A vehicle that had been stolen early Monday morning was spotted a short while later on Laurel Street in Gleneden Beach. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked it down, finding the 2013 Chevrolet pickup unoccupied at the location. Deputies then received a report of a vehicle theft from a garage nearby on Neptune Ave in Gleneden Beach. The victim reported that her vehicle, a 2005 Ford Expedition, had been stolen from inside her garage.
Correctly assessing the situation, oifficers got on the phone to Newport Police who quickly spotted the stolen Ford Expedition in the McDonald’s parking lot in Newport. Inside was William McGinnis. Not knowing exactly what they had, Newport Police, Sheriff’s Deputies and Oregon State Police pulled what’s called a full felony traffic stop – guns drawn with very loud orders for McGinnis to step out of the car with his hands up and then lay face down on the ground. McGinnis was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, Unlawful Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. McGinnis’ bail was set at $172,500.
Also this morning, a Lincoln City Police Officer patrolling the area of NW Logan Road encountered an injured male crawling across the pavement. The injured male was identified as 52-year-old, Kenneth Gaffka. Gaffka had suffered serious injuries to his head and face.
Gaffka’s campsite, located behind the Lighthouse Square Dollar Tree, was identified as the crime scene. Gaffka reported being assaulted by another transient male.
Witnesses and evidence at the Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and Lincoln Plaza Shell gas station helped the Lincoln City Police Department identify the assailant as 42-year-old Maurice Gardner. Meanwhile, Gaffka was initially transported to North Lincoln Hospital where his injuries were so severe that he was transferred to a Portland trauma unit.
Meanwhile, Gaffka’s alleged assailant was spotted about an hour later by Lincoln City Police Department at the south end of Lincoln City. Gardner was stopped and was soon cuffed and placed in the back seat of a police car enroute to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for Assault in the 2nd Degree.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Lincoln City Police Officer Mike Blakely or Sgt. Brian Eskridge, at (541) 994-3636.