Siletz: Domestic violence incident – Woman with a head wound- Law enforcement enroute – takes 16 minutes to get there.
Update: News Release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
On November 6th, 2013 at about 5:55 PM, a female victim reported being assaulted in the 100 block of Takelma Court in Siletz. While this area is normally patrolled by the Toledo Police Department, the Toledo officer on duty was at the Lincoln County Jail on an unrelated matter. Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Oregon State Police, responded to the scene. After an investigation, 45 year-old Siletz resident Kevin Kelly Case was taken into custody on one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree- Domestic Violence. Because a minor child was also present when the incident took place, the charge was enhanced to a felony.
Case was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $50,000.
Story as it unfolded Wednesday
Arrival time of first officers was indicated as 16 minutes by Toledo Police records. News Lincoln County had it at 22 minutes. We defer to Toledo Police.
Law enforcement, fire rescue and ambulance are enroute to a report of a domestic violence incident at on Takelma Court, corner of Chetco. The woman of the house is said to have some sort of a serious head wound. No confirmed report yet of how she got it. The other half of the incident is said to still be in the area.
Reports say the male emerged from the home, walked over and yelled at the female and then went back inside. He’s described as a white male, around 6 feet and 200 pounds.
Male came back out again, approached the female, yelled at her, then went back inside.
Law enforcement still racing to the scene. Woman is conscious, holding a piece of fabric to her head. Ambulance crew in the area just out of sight. Must wait for law enforcement to secure the scene. Law enforcement should be on scene anytime.
Officers arrive, take the man into custody. Ambulance crew is coming in. Woman being loaded into the ambulance for transport to Newport hospital.
Male arrested for Assault IV, enroute to the county jail.
A 16 minute response time in what was obviously a very dangerous situation. It’s a dilemma of what many call only part-time law enforcement coverage for the Siletz area and it’s been going on for quite a while. The Siletz area is technically under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, but they’re limited in manpower that is spread out over the whole county. Because of that, the Siletz Tribe has contracted with Toledo Police to cover the town, but only part time. This evening’s badly injured woman suffered a much delayed response because the assigned Toledo Police Officer was inside the Lincoln County Jail in Newport booking a suspect from another incident and so could he not be there. That forced Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and possibly a Newport Police unit to respond from a long way away, even running full-out with lights and sirens.
The town of Siletz, although technically a city, has very little tax base, almost all of it paying for sewer and water service, and is therefore in no position to afford even part-time law enforcement coverage. It’s been generally viewed that between the Siletz Tribe hiring Toledo Police part-time, and with service-when-available from the Sheriff’s Office, the job of protecting the residents of Siletz could be provided. Sadly, tonight’s incident illustrates that those resources sometimes are not enough.