Operation Tidal Wave
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has just concluded participation in a two day multi-law enforcement agency mission entitled “Operation Tidal Wave” by the US Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. This mission focused on reduciong crime, locating and apprehendi ng wanted subjects, conducting residential compliance checks of registered sex offenders within Lincoln County, and identifying non-compliant sex offenders for prosecution.
Participating agencies included The US Marshals Service, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), Lincoln County Parole and Probation, Newport Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the Toledo Police Department.
The Operation produced 20 arrests of subjects on outstanding warrants. One subject, 31 year old Lincoln City resident John David Ivey, was taken into custody on an outstanding Lincoln County Circuit Court warrant listing charges of Assault I, Assault II, Burglary I, Unlawful use of a weapon, and Criminal mischief II. The warrant stemmed from an August 29th incident investigated by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where Ivey reportedly stabbed an adult male at a residence on King Lane in Otis, Oregon during a dispute, then fled the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival. The male victim sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to his lower back and was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for treatment.
Additionally, the Operation completed compliance checks of approximately 196 sex offenders at their Lincoln County residences. Law enforcement officials also seized an illegal sawed-off shotgun, three grams of heroin, two grams of Methamphetamine, and $1600 related to the distribution of drugs. The US Marshals will also be pursuing federal charges against multiple subjects found to be in violation of federal laws.
Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson stated, “We are very pleased with the partnerships we have with local, state, and federal law enforcement representatives. The cooperative effort demonstrated by all agencies participating in this mission produced successful results and increased the safety of Lincoln County citizens.”