On the morning of October 27, 2014, Animal Services Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a severely weak and malnourished puppy that was brought in for treatment at a local veterinary office. Subsequent calls of additional sick puppies led to an investigation which revealed puppies being distributed/sold from a residence in the 300 block of SW Siletz River Rd, Siletz. It was determined unsatisfactory living conditions and lack of minimum care had led to the verified death of at least one puppy and severe illness of others.
On June 25, 2015, Keegan Gray, 25 years old, of Siletz, was issued citations for two counts of Animal Neglect I, a class A Misdemeanor, and four counts of Animal Neglect II, a class B Misdemeanor, with combined bail set at $70,000.
On July 9, 2015, Sierra Moon, 21 years old, of Siletz, was also issued citations for Animal Neglect I, and Animal Neglect II, with bail set at $25,000. Continuing investigation may reveal further charges involving additional puppies born since the original reports.
Between June 19th, 2015 and June 23rd, 2015 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigated two residential burglaries in the Seal Rock area. Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit assisted with the investigation and were subsequently able to develop suspect information.
On June 29th, 2015 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective’s located the suspect, Danielle E. Cameron, 30, of Siletz in her vehicle in the Newport area and contacted her on a traffic stop in the 500 block of NE 5th St within a block of Newport High School. Cameron was interviewed and admitted to committing both of the burglaries in Seal Rock. Cameron was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Burglary and Theft Charges. Cameron’s vehicle was seized as evidence.
On July 1st, 2015 Detective’s served a search warrant on Cameron’s vehicle and recovered property reported stolen in one of the burglaries and seized approximately 12.88 grams of suspected methamphetamine, and drug related paraphernalia. Cameron was additionally charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) within 1000′ feet of a school, and Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a bail of $1,050,000.00.
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Wednesday evening June 24th a fire was reported about six miles north of Siletz on the eastside of Hwy 229 in the Euchre Creek area. Two Oregon Department of Forestry units responded just after 9 pm to find a large slash pile burning uncontrolled. The fire was contained at approximately 11:30 pm and is roughly ½ acre in size. The fire appears to be human caused but is still under investigation. Any information is encouraged to be reported to Joe Hitselberger with Toledo ODF at 541-336-2273.
Effective June 25, 2015:
Due to increased fire danger, Plum Creek Timber’s property is closed to public access. This closure is effective immediately. The Siletz Gorge Mainline Road is open to walk-in access on weekdays. No motorized vehicles are allowed during the week. At his time, motor vehicle access is allowed on weekends. Access is for river recreation only. Side roads off the Siletz Gorge Mainline road are closed to all public access. As changes occur, an updated message is available by calling 541-336-6229.
On June 13, 2015 at about 6:45 PM, Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle multiple injury traffic crash on Logsden Road about a half of a mile east of Siletz. Upon arrival deputies discovered a black Scion in the ditch that appeared to have flipped or rolled over causing at least one of the four occupants of the vehicle to be ejected.
One of the passengers had suffered serious injury and the other two passengers suffered minor injuries. The driver, identified as Christopher Lorenzo Garza age 22 of Siletz, exhibited signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Garza was taken into custody for DUII.
The Multi Agency Crash Team was activated, which consists of members from the DA’s Office, OSP, officers from the Newport Police Department, the Toledo Police Department, The Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The MACT investigation revealed that Garza was driving westbound on Logsden Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve at about milepost .5 and lost control of his vehicle.
Garza was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where he is charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, 3 counts of Recklessly Endangering, and two counts of Assault in the Third Degree resulting in a bail of $175,000.00.
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On May 20, 2015, a Siletz resident reported her female dog was missing from the front of her residence. With help from the Siletz community, information was brought forward to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that the dog had possibly been stolen, prompting an investigation. It was reported that two women were seen with the dog the day she was reported missing and through generous help of the Siletz Tribal Staff, two suspects were identified in the case.
A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the suspects and was eventually able to locate the dog and reunite her with her family. This investigation is on-going while possible criminal charges are being reviewed. Theft of domestic pets is a Class C Felony in the State of Oregon. Continue reading
The Siletz Tribal Council approved marriage and dissolution of marriage ordinances during its meeting on May 15, 2015. The ordinances apply equally to couples of the opposite sex and to same-sex couples (at least one person of each couple must be a Siletz Tribal member for the laws to apply). The ordinances became effective upon approval. The Tribal Council’s actions followed a General Council advisory vote that favored the passage of both ordinances by a 336 (yes) to 169 (no) vote. Those eligible to cast an advisory vote included all enrolled members age 18 and older. The General Council comprises all of the 5,001 members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
There was some concern with the call for an advisory vote of the membership before the council’s final enacting vote because it could give the impression that the Tribe believes it appropriate for equality issues to be decided that way, or that a simple majority vote can legislate discrimination – if the ballot count turns out that way. But with this being an advisory vote and not a binding vote, it went forward. “The Siletz Tribe is committed as a government to serve its people well and treat all members with the respect, dignity and equal protections under Tribal law that they deserve,” said Robert Kentta, Tribal Council member.
“When approached with the request for the Siletz Tribal Council to establish a Siletz Tribal Marriage Ordinance – and for it to be specifically inclusive of same-sex couples and treat all adult Tribal members equally in this regard – it was a fairly simple process to get that ball rolling. We did not have an existing ordinance that dealt with recognition of marriages to amend, so our new marriage law is inclusive from its inception. It is also important to recognize that ancient Tribal traditions, beliefs and practices that amount to the law of our ancestors are consistent with the concepts of marriage equality in the ordinances just passed.” Continue reading
Native Americans have been asking state leaders to ban tribal themed mascots for years, names like Warriors, Indians, Chieftains, and Braves. The state board studied the issue for years before agreeing, in 2012, to do so. The board ordered all schools with Native Americans mascots to choose new ones. Those who didn’t would lose state funding. Some state senators proposed bill that would allow some school to keep their name, however Governor Kitzhauber vetoed a 2013 proposed bill. A year later Kitzhauber agreed to allow schools that have the approval of an Oregon tribe to use a mascot with tribal significance. The 2014 bill also directed the state board to come up with the rules for the agreement process. State officials created work groups to develop the rules and propose an amendment to existing standards that would allow some tribal mascots. Workgroup members spoke with members of nine federally recognized tribes. Some, such as the Confederated Tribe of The Siletz Indians, did want to allow the local high school to use a tribal mascot.