Accused Child Killer Jillian McCabe To Get Mental Health Evaluation

McCabe entering the courtroom. (photo by Larry Coonrod)

McCabe entering the courtroom. (photo by Larry Coonrod)

Jillian McCabe arrested for Aggravated Murder, Murder, and 1st Degree Manslaughter after throwing her 6-year old son London from the Yaquina Bay Bridge on November 3rd appeared before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Branford Thursday with her two court appointed attorney’s from Portland. Her attorney Christopher Clayhold asked the judge to have the proceedings suspended until McCabe could be psychiatrically evaluated.He told the judge that he has serious doubts about her fitness to be able to proceed. He said there is concern of her competency due to her past history of mental health issues, prior hospitalizations and their own doctors’ evaluation of her. Branford initially agreed and signed the transfer order, but temporarily revoked it after concerns were raised when Clayhold asked that the defense team be present during the evaluation. Lincoln County District Attorney Michelle Branam objected to the defense team’s request. Clayhold said it is common practice. Branford said he would sign the order again after DA Branam talked to hospital staff about the procedure. McCabe will be transferred to the Oregon State Hospital within seven days of Branford’s order.

McCabe and her lawyerDeborah Burdzik  (photo by Larry Coonrod)

McCabe and her lawyerDeborah Burdzik
(photo by Larry Coonrod)

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High Winds Causing Some Power Outages

The high winds and rain are causing some trees to fall and some power outages. Power is out in areas of Newport and also in Yachats and some in Waldport. According to Central Lincoln PUD the crews are working as fast as possible to get electricity restored. In the meantime drive with caution and make sure you have warm blankets, flashlights and batteries along with a battery operated radio.  The winds are also blowing debris into the roads so drive with caution.

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November 21, 2014 · 10:52 am

Man Arrested After Discharging A Gun In A Bar

Klein 11.21.2014On November 21, 2014, at 1:10 a.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched on the report of shots being fired at Moby Dick’s Seafood & Spirits at 448 SW Coast Highway. Patrons inside the bar heard a gunshot from the restroom area, and located a spent shell casing. Further information revealed that a suspect may have fled out the back door of the business.

Newport Police Officers arrived and determined someone had fired a single round through the wall of the mens bathroom. The round traveled from the mens bathroom, through a portion of a urinal, and through the wall separating the mens bathroom from the women’s bathroom. The bullet then traveled through a cabinet in the women’s bathroom, stopping only after it struck the tile floor.
As Officers began searching the area for the suspect, they were advised by citizens of the direction of the suspect’s travel, and that he had been seen attempting to hide.

Officers located Jonathan Aaron Klein, age 23 of Newport, as he was walking in an alley behind the Dollar Tree business. Klein was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun that was concealed in his waistband. Klein admitted he had negligently discharged his firearm while he was in the bathroom.
Klein was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath sample to determine his blood alcohol content. Klein was determined to have a BAC of .25, or three times the legal limit.
Klein was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Criminal Mischief II, Recklessly Endangering Another; and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. His bail was set at $90,000.

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Newport Police Dog Eyan To Retire

Eyan police dogThe Newport Police Department announces the retirement of Drug Canine Eyan, who will retire from service November 30, 2014. Eyan began his career with the Newport Police Department on November 7, 2008. Eyan originally worked with Canine Handler TJ Eriksen, who initiated the Newport Police Canine Program. The Newport Police Department was awarded a federal grant in August 2008 which, supplemented by donations, allowed the Department to purchase Eyan and related equipment. Eyan flew from the Czech Republic to Portland, and immediately began training as a drug detection canine. He and Officer Eriksen then traveled to Riverside, California for their initial training, returning to Oregon just before Christmas.

On Eyan’s first shift in patrol, he assisted with an arrest by locating methamphetamine inside a truck. Eyan worked with Officer Eriksen through 2011, when Officer Eriksen took a law enforcement position in another city. During Eyan’s tenure with Officer Eriksen, Eyan was deployed 231 times, and linked to 147 arrests.  After Officer Eriksen’s departure from the Newport Police Department, Newport Police Officer Keith Garrett was selected as Eyan’s handler on August 14, 2011. Officer Garret and Eyan began training immediately, and developed a strong working relationship and bond. They successfully passed all certification training and picked up where Officer Eriksen and Eyan left off. Continue reading

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Neighbors For Kids Fundraiser A Success

Kid Zone Family Literacy Event

Kid Zone Family Literacy Event

Saturday (11/15)  the Depoe Bay Kid Zone program hosted a Pancake & Ice Cream Feed as part of their Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser. Attendees received pancakes, bacon and a scoop of ice cream. According to Director Toby Winn the fundraiser was met by a huge turn-out of community members, including members from the U. S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay, the Depoe Bay Fire Department, City Council members, and Mayor Mattila along with parents, board members and others to bring the attendance at the event to over 100.

The event was organized by the Kid Zone Student led family event learning team. There were readings by the children and guest readers. Each read an excerpt from

Mitchalina and Tobitha

Mitchalina and Tobitha

one of their favorite books and after doing so, asked the audience: Would you read this book? Audience participation was an integral aspect on this occasion and the kids won their reading challenge. Winn said if the kids got over 100 he would dress up the next day at work as a woman and let the kids do his hair,

nails and makeup. There was so much response as a matter of fact that Winn asked for a volunteer from the community to step up and do the challenge with him in getting dressed up and Mitch Wade with the USCG Depoe Bay met the challenge.

The two were transformed by the kids into “Mitchelina and Tobitha”. The message according to Winn is to encourage kids to read to increase their literacy and see the fun in reading. Winn reminds that their next fundraiser will be the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. This is the 2nd annual walking and running event of one mile or three miles. The entry fee is $3 or canned food items for the Depoe Bay food pantry. The event begins at 9 am November 27th at the Depoe Bay Coast Guard Station.  Winn said “this is a great way to burn off some calories before the big feast.”

photos provided by Depoe Bay Kid Zone and Amberdawn Howe

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Work Re-started On The Agate Beach Wayside Project

proposed Agate Beach Wayside Drawing

proposed Agate Beach Wayside Drawing

The Agate Beach Wayside improvement project has come off the shelf and is being worked on once again. According to Derrick Tokos Newport community development director the project had been on hiatus and is now ramping up to get started. The project first got started back in 2011 when the city worked with the neighbors and users of the wayside area off hwy 101 to do a set of proposed improvements. One of the reasons the project was stalled was for lack of funding.

Tokos said they have gotten a federal grant and are working with staff from ODOT and hired the firm OTAK from Portland as the design consultant who started work on the project in September. Project components include reconfiguration of the wayside to increase available parking and improve circulation, construction of restrooms and showers plus an extension of NW Gilbert Way to create secondary access to the area along with sidewalk and trail improvements from the wayside to the beach. Tokos said the project will improve safety and pedestrian mobility.

Right now the only access for homeowners and for Roby’s in that area is at the light at 101. There are also plans to improve the signage and make it clearer to the public of how they can get to the beach. Preliminary design options will be presented at a second public meeting that is planned for mid-December. The consultant will work with all of the suggestions made at that point and put forth a final design by March of 2015. From there it is hoped to get the project out to bid by July.

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