On September 04, 2014 at about 8:30 AM, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a deceased female at a residence in the 200 block of SE Bagley Street, Siletz. Deputies, assisted by a Toledo Police Department officer, discovered that Shannon Tolman, age 34 of Siletz, was deceased on the floor of the home.
Deputies began an investigation, but were not able to determine the cause and manner of her death. The time and circumstances of her death were unclear, which resulted in the response of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team. The investigation determined that there was no apparent foul play involved, but a toxicology and autopsy are still pending to help determine manner and cause of death.
The Lincoln County Major Crime Team, composed of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, the Lincoln City Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner.
On September 26, 2014, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on a citizen tip, responded to a residence in the 100 Block of NE Palmer Street, Siletz, to locate Trever Scott Cole, 30, of Siletz. Cole was wanted in connection to the September 17, 2014 stabbing and kidnap of his ex girlfriend. Cole was located in an adjacent outbuilding where he was taken into custody without incident.
Also inside the building was a resident of the location, Jesi Matilda Stokes, 46, of Siletz. Stokes was taken into custody and charged with Hindering Prosecution. Stokes was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with bail set at $50,000.00. Cole was charged with Assault II Domestic Violence, Kidnap I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Harassment. Cole’s bail was set at $375,000.00.
Toledo Police Department assisted deputies at the scene.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office would like to thank all of the citizens who assisted with tips that eventually lead to the arrest of Cole.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met recently with the Siletz City Council to discuss issues of interest and concern for the county and city. The first item brought up was about law enforcement. Mayor John Robinson said now that they don’t have the Toledo police coverage in Siletz the citizens are seeing more Sheriff’s Deputies in town. “Is this the normal amount of service to the area?” Lt. Carey with the Sheriff’s Office pointed out that the reason citizens are seeing more deputies is because the crime rate is high and they are responding to more complaint calls in Siletz.
“We just had someone assaulted with a baseball bat at a park, there have been multiple assaults, domestics, sex crimes and trespasses.” Lt. Carey added “It’s been extremely busy out here. So it’s not that your seeing deputies out here on regular patrol, the crime rate is high so we are busy out here.” said this has made it difficult as it has reduced how much deputies can be in other parts of the county. According to Lt. Carey on average he has three deputies that cover the entire county. He pointed out that others are frustrated because when the east area deputy spends more time in Siletz it takes away from other citizens needing help. Continue reading
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). “Waterfowl hunting has been not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan,” stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese, and coots on October 4, 2014 seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on the state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.
The Service will allow the hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting. To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge. Continue reading
On September 19th, 2014, at approximately 11:50 PM Deputies were dispatched to a reported stabbing at a residence in the 200 block of SE Bagley St. in Siletz. Deputy Gautney was in the area and arrived on scene and located an adult male subject inside of the residence with badly bleeding stab wounds to the head. Deputy Gautney escorted the subject to an ambulance that had arrived in the area. There were three other adult males inside the residence at the time of the stabbing.
The investigation revealed that Ricky Pharr, 58, of Siletz was in the residence with the other three males when he attacked the victim with two knives. After he stabbed the victim, Pharr turned toward one of the other males and threatened him with the knives as well. When Pharr put the knives down one of the subjects exited the house and went to a neighbor’s house for help.
The stabbing victim was transported to Pacific Communities Hospital where he was treated for two stab wounds to the head, and released. Pharr, who was on scene during the investigation, was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Assault in the second degree and one count of Menacing. His bail was set at $115,000.
Deputies were assisted on scene by the Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Siletz Fire and Pac West Ambulance.
High school students from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz recently worked alongside Siuslaw National Forest staff on projects throughout the central coast. The Tribal Youth Employment Experience (TYEE) program expanded its existing summer job skills offerings into the area of natural resources for the first time this summer. Students spent time working with agencies including the BLM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Siuslaw National Forest, and tribal natural resource experts.
“It was important to expand this program into natural resource fields,” stated Ian Keene, Youth Initiative Coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “Students spent the summer doing meaningful work, and were exposed to so many possible career paths. They really loved being involved in so many fascinating things happening right here on the Oregon Coast.”
Students started their week-long journey at Cape Perpetua, where Sitka spruce rainforests meet the Pacific Ocean, and where the Forest Service meets visitors from around the world. Students worked with field ranger interns and volunteers who connect the public to these Forest resources.
Students went on to work with fisheries biologist, Paul Burns on a watershed impacted from agriculture and logging. The goal is to restore Coho salmon populations and the host of ecosystem services that a healthy watershed provides. They battled the threats of invasive species at the Sand Lake Research area with forest botanist Marty Stein, pulling scotch broom to allow native plants to thrive, and in turn, sustain a unique ecosystem. Continue reading
Friday 9/5 State Police Trooper Kehr received a complaint that some hunters were trespassing on Hancock Forest Management property on Neskowin Creek. He contacted an archery hunter returning to the gate with some of his family and friends who had assisted him in packing out a spike elk he had killed. Trooper Kehr explained to them that Hancock lands are currently closed to all public entry for fire season, as it stated on the sign posted at the gate. The hunter who killed the elk 51-year old Michael Hokanson of Amity was cited and released for Criminal Trespass, and the spike elk was seized. The subjects who helped pack out the elk were warned for trespass.
Earlier that week on 9/3 Trooper Kehr responded to another trespass complaint with Sgt Thompson on Camp 12 near Siletz. This land is owned by Plum Cr. Timber and is currently also closed to all entry for fire season. A short time later the troopers contacted a bow hunter on the property walking back to his vehicle that was parked at the locked gate identified as 30-year old Joseph Lane of Siletz. He reported to Troopers that he was not aware the land was closed, and stated he did not see the “No Trespassing” sign posted at the gate. Lane was cited and released for Criminal Trespass II. Hunters are reminded that many private timberlands are closed right now due to high fire danger.