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Tip of the Week April 24, 2017 - Distracted Driving - 04/20/17


Date: April 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


Our recent tips have been focused on aspects involved with safety while driving or being driven in a motorized vehicle. This week's tip regarding distracted driving is especially important. The information comes from Oregon So what is Distracted Driving? It is any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the primary task of driving in any of the following four ways:

* Visually (keeping your eyes on the road)
* Manually (keeping your hands on the steering wheel)
* Cognitively (keeping your mind focused on driving)
* Auditorily (hearing something not related to driving)

Eating, talking with passengers, grooming, watching a video, using a navigation system, and reading are all significant distractions; but cell phone use is the most dangerous because it distracts focus in all four ways: visually, manually, cognitively, and auditorily.

Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. So much so that the National Safety Council has declared April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month". At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving; a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America's roadways. In 2013, there were 3,154 people killed and an estimated 424,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers. Our youngest and most inexperienced drivers are most at risk: 10% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.

We urge drivers to learn more about the dangers of distracted driving and to take the following pledge to always drive free of distractions.

Take The Pledge

I pledge to:
* Protect lives by never texting, talking on a cell phone, reading, watching a video, or grooming
while driving.
* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
* Encourage my friends and family to drive distraction-free.

Attached Media Files: 042417-Distracted_Driving.pdf
Salem Man Arrested for Reckless Operation After Boat Crash - 04/13/17

On 04/08/2017, at approximately 4:15 pm, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Marine Deputy Patrick Dougherty responded to the report of a 16 foot recreational boat capsized in the surf just West of the Yaquina Bay State Park, Newport OR. Prior to Deputy Dougherty's arrival, the City of Newport Fire Department contacted three adult males who had self-rescued from the overturned vessel, all three were able to make their way to the beach in the process. Newport Fire transported the three subjects to a waiting ambulance at the Nye Beach access point.

Deputy Dougherty arrived and contacted the vessel operator, Robert Knupp, 29, of Salem. Deputy Dougherty was advised by emergency medical responders that no serious injuries were reported. During an investigation it was learned that the Yaquina Bay Bar was closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger craft at the time of Knupp's crossing. Deputy Dougherty contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, he was advised that a Motor Life boat was dispatched when Knupp began navigating his way outbound through the jetties, although the dispatched vessel was unable to catch up with the boat operated by Knupp prior to the capsizing. Deputy Dougherty's investigation revealed Knupp was attempting to crab on the North side of the jetty during hazardous conditions when the boat was caught in the surf zone. Knupp was subsequently arrested for Reckless Operation of Vessel, he was issued a citation in lieu of custody into the Lincoln County Circuit Court. Reckless Operation is a class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the incident by the City of Newport Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance and the United States Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.


Respectfully submitted,

Patrick Dougherty, Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Marine Patrol Division
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-4277

Tip of the Week April 17, 2017 - Driving Safety Tips - 04/13/17


Date: April 17, 2017
Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


Last week we shared tips on how to be safely buckled while in your vehicle. This week's tips focus on being safe while driving. Your Sheriff's Office frequently receives calls from citizens concerned about the poor and unsafe driving habits of other motorists.

The following tips are some good reminders about obeying the "Rules of the Road":

* Speed kills. Obey all speed limits and signs. High speed is the cause of a high percentage of crashes on our highways.
* Don't drink or use drugs and drive. Alcohol and drugs do not mix with driving.
* Be attentive and drive responsibly. Practice defensive driving techniques and always anticipate what the other person may do. Expect the unexpected; other drivers will make mistakes.
* Always wear your seat belt.
* Don't follow too closely -- one car length per 10 mph of speed is an effective distance to avoid collisions when the vehicle in front of you suddenly slows or unexpectedly stops.
* Proceed slowly through school zones -- it provides you with more time to react to something unexpectedly entering your roadway. The speed limit in school zones is 20 MPH.
* Don't crowd the vehicle you are stopping behind just in case the motorist behind you doesn't stop in time and strikes your car. Adequate space can prevent you from being pushed into the car in front of you.
* Always use your turn signal for lane changes and turns. It's too late if you turn on the signal as you're moving into another lane. You should activate your signal at least 100 ft. before making a lane change or turn.
* Dim your high beam headlights when meeting cars and following cars.
* The center left-turn lane is not an acceleration lane -- vehicles are permitted in the center turn lane to stop and wait for an opportunity to merge into the travel lane.
* Be considerate to bicyclists on the streets and roads -- we receive many complaints about inconsiderate bicyclists who fail to follow the Rules of the Road, however this is no reason for a motorist to retaliate.
* Yield to pedestrians crossing the street. As mentioned in a recent tip, distracted walking has become a common and sometimes dangerous occurrence. Be mindful of this when driving.
* Don't talk or text on your cell phone.

Together we can make Lincoln County a safer place to drive.

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

Attached Media Files: 041717-Driving_Safety_Tips.pdf
Tip of the Week April 10, 2017 - Safety Belt and Child Seat Laws - 04/06/17


Date: April 10, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


The following general information regarding safety belt and child restraint laws comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division. The specific statutory requirements are found in the Oregon Revised Statutes, Volume 17, under ORS 811.210 - 811.225. (Note: You will have to scroll down to the specific referenced statute number to locate the actual full text).

Oregon law requires that all motor vehicle operators and passengers be properly secured with a safety belt or safety harness, unless all safety-belt equipped seating positions are occupied by other persons. Vehicle owners are required to maintain belt systems in working order. This applies to passenger cars, pick up trucks, motorhomes, and fee-based people transport carrying fifteen or fewer persons. Limited exemptions are allowed under ORS 811.215.

Child passengers must be restrained in child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds.

Children over forty pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use boosters to 4'9" tall or age eight and the adult belt fits correctly.

There is no Oregon law specifically prohibiting children from riding in the front seat of passenger vehicles. However, a rear-facing infant seat cannot be placed in a front seating position that is equipped with an airbag because this would violate Oregon's requirement for "proper use" of a child safety seat. There is a national "best practice recommendation" calling for rear seating through age twelve.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) experts from the U.S. Department of Transportation have published guidelines which would keep children in each type of child seat longer than Oregon law prescribes, in addition to back seating through age twelve. Click this link to download the latest National Best Practices Recommendations.

Belt fit can vary greatly from one vehicle to another and one child to another. If your child meets Oregon's legal requirements for moving from a booster seat to safety belt but you still have doubts about whether your child fits in the belt in your particular vehicle, then the following simple test can help. Place your child in the vehicle without a booster seat and then ask these questions. Until you can answer YES to all of the questions, your child should stay in a booster seat.
1. Can the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat?
3. Does the shoulder belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay comfortably seated like this for the whole trip?

Motor homes are considered passenger vehicles under Oregon law and as such, adult belt and child seat requirements apply also to motor homes --- but only to forward-facing vehicle seating positions (those meeting federal safety standards for seat belt anchorages). Therefore, occupants should utilize all forward-facing belted positions before using side or rear-facing positions.

Oregon's safety belt law requires occupants of privately-owned commercial vehicles transporting 15 or fewer persons to use safety restraints including occupants of shuttles, taxis, limousines and vans. Among these types of vehicles, taxi cab drivers are the only occupants exempted from this rule.

We encourage everyone to always be properly buckled into their seatbelt and to correctly keep children in the appropriate safety seat. It CAN and DOES save lives.

For more information and tips, visit our web site 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: 041017-Safety_Belt_Laws.pdf
Logsden man arrested on multiple charges after vehicle pursuit (Photo) - 04/03/17

On April 2, 2017 at about 5:00 A.M. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Akin contacted a male subject who was passed out in a vehicle in Patterson State Park just south of Waldport, Oregon. Upon contact with the subject Deputy Akin observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and noticed the subject was displaying signs of impairment.

The male subject fled the scene at a high rate of speed northbound on Highway 101. Newport Police Officers successfully deployed spike strips in the area of South Beach to slow the suspect vehicle.

The suspect continued to flee northbound on Highway 101 into Newport. Newport Police Department took over the pursuit inside the Newport City limits. The pursuit continued to the area of NW 3rd Street and NW Nye Street where the suspect rammed a Deputy Akin's vehicle twice and continued to flee.

The pursuit continued through Newport to the area of the Elks Lodge on SE John Moore Road where the suspect crashed into a parked and unoccupied vehicle. The suspect attempted to flee on foot from the scene and was taken into custody by officers. The suspect was identified as Jordan Markus Glickert, age 18, of Logsden, Oregon. Glickert had a Statewide Felony warrant for Fail To Appear (original charge Possession of Methamphetamine) out of Benton County, Oregon.

Glickert was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he lodged on charges of Attempt to Elude (Felony), Reckless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), Attempted Assault III, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) with a total bail of $367,500.00.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Newport Police Department were assisted by the Oregon State Police.

Submitted by,

Abby Dorsey, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: 541-265-0683
Fax: 541-265-4917

Attached Media Files: Glickert
Crash photo
Crash photo
Newport man arrested for Hit and Run (Photo) - 03/31/17

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 9:57 PM deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported traffic crash in the 1300 block of NE Yaquina Heights Drive in Newport. During their response, witnesses reported a white adult male fled from the crash on foot and provided a clothing description. Deputies arrived in the area and conducted a search. During the search Matthew Eugene Dabney age 46 of Newport was located in the brush near the crash scene. Dabney's cloths matched the description reported by the witnesses.

During the investigation Deputy Barth noticed Dabney was displaying signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and three counts of Fail to Perform Duties of Driver (Hit and Run).

Dabney was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he provided a breath sample which showed a blood alcohol content of .18%

Dabney was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a total bail of $60,000

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office thanks the citizens who witnessed and reported the crash.


Submitted by,

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-0681
Fax: 541-265-4917

Attached Media Files: Crash photo
Tip of the Week April 3, 2017 - Boating Safety - 03/30/17


Summer will be here before we know it and in the coming weeks more people will be pulling out their boats from winter storage in preparation for launch in the waters of this state. Below are suggestions which can contribute to your safety and add to your boating pleasure.

* Know the legal requirements for your size vessel. Safety equipment must be accessible and in working condition.

* Wear your life jackets!! 85% of the boating fatalities could be avoided by wearing a personal flotation device. Remember it won't save your life if you don't wear it.

* Have children and non-swimmers wear a personal flotation device. Each device should be of suitable size for the intended wearer and fit securely. 90% of those who die in boating accidents drown.

* Be prepared and carry extra equipment such as a bailer (bucket), anchor, first aid kit, visual distress signal, tool kit, flashlight with extra batteries, and a cell phone.

* Don't over load your boat. Follow the recommendations on the capacity plate of your boat.

* Capsizing, sinking, and falling overboard account for 70% of boating fatalities.

* If your boat should capsize, your best chance for survival and rescue is to stay with the boat. Pull as much of your body out of the water as possible to preserve body warmth.

* Hypothermia can be a killer; keep your body as dry and warm as possible.

* It is illegal to operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Use the designated driver concept; a sober skipper is a must.

* Stressors such as exposure to sun, wind, cold water, vibration, noise, and alcohol all affect your ability to react.

* Don't run out of fuel. Practice the 1/3 rule: 1/3 for trip, 1/3 for return, and 1/3 for spare.

* Fuel vapors are heavier then air and collect in the bilge. Never fill gasoline cans in the boat.

* When anchoring, use a line that is several times longer than the depth of the water and never anchor by the stern.

* File a float plan. Let someone know where you're boating and when you'll be back.

* You're responsible for damage or injury caused by your wake. Exercise caution around other boaters and docks.

* As of January 2009, all persons operating a motor boat greater than 10 horsepower are required to carry a Boater Education Card. The card shows that the operator has passed an approved boater education course or equivalency exam.

For further information on Boating in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Marine Board web site:

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: 040317-Boating_Safety.pdf
Two Siletz Residents Arrested for Burglary near Waldport, OR (Photo) - 03/29/17

On March 29, 2017, at approximately 2:08 PM, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched on the report of a possible burglary in progress in the 3000 Block of East Alsea Highway near Waldport, Oregon. The caller reported witnessing two subjects inside a neighbor's outbuilding when no one was supposed to be there. Deputies responded and learned a male and female had fled just prior to law enforcement's arrival.

An investigation revealed that Siletz residents Robert John Flores, age 52, and Sondra Colleen Wallace, age 40, had unlawfully entered and temporarily resided in the outbuilding at the location. Flores and Wallace damaged the outbuilding during their stay there and were found to have stolen items from inside. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident when they were located attempting to conceal themselves along the Alsea River adjacent to the property. Flores was charged with Burglary II, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Trespass II and Theft III. His bail was set at $80,000. Wallace was charged with Burglary II, Criminal Mischief II, and Criminal Trespass II. Her bail was set at $72,500.

The discovery and apprehension of these two subjects is due largely to the awareness of neighbors in the area. This case is an example of how vigilant neighbors can help deter and detect crime in their communities.


Respectfully Submitted,

Derek Etheridge, Patrol Sergeant
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-0686

Attached Media Files: Wallace.jpg , Robert John Flores
Emergency Management Spring Updates, Open House, Presentations - 03/29/17

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has several items of opportunity for our community members this spring season; please see attached media release and announcements.

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
(541) 265-4199 Office