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Gun-itis is making the rounds…nationwide and in Lincoln County

On July 5t, at approximately 3:15 PM, deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported menacing in the 3500 block of Yaquina Bay Rd near Newport.  Deputies located the vehicle near the intersection of East Olive and Northeast Fogarty Streets in Newport, where they initiated a traffic stop.  Due to the reported involvement of a firearm, additional Sheriff’s Office and Newport Police responders temporarily blocked the eastbound lane of East Olive Street. 

An investigation revealed the driver, 36-year-old Eddyville resident Clint Richard Corwin, passed the caller in unlawfully and was driving in an aggressive manner.  Corwin then pulled off the road, brandished a firearm, and pointed it in the direction of the caller. Firearms were recovered from the vehicle.

Corwin was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Corwin’s 36-year-old passenger, Melody Lorraine Lanier, also of Eddyville, was issued a citation and released for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted in this investigation.

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