Yet another stabbing in Siletz Friday night – across from NE 247 Bagley, just off Logsden Road on the east edge of town. The victim is said to have been stabbed in the head and is bleeding heavily.
Fire Rescue and law enforcement is enroute. Law enforcement response times are quite long because law enforcement is out patrolling other areas of the county. Paramedics are hesitant to go in without law enforcement protection.
Victim is being taken to Egbert Avenue, near Logsden Road and away from the crime scene, to be put under care of paramedics. First law enforcement units sound like they’re still a few minutes away. Call came in at 11:45pm.
A person has been detained by law enforcement.
Another injured party is now being checked by paramedics. Reports say that alcohol played a role in the incident.
Once again, these kinds of situations show the increasingly difficult task law enforcement and paramedics face in responding to emergencies and crimes in Siletz. The tribe recently pulled its support for stepped up coverage sending Toledo contract police units back to their home turf. It leaves the Sheriff’s Office, which is already stretched pretty thin, to scramble the best they can. Residents of Siletz have told NLC.com that it’s feeling more and more like the Wild West around Siletz.
At a recent joint Siletz City Council and County Commissioners meeting, county commissioners said they wished they could provide more law enforcement but the budget just isn’t there based on other major needs in the county. They said the sheriff’s budget has grown, but mostly in parole and probation operations and in the jail. Commissioners said both are mandated programs that must be allowed to go toward the front of the line.