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Tip of the Week for January 21 - Elk and Deer Winter Migration - 01/17/19

Elk and Deer Winter Migration

The Central Oregon Coast is experiencing its seasonal cold weather. Although the weather slows down our daily commute, we are not nearly as affected as wildlife, specifically elk and deer.

Natural food sources are lean in the upper elevations in the coast range during the winter as snow falls, covering the ground. This time of year with snow accumulation in the coast range and freezing temperatures periodically down to sea level, elk and deer may move to even lower elevations to find adequate food.

These additional movements often mean that the animals are crossing major roads both day and night which creates hazards to motorists. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like motorists and spectators to be mindful of the animal movements. If you see one deer cross in front of you, chances are there is another one behind. 

Please take into account that the animals are often stressed due to additional migration in search of food. When spectating please keep a minimum distance of 100 yards from wildlife. If the animals begin to move from your presence, don’t follow them. Oregon Revised Statute 498.006 does protect the chasing or harassing of wildlife.

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Attached Media Files: 012119-Elk_and_Deer_Migration.pdf
Tip of the Week for January 14 - Avoiding Storm Damage To Your Home - 01/10/19


In any season, storms can be severe, but there are ways to prepare your home to minimize the risk of damage when severe weather strikes. In some cases, taking these steps can mean the difference between costly home repairs and no storm damage to your home at all.

1. Remove Dead Wood.  Trimming your trees regularly will help fewer branches fall in heavy wind or other severe weather. For particularly tall trees, experts can do the trimming for you and can also tell you when trees are at risk of being blown over in a storm so they can be removed.

2. Secure Outdoor Items.  Loose items like grills, picnic tables, and lawn furniture should be brought inside to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with high winds. Decorations, even when they are securely attached to the home, could also cause damage or be destroyed in the storm.

3. Deal with Drainage Problems.  Having the gutters cleaned once leaves have fallen should be a given, but there can be other drainage problems around your home, including areas where water can drain onto the foundation and cause damage. Landscaping professionals can help you identify the problems and find solutions so that you don’t have issues when the storms come.

4. Inspect the Roof Periodically.  A brand-new roof should withstand most severe weather, but if your roof is 5-10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose shingles, nails and sheathing. Not only can shingles blow off in a storm, but loose nails and sheathing can cause chunks of roofing to be dislodged or create openings for rain and ice to penetrate.

If an inspection does turn up any possible leaks, getting them fixed right away will protect your home from damage in severe weather. Roofs that are over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storm situations even if no problems are apparent.

5. Consider Impact-Rated Windows. You may be able to protect your windows from damage by installing hurricane shutters, or just boarding up the windows if a severe storm is imminent. The fact is, though, that any new windows are likely to be more airtight and impervious to leaks and damage than older windows.  In areas where severe weather is frequent, such as our coastal areas, it’s worth considering windows that are specially made to withstand storm-level air pressure and impact.

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



Attached Media Files: 011419-Avoiding_Storm_Damage.pdf
Citizens Gain Safety Zone For Private Party Transactions (Photo) - 01/09/19

Today, Sheriff Curtis Landers announced to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that the concept he presented to them at a previous Commissioners’ meeting – called the “Blue Line Safety Zone” - is now available for public use.

Immediately following their regularly scheduled public meeting, Commissioners Hall, Hunt, and Jacobson braved the January coastal weather to join the Sheriff and members of the Sheriff’s Office in unveiling the new Blue Line Safety Zone located next to the public entrance at the County Courthouse. This consists of clearly marked “blue line” parking spaces in a well-lit area for the community to use for various types of transactions that occur every day.

This would include child visitation exchanges and the legal buying and selling of merchandise between private parties. Sheriff Landers said, “By providing a safe space in the courthouse parking lot, our hope is to deter those who would take advantage of or do harm to citizens in our community.”

The concept was presented to Sheriff’s Office Administration by a member in their Investigations Unit, Detective Nicole Rickles, who has seen this program being used in another county.

Deputies will not directly these transactions, however if an incident does arise they would have the surveillance video to refer back to. The time limit for using the spaces is 15 minutes.


Attached Media Files: Blue_Line_.pdf , BlueLine(2)_(1).jpg
Large Salal Seizure (Forest Product) (Photo) - 01/08/19

On January 6th, 2019 the United States Forest Service and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Oregon State Police (not pictured), seized an unusually large quantity of salal from a commercial operation in the Siuslaw National Forest. The salal was harvested and stored in violation of the commercial permits issued by the United States Forest Service to regulate the commercial harvesting of the product. The seized salal has a wholesale value of approximately $4000.


Salal is a dark, leafy, evergreen plant indigenous to the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. Salal harvested in the forested lands of Lincoln County is shipped worldwide and is commonly used in floral arrangements.


Salal is a Special Forest Product under ORS 164.813, which regulates the cutting and transport of the product with and without a permit. The Unlawful Cutting and Transport of a Special Forest Product is a class B misdemeanor with a bail amount of $10,000. In cases like this where high value quantities of product are being unlawfully taken from the forested lands of Lincoln County, the offenders may also be charged with Theft I, a class C felony with a bail amount of $50,000.


Forested lands in Lincoln County, both public and private, are routinely patrolled by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers from the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office receives funds for enhanced patrol in our forested lands through the Forest Enforcement Program; a collaborative group made up of more than 17 community partners from both the private and public sectors. These patrols ensure the continued good health of our forested lands as well as their continued availability for public use.



Attached Media Files: Salal , Law Enforcement Partners
K9 Bonni Apprehends Fleeing Wanted Subject (Photo) - 01/05/19

At around midnight on January 5th, 2019 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Carter initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for minor traffic violation.  As the vehicle slowed to a stop on Neotsu Drive in Lincoln City, a male passenger quickly exited and ran away on foot.  Senior Deputy Carter recognized the male as 26 year-old Felix Daniel Garcia-Mendoza of Albany.  Senior Deputy Carter had information that Garcia-Mendoza was wanted for outstanding felony arrest warrants at both the State and the Federal level.

Additional units from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln City Police Department arrived to assist Senior Deputy Carter as he deployed K9 Bonni to begin searching the area.  Senior Deputy Carter and K9 Bonni tracked Garcia-Mendoza to the crawl space of a vacant house nearby where responders issued him commands to surrender.  Garcia-Mendoza was non-compliant with the verbal commands and eventually K9 Bonni was deployed inside the residence.  K9 Bonni entered the crawl space and detained Garcia-Mendoza until Senior Deputy Carter could safely take him into custody.

Garcia-Mendoza was treated and released for minor bite injuries before being transported to the Lincoln County Jail.  His bail was set at $100,000.

Tip of the Week for January 7 - Unlawful Lights on Motor Vehicles - 01/03/19


There appears to be some confusion among some motorists about the color of lights that can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles while travelling on Oregon’s public highways.  Your Sheriff’s Office receives calls from time to time inquiring if a variety of colored lamps can be lawfully displayed on motor vehicles.  Some callers express concern over the use of some colored lights, especially those involving headlights.

There are a number of AFTER-MARKET bulbs and headlights appearing on some motor vehicles that emit a blueish or greenish color.  The argument that a person purchased the bulbs, headlights or “light bars” at the local car parts store is not the standard used to determine if they’re legal to use or not in Oregon.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 816.050 states that headlights shall show a white light described in Standard Number 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

ORS 816.360 addresses the use of prohibited lighting equipment for motor vehicles in this state as well.  It also identifies the penalty for not complying with this law should a motorist be cited by a police officer.  As a Class C infraction, the fine imposed by a court can range from $80 to $500.


The law states the following:

  • All headlamps must be WHITE in color as defined by Society of Automotive Engineers and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 108.  White lamps have been tested to meet all headlamp requirements.
  • Maximum wattage allowed in a headlight or accessory light is 70 watts.
  • FMVSS 108 disallows any color coating on headlights and/or headlight bulbs.
  • Blue and green lamps are designated for use on emergency vehicles only.
  • Red lamps to front are reserved for emergency vehicles and school bus warning lamps.
  • Colored bulbs give a distorted headlamp pattern, which may prevent the driver from seeing a person or object at the road edge or starting to cross the road.
  • Blue or other colored lights in the taillights of a motor vehicle are also prohibited, unless the vehicle was manufactured before 1959.


Markings on headlights and their packaging typically indicate if the product is Department of Transportation (DOT) approved.  If the bulb or headlight packaging doesn’t include this information, more research should be conducted with law enforcement before making your purchase.


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 Dec 31 - Driving in the Rain - 12/27/18


Our dark and rainy season has arrived. For some people, driving in the rain, especially in the dark, is anxiety-producing. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are an  average of more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement which  results in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.

But being behind the wheel and a rain-splattered windshield doesn’t have to be a nerve-racking experience. Brent Praeter, a supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and a member of the Driving School Association of the Americas, both in Kettering, Ohio, offers these tips for driving in a downpour:

1. Think. “Many people drive subconsciously out of habit,” says Praeter. “And when it rains, they often don’t adjust their thinking.” When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

2. Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. Note: Oregon does not require motorists to turn on headlights when wipers are used. Praeter says that well-working wipers and relatively new (not threadbare) tires are also must-haves when driving in rain.

3. Beware of hydroplaning. That’s what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself—the result is that your car begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy enough to hydroplane: All you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hour. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.

4. Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

5. Slow down. Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions, says Praeter, "and that means driving when you have little traffic and good visibility.”  That’s hardly the environment you’re driving in when it’s raining, so let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.

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

Attached Media Files: 123118-Driving_in_the_Rain.pdf