allow our dispatch center, the Willamette Valley Communications Center (WVCC), to better serve Lincoln County residents with efficient dispatching of Sheriff's Office resources.

"We are very pleased with this transition to a unique non-emergency dispatch number for the Sheriff's Office," stated Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers. "This will provide our citizens with a direct line to the WVCC for Sheriff's Office response requests which will better serve their law enforcement needs."

"It will also provide additional detail of the call volume and service levels WVCC is providing for our Sheriff's Office," added Sheriff Landers.

To contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, please refer to the following:

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies ONLY

541-265-0777 -- to report cold crimes, disputes, animal complaints, non-injury/non-blocking traffic crashes, and other incidents requiring deputy response from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

541-265-4277 -- to contact the Jail, Patrol Division, Emergency Management, Animal Shelter, Civil Division, Support Services (Police Records/Concealed Handgun Licensing/Fingerprints/Evidence), or Sheriff's Office Administration. Also refer to our website at

The current non-emergency dispatch number, 541-265-4231, will remain in effect, however, the transition to the 541-265-0777 dispatch number for Sheriff's Office dispatch services will begin immediately.


Respectfully submitted,

Adam Shanks
Administrative Lieutenant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
251 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541) 265-0653 Office

Tip of the Week July 10, 2017 - Service Animals - 07/06/17



Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


There is a lot of confusion about "service animals". What is a service animal and what should I know about these animals? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability." Comfort, companion, emotional support, therapy animals, and/or trained pets are NOT Service Animals.

Service animals may be of any type or breed of dog and need not be certified by any governmental agency or service group. Some service animals, such as guide dogs, may be readily identifiable, but many don't have a distinctive symbol, harness, or collar.

It's important to understand that service animals are not pets and may be trained by an individual or organization to assist individuals with disabilities. People should not attempt to pet the animal or offer any food items.

The following examples are just some of the ways service animals may be used to provide assistance:

* Guiding people who are blind or have low vision;
* Alerting people who are deaf or hard of hearing;
* Retrieving or picking up items, opening doors, or flipping switches for people with disabilities who have limited use of their hands, arms or legs;
* Providing physical support and assisting people with physical disabilities with stability and balance;
* Doing work or performing tasks for persons with traumatic brain injury, intellectual disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities, such as reminding a person with depression to take medication or to wake the person;
* Alerting a person with anxiety to the onset of panic attacks, providing tactile stimulation to calm a person with post traumatic stress disorder, assisting people with schizophrenia to distinguish between hallucinations and reality, and helping people with traumatic brain injury to locate misplaced items, find places or follow daily routines.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are permitted in all public facilities and areas where the general public is allowed. If an animal exhibits vicious behavior, poses a direct threat to the health of others, or unreasonably disrupts or interferes with normal business operations, an employee may direct the partner/handler to remove the animal from the premises.

Barking alone is not a threat nor does a direct threat exist if the partner/handler takes prompt effective action to control the animal. Each incident must be considered individually and past incidents alone are not cause for excluding a service animal. Removal of a service animal may not be used as a reason to refuse service to an individual with disabilities.

Businesses are required by federal law to permit service animals to accompany their partner/handler in all areas that other customers or members of the public are allowed. If it is unclear whether an animal meets the definition of a service animal, an employee may ask the individual only the following questions:

* Is the animal required because of a disability?
* What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

If the individual explains that the animal is required because of a disability and has been trained to work or perform at least one task, the animal meets the definition of a service animal and no further questions should be asked. The person should not be asked questions about his/her disabilities nor should the person be asked to provide any license, certification or ID card for the service animal.

Any individual who, as a result of his/her disability, believes he/she has been discriminated against should contact the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

For more tips and information, visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 071017-Service_Animals.pdf
news release (Photo) - 07/04/17

On July 4, 2017 at approximately 5:28 am, during routine breakfast service, Lincoln County Jail deputies discovered inmate Stewart Douglas Curry of Toledo, OR unresponsive.

Jail staff began CPR immediately and medics were called. Medics arrived and took over CPR. Subject was pronounced deceased by paramedics. At the time of the incident the subject was housed in a single cell. Jail deputies completed routine inmate welfare checks approximately one hour prior to the incident.

An autopsy to determine cause of death is scheduled to take place on July 5th, 2017.

Subject was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the charges of Rape 1 x 2; Sodomy 1 x 3; Sex Abuse 1 x 2 with a total security amount of $1,500,000.00.

Lincoln City Police Department is handling the death investigation. A follow up release will be published when additional information is available.

Attached Media Files: Curry.fs
Tip of the Week July 3, 2017 - Short Term Rental Licensing - 06/29/17



Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinances #487 and #490 to establish conditions for the operation of short-term-rental dwelling units in unincorporated Lincoln County and to implement a licensing program to ensure compliance with those standards. The ordinance went into effect on December 1, 2016, with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office as the designated licensing authority.

For individuals or businesses operating dwelling units as short term rentals within the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County, a license is now required to continue operating in this manner. There are a limited number of exceptions applying to hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, lodges, resorts, RV parks or campgrounds. Any dwelling unit rented for any period of time less than 30 consecutive nights, must be licensed, unless it meets the criteria for any of the exceptions.

What this means for owners of short term rentals:
*You must fill out an application for a Short Term Rental License.
*You must pay the $250.00 initial application fee (yearly renewals are $125.00).
*You must have the property inspected by a compliance deputy.

The inspection is a simple viewing of the property to confirm the information provided on the application, to verify all signage requirements have been met, to verify sanitary services are being provided, and to verify local fire departments have been notified of pertinent rental information. After a successful inspection, a maximum occupancy for the property is calculated and a license is issued to the owner of the property.

Under the ordinance, property owners are expected to make sure that renters are aware of and abiding by the established quiet time of 10:00 pm -- 7:00 am. They also must assure that tenants know the requirements for garbage service and approved parking areas. Owners are also tasked with assuring that maximum occupancy is not exceeded.

What this means for neighbors of short term rental properties:
*You will have access to 24/7 contact information for the owner and/or a local contact person designated for the property.
*You will have complaint procedures.

More information regarding the Lincoln County Short Term Rental Licensing Program can be found on the Sheriff's Office website,, under short-term-rental-licensing. The site contains a copy of the ordinance and all information and forms needed for owners and neighbors. For additional questions, email us at or call us at 541-265-4912.

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652