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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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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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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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Fishermen’s Wives Seek An Injunction Against Coast Guard

fishermens wivesThe Newport Fishermen’s Wives announced they will seek to file an injunction in Federal Court against the Coast Guard regarding the removal of the Helicopter from Newport. The port of Newport, the city of Newport and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners holding special meetings to consider joining in the injunction as co-plaintiffs. The hope is to allow Congress the time needed to prevent the removal from happening. At question is weather proper procedures were followed in announcing the closure. According to Ginny Goblirsch with the Fisherman’s Wives, the Commandant of the Coast Guard has only extended the closure by two weeks and has given no time to try to stop the closure.

She said right now things like Search and Rescue programs are taking a second seat to homeland security. She said that is unacceptable to put the lives of the public at risk. Goblirsch said the congressional delegation in South Carolina also seems to understand the issue and they are happy that they have weighed in with their concerns of closure. She added that this is not a political issue it is a human safety issue. In addressing the long term implications they will be working with other states. The first item of business she said is to stop the closure the second is to make sure this never comes up again.

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Orange Ribbons A Symbol Of The Fight To Keep The Coast Guard Helicopter In Newport

By Larry Coonrod
http://www.LincolnCountyDispatch.Com

The Newport Fishermen’s Wives along with friends and families of fishermen tied more than 100 orange ribbons along the Port of Newport boardwalk Friday symbolizing support for keeping a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter stationed locally. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

The Newport Fishermen’s Wives along with friends and families of fishermen tied more than 100 orange ribbons along the Port of Newport boardwalk Friday symbolizing support for keeping a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter stationed locally. (Photos by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT—As fishermen worked Friday readying boats and pots for the upcoming crab season, their friends and family fastened orange ribbons along the Bayfront as a symbol of hope that the Coast Guard will keep a helicopter in Newport to watch over them at sea. “The ribbons symbolize the effort to save our helicopter,” said Cari Hamrick with the Newport Fishermen’s Wives. The Fishermen’s Wives are leading the charge to reverse a decision by the Coast Guard’s high command to strip Newport of a dedicated search and rescue helicopter. When the Newport air facility closes Dec. 15, the Coast Guard’s nearest helicopters are at least an hour’s flying time away in North Bend or Astoria.

Helicopter Gives Fishing Families Security

Spurred on by the loss of several local fishermen at sea, the Newport Fishermen’s Wives fought to bring the helicopter to Newport in 1986. The start of the Dungeness crab season on Dec. 1 was very much on

Kelley Retherford ties a ribbon along the dock walkway. Retherford and her husband Mike own two fishing vessels crewed by all four of their children. “A lot of my security came from knowing we did have that helicopter there,” she said. (photo by Larry Coonrod)

Kelley Retherford ties a ribbon along the dock walkway. Retherford and her husband Mike own two fishing vessels crewed by all four of their children. “A lot of my security came from knowing we did have that helicopter there,” she said. (photo by Larry Coonrod)

the minds of those who tied more than 100 ribbons along the port boardwalk Friday. Kelley and Mike Retherford own the fishing vessels Excalibur and Wynona J. The boats will cross the Yaquina Bar this season with all four of their children aboard.

“During crab season my daughter will be on the back deck, my youngest son on the back deck and one son in the wheelhouse,” Kelley Retherford said. “The other son is running the other boat. So I have four kids on the ocean and a helicopter they’re trying to make go away.” Kelley said she used to tell people that despite the dangers of the ocean, she felt secure about her family’s safety. “A lot of my security came from knowing we did have that helicopter there,” she said. Continue reading

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Public’s Help Needed In Poaching Investigation

deer huntingOSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are asking for your help in Newport.

On November 3, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) located two deer carcasses which had been dumped near a Hancock Timber gate off of Hayes Creek Road. Hayes Creek Road is located off Highway 20, at milepost 21, in Lincoln County. Rib and neck meat had been left on both carcasses along with a bag of meat scraps. By the time troopers found the carcasses, the meat was spoiled; troopers estimate between 35-40 pounds of meat was wasted. The Oregon Hunter’s Association, in cooperation with Leupold and Stevens, are offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

If anyone has information regarding these deer, please contact Trooper Heather Van Meter with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-9637.

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